Advanced Computing in the Age of AI | Monday, December 6, 2021

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Large global energy companies have a seriously challenging technology problem – due to varying compliance and data residency regulations around the world, they have business data that must be maintained in diverse ways in multiple locations. That results in critical business data being stored in separate silos, making it much harder to find needed data ... Full article
Since coming online in the fall of 2019 in Paris, the Jean Zay supercomputer has been one of Europe’s most powerful supercomputers available to HPC and AI researchers. And now, through the addition of new Nvidia A100 80GB GPUs and other hardware, the Jean Zay will soon offer double its present compute capacity for AI ... Full article
After launching its second-generation intelligence processing units (IPUs) in 2020, four years after emerging from stealth, Graphcore is now boosting its product line with its largest commercially-available IPU-based systems: the IPU-POD128 and the IPU-POD256. The newly announced IPU-POD128 has 128 Graphcore GC200 IPUs across 32 Graphcore M2000 compute blades and includes 8.2TB of memory, while ... Full article
One of the biggest challenges in AI development is to efficiently allocate and utilize the available power and performance of GPUs that are crunching AI models. Running those workloads on GPUs is expensive and companies want to make the process as streamlined and cost-effective as possible. To help enterprises reach those goals, two-year-old Israel-based AI ... Full article
From new enterprise cloud capabilities to deeper features for edge computing applications to broader Kubernetes usability, there is something to help every business at this year’s VMworld 2021 virtual technology conference. Opening the event are announcements from VMware and partners Nvidia and Dell aimed at offering enterprise customers easier, stronger and more secure ways to ... Full article
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

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