We are starting to sense a recurring theme from NVIDIA at the annual GPU Technology Conference (GTC). Last year at GTC NVIDIA unveiled its DGX-1, the world's first deep learning supercomputer. Featuring Tesla P100 GPUs based on its Pascal architecture, the DGX-1 made clear NVIDIA's commitment to deep learning and artificial intelligence. Building on top of that, NVIDIA announced at this year's GTC plans to train 100,000 developers through its Deep Learning Institute in 2017.
That is a tenfold increase over the number of developers it trained last year. The reason NVIDIA is making such a big commitment is because AI is a fast growing field that is snaking into different product categories, everything from self-driving cars to smartphones. NVIDIA is aware of this—the company pointed out IDC's estimate that 80 percent of all applications with have an AI component by 2020.
NVIDIA Metropolis, an intelligent video analytics platform designed to make cities safer through deep learning.
"AI is the defining technology of our generation," said Greg Estes, vice president of Developer Programs at NVIDIA. "To meet overwhelming demand from enterprises, government agencies and universities, we are dramatically expanding the breadth and depth of our offerings, so developers worldwide can learn how to leverage this transformative technology."
Developers interested in deep learning will have access to not only instructor-led workshops, but also on-demand training on the latest developments using NVIDIA software and Amazon Web Services (AWS). And as for the curriculum, NVIDIA is expanding its course to include the applied use of deep learning for autonomous vehicles, healthcare, web services, robotics, video analytics, and financial services.
"There is a real demand for developers who not only understand artificial intelligence, but know how to apply it in commercial applications," said Christian Plagemann, vice president of Content at Udacity. "NVIDIA is a leader in the application of deep learning technologies and we're excited to work closely with their experts to train the next generation of artificial intelligence practitioners."
Technology companies have a vested interest in NVIDIA's mission to train more developers in deep learning. Amazon, Facebook, Google, the Mayo Clinic, and Stanford University have all partnered with NVIDIA, along with communities supporting major deep learning frameworks to co-develop training labs.
Budding deep learning developers who are interested in jumping on board can view a schedule and register for a session on NVIDIA's AI education website.