Advanced Computing in the Age of AI | Wednesday, October 4, 2023
A controversial research paper by Google that claimed the superiority of AI techniques in creating chips is under the microscope for the authenticity of its claims. Science publication Nature is investigating Google's claims that artificial intelligence techniques helped floor-plan -- or establish the basics construct of its AI chip -- in under six hours, faster than ... Full article
A new set of AI-based code conversion tools is available with IBM watsonx. Before introducing the new "watsonx," let's talk about the previous generation Watson, perhaps better known as "Jeopardy!-Watson." The original Watson system was initially developed as an experiment to answer questions on the quiz show Jeopardy! and in 2011, the Watson computer system ... Full article
As more companies experiment with Generative AI technology, a crucial question emerges: Can applications that use Generative AI be safe and scalable for an enterprise? With LLM Mesh, the answer is yes. Organizations can use LLM Mesh to effectively build enterprise-level applications mitigating concerns about cost management, technological dependencies, and compliance. Dataiku, the artificial intelligence ... Full article
Configuring and provisioning GPUs is a notoriously painful activity. To provide some relief, Vultz announced it has launched the Vultr GPU Stack and Container Registry for AI model acceleration worldwide. This stack and registry will help digital startups and enterprises around the globe to build, test, and operate AI models at scale. It will accelerate ... Full article
Vector databases have been all the buzz in the world of Generative AI. Oracle, a giant in the software and cloud computer industry, announced this week its plans to add AI vectors to Oracle Database 23c. The new set of features is called AI Vector Search. It will include vector indexes, vector data types, and ... Full article
GenAI developers building atop large language models (LLMs) are the big winners of a new partnership between Anyscale and Nvidia unveiled this week that will see the GPU maker’s AI software integrated into Anyscale’s computing platform. Anyscale is best known as the company behind Ray, the open source library from UC Berkeley’s RISELab that turns any ... Full article
A new survey from the Conference Board indicates that More than half of US employees are already using generative AI tools, at least occasionally, to accomplish work-related tasks. Yet some three-quarters of companies still lack an established, clearly communicated organizational AI policy. The new survey  finds that 56 percent of workers are using generative AI ... Full article
Databricks hasn’t gone public yet–the market just hasn’t been right this year for that–but it did the next best thing today when it raised $500 million in a growth round of funding. The Series I round included investments by GPU giant Nvidia and valued the Spark backer at $43 billion. Databricks has been building market momentum ... Full article
Nvidia's large-language models will become generally available later this year, the company confirmed. Organizations widely rely on Nvidia's graphics processors to write AI applications. The company has also created proprietary pre-trained models similar to OpenAI's GPT-4 and Google's PaLM-2. Customers can use their own corpus of data, embed it in Nvidia's pre-trained large language models, ... Full article
MLCommons this week issued the results of its latest MLPerf Inference (v3.1) benchmark exercise. Nvidia was again the top performing accelerator, but Intel (Xeon CPU) and Habana (Gaudi1 and 2) performed well. Google provided a peak at its new TPU (v5e) performance. MLCommons also debuted a new MLPerf Storage (v0.5) benchmark intended to measure storage ... Full article
As the freight train that is generative AI continues barreling down the track to an uncertain destination, we thought it would be good to take some time to stop and ponder where we’re currently at in terms of GenAI adoption. It’s been quite a ride since the launch of ChatGPT in late November 2022 ignited ... Full article
A software development kit for Mojo, a new Python-based language for AI development created by former Google engineers, is now available for download on Linux systems, with support for Mac and Windows coming soon, the company behind Mojo announced today. Mojo is Pythonic language designed to help AI developers get the most performance out of ... Full article
The dominance of Nvidia GPUs has companies scrambling to find non-GPU alternatives, and another mainstream option has emerged with Google’s TPU v5e AI chip. The TPU v5e is also Google’s first AI chip being mainstreamed with a suite of software and tools for large-scale orchestration of AI workloads in virtual environments. The AI chip is ... Full article
Condor Galaxy is an AI system recently debuted by Cerebras Systems and Middle Eastern cloud provider G42. The system has already been busy with training Jais, a 13-billion parameter Arabic large language model trained on a 395-billion-word Arabic and English dataset. Named after Jebel Jais, the UAE’s highest mountain, the Jais LLM is a collaboration ... Full article
Google Cloud introduced several more uses for Duet AI, the AI interface unveiled earlier this year. Data engineers will be singing duets with integrations for BigQuery, AlloyDB, and Cloud Spanner, while data analysts will be in ML harmony with a new Looker integration. Duet AI is also being integrated across Google’s expansive Workspace properties, providing ... Full article
Generative AI is taking the world by storm, as organizations discover the myriad ways it can be used to serve and entice customers. With today’s enhancements to Vertex AI, Google Cloud is giving its customers more GenAI capabilities to choose from. The pace of adoption of GenAI and large language models (LLMs) has been nothing ... Full article
In the world of technology, overnight sensations are rarely born overnight. They are the result of decades of research, development, and perseverance. The recent success of chatGPT, a state-of-the-art language model, is a prime example of this phenomenon. It has turned heads with its capabilities, but the road to this breakthrough was long and winding. ... Full article
OpenAI today announced the launch of ChatGPT Enterprise, a new GPT-4-based service that offers stronger security and privacy protections, support for longer inputs, and new data analysis capabilities, among other new features. OpenAI kicked off the generative AI craze in late 2022 with the launch of ChatGPT, which provided a conversational interface to GPT-3.5, the company’s biggest ... Full article
The world has grown accustomed to the presence of artificial intelligence (AI) in its daily lives. In fact, unless you’ve been asleep for much of 2023, you can see just how AI’s influence on the world is growing with the hype around generative AI. We all know AI has been used for years to recommend ... Full article
Large language models (LLMs) have dominated the data and AI conversation through the first eight months of 2023, courtesy of the whirlwind that is ChatGPT. Despite the consumer success, few companies have concrete plans to put commercial LLMs into production, with concerns about privacy and ethics leading the way. A new report released by Predibase this week ... Full article