In collaboration with NIST’s Information Technology Laboratory and Office of Information Systems Management, the Office of Data and Informatics is supporting the deployment and development of the long-term operational model for the enki computation platform for NIST staff members who research and employ artificial intelligence and machine learning.
enki was purchased in FY18 for $2 million as part of NIST’s portfolio in advanced instrumentation. The system comprises thirteen IBM Power 9 compute nodes, each with four V100 “Volta” GPUs, 5120 cores, and 16 gigabytes of RAM each, for a total of 1 terabytes of RAM and 3.8 terabytes of solid state disk storage per node. The nodes are connected with 100 gigabit-per-second Infinibad networking, and additional funds will provide 10 gigabit-per-second network connectivity to Gaithersburg campus buildings. Each V100 GPU provides up to 125 teraflops of performance for machine learning applications.
The enki system will provide unprecedented opportunities for machine learning-based applications in various applied research domains as well as be a platform for fundamental research in understanding the robustness and reliability of artificial intelligence/machine learning algorithms.