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Eyeing IoT Expansion, SoftBank Buys ARM

Eyeing IoT Expansion, SoftBank Buys ARM

Chip intellectual property vendor ARM Ltd. is being acquired by Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank Group in a ...

New Florida Chip R&D Center Targets Sensors

New Florida Chip R&D Center Targets Sensors

It's been a good month for advanced manufacturing research in the U.S. with an expansion of a ...

U.S. Leverages HPC, Analytics For Smart Manufacturing

U.S. Leverages HPC, Analytics For Smart Manufacturing

A smart manufacturing initiative launched last month by the Obama administration would seek to jumpstart an early ...

Tech M&As Decline Sharply in First Half

Tech M&As Decline Sharply in First Half

Technology mergers and acquisitions have hit the skids during the first half of this year after booming ...

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July 20, 2016(0)
Performance challenges in Hadoop environments are par for the course as organizations attempt to capture the benefits of big data. The growing ecosystem of tools and applications (including new analytics platforms) for Hadoop is becoming increasingly distributed, making the challenges of using Hadoop in production exponentially more complicated. Which begs the question, do you know how your cluster will ... Full article
July 18, 2016(0)
Chip intellectual property vendor ARM Ltd. is being acquired by Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank Group in a bid to provide more of the semiconductor technology underlying future networks of connects sensors and smart devices. SoftBank (TYO: 9984) plans to acquire ARM (LSE: ARM, NASDAQ: ARMH), Cambridge, U.K., for about $32.25 billion in an all-cash deal. The buyer said it ... Full article
July 8, 2016(0)
It's been a good month for advanced manufacturing research in the U.S. with an expansion of a government smart manufacturing effort followed this week by a new chip design effort in Florida that will focus on high-speed electronics and photonics for use in a range of sensor platforms. The Belgian nanoelectronics research center Imec announced Friday (July 8) that ... Full article
July 8, 2016(0)
A smart manufacturing initiative launched last month by the Obama administration would seek to jumpstart an early version of an industrial Internet of Things via networks of smart sensors to be used for advanced manufacturing. The White House announced the $140 million public-private partnership during a manufacturing summit in Washington. Among the participants in the new Clean Energy Smart ... Full article
July 7, 2016(0)
Technology mergers and acquisitions have hit the skids during the first half of this year after booming in 2015, according to a merger tracking firm. London-based Mergermarket said this week the sharp decline in technology, media and telecommunications deals reflected a "rebalancing" in these sectors after six consecutive years of steady growth. The first half of 2016 saw an ... Full article
July 7, 2016(0)
The British exit, or "Brexit," from the European Union is adding uncertainty to global IT markets as the British pound sinks to new lows. Worldwide IT spending for this year is forecast to be flat, representing an increase over negative growth this time last year, according to a quarterly spending forecast that also considers the consequences of the British ... Full article
July 1, 2016(0)
The launch earlier this year of an open transaction initiative designed to develop industry standards for blockchain technology generated much interest and buzz. For example, the financial and technology sectors are flocking to the Linux Foundation effort called the Hyperledger Project aimed at scaling blockchain technology via open standards for distributed ledgers. Proponents argue the effort could transform global ... Full article
June 16, 2016(0)
Networking specialist Mellanox has announced ConnectX-5, the next-generation of its 100G InfiniBand and Ethernet adapter line. The company says the new device will help organizations take advantage of real-time data processing for high performance computing (HPC), data analytics, machine learning, national security and ‘Internet of Things’ applications. ConnectX-5 was designed to connect with any computing infrastructure – x86, Power, ... Full article
June 7, 2016(0)
Who crunches more data faster, wins. It’s this drive that cuts through and clarifies the essence of the evolutionary spirit in the computer industry, the dual desire to get to real time with bigger and bigger chunks of data. The locomotive: HPC technologies adapted to enterprise mission-critical data analytics. With its memory capacity of up to 24TB in an ... Full article
June 6, 2016(0)
Facebook is rolling out a "deep-learning based text understanding engine" that leverages neural network architectures and promises to challenge the Google search engine by bringing "near-human accuracy" to the process of sorting through the daily flood of social media posts on its web site. Facebook's (NASDAQ: FB) AI initiative called Deep Text announced in a blog post last week ... Full article
June 2, 2016(0)
The global server market continued to slow during the first quarter of 2016 as revenues declined while shipments rose only modestly, indicating that average selling prices continue to slip. Meanwhile, hyper-scale datacenter deployments continue to spur modest increases in server shipments. Market tracker Gartner Inc. (NYSE: IT) reported on Thursday (June 2) that worldwide server revenues declined 2.3 percent ... Full article
June 1, 2016(0)
When it comes to the Internet of Things (IoT) there is one thing we can be sure of – the number of online products and consumer goods will increase exponentially as 2016 continues. According to Gartner Inc. forecasts, the number of new ‘things’ which will get connected every day in 2016 is 5.5 million – bringing the total number ... Full article
May 18, 2016(0)
MapR Technologies Inc. rolled out a migration service for its Hadoop distribution that targets what it says is growing demand for moving big data production installations to its converged data platform. San Jose-based MapR said this week its quick migration service continues to run an existing Hadoop distribution while transitioning users to its converged data platform. The migration service ... Full article
May 2, 2016(0)
The electrical grid, water, roads and bridges—the infrastructure we take for granted—is seldom noticed until it's unavailable. The burgeoning open source software movement is taking steps to help rebuild crumbling U.S. civil infrastructure while capitalizing on expansion in emerging markets by providing software building blocks to help develop interoperable and secure transportation, electric power, oil and gas as well ... Full article
April 21, 2016(0)
Since unveiling its Linux mainframe servers at last summer's LinuxCon conference, IBM has been adding more open-source distributions to its LinuxOne line of z Systems-based mainframes. This week it added the latest release of Canonical's Ubuntu platform that the partners said would help ease growing hybrid cloud deployments. Ubuntu joins a growing list of Linux distributions running on IBM ... Full article
April 19, 2016(0)
Intel took a major step yesterday in its transformation from a PC company to one focused on the data center, Internet of Things (IoT), and the cloud, announcing plans to cut approximately 12,000 jobs in a restructuring. The announcement coincided with release of Q1 results in which Intel had GAAP revenues of $13.7 billion and net income of $2.6 ... Full article
April 14, 2016(0)
Given the current state of the global energy sector—including the nation's largest coal mining company filing for bankruptcy protection this week—no current operator can afford to drill a dry well. Given the high stakes, the oil and gas industry is embracing new HPC techniques that now include information fusion and metadata analytics. Practitioners of these approaches speaking at the ... Full article
April 6, 2016(0)
OpenPOWER Foundation, the mostly IBM-driven effort to create an alternative architecture to Intel x86, took a major step forward today with the announcement of a joint effort by Google and Rackspace to co-develop an open data center server architecture design specification based on IBM’s new POWER9 CPU. Google said the server supports its work with the Facebook-led Open Compute ... Full article
April 1, 2016(1)
Canadian researchers scanning the universe to develop the most detailed map of our three dimensions ever observed are using AMD's GPU accelerator to crunch the celestial data. Based on internal benchmark testing, the chipmaker (NASDAQ:AMD) bills its FirePro S9300 x2 Server GPU as the world’s fastest single-precision GPU accelerator. It claims 13.9 teraflops of "peak single-precision" compute performance, according ... Full article
March 29, 2016(0)
IBM is expanding its embrace of Apache Spark with the release of a mainframe platform that would allow the emerging open-source analytics framework to run natively on the company's mainframe operating system. IBM (NYSE: IBM) said Tuesday (March 29) its z/OS platform for Apache Spark aims to make it easier to access and analyze data "in-place" via the company's ... Full article

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