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Free GPUs? Startup Hopes Free Is Right Price for GPU Cloud Service

Free GPUs? Startup Hopes Free Is Right Price for GPU Cloud Service

GPUs are famously expensive – high end Nvidia Teslas can be priced well above $10,000. Now a ...

IBM’s Post-Moore Vision: Bits Plus Neurons Plus Qubits

IBM’s Post-Moore Vision: Bits Plus Neurons Plus Qubits

Dario Gil, IBM’s relatively new director of research, painted a intriguing portrait of the future of computing ...

Federated Learning Applied to Cancer Research

Federated Learning Applied to Cancer Research

The ability to share and analyze data while protecting patient privacy is giving medical researchers a new ...

Intel, Lenovo Join Forces on HPC Cluster

Intel, Lenovo Join Forces on HPC Cluster

An HPC cluster with deep learning techniques will be used to process petabytes of scientific data as ...

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October 16, 2019
GPUs are famously expensive – high end Nvidia Teslas can be priced well above $10,000. Now a New York startup, Paperspace, has announced a free cloud GPU service for machine/deep learning development on the company’s cloud computing and deep learning platform. Designed for students and professional learning how to build, train and deploy machine learning models, the service can ... Full article
October 15, 2019
Dario Gil, IBM’s relatively new director of research, painted a intriguing portrait of the future of computing along with a rough idea of how IBM thinks we’ll get there at last month’s MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab’s AI Research Week held at MIT. Just as Moore’s law, now fading, was always a metric with many ingredients baked into it, Gil’s ... Full article
October 15, 2019
The ability to share and analyze data while protecting patient privacy is giving medical researchers a new tool in their efforts to use what one vendor calls “federated learning” to train models based on diverse data sets. To that end, researchers at GPU leader Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA) working with a team at King’s College London came up with a ... Full article
October 9, 2019
An HPC cluster with deep learning techniques will be used to process petabytes of scientific data as part of workload-intensive projects spanning astrophysics to genomics. AI partners Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) and Lenovo (OTCMKTS: LNVGY) said they are providing the Flatiron Institute of New York City with high-end servers running on Intel second-generation Xeon Scalable processors and the chip maker’s ... Full article
October 1, 2019
DARPA will seek to unclog the networking bottlenecks that are hindering wider use of powerful hardware in computing-intensive applications. The Pentagon research agency has unveiled another in a series of post-Moore’s Law computing initiatives, this one seeking an overhaul of the network stack and interfaces that fall well short of connecting high-end processors with external networks and the data-driven applications ... Full article
September 30, 2019
New York is always an exciting, energetic city to visit and ... was made even more so as I attended the (recent) ‘HPC & AI on Wall Street’ conference, which HPCWire are now championing. It was well worth the train ride from Boston and interesting to see the varied mix of attendees present and hear how HPC and AI is ... Full article
September 26, 2019
Chiplet-based designs, so called because they combine multiple components into a single package, are increasingly seen as addressing the inability of general-purpose CPUs to handle skyrocketing performance requirements. Lower-cost chiplets have helped address the need for workload-specific accelerators, proponents note. Those workload requirements prompted the Open Compute Project (OCP) to launch a chiplet design project in March 2019 aimed ... Full article
September 24, 2019
The discussion surrounding enterprise adoption of AI technologies is shifting from if to when, and what mix of IT infrastructure will be required to deploy and scale machine learning and other workloads. HPC vendors that have been making inroads in the enterprise market view AI as another opportunity. Among them is supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) which released ... Full article
September 20, 2019
Graphics processor acceleration in the form of G4 cloud instances have been unleashed by Amazon Web Services for machine learning applications. AWS (NASDAQ: AMZN) on Friday (Sept. 20) announced general availability of the new Elastic Compute Cloud instance providing access to Nvidia’s (NASDAQ: NVDA) T4 Tensor Core GPUs, which are based on the Turing architecture. The EC2 instances are available ... Full article
September 17, 2019
Dell Technologies rolled out redesigned servers this week based on AMD’s latest Epyc processor that are geared toward data-driven workloads running on increasingly popular multi-cloud platforms. Dell, which has seen its lead shrink in the contracting global server market, is banking on AMD’s 7-nm Rome server processor introduced in August to provide the bandwidth and computational horsepower needed to scale ... Full article
September 12, 2019
Machine learning models running on everything from cloud platforms to mobile phones are posing new challenges for developers faced with growing tool complexity. Google’s TensorFlow team unveiled an open-source machine learning compiler called MLIR in April to address hardware and software fragmentation. MLIR, for Multi-Level Intermediate Representation, has now been transferred to the LLVM Foundation, a non-profit group that ... Full article
September 9, 2019
The global server market contacted for the first time since 2016 after a year of historic growth, signaling an abundance of IT capacity and economic uncertainty as global trade frictions grow. Despite a 11.6 percent year-on-year decline, International Data Corp. also reported in its latest quarterly survey of the worldwide server market that Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) gained ... Full article
August 28, 2019
Could wafer-scale silicon from Cerebras Systems be the first “supercomputer on a chip” worthy of the designation? Last week at Hot Chips at Stanford University, the Silicon Valley startup debuted the largest chip ever built, a 46,225 square millimeter wafer packing 1.2 trillion transistors. Cerebras says the chip’s 400,000 AI-optimized cores can train models 100-1,000 times faster than the ... Full article
August 26, 2019
At the Hot Chips conference last week, Intel showcased its latest neural network processor accelerators for both AI training and inference, along with details of its hybrid chip packaging technology, Optane DC persistent memory and chiplet technology for optical I/O. Intel’s forthcoming Nervana NNP-T, codenamed “Spring Crest,” is designed to train deep learning models at scale and to accommodate ... Full article
August 26, 2019
Google is ramping up its Anthos cloud services platform with next-general Intel Xeon Scalable processors as the partners broaden their cloud collaboration around hybrid and multiple cloud deployments. Anthos, formerly Google’s cloud services platform, combines Kubernetes, the Istio service mesh and related open-source components into a framework aimed at achieving interoperability between the Google cloud and on-premise infrastructure. The Xeon upgrade ... Full article
August 23, 2019
The emerging market for storage equipment based on the Open Compute Project is expected to more than double through 2023, according to datacenter storage equipment forecast. IHS Markit said this week it expects global revenues from the purchase of OCP-compliant storage gear to reach $5.4 billion by 2023. The current market is pegged at $2.5 billion, with OCP storage ... Full article
August 21, 2019
In this age of exploding “technology disaggregation” – in which the Big Bang emanating from the Intel x86 CPU has produced significant advances in CPU chips and a raft of alternative, accelerated architectures – has incited a permanent struggle comprised of permanent processor foes struggling for dominance in their product categories. One of them is FPGA kingpin Xilinx, which ... Full article
August 20, 2019
Silicon startup Ayar Labs continues to gain momentum with its optical chiplet technology that puts advanced electronics and optics on the same chip using standard CMOS fabrication. At Hot Chips 31 in Stanford, CA, this week, Ayar will show results of its work with DARPA (the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and Intel on an ... Full article
August 14, 2019
Nvidia says it’s achieved significant advances in conversation natural language processing (NLP) training and inference, enabling more complex, immediate-response interchanges between customers and chatbots. And the company says it has a new language training model in the works that dwarfs existing ones. Nvidia said its DGX-2 AI platform trained the BERT-Large AI language model in less than an hour ... Full article
August 12, 2019
Recent jockeying within the datacenter networking market underscores the steady shift toward Ethernet-based silicon switching as Intel, Nvidia and others vie to unclog networking bottlenecks and perhaps challenge market leader Broadcom. Those key silicon vendors along with Arista and Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) have all made acquisitions or forged partnerships designed to boost their presence in the datacenter switching market. As ... Full article

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