Lenovo Launches Next-Generation of Data Science Workstations: Maximizing Productivity with Faster Time to AI Insight

Mike Leach, Senior Solution Portfolio Lead, Lenovo
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In an era where data growth continues to increase exponentially, there is no shortage of use cases around how artificial intelligence (AI) can be leveraged to help businesses make more informed decisions. In fact, ninety percent of the world’s data has been created in the last two years alone, yet most companies are only accessing about 12% of their data. To help customers make better use of their data in order to innovate faster and gain an edge in their respective industries, Lenovo is today launching the next generation of its data science workstations. Offering a complete out of the box solution, these workstations deliver the high-performance hardware, pre-installed software applications, ThinkShield security and dedicated support needed to drive efficiency and turbo charge productivity in the workflows that challenge AI practitioners the most.

To make use of the copious amounts of data that organizations now have, it must first be pulled from siloed data sources (data lakes, IoT sensors and devices, etc), then be prepared and trained. From there, it’s finally ready to be deployed as actionable AI delivering the predictive insights businesses rely on. As any AI practitioner will share, they spend about 90 percent of their time on data preparation and processing tasks. It is these tasks in particular where workstations excel as these workflows are both labor intensive and computationally sophisticated.

With the new data science workstation solutions from Lenovo, the deployment of an AI professional’s entire IT infrastructure is streamlined and optimized to meet the extreme power and performance demands of most AI workflows. The workstations support hybrid remote computing and can be purchased through Lenovo’s Device-as-a-Service (DaaS) program. Furthermore, these custom-built workstations can be paired with Lenovo’s other ThinkEdge and ThinkSystem AI hardware, software and service offerings, giving users access to a complete end-to-end solution portfolio for deploying successful AI projects within their organization.

The data science workstation portfolio includes the powerful ThinkStation P520 and P920 desktop workstations, as well as the latest generation of ThinkPad P1 and P15 mobile workstations, configurable to meet users’ individual AI workflow requirements. ThinkStation desktop workstations are powered by the latest Intel Xeon processors, up to 2TB of ECC Memory, optional Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory (P920 only) and feature support for over 20TB of storage. ThinkPad P Series mobile workstations are powered by Intel Xeon processors, up to 128GB of memory and are available in a variety of screen size, weights, and form factors.

“My personal take on the ThinkStation P920 – love the high frequency, lots of storage and huge Optane memory. I can fit my entire dataset in memory, processing terabytes of data in seconds locally. Everything is under my desk.  It is like driving a Tesla, when everybody else is using a bus. Overall, the P920 is my preferred data science experience on a local system.”
-Areg Melik-Adamyan, Principal AI Engineer, Intel

In addition, these data science workstations also include the new Lenovo Data Science operating system. This custom Linux OS, based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, is configurable as a factory option and features many of the industry’s most common machine and deep learning frameworks, AI development tools and data analytics software applications. Developer tools like the Intel OneAPI AI analytics toolkit deliver pre-tuned AI frameworks for many common data science workflows that can help AI professionals across the enterprise to drastically increase the speed and efficiency of their workflows.

With Lenovo’s new data science workstations, many of the time and resource intensive tasks associated with the setup of complex data science environments have been removed. This ultimately helps AI practitioners to get up and running straight out of the box, delivering a much faster time to insight. Whether using AI for fraud detection or improved supply chain logistics within the financial and retail industries, to enhanced image analysis in healthcare or smart maintenance and network optimization in the telecommunications and utilities space, the latest evolution of Lenovo’s data science workstation offerings provide performance, reliability, efficiency, and agility where it’s needed most.

To learn more about how Lenovo’s data science workstations can equip AI practitioners with the right tools to deliver near real-time insights, visit: www.Lenovo.com/Data-Science


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