Advanced Computing in the Age of AI|Tuesday, August 4, 2020
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Analog Devices, Intel Partner on Open 5G Radios

Analog Devices, Intel Partner on Open 5G Radios

Intel Corp. and Analog Devices Inc. are collaborating on a 5G wireless network design based on an ...

Nvidia Said to Be Close on Arm Deal

Nvidia Said to Be Close on Arm Deal

GPU leader Nvidia Corp. is in talks to buy U.K. chip designer Arm from parent company Softbank, ...

How AI and ML Applications Will Benefit from Vector Processing

How AI and ML Applications Will Benefit from Vector Processing

As expected, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) applications are already having an impact on society. ...

Hardware Acceleration of Recurrent Neural Networks: the Need and the Challenges

Hardware Acceleration of Recurrent Neural Networks: the Need and the Challe...

Recurrent neural networks (RNNs) have shown phenomenal success in several sequence learning tasks such as machine translation, ...

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August 3, 2020
Intel Corp. and Analog Devices Inc. are collaborating on a 5G wireless network design based on an emerging open standard with the goal of developing flexible radio platforms that would help carriers scale 5G network deployments. The wireless partnership announced Monday (Aug. 3) would combine ADI’s RF transceivers with Intel’s Arria 10 FPGAs, giving network developers a set of ... Full article
August 3, 2020
GPU leader Nvidia Corp. is in talks to buy U.K. chip designer Arm from parent company Softbank, according to several reports over the weekend. If consummated, analysts said the acquisition would cement Nvidia’s status as a full-service chip vendor controlling its destiny while challenging chip rival Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC). The Financial Times reported the parties are considering a ... Full article
July 9, 2020
A design kit tailored to PCI Express 4.0 data fabrics combines orchestration software from infrastructure platform vendor Liqid and silicon switch giant Broadcom. The goal is accelerating application prototyping, testing and development that would expand enterprise adoption of higher-bandwidth PCIe connectivity in datacenters and hybrid clouds. The reference design kit released this week is aimed at developers deploying next-generation ... Full article
June 26, 2020
FPGAs are increasingly used to accelerate AI workloads in datacenters for tasks like machine learning inference. A growing list of FPGA accelerators are challenging datacenter GPU deployments, promising to unburden already overworked CPUs in datacenter servers. Earlier this month, Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) launched its Stratix 10 NX FPGA with an eye toward AI model training and inference. Xilinx (NASDAQ: ... Full article
June 25, 2020
Legislation introduced in the U.S. House and Senate seeks to revive the U.S. semiconductor industry via a roughly $12 billion spending package and tax incentives designed to promote technology innovation across the chip ecosystem. The Senate version of the CHIPS for America Act, as in “Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors,” proposes to revive domestic chip making, fund R&D ... Full article
June 24, 2020
China’s latest set of technology goals for the next decade have been assimilated into an initiative launched this spring under the rubric, “new infrastructure.” Collectively, the aspirational blueprint includes 5G wireless and the Internet of Things, big data and AI as well as converged infrastructure aimed at a menu of smart applications ranging from energy and transportation to spurring ... Full article
June 22, 2020
Nvidia unveiled its Selene AI supercomputer today in tandem with the updated listing of world’s fastest computers. Nvidia also introduced the PCIe form factor of the Ampere-based A100 GPU. Nvidia’s new internal AI supercomputer, Selene, joins the upper echelon of the 55th Top500’s ranks and breaks an energy-efficiency barrier. With 27.5 double-precision Linpack petaflops, Selene landed the number seventh ... Full article
June 18, 2020
Intel today unveiled its third-generation Scalable Xeon processor family (codenamed Cooper Lake) for four- and eight-socket servers, aimed at AI and analytics workloads running in the datacenter. In total, 11 new SKUs were announced with between 16-28 cores, up to 3.1 Ghz base clock (up to 4.3 Ghz with Turbo Boost), and support for up to six memory channels. ... Full article
June 18, 2020
Intel Corp. remains persistent in upgrading its Optane persistent memory series. The chip maker (NASDAQ: INTC) said this week its second generation Optane series is tuned to the latest version of its Xeon Scalable processors (codenamed Cooper Lake), and boosts memory bandwidth by an average of 25 percent. The combination is aimed at four- and eight-socket servers supporting applications such ... Full article
June 17, 2020
Amazon Web Services added to its Snow family of data migration and edge devices this week with the introduction of a secure edge computing and data transfer device dubbed Snowcone. The 4.5-pound device that includes 8 terabytes of usable storage targets the growing number of edge computing use cases in which space, power and cooling are limited. The 9- ... Full article
June 8, 2020
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency launched a cyber security effort several years back designed to replace commonly used security patches for software applications with the ability to spot hardware vulnerabilities at their source. Researchers working under the initiative, System Security Integration Through Hardware and Firmware (SSITH), have developed secure architectures and tools to protect embedded IoT devices and ... Full article
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

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