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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).

Doubts Surface in Open Source Survey

December 5th, 2019 Comments Off on Doubts Surface in Open Source Survey
Open source software development is thriving, but a growing number of developers worry that momentum cannot be sustained as large corporations continue snapping up startups that helped fuel the movement. A report released this week also revealed concerns about ...

Standard Hardware Fueling Datacenter Boom

December 4th, 2019 Comments Off on Standard Hardware Fueling Datacenter Boom
Datacenter construction is booming in the second half of 2019 as cloud providers and co-location service providers embrace common platforms that scale to accommodate data-driven applications and services. IHS Markit reports that 9.9 million square feet of datacenter capacity ...

Amazon Uses ML to Transcribe Medical Speech

December 4th, 2019 Comments Off on Amazon Uses ML to Transcribe Medical Speech
Medical applications are emerging as an attractive market for AI developers pitching machine learning solutions that reduce time spent on administrative tasks by physicians while also meeting strict regulatory requirements for patient privacy. This week, for example, Nvidia (NASDAQ: ...

Medical Imaging Gets an AI Boost

December 2nd, 2019 Comments Off on Medical Imaging Gets an AI Boost
AI technologies incorporated into diagnostic imaging tools have proven useful in eliminating confirmation bias, often outperforming human clinicians who may bring their own prejudices. Another issue slowing progress is the need for machine learning frameworks that can access patient ...

Kubernetes Boosts Performance, Adds Complexity

November 25th, 2019 Comments Off on Kubernetes Boosts Performance, Adds Complexity
IT administrators have complained in recent industry surveys that infrastructure complexity is forcing them to spend more time monitoring systems. Many are looking to outsource monitoring tasks. Among the tradeoffs as emerging tools like the Kubernetes cluster orchestrator begin ...

Demand for AI Training Data Spurs a Cottage Industry

November 22nd, 2019 Comments Off on Demand for AI Training Data Spurs a Cottage Industry
Growing concerns about AI replacing workers is being offset by a cottage industry of startups providing entry-level employment in developing countries to tag, label and otherwise prepare data used to train AI models. Demand for those data sets is, ...

Performance Upgrades, Automation, Even Security, Fuel Cloud Migration

November 20th, 2019 Comments Off on Performance Upgrades, Automation, Even Security, Fuel Cloud Migration
The wholesale lift and shift of enterprise applications and databases from on-premise datacenters to the cloud is being driven by considerations such as improved network bandwidth, scaling ability, higher availability and the rise of cloud-native applications. Another unexpected reason, ...

Google Deal Adds VMware to Hybrid Cloud Offerings

November 19th, 2019 Comments Off on Google Deal Adds VMware to Hybrid Cloud Offerings
Public cloud vendors continue to expand options offered to enterprise customers looking for a painless way to migrate more workloads to the cloud via VMware tools while preserving their investment in existing IT infrastructure. In July, Google announced another ...

JEDI Saga Continues as AWS Seeks Contract Details

November 18th, 2019 Comments Off on JEDI Saga Continues as AWS Seeks Contract Details
The protest by Amazon Web Services of a $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract to Microsoft is expected to touch off another round of deployment delays as cloud competitors use legal and bureaucratic channels to decipher how the controversial winner-take-all ...

Microsoft Azure Adds Graphcore’s IPU

November 15th, 2019 Comments Off on Microsoft Azure Adds Graphcore’s IPU
Graphcore, the U.K. AI chip developer, is expanding collaboration with Microsoft to offer its intelligent processing units on the Azure cloud, making Microsoft the first large public cloud vendor to offer the IPU designed for machine learning workloads. Azure ...
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