Hugging Face and Nvidia are working together to increase access to AI compute. Nvidia announced this week that it will offer a new Hugging Face service called Training Cluster as a Service to make the development of fresh and unique generative AI models for the workplace simpler. The announcement was timed to coincide with the annual SIGGRAPH conference.
The all-encompassing cloud-based AI “supercomputer” from Nvidia, DGX Cloud, will power Training Cluster as a Service when it launches in the upcoming months. The DGX Cloud offers access to a cloud instance with eight Nvidia H100 or A100 GPUs, 640GB of GPU memory, Nvidia’s AI Enterprise software for building big language models and AI applications, as well as consultations with Nvidia experts.
Companies can sign up for DGX Cloud on their own. The monthly price per instance starts at $36,999. However, Training Cluster as a Service combines the DGX Cloud infrastructure with the Hugging Face platform’s more than 250,000 models and over 50,000 datasets, making it a useful starting point for any AI project.
Hugging Face co-founder and CEO Clément Delangue said, “Our collaboration will bring Nvidia’s most advanced AI supercomputing to Hugging Face to enable companies to take their AI destiny into their own hands with open source to help the open source community easily access the software and speed they need to contribute to what’s coming next.”
The partnership between Hugging Face and Nvidia comes as the business is apparently seeking new funding at a $4 billion valuation. Hugging Face, which was founded in 2014 by Delangue, Julien Chaumond, and Thomas Wolf, has grown quickly over the previous nine years, transitioning from a consumer app to a hub for all things AI model-related.
Hugging Face is becoming the go-to place for AI developers to exchange ideas these days. Hugging Face has evolved into the GitHub equivalent for developers looking to learn more about the most recent models and APIs in order to avoid being rendered obsolete by the generative AI technology, as it gains popularity.