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NVTC Data Center and Cloud Community of Interest Meeting

June 15 | 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM

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June 15, 2023
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Free – $35.00


Dominion Energy
3072 Centreville Road
Herndon, VA 20171

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AI models are increasingly pervading every aspect of our lives and work. With each passing year, more complex models, new techniques, and new use cases require more compute power to meet the growing demand for AI.

IBM has deployed a cloud-based supercomputer on its public cloud service. The supercomputer dubbed as “Vela”, an ‘AI-optimized, cloud-native supercomputer.’ The system has been online since May of 2022, housed within IBM Cloud. This system is the go-to environment for IBM Research to perform state-of-the-art AI research today. IBM is now opening these capabilities to commercial clients as part of its new watsonx platform on IBM Cloud.  In this talk, we will discuss the rapid pace of innovation in the AI field and the roadmap of AI capabilities currently under development within IBM.  In addition, we will dive into the technical details of AI infrastructure and its impact on data center development & operations.

Join us for this fun and informative session on June 15th at the next NVTC Data Center and Cloud Community meeting.



Seetharami Seelam is Principal Research Scientist and a Technical Lead at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center where he leads the Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure Research group. Seetharami is responsible for defining the strategy and implementing the execution plan for high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) on IBM Hybrid Cloud Platforms. He has over 15 years of experience as an engineer, research scientist, strategist, public speaker, educator, and architect. His technical contributions have awarded him an IBM Corporate award, seven outstanding technical accomplishment (OTAA) awards, and two outstanding innovation awards. He has filed more than 40 patents (25 issued) and published over 50 papers, receiving four best paper awards, and one outstanding paper award.


I-Hsin Chung: I-Hsin is a manager in the Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure Research organization. He has close to 20 years of experience at IBM Research and is an Adjunct Associate professor at NYU, where he teaches cloud and machine learning courses.

Abdullah Kayi (Apo): Apo is a Senior Research Scientist in the Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure department at IBM Research. He has over 10 years of industry experience focusing on computer architecture, high-performance computing, and cloud computing. He is currently involved in improving the performance of software-defined networks for data-intensive workloads focusing on HPC and AI.


7:30 – 8:30 AM | Breakfast and Networking

8:30 – 9:15 AM | Presentation by Seelam Seetharami

9:15 – 10:00 AM | Panel discussion


Members – Complimentary
Non-Members – $35

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