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Blockchain: Streamlining Disrupted Supply Chains During COVID Crisis

May 7th, 2020 Comments Off on Blockchain: Streamlining Disrupted Supply Chains During COVID Crisis
Supply chains are increasingly subject to disruption in recent years from trade wars and pandemics, as well as from new demands driven by new technologies, regulations and materials. Modern supply chains have become long and complex and oriented around ...

Pure, Dell EMC, Backblaze, Vast Announce New Storage Products

May 6th, 2020 Comments Off on Pure, Dell EMC, Backblaze, Vast Announce New Storage Products
Four storage vendors announced new products over the past week, here’s a news roundup: Storage-as-a-Service vendor Pure Storage has announced FlashBlade Purity 3.0, a scale-out, all-flash platform for AI and analytics workloads that unifies file and object storage. Designed ...

IBM Launches AIOps, 5G Network Edge, Financial Cloud Products at Digital Think

May 4th, 2020 Comments Off on IBM Launches AIOps, 5G Network Edge, Financial Cloud Products at Digital Think
IBM issued several product announcements this morning to kick off the company’s annual Think conference (this year called Think Digital) that include automated IT infrastructure monitoring and diagnosis (i.e., AIOps) across on-prem data centers and multi-cloud environments, as well ...

‘Natural Language Understanding’ Appliance Targets the Email Deluge

April 28th, 2020 Comments Off on ‘Natural Language Understanding’ Appliance Targets the Email Deluge
“Eighty percent of customer service should go to the other 20 percent.”     - Yogi Berra Like many things he said, Yogi never said that. But the statement gets at a serious point about the 80/20 rule in customer ...

GPU-Driven Near-time Valuation Coming to Derivatives Market – Microsoft

April 27th, 2020 Comments Off on GPU-Driven Near-time Valuation Coming to Derivatives Market – Microsoft
Microsoft Azure and an AI startup named Riskfuel – along with Nvidia GPUs – have teamed to deliver deep learning based near-time valuations of over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives, a capability long established in exchange traded stocks, treasuries and currencies but ...

Liqid’s Off-the-Shelf AI Supercomputer Takes on DGX-2

April 23rd, 2020 Comments Off on Liqid’s Off-the-Shelf AI Supercomputer Takes on DGX-2
This article has been updated, with information added on April 24 to the original version. Composable infrastructure specialist Liqid has taken on Nvidia’s DGX-2, the 2 petaFLOPS superstar of AI computing, and the upstart says it has built a ...

Chemical Discovery for Industry, Medical with Carnegie Mellon’s Neural Network Tool

April 21st, 2020 Comments Off on Chemical Discovery for Industry, Medical with Carnegie Mellon’s Neural Network Tool
For industrial and medical companies, a central question in modern chemistry is how to identify and synthesize molecules to create useful applications. Even with high performance computing, the research is expensive both in terms of cost and computer time ...

WekaIO Launches DataOps AI Pipeline for Data-Starved GPUs

April 21st, 2020 Comments Off on WekaIO Launches DataOps AI Pipeline for Data-Starved GPUs
WekaIO, the high-performance file storage specialist, today launched Weka AI, a DataOps “storage solution framework” designed to cut friction in edge-core-cloud data AI pipelines. The company said the offering enables a single namespace for data pipeline visibility while addressing ...

Virtualized AI: Deep Learning Needs More than Just More Compute Power

April 20th, 2020 Comments Off on Virtualized AI: Deep Learning Needs More than Just More Compute Power
Is the recent progress in deep learning true artificial intelligence? A widely-discussed article by Google’s Francois Chollet discusses the skill acquisition-based approach to gathering intelligence – the one currently in use in modern DL. He argues that with huge ...

China OK’s Nvidia Acquisition of Mellanox

April 17th, 2020 Comments Off on China OK’s Nvidia Acquisition of Mellanox
With Chinese regulators issuing their approval, the final piece has fallen into place for Nvidia’s $6.9 billion acquisition of high performance interconnect provider Mellanox, announced in March 2019. The deal has already gone through the regulatory process in the ...
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