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Nascent HCI Market Bestrides ‘Multi-Modal’ IT

Nascent HCI Market Bestrides ‘Multi-Modal’ IT

Software-defined storage and virtualized servers have become key building blocks of hyperconverged IT infrastructure running on commodity ...

Penguin Computing Brings Cascade Lake-AP to OCP Form Factor

Penguin Computing Brings Cascade Lake-AP to OCP Form Factor

On Monday (July 6), Penguin Computing, a subsidiary of SMART Global Holdings, Inc., introduced a new Tundra ...

Machine Learning Is Living in the Past

Machine Learning Is Living in the Past

Machine learning algorithms trained on large data sets have proven useful for spotting past patterns. Examples include ...

AWS Takes the High Ground with Space Unit

AWS Takes the High Ground with Space Unit

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has long talked about moving manufacturing and other industrial activities off the earth ...

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July 10, 2020
Software-defined storage and virtualized servers have become key building blocks of hyperconverged IT infrastructure running on commodity equipment. VMware (NYSE: VMW) and its majority shareholder, Dell Technologies (NYSE: DELL), are among the leaders in the emerging HCI sector, with other infrastructure and networking vendors challenging for a piece of an $11 billion market that is expected to grow to ... Full article
July 8, 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: Dan Fairfax StorCentric appointed Dan Fairfax to its board of advisors. Fairfax has held executive roles at Brocade Communications Systems. He also serves on the board of directors at Super Micro Computer, Saama ... Full article
July 7, 2020
On the heels of the Nvidia’s Ampere A100 GPU launch in May, Google Cloud is announcing alpha availability of the A100 “Accelerator Optimized” VM A2 instance family on Google Compute Engine. The instances are powered by the HGX A100 16-GPU platform, which combines two HGX A100 8-GPU baseboards using an NVSwitch interconnect. The new instance family targets machine learning ... Full article
July 7, 2020
On Monday (July 6), Penguin Computing, a subsidiary of SMART Global Holdings, Inc., introduced a new Tundra server, Tundra AP, that is the first to implement the Intel Xeon Scalable 9200 series processors (codenamed Cascade Lake-AP) in the Open Compute Project (OCP) form factor. With support for the 32-, 48- or 56-core 9200-series processors, the Tundra AP server, Relion ... Full article
July 6, 2020
Autonomous vehicles are developed with a wide range of self-driving capabilities. Some vehicles provide basic automation, like cruise control and blind-spot detection, while other vehicles are reaching fully-autonomous capabilities. Many of these capabilities are being made possible by AI technology.  However, before talking about big scale deployments for smart city transportation, more work is needed to improve the AI ... Full article
July 2, 2020
According to Microsoft, one particular type of project accounts for close to one quarter of all global IoT initiatives: smart-city projects. In a 451 Research report from February 2020, analyst Johan Vermij notes that escalating interest in smart cities has led to the current situation, in which smart cities now comprise 23 percent of IoT projects on a worldwide ... Full article
July 1, 2020
Machine learning algorithms trained on large data sets have proven useful for spotting past patterns. Examples include stable environments like image databases or board games. When it comes to messy, real-world data, however, those same ML algorithms often fall short, critics say, rigid and unable to adapt. “Machine learning algorithms perform remarkably poorly on time-series predictions,” assert researchers at ... Full article
July 1, 2020
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has long talked about moving manufacturing and other industrial activities off the earth as a way to preserve our only home. The cloud giant took “one small step” toward a “sustainable commercial space economy” this week with the launch of a dedicated space business unit. Amazon Web Services’ “Aerospace and Satellite Solutions” operation is built ... Full article
June 26, 2020
Cryptocurrencies and the associated blockchain decentralized ledger technologies have grown in importance as a new asset class. They have fueled an emerging crypto economy which has become an important driver of technology development and investment decisions globally. Supercomputers, which do the heavy lifting for AI, science, and engineering, are increasingly also safeguarding digital money. Decentralized Trust In traditional banking, ... Full article
June 25, 2020
Legislation introduced in the U.S. House and Senate seeks to revive the U.S. semiconductor industry via a roughly $12 billion spending package and tax incentives designed to promote technology innovation across the chip ecosystem. The Senate version of the CHIPS for America Act, as in “Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors,” proposes to revive domestic chip making, fund R&D ... Full article
June 25, 2020
Without an enterprise AI approach, prosecutors see fraud in the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program, they admit there are too many scams to count, let alone stop. Organized crime is scheming to take a growing cut of the emergency spending in the CARES Act. The rules of stimulus programs are constantly changing, making it hard to know who should ... Full article
June 24, 2020
China’s latest set of technology goals for the next decade have been assimilated into an initiative launched this spring under the rubric, “new infrastructure.” Collectively, the aspirational blueprint includes 5G wireless and the Internet of Things, big data and AI as well as converged infrastructure aimed at a menu of smart applications ranging from energy and transportation to spurring ... Full article
June 24, 2020
The ISC20 experience this year via livestreaming and pre-recordings is interesting and perhaps a bit odd. That said presenters’ efforts to condense their comments makes for economic use of your time. Torsten Hoefler’s whirlwind 12-minute tour of ML is a great example. Hoefler, leader of the planned ISC20 Machine Learning Day, does a nice job scanning a few recent ... Full article
June 23, 2020
Hewlett Packard Enterprise continues to extend its GreenLake cloud services to the network edge with the addition of faster deployments for distributed environments ranging from application containers and virtual machines to machine learning workloads and other networking deployments aimed at moving computing resources closer to data. Launched in 2017 as a consumption-based, managed service, the latest version of Greenlake ... Full article
June 22, 2020
Nvidia unveiled its Selene AI supercomputer today in tandem with the updated listing of world’s fastest computers. Nvidia also introduced the PCIe form factor of the Ampere-based A100 GPU. Nvidia’s new internal AI supercomputer, Selene, joins the upper echelon of the 55th Top500’s ranks and breaks an energy-efficiency barrier. With 27.5 double-precision Linpack petaflops, Selene landed the number seventh ... Full article
June 19, 2020
While AI deployments are picking up steam, challenges to success, both technical and cultural, abound. One of the biggest challenges is the lack of alignment among the three pillars of enterprise AI success: business users who are closest to the data, data engineers charged with keeping the data pipes open, and data scientists who make AI work. This lack ... Full article
June 18, 2020
Intel today unveiled its third-generation Scalable Xeon processor family (codenamed Cooper Lake) for four- and eight-socket servers, aimed at AI and analytics workloads running in the datacenter. In total, 11 new SKUs were announced with between 16-28 cores, up to 3.1 Ghz base clock (up to 4.3 Ghz with Turbo Boost), and support for up to six memory channels. ... Full article
June 18, 2020
Intel today introduced its first AI-optimized FPGA – the Stratix 10 NX – which features expanded AI Tensor blocks (30 multipliers and 30 accumulators), integrated HBM memory, and high bandwidth networking. The new chip continues leveraging Intel’s chiplet architecture and the FPGA portion of the chip is fabbed using Intel’s 14nm technology. Intel reports the new FPGA will deliver ... Full article
June 17, 2020
Amazon Web Services added to its Snow family of data migration and edge devices this week with the introduction of a secure edge computing and data transfer device dubbed Snowcone. The 4.5-pound device that includes 8 terabytes of usable storage targets the growing number of edge computing use cases in which space, power and cooling are limited. The 9- ... Full article
June 12, 2020
The phrase “Dark Data” – referring to data that is unknown or untapped – has been bantered around technology conferences for years. Many industries are well on their way to becoming data-driven, but asset-intensive industries, like utilities, oil & gas, mining, rail, and others that earn revenue off self-constructed, long lived, complex assets, are still challenged to figure out ... Full article

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