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Sonic Boom: Net OS Touted as Next Linux

Sonic Boom: Net OS Touted as Next Linux

An industry consensus is emerging around the network operating system called Sonic. A growing list of enterprise ...

BlackSwan Unveils an AI OS

BlackSwan Unveils an AI OS

An Israeli software services developer debuting this week positions its platform service as an enterprise AI operating ...

AMD Expands Roster of Datacenter Server Partners

AMD Expands Roster of Datacenter Server Partners

AMD announced expanded datacenter partnerships with server maker Lenovo and Nutanix Inc. that will use the chip ...

OpenShift Gets an Automation Upgrade

OpenShift Gets an Automation Upgrade

As the OpenShift platform becomes the centerpiece of IBM’s hybrid cloud strategy, the company’s Red Hat unit ...

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October 16, 2020
An industry consensus is emerging around the network operating system called Sonic. A growing list of enterprise infrastructure vendors have announced switching gear and other networking components based on the Software for Open Networking in the Cloud. Market tracker IDC predicts the Sonic-based datacenter switch market will reach $2 billion by 2024. That estimate is based on a growing ... Full article
October 16, 2020
As AI use and innovation continue to increase globally, getting small and medium-size AI companies more involved in the financially lucrative and still-nascent AI revolution is a developing goal of the US government. One federal agency, the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI), is asking smaller AI vendors to send in comments and suggestions by Oct. 23 about ... Full article
October 14, 2020
An Israeli software services developer debuting this week positions its platform service as an enterprise AI operating system that combines deep and machine learning, natural language processing, neural networks as well as data operations. Tel Aviv-based BlackSwan Technologies also announced a $28 million funding round this week along with a partnership with business consultant Deloitte focused on providing banks ... Full article
October 14, 2020
AMD announced expanded datacenter partnerships with server maker Lenovo and Nutanix Inc. that will use the chip makers Epyc processor to deliver hyperconverged and virtualized infrastructure. The expanded ecosystem also pulls in Nutanix partner Hewlett Packard Enterprise and another server leader, Dell Technologies. The company (NASDAQ: AMD) said Wednesday (Oct. 14) Lenovo will use its flagship processor in its ... Full article
October 13, 2020
As the OpenShift platform becomes the centerpiece of IBM’s hybrid cloud strategy, the company’s Red Hat unit is integrating its Ansible automation suite into OpenShift to help combine cloud-native and legacy infrastructure. The idea is to preserve existing infrastructure while allowing customers to upgrade to cloud-based delivery of distributed applications and other hybrid cloud services. Red Hat, which acquired ... Full article
October 12, 2020
Since 1915, when affordable, engine-driven tractors started becoming widely available to farmers in the US, a newfound efficiency in growing and harvesting crops quickly revolutionized agriculture. Engine-driven equipment meant that one person could do the work of four, dramatically raising the bar on agricultural productivity, boosting crop harvests and food supplies. As transformative as those improvements were, more changes ... Full article
October 12, 2020
It’s getting harder to keep track of “Git”-branded DevOps startups with ties to the Microsoft-owned GitHub open source software mothership. Among the latest is Gitpod, which announced native integration with GitLab, the open-source DevOps platform. Gitpod also last week disclosed a seed funding round as it seeks to flesh out the expanding DevOps pipeline. Along with GitHub Enterprise and ... Full article
October 9, 2020
In April, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna emphasized the company’s hybrid cloud offerings upgraded through its 2018 acquisition of Red Hat and its OpenShift platform. Hybrid cloud was among the few bright spots in the company’s quarterly financial results. The company (NYSE: IBM) restructured this week, announcing it is doubling down on its AI-driven hybrid cloud strategy by spinning off ... Full article
October 8, 2020
In anticipation of closing its landmark deal to acquire chip IP vendor Arm Ltd., Nvidia is highlighting its partner ecosystem as it seeks to extend its considerable reach beyond personal computing and AI to HPC and the network edge. Not surprisingly, those platform alliances all use Arm-based architectures in their server processors while eyeing exascale and edge applications. Speaking ... Full article
October 7, 2020
Amazon Web Services is cutting prices on its SageMaker managed service for machine learning and deep learning as it attracts more financial services, healthcare and retail customers building and training ML models in production. The cloud giant (NASDAQ: AMZN) said Wednesday (Oct. 7) it is reducing prices for GPU instances running SageMaker by as much as 18 percent. Reminiscent of ... Full article
October 6, 2020
Arm Dev Summit -- The CEOs of Nvidia and Arm made the case this week for regulatory approval of a proposed mega-merger, arguing the combined chip maker would preserve the IP vendor’s business model since the acquisition is “complementary” and would drive AI-inspired innovation. Nvidia, which announced its game-changing $40 billion deal for Arm last month, faces stiff regulatory ... Full article
October 5, 2020
Nvidia GTC 2020 – Nvidia kicked off its GTC 2020 GPU Technology Conference with a wide range of intriguing AI announcements, from the introduction of its latest Bluefield-2 Data Processing Unit (DPU) models to the unveiling of an all-new data-center-on-a-chip (DOCA) architecture designed to bring major enhancements for networking, storage and security. Also announced was Nvidia’s DGX SuperPOD modular ... Full article
October 5, 2020
Among the first steps when COVID-19 patients are hospitalized is a blood oxygen test used to determine whether they require supplemental oxygen. Given the “wildfire” nature of the pandemic (a more apt description of the pandemic than the standard “wave” metaphor, argues one epidemiologist), AI researchers have plenty of data upon which to train models that can help triage ... Full article
October 2, 2020
Intel Corp. unveiled a batch of 5G networking components this week, joining a growing list of chip and hardware vendors targeting the estimated $25 billion silicon market for next-generation wireless equipment. The chip maker said Thursday (Oct. 1) it 5G lineup includes components for the radio access network, including a “dedicated accelerator” for its virtualized RAN as well as ... Full article
October 2, 2020
Microsoft Corp. has helped the Shell International Petroleum Co. Ltd. integrate the power of AI into a wide range of internal and consumer-facing applications and uses over the last three years, building on a three-decades-long business relationship. Now, the two companies are deepening that bond through the formation of a new strategic alliance which aims to reduce global carbon ... Full article
September 30, 2020
LinkedIn’s 706 million members and hundreds of billions of posts pose a clear challenge for a social network that aims to provide busy professionals with the most useful information possible. How does LinkedIn know which John Smith a given member is looking for? How does LinkedIn assess which courses and posts to position on a given member’s feed? The ... Full article
September 30, 2020
AI and big data generating those algorithms are transforming chip design in unexpected ways, accelerating fundamental tasks like finding the optimal design tradeoffs between performance and power consumption “Chips can help produce better chips” in terms of frequency, power and other performance design parameters, Karl Freund of Moor Insights & Strategy, told this week’s AI Hardware Summit. For a ... Full article
September 29, 2020
The shift to hardware accelerators used to boost the performance of AI, machine learning and cloud-native applications is also having the unintended consequence of adding complexity for already overworked development teams. In response, a group of vendors led by VMware has launched an initiative to reboot hybrid cloud architectures to confront the partitioning of DevOps teams while preserving application ... Full article
September 28, 2020
Cloud infrastructure vendors are lining to collaborate with telecommunications and network equipment partners to help roll out 5G services, aiming for what one public cloud vendor dubs “carrier-grade cloud.” For instance, a 5G network collaboration between IBM’s (NYSE: IBM) Red Hat unit and key next-generation wireless player Samsung Electronics will deploy 5G applications ranging from core network to machine ... Full article
September 24, 2020
Artificial intelligence technology has been enlisted in a Defense Department research effort to develop an early warning system for identifying infectious diseases. Recent COVID-19 outbreaks in the confined quarters of U.S. Navy ships illustrate the scale of the problem and the need for an intelligent system that can spot the early signs of infection and community spread within tight-knit ... Full article

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