The Nvidia Deep Learning Institute (DLI) has dramatically expanded its course offerings with the aim of up-skilling 100,000 developers in deep learning by 2018. The initiative will include instructor-led workshops and on-demand access to online courses – with prices ranging from free to $30. In other words, you can now get trained up in AI applications for next to nothing. Here are the details.
The DLI is an attempt by Nvidia to build worldwide expertise in machine learning and artificial intelligence through its super computers and GPUs. Announced today, the expanded curriculum provides practical instructions for designing, training, and deploying neural networks across a variety of application domains.
In addition to Nvidia’s own GPU-accelerated deep learning platforms, there are options for the most widely used open-source frameworks including Caffe2, MXNet and TensorFlow. The DLI is also working with Microsoft Azure, IBM Power and IBM Cloud teams to port lab content to their cloud solutions.
Online coursework is delivered using Nvidia GPUs in the cloud through Amazon Web Services and Google’s Qwiklabs. The DLI will also continue to offer instructor-led seminars, workshops and classes across Asia, Europe and the Americas. These are taught by Nvidia’s certified instructors as well as partner companies including Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM and Microsoft.
Here’s a look at the DLI’s new online offerings:
The available courses cover a range of specific industries, including health care, web services, robotics, video analytics and financial services. Nvidia is also offering a free Deep Learning Institute Teaching Kit to educators which covers academic theory and frameworks.
Analyst firm IDC estimates that 80 percent of all applications will have an AI component by 2020 – so if you work in IT, this is definitely stuff you need to know about.
Anyone can sign up for DLI training with no geographic restrictions. However, the courses are aimed at people who have a thorough understanding of data science and computer science. (In other words, only experienced developers, data scientists and researchers need apply.)
Currently, the online courses do not offer any kind of competency certification, but Nvidia hopes to implement this by the end of the year.
Nvidia is pitching DLI as a “break even proposition”, with courses priced as affordably as possible. You can learn more about the DLI’s courses and online labs here.
Lifehacker attended GTC 2016 as a guest of Nvidia.