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ThinkSystem Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 Accelerator

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18 Jul 2023
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Abstract

The ThinkSystem Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 accelerator delivers unprecedented visual computing performance for the data center and provides revolutionary neural graphics, compute, and AI capabilities to accelerate the most demanding visual computing workloads.

This product guide provides essential presales information to understand the Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 and its key features, specifications, and compatibility. This guide is intended for technical specialists, sales specialists, sales engineers, IT architects, and other IT professionals who want to learn more about the Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 and consider its use in IT solutions.

Introduction

The Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 is designed for AI inference acceleration, and addresses the unique requirements in the cloud, including power efficiency, scale, process node advancements, and signal processing. The AI 100 enables data centers to run inference on the edge cloud faster and more efficiently. Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 is designed to be a leading solution for datacenters who increasingly rely on infrastructure at the edge-cloud.

The following figure shows the Qualcomm Cloud AI 100.

ThinkSystem Qualcomm Cloud AI 100
Figure 1. ThinkSystem Qualcomm Cloud AI 100

Did you know?

The ThinkSystem Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 accelerator is offered on ThinkEdge servers to enable customers to deploy AI workloads at the edge of their network. The AI 100 supports over 150 neural networks across multiple categories, including image classification, object detection, semantic segmentation, and natural language processing.

Part number information

The following table shows the part numbers for the GPU.

Table 1. Ordering information
Part number Feature code Description Vendor part number
4X67A84009 BS49 ThinkSystem Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 QAIC-100P-0-MPA001-MT-01-0-BE

The option part number includes the following:

  • One Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 (PCIe HHHL-Standard)
  • Full height (3U) and Low Profile (2U) adapter brackets
  • Documentation

Features

The Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 accelerator supports more than 150 deep learning networks, with strong emphasis on computer vision use cases and natural language processing.

Target applications include:

  • Image classification
  • Object detection and monitoring
  • Semantic segmentation
  • Face detection
  • Point cloud
  • Pose estimation
  • Natural language processing (NLP)
  • Recommendation systems

The Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 accelerator and accompanying software development kits (SDKs) offer superior power and performance capabilities to meet the growing inference needs of Cloud Data Centers, Edge, and other machine learning (ML) applications. The Cloud AI 100 card is powered by the AIC100 system-on-chip (SoC), which is designed for ML inference workloads.

The Qualcomm Apps and Platform SDKs provide the ability to compile, optimize, and run deep learning models from popular frameworks including:

  • PyTorch
  • TensorFlow
  • ONNX
  • Caffe
  • Caffe2

Technical specifications

The Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 has the following specifications:

  • Low profile form factor
  • PCIe 4.0 x8 host interface
  • Supports data types: FP32, FP16, INT16, INT8
  • Security features include Hardware Root of Trust, Secure boot, Firmware rollback protection

The following table lists the processing specifications and performance of the Qualcomm Cloud AI 100.

Table 2. Specifications
Feature Specification
Qualcomm AI Cores 16
Peak FP16 Floating Point performance 175 TFLOPS
Peak INT8 Integer Performance 350 TOPS
GPU Memory 16 GB LPDDR4x @ 2133 MHz
Memory Bandwidth 136.5 GB/s
ECC Yes
Host Interface PCIe Gen 4, x8 lanes
Form Factor PCIe low profile (168mm x 69mm), single width
Max Power Consumption 75 W
Thermal Solution Passive
Display connectors None

Server support

The following tables list the ThinkSystem servers that are compatible.

Table 3. Server support (Part 1 of 4)
Part Number Description 2S AMD V3 2S Intel V3 4S 8S Intel V3 Multi Node GPU Rich 1S V3
SR635 V3 (7D9H / 7D9G)
SR655 V3 (7D9F / 7D9E)
SR645 V3 (7D9D / 7D9C)
SR665 V3 (7D9B / 7D9A)
ST650 V3 (7D7B / 7D7A)
SR630 V3 (7D72 / 7D73)
SR650 V3 (7D75 / 7D76)
SR850 V3 (7D97 / 7D96)
SR860 V3 (7D94 / 7D93)
SR950 V3 (7DC5 / 7DC4)
SD535 V3 (7DD8 / 7DD1)
SD530 V3 (7DDA / 7DD3)
SD550 V3 (7DD9 / 7DD2)
SR670 V2 (7Z22 / 7Z23)
SR675 V3 (7D9Q / 7D9R)
SR680a V3 (7DHE)
SR685a V3 (7DHC)
ST50 V3 (7DF4 / 7DF3)
ST250 V3 (7DCF / 7DCE)
SR250 V3 (7DCM / 7DCL)
4X67A84009 ThinkSystem Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N
Table 4. Server support (Part 2 of 4)
Part Number Description Edge Super Computing 1S Intel V2 2S Intel V2
SE350 (7Z46 / 7D1X)
SE350 V2 (7DA9)
SE360 V2 (7DAM)
SE450 (7D8T)
SE455 V3 (7DBY)
SD665 V3 (7D9P)
SD665-N V3 (7DAZ)
SD650 V3 (7D7M)
SD650-I V3 (7D7L)
SD650-N V3 (7D7N)
ST50 V2 (7D8K / 7D8J)
ST250 V2 (7D8G / 7D8F)
SR250 V2 (7D7R / 7D7Q)
ST650 V2 (7Z75 / 7Z74)
SR630 V2 (7Z70 / 7Z71)
SR650 V2 (7Z72 / 7Z73)
4X67A84009 ThinkSystem Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 1 N 2 4 3 N N N N N N N N N N N
Table 5. Server support (Part 3 of 4)
Part Number Description AMD V1 Dense V2 4S V2 8S 4S V1 1S Intel V1
SR635 (7Y98 / 7Y99)
SR655 (7Y00 / 7Z01)
SR655 Client OS
SR645 (7D2Y / 7D2X)
SR665 (7D2W / 7D2V)
SD630 V2 (7D1K)
SD650 V2 (7D1M)
SD650-N V2 (7D1N)
SN550 V2 (7Z69)
SR850 V2 (7D31 / 7D32)
SR860 V2 (7Z59 / 7Z60)
SR950 (7X11 / 7X12)
SR850 (7X18 / 7X19)
SR850P (7D2F / 2D2G)
SR860 (7X69 / 7X70)
ST50 (7Y48 / 7Y50)
ST250 (7Y45 / 7Y46)
SR150 (7Y54)
SR250 (7Y52 / 7Y51)
4X67A84009 ThinkSystem Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N
Table 6. Server support (Part 4 of 4)
Part Number Description 2S Intel V1 Dense V1
ST550 (7X09 / 7X10)
SR530 (7X07 / 7X08)
SR550 (7X03 / 7X04)
SR570 (7Y02 / 7Y03)
SR590 (7X98 / 7X99)
SR630 (7X01 / 7X02)
SR650 (7X05 / 7X06)
SR670 (7Y36 / 7Y37)
SD530 (7X21)
SD650 (7X58)
SN550 (7X16)
SN850 (7X15)
4X67A84009 ThinkSystem Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 N N N N N N N N N N N N

Operating system support

The following table lists the supported operating systems.

Tip: These tables are automatically generated based on data from Lenovo ServerProven.

Table 7. Operating system support for ThinkSystem Qualcomm Cloud AI 100, 4X67A84009
Operating systems
SE360 V2
SE450
SE455 V3
SE350
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.4 N Y N Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.6 Y Y Y Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.7 N Y N Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9.0 Y Y Y Y
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9.1 N Y N Y
Ubuntu 18.04.6 LTS N Y N Y
Ubuntu 20.04.5 LTS Y Y Y Y
Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Y Y N Y
Ubuntu 22.04.2 LTS N N Y N
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 7.0 N N N Y

Auxiliary power cables

The Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 does not require an auxiliary power cable.

Regulatory approvals

The Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 has the following regulatory approvals:

  • International: IEC 62368-1, EN62368-1 2nd, and 3rd Ed.
  • United States of America: FCC
  • Canada: ICES-003
  • EU/UK: EN 55032, EN55024, EN55035, EN 61000-3-2, EN 61000-3-3, EN62368-1 2nd, and 3rd Ed.
  • Taiwan: BSMI
  • Korea: KN32 / KN35
  • Japan: VCCI
  • China: CNS 15663, RoHS
  • Australia / New Zealand: AS/NZS CISPR 32
  • Logos: cUL, FCC, ICES, RCM, VCCI 

Operating environment

The Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 has the following operating characteristics:

  • Ambient temperature
    • Operational: 0°C to 50°C (-5°C to 55°C for short term*)
    • Storage: -40°C to 85°C
  • Relative humidity:
    • Operational: 5-90%
    • Storage: 5-93%

Warranty

One year limited warranty. When installed in a Lenovo server, the adapter assumes the server’s base warranty and any warranty upgrades.

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