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First Xeon-FPGA Integration Launched by Intel

First Xeon-FPGA Integration Launched by Intel

Ever since Intel’s acquisition of FPGA specialist Altera in 2015 for $16.7 billion, it’s been widely acknowledged ...

Google Adds TPUs to ML Engine, Updates Kubernetes

Google Adds TPUs to ML Engine, Updates Kubernetes

As the amount of machine learning training data soars, so too does demand for new tools that ...

Public vs. Private Blockchains – Which One’s Right for You?

Public vs. Private Blockchains – Which One’s Right for You?

While blockchain is currently one of the most trumpeted technologies, some dismiss it as a fad related ...

Rehydrating the Data Center – A New Spin on Water Cooling

Rehydrating the Data Center – A New Spin on Water Cooling

Much as race cars are to the automobile industry, high performance computing (HPC) has long been the ...

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Ever since Intel’s acquisition of FPGA specialist Altera in 2015 for $16.7 billion, it’s been widely acknowledged that some day, Intel would release a processor that integrates its mainstream Xeon CPU server chip with lightning-fast FPGAs. That day has arrived. Available now for “select” customers, Intel’s Xeon Scalable 6138P processor with integrated Intel Arria 10 GX 1150 FPGAs marks ... Full article
Chip makers continue to gear designs toward AI and other demanding cloud workloads that take advantage of datacenter flash storage capacity. To that end, memory specialist Micron Technology Inc. began shipping compact solid-state drives this week based on its quad-level cell (QLC) NAND technology that addresses enterprise markets currently relying on hard-disk storage. Separately, Micron and Intel Corp. announced ... Full article
As the amount of machine learning training data soars, so too does demand for new tools that will accelerate the process. With that in mind, Google Cloud announced the beta release of a new feature that allows users to speed training by running Tensor processing units (TPU) on its machine learning engine. The company also announced general availability of ... Full article
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While blockchain is currently one of the most trumpeted technologies, some dismiss it as a fad related to cryptocurrency. The reality, however, is that companies across industries are looking at how blockchain can address major business issues, particularly with respect to speeding supply chain and reducing friction. Ignoring enterprise applications of this technology could damage your organization’s competitive position. ... Full article
Much as race cars are to the automobile industry, high performance computing (HPC) has long been the proving ground for technologies that later end up in mainstream computing. Indeed, today’s cloud systems and hyperscale implementations owe a considerable tip of the cap to HPC pioneers who drove the development of vanity free hardware, load balancing file systems and open ... Full article
In the IoT era unfolding before us, the next frontier is vision applications, applying ML and DL techniques for real-time/near-time analytics of video data from cameras at the edge.  It’s a way to monitor reality, with use cases across industrial sectors as far as the eye can see: in manufacturing (finding product defects on assembly lines), retail (inventory oversight, ... Full article
Among the critical elements required to support expanding Internet of Things deployments are wider wireless pipes that consume less power. That’s the promise of IoT networks supported by emerging fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless network rollouts that go well beyond mobile phones to support networks of connected devices. As wireless carriers jockey for position—including a proposed merger between T-Mobile and ... Full article
The Defense Department is sticking to its guns on a plan to award a single, huge contract for cloud computing that would support U.S. military operations. In a report to Congress justifying the single-source contract award, the Pentagon’s chief management officer argued that selecting one cloud vendor would help expedite the rollout of the enterprise-wide cloud initiative called Joint Enterprise ... Full article
Google continues to roll out new cloud features as it seeks to differentiate its platform from rivals with new tools and redundancy designed to boost application availability. Separately, Google also announced beta availability of new Google Compute Engine virtual machine instances with increased memory and greater computing resources. The public cloud competitor (NASDAQ: GOOGL) unveiled a new feature this ... Full article
Hewlett Packard Enterprise is broadening its software-defined infrastructure offerings with its acquisition of hyperconverged networking specialist Plexxi. Concurrently, Plexxi released a new version of its networking tool for software-defined datacenters designed to boost server and storage utilization. HPE did not disclose terms of its deal for Plexxi but did say Tuesday (May 15) it expects to close the acquisition ... Full article
Anything as immense, impactful and powerful as public cloud computing is bound to be variegated, encompassing the good, the bad and the ugly. As AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud and the other platforms gain more market adoption – usually in tandem with an on-prem data center – the benefits and landmines of cloud computing for compute- and data-intensive ... Full article
Just when you figured out blockchain technology, another layer of abstraction and utility is being added: a plug-and-play hardware connection that allows Internet of Things devices to handle blockchain transactions. Filament, a developer of blockchain hardware and software for enterprises and the industrial IoT, rolled out a USB device this week designed to enable existing devices equipped with a ... Full article
Amid calls for a U.S. strategy for promoting AI development, the Trump administration is forming a senior-level panel to help coordinate government and industry research efforts. The Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence was announced Thursday (May 10) during a White House summit organized by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). “We cannot be passive,” said Michael Kratsios, ... Full article
IBM made several announcements today designed to help customers get more out of their existing storage infrastructure, including IBM Storwize and FlashSystem arrays, the SAN Volume Controller (SVC) software-defined storage product, and even non-IBM arrays from Dell EMC and HPE that IBM storage software manages through its VersaStack program. Let’s start with data de-duplication. For years IBM has offered de-dupe in its high-end FlashSystem ... Full article
Intel Corp.’s venture capital arm unveiled a dozen new investments in startups this week spanning AI, cloud, Internet of Things and semiconductor technologies. Intel Capital announced the new investments totaling $72 million Tuesday (May 8) during a company summit. The chip maker said the new investments bring its total for 2018 to more than $115 million. Intel Capital also ... Full article
At Tabor Communications' annual Advanced Scale Forum (ASF) held this week in Austin, the focus was on enterprise adoption of HPC-class technologies and high performance data analytics (HPDA). It’s a confab that brings together end users (CIOs, IT planners, department heads) and vendors and encourages group discussion and debate to go along with presentations and panel discussions. As it ... Full article
At the risk of sounding like Captain Obvious, AI is one of tech’s hottest buzzwords these days. The hype is impossible to escape. Of course, some trends become the focus of intense attention legitimately, because they really are once-in-a-generation game changers. And AI is one of them. In its B2B applications, AI offers staggering promise of deeper, real-time insights, ... Full article
ARM Holding’s efforts to break Intel Corp.’s grip on the server chip market and dominance in the datacenter has apparently taken another hit with a report that Qualcomm Inc. is dropping its effort to offer processors for datacenter servers based on an ARM design. Qualcomm, which recently fended off a takeover bid by Broadcom Inc. (NASDAQ: AVGO) after the ... Full article
Intel and Microsoft are again joining forces, this time to accelerate Azure Cloud machine learning tools, including AI inferencing models, based on Intel’s FPGAs. Microsoft also this week announced the integration of its Project Brainwave, a hardware architecture designed to accelerate real-time AI calculations, with its Azure machine learning platform. Microsoft unveiled Azure machine learning models during a company ... Full article
Demand for capabilities like machine learning and distributed databases are attracting investors looking to cash in on the shift to micro- and other exascale services running on hybrid cloud infrastructure. Mesosphere, the five-year-old datacenter pioneer built upon the Apache Mesos cluster manager, provided more evidence this week that its datacenter operating system approach is maturing, announcing a $125 million ... Full article
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Ever since Intel’s acquisition of FPGA specialist Altera in 2015 for $16.7 billion, it’s been widely acknowledged that some day, Intel would release a ...
HOPKINTON, Mass., Feb. 22, 2018 -- Dell EMC unveiled new certifications that establish and validate the expertise IT professionals need to build their careers and help organizations compete ...
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PARIS, Feb. 22, 2018 -- Following the partnership formed by GE (NYSE: GE) and Noble Corporation plc (NYSE: NE), the two companies launched the world’s first digital ...
Amazon has long eschewed profits, preferring instead to plow capital expenditures into product innovation in sectors ranging from online retail to cloud computing. That ...