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AI algorithms have made tremendous progress in making many computational processes more efficient, but “efficiency” isn’t always the name of the game for the AI industry itself. Famously, a team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst concluded that – at least as of a few years ago – a single training run for ... Full article
In this monthly feature we bring you up to date on the latest career developments in the enterprise AI community – promotions, new hires and accolades: Nicolas Alberga Itential, providers of network and cloud automation software solutions, appointed Nicolas Alberga as its chief financial officer.  Alberga brings more than 20 years of experience as a ... Full article
As the head of enterprise computing for Nvidia, Manuvir Das works with his team daily to help enterprises explore AI technologies and find new ways to use them in their businesses. Das is the GPU maker’s point person and public face when it comes to AI in the enterprise, speaking regularly at Nvidia’s GTC conferences ... Full article
Wafer-scale computing company Cerebras Systems has unveiled more details about its “brain-scale” approach for running the largest models in the world across up to 192 CS-2 systems. To enable this technology, Cerebras has introduced its weight streaming technology, which flips the way that models are usually run, at the Hot Chips conference on August 24 ... Full article
In a major refresh of its Z Series chips, IBM is adding on-chip AI acceleration capabilities to allow enterprise customers to perform deep learning inferencing while transactions are taking place to capture business insights and fight fraud in real-time. IBM is set to unveil the latest Z chip Aug. 23 (Monday) at the annual Hot ... Full article
When Red Hat announced in December 2020 that it would no longer offer the open source CentOS Linux as a stable release and would instead only provide it as a rolling release with frequent changes under the name CentOS Stream, a disturbance was caused throughout the open source community. Loud complaints and concerns quickly emanated ... Full article
In this monthly feature we bring you up to date on the latest career developments in the enterprise AI community – promotions, new hires and accolades: Jim Anderson Altair, a simulation, high-performance computing and artificial intelligence solutions provider, appointed Jim F. Anderson to its board of directors. Anderson has more than 25 years of IT ... Full article
AMD’s planned acquisition of FPGA maker Xilinx is now in the hands of Chinese regulators after needed antitrust approvals for the $35 billion deal were received from the European Commission (EC) and from the UK government this week. The acquisition, which was announced in October of 2020, already received needed reviews and approvals from a ... Full article
While Nvidia again dominated the latest round of MLPerf training benchmark results, the range of participants has expanded. Yes, Google’s forthcoming TPU v4 performed well, but competitors also shined. Intel had broad participation, featuring systems with 3rd Gen Xeons and with its Habana Labs Gaudi chips, while Graphcore had submissions based on its IPU chips. ... Full article
Dell Technologies is expanding its software product line with Omnia, a new software platform built to help enterprises solve their workload deployment and management requirements, while also providing ‘composable infrastructure’ capabilities. The vendor has also announced that it is boosting its HPC-on-demand services and server GPU options for customers. Both announcements were made June 30 ... Full article
Four months after taking over the reins of Intel Corp., CEO Pat Gelsinger has announced a string of executive leadership changes as he works to shake things up inside a company that leads its marketplace but could use a boost in energy. The executive changes, unveiled on June 22 (Tuesday), include the promotions of two ... Full article
AI budgets are up significantly over the past year as companies compete to survive and grow market share during the global pandemic, according to Appen, which published its "State of AI and Machine Learning" report this week. The study also detected a correlation between AI budget size and the likelihood that AI projects will actually ... Full article
Nvidia may have announced its blockbuster $40 billion acquisition plans for chip IP vendor Arm back in September 2020, but now the incoming CEO of chip vendor Qualcomm is busy touting an alternative plan for Arm’s future, according to a June 13 report from The (London) Telegraph. Instead of proceeding with the potential Nvidia acquisition, ... Full article
To boost the performance of busy CPUs hosted by cloud service providers, Intel Corp. has launched a new line of Infrastructure Processing Units (IPUs) that take over some of a CPU’s overhead to let it do more processing for revenue-generating tasks. The IPUs are described by Intel as programmable networking devices that are designed and ... Full article
With cars and trucks constantly gaining new driver-assistance features to increase on-the-road safety, two of the world’s largest automakers are bringing in new partners to help boost their technologies. In the latest moves, Toyota has signed on ZF and Mobileye to develop advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) for several of its vehicle platforms in the next ... Full article
As Elon Musk’s SpaceX continues to build out and test its beta Starlink high-speed, satellite-based internet services, Google Cloud has signed up as a partner to host ground stations within its data centers to link up with the fledgling satellite network. The deal will highlight some of the expertise of both companies – from SpaceX’s ... Full article
Only three months after emerging from stealth with $8 million in seed funding, Israeli AI startup NeuReality has revealed plans for its all-new NR1-P novel AI-centric inference platform, which the company claims will provide a 15X improvement in performance per dollar compared to the GPUs and ASICs from other deep learning chip vendors. NeuReality says ... Full article
For the last couple years, IBM has been ramping up its AI-powered application automation services for hybrid cloud customers to help them add efficiencies, cut costs and make cloud operations easier to use. In its latest move to build upon that strategy, IBM is acquiring AIOps vendor and long-time OEM partner Turbonomic, which builds application ... Full article
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing a new public-private partnership aimed squarely at the development of next-generation technologies: the Resilient & Intelligent NextG Systems (RINGS) program. RINGS will focus on accelerating research in the areas of wireless and mobile communication, networking, sensing, computing systems and global-scale services. “ systems are future versions of today’s ... Full article
Software-defined storage vendor Excelero has been helping customers share NVMe storage across networks both on-premises or in private clouds for years, but now, for the first time, the company is bringing its NVMesh storage to the Microsoft Azure public cloud. For Excelero, the move follows a growing number of customer requests to bring their I/O ... Full article

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