Advanced Computing in the Age of AI | Thursday, August 5, 2021
Almost six months into President Joe Biden's first term as president, the administration and the Pentagon have cancelled the controversial $10 billion JEDI cloud modernization contract that was previously awarded to Microsoft Corp. in late 2019 under then-President Donald Trump. Since the contract was awarded, its status has been up in the air. U.S. military leaders wanted to get ... Full article
Artificial intelligence is running into some age-old engineering tradeoffs. For example, increasing the accuracy of neural networks typically means increasing the size of the networks. That requires more compute resources and leads to increased power consumption. The size of neural networks doubles every 3.5 months. Left unchecked, it is forecast that 15 percent of the world's power output will ... Full article
Jim Whitehurst, the former Delta Air Lines COO who joined Red Hat in January 2008 and led the open source and Linux company as it was acquired by IBM in July of 2019, is now out at IBM. Whitehurst’s departure was one of a series of executive changes made by Big Blue on July 2 (Friday), just before the ... Full article
Fueled by ethics and privacy concerns about the use of AI in healthcare, the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a report calling for the use of six “guiding principles” for creating and using ethically and safely managed AI to protect patients while improving their care. The 165-page report, “Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence for Health,” was unveiled ... 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 wide swath of other ... 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. There was an entry ... 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 (Wednesday) at the ISC ... Full article
Since Nvidia proposed to acquire chip IP vendor Arm last September for $40 billion, several major tech companies, including Google, Microsoft and rival chipmaker Qualcomm, continue to vocally oppose the deal, issuing repeated concerns about its negative effects on competition and pricing. But now for the first time, Nvidia and Arm are hearing some positive words about the proposed ... Full article
Deepening its ongoing integration of AI and 5G, Nvidia will be giving customers the option to use Arm-based CPUs with its growing Aerial A100 AI-on-5G platform, while also partnering with Google to establish an AI-on-5G Innovation Lab to accelerate the creation of 5G and AI applications. Both announcements were unveiled June 28 (Monday) at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) ... Full article
Ferrari, the legendary Italian sports car builder with some 239 race victories in Formula 1, has signed a deal with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to bolster the performance and design of its exotic racing and street cars by taking advantage of the global computing power of the AWS cloud. Because racing is won or lost by fractions of seconds, ... Full article
AI-powered machine vision is becoming much more capable and widespread every day. New applications of machine vision and AI are being developed at a rapid rate, most notably in sectors such as healthcare, autonomous vehicles, manufacturing, agriculture and security. In healthcare, machine vision is used to quickly analyze thousands of X-rays, CAT scans and other medical images. It is ... 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 existing Intel execs, Sandra ... Full article
Tesla first made a cryptic reference to it's project Dojo, a “super-powerful training computer” for video data processing, in 2019. Later, in the summer of 2020, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted: “Tesla is developing a training computer called Dojo to process truly vast amounts of video data. It’s a beast! … A truly useful exaflop at de ... Full article
Putting together an AI infrastructure from scratch is far from an easy task for curious enterprises that are looking to bring AI into their operations and strategies. AI is complicated, expensive and often there are far more questions than answers when trying to figure it all out. Recognizing those concerns from customers, Nvidia has just debuted its new AI ... Full article
As enterprises experiment with AI, machine learning and robotics, one challenge that arises is finding time to test and troubleshoot the actual algorithms, code and hardware in real-world situations such as factory floors without disrupting just-in-time goods production and operations. That is where Nvidia’s Isaac Sim robotic simulation software can come into play as a virtual 3D environment where ... Full article
Making machine learning easier to use is all the rage in enterprise computing as more and more businesses are finding out that adopting and integrating AI is harder to do than they first anticipated. HPE, like other large technology vendors, has been hearing that message from customers and in response, has acquired Determined AI, a San Francisco-based startup that ... Full article
Since 2018, Fiddler AI has been working to make AI easier to use for enterprises by making the mysteries under the hood more approachable and simpler to understand by users. And now, armed with $32 million in new Series B funding from investors led by Insight Partners, Fiddler AI is looking to expand and build out its machine learning ... Full article
AI is being used by enterprises to solve major business problems, anticipate future activities and leverage data in ways that were impossible even a few short years ago. Yet, while creating predictive algorithms has become the standard practice of data scientists using innovative tools and technologies, companies still struggle with effectively deploying and maintaining those algorithms in what is ... 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 be deployed on the ... Full article
As the uses of AI technologies expand within enterprises and governments daily, concerns about the intrusion of AI into the everyday lives of people continue to grow, causing deep reflection on how AI bias should be identified and prevented. To help address these growing concerns for enterprise AI users, software industry trade group, BSA The Software Alliance, has released ... Full article