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John Russell

Wondering How AI is Doing Vs. Doctors?

September 26th, 2017 (0)
With all the noise around AI’s potential in medicine, you may be wondering how well it is actually performing. No one knows the real answer – for one thing it is a moving target – but the IEEE Spectrum ...

Intel Debuts Myriad X Vision Processing Unit for Neural Net Inferencing

August 29th, 2017 (0)
Intel today introduced the Movidius Myriad X Vision Processing Unit (VPU) which Intel is calling the first vision processing system-on-a-chip (SoC) with a dedicated neural compute engine to accelerate deep neural network inferencing at the network edge. You may ...

Dell Strikes Reseller Deal with Atos; Supplants SGI

August 22nd, 2017 (0)
Dell EMC and Atos announced a reseller deal today in which Dell will offer Atos’ high-end 8- and 16-socket Bullion servers. Some move from Dell had been expected following Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s purchase of SGI late last year. Dell ...

IBM, Partners Claim Energy Simulation Record

April 25th, 2017 (0)
IBM, NVIDIA, and Stone Ridge Technology today reported setting the performance record for a “billion cell” oil and gas reservoir simulation. Using IBM Minsky servers with NVIDIA P100 GPUs and Stone Ridge’s ECHELON petroleum reservoir simulation software, the trio ...

More Bad News for Gamblers – AI Wins…Again

March 8th, 2017 (0)
AI-based poker playing programs have been upping the ante for lowly humans. Notably, several algorithms from Carnegie Mellon University (e.g. Libratus, Claudico, and Baby Tartanian8) have performed well. Writing in Science last week, researchers from the University of Alberta, Charles University ...

IBM Wants to be “Red Hat” of Deep Learning

January 26th, 2017 (0)
IBM today announced the addition of TensorFlow and Chainer deep learning frameworks to its PowerAI suite of deep learning tools, which already includes popular offerings such as Caffe, Theano, and Torch. It’s another step in IBM's efforts to lay ...

Heresies of the New HPC Cloud Universe

January 25th, 2017 (0)
Perhaps ‘heresies’ is a bit strong, but HPC in the cloud is a fast-changing domain that’s increasingly governed by a new mindset, says Tim Carroll, head of ecosystem development and sales at Cycle Computing, an early entry in HPC ...

For IBM/OpenPOWER: Success in 2017 = (Volume) Sales

January 11th, 2017 (0)
To a large degree IBM and the OpenPOWER Foundation have done what they said they would – assembling a substantial and growing ecosystem and bringing Power-based products to market, all in about three years. Now, says Ken King, general ...

The Road Ahead for Dell EMC

December 6th, 2016 (0)
Who is Dell EMC and why should you care? Glad you asked, is Jim Ganthier’s quick response. Ganthier is SVP for validated solutions and high performance computing for the new (even bigger) technology giant Dell EMC following the September ...

HPE-SGI to Tackle Exascale and Enterprise Targets

November 22nd, 2016 (1)
At first blush, and maybe second blush too, Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s (HPE) purchase of SGI seems like an unambiguous win-win. SGI’s advanced shared memory technology, its popular UV product line (HANA), deep vertical market expertise, and services-led go-to-market capability ...
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