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Tiffany Trader

With over a decade’s experience covering the HPC space, Tiffany Trader is one of the preeminent voices reporting on advanced scale computing today.

Cray Moves to Acquire the Seagate ClusterStor Line

July 28th, 2017 Comments Off on Cray Moves to Acquire the Seagate ClusterStor Line
This week Cray announced that it is picking up Seagate's ClusterStor HPC array business for an undisclosed sum as part of a "strategic deal and partnership." "In short we're effectively transitioning the bulk of the ClusterStor product line to ...

Mellanox Raises SHIELD for Enhanced Network Resiliency

June 15th, 2017 Comments Off on Mellanox Raises SHIELD for Enhanced Network Resiliency
High-performance networking company Mellanox is announcing a new protocol it’s calling SHIELD, an acronym for “Self Healing Interconnect Enhancement for inteLligent Datacenters.” Enabled within Mellanox’s 100G EDR and 200G HDR InfiniBand solutions, SHIELD improves the ability for switches to ...

Nvidia Shares Recipe to Accelerate AI Cloud Adoption

May 31st, 2017 Comments Off on Nvidia Shares Recipe to Accelerate AI Cloud Adoption
In March, Nvidia revealed blueprints for a new open source Tesla GPU-based accelerator – HGX-1 – developed for clouds with Microsoft under its Project Olympus. Turns out HGX-1 was actually the first embodiment of Nvidia’s HGX reference architecture and partner ...

Nvidia’s Mammoth Volta GPU Aims High for AI, HPC

May 11th, 2017 Comments Off on Nvidia’s Mammoth Volta GPU Aims High for AI, HPC
At Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC17) in San Jose, Calif., this morning, CEO Jensen Huang announced the company’s much-anticipated Volta architecture and flagship high-end GPU, the Tesla V100, noting that it took several thousand engineers several years to create, at an ...

Facebook Open Sources Caffe2; Nvidia, Intel Rush to Optimize

April 18th, 2017 Comments Off on Facebook Open Sources Caffe2; Nvidia, Intel Rush to Optimize
From its F8 developer conference in San Jose, Calif., today, Facebook announced Caffe2, a new open-source, cross-platform framework for deep learning. Caffe2 is the successor to Caffe, the deep learning framework developed by Berkeley AI Research and community contributors. Caffe2’s ...

Knights Landing Processor with Omni-Path Makes Cloud Debut

April 18th, 2017 Comments Off on Knights Landing Processor with Omni-Path Makes Cloud Debut
HPC cloud specialist Rescale is partnering with Intel and HPC resource provider R Systems to offer first-ever cloud access to Xeon Phi “Knights Landing” processors. The infrastructure is based on the 68-core Knights Landing chip with integrated Omni-Path fabric ...

Nvidia Responds to Google TPU Benchmarking

April 11th, 2017 Comments Off on Nvidia Responds to Google TPU Benchmarking
Last week, Google reported that its custom ASIC Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) was 15-30x faster for inferencing workloads than Nvidia’s K80 GPU (see our coverage, Google Pulls Back the Covers on Its First Machine Learning Chip), and it didn’t take ...

Google Pulls Back the Covers on Its First Machine Learning Chip

April 7th, 2017 Comments Off on Google Pulls Back the Covers on Its First Machine Learning Chip
This week Google released a report detailing the design and performance characteristics of the Tensor Processing Unit (TPU), its custom ASIC for the inference phase of neural networks (NN). Google has been using the machine learning accelerator in its datacenters since ...

IBM Bare Metal Cloud Targets AI with New P100 GPUs

April 5th, 2017 Comments Off on IBM Bare Metal Cloud Targets AI with New P100 GPUs
IBM announced today that it will be adding Nvidia P100 graphics processors to its Bluemix cloud later this month, becoming the "first major global cloud vendor" to provide the high-end "Pascal" GPUs. Big Blue is targeting the new hardware at ...

Data-Hungry Algorithms and the Thirst for AI

March 29th, 2017 Comments Off on Data-Hungry Algorithms and the Thirst for AI
At Tabor Communications’ Leverage Big Data + EnterpriseHPC Summit in Florida last week, esteemed HPC professional Jay Boisseau, chief HPC technology strategist at Dell EMC, engaged the audience with his presentation, “Big Computing, Big Data, Big Trends, Big Results.” ...
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