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30 October 2018

VoiceBase extends deep learning neural network compute to Verne Global

Posted by Adam Nethersole

AI-powered speech analytics pioneer accelerates new service development by utilising highly optimised, scalable HPC infrastructure

Verne Global, a provider of advanced data center solutions for high performance computing (HPC), today announced that VoiceBase, the leading provider of speech analytics for the cloud, is utilising its HPC-optimised bare-metal infrastructure – hpcDIRECT – to accelerate the development of new artificial intelligence (AI) powered voice analytics services.

California-based VoiceBase – which provides Speech Analytics services to customers including Amazon Web Services, Nasdaq and Twilio – selected Verne Global’s HPC infrastructure to speed up the training phase of deep learning neural networks, which underpins its rapidly expanding range of speech-to-text services, voice analytics and predictive analytics capabilities. This training phase – when the neutral network ‘learns’ by processing vast quantities of speech data, adjusting its algorithm and improving its accuracy as it goes – is incredibly compute intensive. By using Verne Global’s HPC-optimised data center campus in Iceland, Voicebase has witnessed a significant increase in the performance of these operations.

VoiceBase, which recently took part in an AI and HPC Field Trip to Iceland organised by Verne Global, began the hpcDIRECT platform after a rigorous trial. Leveraging Verne Global’s blueprints for bare-metal orchestration, this trial delivered immediate performance benefits. With VoiceBase planning to expand its services to include new languages and dialects, as well as to extend its predictive analytics capabilities, it quickly reached the decision to extend its R&D compute capabilities to Verne Global’s facility.

“We were very impressed by the results of our trial of Verne Global’s HPC platform – the increased performance of our neural network training is a complete game-changer for us,” said Jeff Shukis, CTO of VoiceBase. “Not only does this mean we can reduce the time to market for new languages, it also enables us to speed up the development of our predictive analytics capabilities, which allows organisations to analyse conversations in the contact center and beyond.”

Available on an as-a-service basis, hpcDIRECT provides VoiceBase with access to scalable, cost-effective compute power that would be prohibitively expensive to deploy and manage on-premise. A TrueHPC platform, hpcDIRECT comprises dedicated bare-metal servers in a highly optimised environment and is supported by a team of HPC specialists. VoiceBase will utilise the latest Intel® Xeon® Gold Skylake architecture together with Nvidia GPUs.

“VoiceBase’s growing team of data science experts stands at the very forefront of voice innovation and has been quick to recognise the enormous potential of deep learning neural networks. However, like many other fast-growing AI pioneers, the cost of on-premise compute, as well as a requirement to continually upgrade its infrastructure, was in danger of deflecting resources away from its core business,” said Bob Fletcher, VP Strategy, Verne Global. “We’re delighted to be partnering with VoiceBase to help accelerate their innovation in what is already a tremendously exciting field. For compute-intensive workloads such as voice AI, all training roads lead to Iceland.”

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About Verne Global

Verne Global delivers advanced data center solutions at industrial scale, allowing high performance and intensive machine learning applications to operate in an optimised environment. Verne Global’s hpcDIRECT platform provides customisable bare metal HPC on a reserved and on-demand basis, and supported by a world class HPC technical team.

About VoiceBase

VoiceBase is defining the future of deep learning and communications by providing unparalleled access to spoken information for businesses to make better decisions. With flexible APIs developers and enterprises build scalable solutions with VoiceBase by embedding speech-to-text, speech analytics, and predictive analytics capabilities into any big voice application. VoiceBase’s customers include Amazon Web Services, Oracle, The Home Depot, Twilio, Nasdaq, and Veritone. The company is privately held and is based in San Francisco, California.

More Information? - Contact: Claire Ayles, Eleven Hundred Agency (for Verne Global), T: +44(0)20 7688 5202, M: +44(0)7932 637467, E: claire.ayles@elevenhundredagency.com

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