Taiga Cloud forms strategic European partnership with GIGABYTE 

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Taiga Cloud, a generative AI cloud service provider and part of Northern Data Group, has entered into a strategic European partnership with GIGABYTE, a specialist in the enterprise computing market.

The partnership positions Taiga Cloud to meet the surging demand for compute power for Generative AI applications.

The partnership follows the recent investment in 20 NVIDIA H100 GPU pods, each made up of 512 H100 GPUs, which will be supplied by GIGABYTE. This purchase builds on Taiga’s position as Europe’s largest independent Cloud Service Provider (CSP) of NVIDIA hardware – now with over 19,000 NVIDIA H100, A100 and RTX A6000 GPUs – affirming its status as an Elite NVIDIA partner.

GIGABYTE worked closely with Taiga Cloud engineers to uniquely configure the NVIDIA H100 GPU infrastructure into pods of 512 GPUs, connected into islands of four pods each (2,048 GPUs) using NVIDIA BlueField DPUs and the NVIDIA Quantum-2 InfiniBand platform. The configuration will help to power the next wave of innovation in the Generative AI market by enabling efficient and quick means of training LLMs, offering businesses Generative AI solutions in a much shorter timeframe. 

Through supplying Taiga Cloud with the highly sought after NVIDIA H100 GPUs, GIGABYTE is facilitating the acceleration of the chip supply chain in Europe. Customers can pre-register their interest in H100s, with access going live before the end of 2023. This partnership is the evolution of more than two years of collaboration between the companies, which began with GIGABYTE supplying NVIDIA A100s to Taiga Cloud which are hosted in Northern Data Group’s pioneering data center in Boden, Sweden.

Karl Havard, MD, Taiga Cloud, said: “We’re excited to take this strategic next step in our long-standing partnership with GIGABYTE, which will help Taiga Cloud on its journey to make computing power accessible to organisations across Europe. The partnership builds on GIGABYTE and Taiga Cloud’s ongoing collaboration, supplying compute power to the organisations at the forefront of innovation and heralds an exciting future for the Generative AI market. With customer access to H100 GPUs beginning before the end of Q4 2023, this partnership helps accelerate Generative AI innovation across Europe.”

Giga Computing’s sales director, Thomas Yen, said: “In answer to huge demand from businesses seeking AI-powered solutions, GIGABYTE is proud to be supporting Taiga Cloud in providing access to the largest clean-energy powered, scalable AI and ML compute capacity in Europe. We look forward to realising the full potential of our relationship as the strategic partnership continues.”

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