Nvidia P4000 GPU is a decent choice for running video analytics.

What sort of hardware would you recommend for handling analytics in a Linux environment at a university? I only have space for a single slot GPU. I have around $1000 to spend. Just for comparison, what do you think is the best GPU available at the moment?

A: This is one of those how long is a piece of string questions – it depends on the number of cameras managed, the functionality offered by the analytics you want to use and other parameters that will be application specific.

Generally, to handle analytics in large open spaces using a single slot you’d need something like an Nvidia P4000 GPU and when you are setting up the Linux box make sure you select ‘GPU-based’. Cost is around $A1200 retail.

The hottest GPU available is probably the liquid-cooled GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, but it’s gaming hardware and I think unnecessary for typical investigative analytics applications in Australia. Cost is around $1700, and you’ll pay a lot more to run it.