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George Leopold

George Leopold has written about science and technology for more than 30 years, focusing on electronics and aerospace technology. He previously served as executive editor of Electronic Engineering Times. Leopold is the author of "Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom" (Purdue University Press, 2016).

Kubernetes Adds Initial Support for Windows Containers

March 27th, 2019 (0)
The latest version of the Kubernetes cluster orchestrator moved a step closer to becoming operating-system agnostic with the addition of support for Windows Server-based workloads, reflecting ongoing efforts to expand the application container ecosystem by stabilizing management of Windows ...

Reemerging Container Security Ills Addressed

March 22nd, 2019 (0)
Concerns about the security of application containers have reemerged as the micro-services technology spreads across the enterprise. Those worries are fueled by recent reports of a “breakout” vulnerability in the container runtime known as runC. In response, providers of container ...

AI Ecosystem Coalesces Around Hardware Accelerator

March 21st, 2019 (0)
The requirement for hardware accelerators used in machine and deep learning applications along with HPC are driving efforts to establish specifications that take account for growing bandwidth and interconnect flexibility needed for emerging AI workloads. With that in mind, ...

AWS Upgrades its GPU-Backed AI Inference Platform

March 19th, 2019 (0)
The AI inference market is booming, prompting well-known hyperscaler and Nvidia partner Amazon Web Services to offer a new cloud instance that addresses the growing cost of scaling inference. The new "G4" instances, announced this week, will employ Nvidia’s ...

DARPA, NSF Pursue Machine Learning Chip

March 18th, 2019 (0)
A new U.S. research initiative seeks to develop a processor capable of real-time learning while operating with the “efficiency of the human brain.” The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency jointly announced a “Real ...

NASA Simulator Shapes Orion Spacecraft Design

March 15th, 2019 (0)
NASA is using flow simulations running on its Pleiades supercomputer to help design the agency’s next manned spacecraft, Orion. Crew safety is paramount, so NASA engineers are using the HPC cluster to simulate and visualize Orion’s launch abort system ...

ML Proponents Confront Reproducibility Claims

March 13th, 2019 (0)
Machine learning researchers are pushing back on the recent assertion that the AI framework is a key contributor to a reproducibility crisis in scientific research. Rick Stevens, associate laboratory director for computing, environment and life sciences at Argonne National ...

DARPA Tackles Enterprise Cyber Security

March 12th, 2019 (0)
The sheer breath of distributed enterprise networks increasingly running in the cloud are outpacing the ability of the latest commercial security tools needed to identify and counter cyber threats. That reality has prompted the Pentagon’s top research agency to ...

Optalysys Switches on Commercial Optical Co-Processor

March 7th, 2019 (0)
Optalysys, Ltd., a U.K. company seeking to advance it optical co-processor technology, moved a step closer this week with the unveiling of what it claims is the first commercial optical processor aimed at emerging AI applications. Yorkshire-based Optalysys on Thursday ...

Google Offers Fixed-Price Cloud Storage

March 5th, 2019 (0)
  Thomas Kurian, who succeeded Diane Greene last November as chief of Google Cloud, has been outspoken about plans to compete more aggressively in the cutthroat public cloud market. Among his first moves was announcing plans to invest $13 ...
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