A high-powered developer-only computer, DIGITS DevBox, has been revealed by NVIDIA this week with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X graphics processor inside. In fact there are four Titan X cards inside, and every component in the DIGITS DevBox has been optimized by the company to deliver what NVIDIA CEO and co-founder Jen-Hsun Huang described as “highly efficient performance for the toughest deep learning research.” This mating domes with the DIGITS software package, as well, including Caffe, Theano, Torch, and cuDNN 2.0, a set of software aimed directly at deep learning work.
“This is a device that we’d like not to sell in high volumes,” said Huang this week at GTC 2015. “It’s not to sell to gamers or general purpose users. It’s meant for developers.”
This machine isn’t made for looks – it’s a black box (imagery here isn’t likely finalized), and it’s made for work. High-powered work – it’s made to be what NVIDIA describes as the “world’s fastest desk side deep learning machine.
“It only comes with Linux,” said Huang, “it only comes with these four GPUs, it only comes in this one configuration.”
In the same way White Castle fries only come in one size, so too does the DIGITS DevBox only come pre-made with NVIDIA’s choice of components and build.
Again according to NVIDIA and Huang, this system has been tested with AlexNet. Training AlexNet with this device “can be completed in only 13 hours”, while it’ll take 2 days “with the best single GPU PC, or over a month with a CPU-only system.”
This Digits Devbox will be available in May of 2015 for researchers for a cool $15,000 USD.