Advanced Computing in the Age of AI|Wednesday, January 27, 2021
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U.S. Leads World in AI, But Here Comes China

U.S. Leads World in AI, But Here Comes China

The United States is maintaining its early lead over China and the European Union in development and ...

Former Qualcomm CEO Signs On As Advisor to 5G Chipmaker EdgeQ

Former Qualcomm CEO Signs On As Advisor to 5G Chipmaker EdgeQ

EdgeQ, a Silicon Valley startup that’s building a customizable RISC-V system-on-a-chip (SoC) that includes a 5G modem, ...

Nvidia Unveils Certified Server Program Offering Pre-Built Servers for AI Applications

Nvidia Unveils Certified Server Program Offering Pre-Built Servers for AI A...

Nvidia today launched a certified systems program in which participating vendors can offer Nvidia-certified servers with up ...

Here Are the Impacts of Trump’s Parting Actions Against Huawei

Here Are the Impacts of Trump’s Parting Actions Against Huawei

Before leaving the White House on Jan. 20, former President Donald Trump blasted one last political salvo ...

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The United States is maintaining its early lead over China and the European Union in development and application of artificial intelligence technology, according to a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). But while the Americans’ lead is still substantial today, China is poised to close the gap, while the EU is largely failing to keep ... Full article
EdgeQ, a Silicon Valley startup that’s building a customizable RISC-V system-on-a-chip (SoC) that includes a 5G modem, got a big boost today when it announced that former Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs has signed on as an advisor to the company. EdgeQ was founded three years ago by former Intel and Qualcomm engineers with the goal of developing an efficient and flexible enterprise 5G ... Full article
Nvidia today launched a certified systems program in which participating vendors can offer Nvidia-certified servers with up to eight A100 GPUs. Separate support contracts directly from Nvidia for the certified systems are also available. Besides the obvious marketing motives, Nvidia says the pre-tested systems and contract support should boost confidence and ease deployment for those taking the AI plunge. ... Full article
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Shanghai Tianshu Zhaoxin Semiconductor Co. is claiming China’s first 7-nanometer chip, described as a leading-edge, general-purpose cloud computing chip based on a proprietary GPU architecture. Dubbed “Big Island” GPGPU, the data center processor is described as a neural network training chip aimed at AI and HPC applications as well as general-purpose computing “at the cloud server level,” Tianshu Zhaoxin ... Full article
Five weeks after angering much of the CentOS Linux developer community by unveiling controversial changes to the no-cost CentOS operating system, Red Hat has unveiled alternatives for affected users that give them several options for using existing Red Hat products. But for many users of CentOS Linux, the Red Hat options won’t solve the huge problems that were created ... Full article
Google’s AI ethics mess continues to spread, with reports this week that the company is investigating a second AI ethicist for scanning company files in search of examples of discriminatory treatment of ousted Google researcher Timnit Gebru. Gebru was forced out of her position on Google’s AI ethics team in December following a dispute over attaching the company’s name ... Full article
Kneron Inc., the AI startup specializing in “on-device” edge inferencing applications, has raised additional funding in the form of investments by Taiwanese manufacturing powerhouses Foxconn and Winbond. San Diego-based Kneron said Tuesday (Jan. 20) it will work with Foxconn to develop AI platforms for Industry 4.0 and automotive applications. Foxconn’s MIH electronic vehicle platform will serve as the basis ... Full article
Vulnerable to hacking, drones are getting another layer of defense via an AI-based cybersecurity approach that promises to shield the flying edge devices from zero-day attacks. SparkCognition, an industrial AI specialist, said this week the SkyGrid unit it formed with Boeing Co. has developed an AI-based cyber defense for drones that would detect attacks during flights, allowing operators to ... Full article
An AI and machine learning “action plan” released this week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would advance the agency’s monitoring of AI-based medical software which is increasing being seen as virtual medical devices. The proposed regulatory framework focuses on software used in medical devices, including guidance on how to handle software upgrades as algorithms learn over ... Full article
The Intel board of directors has appointed a new CEO. Intel alum Pat Gelsinger is leaving his post as CEO of VMware to rejoin the company that he parted ways with 11 years ago. Gelsinger will succeed Bob Swan, who will remain CEO until Feb. 15, Intel announced yesterday (Jan 13). Gelsinger previously spent 30 years at Intel, starting ... Full article
Qualcomm apparently isn’t letting the bitter memories of its failed $47 billion attempt to acquire NXP Semiconductor in 2018 halt its growth plans. Instead, the company’s latest $1.4 acquisition proposal, this time for processor startup Nuvia, could help Qualcomm get right back onto its planned path of diving more deeply into the CPU and SoC chip marketplace. That’s the ... Full article
Google Cloud and Nokia will collaborate to help telecom carriers upgrade core network infrastructure with cloud-native 5G wireless services. The capabilities could be used to extend 5G bandwidth to the network edge. The partners said Thursday (Jan. 14) the cloud-native 5G edge services would be built around Google’s Anthos cloud services platform along with the cloud provider’s AI, machine ... Full article
Machine learning was among the fastest growing technologies in terms of U.S. patent grants during 2020, an annual survey reveals. AI and machine learning ranked fourth in a list of patent applications and awards, followed closely by advances in quantum computing. Meanwhile, China, Taiwan and South Korea registered the largest percentage increases in patent grants over the past year, ... Full article
To drive American leadership in the field of AI into the future, the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office has been launched by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The new agency was established under the American Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act of 2020, which was enacted and codified into law to expand many existing AI policies ... Full article
Intel Corp. used this week’s virtual CES 2021 event to reassert its dominance of the data center with the formal roll out of its next-generation server chip, the 10nm Xeon Scalable processor that targets AI and HPC workloads. The third-generation “Ice Lake” family is Intel’s first at the 10nm process node, incorporating a new core architecture that incorporates more ... Full article
A dispute over Chinese regulatory approval of its acquisition of Acacia Communications Inc. prompted Cisco Systems to seek a court order compelling the optical component maker to move ahead with the $2.8 billion transaction. Acacia said Monday (Jan. 11) it has filed a counterclaim. Cisco announced its acquisition of Acacia in July 2019. Acacia asserted late last week it ... Full article
Horizon Robotics, a Chinese automotive AI chip startup that is developing specialized, complex chips for use in autonomous vehicles, has raised another $400 million in its latest C2 round of funding. That’s on top of $150 million in C2 funding that it secured earlier in December, according to the company, bringing its total C2 funding so far to $550 ... Full article
Red Hat is bringing deeper security capabilities to its popular Red Hat OpenShift enterprise Kubernetes platform through the acquisition of container and Kubernetes security vendor StackRox. The deal is the latest part of Red Hat’s road map to deliver a single, holistic platform that enables customers to build, deploy and securely run nearly any application across hybrid clouds, according ... Full article
Addressing power constraints for “always-on” edge devices, the latest neural processor from Syntiant Corp. is designed to run multiple applications simultaneously while limiting energy budgets. The custom AI silicon startup said this week its second-generation neural decision processor is aimed at low-power audio and sensor processing tasks. Those include beamforming, echo-cancellation, noise suppression and speech enhancement, among others. The ... Full article
Enflame Technology, a Chinese AI startup developing deep learning chips for AI training, has secured another $278.5 million in funding from government and industry investors. The latest investor group includes Chinese Internet giant Tencent, which also participated in earlier Enflame funding rounds. Others joining the funding round included CITIC Group, the former state-owned investment company, investment bank China International ... Full article
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DALLAS, Oct. 29, 2020 -- ONE Tech, a global leader in edge AI technology, today announced that auto manufacturers around the world are reducing ...
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