Generative AI avalanche expected with Nvidia and Snowflake partnership

The alliance brings accelerated computing capabilities to Snowflake’s Data Cloud.

Karen Moltenbrey

Moving from one location to another can become treacherous, especially during inclement weather like a blizzard or snowstorm. The same premise holds when moving large amounts of data. A new partnership between Nvidia and Snowflake, a data cloud company, is bringing an accumulation of AI capabilities for Snowflake customers, providing them with a clear pathway to using their data for generative AI and LLMs, without having to move it and put it at risk.

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Generative AI is for everyone, but not everyone has the resources to build generative AI applications. A partnership between Nvidia and data cloud company Snowflake can change that, offering an accelerated path for companies small and large to create customized generative AI applications using their own data on the Snowflake Data Cloud, where that data already resides.

Snowflake securely holds vast amounts of customer data. By integrating Nvidia’s cloud-native NeMo for developing large language models (LLMs) with Snowflake and using Nvidia GPUs for accelerated computing, Snowflake customers will be able to utilize their data in their account to create custom LLMs—all without having to transfer their raw business data (which can range from hundreds of petabytes to terabytes) elsewhere to do so. Not only does this further safeguard the data by not putting it at risk, but it also is cost-effective and reduces latency.

Snowpark Container Services, now in private preview, will make it easier to bring full-stack apps, LLMs, and other sophisticated data products to the data securely. This runtime option enables developers to deploy, manage, and scale containerized workloads (jobs, services, service functions) using secure Snowflake-managed infrastructure with configurable hardware options including Nvidia GPUs. By integrating the Nvidia GPUs and AI Enterprise software suite on the Snowflake platform, customers can enhance machine learning performance and fine-tune LLMs more efficiently.

“Together, Nvidia and Snowflake will create an AI factory that helps enterprises turn their own valuable data into custom generative AI models to power groundbreaking new applications—right from the cloud platform that they use to run their businesses,” stated Jensen Huang, Nvidia CEO, during the Snowflake Summit 2023 this week.