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John Russell

AI Inference Benchmark Bake-off Puts Nvidia on Top

November 7th, 2019 (0), the young AI-benchmarking consortium, has issued the first round of results for its inference test suite. Among organizations with submissions were Nvidia, Intel, Alibaba, Supermicro, Google, Huawei, Dell and others. Not bad considering the inference suite (v.5) itself ...

Cray Debuts ClusterStor E1000 for Converged AI-HPC Workloads

October 30th, 2019 (0)
Cray, now owned by HPE, today introduced the ClusterStor E1000 storage platform, which leverages Cray software and mixes hard disk drives (HDD) and flash memory (SSD) to accommodate converged HPC-AI workloads at many scales. Cray described the new system ...

IBM’s Post-Moore Vision: Bits Plus Neurons Plus Qubits

October 15th, 2019 (0)
Dario Gil, IBM’s relatively new director of research, painted a intriguing portrait of the future of computing along with a rough idea of how IBM thinks we’ll get there at last month’s MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab’s AI Research Week ...

IBM OpenPOWER to Join Open Source Linux Foundation

August 21st, 2019 (0)
IBM has announced it was contributing the instruction set (ISA) for its Power microprocessor and the designs for the Open Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (OpenCAPI) and Open Memory Interface (OMI) to the Linux Foundation. It also reported the OpenPOWER ...

Intel Adds 56-core Socketed Cooper Lake

August 6th, 2019 (0)
Intel today announced that its forthcoming Cooper Lake Xeon Scalable processors, based on Intel’s 14nm++ process, will come with up to 56-cores in a socketed form factor, leveraging the capabilities from its Xeon Platinum 9200 series. The new chip ...

STAC Floats ML Benchmark for Financial Services Workloads

January 16th, 2019 (0)
STAC (Securities Technology Analysis Center) recently released an "exploratory" benchmark for machine learning which it hopes will evolve into a firm benchmark or suite of benchmarking tools to compare the performance of machine learning and deep learning workflows for ...

The Deep500 – Tackling a Deep Learning Benchmark

January 8th, 2019 (0)
How do you know if an HPC system, particularly a larger-scale system, is well-suited for deep learning workloads? Today, that’s not an easy question to answer because there's no widely agreed-upon benchmark or reference architecture for comparing DL performance ...

Is Amazon’s Plunge into Server Chips a Watershed Moment?

December 12th, 2018 (0)
For several years now the big cloud providers – Amazon, Microsoft Azure, Google, et al – have been transforming from technology consumers into technology creators in hardware and software. The most recent example being Amazon’s announcement two weeks ago ...

Cold Blanket Cast on Quantum Computing

November 30th, 2018 (0)
Amid the gush of money and enthusiastic predictions being thrown at quantum computing comes a proposed cold shower in the form of an essay by physicist Mikhail Dyakonov published in IEEE Spectrum this month – "The Case Against Quantum ...

Move Over Lustre & Spectrum Scale – Here Comes BeeGFS?

November 29th, 2018 (0)
Is BeeGFS – the parallel file system with European roots – on a path to compete with Lustre and Spectrum Scale worldwide? Frank Herold’s unsurprising answer is yes. Herold is CEO of ThinkParQ, the company created in 2014 to ...
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