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Globalfoundries Sees Pandemic ‘Pulling’ Chip Demand

Globalfoundries Sees Pandemic ‘Pulling’ Chip Demand

Globalfoundries, the custom semiconductor manufacturer, announced advancements on several fronts this week, including the latest version of ...

AI Developers Adjust to ‘New Normal’

AI Developers Adjust to ‘New Normal’

The pandemic has shifted the focus of disrupted enterprise AI and machine learning projects from financial analysis ...

Kubernetes Adopters Ramp DevSecOps

Kubernetes Adopters Ramp DevSecOps

The faster Kubernetes deployments are scaled, the bigger a target they become for hackers probing for security ...

List of Kubernetes Tools, Defenses Grows

List of Kubernetes Tools, Defenses Grows

Container tools and security fixes for Kubernetes cluster orchestrator continued to be rolled out as the microservices ...

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September 25, 2020
Globalfoundries, the custom semiconductor manufacturer, announced advancements on several fronts this week, including the latest version of its FDX platform aimed at low-power, edge devices as well as a chip design verification kit that incorporates machine learning tools. The foundry also unveiled chip intellectual property protections aimed at safeguarding customer data. Also announced was glucose monitoring technology based on ... Full article
September 24, 2020
The pandemic has shifted the focus of disrupted enterprise AI and machine learning projects from financial analysis and consumer insight to cost cutting and customer engagement, according to a vendor survey that also forecasts increased AI spending. The assessment released this week by machine learning operations specialist Algorithmia says the pandemic has prompted a reassessment of AI project priorities ... Full article
September 23, 2020
All-new Intel Atom e6000E and 11th Generation Intel Core processors aimed at AI, IoT and industrial uses were launched Sept. 23 at the company’s Intel Industrial Summit 2020 virtual event. Built to expand and solidify Intel’s market share in the growing IoT, edge and industrial markets, the new products feature designs and architectures aimed to meet the needs of ... Full article
September 23, 2020
The faster Kubernetes deployments are scaled, the bigger a target they become for hackers probing for security vulnerabilities. With security incidents rising sharply, Kubernetes-native container security platform vendor StackRox reports that 44 percent of respondents to a recent poll are delaying Kubernetes deployments. That pause has allowed time to launch DevSecOps initiatives for securing application containers and cluster orchestrator ... Full article
September 17, 2020
Container tools and security fixes for Kubernetes cluster orchestrator continued to be rolled out as the microservices ecosystem evolves. With Kubernetes security concerns growing as deployments scale, container security partners NeuVector and Sonatype this week released centralized container defenses along with open source software security tools. The goal of the integration is providing greater visibility into open source risks ... Full article
September 17, 2020
Those who tuned in for Tuesday's HPC + AI Wall Street event got a peak at the future of fintech and lively discussion of topics like blockchain, AI for risk management, and high-frequency trading, as told by a group of leading technical innovators as well as an SEC commissioner. Previously scheduled to take place at the New Yorker Hotel ... Full article
September 17, 2020
Technology industry lobbyists are capitalizing on the growing Washington consensus for a next-generation industrial policy that funds basic research in foundational silicon technology as a way to compete with China in strategic markets like AI, 5G and quantum computing. Separate reports released this week make the case for expanding government incentives for reviving domestic chip manufacturing while reconstituting global ... Full article
September 9, 2020
The shift toward front-end application security continues to gain momentum with DevSecOps vendors attracting investors as new security tools are integrated with enterprise application development workflows. The latest illustration comes from high-flying Snyk Ltd., which announced a $200 million funding round this week led by Addition, a venture capital firm launched last year. Synk’s cybersecurity platform helps application developers ... Full article
September 9, 2020
Google Cloud and AMD unveiled a “confidential computing” initiative over the summer that maintains data encryption in memory and elsewhere outside of the CPU. The scheme utilized hardware-based encryption within AMD’s latest EPYC processor. This week, the partners said they are expanding the confidential cloud computing initiative to cover workloads running on Kubernetes clusters via Google’s Kubernetes Engine. Those ... Full article
September 2, 2020
The U.S. Air Force is expanding its embrace of predictive analytics tools to keep pace with maintenance demands for its huge fleet of fighters, bombers, tankers, transports and helicopters. There is no shortage of U.S. military aircraft, with estimates ranging as high as 5,400 for the Air Force alone. The problem has been keeping that air armada flying. According ... Full article
August 31, 2020
The Pentagon’s top research agency is extending its technology chops with the appointment of a new director with extensive industry experience in strategic sectors ranging from AI to underlying microelectronics. The Defense Department announced Monday (Aug. 31) that Victoria Coleman has been named the new director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Coleman arrives as DARPA assumes a ... Full article
August 27, 2020
Among a lengthy list of U.S. technology initiatives included in pending budget legislation is a proposed National Artificial Intelligence Initiative that would be managed across several science agencies. The AI initiative is incorporated into the House version of the fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), one of the few budget bills approved by Congress each year. House and ... Full article
August 26, 2020
Arm Ltd. is expanding its partnership with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to provide greater access to its semiconductor intellectual property portfolio under an umbrella DARPA microelectronics initiative. The U.K chip vendor has been a key supplier on several chip development efforts managed by DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office, including efforts to embed security features into chip designs as ... Full article
August 25, 2020
AMD and Google Cloud are collaborating on a “confidential VM” security effort that uses encrypted virtualization to secure data “in use”. The confidential cloud computing effort is based on AMD’s latest EPYC processors incorporating hardware-based encryption in the chip makers’ latest “Zen 2” Core architecture, billed as the first high-performance x86 processor using 7-nm process technology. AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) ... Full article
August 20, 2020
The simultaneous maturation of three technologies—AI, the Internet of Things and 5G wireless—are ushering in a data-driven 5th wave of computing underpinned by current cloud infrastructure, according to the chief executive of chip intellectual property vendor Arm. Speaking at an annual Defense Department microelectronics summit, Simon Segars said new chip architectures are being designed around IoT sensors networks that ... Full article
August 20, 2020
A three-year-old Defense Department electronics initiative is bearing fruit in the form of public-private partnerships in areas ranging from post-Moore’s Law chip architectures to the growing national security requirement of securing the microelectronics supply chain. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency launched its Electronic Resurgence Initiative (ERI) in 2017 to help reboot a domestic chip industry that has been ... Full article
August 19, 2020
The technology lines are being drawn in the race to deploy 5G wireless networks that would underpin emerging enterprise applications ranging from the Internet of Things a host of software-defined services. The opening of interfaces on those costly networks could also attract new hyperscale players such as pubic cloud giants, network equipment vendors say. While hardware in the form ... Full article
August 18, 2020
The pandemic’s impact on how and where enterprise IT infrastructure is deployed remains an open question, with datacenter backers arguing security doubts will keep corporate data on-premises while cloud advocates insist COVID-19 is forcing the migration of more workloads out of datacenters. The uncertainty is among the reasons some public cloud vendors are hedging their bets with hybrid cloud ... Full article
August 18, 2020
IBM this week introduced its next generation Power10 microprocessor, a 7nm device manufactured by Samsung. The chip features a new microarchitecture, broad new memory support, PCIe Gen 5 connectivity, hardware enabled security, impressive energy efficiency, and a host of other improvements. Unveiled at the annual Hot Chips conference (virtual this year) Power10 won’t turn up in IBM systems until ... Full article
August 14, 2020
The Russians are coming, again, this time with new malware targeting Linux systems, according to a U.S. advisory issued this week. The FBI and the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) dispatched a cybersecurity advisory on Thursday (Aug. 13) describing previously undisclosed malware targeting Linux dubbed “Drovorub”. The agencies pointed to a branch of Russia’s General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate, ... Full article

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