Can I build my own GPU-based hardware appliance?

Monday July 1, 2019

No, it’s not recommended unless your organization has a unique strategic need and the budget to support that long-term purchase. Building and maintaining your own hardware will be more expensive in the long term, unless you already have Linux programmers maintaining GPU-based hardware at scale. If this is the case, then yes, and we require you to build your system, load prerequisite software, and ship it to our Austin lab for certification where we will test it for three months. 

You can build your own GPU-based hardware to the required specifications, and it still may have problems because you will also need to install the correct operating system and drivers, which will require knowledge of Linux command line. You will also take responsibility for maintaining the hardware, operating system and drivers for the life of the hardware and system. For 99% of organizations, it’s less expensive to use the “Athena certified” hardware vendors, which come with warranty, extended warranty for purchase, and service contracts.