UnitX Signs Agreement with KAUST Core Labs to Onboard ‘Shaheen’ (Cray XC40) onto its platform
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, May 27, 2019 — UnitX, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) and High Performance Computing (HPC) startup, has signed an agreement with KAUST Core Labs to onboard ‘Shaheen’, the Cray XC40 supercomputer, onto its global network of supercomputers integrated to the UnitX platform.
UnitX, a spin-out company from KAUST, has an online software platform called UnitX™ Sentient that docks easy-to-use and ready-to-deploy applications and workflows for AI and HPC. These applications are customized to serve the needs of a growing list of clients in various industry verticals such as banking, insurance, e-commerce, pharmaceuticals, logistics and supply chain management as well as e-governance. The platform is multi-cloud, in that, it connects to all major public clouds, a client’s on-premise computing hardware as well to the latest supercomputers in the UnitX global partner network.
“UnitX’s mission is to break the barriers of cost, skill and access for enterprises to adopt technologies based on deep learning and machine learning, as well as HPC. We offer an end-to-end solution to enterprises for adopting AI/ML in their processes so that they can focus on getting real business value out of these technologies while we take care of all the complexities of underlying infrastructure, hardware and software issues”, said Dr Kiran Narayanan, the CEO of UnitX, and a KAUST alumnus.
The Core Labs at KAUST consist of ten highly specialized laboratories that offer state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge equipment to the KAUST research community, collaborators and industrial partners. The KAUST Supecomputing Lab (KSL) is one of the ten laboratories, and is the proud owner of ‘Shaheen’ that’s counted among the fastest supercomputers in the world.
‘Shaheen’ was ranked 7th in the Top500 list of supercomputers worldwide in the year of its installation 2015, and was 36th in the same list in June 2019. Top500 is a bi-annual ranking of the world’s most powerful supercomputers.
“The KAUST Core Labs maintains world-class state-of-the-art facilities and expertise, and I believe that Shaheen, as a national asset, should be further utilized to meet the demands of the Kingdom’s academia, industry and government. It is a great pleasure to work with KAUST startup UnitX to facilitate access to Shaheen for more users,” stated Dr. Justin L. Mynar, KAUST associate vice president for research and executive director of the KAUST Core Labs.
With its first pilot delivered in January 2019, UnitX is driving AI and HPC adoption by breaking the barriers of skill, cost and complexity of AI deployment, with a cloud-based business model. It harnesses supercomputing expertise to provide customized products and services on the UnitX online software platforms for its varied client base. Its products help companies across several industry such as finance and insurance, government, retail, telecoms, healthcare and logistics and manufacturing in two ways: to make data-driven decisions by adopting big data analytics and AI; and to design better products in a swift manner by adopting a simulation-assisted prototyping approach that relies on parallel computing. UnitX delivers to the end user tenfold faster results, a 60% reduction in costs, and easier workflows. Security concerns are alleviated for CIO’s or Data Center Managers with improved data security, no CSP lock-in, and increased transparency. The use of container technology ensures that each software application is docked on the platform in a manner that is hardware-agnostic while ensuring total security.
Co-founded by Dr Kiran Narayanan and Dr Ravi Samtaney, Dean of the Physical Sciences Division at KAUST, the team has grown to 16 members with headquarters in Saudi Arabia. The company recently closed $2 million USD in funding from Saudi Aramco Wa’ed and KAUST Innovation Fund which is going to be used for further expansion to serve customer demands of a growing ‘AI on demand’ and ‘HPC on demand’ market that is currently valued at USD $224 billion with a projected 25% year-on-year growth, according to figures from IDC.
With its first pilot delivered in January 2019, UnitX is driving AI adoption by breaking the barriers of skill, cost and complexity of AI deployment, with a cloud-based business model. It harnesses supercomputing expertise to provide customized products and services on the UnitX online software platforms for its varied client base. Its products help companies across several industry verticals, such as finance and insurance, government, retail, telecoms, healthcare and logistics and manufacturing in two ways: to make data-driven decisions by adopting big data analytics and AI; and to design better products in a swift manner by adopting a simulation-assisted prototyping approach that relies on parallel computing. Learn more at: https://unitx.io/.
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