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DHL Using AI to Overhaul Logistics

DHL Using AI to Overhaul Logistics

What do semi-autonomous truck platoons, chat-bots, and fraud detection cameras have in common? They’re all part of ...

As Object Storage Booms, Analytics Issues Emerge

As Object Storage Booms, Analytics Issues Emerge

With object-based storage capacity predicted to grow at double-digit annual rates over the next several years, attention ...

Serverless Computing: Big Potential – with a Few ‘If’s’

Serverless Computing: Big Potential – with a Few ‘If’s’

Serverless computing has become one of enterprise technology’s hottest buzzwords, even though the term is a bit ...

A Cloud-Based Marketplace Designed to Ease FPGA Workload Acceleration

A Cloud-Based Marketplace Designed to Ease FPGA Workload Acceleration

A French “acceleration-as-a-service” company has joined the array of companies forming partnerships and ecosystems that push FPGA ...

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What do semi-autonomous truck platoons, chat-bots, and fraud detection cameras have in common? They’re all part of a big plan that DHL unveiled yesterday to remake itself with artificial intelligence. DHL is investing millions to take advantage of recent advances in machine learning that could help it optimize its sprawling $60-billion delivery service, which touches nearly every country in ... Full article
With object-based storage capacity predicted to grow at double-digit annual rates over the next several years, attention is turning to shortcomings such as barriers to data visibility and difficulties in performing analytics using object storage. A new vendor survey finds that “object storage has gone mainstream,” with 72 percent of respondents using Amazon Web Services’ Simple Cloud Storage Service ... Full article
Majorana particles have been observed by university researchers employing a device consisting of layers of magnetic insulators on a superconducting material. The advance opens the door to controlling the elusive particles as part of an alternative “topological” approach to quantum computing being pursued by Microsoft and others. Majorana particle hunters at the University of California at Los Angeles observed ... Full article
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Serverless computing has become one of enterprise technology’s hottest buzzwords, even though the term is a bit of a misnomer. No, servers aren’t going away. But serverless computing, also known as Function as a Service (FaaS), represents a dramatic change in how applications are run. Despite the increased agility that today’s heavily containerized environment has given developers, they also ... Full article
VMware this week takes the wraps off the latest versions of its server virtualization and software-defined storage platforms with an emphasis on hybrid cloud deployments, broader application support and—in the case of its vSphere platform—a three-fold reduction in memory usage and resulting performance gains via the introduction of a persistent memory feature. The latest versions of VMware’s (NYSE: VMW) ... Full article
The Pentagon’s top research agency is kicking off a multi-year effort to jumpstart U.S. electronics innovation with a July summit in Silicon Valley. The $1.5 billion Electronics Resurgence Initiative was launched by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) last June to plot a post-Moore’s Law course for the U.S. electronics industry, a technology sector the agency has played a ... Full article
A French “acceleration-as-a-service” company has joined the array of companies forming partnerships and ecosystems that push FPGA technology into the data center mainstream with the launch of a cloud-based marketplace that it says makes FPGA workload speed-ups more accessible to cloud users who are not familiar with FPGAs. Accelize has introduced AccelStore, offerering ready-to-use accelerator functions provided by an ... Full article
A security vendor survey of professional hackers finds that many are able to easily defeat “perimeter defenses” like firewalls, then pinpoint and steal critical data in less than a day. The findings also support the conclusion that high-profile security breaches result from routine security lapses like failing to apply security patches rather than increasingly sophisticated attacks. The survey of ... Full article
In the wake of winning a major deal with 3M, C3 IoT – the IoT analytics company with hundreds of millions of sensors under management – has announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft intended to accelerate enterprise AI and IoT application development with Azure as a preferred cloud provider. Workloads will include predictive maintenance, dynamic inventory optimization, precision healthcare ... Full article
 The rapid emergence of heterogeneous, accelerated computing in the advanced scale computing market took a step forward this week with two significant announcements designed to broaden adoption of lightning-quick FPGAs within mainstream x86 computing infrastructures. The news comes on the heels of the stir created last month by growing market traction for IBM’s Power9 chip and OpenPower platform, tightly ... Full article
Enterprise software and infrastructure services continue to fuel the growth of global IT spending to levels not seen in a decade, according a new spending forecast. Gartner Inc. report this week that macroeconomic factors such as a weak U.S. dollar along with robust telecommunications spending have boosted its quarterly forecast for IT spending growth to 6.2 percent, the highest ... Full article
Pending European data privacy rules that also address “automated decision-making” are increasingly seen as having a broad impact on enterprise deployment of AI applications, prompting a U.S.-based group to predict the rules will stymie development within the European Union. The Center for Data Innovation warned that provisions targeting AI technology within the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) would ... Full article
Fears about automation, its transformation of the workplace and effects on employment date back several decades. Fast forward to rapid recent advances in automation technologies, including AI, autonomous systems and robotics, and concerns are being raised anew — and with new urgency. However, the reality is that the technology will continue to evolve, as will our collective understanding of ... Full article
An innovative wind turbine design from a small company based in Madrid and Ávila, Spain, started with a radical idea derived from a 75-year old catastrophe. Engineer, inventor, and co-founder David Yáñez encountered film footage of the infamous Tacoma-Narrows bridge collapse in 1940, caused by wind-induced vibrations and oscillations. That video led to Yáñez’s “Eureka” moment of inspiration: If ... Full article
Emerging serverless frameworks that dispense with server management to run cloud-native workloads continue to gain traction in the enterprise while at the same time drawing scrutiny from security specialists who report a growing number of vulnerabilities as serverless applications are rolled out. An audit released this week by an Israeli security company found that roughly one in five serverless ... Full article
Claiming for itself the title of the world’s highest performance file storage system, Qumulo this week announced a new “enterprise-ready and cloud integrated” NVMe all-flash solution that the company said delivers 16GBs/second in a minimum configuration four-node system. The new Qumulo P-series enables Qumulo File Fabric (QF2) software to run on advanced, industry-standard hardware components, including high-speed NVMe, Intel ... Full article
In Intel’s latest (and possibly final) update to its Meltdown and Spectre mitigation guide, published April 3, the company revealed that a number of its older CPU models will not receive microcode updates intended to protect against one of the now notorious security vulnerabilities that came to light in early January and found to afflict most modern chips. Said Intel: ... Full article
GitLab, the open-source DevOps platform, is collaborating with Google Cloud to assist developers struggling to deploy the popular but complex Kubernetes cluster orchestrator. GitLab said this week it will offer native integration of it code collaboration platform with the Google Kubernetes Engine. The integration is designed to ease deployment of Kubernetes clusters, enabling DevOps teams to spin up a ... Full article
The tech community has been discussing European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as if it were a natural disaster, rather than a law. “Are you ready for GDPR?” say all emails from vendors hoping to milk the confusion. More than enough articles have attempted to decipher the rules, predict winners and losers or pour gasoline on our collective ... Full article
The breakneck pace of machine intelligence development is prompting welcome assessments of the ethical implications of a technology that will have a profound effect on workers, consumers and most every other segment of society. With that sobering reality in mind, a new risk assessment released by federal contractor Booz Allen Hamilton seeks to move beyond the often-heated rhetoric associated ... Full article
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What do semi-autonomous truck platoons, chat-bots, and fraud detection cameras have in common? They’re all part of a big plan that DHL unveiled yesterday ...
Like over-reliance on a single food source (potatoes, Ireland, 1845) or a single energy source (OPEC oil, United States and other industrialized countries, 1973), ...
Open networking specialist Cumulus Networks closed its latest funding round this week as it seeks to capitalize on the market shift to agile datacenter ...
SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 23, 2018 -- Today, Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable secure and intelligent processing for ...
Jan. 23, 2018 -- Equus Compute Solutions, the largest U.S. manufacturer of custom computer hardware systems to the channel, has partnered with HGST to offer ...