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6 Best Top-End Workstations For Data Scientists

6 Best Top-End Workstations For Data Scientists

With the silos of data gathering every day, organisations around the world have changed the way they were working a few years ago. The driving demand for adopting AI and data science has led companies to build products that can handle the huge collections of data as well as the complexity of workflows. Also, security is one of the crucial concerns, which is why organisations using sensitive or confidential data, often avoid the relying on cloud and prefer systems with advanced AI solutions. 

Here is a curated list of the best top-end workstations, in no particular order, for data scientists.

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Z Series By HP

The Z series workstation by HP is packed with an onboard NVIDIA graphic unit among other advanced data science solutions. The Z line of products is designed in such a way that data scientists and machine learning developers can maximise the productivity, cut down latency as well as lower the cost of their data science projects. These workstations are built to ensure the highest level of compatibility, support and reliability. With these workstations, one can easily create and deploy data science applications while managing the data science tools and models.

Key configurations: 

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Z4 and Z4 are ideal for complex machine learning computations.

Z4: Built for advanced 3D CAD, BIM and machine learning.

  • Up to 512 GB DDR4-2933 ECC
  • Up to Intel Core i9 or Xeon®Scalable Processors
  • Up to 2x NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000 or 1x AMD Radeon Pro WX9100
  • Windows 10 Pro or Linux

Z8: Optimal for simulation, 8K video editing and complex machine learning.

  • Up to 3 TB DDR4-2666 ECC
  • Up to Intel Xeon Scalable Processors
  • Up to 2x NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000 or 1x AMD Radeon Pro WX9100
  • Windows 10 Pro or Linux

Price: Ranges from ₹91,643 – 312,001

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Lenovo P Series Workstations

Lenovo P Series Workstations are equipped to address demanding AI, machine learning, and deep learning workflow needs. Some of the advantages of AI on Lenovo workstations include accelerating machine and deep learning workflows, along with data preparation, model training, visualisation, and freedom to execute a full end-to-end data science and analytics workflow entirely on NVIDIA Quadro RTX GPUs, among others. 

ThinkStation P920 is an ultra-high-end desktop for machine/deep learning and model training, whereas ThinkStation P520 is for AI model development and edge computing. The ThinkStation P330 Tiny, on the other hand, is meant for AI edge-based inferencing workloads.

Key configurations: 

  • The Processor is Intel Xeon E-2100/ W Family/ dual Intel Platinum  
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, Ubuntu Linux, Redhat Linux/ Enterprise Linux 
  • Memory: 64 GB to 128 GB 

Price: Ranges from ₹55,500- 263,321. 

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NVIDIA-Powered Data Science Workstations

NVIDIA-Powered Data Science Workstations is a new breed of desktops and mobile workstations that help data scientists transform massive amounts of information into insights faster than ever before, by accelerating data preparation, model training, and visualisation. The workstations combine the advanced NVIDIA Quadro RTX GPUs with a data science software stack built on NVIDIA CUDA-X AI to deliver an integrated solution provided by leading workstation and system builder partners. 

In an interview with Triple Grandmaster Christof Henkel, Henkel mentioned that his workstation is powered by two deep learning units. One has 3x NVIDIA RTX 2080Ti, and the other one is a DGX Station with 4x V100.

Key configurations: 

  • The data science workstations come with a comprehensive stack of tested and optimised data science software built on NVIDIA CUDA-X AI. 
  • This stack features RAPIDS data processing and machine learning libraries, NVIDIA optimised XGBoost, TensorFlow, PyTorch, and other leading data science software, providing enterprises with accelerated workflows for faster data preparation, model training and data visualisation.

Price: To know the exact price of these workstations, you have to contact the dealers located in your area.

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Edge XT Workstations

The EDGE XT workstations by NextComputing include two versions, one is powered by Intel, and the other is powered by AMD. EDGE XTi is a compact tower workstation powered by Intel’s powerful workstation-class processors and is configured with high-end graphics power and all the storage for performing complex computations. 

The EDGE XTa is powered by AMD’s Ryzen, Threadripper and EPYC CPUs. The configurations include high CPU core count to 64 cores for the 3D rendering of images and animations, encoding videos, Elastic/Kibana data visualisation use cases and fast CPU clock speeds for 3D modelling use cases.

Key configurations: 

The EDGE XTi includes —

  • Workstation-class Intel processors for elite performance
  • Accommodates (3) dual-width or (4) single-width professional graphics cards
  • Multiple storage options including PCI Express-based or SATA-based SSDs
  • Windows 10 64 Bit Pro

The EDGE XTa includes —

  • AMD Ryzen, Threadripper, or EPYC processor for elite performance
  • Accommodates (3) dual-width or (4) single-width professional graphics cards
  • Multiple storage options including PCI Express-based or SATA-based SSDs
  • Windows 10 64 Bit Pro

Price: Ranges from $1,995.00- 54,950

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Dell Data Science Workstation (DSW)

The Dell Data Science Workstation (DSW) delivers a fully integrated AI hardware and software solution. It delivers the data science platform that is needed with performance and reliability. The workstation is powered by Dell Precision workstations with the NVIDIA Quadro GPUs and NVIDIA GPU Accelerated Data Science software stack and Intel Xeon CPUs. 

The Data Science workstations deliver the power to deploy and manage cognitive technology platforms, including machine learning, artificial intelligence and deep learning. The workstations have several versions, such as 7550, 7750, 5820 towers, 7920 racks and more. 

Key configurations: 

Dell Precision Workstations include — 

  • Several versions depending on the price, and each version includes different GPUs, such as NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000, NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000 and NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000.
  • Intel Xeon CPU, 64GB–384GB ECC RDIMM, 
  • Drives(1TB-3TB) NVMe PCIe Class 50 SSD. 

Price: The prices vary depending upon configuration. For instance, the price of New Precision 3640 Tower Workstation is ₹83,920.26, while the price of New Precision 3440 Desktop Workstation is ₹68,886.85.

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Lambda TensorBook

Powered by the NVIDIA RTX 2080 Super Max-Q GPU, TensorBook is a GPU laptop built for deep learning by Lambda. The deep learning laptop comes with Lambda Stack, which includes frameworks like TensorFlow, PyTorch, Keras, CUDA, and cuDNN and more. The TensorBook can be pre-installed with either Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04, or Windows 10 Pro. Also, one can dual boot the TensorBook with Windows 10 Pro and Ubuntu 18.04.

Key configurations: 

  • Lambda TensorBook includes GPU RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, 
  • NVIDIA 2070/2080 (8GB), 
  • Intel Core i7-10875H processor with 16 threads
  • 5.10 GHz turbo and 16 MB cache
  • RAM up to 64GB (2666 MHz)
  • Storage up to 2 TB

Price: $ 3,300

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