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Enterprise ML Moves Slowly Up the Value Chain

Enterprise ML Moves Slowly Up the Value Chain

While developers are moving up the machine-learning learning curve, a vendor survey finds they still have a ...

Cisco Aims Chips, Optical Links at Next-Gen Internet

Cisco Aims Chips, Optical Links at Next-Gen Internet

Cisco Systems unveiled its networking framework of the future this week aimed at scaling internet performance for ...

IBM Unveils Power9-based AI Supercomputer

IBM Unveils Power9-based AI Supercomputer

Designed to push the frontiers of computing chip and systems performance optimized for AI workloads, an 8 ...

Kubernetes Gets a GPU Boost

Kubernetes Gets a GPU Boost

An infrastructure vendor zeroing in on AI and machine learning workloads has added GPU support to a ...

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December 12, 2019
While developers are moving up the machine-learning learning curve, a vendor survey finds they still have a way to go in scaling ML deployments. Algorithmia’s annual survey of the state of enterprise machine learning technology released on Thursday (Dec. 12) did find an uptick in machine learning deployments over the past year. A modest 22 percent of companies surveyed ... Full article
December 11, 2019
Cisco Systems unveiled its networking framework of the future this week aimed at scaling internet performance for emerging enterprise workloads like AI and machine learning along with network routers for Internet of Things and other 5G-driven applications and services. The networking giant (NASDAQ: CSCO) announced a programmable silicon architecture as the foundation of a framework that includes the “un-bundling” ... Full article
December 10, 2019
Designed to push the frontiers of computing chip and systems performance optimized for AI workloads, an 8 petaflop IBM Power9-based supercomputer has been unveiled in upstate New York that will be used by IBM data and computer scientists, by academic researchers and by industrial and commercial end-users. Installed at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Center for Computational Innovations (CCI), the ... Full article
December 9, 2019
In this monthly feature, we'll keep you up to date on the latest career developments in the enterprise A.I. community -- promotions, new hires, and accolades. Here's the A.I. career news for early December: Ari Berman BioTeam, Inc. promoted Ari Berman to chief executive officer. In his new role, Berman will expand the company's reach into the scientific and ... Full article
December 9, 2019
An infrastructure vendor zeroing in on AI and machine learning workloads has added GPU support to a Kubernetes-based appliance designed to handle those emerging applications in containers while adding GPU horsepower to scale in-house workloads to the cloud. Diamanti, a five-year-old startup that recently closed a $35 million funding round, unveiled this week what it claims is the first ... Full article
December 9, 2019
Hype happens like a virus: We’re suddenly jammed into our seats and told to watch a new movie. Then afterward — often as soon as the lights go up — we become ourselves again and the virus is gone. Most of the time, hype is harmless: We’ve wasted time and a few dollars, but we’ll recover soon. But hype ... Full article
December 5, 2019
Open source software development is thriving, but a growing number of developers worry that momentum cannot be sustained as large corporations continue snapping up startups that helped fuel the movement. A report released this week also revealed concerns about a lack of diversity within the open source community. While an annual survey on the state of open source development ... Full article
December 4, 2019
AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, Oracle – they’ll all vying to become the dominant force of gravity in the public cloud services market, and among the most fiercely fought over areas of cloud leadership is AI/machine learning enablement. Given that AI’s TAM is roughly ∞* and that the FAANGs are out ahead of everyone on AI expertise, it ... Full article
December 4, 2019
Medical applications are emerging as an attractive market for AI developers pitching machine learning solutions that reduce time spent on administrative tasks by physicians while also meeting strict regulatory requirements for patient privacy. This week, for example, Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA) added a secure learning tool to its Clara AI platform aimed at medical imaging. Amazon followed with a speech recognition ... Full article
December 3, 2019
Ali Ghodsi might have one of the best jobs in technology right now. As the CEO of Databricks, Ghodsi just completed an oversubscribed $400 million round of funding that gave the company a $6.2 billion valuation. Better still, Ghodsi never once had to break out the pitch stick. “It was the easiest fund raise I’ve ever done,” he said. ... Full article
December 2, 2019
Successfully operationalizing machine learning models in production environments can be incredibly difficult, as the industry has already seen. In fact, Gartner has predicted 85 percent of AI projects in the next few years will fail to produce results. So how do you set your AI projects up for success? ML implementation requires a unique approach that is a complete ... Full article
November 26, 2019
When computers were introduced to businesses in the 1950s and 60s, some people looked at them in fear. “They will replace us all,” they cried. Today, the computer industry is a pillar of our economy, employing millions and propelling society forward. Ironically, some of the same people who have made billions in those industries are warning us that “we ... Full article
November 26, 2019
IBM is known for making big bets. Summit supercomputer – a big win. Red Hat acquisition – looking like a big win. OpenPOWER and Power processors – jury’s out. At SC19, long-time IBM’er Dave Turek, vice president technical computing OpenPOWER, sketched out a different kind of bet for Big Blue – a small ball strategy, if you’ll forgive the ... Full article
November 22, 2019
Growing concerns about AI replacing workers is being offset by a cottage industry of startups providing entry-level employment in developing countries to tag, label and otherwise prepare data used to train AI models. Demand for those data sets is, of course, soaring. Among the startups is CloudFactory, which employs workers around the world on “virtual assembly lines” to meet ... Full article
November 21, 2019
Three major forces – AI, cloud and exascale – are combining to raise the HPC industry to heights exceeding expectations. According to market study results released this week by Hyperion Research at SC19 in Denver, HPC server sales in the first half of the year totaled $6.7 billion, while 2018 sales grew 15 percent overall, totaling $13.7 billion. Growth ... Full article
November 15, 2019
This year’s chair of the HPC Impact Showcase at the SC19 conference in Denver is Lori Diachin, who has spent her career at the spearhead of HPC. Currently deputy director for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Exascale Computing Project (ECP), Diachin is also deputy associate director for science and technology in the Computation Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, ... Full article
November 14, 2019
Docker, the cloud software startup that pioneered hyperscale use of agile application containers, is ending its six-year run as an enterprise vendor, selling off its container platform to cloud tool vendor Mirantis and returning to its development roots. The acquisition effectivity elevates Kubernetes as the go-to enterprise tool for orchestrating application container software and other micro-services, observers noted. Terms ... Full article
November 13, 2019
AI and HPC are increasingly intertwined – machine learning workloads demand ever increasing compute power – so it’s no surprise the annual supercomputing industry shindig, SC19 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver next week, has taken on a strong AI cast. As we noted recently (“Machine Learning Fuels a Booming HPC Market”) based on findings by industry watcher ... Full article
November 12, 2019
At its AI Summit today in San Francisco, Intel touted a raft of AI training and inference hardware for deployments ranging from cloud to edge and designed to support organizations at various points of their AI journeys. The company revealed its Movidius Myriad Vision Processing Unit (VPU), codenamed “Keem Bay,” for edge media, computer vision and inference applications. The ... Full article
November 12, 2019
Dell Technologies this week rolled out its data-driven vision of the automated IT infrastructure for the next decade, signaling in the process that it has completed the integration of among the largest technology mergers in history. Emphasizing the “next decade of data” generated by networked platforms and ever-increasing computing power, Michael Dell said the next step is consolidating infrastructure ... Full article

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