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Red Hat Bolstering Its OpenShift Kubernetes Security with Acquisition of StackRox

Red Hat Bolstering Its OpenShift Kubernetes Security with Acquisition of St...

Red Hat is bringing deeper security capabilities to its popular Red Hat OpenShift enterprise Kubernetes platform through ...

OpenAI Extends GPT-3 to Combine NLP with Images

OpenAI Extends GPT-3 to Combine NLP with Images

A pair of neural networks unleashed by GPT-3 developer OpenAI use text in the form of image ...

AI to Transform Healthcare of the Future in the Shadow of COVID-19

AI to Transform Healthcare of the Future in the Shadow of COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the growing emergence and use of AI in healthcare is one of ...

Proposed Expansion of Facial Recognition Use at U.S. Borders Slammed by ACLU

Proposed Expansion of Facial Recognition Use at U.S. Borders Slammed by ACL...

A proposed expansion in facial recognition technology use by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency ...

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January 11, 2021
Red Hat is bringing deeper security capabilities to its popular Red Hat OpenShift enterprise Kubernetes platform through the acquisition of container and Kubernetes security vendor StackRox. The deal is the latest part of Red Hat’s road map to deliver a single, holistic platform that enables customers to build, deploy and securely run nearly any application across hybrid clouds, according ... Full article
January 6, 2021
A pair of neural networks unleashed by GPT-3 developer OpenAI use text in the form of image captions as a way of generating images, a predictive approach that developers said will help AI systems better understand language by providing context for deciphering the meaning of words, phrases and sentences. The two models, an offshoot of OpenAI’s third-generation language generator, ... Full article
January 4, 2021
A proposed expansion in facial recognition technology use by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency to screen foreign travelers coming in or out of the United States is being heavily criticized by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which argues that the tighter rules disproportionally harm immigrants and people of color. The proposed rule, which would vastly ... Full article
December 22, 2020
As companies approach their 2021 business planning after the current tumultuous, pandemic-decimated year, it might be a wise idea to use plenty of care when using 2020 business data to make any kinds of projections for the new year. That's the recommendation from data intelligence vendor, Alation, which recently conducted its second State of Data Culture survey in 2020 ... Full article
December 18, 2020
DeepMind requires deep pockets. Reports surfaced this week that the London-based AI lab acquired in 2014 by Google parent Alphabet for about $600 million lost a staggering $649 million in the last year. The Financial Times and other media outlets also reported Thursday (Dec. 17) that Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL) has written off roughly $1.5 billion in debt associated with ... Full article
December 18, 2020
Nvidia is making it easier for AWS cloud customers to find and integrate Nvidia software applications into their AI and deep learning projects through an all-new, all-in-one “storefront” in the AWS Marketplace. The storefront, which initially contains 21 applications from the Nvidia GPU Cloud (NGC) software application catalog, is designed to bring Nvidia applications right to AWS so users ... Full article
December 17, 2020
The Pentagon’s premiere R&D agency is expanding an initiative designed to provide technology startups with broader access to semiconductor and other intellectual property in hopes of stimulating innovation. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said this week it has recruited two additional corporate partners to provide access to IP. Verific Design Automation and CEVA Inc. have signed on to ... Full article
December 16, 2020
AWS re:Invent 2020—For a long time, it has been serious challenge for IT teams to adequately stress-test cloud applications to find and fix their weaknesses, especially at scale. But at this year’s AWS re:Invent 2020 conference, vice president and CTO Dr. Werner Vogels unveiled Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) coming new tool, the AWS Fault Injection Simulator, which aims to ... Full article
December 16, 2020
Nvidia spotlighted an AI inference accelerator, emerging optical interconnects and a new programming framework designed to scale GPU performance during this week’s GTC China virtual event. In a keynote, Bill Dally, Nvidia’s chief scientist, said the MAGNet inference accelerator achieved 100 tera-operations per watt in a simulation. Nvidia is also working with university researchers on GPU optical interconnects as ... Full article
December 15, 2020
AI vendors are rolling out a steady stream of edge processing platforms spanning everything from multicore systems-on-chips to analog approaches that seek to imbue sensors with greater intelligence while reducing power consumption in always-on devices. Along with lower latency, smart edge deployments require low-power AI processing via a variety of hardware and optimized software frameworks. A pair of approaches ... Full article
December 11, 2020
As AI moves inexorably to the edge, placing machine learning models closer to where data is generated, more tools are emerging to enable ML operations needed for AI-based application development. Some are code-free software platforms that allow developers to drag-and-drop when deploying AI apps. Google led the way in 2018 with its AutoML service. Others are following with open-source ... Full article
December 8, 2020
A Linux Foundation report on trends in open-source software development assesses the factors driving contributors while urging more incentives to secure code and sustain community-based projects. The document, "Report on the 2020 FOSS Contributor Study," identifies key issues in improving the security and sustainability of free, open-source software (FOSS) due to its importance worldwide in much of the critical ... Full article
December 8, 2020
Juniper Networks acquisition of intent-based networking specialist Apstra this week gives it another set of tools for applying AI to automate network functions in evolving data centers and cloud platforms. In an announcement Monday, (Dec. 7), Juniper (NYSE: JNPR) said it will integrate Apstra’s open architecture into Juniper's data center networking portfolio. Apstra supports the emerging Software for Open ... Full article
December 3, 2020
Nutanix introduced a series of upgrades this week that include cloud tiering of object storage, promoted as a way of leveraging public cloud infrastructure while improving data management across different clouds. The upgrades are a response to the growing number of enterprise customers adopting multi-cloud strategies as they extend workloads like cloud databases to the network edge. Nutanix said ... Full article
December 3, 2020
Lenovo’s Data Center Group seeks to unify data from edge to cloud via new data management software, an all-flash storage array that supports object storage as well as AI-driven storage management and a data fabric geared toward data analytics. The data management suite is among the latest offered by infrastructure vendors who are targeting the growing volumes of data ... Full article
December 2, 2020
A vendor survey of early Kubernetes adopters embracing cloud-native applications finds that high-maintenance microservices and API sprawl have created a new set of security and networking issues for some users. The result is that few of the surveyed respondents are running most of their enterprise applications on the popular container orchestrator. The report, released this week by distributed cloud ... Full article
December 2, 2020
All-flash storage startup VAST Data is hoping that its vision of universal storage without multiple tiers will become the new normal for enterprises that are struggling to manage growing repositories of valuable and critical business data. Founded in 2016, the company insists it is on the verge of upending storage practices in line with its original mission to kill ... Full article
December 1, 2020
AWS re:Invent 2020—Amazon Web Services has a broad swath of new and bolstered services coming for customers in 2021, from the implementation of powerful Habana Gaudi AI accelerators in Amazon EC2 instances for machine learning workloads to custom-designed AWS Trainium ML training chips built to cut cloud training costs. The new products were announced on Tuesday (Dec. 1) by ... Full article
December 1, 2020
Scale AI Inc, a fast-growing provider of training and validation data for AI applications, disclosed a successful mid-stage funding round this week along with its acquisition of another AI startup, illustrating how automation technologies are coalescing around real-world applications. The startup’s $155 million funding round announced on Tuesday (Dec. 1) was led by Tiger Global. Scale AI also unveiled ... Full article
November 27, 2020
Gen X, Y, and Z get all the attention but what we need to talk about in IT is Gen S: Generation Scale-Out. Times have changed. The enterprise technology stack of 10 years ago, when VMs and block-based Storage Area Networks (SANs) ran SQL databases and bolted-on data services like backups, is hardly recognizable today. Nothing was abstracted from ... Full article

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