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At ASF 2019: The Virtuous Circle of Big Data, AI and HPC

At ASF 2019: The Virtuous Circle of Big Data, AI and HPC

We've entered a new phase in IT -- in the world, really -- where the combination of ...

‘Data Scientist’ Title Evolving Into New Thing

‘Data Scientist’ Title Evolving Into New Thing

Who is a data scientist, and what do they do? It’s a worthy question, and one that’s ...

MIPS-Based Platform Targets AI App Developers

MIPS-Based Platform Targets AI App Developers

High-end computing platforms are emerging to support AI applications like inferencing and training so-called edge applications ranging ...

EU Promotes ‘Human-Centric’ AI

EU Promotes ‘Human-Centric’ AI

European regulators continue to take the lead on a range of critical technology policy issues spanning data ...

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HPC has long driven innovation in computing, systems and software and many of the concepts of an HPC infrastructure have transcended into mainstream computing and the modern enterprise. Largely due to the massive amounts of data and how the data is being used, real-time analysis of the data for faster time to insight and of course, how the data is being stored and retrieved to support organizational objectives at every level.

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We've entered a new phase in IT -- in the world, really -- where the combination of big data, artificial intelligence, and high performance computing is pushing the bounds of what's possible in business and science, in work and play. What new creations this virtuous circle will yield has yet to be seen, but if what we've seen up ... Full article
Just in time to take on cloud rival Amazon Web Services for a huge Pentagon cloud contract, Microsoft announced new Azure cloud regions and expanded DoD certifications that would allow it to handle government data classified as secret. Microsoft and AWS are the last two bidders standing for a $10 billion winner-take-all JEDI cloud contract. DoD announced in early ... Full article
Who is a data scientist, and what do they do? It’s a worthy question, and one that’s been asked an untold number of times over the years. But now it appears the job definition of the data scientist is changing into something new. The big question, then, is what replaces it? The traditional definition of a data scientist is ... Full article
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High-end computing platforms are emerging to support AI applications like inferencing and training so-called edge applications ranging from IoT networks to autonomous vehicles. The latest entry comes from Wave Computing, which released a MIPS-based 64-bit AI platform this week. Available under license, the “TritonAI” programmable platform is aimed at AI chip designers targeting edge applications. Wave Computing, which specializes ... Full article
Chip maker Intel has extended its reach into the FPGA arena with the acquisition of Omnitek, a U.K.-based developer of intellectual property cores used to combine FPGAs with AI and vision applications. Omnitek, Basingstoke, U.K., specializes in soft IP cores for applications ranging from medical imaging to high-end video conferencing. Founded in 1998, Omnitek claims about 220 FPGA IP ... Full article
European regulators continue to take the lead on a range of critical technology policy issues spanning data privacy and, now, “trustworthy” AI. On the heels of its sweeping General Data Protection Regulation, considered by at least one observer as “the most significant change in privacy law in decades,” the European Union this week unveiled ethics guidelines for “building trust in ... Full article
Amazon Web Services and Microsoft will compete for a massive Defense Department cloud contract after a Pentagon probe dismissed protesters’ conflict-of-interest allegations. The decision first reported by Bloomberg effectively eliminates protesters IBM and Oracle from competing for the $10 billion winner-take-all JEDI cloud contract. DoD confirmed on Wednesday (April 10) that AWS and Microsoft were the only bidders meeting “minimum ... Full article
The insatiable appetite for higher throughput and lower latency – particularly where edge analytics and AI, network functions, or for a range of data center acceleration needs are concerned – has compelled IT managers and chip makers to venture out, increasingly, beyond CPUs and GPUs. The “inherent parallelism” of FPGAs (see below) to handle specialized workloads in AI- and ... Full article
Google is filling out its roster of hardware partners for its new cloud services platform called Anthos as its pushes home-grown technologies like its Kubernetes cluster orchestrator across hybrid and cloud-native deployments. Anthos, formerly Google’s cloud services platform, combines Kubernetes, the Istio service mesh and related open-source components into a framework aimed at achieving interoperability between the Google cloud and ... Full article
Building on the big year of 2017 and spurred in part by the convergence of AI and HPC, global revenue for high performance servers jumped 15.6 percent last year, according to market analyst firm Hyperion Research, from $11.9 billion to $13.7 billion, exceeding Hyperion’s forecast of $13 billion for the year. In Q4 2018, high-end server revenue grew by ... Full article
Nvidia is collaborating with medical groups to push GPU-powered AI tools into clinical settings, including radiology and drug discovery. The GPU leader said Monday (April 8) it will collaborate with the American College of Radiology (ACR) to provide clinicians with its Clara AI tool kit. The partnership would allow radiologists to leverage AI techniques for diagnostic imaging using their ... Full article
Enterprises are data-rich and insight-poor as it relates to security for multi-cloud, hybrid infrastructure. Machine learning approaches are relatively well-established for email security, data loss prevention and malware detection. But for infrastructure security, ML is largely untapped, yet it can unlock the data jam and delight SecOps users, if applied correctly. The 4 Ps In our analysis, most successful ... Full article
Intel offered a list of use cases for its Optane DC persistent memory technology during a company event this week, including Twitter’s effort to scale its Hadoop clusters using Optane and SAP HANA’s database improvements focused on applications like machine learning and predictive analytics. The chip maker (NASDAQ: INTC) highlighted those and other datacenter implementations to bolster its assertion that persistent ... Full article
An ethical debate over membership on Google’s AI ethics advisory board has shut down the controversial panel before it ever convened. Google also lost a top AI researcher to rival Apple. Announced last week, Google confirmed to the web site Vox it is ending its Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC). The decision reportedly comes in response to an internal ... Full article
At Intel's Data-Centric Innovation Day in San Francisco (April 2), the company unveiled its second-generation Xeon Scalable (Cascade Lake) family and debuted its Optane persistent memory module, along with other products (more below). Notable for high-end computing watchers was the launch of Cascade Lake-AP (Advanced Performance), now known as the Xeon Platinum 9200 processor, designed for high-performance computing, advanced ... Full article
Intel’s drive to solidify its stranglehold on the datacenter via its Optane DC persistent memory architecture was on full display this week during the chip maker’s “data-centric” event. Navin Shenoy, general manager of Intel’s Data Center Group, touted the growing ecosystem emerging around Optane, including more than 50 OEMs and cloud service providers. Among them is Google, the recipient ... Full article
Five of the biggest systems vendors – Dell EMC, Lenovo, Supermicro, Cisco and Cray – in concert with Intel’s launch this morning of its second-generation Xeon Scalable processors (Cascade Lake) and Optane persistent memory – announced the refresh of server portfolios leveraging the new Intel technologies. Here’s a summary of the server companies’ announcements: Dell EMC announced upgrades to ... Full article
A new spy cloud has emerged from the shadows. The CIA is reportedly leading a multibillion procurement effort on behalf of 17 U.S. intelligence agencies dubbed IC Commercial Cloud Enterprise, according to the website FCW. Unlike the contentious and stalled Defense Department cloud procurement, the new intelligence cloud initiative would involve multiple vendors, the website reported Monday (April 1). ... Full article
Deep thinkers pondering the role of automation in the workplace are defining a new domain of appropriate—and controllable—technologies under the rubric of “intelligent automation” that promises to handle rote business processes. Proponents assert the application of IA would change the workplace in a number of important ways—most notably changing data processors into data analyzers—while addressing larger demographic issues like ... Full article
AI workloads are becoming ubiquitous, including running on the world’s fastest computers — thereby changing what we call HPC forever. As every organization plans for the future, AI workloads are on our minds — how do they affect programming, software needs, hardware demands, and training needs? In the upcoming year, specialists and AI experts will continue to come together to ... Full article
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ATLANTA, Jan. 22, 2019 -- GIGA Data Centers, LLC (GIGA), a new breed of data center provider creating affordable, hyper-scale performing facilities with unprecedented energy ...
FORT LEE, N.J., Jan. 22, 2019 -- ScaleMP, a leading provider of virtualization solutions for high-end computing, today announced a record growth year for ...
STRASBOURG, France, Jan. 22, 2019 -- 2CRSI (Paris:2CRSI), manufacturer of very high-performance servers and value added IT distributor “SNB Middle East”, have announced a distribution agreement ...
TAIPEI, Taiwan, Jan. 22, 2019 -- AOPEN, a proud member of the ACER Group, is proud to announce a new line of AI enabled visual ...
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