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DevOps and Automation: There’s a Big Difference

DevOps and Automation: There’s a Big Difference

Confusion abounds that DevOps and development automation are synonymous. An online search for implementing DevOps practices leads ...

Icelandic Data Center Cuts Power Costs, Carbon Footprint for ThreatMetrix

Icelandic Data Center Cuts Power Costs, Carbon Footprint for ThreatMetrix

One can envision Iceland – an island country so remote it makes you wonder at the navigational ...

Propelling Deep Learning at Scale at Baidu AI Lab

Propelling Deep Learning at Scale at Baidu AI Lab

Researchers from Baidu’s Silicon Valley AI Lab (SVAIL) have adapted a well-known HPC communication technique to boost ...

ExxonMobil, NCSA, Cray Scale Reservoir Simulation to 700,000+ Processors

ExxonMobil, NCSA, Cray Scale Reservoir Simulation to 700,000+ Processors

In a scaling breakthrough for oil and gas discovery, ExxonMobil geoscientists report they have harnessed the power ...

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If indeed we are operating in a "digital economy," standard security measures such as passwords are no longer sufficient to shield the underlying IT infrastructure from sophisticated hackers, asserts a panel of U.S. experts and advocates of "multi-factor" authentication technologies. A report released late last year by the U.S. Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity warns: "For now, technological advancement ... Full article
Confusion abounds that DevOps and development automation are synonymous. An online search for implementing DevOps practices leads to lists of tools meant to automate everything from development to QA to deployment. While automation is certainly a key aspect of DevOps, the two are not identical in practice. Businesses that misunderstand that concept are often faced with less optimized workflows, ... Full article
Yet another survey, this one by an Internet of Things standards group, emphasizes the need for interoperability and security standards as more devices are connected. Moreover, the survey of consumers by the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) uncovered growing demand for interoperable devices and communications along with security certification in the wake of several high-profile hacks involving IoT networks. OCF ... Full article
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One can envision Iceland – an island country so remote it makes you wonder at the navigational prowess of the 9th century mariners who settled there, a place of exotic natural wonders and harsh natural elements, that at times (most recently, during the economic collapse of 2008) has suffered economic hardship – coming into its own as a global ... Full article
Researchers from Baidu’s Silicon Valley AI Lab (SVAIL) have adapted a well-known HPC communication technique to boost the speed and scale of their neural network training and now they are sharing their implementation with the larger deep learning community. The technique, a modified version of the OpenMPI algorithm “ring all-reduce,” is being used at Baidu to parallelize the training of ... Full article
Platform developers profess a desire to help harried developers connect applications to data across hybrid cloud infrastructure. Increasingly, they say, API-based architectures and software containers are among the viable options for getting distributed applications into production. With that in mind, Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) announced a series of container integration services this week on its OpenShift platform aimed at ... Full article
In a scaling breakthrough for oil and gas discovery, ExxonMobil geoscientists report they have harnessed the power of 717,000 processors – the equivalent of 22,000 32-processor computers – to run complex oil and gas reservoir simulation models. This is more than four times the previous number of processors used in energy exploration HPC implementations, according to ExxonMobil, which worked ... Full article
Access to enterprise software via the cloud or other services platforms may be booming, but the quality of code promoted as a way of streamlining daily operations falls far short, concludes a vendor survey. Those shortfalls have driven early adoption and market gains for an emerging agile software development approach known as "low-code" application development platforms. "Vendors are not ... Full article
Editor’s note: Just after posting the story Thursday at 9:30 pm PT, we received confirmation from Dr. Satoshi Matsuoka that the primary contractor is SGI Japan. Partners include NVIDIA (P100 Pascal with NVLINK), DDN (Exascalar), Intel (Omni-Path + NVMe), Univa, among others. In a press event Friday afternoon local time in Japan, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) announced its plans for ... Full article
Within the haystack of a lethal disease such as ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis / Lou Gehrig's Disease) there exists, somewhere, the molecular needle that will pierce this therapy-resistant affliction. Finding it is a trial-and-error process of monumental proportions for scientists at pharmaceuticals, medical research centers and academic institutions. As models grow in scale so too does the need for ... Full article
The rise of hybrid cloud adoption among enterprises, powered by a substantial shift to multi-cloud infrastructure designed in part to retain flexibility, has resulted in market gains by rivals of public cloud leader Amazon Web Services, according to an annual cloud report. As public cloud adoption grows at the expense of on-premise infrastructure, Amazon Web Services (NASDAQ: AMZN) rivals ... Full article
Open networking organizations have announced a new development framework aimed at advancing software-defined networks and network virtualization via open source platforms, network device disaggregation and new network standards. The Open Network Foundation (ONF), which is in the process of merging its operations with the Open Networking Lab, a group of more than 200 network operators and vendors, said this ... Full article
“I spend millions on analytics, machine learning and big data. I have tons of insights. Too many insights. What I need is more action.” A CMO recently said this to me during an executive summit, and his feelings are shared by many: with the hype around cognitive computing, most business leaders feel they have more insights to ponder than ... Full article
On its recent earnings call, Cray announced the largest revenue quarter in the company’s history and the second-highest revenue year. The Seattle-based supercomputer maker recorded $346.6 million in revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016, a 30 percent year-over-year improvement. For the full year, Cray booked $629.8 million in total revenue, a shortfall of $94.9 million compared with 2015, which ... Full article
A corporate job opening typically draws as many as 250 applicants with varying qualifications. In stark contrast, a new survey of the growing cyber security skills gap reveals that just over half of U.S. companies looking to fill corporate IT security positions receive five applications. Of those, fewer than one in four candidates possess the qualifications companies are seeking. ... Full article
Oracle has made a lot of noise over the last six months or so intended to challenge public cloud services leaders, especially Amazon Web Services. It is now attempting to flesh out that vision with the introduction of a cloud service designed to integrate data with real-time analytics. The cloud services challenger (NYSE: ORCL) on Monday (Feb. 13) rolled ... Full article
In advance of next week’s big RSA data security show in San Francisco, we’ve received a bevy of security product announcements from companies leveraging data analytics, AI, behavior analytics and machine learning to automate threat detection, many of them touting breach prevention, rather than post-breach investigation, capabilities. “While most of this is not totally new, we expect to see ... Full article
IBM is expanding its embrace of big data analytics to include support on its open source mainframe for the Anaconda stack used by Python programmers. The company (NYSE: IBM) announced Thursday (Feb. 9) that it is collaborating with Anaconda developer Continuum Analytics and Rocket Software to host the open source analytics platform on IBM z/OS mainframes. Last year, IBM ... Full article
Intel Corp. today announced enhanced performance capabilities from its new Xeon processor E7-8800 v4 product family with the addition of the new high-performance E7-8894 v4 to its SKU stack. The company said the new chip targets scale-up workloads, such as large databases, ERP, CRM, OLTP and in-memory analytics, and emphasized its scale-up capabilities, allowing more resources (more sockets and ... Full article
Cramming more data into memory is a permanent objective for technology strategists seeking to satisfy the surging demand for real-time big data analytics. With the ultimate goal of reducing data center "server sprawl," memory technology specialist Diablo and server maker Inspur announced last July a collaborative effort to expand in-memory computing for Apache Spark workloads. Now the two companies ... Full article
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A new infrastructure vulnerability study confirms what became apparent late last year: botnets are exploiting inherent security weaknesses in Internet of Things (IoT) devices. ...
Threat actors are getting better, faster, and more efficient at compromising networks, taking only minutes or less to breach systems. Unfortunately, organizations are taking ...
A flurry of industry surveys have flagged open source and unlicensed software as growing security threats. Moreover, a review released by Flexera Software also ...
Promising stronger and faster security for application containers in production, a startup has unveiled a new continuous security approach based on adaptive behavioral learning. ...
Global IT spending is forecast to increase by 2.7 percent in 2017, a modest increase that might be higher if not for "political uncertainty ...