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Around 30

GPU instances in production.

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1 million videos

generated by the Yepic Studio service.

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Monthly income

from $2k to $50k in five months.

The context

A robotic receptionist greets visitors arriving at a campus or a company; an ultra-realistic presenter reads out a firm’s quarterly results on its YouTube channel; while your face is dubbed live deepfaked in Chinese so you can speak to someone on the other side of the world; this is the technology that Yepic.AI – a start-up with unique services – is offering.     

The technology is already familiar in the form of deepfake, but the founders of Yepic.AI are determined to make it not only a useful tool for companies, but a new means of communication that could truly revolutionise international trade.    

In 2021,  the start-up launched its first product, the Yepic Studio online service. This tool allows users to generate a video based on a simple text. Simply choose an avatar and type what you want to say. The video becomes available a few minutes later. And the results are stunning. They have acquired 500 devout monthly users in the last 5 months. The second tool is a simultaneous voice translation service known as VidVoice. Users can have conversations with anyone in the world and receive a simultaneous translation without the need for human interpreters. And you don’t even need a transcription of what participants are saying.

Aaron Jones, the CEO of Yepic.AI, explains how these ground-breaking tools work, “We are developing tools to help companies communicate by video, but it really is more than just for business usage. Our goal is to optimise how people communicate in global organisations and make it easier to access healthcare. Twenty-five million Americans don’t speak English, and in the UK nearly 1 million people can’t speak English well enough to access healthcare without an interpreter. With a tool like this one, the whole world will gain access to knowledge and services in their mother tongue, simply by speaking.”

The challenge

Yepic.AI’s core expertise is to generate videos. The start-up works closely with the field’s most advanced researchers in the United Kingdom, including those at the CVSSP (Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing) as well as other researchers from the universities of Oxford, Warwick, Birmingham, and Kingston University London. A huge amount of machine power is required to generate perfectly natural-sounding videos that are synchronised with text readings. The technology is based on Machine Learning algorithms. It produces a video in real-time, just like the VidVoice service. The process requires the most efficient GPUs on the market with the maximum amount of possible memory.

But Yepic.AI is still just a ten-person start-up. Its human resources are nothing like those available to AI giants like as Facebook, Microsoft, and Deepmind. As a result, its researchers needed extremely powerful, as well as highly industrialised, tools to create, test, and produce their AI algorithms, and they had to find a reliable and efficient GPU infrastructure. That’s why Aaron Jones turned to OVHcloud.

The solution

While Yepic.AI researchers began developing their tools using Cloud services provided by American hyperscalers, they very quickly switched to OVHcloud services. Aaron Jones explains why, “I found out about OVHcloud at a virtual event. I felt that we shared the same values and they quickly invited us to join their start-up program.” The founder of Yepic.AI was on the lookout for a solid partner for the scale-up phase of Yepic Studio. “A business can use this tool to enter a script in forty languages, choose an avatar and generate a video in just a few minutes. In these early stages, the service is available online to business users.” The tool consumes a lot of GPU resources and if the launch was to be successful – a must for any start-up – it meant having an efficient and reliable infrastructure.

Yepic.AI uses around thirty OVHcloud ML Serving GPU instances to provide its services. Meanwhile, researchers are making good use of Jupyter notebooks in managed mode using OVHcloud’s AI Notebooks solution. “Being able to use OVHcloud notebooks has been a game changer for us. The seamless integration between AI Notebooks and ML Serving saves us a lot of time. We no longer have to go through weeks of waiting before bringing in an innovation: we can automate how we load an algorithm on multiple GPUs from the notebook.” The agility and speed of execution allow the start-up to bring in new features very quickly: a key asset for a fledgling business.

 

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The result

While Yepic.AI researchers began developing their tools using Cloud services provided by American hyperscalers, they very quickly switched to OVHcloud services. Aaron Jones explains why, “I found out about OVHcloud at a virtual event. I felt that we shared the same values and they quickly invited us to join their start-up program.” The founder of Yepic.AI was on the lookout for a solid partner for the scale-up phase of Yepic Studio. “A business can use this tool to enter a script in forty languages, choose an avatar and generate a video in just a few minutes. In these early stages, the service is available online to business users.” The tool consumes a lot of GPU resources and if the launch was to be successful – a must for any start-up – it meant having an efficient and reliable infrastructure.

Yepic.AI uses around thirty OVHcloud ML Serving GPU instances to provide its services. Meanwhile, researchers are making good use of Jupyter notebooks in managed mode using OVHcloud’s AI Notebooks solution. “Being able to use OVHcloud notebooks has been a game changer for us. The seamless integration between AI Notebooks and ML Serving saves us a lot of time. We no longer have to go through weeks of waiting before bringing in an innovation: we can automate how we load an algorithm on multiple GPUs from the notebook.” The agility and speed of execution allow the start-up to bring in new features very quickly: a key asset for a fledgling business.

“We’ve tried out all the leading American hyperscalers and OVHcloud is certainly
the Cloud service we found most user friendly. In just a few days, the whole team
was fully operational, so our researchers could start innovating more quickly. The
production infrastructure delivered by OVHcloud brings us the best performing GPUs,
which is absolutely critical for our business.”
Aaron Jones, CEO of Yepic.AI