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How the OCP NIC 3.0 is Making Hyperscale Data Centers Cooler

How the OCP NIC 3.0 is Making Hyperscale Data Centers Cooler

Managing and storing more data has forced hyperscale data center companies to reexamine not just how they ...

Is All-Flash Storage Needed for Deep Learning?

Is All-Flash Storage Needed for Deep Learning?

Organizations building deep learning data pipelines may struggle with their accelerated I/O needs, and whenever I/O is ...

Dell’s AMD-Powered Server Line Targets High-End Jobs

Dell’s AMD-Powered Server Line Targets High-End Jobs

Dell Technologies rolled out redesigned servers this week based on AMD’s latest Epyc processor that are geared ...

AI-HPC Convergence in Financial Services: Getting Real about Real Time

AI-HPC Convergence in Financial Services: Getting Real about Real Time

Intra-day rebalancing of risk portfolios initiated by voice command while at home, central bank-backed cryptocurrencies, transaction clearing ...

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Preparing for the Worst with the Best of AI and HPC

Local governments seeking smarter ways to prepare for and respond to natural disasters are turning to processes driven by data analytics, artificial intelligence and high performance computing systems.

Natural disasters are tops among the big recurring news stories of the current decade.  From devastating wildfires that wipe out entire communities to hurricanes that demolish coastal towns,

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Graphics processor acceleration in the form of G4 cloud instances have been unleashed by Amazon Web Services for machine learning applications. AWS (NASDAQ: AMZN) on Friday (Sept. 20) announced general availability of the new Elastic Compute Cloud instance providing access to Nvidia’s (NASDAQ: NVDA) T4 Tensor Core GPUs. The EC2 instances are initially available in public cloud provider’s North ... Full article
Managing and storing more data has forced hyperscale data center companies to reexamine not just how they build a data center but also the thousands of servers housed inside – including the connectors for server components. Hyperscale data centers have the purchasing power and platform to work directly with manufacturers and engineer the optimized server. Rather than figuring out ... Full article
Enterprise cloud spending far outpaces investments in other IT infrastructure, according to a mid-year assessment that pegs cloud spending at a healthy $150 billion. Synergy Research Group reported this week that cloud services and infrastructure spending across seven market segments grew 24 percent over the first half of 2018. Infrastructure and platform services led the way, surging 44 percent ... Full article
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As the de facto standard Kubernetes cluster orchestrator moves deeper into enterprise IT infrastructure, version updates are coming a faster pace. The third release in 2019 comes with a grand total of 31 “enhancements” in various stages of production readiness ranging from “alpha” to “stable.” Many of the latest upgrades target API management and Windows-based containers, allowing Windows workloads ... Full article
Organizations building deep learning data pipelines may struggle with their accelerated I/O needs, and whenever I/O is the question, the usual answer is “throw flash/SSD at it.” Certainly expensive all-flash storage arrays are highly beneficial for line-of-business applications (and to storage vendors’ sales). But DL applications and workflows are inherently different from typical file-based workloads, and should not be ... Full article
Dell Technologies rolled out redesigned servers this week based on AMD’s latest Epyc processor that are geared toward data-driven workloads running on increasingly popular multi-cloud platforms. Dell, which has seen its lead shrink in the contracting global server market, is banking on AMD’s 7-nm Rome server processor introduced in August to provide the bandwidth and computational horsepower needed to scale ... Full article
Intra-day rebalancing of risk portfolios initiated by voice command while at home, central bank-backed cryptocurrencies, transaction clearing and settlement shortened from three days to a few hours – these and other capabilities could become realities in the financial services industry (FSI) as exascale-class HPC converges with evolving AI, blockchain, IoT and 5G technologies. Discussed at Tabor Communications’ HPC & ... Full article
Network bandwidth and overall performance remain concerns for digital enterprises as they roll out data analytics and edge computing efforts. Nearly two-thirds of companies surveyed by management consultant Accenture (NYSE: CAN) said their enterprise networks are not up to the task of handling big data and Internet of Things deployments. A key reason is a “misalignment between IT and ... Full article
Bloomberg, the financial data giant, is expanding its partnership with Amazon Web Services to extend private cloud access to its real-time market data feed to global customers. The partners announced the availability of Bloomberg’s flagship B-PIPE service on AWS (NASDAQ: AMZN) last November, giving U.S. clients cloud access to real-time market data previously delivered via terminals. The cloud data service ... Full article
Machine learning models running on everything from cloud platforms to mobile phones are posing new challenges for developers faced with growing tool complexity. Google’s TensorFlow team unveiled an open-source machine learning compiler called MLIR in April to address hardware and software fragmentation. MLIR, for Multi-Level Intermediate Representation, has now been transferred to the LLVM Foundation, a non-profit group that ... Full article
Univa, the company behind Grid Engine, announced today its HPC cloud-automation platform Navops Launch will support the popular open-source workload scheduler Slurm. With the release of Navops Launch 2.0, “Slurm users will have access to the same cloud automation capabilities available to Univa Grid Engine users today,” said Univa. Slurm (Simple Linux Utility for Resource Management), distributed and maintained by ... Full article
The White House projected this week that U.S. civilian research agencies will spend nearly $1 billion on AI research during the next fiscal year. The estimate was released by U.S. CTO Michael Kratsios during a panel discussion on the global AI race hosted by the Center for Data Innovation. Earlier this week, Kratsios chaired a White House summit on using ... Full article
A new open-source project targeting micro-services and cloud-native applications running on everything from bare metal to Kubernetes is billed as a universal control mechanism for emerging service meshes. API hub specialist Kong Inc. said Tuesday (Sept. 10) it has released Kuma to the open-source community. The control plane for service meshes is based on the open-source Envoy edge and service ... Full article
Gartner’s 2019 CIO Survey found that the number of enterprises implementing AI grew 270 percent in the past four years. That’s all impressive, well and good – but how many of those projects have evolved past the POC stage, how many have gone into production and been scaled across the enterprise? Ay, there’s the rub. AI implementations are up, ... Full article
We live in a data-driven world. Successful, leading companies have mastered and operationalized the process of extracting insight and intelligence from all the data collected continuously. The use of data has brought on a sea change in business models, with AI being the primary technique used to distill all this data into actionable insight. ML/DL depends on training and ... Full article
The global server market contacted for the first time since 2016 after a year of historic growth, signaling an abundance of IT capacity and economic uncertainty as global trade frictions grow. Despite a 11.6 percent year-on-year decline, International Data Corp. also reported in its latest quarterly survey of the worldwide server market that Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) gained ... Full article
Google Cloud has added collaboration tools to its AI Hub launched earlier this year as a clearinghouse for machine learning pipelines and trained models. A new homepage provides users with access to a roster of “shared private assets” ranging from AutoML natural language and tables to TensorFlow deep learning images. The hub was launched in April in response to concerns ... Full article
You know an enterprise technology segment is maturing when market analysts begin issuing ranking reports. Among the first for the booming application container market is an IHS Markit assessment that anoints IBM’s (NYSE: IBM) new Red Hat unit as the early market leader as measured in commercial container software revenue. An uptick in OpenShift adoption, which recently surpassed 1,100 ... Full article
As Moore’s Law runs out of steam, new programming approaches are being pursued with the goal of greater hardware performance with less coding. The Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency is launching a new programming effort aimed at leveraging the benefits of massive distributed parallelism with less sweat. PAPPA, for Performant Automation of Parallel Program Assembly, seeks to develop new ... Full article
It may be true data scientists occupy “the sexiest job of the century,” but it’s also true they're under tremendous pressure to deliver on their rarefied skills, knowledge and pay. We recently spoke (under condition of anonymity) with a data scientist at a North American financial institution, a resource-rich company implementing AI at enterprise scale, and his comments show ... Full article
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VMware has championed the virtues of virtualization of the x86 architecture for more than 20 years, and now the company plans to extend its ...
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 ...
Oh, to be a data scientist now that AI is here. Money, prestige, deference and little interference, since few understand much of what data ...
For the first time, Google is positioning itself as a competitor to the likes of PlayStation and Xbox with its new offering, Stadia, a ...
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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