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Cerebras Systems has just given a massive compute boost to its latest second-generation Wafer Scale Engine (WSE-2) AI chips, which pack twice the performance of the company's original WSE-1 chips that debuted almost two years ago at the Hot Chips conference. The original WSE-1 included 1.2 trillion transistors and 400,000 cores on an 8″x8″ silicon footprint. The new WSE-2 ... Full article
Nvidia GTC21 – Here at Nvidia’s virtual spring GPU Technology Conference (GTC) this week Nvidia had big news about its two new AI-targeted GPUs and its all-new Grace data center CPU. But the company also made a myriad of other announcements about new products and services, from the combined use of AI and 5G to autonomous vehicle technologies, cybersecurity ... Full article
With a fresh war chest of $676 million in its latest Series D funding round, AI platform vendor SambaNova Systems now intends to grow its workforce by 40 percent by the end of 2021 and put AI market leader Nvidia directly in its crosshairs. That’s the central mission laid out for the company by Rodrigo Liang, co-founder and CEO ... Full article
Nvidia GTC21 – With a goal of bringing easier AI to the enterprise, Nvidia is releasing two new AI-targeted GPUs and a line of Nvidia-certified servers from partner manufacturers that are built to run the Nvidia AI Enterprise software suite out of the box. Details of the new products were unveiled April 12 (Monday) by Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang ... Full article
Update: the LIVE Nvidia keynote is over now, but you can watch the on-demand, recording below. And read our live coverage at EnterpriseAI.news.  Join EnterpriseAI this morning at 8:30 AM PT, Monday April 12 to see the Nvidia GTC21 keynote from Nvidia’s CEO, Jensen Huang, livestreamed in its entirety. Hosted by EnterpriseAI.news, you can click to join the Huang ... Full article
The wait is over. Intel officially launched its 10nm datacenter CPU lineup on April 6 (Tuesday), delivering its more powerful and flexible third-generation Intel Xeon Scalable "Ice Lake" processors to waiting partners, OEM builders and customers. With up to 40 “Sunny Cove” cores per processor, built-in acceleration and new instructions, the Ice Lake-SP platform offers a significant performance boost ... Full article
Fresh from Intel’s launch of the company’s latest third-generation Xeon Scalable “Ice Lake” processors on April 6 (Tuesday), Intel server partners Cisco, Dell EMC, HPE and Lenovo simultaneously unveiled their first server models built around the latest chips. And though arch-rival AMD may have won the first round of the latest global chip fight by unveiling its latest next-generation ... Full article
Fueled by the need for faster life sciences and healthcare research, especially in the wake of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, IBM and the 100-year-old Cleveland Clinic are partnering to bolster the Clinic’s research capabilities by integrating a wide range of IBM’s advanced technologies in AI, quantum computing and the cloud. For the Cleveland Clinic, the 10-year partnership with IBM ... Full article
An open-source AI initiative has come up with a prototype system in the form of a voice-activated backpack that promises to help the visually impaired perceive and navigate their surroundings. The project, which is sponsored by Intel Corp., draws not only on AI hardware and software but also on open-source development kits and critical input from potential users. Those ... Full article
Geoff Tate, CEO and cofounder of Flex Logix Technologies, told us several years back that edge AI inferencing would be the embedded FPGA vendor’s biggest market through about 2023. Among the reasons was the crying need for an affordable inference engine that could also handle a range of applications as data processing and storage shifts from cloud data centers ... Full article
Eight months after making its Nvidia A100 A2 VM cloud services available on Google Cloud as a beta service for customers, Google Cloud has announced that they are now generally available. Google Cloud’s move follows its cloud rivals Oracle and Amazon Web Services (AWS), which made their Nvidia A100 GPU-based cloud instances generally available in September 2020 and November ... Full article
After almost 10 years of investments and flagging progress, Micron announced today (Tuesday) that it is ending its involvement in 3D XPoint, the non-volatile memory technology it originally developed in collaboration with Intel. As it ceases all R&D on 3D XPoint technology, the company said it is also shutting down and selling the Lehi, Utah, fab factory where the ... Full article
Now that AMD unveiled its latest third-generation Epyc CPU product line for AI, HPC and enterprise workloads on March 15, the company’s server and services partners continue to announce their own plans for bringing Epyc-equipped products to market. Major server partners Cisco, Dell EMC, HPE and Lenovo are unleashing new enterprise server models powered by the latest Epyc third-gen ... Full article
A wide range of new third-generation AMD Epyc “Milan” CPUs were unveiled March 15 (Monday) by the chipmaker, from a flagship 64-core model to 8-core versions built for a myriad of server workloads. For AI users, the big news is that the latest generation of AMD server chips show promise in improving performance for many AI processes, according to ... Full article
If you’re finding it harder to get access to GPUs in the cloud to train your AI models lately, you’re not alone. The combination of a global chip shortage and increased demand for AI model training is apparently leading to longer wait times for some cloud GPU users. Nvidia, which makes most of the GPUs used for AI, says ... Full article
Intel Corp. and deep learning startup Deci are partnering to help enterprises dramatically optimize inferencing and make their deep learning models more efficient and faster using Intel CPUs. The collaboration, which brings together Deci’s algorithmic acceleration technology with Intel chip architectures, aims to make it possible for enterprises to accelerate inferencing speeds by up to 11x at scale, based ... Full article
Coaches and trainers already work hard to help athletes increase their performance in competition, but a new AI-based tool from Intel Corp. is generating critical new data for coaches and trainers that could boost athletic abilities even more. Announced in early 2019, the nascent AI and video-based Intel 3D Athlete Tracking (3DAT) technology is now being piloted for the ... Full article
Nvidia and VMware are bringing together the new Nvidia AI Enterprise software tool suite with VMware’s latest vSphere 7 Update 2 virtualization platform to make it easier for enterprises to virtualize their expanding AI workloads. Nvidia’s (NASDAQ: NVDA) new suite of AI tools and frameworks, which was announced March 9 (Tuesday), is built to run exclusively on VMware’s just ... Full article
FPGA vendor Xilinx has debuted its latest SmartNIC model, the Alveo SN1000, with integrated “composability” features that allow enterprise users to add their own custom networking functions to supplement its built-in networking. By providing deep flexibility and customization, the Alveo SN1000 gives customers, including hyperscalers, cloud users and a wide range of enterprise users, tools that will give them ... Full article
As it continues to pivot to the cloud, IBM has unveiled a new Power-based private cloud rack product line that is also porting Red Hat OpenShift capabilities to its Power products. The moves for the Power-microprocessor-based products are part of a realignment with IBM's corporate-wide strategy, which iappears to be de-emphasizing HPC to target more traditional enterprise and cloud/hybrid ... Full article

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