Advanced Computing in the Age of AI | Wednesday, February 28, 2024
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As the generative AI landscape continually evolves with new use cases emerging, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is keeping pace by enhancing its Bedrock platform. This upgrade significantly broadens the range of AI models available, offering users more choices and greater flexibility for their AI-driven applications. The latest updates to Amazon Bedrock include an expanded selection ... Full article
A software development kit for Mojo, a new Python-based language for AI development created by former Google engineers, is now available for download on Linux systems, with support for Mac and Windows coming soon, the company behind Mojo announced today. Mojo is Pythonic language designed to help AI developers get the most performance out of ... Full article
The dominance of Nvidia GPUs has companies scrambling to find non-GPU alternatives, and another mainstream option has emerged with Google’s TPU v5e AI chip. The TPU v5e is also Google’s first AI chip being mainstreamed with a suite of software and tools for large-scale orchestration of AI workloads in virtual environments. The AI chip is ... Full article
Condor Galaxy is an AI system recently debuted by Cerebras Systems and Middle Eastern cloud provider G42. The system has already been busy with training Jais, a 13-billion parameter Arabic large language model trained on a 395-billion-word Arabic and English dataset. Named after Jebel Jais, the UAE’s highest mountain, the Jais LLM is a collaboration ... Full article
In the world of technology, overnight sensations are rarely born overnight. They are the result of decades of research, development, and perseverance. The recent success of chatGPT, a state-of-the-art language model, is a prime example of this phenomenon. It has turned heads with its capabilities, but the road to this breakthrough was long and winding. ... Full article
Large language models (LLMs) have dominated the data and AI conversation through the first eight months of 2023, courtesy of the whirlwind that is ChatGPT. Despite the consumer success, few companies have concrete plans to put commercial LLMs into production, with concerns about privacy and ethics leading the way. A new report released by Predibase this week ... Full article
Hugging Face announced it has raised $235 million in a Series D funding round led by Salesforce Ventures with participation from a host of tech giants including IBM, Google, Amazon, Nvidia, Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm, as well as Ashton Kutcher’s Sound Ventures. The company is now valued at $4.5 billion. Hugging Face is a developer ... Full article
VMware kicked off its Explore event in Las Vegas with a series of announcements geared toward enabling enterprise generative AI development. VMware and Nvidia extended their partnership to unveil VMware Private AI Foundation with Nvidia, an offering that promises to provide enterprises with the software and compute to fine-tune large language models and run AI-enabled ... Full article
According to a 2023 business survey, 62 percent of enterprises have fully implemented artificial intelligence (AI) for cybersecurity or are exploring additional uses for the technology. With advancements in AI technologies, however, come more ways for sensitive information to be misused. Globally, organizations are leveraging AI and implementing automated security measures into their infrastructure to ... Full article
The default method for accelerating Deep Learning projects is increasing the size of a GPU cluster. However, the cost is increasingly prohibitive. According to Andreessen Horowitz, many companies investing in AI ‘spend more than 80% of their total capital raised on compute resources,’ and rightly so. GPUs are the cornerstone of AI infrastructure and as much ... Full article
The HPC user's dream is to keep stuffing GPUs into a rack mount box and make everything go faster. There are some servers that offer up to eight GPUs, but the standard server usually offers four GPU slots. Fair enough, using four modern GPUs offers a significant amount of HPC heft, but can we go ... Full article
Nvidia once staked its entire future on the promise of artificial intelligence, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang told an audience at SIGGRAPH in Los Angeles this week. “Twenty years after we introduced to the world the first programmable shading GPU, we introduced RTX at SIGGRAPH 2018 and reinvented computer graphics. You didn’t know it at the ... Full article
The capability for machines to learn and get better over time is one of the big selling points for modern artificial intelligence. But new research released last week indicates that ChatGPT may in fact be getting worse at certain tasks as time goes on. According to the first draft of a paper by Stanford University and UC ... Full article
Nvidia's RTX GPUs were largely known for gaming and graphics, but are being configured and repackaged for enthusiasts interested in trying out AI on desktops. The new GPUs are a part of Nvidia’s approach to make GPUs available wherever and whenever customers need them. The company announced RTX GPUs, which can be used for AI ... Full article
A grand competition of numerical representation is shaping up as some companies promote floating point data types in deep learning, while others champion integer data types. Artificial Intelligence Is Growing In Popularity And Cost Artificial intelligence (AI) is proliferating into every corner of our lives. The demand for products and services powered by AI algorithms ... Full article
Vast Data unveiled a new platform at its Build Beyond event earlier this week. The VAST Data Platform is the company’s new offering that unifies storage, database, and virtualized compute engine services, designed for the deep learning era. The proliferation of large language models has thrust generative AI and deep learning into the spotlight. Vast ... Full article
The rapid adoption of generative AI appears to be having a transformative effect on businesses, according to a new joint survey released by Dataiku and Databricks. The "AI, Today" survey report found over 70% of senior AI professionals report seeing a positive ROI for data science, analytics, and AI initiatives. Over half (54%) reported seeing ... Full article
In the gaming world, a hammerspace is an instantly accessible storage location that allows characters to seemingly grab objects out of thin air. If you have ever pulled a refrigerator out of your pocket while playing Nintendo’s “Animal Crossing,” you’ve seen a hammerspace in action. When it comes to the vast troves of data enterprises ... Full article
Nvidia is now renting out its homegrown AI supercomputers with its newest GPUs in the cloud for those keen to access its hardware and software packages.  The DGX Cloud service will include its high-performance AI hardware, including the H100 and A100 GPUs, which are currently in short supply. Users will be able to rent the ... Full article
President Biden met with seven artificial intelligence companies last week to seek voluntary safeguards for AI products and discuss future regulatory prospects. Now, four of those companies have formed a new coalition aimed at promoting responsible AI development and establishing industry standards in the face of increasing government and societal scrutiny. “Today, Anthropic, Google, Microsoft, ... Full article