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Google Cloud: CEO Greene out, former Oracle Exec Kurian in

November 20th, 2018 Comments Off on Google Cloud: CEO Greene out, former Oracle Exec Kurian in
A two-decade veteran of Oracle, Thomas Kurian, will replace Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene, an apparent casualty of public cloud services market competition in which AWS remains tenaciously dominant, even if Microsoft Azure is the faster growing of the ...

At SC18: IBM’s AI-HPC Combines for Intelligent Simulation, Cognitive Discovery

November 16th, 2018 Comments Off on At SC18: IBM’s AI-HPC Combines for Intelligent Simulation, Cognitive Discovery
A powerhouse concept in attaining new knowledge is the notion of the “emergent property,” the combination of formerly stovepiped scientific disciplines and exploratory methods to form cross-disciplinary intelligence that generates breakthrough insight. In computer science, we see vendors working ...

At SC18: Humanitarianism Amid Boom Times for HPC

November 14th, 2018 Comments Off on At SC18: Humanitarianism Amid Boom Times for HPC
At SC18 in Dallas, the feeling on the ground is forward-looking and buoyant. Like boom times that cycle through the Texas oil patch, the HPC industry is enjoying a prosperity seen only every few decades, one driven by AI, ...

How to Balance the Multimodal IT Mix

November 14th, 2018 Comments Off on How to Balance the Multimodal IT Mix
As organizations around the world transform their enterprise systems to embrace modern and agile technologies, multiple infrastructures for different workloads and applications are needed. Enter multimodal IT, a co-existence of traditional infrastructure, software-defined infrastructure and application-oriented architectures. The term ...

New Panasas High Performance Storage Straddles Commercial-Traditional HPC

November 13th, 2018 Comments Off on New Panasas High Performance Storage Straddles Commercial-Traditional HPC
High performance storage vendor Panasas has launched a new version of its ActiveStor product line this morning featuring what the company said is the industry’s first plug-and-play, portable parallel file system that delivers up to 75 Gb/s per rack ...

At SC18: GM, Boeing, Deere, BP Talk Enterprise HPC Strategies

November 9th, 2018 Comments Off on At SC18: GM, Boeing, Deere, BP Talk Enterprise HPC Strategies
SC18 in Dallas (Nov.11-16) will feature an impressive series of sessions focused on the enterprise HPC deployments at some of the largest industrial companies: Boeing, P&G, John Deere, GM and BP, among others. Called the HPC Impact Showcase, the ...

SC 30th Anniversary Perennials: 19 (and 9) Who Stayed, 1988-2018

November 8th, 2018 Comments Off on SC 30th Anniversary Perennials: 19 (and 9) Who Stayed, 1988-2018
Many conferences try, fewer succeed. Thirty years ago, no one knew if the first SC would also be the last. Thirty years later, we know it’s the biggest annual conference for the HPC industry (expected attendance: 11,000), one that ...

AMD Epyc Wins Another Cloud; Debuts on AWS

November 6th, 2018 Comments Off on AMD Epyc Wins Another Cloud; Debuts on AWS
AMD’s mission to add market share in the super-hot data center server processor market has taken its Epyc chip into the biggest data center of them all, Amazon Web Services, dominant leader in the public cloud services industry. Today ...

Needed: A Data Protection AI Ecosystem

November 4th, 2018 Comments Off on Needed: A Data Protection AI Ecosystem
The likelihood of a job being automated can be understood by asking the 4Ds; is the job dull, dangerous, dirty or dear? Not sure about dirty or dangerous but people tell me backup is dull, and it’s often very ...

Ignore AI Fear Factor at Your Peril: A Futurist’s Call for ‘Digital Ethics’

November 3rd, 2018 Comments Off on Ignore AI Fear Factor at Your Peril: A Futurist’s Call for ‘Digital Ethics’
 “I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.” ...
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