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Kubernetes Seen Driving Bare-Metal Comeback

Kubernetes Seen Driving Bare-Metal Comeback

Hardware vendors are betting the transition to 5G wireless networks supporting myriad connected consumer and industrial devices ...

Looking at AI/ML Edge-Core-Cloud Workflows

Looking at AI/ML Edge-Core-Cloud Workflows

Edge computing is emerging as the killer app for AI and ML, with staggering growth predictions. Projections ...

Deep Learning Competitors Stalk Nvidia

Deep Learning Competitors Stalk Nvidia

There is no shortage of processing architectures emerging to accelerate deep learning workloads, with two more options ...

SAP HANA Gets a Cloud Boost

SAP HANA Gets a Cloud Boost

SAP continues to push its flagship HANA in-memory database platform higher into the cloud with a range ...

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May 21, 2019
Hardware vendors are betting the transition to 5G wireless networks supporting myriad connected consumer and industrial devices also will accelerate the shift to heavy-duty bare-metal servers as a way to provision cloud-native tools like the Kubernetes cluster orchestrator. The expansion of the Kubernetes ecosystem as a de facto standard for managing application containers is reflected in adoption of the ... Full article
May 16, 2019
Edge computing is emerging as the killer app for AI and ML, with staggering growth predictions. Projections indicate there will be more than 50 billion internet-connected objects and devices by 2020, representing an $11 trillion market opportunity, across all major verticals combined. The global autonomous vehicle market alone is expected to surpass $50 billion this year, and $550 billion ... Full article
May 14, 2019
There is no shortage of processing architectures emerging to accelerate deep learning workloads, with two more options emerging this week to challenge GPU leader Nvidia. First, Intel researchers claimed a new deep learning record for image classification on the ResNet-50 convolutional neural network. Separately, Israeli AI chip startup Hailo.ai released a new deep learning processor on Tuesday (May 14) ... Full article
May 10, 2019
SAP continues to push its flagship HANA in-memory database platform higher into the cloud with a range of new analytics, cloud storage, AI and robotic process automation features aimed down-market beyond big companies and “complex scenarios.” As SAP (NYSE: SAP) points HANA toward a mass market, “We want to see all industries in the cloud, the public cloud ... Full article
May 6, 2019
As the volume and velocity of data grows exponentially, storage vendors are increasingly promoting NVM Express as a device interface for accessing non-volatile storage media. Enterprise storage vendors such as Western Digital describe the challenge this way: transforming the currently two-lane country road based on conventional serial-attached hard drives “to a fast, 12-lane divided highway driven by NVMe.” Extending ... Full article
May 1, 2019
Riddle: It’s arguably the most powerful thing in the world and becoming more so, it’s everywhere yet we can’t see it. Answer: Data. That is: AI data. Here at Dell Technologies World in Las Vegas, CEO Michael Dell stated it this way: “We’re codifying the world, we’re creating a digital twin of reality, an alternate universe that is rich ... Full article
May 1, 2019
The rise of application containers has touched off a debate about whether containers will eventually replace virtual machines. For a number of reasons, most notably security, probably not. At least not anytime soon. What’s striking is how similar the container and VM camps sound in promoting their latest platforms. This week, Docker unveiled the latest enterprise version of its ... Full article
April 30, 2019
The intelligent edge has gained much buzz recently, including interesting comments from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella during a keynote at Mobile World Congress. But as IoT devices and applications become more advanced, producing more data and demanding greater speed and power, the need arises for a more efficient edge computing approach. Consider a common IoT product, such as a ... Full article
April 30, 2019
Dell EMC has launched a thoroughbred machine learning server for the data center and at the edge, its most powerful in the company’s line of AI servers, with four, eight or 10 Nvidia Tesla V100 GPUs (14 single-precision teraflops or 112 mixed-precision "AI" teraflops per processor) and up to eight NVMe local storage drives. In short: a lot of ... Full article
April 29, 2019
Dell Technologies unveiled what amounts to a one-stop shop for cloud datacenter services built upon a VMware cloud running on hyperconverged Dell EMC infrastructure and aimed at edge computing as well as datacenters. The company (NYSE: DELL) also this week announced an expansion of its partnership with Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) to supply VMware infrastructure on the Microsoft Azure cloud. ... Full article
April 26, 2019
Amazon’s ubiquitous voice-controlled Alexa home assistant has been re-trained by researchers using Nvidia GPUs designed for AI training and inference. The overhaul resulted in what company and university researchers report is a statistically significant improvement in Alexa’s speech recognition model. More significantly for consumers, a new approach that helps the device ignore speech not intended as a request promises ... Full article
April 24, 2019
Arm has over the last 18 months been rolling out a steady stream of cloud-to-edge computing and Internet of Things platforms. The IP core vendor has now moved to forge a delivery mechanism for integrating embedded devices based on its architectures to the cloud and the booming cloud-native software development community through a partnership with application container pioneer Docker. The ... Full article
April 24, 2019
There’s a growing threat in the IT world – the widening gap between IT complexity/change and the human ability to manage it. The digital transformation of the enterprise data center – with its integration of on-premise/multi-cloud environments, big data, containers and microservices, and increasingly high SLA requirements – has created an elaborate virtualized infrastructure that can generate millions of ... Full article
April 24, 2019
AI and machine learning workloads along with Internet of Things and edge computing initiatives are prompting companies to add workload processing capacity. Still, according to a new survey, that new capacity is offset by the fact that new servers and other IT infrastructure often remain idle for long stretches. The survey of workload processing demand released this week by platform ... Full article
April 19, 2019
Jay Boisseau, Dell EMC’s chief HPC technology strategist, delivered an incisive keynote address at Tabor Communications’ Advanced Scale Forum this week. He covers too much ground to summarize his remarks in a few words. Let's just say he offered a comprehensive, high-level view of Big Data, AI, HPC, where everything is going – all that. Here are excerpts: When ... Full article
April 17, 2019
High-end computing platforms are emerging to support AI applications like inferencing and training so-called edge applications ranging from IoT networks to autonomous vehicles. The latest entry comes from Wave Computing, which released a MIPS-based 64-bit AI platform this week. Available under license, the “TritonAI” programmable platform is aimed at AI chip designers targeting edge applications. Wave Computing, which specializes ... Full article
April 16, 2019
Chip maker Intel has extended its reach into the FPGA arena with the acquisition of Omnitek, a U.K.-based developer of intellectual property cores used to combine FPGAs with AI and vision applications. Omnitek, Basingstoke, U.K., specializes in soft IP cores for applications ranging from medical imaging to high-end video conferencing. Founded in 1998, Omnitek claims about 220 FPGA IP ... Full article
April 15, 2019
European regulators continue to take the lead on a range of critical technology policy issues spanning data privacy and, now, “trustworthy” AI. On the heels of its sweeping General Data Protection Regulation, considered by at least one observer as “the most significant change in privacy law in decades,” the European Union this week unveiled ethics guidelines for “building trust in ... Full article
April 8, 2019
Enterprises are data-rich and insight-poor as it relates to security for multi-cloud, hybrid infrastructure. Machine learning approaches are relatively well-established for email security, data loss prevention and malware detection. But for infrastructure security, ML is largely untapped, yet it can unlock the data jam and delight SecOps users, if applied correctly. The 4 Ps In our analysis, most successful ... Full article
April 4, 2019
At Intel's Data-Centric Innovation Day in San Francisco (April 2), the company unveiled its second-generation Xeon Scalable (Cascade Lake) family and debuted its Optane persistent memory module, along with other products (more below). Notable for high-end computing watchers was the launch of Cascade Lake-AP (Advanced Performance), now known as the Xeon Platinum 9200 processor, designed for high-performance computing, advanced ... Full article

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