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LightOn Cloud for Research program

What is LightOn Cloud for Research?

What do you get?

The core technology behind LightOn Cloud (LightOn OPUs – Optical Processing Units) has been created to accelerate Machine Learning and Deep Learning computations. OPUs are a major technological innovation and have been created with, and for, engineers, researchers, professors, and students alike.

This is why the LightOn Cloud for Research program was created: to drive research and innovation forward.

All users that are selected for the LightOn Cloud for Research, are offered free credits for LOC usage, equivalent to the “large” package (20 credits = 20h of LOC usage). Once these have been used up it is possible to receive extra LOC credits on a case-by-case basis.
As all other LOC users, you will have access to LightOn Cloud Computes – LOCOs (Aurora OPU + powerful CPU and GPU) through Jupyter Lab and SSH.

Who can apply?

What is expected of you?

 The LightOn Cloud for Research program supports researchers and people in nonprofit organizations who seek to:

  1. solve problems that are considered extremely complex or impossible due to the large dimensionality of data;
  2. accelerate Machine Learning / Deep Learning computations with new software and hardware approaches;
  3. benchmark the speedup and energy savings provided by the OPU, compared to GPU-only, on a variety of algorithms and data sets.
If you want to look at previous projects that have been performed using LightOn OPUs, you may visit our blog. You will find interesting use-cases by LightOn’s ML engineers as well as researchers from all around the globe. All source code is available through ouGithub page.

      We want this program to be as easy for you to use as possible. Therefore we only require that any research conducted (partially or fully) under the LightOn Cloud for Research programme acknowledges two things:

      1. the usage of LOC (as a service) in any communication, presentation, paper/publication, and white paper;
      2. the usage of LightOn OPUs (as hardware) in any communication, presentation, paper/publication, and white paper.

      As we are trying to provide the best experience to our users, after having used your 20 credits, we will ask for your feedback through a short survey (5-10 mn long). After completing this short survey, you may ask for more credits to finish your project, if needed.
      Once your work with the LOC and our OPUs is over, we may ask for more detailed feedback and we may decide together on the form it may take (public user testimonial, a 15mn call, a blog post on LightOn blog, or anything else you may find interesting.

      How does the award process work?

      1. Everything starts by applying for the LightOn Cloud for Research program, completing this form
      2. Upon receiving your request, we will examine your application and we may contact you directly to better understand your research project. We will try to do so in a timely manner but we cannot provide any guarantee for the timing, at this point.

      Due to the large number of requests we receive, we are unable to provide detailed reasons on an individual basis for not granting access to the program. Priority will be given to research projects involving new use cases for LightOn OPUs.

      If you are already using LightOn Cloud and you want to be considered for the LightOn Cloud for Research program, let us know at cloud-research[at]lighton.ai

      You can find the Terms and Conditions for the LightOn Cloud for Research program here.

      Interested in LightOn Cloud for Research?