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NVIDIA, HPE to transform US Postal Service

William Payne
November 14, 2019

The world's largest postal service, the US Postal Service, is adopting end-to-end AI technology from NVIDIA  to improve its package data processing. The US Postal Service will use NVIDIA EGX AI technology supplied by HPE to speed package processing, and it is predicted it will improve processing speeds by a factor of 10, and increase accuracy.

The new system will start with high-performance servers powered by NVIDIA V100 Tensor Core GPUs and deep learning software to train multiple AI algorithms. The trained models will then be deployed to NVIDIA EGX edge computing systems at close to 200 Postal Service facilities throughout the U.S. to enable more efficient package data processing. The NVIDIA-powered systems are being purchased by the Postal Service under contract with Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Engineering teams from the Postal Service and NVIDIA have been collaborating for several months to develop AI models, using NVIDIA software including TensorRT for high-throughput, low-latency inference optimisation; automatic mixed precision in PyTorch to accelerate training while maintaining model accuracy; NGC containers, which are GPU-optimised for streamlining software deployment; and DeepOps tools for optimising GPU clusters.

Delivery and testing of the system will start this year and it is expected to be fully operational by spring of 2020.

“AI is transforming multiple industries, enabling processes, accuracy and efficiency not possible before,” said Anthony Robbins, vice president of the Federal Sector Business at NVIDIA. “The U.S. Postal Service’s adoption of AI demonstrates how this powerful technology can improve an excellent service that we rely on every day. Benjamin Franklin would be proud.”

The Postal Service operates the world’s highest volume logistics operation, processing and delivering some 146 billion pieces of mail annually, including more than 6 billion packages. The new AI system will process package data 10x faster and with higher accuracy.