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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 ...

Standard Hardware Fueling Datacenter Boom

Standard Hardware Fueling Datacenter Boom

Datacenter construction is booming in the second half of 2019 as cloud providers and co-location service providers ...

Hyperion: AI-driven HPC Industry Continues to Push Growth Projections

Hyperion: AI-driven HPC Industry Continues to Push Growth Projections

Three major forces – AI, cloud and exascale – are combining to raise the HPC industry to ...

SC19’s HPC Impact Showcase Chair: AI + HPC a ‘Speed Train’

SC19’s HPC Impact Showcase Chair: AI + HPC a ‘Speed Train’

This year’s chair of the HPC Impact Showcase at the SC19 conference in Denver is Lori Diachin, ...

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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 4, 2019
Datacenter construction is booming in the second half of 2019 as cloud providers and co-location service providers embrace common platforms that scale to accommodate data-driven applications and services. IHS Markit reports that 9.9 million square feet of datacenter capacity is currently under construction and is expected to come online by the end of the year. The construction boom is ... 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 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
November 11, 2019
Storage based on all-flash NVM Express arrays is gaining a foothold in enterprise datacenters even as the overall server storage market stumbles. The datacenter storage market is in the midst of a hangover following a big 2018. IHS Markit reports that global server storage revenue declined 4 percent year-on-year during the second quarter, with unit shipments dropping 10 percent. ... Full article
November 4, 2019
The proliferation of connected devices and Internet of Things sensors is boosting a transformed datacenter market in which service providers are shifting operations closer to the network edge. That trend is influencing everything from network topologies to power management systems required for backup power at remotes sites. It is also expected to nearly quadruple an emerging category dubbed the ... Full article
November 4, 2019
High performance storage vendor Qumulo today launched an updated line of distributed file storage solutions integrated with HPE’s high-end Apollo 4200 Gen 10 Servers. Qumulo, whose partnership with HPE began two years ago, said the combined solution “provides enterprise organizations scalable, software-defined file storage with deep data visibility into unstructured data workloads that scale-across on-prem, hybrid and cloud environments.” ... Full article
October 30, 2019
Cray, now owned by HPE, today introduced the ClusterStor E1000 storage platform, which leverages Cray software and mixes hard disk drives (HDD) and flash memory (SSD) to accommodate converged HPC-AI workloads at many scales. Cray described the new system as the final step in re-architecting its product portfolio for the exascale era. Cray also didn’t miss the opportunity to ... Full article
October 21, 2019
As if there weren’t enough security challenges, a forecast for the coming year warns the brave new world of AI and machine learning brings with it a whole new set of threats as microservices, the Internet of Things and multi-cloud deployments expand attack surfaces for hackers constantly probing for weaknesses. Market analyst Gartner’s list of key technology trends for ... Full article
October 17, 2019
Amazon Web Services declared victory in its latest skirmish with cloud rival and database leader Oracle, announcing this week it has completed the migration of its consumer business to its internal database services while pulling the plug on its final Oracle database. The migration announced Tuesday (Oct. 15) completes the lift and shift of 75 petabytes of internal data ... Full article
October 15, 2019
Farming and advanced AI may seem antithetical, but they’re not. Ask John Deere. The venerable farm equipment company has not only long embraced advanced technologies, the company for years has evangelized adoption of high performance clusters and simulation software for product design. Now the company in integrating intelligence in traditional farm vehicles – tractors, harvesters and the like. And ... Full article
September 24, 2019
The discussion surrounding enterprise adoption of AI technologies is shifting from if to when, and what mix of IT infrastructure will be required to deploy and scale machine learning and other workloads. HPC vendors that have been making inroads in the enterprise market view AI as another opportunity. Among them is supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) which released ... Full article
September 18, 2019
As the de facto standard Kubernetes cluster orchestrator moves deeper into enterprise IT infrastructure, version updates are coming a faster pace. The third release in 2019 comes with a grand total of 31 “enhancements” in various stages of production readiness ranging from “alpha” to “stable.” Many of the latest upgrades target API management and Windows-based containers, allowing Windows workloads ... Full article
September 17, 2019
Organizations building deep learning data pipelines may struggle with their accelerated I/O needs, and whenever I/O is the question, the usual answer is “throw flash/SSD at it.” Certainly expensive all-flash storage arrays are highly beneficial for line-of-business applications (and to storage vendors’ sales). But DL applications and workflows are inherently different from typical file-based workloads, and should not be ... Full article
September 16, 2019
Network bandwidth and overall performance remain concerns for digital enterprises as they roll out data analytics and edge computing efforts. Nearly two-thirds of companies surveyed by management consultant Accenture (NYSE: CAN) said their enterprise networks are not up to the task of handling big data and Internet of Things deployments. A key reason is a “misalignment between IT and ... Full article
September 9, 2019
We live in a data-driven world. Successful, leading companies have mastered and operationalized the process of extracting insight and intelligence from all the data collected continuously. The use of data has brought on a sea change in business models, with AI being the primary technique used to distill all this data into actionable insight. ML/DL depends on training and ... Full article
August 29, 2019
Chinese e-commerce giant Baidu is building a new platform based on Intel Corp.’s Optane DC persistent memory as a means of upgrading search engine results delivered by its in-memory databases used to feed its streaming data services. The partners also published a case study this week detailing the restructuring of its in-memory database using Optane memory technology introduced last year. ... 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

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