PROJECTR® is the home of Virtual Reality in New Zealand. The collaborative workspace has recently added two expert resident teams with a focus on Artificial Intelligence, broadening access to allow more multidisciplinary engagement between these new technologies. With 20 companies operating from the Centre, partnering with Pure Storage allows PROJECTR® Wellington to be able to offer in-house processing power to drive innovation.
Headquartered in Mountain View California, Pure Storage Inc. (NYSE: PSTG) was founded in 2009 and accelerates data driven outcomes, transforming businesses in ways previously unimagined. The company’s disruptive, software-driven storage technology drives business and IT transformation for customers through dramatic increases in performance and efficiency at lower costs.
The Kubernetes cluster is designed specifically to provide rapid data access to speed up training for AI and machine learning, persistent data portability to move prototypes from the training centre into larger scale production environments, and orchestrated provisioning of development environments.
On-demand AI infrastructure
For local startup and PROJECTR resident, Intela AI, the high performance Kubernetes cluster will provide on-demand AI infrastructure; enabling their team of data scientists to accelerate the development of machine learning models for their own product development and for client projects.
Intela co-founder and CEO, Asa Cox, is thrilled to have facilitated the installation and says that there is building anticipation from his team to gain access. “Having all of this processing power sitting in the next room is a godsend for our business,” says Mr Cox.
PROJECTR and Pure Storage have granted Intela exclusivity to promote a new AI Training service to external clients.
PROJECTR and Pure Storage are working with NVIDIA to add additional GPU and deep learning capability to the Kubernetes cluster. NVIDIA have developed their graphical processing units into a computer brain that lies at the intersection of virtual reality, high performance computing and artificial intelligence.
For the resident team tackling major photogrammetry projects at RealityVirtual, working with phenomenally large datasets is all in a day’s work. The expansion of their big data operation with an increase in processing and manipulation means access to brute force computational requirements is a must.
RealityVirtual founder and Chief Visionary Officer, Simon Che de Boer, believes that the processing power of Pure Storage in conjunction with the CUDA architecture from NVIDIA will provide a tremendous leap forward in their ability to turn around ‘slice-of-life’ VR experiences on a scale that exceeds their advanced pipeline in data management.
This strategic partnership between PROJECTR® Wellington and Pure Storage Inc. will provide a high-profile showcase of world class AI and VR solutions powered by this technology. For local Pure Storage representative, Sam Schuurman, partnering with PROJECTR to provide high end in-house computing resources to its residents was an easy decision.
PROJECTR Wellington was conceived by virtual reality industry leader Michael Gregg in 2016 and opened in February 2017 as a collaborative cross reality (XR) co-working space, R&D project hub and events venue. This partnership with Pure Storage demonstrates the opportunities that arise from bringing together world-leading hi-tech innovators under a single roof.
Mr Gregg is adamant that this will provide a tangible lift in innovation and speed to market for PROJECTR® residents who utilise the Pure Storage® Kubernetes cluster.