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Updated: AT&T, Dell Partner to Advance 5G Cloud

Updated: AT&T, Dell Partner to Advance 5G Cloud

AT&T added to its growing list of 5G wireless partnerships this week, announcing collaboration with Dell Technologies ...

Talk to Me: Nvidia Claims NLP Inference, Training Records

Talk to Me: Nvidia Claims NLP Inference, Training Records

Nvidia says it’s achieved significant advances in conversation natural language processing (NLP) training and inference, enabling more ...

Enterprise-Wide AI Collaboration: On-boarding AI the Right Way

Enterprise-Wide AI Collaboration: On-boarding AI the Right Way

 The impact of AI becomes evident in an organization as existing processes get re-written and automation capabilities ...

Silicon Switching Shakes Up Datacenter Market

Silicon Switching Shakes Up Datacenter Market

Recent jockeying within the datacenter networking market underscores the steady shift toward Ethernet-based silicon switching as Intel, ...

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August 15, 2019
AT&T added to its growing list of 5G wireless partnerships this week, announcing collaboration with Dell Technologies to develop “cloud-oriented 5G” wireless infrastructure built upon an open source tools used to automate cloud provisioning. Among the goals of this and other partnerships is leveraging 5G's higher data rates along with infrastructure upgrades to handle high-end workloads at the network ... Full article
August 14, 2019
Nvidia says it’s achieved significant advances in conversation natural language processing (NLP) training and inference, enabling more complex, immediate-response interchanges between customers and chatbots. And the company says it has a new language training model in the works that dwarfs existing ones. Nvidia said its DGX-2 AI platform trained the BERT-Large AI language model in less than an hour ... Full article
August 12, 2019
Recent jockeying within the datacenter networking market underscores the steady shift toward Ethernet-based silicon switching as Intel, Nvidia and others vie to unclog networking bottlenecks and perhaps challenge market leader Broadcom. Those key silicon vendors along with Arista and Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) have all made acquisitions or forged partnerships designed to boost their presence in the datacenter switching market. As ... Full article
August 9, 2019
An open source group is expanding its third-party security audits to include the popular but vulnerable Kubernetes cluster orchestrator. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) announced this week it would add Kubernetes to its pilot program of public security audits. Earlier audits of other open-source projects—CoreDNS, Envoy and Prometheus—uncovered security issues ranging from “general weaknesses to critical vulnerabilities,” the group ... Full article
August 8, 2019
This week’s big tech news – AMD’s release of the Epyc Rome CPU, the industry’s first 7nm server chip – got a major boost when Google confirmed that it now uses the new processor for internal workloads and will soon make it available to Google Cloud customers. In AMD’s struggle to take market share from Intel in the lucrative ... Full article
August 8, 2019
From a gala event at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco yesterday (Aug. 7), AMD launched its 2nd generation Epyc Rome chips, based on its 7nm process technology. The new AMD Epyc 7002 series is a follow-on to the first-gen 14nm Epyc Naples CPUs, released in June 2017. The announcement marks a significant competitive step for AMD ... Full article
August 8, 2019
The latest security vulnerability discovered within the Kubernetes cluster orchestrator could allow intruders to access, modify or delete computing and storage resources configured across a cluster. The flaw in the Kubernetes server API, designated CVE-2019-11247, allows access and deletion of those “custom resources.” Intruders could access cluster-wide resources with only standard role-based access control, or RBAC, permissions. In response, ... Full article
August 7, 2019
Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Advanced Micro Devices are claiming a batch of benchmark performance records for HPE servers equipped with AMD’s latest Epyc processor. The virtualization performance and power efficiency world records announced this week were achieved on HPE ProLiant DL325 and DL385 servers equipped with the second-generation AMD Epyc Rome processor that launched today (Aug. 7). The partners ... Full article
August 7, 2019
No summer doldrums here. In an intense week for leading chip and server companies, Lenovo today launched two new single-socket servers, the ThinkSystem SR635 and SR655, built with AMD’s new Epyc 7nm 7002 CPU, with up to 64 cores and 128 PCIe lanes. The news follows FPGA launches earlier this week from  Xilinx and Intel, whose new chip is ... Full article
August 6, 2019
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 — the first to support bfloat16, targeting AI workloads — is packaged in a multichip module (MCM), like the Platinum ... Full article
August 6, 2019
The two FPGA market leaders, Intel and Xilinx, both announced new accelerator cards this week designed to handle specialized, compute-intensive workloads and unburden already overworked CPUs in data center servers. Xilinx today announced the Alveo U50 accelerator card, which the company said delivers between 10 and 20x improvements in throughput, latency and power efficiency for “domain-specific acceleration” of compute, ... Full article
August 5, 2019
Kubernetes, the de facto standard cluster orchestrator, continues to transform an expanding ecosystem of enterprise cloud vendors to the point where some are changing their identity to reflect the steady shift to cloud native and open source tools aimed at scaling distributed applications. Case in point is D2iQ, the new handle for Mesosphere, the datacenter operating system (DC/OS) specialist ... Full article
August 1, 2019
Intel Corp.’s plans to make a big splash in the network fabric market for linking HPC, AI and other high performance workloads has apparently belly-flopped. The chip maker confirmed to EnterpriseAI the outlines of an earlier report by the website CRN that it has jettisoned plans for a second-generation version of its Omni-Path interconnect. "Intel will no longer offer Intel ... Full article
July 31, 2019
In a year of major M&A activity in the high performance technology sector, Xilinx announced today the closing of its acquisition of low latency network provider SolarFlare, whose speedy network interface card (NIC) technology is widely used by financial services and hyperscalers. When the planned acquisition was announced in April, Xilinx said the acquisition would help the company to ... Full article
July 31, 2019
For the first time, Google is positioning itself as a competitor to the likes of PlayStation and Xbox with its new offering, Stadia, a cloud-based gaming service – with both free and paid tiers – that allows gamers to play computationally demanding games on a variety of low-power devices (budget laptops, phones and Chromecasts) by rendering the gameplay in ... Full article
July 31, 2019
Data may have been a major – and under-appreciated – factor compelling Big Blue to plunk down $34 billion for Red Hat, a deal (the third largest in tech industry history) that closed earlier this month. The acquisition’s overt rationale, of course, is Red Hat’s open source enterprise Linux and OpenShift platforms for workload portability and interoperability across clouds ... Full article
July 30, 2019
Intel didn’t wow chip lovers earlier this year with the launch of its 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors “Cascade Lake” processors, which are based on the same 14nm process as the first generation processors. But the launch also included the delivery of Optane Data Center Persistent Memory Module (DCPMM), which is poised to deliver big benefits for SQL ... Full article
July 25, 2019
Efforts to move NVM Express technology over fabrics into enterprise datacenters advanced this week with progress toward a new industry specification entering its final review. NVM Express Inc. announced that its NVMe-oF architecture has entered a final 45-day review as a key step toward release of a formal specification. The NVMe-0F 1.1 architecture is designed to improve storage network ... Full article
July 25, 2019
5G is massively faster than 4G: 5GB/second vs. 100-200MB/second. Impressive, yes, but higher data rates explains only part of 5G's significance. The coming 5G cellular network will bring the network up to speed with faster processing (GPUs, FPGAs, ASICs), interconnects (NVLink, CXL) and communications fabrics (Infiniband, enhanced Ethernet). In turn, this means 5G, in combination with developments across the ... Full article
July 24, 2019
Persistent storage emerged as an early requirement for shifting application containers to full production. Industry standards groups have since taken up the cause by launching so-called “cloud-native” storage projects around key components like the Kubernetes cluster orchestrator. Among those efforts is Rook, an open-source (Apache 2.0) storage effort launched recently by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). Rook is ... Full article

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