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Net Appliances Emerge to Handle Data Deluge

Net Appliances Emerge to Handle Data Deluge

Network infrastructure has had a hard time keeping up with the data explosion and surging demand for ...

Deep Learning Competitors Stalk Nvidia

Deep Learning Competitors Stalk Nvidia

There is no shortage of processing architectures emerging to accelerate deep learning workloads, with two more options ...

Intel 7nm GPU on Roadmap for 2021, OneAPI Coming This Year

Intel 7nm GPU on Roadmap for 2021, OneAPI Coming This Year

At Intel’s investor meeting yesterday in Santa Clara, Calif., the company filled in details of its roadmap ...

Dell EMC’s Powerhouse Machine Learning Server: up to 10 GPUs

Dell EMC’s Powerhouse Machine Learning Server: up to 10 GPUs

Dell EMC has launched a thoroughbred machine learning server for the data center and at the edge, ...

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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
April 17, 2019
High-end computing platforms are emerging to support AI applications like inferencing and training so-called edge applications ranging from IoT networks to autonomous vehicles. The latest entry comes from Wave Computing, which released a MIPS-based 64-bit AI platform this week. Available under license, the “TritonAI” programmable platform is aimed at AI chip designers targeting edge applications. Wave Computing, which specializes ... Full article
April 16, 2019
Chip maker Intel has extended its reach into the FPGA arena with the acquisition of Omnitek, a U.K.-based developer of intellectual property cores used to combine FPGAs with AI and vision applications. Omnitek, Basingstoke, U.K., specializes in soft IP cores for applications ranging from medical imaging to high-end video conferencing. Founded in 1998, Omnitek claims about 220 FPGA IP ... Full article
April 10, 2019
The insatiable appetite for higher throughput and lower latency – particularly where edge analytics and AI, network functions, or for a range of data center acceleration needs are concerned – has compelled IT managers and chip makers to venture out, increasingly, beyond CPUs and GPUs. The “inherent parallelism” of FPGAs (see below) to handle specialized workloads in AI- and ... Full article
April 10, 2019
Google is filling out its roster of hardware partners for its new cloud services platform called Anthos as its pushes home-grown technologies like its Kubernetes cluster orchestrator across hybrid and cloud-native 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 ... Full article
April 4, 2019
At Intel's Data-Centric Innovation Day in San Francisco (April 2), the company unveiled its second-generation Xeon Scalable (Cascade Lake) family and debuted its Optane persistent memory module, along with other products (more below). Notable for high-end computing watchers was the launch of Cascade Lake-AP (Advanced Performance), now known as the Xeon Platinum 9200 processor, designed for high-performance computing, advanced ... Full article
April 3, 2019
Intel’s drive to solidify its stranglehold on the datacenter via its Optane DC persistent memory architecture was on full display this week during the chip maker’s “data-centric” event. Navin Shenoy, general manager of Intel’s Data Center Group, touted the growing ecosystem emerging around Optane, including more than 50 OEMs and cloud service providers. Among them is Google, the recipient ... Full article
March 19, 2019
Tabor Communications, publisher of high performance technology publications HPCwire, Datanami and EnterpriseTech, has announced that EnterpriseTech has been re-branded as EnterpriseAI. The new name reflects the publication’s increased focus on AI in recent years and increased interest in AI, machine learning, deep learning, robotics and other AI-related technologies among enterprise IT strategists. “EnterpriseTech, focused since its founding on enterprise ... Full article
March 19, 2019
The AI inference market is booming, prompting well-known hyperscaler and Nvidia partner Amazon Web Services to offer a new cloud instance that addresses the growing cost of scaling inference. The new "G4" instances, announced this week, will employ Nvidia’s Tesla T4 GPUs, which are optimized for machine learning inference. Based on Nvidia’s Turing architecture, the T4 features 2,560 CUDA ... Full article
March 18, 2019
A new U.S. research initiative seeks to develop a processor capable of real-time learning while operating with the “efficiency of the human brain.” The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency jointly announced a “Real Time Machine Learning” project on March 15 soliciting industry proposals for “foundational breakthroughs” in hardware required to “build systems that ... Full article
March 15, 2019
“Future datacenters of all kinds will be built like high performance computers,” said Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang during a phone briefing on Monday after Nvidia revealed scooping up the high performance networking company Mellanox for $6.9 billion. If that’s your vision – as it is Nvidia’s – that’s a darn good reason to buy one of the world’s leading HPC ... Full article
March 13, 2019
Another front has been opened in the long campaign to enable any-to-any connectivity in high performance data center computing. The Compute Express Link (CXL) consortium – with tech heavies Intel, Google, HPE, Dell EMC, Microsoft, Facebook, Cisco, Huawei and Alibaba – has ratified version 1.0 of the CXL specification, an open interconnect CPU-to-device and CPU-to-memory ecosystem designed to remove ... Full article

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