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Call Centers Emerge as Popular AI Use Case

Call Centers Emerge as Popular AI Use Case

AI technology adopters are displaying surprising patience in terms of the rate of return on their investment, ...

Google Nation: $10B for Office, Data Center Expansion in 11 States

Google Nation: $10B for Office, Data Center Expansion in 11 States

Google disclosed in a blog it will invest $10 billion in office and data center expansion around ...

Dell at the Edge: Servers, Data Centers and Software for Deployment Anywhere

Dell at the Edge: Servers, Data Centers and Software for Deployment Anywher...

Dell Technologies launched servers, a modular data center, telemetry management and streaming analytics software this week designed ...

Energy Giant Eni to Take Back Industry HPC Crown with HPC5

Energy Giant Eni to Take Back Industry HPC Crown with HPC5

With the launch of its Dell-built HPC5 system, Italian energy company Eni regains its position atop the ...

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February 27, 2020
AI technology adopters are displaying surprising patience in terms of the rate of return on their investment, instead emphasizing improved customer satisfaction as their highest priority while giving AI platforms a year or two to produce revenues. A survey of company executives by the Harris Poll and commissioned by AI vendor Interactions found that ROI considerations remain important among ... Full article
February 27, 2020
Google disclosed in a blog it will invest $10 billion in office and data center expansion around the U.S. this year, generating thousands of new jobs in the process. This follows an investment of $13 billion in its national footprint last year. According to Sundar Pichai, Alphabet and Google CEO, Google will expand in 26 states, with new facilities ... Full article
February 24, 2020
Intel this morning announced an 18-SKU update to its second-generation Xeon Scalable chip lineup for data center workloads, stating that the refreshed Gold processor delivers an average of 1.36-times higher performance and 1.42-times better performance-per-dollar compared with the first generation of the chip (i.e., the first-gen Cascade Lakes). The company said the processors — labeled with an “R” (refresh), ... Full article
February 20, 2020
Dell Technologies launched servers, a modular data center, telemetry management and streaming analytics software this week designed for the growing volumes of enterprise-generated data created and processed outside of data centers and the cloud – at the edge. Dell has long touted its integrated edge-core-cloud strategy, with the ultimate goal of supporting a future in which data emanates from ... Full article
February 14, 2020
With the launch of its Dell-built HPC5 system, Italian energy company Eni regains its position atop the industrial supercomputing leaderboard. At 52-petaflops peak, HPC5 should easily crack the top 10 fold of the next Top500 list, due out in June. If and when that happens, HPC5 will supplant Total’s IBM Pangea III supercomputer, currently at number 11 with 17.9 ... Full article
February 10, 2020
Today, one need only turn on a TV to be inundated with commercials touting the benefits and potential of AI. Applications that could hardly be envisioned a short time ago are now becoming commonplace, and the outlook is that AI will grow by leaps and bounds. But achieving the promise of AI requires computing platforms that deliver high-performance, robustness ... Full article
February 7, 2020
In this monthly feature, we bring 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 February: Deepak Ahuja Chief Financial Officer Deepak Ahuja of Verily, Alphabet’s life sciences organization,  has joined the Board of Directors at NetApp. Before Verily, Ahuja served ... Full article
February 4, 2020
Computer scientists at the University of Michigan have come up with a faster way to schedule cloud microservices via a new algorithm running on a custom processor. The platform, called Q-Zilla, is based on a widely used scheduling algorithm called SITA, for Size-Interval Task Assignment. The variation on the SITA algorithm classifies tasks, scheduling the simplest at the front ... Full article
February 3, 2020
Emerging AI workloads are propelling the booming Chinese server market, particularly those hosting programmable co-processors capable of supporting graphics chips used for parallel processing of machine learning tasks. The chief benefactor has been China’s server leader, Inspur (SHA: 600756). According to datacenter market survey, demand for server co-processors has helped Inspur expand its China market dominance over Huawei, Dell ... Full article
January 31, 2020
As the MLPerf benchmark emerges as an industry standard for measuring the performance of machine learning models, its creators said they will phase out the foundational DAWNBench metric. Stanford University researchers announced earlier this month they will end rolling submissions—that is, finished sections of a model rather than a complete version—on March 27, 2020. The move consolidates benchmarking efforts ... Full article
January 30, 2020
IBM announced this afternoon that Ginni Rometty, president and CEO of the company since January 2012, has been replaced as CEO by Arvind Krishna, IBM SVP for cloud and cognitive software, effective April 6. James Whitehurst, CEO of Red Hat, acquired by IBM for $34 billion in October 2018, has been named president. According to a company statement, Rometty, ... Full article
January 29, 2020
Wall Street’s ardor for Advanced Micro Devices cooled somewhat today as the company’s shares, the stock market's top performer the last two years, fell nearly 6 percent to $47.51 after AMD reported a somewhat downbeat forecast with its latest quarterly earnings report. AMD’s fourth quarter revenue of $2.13 billion was slightly above the analysts’ average predictions of $2.11 billion ... Full article
January 28, 2020
IBM today launched a Power9-based inference server – the IC922 – that features up to six Nvidia T4 GPUs, PCIe Gen 4 and OpenCAPI connectivity, and can accommodate up to 24 SFF drives in a 2U form factor. Paired with IBM’s AC922, which uses Nvidia V100 GPUs, IBM says it now offers a complete solution for AI workloads encompassing ... Full article
January 24, 2020
For all the sniping two tech old timers take, both IBM and Intel announced surprisingly upbeat earnings this week. IBM CEO Ginny Rometty was all smiles at this week’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, after IBM beat Wall Street earnings and revenue estimates. Intel, meanwhile, last night announced record annual revenue in 2019, $72.0 billion, up 2 percent ... Full article
January 23, 2020
A federal energy research initiative is gaining momentum with the release of a contract award aimed at using supercomputing to harness 3D printing technology that would boost the performance of power generators. Partners GE Research, PARC, the Xerox research arm, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory will investigate methods for reducing design timelines for printed components used in power systems ... Full article
January 22, 2020
If the leading advanced computing/HPC server vendors were in the batting lineup of a baseball team, Dell EMC would be going for lots of singles and doubles – and some home runs, too – trying to hit for a high batting average. The cleanup hitter would be HPE, swinging for the fences with recent acquiree and supercomputing powerhouse Cray. ... Full article
January 21, 2020
Intel’s chairman of more than seven years, Andy Bryant, has stepped down to temporarily take a regular board seat and serve as executive advisor to the company, according to an Intel announcement today. Replacing Bryant as chairman: Dr. Omar Ishrak, CEO and chairman of medical technology company Medtronic, first elected to the Intel board nearly three years ago. Intel ... Full article
January 21, 2020
AI market analysts reckon the financial services sector is among those ripest for task automation in areas like regulatory compliance and other manual processes that previously required deep domain knowledge. In response, new AI tools are emerging to help automate often tedious but essential financial tasks such as accounting operations while also allowing users to automatically extract data from ... Full article
January 17, 2020
This article is an update to a story published last Friday, January 17. AMD has raided Intel and IBM for new senior managers, one of whom will replace an AMD executive who has played a prominent role during the company’s recharged effort to win the hearts and minds of the data center server processor market. In addition, a news ... Full article
January 17, 2020
Hyper-scalers are racing to deploy AI technologies. Meanwhile, other sectors such as finance, healthcare and transportation ramping up AI initiatives are confronting challenges while considering precisely where automation technologies fit into individual company strategies. That along with lingering concerns about AI hype are among the key conclusions of the latest enterprise AI survey, this one released this week by ... Full article

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