Generative AI, the branch of artificial intelligence (AI) that is designed to generate new data, images, code, or other types of content that humans do not explicitly program, is rapidly becoming pervasive across nearly all facets of business and technology.
Inferencing, the process of using a trained AI model to generate predictions that make decisions or produce outputs based on input data, plays a crucial role in generative AI as it enables the practical application and real-time generation of content or responses. It enables near instantaneous content creation and interactive experiences, and when properly designed and managed, does so with resource efficiency, scalability, and contextual adaptation. It allows generative AI models to support applications ranging from chatbots and virtual assistants to context-aware natural language generation and dynamic decision-making systems.
Earlier this year, Dell Technologies and NVIDIA introduced a groundbreaking project for generative AI, with a joint initiative to bring generative AI to the world’s enterprise data centers. This project delivers a set of validated designs for full-stack integrated hardware and software solutions that enable enterprises to create and run custom AI large language models (LLMs) on-premises using unique data that is relevant to their own organization.
An LLM is an advanced type of AI model that has been trained on an extensive dataset, typically using deep learning techniques, which is capable of understanding, processing, and generating natural language text. However, AI built on public or generic models is not well suited for an enterprise to use in their business. Enterprise use cases require domain-specific knowledge to train, customize, and operate their LLMs.
In addition, operating LLMs for inferencing on-premises is inherently more secure for the enterprise, due to stronger data control, reduced exposure to external networks, better control over compliance adherence, improved protection from third-party vulnerabilities, and the ability to implement customized security measures tailored to their infrastructure and environment.
Dell Technologies and NVIDIA have designed a scalable, modular, and high-performance architecture that enables enterprises everywhere to create a range of generative AI solutions that apply specifically to their businesses, reinvent their industries, and give them competitive advantage.
This design for inferencing is the first in a series of validated designs for generative AI that focus on all facets of the generative AI life cycle, including inferencing, model customization, and model training. While these designs are focused on generative AI use cases, the architecture is more broadly applicable to more general AI use cases as well.