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Talk to Me: Nvidia Claims NLP Inference, Training Records

Talk to Me: Nvidia Claims NLP Inference, Training Records

Nvidia says it’s achieved significant advances in conversation natural language processing (NLP) training and inference, enabling more ...

AI Agent Provides Rationale Behind Decisions

AI Agent Provides Rationale Behind Decisions

Frameworks for explaining the rationales underlying AI-based decisions continue to make progress in the form of an ...

Cisco Adds AI-Based Meeting Transcriber

Cisco Adds AI-Based Meeting Transcriber

Cisco Systems is beefing up its Webex collaboration platform with new AI and automated speech recognition tools ...

Explaining AI Decisions to Your Customers: IBM Toolkit for Algorithm Accountability

Explaining AI Decisions to Your Customers: IBM Toolkit for Algorithm Accoun...

IBM has introduced a toolkit of algorithms to enable interpretability and explainability of machine learning models – ...

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AT&T added to its growing list of 5G wireless partnerships this week, announcing collaboration with Dell Technologies to develop “cloud-oriented 5G” wireless infrastructure built upon an open source tools used to automate cloud provisioning. Among the goals of this and other partnerships is leveraging 5G's higher data rates along with infrastructure upgrades to handle high-end workloads at the network ... Full article
Nvidia says it’s achieved significant advances in conversation natural language processing (NLP) training and inference, enabling more complex, immediate-response interchanges between customers and chatbots. And the company says it has a new language training model in the works that dwarfs existing ones. Nvidia said its DGX-2 AI platform trained the BERT-Large AI language model in less than an hour ... Full article
Frameworks for explaining the rationales underlying AI-based decisions continue to make progress in the form of an AI agent that attempts to provide straightforward English explanations in a readily interpretable form. Eventually, users could seek alternative explanations. (See also Explaining AI Decisions to Your Customers: IBM Toolkit for Algorithm Accountability.) University researchers tackled the explainable AI dilemma by training ... Full article
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Cisco Systems is beefing up its Webex collaboration platform with new AI and automated speech recognition tools acquired through its purchase of Voicea, an AI-based transcription and voice search specialist. Webex is the keystone of Cisco’s Cognitive Collaboration portfolio that is being steadily upgraded with automation tools designed to preserve notes and assemble action items from conference calls. The ... Full article
IBM has introduced a toolkit of algorithms to enable interpretability and explainability of machine learning models – i.e., algorithms for understanding algorithms (have we mentioned lately that AI is a bit complicated?). In simpler terms, IBM’s AI Explainability 360 is designed to help AI users address customers’ (such as bank or insurance company customers) concerns whether AI has treated ... Full article
 The impact of AI becomes evident in an organization as existing processes get re-written and automation capabilities are deployed. But without clarity about how AI will support business goals, a lot of money and goodwill could be wasted. Stakeholder involvement is essential, as is overall team organizational support. How can companies best work to integrate AI both top-down and ... Full article
Recent jockeying within the datacenter networking market underscores the steady shift toward Ethernet-based silicon switching as Intel, Nvidia and others vie to unclog networking bottlenecks and perhaps challenge market leader Broadcom. Those key silicon vendors along with Arista and Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) have all made acquisitions or forged partnerships designed to boost their presence in the datacenter switching market. As ... Full article
An open source group is expanding its third-party security audits to include the popular but vulnerable Kubernetes cluster orchestrator. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) announced this week it would add Kubernetes to its pilot program of public security audits. Earlier audits of other open-source projects—CoreDNS, Envoy and Prometheus—uncovered security issues ranging from “general weaknesses to critical vulnerabilities,” the group ... Full article
This week’s big tech news – AMD’s release of the Epyc Rome CPU, the industry’s first 7nm server chip – got a major boost when Google confirmed that it now uses the new processor for internal workloads and will soon make it available to Google Cloud customers. In AMD’s struggle to take market share from Intel in the lucrative ... Full article
From a gala event at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco yesterday (Aug. 7), AMD launched its 2nd generation Epyc Rome chips, based on its 7nm process technology. The new AMD Epyc 7002 series is a follow-on to the first-gen 14nm Epyc Naples CPUs, released in June 2017. The announcement marks a significant competitive step for AMD ... Full article
The latest security vulnerability discovered within the Kubernetes cluster orchestrator could allow intruders to access, modify or delete computing and storage resources configured across a cluster. The flaw in the Kubernetes server API, designated CVE-2019-11247, allows access and deletion of those “custom resources.” Intruders could access cluster-wide resources with only standard role-based access control, or RBAC, permissions. In response, ... Full article
Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Advanced Micro Devices are claiming a batch of benchmark performance records for HPE servers equipped with AMD’s latest Epyc processor. The virtualization performance and power efficiency world records announced this week were achieved on HPE ProLiant DL325 and DL385 servers equipped with the second-generation AMD Epyc Rome processor that launched today (Aug. 7). The partners ... Full article
No summer doldrums here. In an intense week for leading chip and server companies, Lenovo today launched two new single-socket servers, the ThinkSystem SR635 and SR655, built with AMD’s new Epyc 7nm 7002 CPU, with up to 64 cores and 128 PCIe lanes. The news follows FPGA launches earlier this week from  Xilinx and Intel, whose new chip is ... Full article
Intel today announced that its forthcoming Cooper Lake Xeon Scalable processors, based on Intel’s 14nm++ process, will come with up to 56-cores in a socketed form factor, leveraging the capabilities from its Xeon Platinum 9200 series. The new chip — the first to support bfloat16, targeting AI workloads — is packaged in a multichip module (MCM), like the Platinum ... Full article
The two FPGA market leaders, Intel and Xilinx, both announced new accelerator cards this week designed to handle specialized, compute-intensive workloads and unburden already overworked CPUs in data center servers. Xilinx today announced the Alveo U50 accelerator card, which the company said delivers between 10 and 20x improvements in throughput, latency and power efficiency for “domain-specific acceleration” of compute, ... Full article
Kubernetes, the de facto standard cluster orchestrator, continues to transform an expanding ecosystem of enterprise cloud vendors to the point where some are changing their identity to reflect the steady shift to cloud native and open source tools aimed at scaling distributed applications. Case in point is D2iQ, the new handle for Mesosphere, the datacenter operating system (DC/OS) specialist ... Full article
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared last December and has been updated to reflect recent developments at Liberty Defense. AI may be on the cusp of making inroads against two menaces of modern life: mass shootings and terrorism. Two start-ups have technologies under development designed to spot bad actors and bad cargo before they can cause harm. Liberty Defense ... Full article
Another potential source of skepticism about self-driving cars has cropped up, one that the auto industry may need to quell in the public mind: a new report depicts hackers causing autonomous vehicle (AV)-driven gridlock tying up entire parts of cities. And it wouldn’t be very difficult: it’s a matter of randomly stranding a portion of internet-connected cars at strategic ... Full article
Google continues to expand its cloud offerings for priority enterprise workloads with the addition of VMware virtualization options. The partners announced this week VMware’s Cloud Foundation will be supported on Google Cloud as both infrastructure vendors look to expand their reach to database and other application workloads. “Both Google Cloud and VMware believe that customers want to run workloads ... Full article
Intel Corp.’s plans to make a big splash in the network fabric market for linking HPC, AI and other high performance workloads has apparently belly-flopped. The chip maker confirmed to EnterpriseAI the outlines of an earlier report by the website CRN that it has jettisoned plans for a second-generation version of its Omni-Path interconnect. "Intel will no longer offer Intel ... Full article
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More so than with most acquisitions of this kind, HPE’s purchase of Cray for $1.3 billion, announced last week, seems to have elements of ...
VMware has championed the virtues of virtualization of the x86 architecture for more than 20 years, and now the company plans to extend its ...
Oh, to be a data scientist now that AI is here. Money, prestige, deference and little interference, since few understand much of what data ...
The latest enterprise version of the Docker software container platform is aimed at delivering cloud-native applications from hybrid cloud deployments out to emerging network ...
Data centers and supercomputers running AI workloads consume a lot of power, and power use causes carbon emissions. That’s generally known, but it’s not ...
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