Advanced Computing in the Age of AI|Friday, June 5, 2020
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New Chip Approaches Seek to Keep Up with AI

New Chip Approaches Seek to Keep Up with AI

Exploding data sets and complex software have made it harder for single-purpose platforms like ASICs to keep ...

10nm, 7nm, 5nm…. Should the Chip Nanometer Metric Be Replaced?

10nm, 7nm, 5nm…. Should the Chip Nanometer Metric Be Replaced?

The biggest cool factor in server chips is the nanometer. AMD beating Intel to a CPU built ...

DARPA Moves to Secure Chip Designs

DARPA Moves to Secure Chip Designs

The U.S. military is ramping up efforts to secure semiconductors and its electronics supply chain by embedding ...

Nvidia Earnings Top Expectations, Data Center Revenue Jumps 80%

Nvidia Earnings Top Expectations, Data Center Revenue Jumps 80%

Nvidia’s seemingly endless roll continued in the first quarter with the company announcing blockbuster earnings that exceeded ...

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June 1, 2020
Exploding data sets and complex software have made it harder for single-purpose platforms like ASICs to keep up with the growing demands of enterprise datacenters. Heavy investments in chip design and development therefore run the risk of obsolescence by the time they are deployed. In response, an ecosystem is emerging around greater programmability that promises to optimize hardware while ... Full article
May 29, 2020
The biggest cool factor in server chips is the nanometer. AMD beating Intel to a CPU built on a 7nm process node* – with 5nm and 3nm on the way – has been instrumental to AMD’s data center market resurgence. Nanometer cachet is incalculable: on it, companies, careers and fortunes are made and lost. But that cachet is coming ... Full article
May 28, 2020
The U.S. military is ramping up efforts to secure semiconductors and its electronics supply chain by embedding defenses during the chip design phase. The automation effort also addresses the high cost and complexity of securing hardware development along with current lack of secure-oriented chip design tools. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced a pair of teams this ... Full article
May 22, 2020
Nvidia’s seemingly endless roll continued in the first quarter with the company announcing blockbuster earnings that exceeded Wall Street expectations. Nvidia said revenues for the period ended April 26 were up 39 percent YoY to $3.08 billion, ahead of its own forecast of between $2.94-$3.06 billion, which included a $100 million impact from the COVID-19 pandemic. Net income was ... Full article
May 20, 2020
All those huge data sets swirling around datacenters for running more AI and machine learning workloads are proving to be a boon for network adaptor equipment vendors. For example, the Ethernet adapter market reached $1.7 billion in 2019, marking the first time that demand for equipment with speeds of 25 gigabits or higher has breached $1 billion, according to ... Full article
May 14, 2020
Extending latency-sensitive AI workloads to the edge is the objective of two new products from Nvidia, announced today at the company’s annual (virtual) GPU Technology Conference (GTC), based on its new Ampere GPU architecture and built to run on Nvidia’s EGX Edge AI platform announced last October. Converged with Nvidia Mellanox’s new ConnectX-6 Dx SmartNIC over 5G networks, Nvidia ... Full article
May 14, 2020
Nvidia’s first Ampere-based graphics card, the A100 GPU, packs a whopping 54 billion transistors on 826mm2 of silicon, making it the world’s largest seven-nanometer chip. Launched today during a pre-recorded “kitchen keynote” from Nvidia chief Jensen Huang, the Ampere architecture follows in predecessor Volta’s footsteps, a mega-GPU that turns up the dial on transistors, AI specialization and overall performance. Both ... Full article
May 12, 2020
Hailo, the AI chip startup, is teaming with a Japanese systems designer and manufacturing giant Foxconn to develop an AI edge processor aimed at video analytics applications. The edge partnership is based on Foxconn Technology’s BOXiedge platform that integrates the Hailo-8 deep learning processor with a parallel processor from Japanese system-on-chip designer Socienext Inc. The combination creates a local ... Full article
May 12, 2020
Inspur, China’s server leader, is expanding its AI offerings based on Open Compute Project specifications, including an OCP “cloud optimized” server geared to SAP HANA workloads and running Intel’s Optane persistent memory backed by its latest Xeon Scalable processor. The computing and networking adoption initiative also addresses the increased number of complex AI workloads filling up datacenters. Among the ... Full article
May 11, 2020
The Trump administration is in talks with Intel and TSMC to spur development of new chip factories in the U.S., according to a report in the Wall Street Journal yesterday. Many observers have for years bemoaned the loss of chip manufacturing capacity and expertise in the U.S. Any abrupt move to reinvigorate U.S.-based semiconductor manufacturing capacity, particularly for leading ... Full article
April 28, 2020
Growing enterprise demand for object-based storage along with the proliferation of all-flash memory infrastructure has prompted one hardware vendor to release an open source version of its memory-class storage technology. Micron Technology Inc. promotes its fast key-value storage engine as offering lower latency along with the ability of tweak accompanying software-defined platforms such as open-source Ceph distributed storage. Micron ... Full article
April 20, 2020
Is the recent progress in deep learning true artificial intelligence? A widely-discussed article by Google’s Francois Chollet discusses the skill acquisition-based approach to gathering intelligence – the one currently in use in modern DL. He argues that with huge data sets available for training models, AI is mastering skill-acquisition but not necessarily the “scope, generalization difficulty, priors, and experience” ... Full article
April 15, 2020
Uncertainty over the duration and impact of COVID-19 on the global economy is prompting uncertain forecasts in key technology segments like semiconductors, a market that was already seeing steep declines in equipment sales. For example, projections for the global silicon wafer market released this week by the chip industry group SEMI are hedged, with alternate scenarios based on the ... Full article
April 14, 2020
AMD today announced three new SKUs based on the 7nm second-generation Epyc “Rome” platform aimed at commercial high-demand workloads as well as hyperconverged infrastructure and database applications. Dell EMC, HPE, Lenovo, Supermicro and Nutanix have announced support for the new CPUs, and IBM Cloud is the first public cloud partner. The three processors are the eight-core Epyc 7F32, the ... Full article
March 25, 2020
Chip designers are drawing on new cloud resources along with conventional electronic design automation (EDA) tools to accelerate IC templates from tape-out to custom silicon. Among the challengers to chip design leader Arm is SiFive. The IC design work-flow startup said this week it is combining design and verification tools from EDA leader Synopsys (NASDAQ: SNPS) with the Microsoft ... Full article
March 17, 2020
Data centers that support AI and ML deployments rely on Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)-based servers to power their computationally intensive architectures. Across multiple industries, expansion in GPU use is behind the over 31 percent CAGR in GPU servers projected through 2024. That means more system architects will be tasked to assure top performance and cost-efficiency from GPU systems. Yet ... Full article
March 6, 2020
Promising Wall Street a 20 percent CAGR and an aggressive CPU-GPU product roadmap, AMD delivered a confident self-portrait at its financial analyst day in Santa Clara yesterday that’s at odds with a world economy fearful of a potential pandemic -- and also at odds with nemesis Intel, the chip industry overlord that let AMD steal a price/performance march into ... Full article
March 5, 2020
As the market for AI processors continues to expand, well-heeled chip startups are emerging to challenge market leaders like Nvidia. Among them is the Israeli startup, Hailo, which announced a $60 million funding round on Thursday (March 5) that will be used to fund the rollout of its deep learning chip. The Series B round was led by existing ... Full article
March 4, 2020
By its own admission, Intel’s process technology will remain a laggard for nearly two more years, not producing a 7nm CPU until late 2021, but the company expects to reestablish its process lead with a 5nm node at a later, unannounced date. That’s the message from Intel CFO George Davis, interviewed this week during the Morgan Stanley TMT Analyst ... Full article
March 4, 2020
The rollout of 5G networks is gaining momentum for use cases like digital health services as potential early deployers gauge the security, reliability and reach of the next-generation of wireless networks. Signs of traction emerged with reports of talks between Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and Walmart (NYSE: WMT) to install 5G antennas and other gear to support the retailer’s digital ... Full article

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