Leapfrog Your AI Research with GPU Cluster

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Date Thursday 15 July 2021
Time 1pm - 3pm
Where MS Team/Online
Presenter Artificial Intelligence Institute, NVIDIA
Admission Cost Free


The University of Waikato’s new Artificial Intelligence Institute and NVIDIA have teamed up to bring insights into the world of accelerated computing to researchers and industry across New Zealand through this online workshop, which also showcases many of the powerful tools pushing the boundaries of computing and making an impact around the world.

NVIDIA pioneered accelerated computing to tackle challenges that ordinary computers cannot solve. The approach is broadly recognized as the way to advance computing as Moore’s law ends and AI lifts off. NVIDIA’s platform is installed in several hundred million computers, available in every Cloud solution, powers many of the TOP500 supercomputers and boasts over 2 million developers developing various solutions across different verticals. NVIDIA is pushing the computing boundaries with the recent CPU, DPU and GPU integrated platform vision for this generations Einsteins and Da Vincis.

This short workshop is jointly organized by the University of Waikato’s Artificial Intelligence Institute and NVIDIA, and will cover NVIDIA’s Platform, sharing resources available for Higher Education and Research entities, Accelerated Data Analytics and NVIDIA’s recent work to tackle Climate Change.

Workshop Schedule

13:00 – 13:05

Welcome Note by
University Waikato AI Institute & NVIDIA

AI Institute
(Jannat Maqbool, Associate Director, AI Institute)

& NVIDIA ANZ (Sudarshan Ramachandran, Country Manager – Enterprise, ANZ, NVIDIA)

13:05 – 13:35

Leapfrog Your AI Research with GPU/Cluster

Gabriel Noaje

(Senior Solution Architect, Asia Pacific South, NVIDIA)

13:35 - 14:05

NVIDIA Resources for Higher Education & Research (OpenStack for R&D)

Michael Lang

(Solution Architect Manager, Asia Pacific South, NVIDIA) & Ettikan Kandasamy Karuppiah

(Chief Technologist, Asia Pacific South, NVIDIA)

14:05 – 14:35

Computational Solutions for Climate Change

Jeff Adie

(Principal Solution Architect, NVAITC)

14:35 – 14:55


AI Institute

(Jannat Maqbool, Associate Director, AI Institute) and  NVIDIA (Erik Lecis, ANZ Partner Business Manager, NVIDIA)

14:55 – 15:00

Closing Comments

AI Machine Learning Researcher Institute (Albert Bifet, Director, AI Institute) & NVIDIA (Erik Lecis, ANZ Partner Business Manager, NVIDIA)



Albert Bifet

Director, AI Institute - Te Ipu o te Mahara

Albert Bifet is Professor at University of Waikato. Previously he worked at Huawei Noah's Ark Lab in Hong Kong, Yahoo Labs in Barcelona, and UPC BarcelonaTech. He is the co-author of a book on Machine Learning from Data Streams published at MIT Press.

He is one of the leaders of MOA, scikit-multiflow and Apache SAMOA software environments for implementing algorithms and running experiments for online learning from evolving data streams. He was serving as Co-Chair of the Industrial track of IEEE MDM 2016, ECML PKDD 2015, and as Co-Chair of KDD BigMine (2019-2012), and ACM SAC Data Streams Track (2021-2012).

Jannat Maqbool

Associate Director - AI Institute - Te Ipu o te Mahara

Jannat is a CPA and former CIO with a Masters in Digital Business from the University of Waikato and actively engaged in the New Zealand technology ecosystem. With a focus on leveraging technology in innovative ways to benefit individuals, organisations and communities, Jannat has recently taken up the role of Associate Director at the Artificial Intelligence Institute.

Jannat's initial career was in the financial services industry leading mid to large-scale technology adoption initiatives, following which she spent more than a decade in the vocational education sector teaching, and coordinating several collaborative projects and applied research initiatives involving students, staff and the wider community.  More recently Jannat has been involved with supporting digital inclusion and enablement initiatives in the Waikato region, including as Smart Cities Advisor at Hamilton City Council, and Tech Sector Lead at Te Waka: Waikato Regional Economic Development Agency, coordinating the development of the Digital Waikato 2025 strategy and delivering several large events and initiatives bringing together small businesses, schools, tertiary providers, the technology sector and general public.

Jannat is also a Trustee at Web Access Waikato Trust, on the Executive Council at NZ IoT Alliance and TechWomen NZ, a board member at NZ Tech, and Director - NZ at Smart Cities Council ANZ.

Sudarshan Ramachandran

Sudarshan Ramachandran

Country Manager – Enterprise, ANZ, NVIDIA

With 20 years in the Supercomputing industry, Sudarshan has a technical foundation starting as a System Engineer at the Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing (VPAC) in Melbourne and progressed to Team Leadership, Project Management and Business Development roles.

Sudarshan was the Country Manager for Mellanox Technologies for 8 years prior to being acquired by NVIDIA and is an expert in High Performance Computing (HPC), Cloud and AI infrastructure.

Dr. Gabriel Noaje

Dr. Gabriel Noaje

Senior Solutions Architect, Asia Pacific South, NVIDIA

Gabriel Noaje has more than 10 years of experience in accelerator technologies and parallel computing. Gabriel has a deep understanding of users’ requirements in terms of manycore architecture after he worked in both enterprise and public sector roles.

Prior to joining NVIDIA, he was a Senior Solutions Architect with SGI and HPE where he was developing solutions for HPC and Deep Learning customers in APAC.

Michael Lang

Michael Lang

Solutions Architecture Manager, Asia Pacific South, NVIDIA

Michael has been active in the infrastructure, virtualization and VDI spaces for well over a decade, as a partner, vendor and always as an advocate for improved business outcomes.  Whether it’s with a mining, government or defence customer, or an architectural firm looking to solve challenges or increase productivity, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to benefit his customers.

He currently holds the role of Manager of Solutions Architecture for APAC South at NVIDIA, and in addition he is an Intelligent Video Analytics Solutions architect for Deep Learning based solutions at NVIDIA ANZ.

Ettikan Kandasamy Karuppiah

Ettikan Kandasamy Karuppiah

Chief Technologist, Asia Pacific South, NVIDIA

Dr. Ettikan Kandasamy Karuppiah, Chief Technologist at NVIDIA Asia Pacific South Region works with innovators, researchers and techno-entrepreneurs to accelerate AI & GPU adaptation for their translational R&D and software solutioning needs.

He has direct experience and is passionate in accelerated computing, embedded software, autonomous systems, machine learning, deep learning, solution design and development covering end-to-end needs in various industry verticals.

Jeff Adie

Jeff Adie

Principal Solutions Architect, NVIDIA AI Technology Center (NVAITC), NVIDIA

Jeff is a HPC specialist with over 25 years of experience in developing, tuning and  porting scientific codes and architecting HPC solutions. Jeff’s primary area of  expertise is in CFD and NWP, having previously worked at the New Zealand  Oceanographic Institute (now NIWA), Toyota Motor Corporation, and on FEA/CFD analysis for America’s cup class yachts for Team New Zealand.

Erik Lecis

Erik Lecis

ANZ Partner Business Manager, NVIDIA

Erik has worked for Unix OEMs including Gould, Pyramid Tech and Sun Micro and has a strong background in systems programming. He transitioned to sales and has had a long career with Avnet and Tech Data and now manages ANZ NVIDIA partners and distributors.

Additionally he covers NVIDIA Jetson embedded systems and ANZ Inception partners. Erik holds degrees in Computer Science, Physical Chemistry and a post graduate diploma in Process Computer Systems.

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