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IBM Seeks Transparency into AI Decision Making

IBM Seeks Transparency into AI Decision Making

Among the stumbling blocks to AI adoption is lack of transparency, understanding, and therefore trust in how ...

CFD on ORNL’s Titan Models Cleaner, High-Mileage ‘Opposed Piston’ Engine

CFD on ORNL’s Titan Models Cleaner, High-Mileage ‘Opposed Piston’ Eng...

Pinnacle Engines is out to substantially improve vehicle gasoline efficiency and cut greenhouse gas emissions with a ...

Nvidia Leads Alpha MLPerf AI Benchmarking Round

Nvidia Leads Alpha MLPerf AI Benchmarking Round

Seven months after the launch of its AI benchmarking suite, the MLPerf consortium is releasing the first ...

Supermicro: Investigation Shows No Motherboard Hack

Supermicro: Investigation Shows No Motherboard Hack

Supermicro, the subject of media reports (including ours) two months ago alleging that spies in China hacked ...

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Among the stumbling blocks to AI adoption is lack of transparency, understanding, and therefore trust in how machines actually make decisions. How and why AI arrived at an answer or recommendation is something that, as of today, machine learning models can’t provide, researchers say. IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced this week it is addressing that and other gaps in AI ... Full article
Pinnacle Engines is out to substantially improve vehicle gasoline efficiency and cut greenhouse gas emissions with a new motor based on an “opposed piston” design that the company hopes will be widely adopted while the global small vehicle industry transitions to a non-fossil fuel future, decades away. To speed up work on its design – formally called a four-stroke, ... Full article
Seven months after the launch of its AI benchmarking suite, the MLPerf consortium is releasing the first round of results based on submissions from Nvidia, Google and Intel. Of the seven benchmarks encompassed in version v0.5 of the would-be benchmarking standard, Nvidia announced that it captured the lead spot in six. Separately, Google (which led the creation of the ... Full article
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Supermicro, the subject of media reports (including ours) two months ago alleging that spies in China hacked Supermicro servers widely distributed throughout the U.S. technology supply chain, has followed up its initial vehement denials with a letter sent yesterday to customers stating a third party investigations firm had “found absolutely no evidence of malicious hardware on our motherboards.” The ... Full article
For several years now the big cloud providers – Amazon, Microsoft Azure, Google, et al – have been transforming from technology consumers into technology creators in hardware and software. The most recent example being Amazon’s announcement two weeks ago that it had developed its own Arm-based chips (Graviton) and was using them in select instances. Yesterday, the New York ... Full article
Large government contract awards invariably draw protests from losing bidders hoping to gum up the works and perhaps gain a piece of the action on appeal. The Defense Department’s huge cloud contract has taken these legal maneuverings to a new level with several pre-award protests and now a federal lawsuit filed by Oracle alleging that Pentagon officials are violating ... Full article
IBM and Nvidia today announced a new turnkey AI solution that combines IBM Spectrum Scale scale-out file storage with Nvidia’s GPU-based DGX-1 AI server to provide what the companies call the “the highest performance in any tested converged system” while supporting data science practices and AI data pipelines (data prep- training- inference- archive) in which data volumes continually grow. ... Full article
Google Cloud’s Knative initiative launched in July is expanding to include an updated version of Google’s first commercial Knative offering along with a batch of new distributions based on serverless computing framework. Knative is a Kubernetes-based platform for building and managing serverless workloads in which cloud infrastructure acts as a server for managing the allocation of computing and storage resources. ... Full article
Retailers who have embraced digital disruption and transformed their businesses know two hard truths: consumer expectations can rise quickly; and no seller is safe. Thanks to the “Amazon Effect,” consumers now believe that benefits like expedited, on-demand deliveries are the baseline for any online retailer. Consumers want more product choices, at a lower cost, delivered faster, with full transparency, ... Full article
Call it a corollary to Murphy’s Law: When a system is most in demand, when end users are most dependent on the system performing as required, when it’s crunch time – that’s when the system is most likely to blow up. Or make you wait in line to use it. They know this at Mellanox as well as anyone. ... Full article
A new project launched this week by the Linux Foundation is designed to provide standard tools for complying with the terms of open-source code licenses. The goal of the Automated Compliance Tooling (ACT) initiative is “to consolidate investment in, and increase interoperability and usability of, open source compliance tooling, which helps organizations manage compliance obligations,” the foundation said Thursday ... Full article
2018 has been a rough one for Intel, abuse has been heaped on the company for its dilatory delivery of a 10nm process technology – first slated for 2016, now for late 2019. This writer and fellow “knights of the keyboard” (as baseball immortal Ted Williams referred to the press), along with Wall Street analysts, have drilled “Chipzilla” for ... Full article
Networking vendors are steadily adding new services to the emerging Istio service mesh used to link Kubernetes-based application components. That latest approach called a “universal service mesh” seeks to move beyond containers to include monolithic applications running on virtual machines and bare metal as well as micro-services infrastructure. Avi Networks this week unveiled new “gateway services” to the Istio ... Full article
A security flaw discovered in the de facto standard Kubernetes cloud container orchestrator allowed unauthorized users access to Kubernetes clusters and the data they contain. The “privilege escalation vulnerability” announced Monday (Dec. 3) by developers affects versions 1.0 and higher of the Kubernetes orchestrator along with Red Hat OpenShift container platform. Red Hat rated the vulnerability as “critical,” denoting ... Full article
AI may be on the cusp of combatting two menaces of American life: mass shootings and terrorism. Two start-ups have technologies under development designed to spot the bad guys, and bad cargo, before they can cause harm. Liberty Defense Technologies is combining radio frequency scanning with real time image processing to detect a gun, or guns, carried near a ... Full article
Docker is expanding its collaboration with Microsoft to include an “application bundle” specification for packaging and running cloud-native applications. The collaboration coincides with the application container specialist’s release of a “desktop” for speeding deployment of distributed apps in production. The new Cloud Native Application Bundle (CNAB) spec seeks to unify management of distributed applications using different tools running on-premise ... Full article
Pundits trumpet AI as the future for U.S. employment, but new research indicates AI's prevalence on the job is already here. How do we know? Because workers told us. Data based on a survey of U.S. workers in June indicates more than 32 percent are already exposed to some form of AI in their jobs. And not surprisingly this ... Full article
Better security and more speed – what else could we ask of serverless computing? At re:Invent this week, AWS launched a new take on virtual machines with a virtualization technology and open source project (under the Apache 2.0 license) for running multi-tenant container workloads. Called Firecracker, the offering is designed to combine the speed, resource efficiency and performance enabled ... Full article
Add high-performance computing to the ever-growing list of enterprise (fill-in-the-blank) as-a-service offerings. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) and HPC partner Advania Data Centers (ADC) have put their own spin on HPC-as-a-service with a hybrid approach that underpins an HPC cloud platform. The goal of the new HPC is “hybrid delivery to HPC users,” the partners said. The combination would ... Full article
Amid the gush of money and enthusiastic predictions being thrown at quantum computing comes a proposed cold shower in the form of an essay by physicist Mikhail Dyakonov published in IEEE Spectrum this month – "The Case Against Quantum Computing." Whatever your view of QC’s prospects, Dyakonov’s commentary is worth a read. Error correction – or more accurately the ... Full article
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ARMONK, N.Y., Dec. 14, 2018 -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) has announced it has completed more than 100 successful SAP S/4HANA implementations that are enabling companies to speed up ...
CORK, Ireland, Sept. 18, 2018 -- SolarWinds—a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software—has introduced Sascha Giese as the newest member of the ...
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 18, 2018 -- myDevices, Inc. has announced the availability of turnkey Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, in partnership with the IoT Business ...
VANCOUVER, Sept. 18, 2018 -- ACL, the software provider helping governments and the world’s largest companies quantify risk, stamp out fraud, and optimize performance, has ...
Hybrid cloud specialist NetApp claims to have pulled together the components for a multi-cloud application container orchestration platform with its acquisition of StackPointCloud, developer ...
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