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Google’s ML Compiler Initiative Advances

Google’s ML Compiler Initiative Advances

Machine learning models running on everything from cloud platforms to mobile phones are posing new challenges for ...

HPE ML Ops: Containerized Software for Machine Learning Operationalization

HPE ML Ops: Containerized Software for Machine Learning Operationalization

Gartner’s 2019 CIO Survey found that the number of enterprises implementing AI grew 270 percent in the ...

Google Upgrades AI Hub

Google Upgrades AI Hub

Google Cloud has added collaboration tools to its AI Hub launched earlier this year as a clearinghouse for ...

Red Hat, Docker Lead Early Container Race

Red Hat, Docker Lead Early Container Race

You know an enterprise technology segment is maturing when market analysts begin issuing ranking reports. Among the ...

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September 12, 2019
Machine learning models running on everything from cloud platforms to mobile phones are posing new challenges for developers faced with growing tool complexity. Google’s TensorFlow team unveiled an open-source machine learning compiler called MLIR in April to address hardware and software fragmentation. MLIR, for Multi-Level Intermediate Representation, has now been transferred to the LLVM Foundation, a non-profit group that ... Full article
September 10, 2019
Gartner’s 2019 CIO Survey found that the number of enterprises implementing AI grew 270 percent in the past four years. That’s all impressive, well and good – but how many of those projects have evolved past the POC stage, how many have gone into production and been scaled across the enterprise? Ay, there’s the rub. AI implementations are up, ... Full article
September 6, 2019
Google Cloud has added collaboration tools to its AI Hub launched earlier this year as a clearinghouse for machine learning pipelines and trained models. A new homepage provides users with access to a roster of “shared private assets” ranging from AutoML natural language and tables to TensorFlow deep learning images. The hub was launched in April in response to concerns ... Full article
September 5, 2019
You know an enterprise technology segment is maturing when market analysts begin issuing ranking reports. Among the first for the booming application container market is an IHS Markit assessment that anoints IBM’s (NYSE: IBM) new Red Hat unit as the early market leader as measured in commercial container software revenue. An uptick in OpenShift adoption, which recently surpassed 1,100 ... Full article
September 4, 2019
As Moore’s Law runs out of steam, new programming approaches are being pursued with the goal of greater hardware performance with less coding. The Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency is launching a new programming effort aimed at leveraging the benefits of massive distributed parallelism with less sweat. PAPPA, for Performant Automation of Parallel Program Assembly, seeks to develop new ... Full article
August 26, 2019
Google is ramping up its Anthos cloud services platform with next-general Intel Xeon Scalable processors as the partners broaden their cloud collaboration around hybrid and multiple cloud 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 on-premise infrastructure. The Xeon upgrade ... Full article
August 26, 2019
Dell Technologies joins the growing list of IT vendors expanding support for the Kubernetes cluster orchestrator with the addition of automated Kubernetes infrastructure deployments via its VxRail running in conjunction with VMware’s container service. VxRail, Dell EMC’s hyperconverged infrastructure for the cloud, will now support Kubernetes “right out of the starting gate” running with VMware’s PKS container service on ... Full article
August 26, 2019
AI can help organizations save time and money, make automated processes smarter and more efficient, it can go through mountains of data faster than the human mind and provide real-time insights for better decision-making and it can respond on behalf of human administrators, performing tasks such as fixing bugs and blocking bot attacks. AI is the product of complex ... Full article
August 23, 2019
The emerging market for storage equipment based on the Open Compute Project is expected to more than double through 2023, according to datacenter storage equipment forecast. IHS Markit said this week it expects global revenues from the purchase of OCP-compliant storage gear to reach $5.4 billion by 2023. The current market is pegged at $2.5 billion, with OCP storage ... Full article
August 22, 2019
Red Hat is integrating into its OpenShift platform a trio of service meshes designed to ease management and security of microservices running in application containers. The mesh is based on the IBM- and Google-backed Istio and other open source meshes and it's aimed at simplifying microservices connections orchestrated by Kubernetes spanning hybrid cloud deployments. The IBM (NYSE: IBM) unit ... Full article
August 21, 2019
IBM has announced it was contributing the instruction set (ISA) for its Power microprocessor and the designs for the Open Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (OpenCAPI) and Open Memory Interface (OMI) to the Linux Foundation. It also reported the OpenPOWER Foundation would become a Linux Foundation entity subject to its governance rules. Ken King, IBM general manager for OpenPOWER, made ... Full article
August 20, 2019
Every company should become an AI company, according to Sri Ambati, founder and CEO of H2O.ai. With $72.5 million in additional funding announced today and a new release of its autoML solution, Driverless AI, Ambati is making the case that H2O.ai should be the vehicle to get them there. Ambati points to customer success as evidence that his Mountain ... Full article
August 20, 2019
The enterprise version of the Singularity HPC container platform released this week by Sylabs is designed to allow users to create, secure and share the high-end containers in self-hosted production deployments. The enterprise version emerged from beta testing that commenced in April. The upgraded edition of incorporates a “remote builder” service that allows developers to use Singularity’s image format ... Full article
August 19, 2019
Determining value and adapting a business to a changing environment is the focus of the University of Saint Gallen working paper, “The St. Gallen Business Model Navigator.” With examples such as Kodak’s comical projection in 1999 that in 10 years digital cameras would only account for 5 percent of the market (the converse was true, digital cameras had 95 ... Full article
August 15, 2019
AT&T added to its growing list of 5G wireless partnerships this week, announcing collaboration with Dell Technologies to develop “cloud-oriented 5G” wireless infrastructure built upon an open source tools used to automate cloud provisioning. Among the goals of this and other partnerships is leveraging 5G's higher data rates along with infrastructure upgrades to handle high-end workloads at the network ... Full article
August 14, 2019
Nvidia says it’s achieved significant advances in conversation natural language processing (NLP) training and inference, enabling more complex, immediate-response interchanges between customers and chatbots. And the company says it has a new language training model in the works that dwarfs existing ones. Nvidia said its DGX-2 AI platform trained the BERT-Large AI language model in less than an hour ... Full article
August 14, 2019
Frameworks for explaining the rationales underlying AI-based decisions continue to make progress in the form of an AI agent that attempts to provide straightforward English explanations in a readily interpretable form. Eventually, users could seek alternative explanations. (See also Explaining AI Decisions to Your Customers: IBM Toolkit for Algorithm Accountability.) University researchers tackled the explainable AI dilemma by training ... Full article
August 13, 2019
Cisco Systems is beefing up its Webex collaboration platform with new AI and automated speech recognition tools acquired through its purchase of Voicea, an AI-based transcription and voice search specialist. Webex is the keystone of Cisco’s Cognitive Collaboration portfolio that is being steadily upgraded with automation tools designed to preserve notes and assemble action items from conference calls. The ... Full article
August 12, 2019
IBM has introduced a toolkit of algorithms to enable interpretability and explainability of machine learning models – i.e., algorithms for understanding algorithms (have we mentioned lately that AI is a bit complicated?). In simpler terms, IBM’s AI Explainability 360 is designed to help AI users address customers’ (such as bank or insurance company customers) concerns whether AI has treated ... Full article
August 12, 2019
 The impact of AI becomes evident in an organization as existing processes get re-written and automation capabilities are deployed. But without clarity about how AI will support business goals, a lot of money and goodwill could be wasted. Stakeholder involvement is essential, as is overall team organizational support. How can companies best work to integrate AI both top-down and ... Full article

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