Advanced Computing in the Age of AI|Thursday, October 29, 2020
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Robotics Startup Attracts Stellar Cast

Robotics Startup Attracts Stellar Cast

A robotics startup developing a “cognitive engine” that would allow industrial robots to operate autonomously on the ...

Healthcare AI Still Dominated by Specialists

Healthcare AI Still Dominated by Specialists

The COVID-19 pandemic has fueled efforts to integrate artificial intelligence into the healthcare ecosystem. Those efforts have ...

IT Job Seekers: Open Source Jobs Need You, Especially in DevOps

IT Job Seekers: Open Source Jobs Need You, Especially in DevOps

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, companies around the world are continuing to seek IT workers with proven ...

AMD Reveals $35B Acquisition of Xilinx, Reports Record Q3 Revenue

AMD Reveals $35B Acquisition of Xilinx, Reports Record Q3 Revenue

AMD this morning reported record quarterly revenue of $2.8 billion and a finalized deal to buy FPGA-maker ...

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A robotics startup developing a “cognitive engine” that would allow industrial robots to operate autonomously on the factory floor announced a $15 million funding round, supplementing earlier bets by high-profile angel investors. Robot.AI said the Series A round was led by Jazz Venture Partners with participation from previous investors Fontinalis Partners, Liquid2 and Playground Global. The latest funding round ... Full article
The COVID-19 pandemic has fueled efforts to integrate artificial intelligence into the healthcare ecosystem. Those efforts have so far achieved mixed results, according to an investment survey that found AI startups with domain expertise outperforming enterprise AI leaders attempting to crack the AI healthcare market. The AI healthcare assessment released this week by KLAS Research found that “cross-industry AI ... Full article
Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, companies around the world are continuing to seek IT workers with proven skills in open source software to fill job vacancies that consistently remain open due to a lack of qualified candidates. That’s the conclusion of the 2020 Open Source Jobs Report from The Linux Foundation and learning platform vendor edX, which surveyed 175 ... Full article
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AMD this morning reported record quarterly revenue of $2.8 billion and a finalized deal to buy FPGA-maker Xilinx for $35 billion in an all-stock transaction. The acquisition helps AMD keep pace during a time of consolidation in the semiconductor industry. GPU rival and market leader Nvidia acquired Mellanox (interconnect) and has a deal to buy Arm (processor IP). AMD ... Full article
If and when Nvidia closes its $40 billion acquisition of Arm Ltd., the transaction could provide a boost for the competing RISC-V architecture. As regulators in the U.S., China and the European Union begin scrutinizing the impact of the blockbuster deal on semiconductor industry competition and innovation, the deal has at the very least shown a light on the ... Full article
Billions of dollars in venture capital are flying around in search of the Next Big Thing, while most investments in technology startups likely won’t pan out. Still, investors are willing to make bets on the financial technology sector as perhaps more likely to generate a return than the next Facebook or Google. Reports surfaced this week that venture capital ... Full article
When working with business executives, the biggest pitfalls in data science boil down to errors in communication. For true success, data scientists must be bilingual to effectively accomplish their work. This means being equally versed in technological jargon as well as being able to communicate with business stakeholders. When we look at where data science fails, it’s usually in ... Full article
The public cloud competition is heading into Earth orbit. As more satellite constellations are launched to provide space-based broadband connections, public cloud vendors are ramping up plans to launch cloud computing services that circle high above our planet. Amazon Web Services (NASDAQ: AMZN) gained regulatory approval earlier this year for its $10 billion Project Kuiper, a constellation of 3,236 ... Full article
As Moore’s law chip scaling reaches the point of diminishing returns, processor architectures are evolving to accelerate everything from AI model training and inference, data centers that support those demanding workloads, and sprawling edge computing deployments as well. Those chip design trends were a focus of this week’s Linley Fall Processor Conference, during which principal analyst Linley Gwennap made ... Full article
DDN, a long-time leader in HPC storage, announced two new products today and provided more detail around its strategy for integrating DDN HPC technologies with the enterprise strengths of its recent acquisitions, notably Tintri, Nexenta, and IntelliFlash (from Western Digital). Following its buying binge, DDN has been aggressively promoting the DDN ‘At Scale’ brand as its HPC product line, ... Full article
There are countless eyes on the sky, but the European Space Agency (ESA) and its technology partners that include Intel Corp. claim to be the first to apply AI inference to the emerging field of hyperspectral imaging of the Earth’s surface. The ESA and its partners are using the maiden flight of its PhiSat-1 satellite as a testbed for ... Full article
In a sign that its 3D XPoint memory technology is gaining traction, Intel Corp. is departing the NAND flash memory and storage market with the sale of its manufacturing base in China to SK Hynix of South Korea. The $9 billion transaction announced early Tuesday (Oct. 20) does not include Intel’s Optane persistent memory technology. The chip maker (NASDAQ: ... Full article
Compliance with security standards and a growing list of state and national regulations aimed at protecting consumers is an imperative for Internet of Things equipment vendors. With that in mind, a U.K.-based industry group has released what it says is the first crack at a global standard for consumer IoT cybersecurity aimed at device manufacturers and distributors using emerging ... Full article
An industry consensus is emerging around the network operating system called Sonic. A growing list of enterprise infrastructure vendors have announced switching gear and other networking components based on the Software for Open Networking in the Cloud. Market tracker IDC predicts the Sonic-based datacenter switch market will reach $2 billion by 2024. That estimate is based on a growing ... Full article
As AI use and innovation continue to increase globally, getting small and medium-size AI companies more involved in the financially lucrative and still-nascent AI revolution is a developing goal of the US government. One federal agency, the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI), is asking smaller AI vendors to send in comments and suggestions by Oct. 23 about ... Full article
Another indication of the strategic importance of the foundational semiconductor industry is a recent surge in cyberattacks directed at global chip manufacturers. Security researchers in Taiwan reported earlier this year that a year-long cyber campaign emanating from China launched advanced persistent threat attacks against Taiwan’s sprawling chip foundry ecosystem. Dubbed Operation Skeleton Key, a reference to the skeleton key ... Full article
It was 1968 when Stanley Kubrick’s film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, introduced the world to the concept of artificial intelligence through the movie’s star, and villain, the supercomputer H.A.L. 9000. In his film review, Roger Ebert says that those who stayed throughout the entire viewing knew they had seen one of the greatest films ever made. But he also ... Full article
An Israeli software services developer debuting this week positions its platform service as an enterprise AI operating system that combines deep and machine learning, natural language processing, neural networks as well as data operations. Tel Aviv-based BlackSwan Technologies also announced a $28 million funding round this week along with a partnership with business consultant Deloitte focused on providing banks ... Full article
Vinod Khosla, a co-founder of the former Sun Microsystems and a longtime technology entrepreneur, venture capitalist and IT sage, makes billions of dollars betting on new technologies. Khosla shared some of his technology and investment thoughts at a recent tech conference about the future of AI in business, AI chip design and quantum computing -- and even gave some ... Full article
AMD announced expanded datacenter partnerships with server maker Lenovo and Nutanix Inc. that will use the chip makers Epyc processor to deliver hyperconverged and virtualized infrastructure. The expanded ecosystem also pulls in Nutanix partner Hewlett Packard Enterprise and another server leader, Dell Technologies. The company (NASDAQ: AMD) said Wednesday (Oct. 14) Lenovo will use its flagship processor in its ... Full article
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China’s patent office accounted for nearly two-thirds of all AI applications received over the past two years, underscoring how Beijing has become a fierce ...
HERNDON, Va., July 31, 2020 -- SolarWinds, provider of IT management software, announced the SolarWinds Orion Suite for Federal Government v4.0 is undergoing evaluation for Common ...
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. and PITTSBURGH, July 31, 2020 — Acrisure announced that it has acquired artificial intelligence (AI) Tulco LLC’s insurance practice to bring ...
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., July 31, 2020 –  LF Edge, an umbrella organization within the Linux Foundation that aims to establish an open, interoperable framework for edge computing ...
SEATTLE, Oct. 29, 2020 -- Amazon Web Services Inc., an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced the general availability of AWS Nitro Enclaves, a new ...
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