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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 ...

More Management Change at Intel as Swan Works to ‘Destroy’ CPU Focus

More Management Change at Intel as Swan Works to ‘Destroy’ CPU Focus

Change within Intel’s upper management – and to its company mission – has continued as a published ...

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 ...

Hyped on the Hype Cycle: Take These Steps Before Adopting Emerging Tech

Hyped on the Hype Cycle: Take These Steps Before Adopting Emerging Tech

Hype happens like a virus: We’re suddenly jammed into our seats and told to watch a new ...

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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 12, 2019
Change within Intel’s upper management – and to its company mission – has continued as a published report has disclosed that chip technology heavyweight Gary Patton, GlobalFoundries’ CTO and R&D SVP as well as former IBM VP of semiconductor R&D, has joined Intel as corporate VP and GM of design enablement. He will report to CTO Michael Mayberry. The ... Full article
December 11, 2019
A wholesale shift is underway to agile IT microservices as enterprises look to stay a step ahead of emerging business models along with the distributed applications and services that are driving a broad-based digital transformation. A key to that transition is adoption of AI technologies and the deployment of machine learning tools in the workplace. That combination has spawned ... 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
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 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
November 27, 2019
“One of the things we are witnessing is the compute requirement for (AI) training jobs is doubling every three-and-a-half months. So we were very impressed with Moore’s Law doubling every 18 months, right? This thing is doubling every three and a half months. Obviously, it’s unsustainable. If we keep at that rate for sustained periods of time, we will ... 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 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 20, 2019
This article is an update to a story published earlier today. Rajeeb Hazra, corporate VP of Intel’s Data Center Group and GM for the Enterprise and Government Group, is retiring after more than 24 years at the company. At this writing, his successor is unknown. An earlier story on this site cited unnamed sources who said that Trish Damkroger, ... Full article
November 18, 2019
HPC and AI in a phone booth: ScaleMatrix and Nvidia announced today at the SC19 conference in Denver a joint offering that puts up to 13 petaflops of Nvidia DGX-1 compute power in an air conditioned, water-cooled ScaleMatrix Dynamic Density Control (DDC) “clean room” cabinet. Built for modular deployments and designed for high-demand AI workloads, ScaleMatrix said its ruggedized ... Full article
November 18, 2019
Last night at Intel's HPC Developer Conference here at the SC19 conference in Denver, the company revealed a few more details about its forthcoming Xe line of GPUs – the top SKU is named Ponte Vecchio and will be the first planned U.S. exascale computer, "Aurora," whose basic node will feature two Xeons and six Ponte Vecchios. Intel also ... 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 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
November 11, 2019
Real estate has long been an industry slower to adopt new technologies or be on the cutting edge of innovation. But that’s changing – this is especially true with the introduction of advanced automation, machine learning and AI into real estate and property management tools, leading to significant efficiencies to some very manual, old-school processes. Leasing, for example, has ... Full article
November 7, 2019
MLPerf.org, the young AI-benchmarking consortium, has issued the first round of results for its inference test suite. Among organizations with submissions were Nvidia, Intel, Alibaba, Supermicro, Google, Huawei, Dell and others. Not bad considering the inference suite (v.5) itself was just introduced in June. Perhaps predictably, GPU powerhouse Nvidia quickly claimed early victory issuing a press release coincident with the ... Full article

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