Advanced Computing in the Age of AI|Wednesday, October 21, 2020
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Space-Based AI Sharpens Earth Observations

Space-Based AI Sharpens Earth Observations

There are countless eyes on the sky, but the European Space Agency (ESA) and its technology partners ...

AMD Expands Roster of Datacenter Server Partners

AMD Expands Roster of Datacenter Server Partners

AMD announced expanded datacenter partnerships with server maker Lenovo and Nutanix Inc. that will use the chip ...

Xilinx Rolls AI Model, Kit for X-Ray Classification

Xilinx Rolls AI Model, Kit for X-Ray Classification

Deep learning frameworks are being widely used as a diagnostic tool to help clinicians scan medical imagery ...

Nvidia’s Huang Vows to Protect Arm’s IP Model

Nvidia’s Huang Vows to Protect Arm’s IP Model

Arm Dev Summit -- The CEOs of Nvidia and Arm made the case this week for regulatory ...

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October 21, 2020
DDN, a long-time leader in HPC storage, announced two new products today and provided more detail around its strategy for integrating DDN HPC technologies with the enterprise strengths of its recent acquisitions, notably Tintri, Nexenta, and IntelliFlash (from Western Digital). Following its buying binge, DDN has been aggressively promoting the DDN ‘At Scale’ brand as its HPC product line, ... Full article
October 20, 2020
There are countless eyes on the sky, but the European Space Agency (ESA) and its technology partners that include Intel Corp. claim to be the first to apply AI inference to the emerging field of hyperspectral imaging of the Earth’s surface. The ESA and its partners are using the maiden flight of its PhiSat-1 satellite as a testbed for ... Full article
October 16, 2020
As AI use and innovation continue to increase globally, getting small and medium-size AI companies more involved in the financially lucrative and still-nascent AI revolution is a developing goal of the US government. One federal agency, the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI), is asking smaller AI vendors to send in comments and suggestions by Oct. 23 about ... Full article
October 14, 2020
AMD announced expanded datacenter partnerships with server maker Lenovo and Nutanix Inc. that will use the chip makers Epyc processor to deliver hyperconverged and virtualized infrastructure. The expanded ecosystem also pulls in Nutanix partner Hewlett Packard Enterprise and another server leader, Dell Technologies. The company (NASDAQ: AMD) said Wednesday (Oct. 14) Lenovo will use its flagship processor in its ... Full article
October 13, 2020
Deep learning frameworks are being widely used as a diagnostic tool to help clinicians scan medical imagery with greater accuracy. Those models are being deployed on dedicated processors and accelerators capable of running neural networks used to classify and detect diseases. Xilinx Inc. joins the growing list of chip makers developing reference designs for platforms that can be used ... Full article
October 12, 2020
Since 1915, when affordable, engine-driven tractors started becoming widely available to farmers in the US, a newfound efficiency in growing and harvesting crops quickly revolutionized agriculture. Engine-driven equipment meant that one person could do the work of four, dramatically raising the bar on agricultural productivity, boosting crop harvests and food supplies. As transformative as those improvements were, more changes ... Full article
October 9, 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: Heather Adams Heather Adams joins e-commerce AI vendor, Octane AI, as its new vice president of marketing. Adams comes from DigitalOcean, where she held the role of head of global B2B & Partner ... Full article
October 6, 2020
Arm Dev Summit -- The CEOs of Nvidia and Arm made the case this week for regulatory approval of a proposed mega-merger, arguing the combined chip maker would preserve the IP vendor’s business model since the acquisition is “complementary” and would drive AI-inspired innovation. Nvidia, which announced its game-changing $40 billion deal for Arm last month, faces stiff regulatory ... Full article
October 5, 2020
Nvidia GTC 2020 – Nvidia kicked off its GTC 2020 GPU Technology Conference with a wide range of intriguing AI announcements, from the introduction of its latest Bluefield-2 Data Processing Unit (DPU) models to the unveiling of an all-new data-center-on-a-chip (DOCA) architecture designed to bring major enhancements for networking, storage and security. Also announced was Nvidia’s DGX SuperPOD modular ... Full article
October 2, 2020
Developing new capabilities for integrating complex semiconductor devices such as chiplets into a single package is seen as one way of reviving the U.S. chip manufacturing. Recent funding proposals emphasize reshoring IC test, assembly and advanced packaging capabilities as a way of moving up the manufacturing learning curve after decades or outsourcing to Asian fabs. That funding, much of ... Full article
October 1, 2020
A trusted supply chain initiative launched this week by Hewlett-Packard Enterprise addresses growing demand for domestically manufactured and secure servers. HPE announced Thursday (Oct. 1) it has shipped the first ProLiant DL380T servers manufactured in a secure facility and integrating advanced security features. The company said its secure servers and the supply chain that delivers them meet growing U.S. ... Full article
September 30, 2020
AI and big data generating those algorithms are transforming chip design in unexpected ways, accelerating fundamental tasks like finding the optimal design tradeoffs between performance and power consumption “Chips can help produce better chips” in terms of frequency, power and other performance design parameters, Karl Freund of Moor Insights & Strategy, told this week’s AI Hardware Summit. For a ... Full article
September 30, 2020
Hailo, the up-and-coming AI chip startup, released an acceleration module this week that allows its Hailo-8 processor to be plugged into edge devices. The Israeli chipmaker is also targeting its AI modules at rivals Google and Intel, claiming its acceleration modules outperform both in neural network benchmark testing. The M.2 and Mini PCIe AI acceleration modules are the latest ... Full article
September 29, 2020
The shift to hardware accelerators used to boost the performance of AI, machine learning and cloud-native applications is also having the unintended consequence of adding complexity for already overworked development teams. In response, a group of vendors led by VMware has launched an initiative to reboot hybrid cloud architectures to confront the partitioning of DevOps teams while preserving application ... Full article
September 25, 2020
Globalfoundries, the custom semiconductor manufacturer, announced advancements on several fronts this week, including the latest version of its FDX platform aimed at low-power, edge devices as well as a chip design verification kit that incorporates machine learning tools. The foundry also unveiled chip intellectual property protections aimed at safeguarding customer data. Also announced was glucose monitoring technology based on ... Full article
September 24, 2020
Artificial intelligence technology has been enlisted in a Defense Department research effort to develop an early warning system for identifying infectious diseases. Recent COVID-19 outbreaks in the confined quarters of U.S. Navy ships illustrate the scale of the problem and the need for an intelligent system that can spot the early signs of infection and community spread within tight-knit ... Full article
September 24, 2020
The pandemic has shifted the focus of disrupted enterprise AI and machine learning projects from financial analysis and consumer insight to cost cutting and customer engagement, according to a vendor survey that also forecasts increased AI spending. The assessment released this week by machine learning operations specialist Algorithmia says the pandemic has prompted a reassessment of AI project priorities ... Full article
September 23, 2020
Organizations that need to process large amounts of data in real time will be the big winners of the emerging “big memory” era, says Charles Fan, the CEO and co-founder of MemVerge, which today unveiled new software designed to lower the barrier of entry to big memory systems. Emerging use cases, particularly around streaming analytics and machine learning, are ... Full article
September 23, 2020
All-new Intel Atom e6000E and 11th Generation Intel Core processors aimed at AI, IoT and industrial uses were launched Sept. 23 at the company’s Intel Industrial Summit 2020 virtual event. Built to expand and solidify Intel’s market share in the growing IoT, edge and industrial markets, the new products feature designs and architectures aimed to meet the needs of ... Full article
September 23, 2020
AI compute platform vendor Graphcore has launched its first formal global channel partner program to promote and boost the sales of its AI processors and blade computing products. The formalized, all-new Graphcore Elite Partner Program follows the company’s past history of working with several distribution partners to promote its AI products, including its Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU), via a ... Full article

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