Advanced Computing in the Age of AI | Monday, April 19, 2021
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Nvidia GTC21 – Here at Nvidia’s virtual spring GPU Technology Conference (GTC) this week Nvidia had big news about its two new AI-targeted GPUs and its all-new Grace data center CPU. But the company also made a myriad of other announcements about new products and services, from the combined use of AI and 5G to autonomous vehicle technologies, cybersecurity ... Full article
Now that Dell Technologies announced its plans to spin off its VMware unit as a move to reduce Dell’s heavy debt load by almost $10 billion, a seemingly unrelated recent move by Intel is now making the spinoff potentially even more interesting. Back in January, Pat Gelsinger, the CEO of VMware at the time, announced he was leaving the ... Full article
Update: the LIVE Nvidia keynote is over now, but you can watch the on-demand, recording below. And read our live coverage at EnterpriseAI.news.  Join EnterpriseAI this morning at 8:30 AM PT, Monday April 12 to see the Nvidia GTC21 keynote from Nvidia’s CEO, Jensen Huang, livestreamed in its entirety. Hosted by EnterpriseAI.news, you can click to join the Huang ... Full article
The wait is over. Intel officially launched its 10nm datacenter CPU lineup on April 6 (Tuesday), delivering its more powerful and flexible third-generation Intel Xeon Scalable "Ice Lake" processors to waiting partners, OEM builders and customers. With up to 40 “Sunny Cove” cores per processor, built-in acceleration and new instructions, the Ice Lake-SP platform offers a significant performance boost ... Full article
Fresh from Intel’s launch of the company’s latest third-generation Xeon Scalable “Ice Lake” processors on April 6 (Tuesday), Intel server partners Cisco, Dell EMC, HPE and Lenovo simultaneously unveiled their first server models built around the latest chips. And though arch-rival AMD may have won the first round of the latest global chip fight by unveiling its latest next-generation ... Full article
With the recent release of its IBM Cloud Pak for Data, IBM is quickly expanding the tools it offers to enterprise customers that want to put their workloads onto IBM’s Cloud Satellite. The IBM Cloud Pak for Data, which became generally available to customers on March 26, is the first major add-on for Cloud Satellite since the nascent service ... Full article
AI startups based in Israel have had little difficulty raising venture funding. Some are now following the lead of their U.S. counterparts by going public. Among the first is industrial AI specialist Razor Labs, which also raised $36 million while launching an initial public offering on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, operating with the ticker symbol TASE: RZR. It ... Full article
Fueled by the need for faster life sciences and healthcare research, especially in the wake of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, IBM and the 100-year-old Cleveland Clinic are partnering to bolster the Clinic’s research capabilities by integrating a wide range of IBM’s advanced technologies in AI, quantum computing and the cloud. For the Cleveland Clinic, the 10-year partnership with IBM ... Full article
An open-source AI initiative has come up with a prototype system in the form of a voice-activated backpack that promises to help the visually impaired perceive and navigate their surroundings. The project, which is sponsored by Intel Corp., draws not only on AI hardware and software but also on open-source development kits and critical input from potential users. Those ... Full article
Geoff Tate, CEO and cofounder of Flex Logix Technologies, told us several years back that edge AI inferencing would be the embedded FPGA vendor’s biggest market through about 2023. Among the reasons was the crying need for an affordable inference engine that could also handle a range of applications as data processing and storage shifts from cloud data centers ... Full article
California continues to prepare for another round of wildfires by deploying AI-based early-warning systems designed to spot outbreaks before they become infernos. Sonoma County is the latest to adopt AI technology in the Golden State’s ongoing efforts to monitor and prevent the spread of deadly wildfires that have previously scorched entire towns. County officials announced this week they have ... Full article
Eight months after making its Nvidia A100 A2 VM cloud services available on Google Cloud as a beta service for customers, Google Cloud has announced that they are now generally available. Google Cloud’s move follows its cloud rivals Oracle and Amazon Web Services (AWS), which made their Nvidia A100 GPU-based cloud instances generally available in September 2020 and November ... Full article
After almost 10 years of investments and flagging progress, Micron announced today (Tuesday) that it is ending its involvement in 3D XPoint, the non-volatile memory technology it originally developed in collaboration with Intel. As it ceases all R&D on 3D XPoint technology, the company said it is also shutting down and selling the Lehi, Utah, fab factory where the ... Full article
Now that AMD unveiled its latest third-generation Epyc CPU product line for AI, HPC and enterprise workloads on March 15, the company’s server and services partners continue to announce their own plans for bringing Epyc-equipped products to market. Major server partners Cisco, Dell EMC, HPE and Lenovo are unleashing new enterprise server models powered by the latest Epyc third-gen ... Full article
A wide range of new third-generation AMD Epyc “Milan” CPUs were unveiled March 15 (Monday) by the chipmaker, from a flagship 64-core model to 8-core versions built for a myriad of server workloads. For AI users, the big news is that the latest generation of AMD server chips show promise in improving performance for many AI processes, according to ... Full article
If you’re finding it harder to get access to GPUs in the cloud to train your AI models lately, you’re not alone. The combination of a global chip shortage and increased demand for AI model training is apparently leading to longer wait times for some cloud GPU users. Nvidia, which makes most of the GPUs used for AI, says ... Full article
As banks and financial institutions look to expand their use of AI in their operations, having compelling reasons to deploy the technology are now the norm. But a large challenge stands in the way of broadening the use of AI in the industry –  it’s increasingly hard to find enough well-trained data scientists to help banks and financial services ... Full article
One of the world’s largest car makers is mapping out an AI strategy that extends beyond autonomous vehicles to include industrial robots critical to manufacturing as well as automation infrastructure efforts related to smart cities. Toyota AI Ventures, which launched in 2017, is now looking to fund innovative startups working on AI-based systems ranging from spatial intelligence for robots ... Full article
Intel Corp. and deep learning startup Deci are partnering to help enterprises dramatically optimize inferencing and make their deep learning models more efficient and faster using Intel CPUs. The collaboration, which brings together Deci’s algorithmic acceleration technology with Intel chip architectures, aims to make it possible for enterprises to accelerate inferencing speeds by up to 11x at scale, based ... Full article
Coaches and trainers already work hard to help athletes increase their performance in competition, but a new AI-based tool from Intel Corp. is generating critical new data for coaches and trainers that could boost athletic abilities even more. Announced in early 2019, the nascent AI and video-based Intel 3D Athlete Tracking (3DAT) technology is now being piloted for the ... Full article

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