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Deep Learning Drives Global Financial Institution ‘to Gain Every Little Cent’

Deep Learning Drives Global Financial Institution ‘to Gain Every Litt...

Oh, to be a data scientist now that AI is here. Money, prestige, deference and little interference, ...

Nvidia Expands DGX-Ready AI Program to 19 Countries

Nvidia Expands DGX-Ready AI Program to 19 Countries

Nvidia’s DGX-Ready Data Center Program, announced in January and designed to provide colo and public cloud-like options ...

Nvidia, Google Tie in Second MLPerf Training ‘At-Scale’ Round

Nvidia, Google Tie in Second MLPerf Training ‘At-Scale’ Round

Results for the second round of the AI benchmarking suite known as MLPerf were published today with ...

Mellanox Partners with Storage Startups

Mellanox Partners with Storage Startups

As GPU leader Nvidia closes its $6.9 billion acquisition of Mellanox Technologies announced earlier this year, the HPC ...

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July 11, 2019
Nvidia’s DGX-Ready Data Center Program, announced in January and designed to provide colo and public cloud-like options to access the company’s GPU-powered servers for AI workloads, has expanded the program beyond the U.S. and doubled the number of data center partners to 19. The company said it has added three new partners in Europe, five in Asia and two ... Full article
July 10, 2019
Results for the second round of the AI benchmarking suite known as MLPerf were published today with Google Cloud and Nvidia each picking up three wins in the at-scale division. Google for ResNet-50, Transformer and SSD; Nvidia for GNMT, Reinforcement Learning and Mask R-CNN. In total, Nvidia claimed eight new performance records, three in the at-scale category, with its ... Full article
July 10, 2019
As GPU leader Nvidia closes its $6.9 billion acquisition of Mellanox Technologies announced earlier this year, the HPC network interconnect specialist’s venture arm remains active, investing in two storage startups. Mellanox Capital did not disclose the amounts of its investments in storage startups CNEX Labs and Pliops, but did announced strategic partnerships with both companies. Pliops, which is developing a storage ... Full article
July 9, 2019
Applied Materials, the $17 billion Santa Clara-based materials engineering company for the semiconductor industry, today announced manufacturing systems enabling new memory technologies to be deposited “with atomic-level precision” within chips. “Today’s high-volume memory technologies including DRAM, SRAM and flash were invented decades ago and have become ubiquitous in digital devices and systems,” said the company. “New memories – notably ... Full article
July 2, 2019
A pillar of Intel’s emerging AI product portfolio, its upcoming Nervana Neural Network Processor for training (NNP-T), will be a collaborative development effort joining Intel with Baidu, the Beijing-based AI and internet company referred to as “the Google of China,” with 2018 revenues of more than $100 billion. Announced today at the Baidu Create conference in Beijing, Intel’s Naveen Rao, corporate ... Full article
June 18, 2019
For technology vendors in HPC and HPC-related markets driven by increased demand for AI, enterprise and exascale solutions, this is the best of times – with better times likely in the offing. HPC analyst firm Hyperion Research took the occasion of its semi-annual HPC market update breakfast today at the ISC conference in Frankfurt to announce it has increased ... Full article
June 7, 2019
Investors are zeroing in on the open standard RISC-V instruction set architecture and the processor intellectual property being developed by a batch of high-flying chip startups. Last fall, Esperanto Technologies announced a $58 million funding round. The chip IP vendor is incorporating more than 1,000 RISC-V cores onto a single 7-nm chip. Data storage specialist Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) is ... Full article
June 5, 2019
AMD announced last week that its engineers had successfully executed the first physical verification of its largest 7nm chip design – in just ten hours. The AMD Radeon Instinct Vega20 – which boasts 13.2 billion transistors – was tested using a TSMC-certified Calibre nmDRC software platform from Mentor. AMD scaled Calibre nmDRC on 4,140 cores across 69 HB virtual ... Full article
June 4, 2019
Infineon Technologies’ acquisition of Silicon Valley mainstay Cypress Semiconductor Corp. underscores what increasingly looks like the end of an era for high-flying U.S. chip makers that have seen their fortunes dim as semiconductor manufacturing shifts to Asia and the pace of industry consolidation quickens. The $10.1 billion cash deal announced over the weekend would make Munich-based Infineon the leading ... Full article
May 28, 2019
Advanced Micro Devices continued to play its hot hand at this week’s Computex event in Taipei, Taiwan, highlighting its processor roadmap at the cutting-edge 7-nanometer process node that includes the next generation of its Rome HPC processor for datacenters and Radeon GPUs mostly for high-volume gaming but increasingly for enterprise cloud workloads. “We’ve really been focused on innovation in ... Full article
May 20, 2019
As regulators prepare to tighten U.S. export controls with an eye toward restricting technology transfers to China, industry groups are pushing back, arguing that overly restrictive rules would cost U.S. industry hundreds of billions in export sales. Trade groups are meanwhile seeking to ensure that export control issues are not swept up in the current trade tensions between the ... Full article
May 16, 2019
Network infrastructure has had a hard time keeping up with the data explosion and surging demand for real-time capabilities as everything but the kitchen sink is networked. Incremental progress has been made via open and virtual networking efforts that have yielded next generation switching and routing technologies, including 100-gigabit/second Ethernet switches. But demand for datacenters that can provide more ... Full article
May 14, 2019
There is no shortage of processing architectures emerging to accelerate deep learning workloads, with two more options emerging this week to challenge GPU leader Nvidia. First, Intel researchers claimed a new deep learning record for image classification on the ResNet-50 convolutional neural network. Separately, Israeli AI chip startup Hailo.ai released a new deep learning processor on Tuesday (May 14) ... Full article
May 13, 2019
A stock trading backtesting algorithm used by hedge funds to simulate trading variants has received a massive, GPU-based performance boost, according to Nvidia, which has announced a 6,250x acceleration to the STAC-A3 “parameter sweep” benchmark. Using an Nvidia DGX-2 system to run accelerated Python libraries, Nvidia said in one case the system ran 20 million STAC-A3 simulations on a ... Full article
May 9, 2019
At Intel’s investor meeting yesterday in Santa Clara, Calif., the company filled in details of its roadmap and product launch plans and sought to allay concerns about delays of its 10nm chips. In laying out its 10nm and 7nm timelines, Intel revealed that its first 7nm product would be a GPU targeted for datacenter and HPC applications. The product ... Full article
April 30, 2019
Dell EMC has launched a thoroughbred machine learning server for the data center and at the edge, its most powerful in the company’s line of AI servers, with four, eight or 10 Nvidia Tesla V100 GPUs (14 single-precision teraflops or 112 mixed-precision "AI" teraflops per processor) and up to eight NVMe local storage drives. In short: a lot of ... Full article
April 26, 2019
With greater capability and improved ease of access, HPC cycles are more commonly being put in the hands of engineers and scientists who aren’t computer experts.  The infrastructure under development allows users to leverage the power of HPC without knowing that’s what they’re doing – it’s called “implicit HPC,” and it has major implications for commercial/industrial organizations pursuing increasingly ... Full article
April 24, 2019
Arm has over the last 18 months been rolling out a steady stream of cloud-to-edge computing and Internet of Things platforms. The IP core vendor has now moved to forge a delivery mechanism for integrating embedded devices based on its architectures to the cloud and the booming cloud-native software development community through a partnership with application container pioneer Docker. The ... Full article
April 19, 2019
Jay Boisseau, Dell EMC’s chief HPC technology strategist, delivered an incisive keynote address at Tabor Communications’ Advanced Scale Forum this week. He covers too much ground to summarize his remarks in a few words. Let's just say he offered a comprehensive, high-level view of Big Data, AI, HPC, where everything is going – all that. Here are excerpts: When ... Full article
April 18, 2019
We've entered a new phase in IT -- in the world, really -- where the combination of big data, artificial intelligence, and high performance computing is pushing the bounds of what's possible in business and science, in work and play. What new creations this virtuous circle will yield has yet to be seen, but if what we've seen up ... Full article

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