Even CERN has to queue for GPUs. Here's how they optimise what they have

'There's a tendency to say that all ML workloads need a GPU, but for inference you probably don't need them'

John Leonard
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CERN. Source: Wikimedia
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CERN. Source: Wikimedia

CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, has long had some of the biggest of big data needs. Its engineers historically built their own IT systems including for distributed and high performing computing (HPC), and sometimes still do. But the culture has largely shifted to engaging with open source communities with similar requirements, including adopting OpenStack for the computing needs of the Large Hadron Collider.

Latterly, CERN engineers have moved further down this road, embracing Kubernetes and the cloud native ecosystem . "Cloud-native native is not just about the basic infrastructure is really all th...

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