Advanced Computing in the Age of AI | Monday, January 24, 2022
Nvidia is continuing to expand enterprise digital twin capabilities and features in its Nvidia Omniverse 3D virtual world design platform, but the company’s nascent plans for its grandest digital twin yet might have even bigger impacts after its announcement at this week’s Nvidia GTC21 virtual conference. The GPU-maker wants to accelerate its digital twin dreams ... Full article
Wafer-scale compute vendor Cerebras Systems has raised another $250 million in funding – this time in a Series F round that brings its total funding to about $720 million. The latest cash infusion was led by Alpha Wave Ventures and Abu Dhabi Growth and includes participation by Altimeter Capital, Benchmark Capital, Coatue Management, Eclipse Ventures, ... Full article
Bringing large language model (LLM) capabilities directly to enterprises to help them expand their business strategies and capabilities is the focus of Nvidia’s new NeMo Megatron large language framework and its latest customizable 530B parameter Megatron-Turing model. Unveiled Nov. 9 at the company’s fall GTC21 conference, the new Megatron framework and the model itself were ... Full article
Landing AI, the computer vision startup founded by the computer scientist Andrew Ng to use AI to modernize business process in real-world companies, today announced that it has raised $57 million in a Series A round of funding led by McRock Capital. Ng founded Landing AI four years ago with the idea to extend AI beyond the realm of ... Full article
In this monthly feature we bring you up to date on the latest career developments in the enterprise AI community – promotions, new hires and accolades: Kristina Agassi and Paul Scholey  Sisense, the AI-driven cloud platform provider for infusing analytics everywhere, appointed Kristina Agassi as its general counsel. Agassi will be responsible for overseeing Sisense’s ... Full article
As more enterprises integrate AI into their infrastructures and business processes, one of the difficulties that often arise is knowing how the systems are working and what changes are needed to make them more efficient and productive. With that mission in mind, AI observability vendor WhyLabs just announced the closing of a $10 million Series ... Full article
In February of 2019, IBM launched its IBM Research AI Hardware Center in Albany, N.Y., to create a global research hub to develop next-generation AI hardware with various technology partners and expand the company’s joint research efforts in nanotechnology. Now, almost three years later, Israeli AI vendor NeuReality has joined the research center as its first ... Full article
AI chip vendor Kneron has announced its most advanced chip so far – its Kneron KL530 which is the company’s first product to include an image signal processor and a RISC-V instruction set to ready it for powering L1 and L2 autonomous applications in vehicles. The latest Kneron SoC also supports Vision Transformer AI models, ... Full article
With its upcoming Intel Sapphire Rapids CPUs, designed as the next generation of Intel Xeon CPUs after Ice Lake and slated for release in 2022, chipmaker Intel Corp. is hoping to drive AI performance to new heights – as much as 30x the performance of the existing Ice Lake chips. The company announced the 30x ... Full article
As the rapid uptake of AI in the enterprise continues across the board, a new report by Deloitte Consulting has found that there are big differences in the results and workflows in the AI practices being explored by businesses. In its latest “State of AI in the Enterprise” report, Deloitte looked for the commonalities that ... Full article
With continuing concerns about the potential for stifled competition in Nvidia’s proposed $40 billion acquisition of Arm, the European Commission (EC) is opening an “in-depth investigation” into the matter to give itself more time to review the potential transaction. The EC announced its move on Oct. 27 after conducting an earlier investigation that determined that ... Full article
As machine learning becomes a dominating use case for local and cloud computing, companies are racing to provide services that optimized and accelerated for AI applications. Now, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is introducing a new competitor to the landscape: cloud instances powered by (Intel-owned) Habana’s Gaudi AI processors, marking the first AI training instances provided ... Full article
As AI-enabled robots in manufacturing facilities, power plants, warehouse and other industrial sites continue to expand in use, more potential use cases are constantly being identified by enterprises that are looking to solve their critical business problems. In response, IBM and Boston Dynamics are partnering to bring IBM software and Boston Dynamics’ Spot robots together ... Full article
New Relic’s cloud-based software stack observability platform is being combined with AI monitoring from Mona Labs to help enterprises better monitor, analyze and troubleshoot their growing production AI workloads. The new partnership, which was announced Oct. 25, means that enterprises will be able to explore production machine learning data which is created by Mona Labs’ ... Full article
After launching its second-generation intelligence processing units (IPUs) in 2020, four years after emerging from stealth, Graphcore is now boosting its product line with its largest commercially-available IPU-based systems: the IPU-POD128 and the IPU-POD256. The newly announced IPU-POD128 has 128 Graphcore GC200 IPUs across 32 Graphcore M2000 compute blades and includes 8.2TB of memory, while ... Full article
By the end of 2020, an estimated six out of 10 businesses had already moved their workloads to the cloud, spurred to action by the COVID-19 pandemic. As IT investment continues to rebound through the pandemic, this figure will likely keep growing. Yet despite the growing use of enterprise cloud, too many organizations continue to ... Full article
Hot on the heels of recent GPT language model product news from SambaNova, Microsoft and Nvidia, China-based Inspur AI Research has announced its Yuan 1.0 language model, which has 245.7 billion parameters and has undergone training using 5TB of datasets. What makes Yuan 1.0 different, however, is that it was built from the ground up ... Full article
With demands for language modeling soaring, SambaNova Systems has integrated an enterprise-ready Generative Pre-trained Transformer (GPT) language model into its flagship Dataflow-as-a-Service extensible AI services platform with the aim of making it easier for enterprises to add the needed services to their critical business workflows. Presently, many enterprises that want to perform language model training ... Full article
The impacts of the chip shortage can be spotted everywhere: from higher prices on home appliances to empty new car lots to higher prices for consumer devices. Processor-hungry AI applications are feeling the pinch, but according to SambaNova’s CEO, hardware alone isn’t a determining factor in AI’s success. The roots of the current bottleneck in ... Full article
As IoT has soared in adoption and use, the IoT development process has stubbornly fallen behind, still requiring up to five years between a product concept and its eventual development and release on the market. That is not helping Internet of Things (IoT) device manufacturers and developers release new products, but it has been a ... Full article