Setting a New Bar in MLPerf

NVIDIA training and inference solutions deliver record-setting performance in MLPerf, the leading industry benchmark for AI performance.

What is MLPerf?

MLPerf is a consortium of AI leaders from academia, research labs, and industry whose mission is to “build fair and useful benchmarks” that provide unbiased evaluations of training and inference performance for hardware, software, and services—all conducted under prescribed conditions. To stay on the cutting edge of industry trends, MLPerf continues to evolve, holding new tests at regular intervals and adding new workloads that represent the state of the art in AI.

MLPerf Submission Categories

MLPerf Training v1.0 is the fourth instantiation for training and consisted of eight different workloads covering a broad diversity of use cases, including vision, language, recommenders, and reinforcement learning.

MLPerf Inference v1.0 tested seven different use cases across seven different kinds of neural networks. Three of these use cases were for computer vision, one for recommender systems, two for language processing, and one for medical imaging.

Image Classification

Image Classification

Assigns a label from a fixed set of categories to an input image, i.e., applies to computer vision problems such as autonomous vehicles. details.

Object Detection (Lightweight)

Object Detection (Lightweight)

Finds instances of real-world objects such as faces, bicycles, and buildings in images or videos and specifies a bounding box around each. details.

Object Detection (Heavyweight)

Object Detection (Heavyweight)

Detects distinct objects of interest appearing in an image and identifies a pixel mask for each. details.

Translation (Recurrent)

Translation (Recurrent)

Translates text from one language to another using a recurrent neural network (RNN). details.

Biomedical Image Segmentation

Biomedical Image Segmentation

Performs volumetric segmentation of dense 3D images for medical use cases. details.

 

 

Translation (Non-recurrent)

Translation (Non-recurrent)

Translates text from one language to another using a feed-forward neural network. details.

Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR)

Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR)

Recognize and transcribes audio in real time. details.

Natural Language Processing (NLP)

Natural Language Processing (NLP)

Understands text by using the relationship between different words in a block of text. Allows for question answering, sentence paraphrasing, and many other language-related use cases. details.

Recommendation

Recommendation

Delivers personalized results in user-facing services such as social media or e-commerce websites by understanding interactions between users and service items, like products or ads. details.

Reinforcement Learning

Reinforcement Learning

Evaluates different possible actions to maximize reward using the strategy game Go played on a 19x19 grid. details.

NVIDIA’s MLPerf Benchmark Results

  • Training

    Training

  • Inference

    Inference

The NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPU and the NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD set all 16 training performance records, both in per-chip and at-scale workloads for commercially available systems. This breakthrough performance came from the tight integration of hardware, software, and system-level technologies. NVIDIA’s continuous investment in full-stack performance has led to an improvement in throughput over the four MLPerf submissions.

OVER 6.5X PERFORMANCE IN 2.5 YEAR​S OF MLPERF

NVIDIA's Full-Stack Innovation Delivers Continuous Improvements

OVER 6X  PERFORMANCE IN 2.5 YEAR​S OF MLPERF

NVIDIA SETS ALL 16 RECORDS

For Commercially Available Solutions

The NVIDIA AI platform set all 8 per-accelerator records using NVIDA A100 GPUs in OEM servers as well as NVIDIA DGX. This demonstrates the strength of the end-to-end NVIDIA hardware and software stack which allows computer makers to deliver record results on MLPerf.

  Max Scale Records (min) Per-Accelerator Records (min)
Recommendation (DLRM) 0.99 (DGX SuperPOD) 15.3 (A100)
NLP (BERT) 0.32 (DGX SuperPOD) 169.2 (A100)
Speech Recognition- Recurrent (RNN-T) 2.75 (DGX SuperPOD) 309.6 (A100)
Object Detection- Heavyweight (Mask R-CNN) 3.95 (DGX SuperPOD) 400.2 (A100)
Object Detection- Lightweight (SSD) 0.48 (DGX SuperPOD) 66.5 (A100)
Image Classification (ResNet-50 v1.5) 0.4 (DGX SuperPOD) 219.0 (A100)
Image Segmentation (3D-Unet) 3 (DGX SuperPOD) 229.1 (A100)
Reinforcement Learning (MiniGo) 15.53 (DGX SuperPOD) 2156.3 (A100)

NVIDIA achieved top performance results in all scenarios (data center server and offline, as well as edge single-stream, multi-stream, and offline). In addition, we delivered the best per-accelerator performance among all products tested across all benchmark tests. These results are a testament, not only to NVIDIA's inference performance leadership, but to the versatility of our inference platform.

Offline scenario for data center and edge (Single GPU)

  NVIDIA A100
(Inferences/Second)
NVIDIA A30
(Inferences/Second)
NVIDIA A10
(Inferences/Second)
NVIDIA® Jetson Xavier
(Max Inferences/Query)
DLRM
(Recommender)
307,788 133,439 96,547 N/A*
BERT
(Natural Language Processing)
3,543 1,658 1,057 92
ResNet-50 v1.5
(Image Classification)
38,110 17,690 13,210 2,072
ResNet-34
(Large Single Shot Detector)
985 470 312 57
RNN-T
(Speech Recognition)
13,210 6,461 4,515 433
3D U-Net
(Medical Imaging)
60 30 22 3

The Technology Behind the Results

The complexity of AI demands a tight integration between all aspects of the platform. As demonstrated in MLPerf's benchmarks, the NVIDIA AI platform delivers leadership performance with the world's most advanced GPU, powerful and scalable interconnect technologies, and cutting-edge software—an end-to-end solution that can be deployed in the data center, in the cloud, or at the edge with amazing results.

Optimized Software that Accelerates AI Workflows

Optimized Software that Accelerates AI Workflows

An essential component of NVIDIA’s platform and MLPerf training and inference results, NGC is a hub for GPU-optimized AI, high-performance computing (HPC), and data analytics software that simplifies and accelerates end-to-end workflows. With over 150 enterprise-grade containers, including workloads for conversational AI and recommender systems, over 100 models, and industry-specific SDKs that can be deployed on-premises, in the cloud, or at the edge, NGC enables data scientists, researchers, and developers to build best-in-class solutions, gather insights, and deliver business value faster than ever before.

Leadership-Class AI Infrastructure

Achieving world-leading results across training and inferences requires infrastructure that’s purpose-built for the world’s most complex AI challenges. The NVIDIA AI platform delivered using the power of the NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPU, the NVIDIA A30 Tensor Core GPU, the NVIDIA A10 Tensor Core GPU and the scalability and flexibility of NVIDIA interconnect technologies—NVIDIA NVLink®, NVIDIA NVSwitch, and the NVIDIA ConnectX®-6 VPI. These are at the heart of the NVIDIA DGX A100, the engine behind our benchmark performance.

NVIDIA DGX systems offer the scalability, rapid deployment, and incredible compute power that can enable every enterprise to build leadership-class AI infrastructure.

Leadership-Class AI Infrastructure

Learn more about our data center training and inference product performance.