First Canadian firm joins Nvidia partner program to build enterprise AI

Toronto is quickly becoming one of the most prominent artificial intelligence research hubs on the planet, and a Toronto-based company has become the first Canadian partner of Nvidia Corporation, a US-based technology company that designs graphics processing units (GPUs) for industries such as gaming, cryptocurrency, and professional markets.

DeepLearni.ng has joined Nvidia’s partner network, which is comprised of deep learning companies utilizing Nvidia’s GPU platform to develop services for business. DeepLearni.ng was founded in winter 2016 and has developed a comprehensive machine learning platform, called Frontiers, that is built for rapid AI deployment in enterprises.

“Working with NVIDIA as part of their partner network is not only a huge honour, but also validates the incredible talent and commitment of our team at DeepLearni.ng to help big businesses solve really hard problems,” Stephen Piron, co-founder and co-CEO of the Toronto-based AI company that counts Scotiabank, Fidelity and Symbility among its clients, says in a Nov. 29 statement.

DeepLearni.ng’s co-founder and chief of machine learning, Ragavan Thurairatnam, believes the company’s partnership with NVIDIA “has come at exactly the right moment.” DeepLearni.ng recently announced it has received $9 million in Series A funding from Fidelity Canada in September, which will help improve the company’s access to talent, resources, and hardware. According to the company’s press release at the time, “DeepLearni.ng will immediately begin growing their team, which is currently at 23 people.”

“Until recently, there have only been a handful of industry applications for deep learning that have shown what the technology can really do for business. DeepLearni.ng is setting out to change that, and our work with NVIDIA will be key to engaging enterprises as comprehensively as possible,” Thurairatnam explains.

Nvidia’s vice president of the Amercas partner organization, Craig Weinstein, says the company is “delighted” to have its first Canadian services delivery partner aboard its global partner network.

“DeepLearni.ng will play a key role helping US and Canadian enterprises take advantage of our GPU computing platform to advance their use of AI for business,” he adds.

Nvidia has recently announced it has developed “the most powerful PC GPU ever created,” which it calls Titan V. The hardware starts at just under $3,000 USD and is aimed at scientists and researchers who can use it for intensive computing tasks like AI and deep learning processing. Titan V runs on Nvidia’s new Volta architecture, which is designed to work on both computations and calculations.

“With Titan V, we are putting Volta into the hands of researchers and scientists all over the world. I can’t wait to see their breakthrough discoveries,” Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang says in a Dec. 8 statement. “Our vision for Volta was to push the outer limits of high performance computing and AI. We broke new ground with its new processor architecture, instructions, numerical formats, memory architecture and processor links.”

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Mandy is a lineup editor at CTV News. A former staffer at IT World Canada, she's now contributing as a part-time podcast host on Hashtag Trending. She is a Carleton University journalism graduate with extensive experience in the B2B market. When not writing about tech, you can find her active on Twitter following political news and sports, and preparing for her future as a cat lady.

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