Advanced Computing in the Age of AI | Thursday, September 21, 2023
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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
VMware kicked off its Explore event in Las Vegas with a series of announcements geared toward enabling enterprise generative AI development. VMware and Nvidia extended their partnership to unveil VMware Private AI Foundation with Nvidia, an offering that promises to provide enterprises with the software and compute to fine-tune large language models and run AI-enabled ... Full article
At its .conf23 event in Las Vegas this week, Splunk unveiled a collection of new AI-powered tools across its portfolio of security and observability solutions. Splunk is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Splunk CEO Gary Steele, who joined the company in March 2022, acknowledged in a keynote how much the digital world has changed ... Full article
New cybersecurity attack vectors are emerging to steal data and break into systems, but Nvidia has an artificial intelligence toolkit that constantly learns to keep up with the fast changes. The graphics chip maker is adding its Morpheus software development kit, which is targeted at cybersecurity, to its AI Enterprise 3.0, which was announced last ... Full article
Researchers at MIT have developed new software mitigation techniques for a hardware-level security vulnerability uncovered in on-chip mesh interconnects. On-chip interconnects enable communication between the processor cores, and the vulnerability lies in situations when programs run concurrently on multiple cores. Delays can occur when multiple cores use the same interconnect to transmit data across the ... Full article
It’s been six years since European Union (EU) passed the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a wide-ranging and complex regulation intended to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the EU. Now, as analogous regulations around artificial intelligence (AI) are fomenting in multiple parts of the world, the business world’s experience with GDPR ... Full article
Working together to bolster the security of open source software for enterprises in the U.S. and around the world, a group of technology and financial companies has amassed $10 million in new investments to raise their game, particularly in the battle against devastating supply chain cyberattacks. The money, which will come from companies including Amazon, ... Full article
While the U.S. is making strides in the advancement of AI use cases across industries, we have a long way to go before AI technologies are commonplace and truly ingrained in our daily life. What are the missing pieces? Better data access and improved data sharing. As our ability to address point applications and solutions ... 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 ... Full article
Despite major disruptions from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, global investment in AI technologies grew by 40 percent in 2020 to $67.9 billion, up from $48.8 billion in 2019, as AI research and use continues to boom across broad segments of bioscience, healthcare, manufacturing and more. The figures, compiled as part of Stanford University’s Artificlal Intelligence ... Full article
Diminishing returns on costly data center investments—facilities already bulging at the seams—are engendering novel architectures for storing data. Early prototypes such as Microsoft’s submersible data center address cooling requirements and reliability issues. Still, the ongoing problem is scale, and finding disruptive ways of securely storing and accessing exabytes of data without breaking the bank. A ... Full article
Canonical’s latest Ubuntu Core 20 Linux operating system now features several important security updates, including anti-malware and anti-hijacking technologies and full-disk encryption capabilities. The new version of Ubuntu Core 20, which is built as a minimal, containerized version of Ubuntu Linux 20.04 for use with embedded systems and IoT, was announced by the company this ... Full article
Vulnerable to hacking, drones are getting another layer of defense via an AI-based cybersecurity approach that promises to shield the flying edge devices from zero-day attacks. SparkCognition, an industrial AI specialist, said this week the SkyGrid unit it formed with Boeing Co. has developed an AI-based cyber defense for drones that would detect attacks during ... Full article
Red Hat is bringing deeper security capabilities to its popular Red Hat OpenShift enterprise Kubernetes platform through the acquisition of container and Kubernetes security vendor StackRox. The deal is the latest part of Red Hat’s road map to deliver a single, holistic platform that enables customers to build, deploy and securely run nearly any application ... Full article
A proposed expansion in facial recognition technology use by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency to screen foreign travelers coming in or out of the United States is being heavily criticized by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which argues that the tighter rules disproportionally harm immigrants and people of color. The proposed ... Full article
Finding ways to bring AI more deeply into the business worlds of fintech, technology and academia is the mission of the new National Council for Artificial Intelligence (NCAI). Bolstered by members so far including Microsoft, Visa, Mastercard, Nasdaq, the Brookings Institution, SUNY, and the University of Central Florida, the group aims to find ways to ... Full article
Greater access to big data and HPC resources are enabling enterprise use of emerging AI tools and machine learning models to help protect corporate networks and secure enterprise applications. Cyber experts at this week’s Society of HPC Professionals annual meeting said those automation tools are improving as data analytics platforms scan billions of network signals ... Full article
A Linux Foundation report on trends in open-source software development assesses the factors driving contributors while urging more incentives to secure code and sustain community-based projects. The document, "Report on the 2020 FOSS Contributor Study," identifies key issues in improving the security and sustainability of free, open-source software (FOSS) due to its importance worldwide in ... Full article
Funding for the creation of a new national cybersecurity director post within the Executive Office of the President is a key part of the latest spending authorization bill for the U.S. Defense Department for fiscal 2021. The first-ever national cybersecurity director position, which is being proposed to strengthen an important cyber division within the Department ... Full article
A vendor survey of early Kubernetes adopters embracing cloud-native applications finds that high-maintenance microservices and API sprawl have created a new set of security and networking issues for some users. The result is that few of the surveyed respondents are running most of their enterprise applications on the popular container orchestrator. The report, released this ... Full article