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From Iceland, HPC-as-a-Service Finds Toehold in FinServ, Automotive, Scientific R&D

December 9th, 2017 Comments Off on From Iceland, HPC-as-a-Service Finds Toehold in FinServ, Automotive, Scientific R&D
While high-demand workloads (e.g., bitcoin mining) can overheat data center cooling capabilities, at least one data center infrastructure provider has announced an HPC-as-a-service offering that features 100 percent free and zero-carbon cooling. Verne Global, a company seemingly intent on ...

Digital Transformation: Private Optical Networks and the ‘Third Platform’

December 8th, 2017 Comments Off on Digital Transformation: Private Optical Networks and the ‘Third Platform’
 In order to remain competitive in today’s all-digital world, enterprises are embracing digital transformation (DX). Cloud applications are now a vital component for how organizations develop products, reach the market and control costs – covering everything from supply-chain to ...

At SC17: Silicon, Systems and Science – the Good News and the Bad

December 6th, 2017 Comments Off on At SC17: Silicon, Systems and Science – the Good News and the Bad
We interviewed Karl Freund, lead analyst for deep learning and HPC at Moor Insights & Strategy, at SC17 in Denver to discuss the fertile crossover between AI and HPC – specifically, how new machine learning techniques are rapidly evolving ...

DAX Data Wrangling: Deutsche Börse Lifts Data Scientists’ ‘80% Problem’

December 1st, 2017 Comments Off on DAX Data Wrangling: Deutsche Börse Lifts Data Scientists’ ‘80% Problem’
At the German Stock Exchange – aka Deutsche Börse, home of the DAX – data scientists are getting unburdened from “janitorial” tasks that can consume up to 80 percent of their time and keep them from focusing on work ...

Toward Broader AI Adoption: Deloitte’s ‘5 Vectors of Progress’

November 29th, 2017 Comments Off on Toward Broader AI Adoption: Deloitte’s ‘5 Vectors of Progress’
For all the talk about AI it's somewhat surprising that only about 10 percent of companies have invested in machine learning. While the talk underscores AI’s great potential, the low adoption rate stresses its daunting complexity and costs. Certainly, ...

Overcoming Big Blocks to Digital Transformation

November 28th, 2017 Comments Off on Overcoming Big Blocks to Digital Transformation
 Recent research from Dell captured the essence of today’s uncertainty around digital transformation. A survey of 4,000 business leaders worldwide found that 45 percent fear their companies may become obsolete in the next three to five years. Nearly half ...

AI’s Cool New Thing: Capsule Networks (explained)

November 22nd, 2017 Comments Off on AI’s Cool New Thing: Capsule Networks (explained)
A buzz is about in AI circles around “capsule networks,” a new variant on neural networks that backers say could simplify, cut the costs of, commoditize and, in the end, democratize how deep learning systems are taught to do ...

SC17 Takeaways: Machine Learning + HPC = ‘Synthesis Modeling’, and Other Developments

November 22nd, 2017 Comments Off on SC17 Takeaways: Machine Learning + HPC = ‘Synthesis Modeling’, and Other Developments
The annual supercomputing confab, SC17, was held last week in Denver, and there were many important announcements. Stories about science, silicon and systems all vied for attention and center stage at this ~12,000 person event. I’m certain I missed ...

How Cities Use HPC at the Edge to Get Smarter

November 17th, 2017 Comments Off on How Cities Use HPC at the Edge to Get Smarter
Cities are sensoring up, collecting vast troves of data that they run through predictive models to address problems that, in some cases, city managers didn’t even know existed. Speaking at SC17 in Denver this week, a panel of smart ...

Hyperion HPC Market Update: ‘Decent’ Growth Led by HPE; AI Transparency a Risk Issue

November 15th, 2017 Comments Off on Hyperion HPC Market Update: ‘Decent’ Growth Led by HPE; AI Transparency a Risk Issue
The HPC market update from Hyperion Research (formerly IDC) at the annual SC conference is a business and social “must,” and this year’s presentation at SC17 played to a SRO crowd at a downtown Denver hotel. This writer has ...
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