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Hot Demand for Hyperscale Data Centers Hampered by Skills Gap

Hot Demand for Hyperscale Data Centers Hampered by Skills Gap

Soaring demand for hyperscale data centers and colocation services is having a ripple effect within the value ...

Free GPUs? Startup Hopes Free Is Right Price for GPU Cloud Service

Free GPUs? Startup Hopes Free Is Right Price for GPU Cloud Service

GPUs are famously expensive – high end Nvidia Teslas can be priced well above $10,000. Now a ...

AI Aimed at Bridging Infrastructure Maintenance Gap

AI Aimed at Bridging Infrastructure Maintenance Gap

Crumbling infrastructure is getting a closer look with a new deep learning tool billed as providing live, ...

John Deere Uses Machine Learning to Help Fewer Farmers Do More with Less

John Deere Uses Machine Learning to Help Fewer Farmers Do More with Less

Farming and advanced AI may seem antithetical, but they’re not. Ask John Deere. The venerable farm equipment ...

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October 17, 2019
Soaring demand for hyperscale data centers and colocation services is having a ripple effect within the value chain that builds and integrates those services, a new survey finds. As edge deployments and software-defined infrastructure drove overall hyperscale data center spending last year to an estimated $120 billion, the survey released by Schneider Electric notes that growing demand also highlights ... Full article
October 16, 2019
GPUs are famously expensive – high end Nvidia Teslas can be priced well above $10,000. Now a New York startup, Paperspace, has announced a free cloud GPU service for machine/deep learning development on the company’s cloud computing and deep learning platform. Designed for students and professional learning how to build, train and deploy machine learning models, the service can ... Full article
October 16, 2019
Crumbling infrastructure is getting a closer look with a new deep learning tool billed as providing live, 3D views of bridges and tunnels along with automatic alerts that would allow maintenance managers to identify and fix faults before they escalate into a failure. The AI tool from Israeli startup Dynamic Infrastructure creates “medical records” for individual bridges, tunnels and ... 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
October 15, 2019
Dario Gil, IBM’s relatively new director of research, painted a intriguing portrait of the future of computing along with a rough idea of how IBM thinks we’ll get there at last month’s MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab’s AI Research Week held at MIT. Just as Moore’s law, now fading, was always a metric with many ingredients baked into it, Gil’s ... Full article
October 15, 2019
The ability to share and analyze data while protecting patient privacy is giving medical researchers a new tool in their efforts to use what one vendor calls “federated learning” to train models based on diverse data sets. To that end, researchers at GPU leader Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA) working with a team at King’s College London came up with a ... Full article
October 14, 2019
In this monthly feature, we’ll keep you up to date on the latest career developments in the enterprise AI community -- promotions, new hires and accolades. Here's the AI career news for early October: Gregory Bryant Intel has announced that Gregory Bryant has been promoted to executive vice president, reporting directly to the CEO. Bryant is the general manager ... Full article
October 9, 2019
Systems in the financial services industry generate multiple terabytes of data a day, a staggering volume to process in search of cyberthreats. Trovares, a high performance "property graph" analytics company with roots in supercomputing, has partnered with HPE and its Superdome Flex memory-driven servers on a cybersecurity capability the companies say “routinely” runs near-time workloads on 24TB-capacity systems, with ... Full article
October 9, 2019
An HPC cluster with deep learning techniques will be used to process petabytes of scientific data as part of workload-intensive projects spanning astrophysics to genomics. AI partners Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) and Lenovo (OTCMKTS: LNVGY) said they are providing the Flatiron Institute of New York City with high-end servers running on Intel second-generation Xeon Scalable processors and the chip maker’s ... Full article
October 7, 2019
Business use of AI grew 270 percent over the past four years, according to Gartner, while Deloitte says 62 percent of respondents to its corporate October 2018 report deployed some form of AI. That’s up 53 percent from a year ago, but what we’ve learned is that adoption doesn’t equal success, and success is an evolving model in this ... Full article
October 4, 2019
Sometimes, the laws of physics can be so annoying, and AI is a case in point. There is a theoretical, experimentally verified upper limit on how many computations can be processed per kilowatt-hour. It’s called Landauer’s Principle: more processing generates more heat. Thus, compute-intensive AI is a veritable furnace within the data center, and there’s only so much that ... Full article
October 3, 2019
Despite the vastly improved reliability of datacenter gear and the rise of managed services to anticipate and limit consequences, an industry survey finds that datacenter outages remain common and costly. That’s unsettling, according to the Uptime Institute’s survey of known outages over the past year, since “the consequences are high, and possibly higher than in the past” owing to ... Full article
October 1, 2019
DARPA will seek to unclog the networking bottlenecks that are hindering wider use of powerful hardware in computing-intensive applications. The Pentagon research agency has unveiled another in a series of post-Moore’s Law computing initiatives, this one seeking an overhaul of the network stack and interfaces that fall well short of connecting high-end processors with external networks and the data-driven applications ... Full article
September 30, 2019
New York is always an exciting, energetic city to visit and ... was made even more so as I attended the (recent) ‘HPC & AI on Wall Street’ conference, which HPCWire are now championing. It was well worth the train ride from Boston and interesting to see the varied mix of attendees present and hear how HPC and AI is ... Full article
September 27, 2019
Today, the terms artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are often used interchangeably. While the terms are related, they mean different things. We map out how they all relate to one another, so your team can find the best candidates, best approaches and best frameworks as you embark upon your AI journey. AI refers to the concept of ... Full article
September 26, 2019
Chiplet-based designs, so called because they combine multiple components into a single package, are increasingly seen as addressing the inability of general-purpose CPUs to handle skyrocketing performance requirements. Lower-cost chiplets have helped address the need for workload-specific accelerators, proponents note. Those workload requirements prompted the Open Compute Project (OCP) to launch a chiplet design project in March 2019 aimed ... Full article
September 25, 2019
Software containers and Kubernetes are important tools for building, deploying, running and managing modern enterprise applications at scale and delivering enterprise software faster and more reliably to the end user — while using resources more efficiently and reducing costs. Recently, high performance computing (HPC) and AI have moved closer to the enterprise and can therefore benefit from a container ... Full article
September 23, 2019
Venture capital is a “hit business.” The relatively few hits pay for the high percentage of flops. And it's the tantalizing possibility of a mega-hit that animates the industry, that keeps investors dreaming, prospecting and writing checks. For venture capitalists, hits and the mega-hits make the high flop rate tolerable. But is frequent venture failure inescapable? Could a more ... Full article
September 20, 2019
Managing and storing more data has forced hyperscale data center companies to reexamine not just how they build a data center but also the thousands of servers housed inside – including the connectors for server components. Hyperscale data centers have the purchasing power and platform to work directly with manufacturers and engineer the optimized server. Rather than figuring out ... 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

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