At Computex 2017, Nvidia took the opportunity to showcase its marvel of a supercomputer called the DGX Station. This supercomputer was first unveiled to the world about three weeks ago, during Nvidia’s annual GTC 2017 event. One interesting trait about the DGX Station is the fact that it looks just like a standard PC – the one’s you and I are using.
Well… okay, that was a bit exaggerative. Nvidia’s GDX Station does look like a ‘normal’ full tower PC, but it is actually rather tall and bulky. One immediately striking feature about this supercomputer is its ‘white wine’ colour scheme. Besides that, the top half of the DGX Station comes in a ‘rough’ texture. Just below that section is where the name “DGX Station” is boldly etched.
So, what can the DGX Station do? A good example this supercomputer’s performance is its ability to generate faces via deep learning. Nvidia ran a demo which showcased the DGX Station generating faces based on several user-adjustable sliders. The slider options include traits like hair colour, gender, nose size, and interestingly, even attractiveness.
Unfortunately, when approached, Nvidia declined to let us get a peek of the internal components of the DGX Station because the components were pretty “messy” it seems. That said, we do know that Nvidia has fitted four Volta-based Tesla V100 GPUs inside the DGX Station and that it’s a fully water-cooled system.
A system of this stature does, obviously, come with an insane price tag. To be more specific, Nvidia’s DGX Station is priced at US$69,000 (about RM295,870). This supercomputer is indeed expensive, powerful and rather large in size – but can it run Crysis?