Inside Advanced Scale Challenges|Sunday, March 26, 2017
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AI in the News: Rao in at Intel, Ng out at Baidu, NVIDIA on at Tencent Cloud

AI in the News: Rao in at Intel, Ng out at Baidu, NVIDIA on at Tencent Clou...

Just as AI has become the leitmotif of the advanced scale computing market, infusing much of the ...

Communities of Communities: The Next Era of Open Source Software

Communities of Communities: The Next Era of Open Source Software

We are now about 20 years into the open source software era. You might think that open ...

‘Strategies in Biomedical Data Science’ Advances IT-Research Synergies

‘Strategies in Biomedical Data Science’ Advances IT-Research Synergies

“Strategies in Biomedical Data Science: Driving Force for Innovation” by Jay A. Etchings (John Wiley & Sons, ...

IoT Security Adopts a Platform Approach

IoT Security Adopts a Platform Approach

As is often the case, network security tools are just now beginning to keep catch up with ...

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Just as AI has become the leitmotif of the advanced scale computing market, infusing much of the conversation about HPC in commercial and industrial spheres, it also is impacting high-level management changes in the industry. This week saw two headliner announcements: Naveen Rao, former CEO of AI company Nervana, acquired by Intel last year, announced he will lead Intel’s ... Full article
Mashape, the API marketplace delivering management tools for micro-services and an emerging category dubbed "micro-functions" said this week it has closed an $18 million funding round amid heavy enterprise demand for its "API Gateway" used to integrate and orchestrate API arrays that support micro-services. San Francisco-based Mashape said Thursday (March 23) Andreessen Horowitz led its latest funding round, joined ... Full article
We are now about 20 years into the open source software era. You might think that open source simply means publishing the source code for something useful. While this is correct by definition, the most important component of any open source project is its community and how it works together. Open source projects are not isolated islands. In fact, ... Full article
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As is often the case, network security tools are just now beginning to keep catch up with vulnerable Internet of Things deployments, particularly leading edge industrial IoT infrastructure. With that in mind, some security vendors are taking a platform approach to securing industrial IoT devices and industrial clouds that are among the earlier deployments. The latest comes from security ... Full article
Avere Systems, the hybrid cloud data storage and management vendor, announced its latest funding round this week that included new investor Google Inc. The $14 million Series E round included existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Tenaya Capital and Western Digital Capital. Avere has so far raised $97 million, and said Tuesday (March 21) it ... Full article
A new IBM cloud service targeting the development and deployment of cognitive applications will utilize the Docker container engine running on the Kubernetes container orchestrator. IBM's container service running on its Bluemix application development cloud was among a batch of cloud and related Watson data analytics products along with an OpenStack partnership unveiled this week at a company event ... Full article
For a technology that’s usually characterized as far off and in a distant galaxy, quantum computing has been steadily picking up steam. Just how close real-world applications are depends on whom you talk to and for what kinds of applications. Los Alamos National Lab, for example, has an active application development effort for its D-Wave system and LANL researcher ... Full article
Intel Corp. has begun shipping new storage drives based on its 3-D XPoint non-volatile memory technology as it targets data-driven workloads. Intel's new Optane solid-state drives, designated P4800X, seek to combine the attributes of memory and storage in the same device. The result is a new "data storage tier" intended to overcome growing storage bottlenecks in datacenters. Intel said ... Full article
One of life’s hazards is becoming so immersed in our own way of doing business that a major disruptive force develops all around us – a threat to our careers and livelihoods – that we can’t see. For enterprise IT vendors, one of those threats is happening right now. For technology users, it’s a major opportunity. We’re talking about ... Full article
While improvements in processors and software solutions have catalyzed major advances in high performance computing, the need for customizable performance is an ever-present challenge for organizations that rely on HPC systems. The latest generation of HPC-optimized processors have delivered major advances in supercomputing performance. And although Moore’s Law continues to define how new generations of processors exceed its predecessors’, ... Full article
Applications container pioneers are donating infrastructure building blocks to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation in hopes of encouraging continued collaboration and interoperability in an increasingly competitive sector. CoreOS and Docker said this week they would each donate foundational runtime software to the cloud foundation that is developing a set of common container technologies to deliver cloud native services. The ... Full article
The rise of hybrid IT infrastructure and, with it, expanded use of cloud and micro- services along with containers to deploy distributed applications is taxing IT staffs and driving requirements for greater automation in areas such as compliance, according to a new vendor survey. The poll of more than 1,500 IT managers released this week by DevOps specialist Chef ... Full article
"Data Scientist": is there a more formidable job title in the IT industry? Not Data Manager, not Data Analyst, but Data Scientist. They command top salaries. They are in extreme demand. They know things, do things, discuss (among themselves) things that the rest of us can’t begin to understand or even create the pretense of understanding. When we hear ... Full article
Seeking to stimulate flagging server sales, a software-defined storage appliance from Lenovo leverages its server platform combined with a storage virtualization software and storage area networking from partner DataCore Software. Lenovo (HKSE: 992) said this week its storage appliance designated DX8200D leverages storage virtualization to wring optimum capacity from existing SAN arrays. The pre-integrated storage appliance is intended to ... Full article
Intel Corp. continued its foray into the autonomous vehicle sector this week with the acquisition of computer vision and machine-learning specialist Mobileye for about $15 billion in cash. Betting that autonomous vehicles are emerging as "data centers on wheels," the chipmaker (NASDAQ: INTC) said Monday (March 13) the acquisition that also includes data analytics as well as mapping and ... Full article
Chinese online retailer Alibaba is collaborating with Intel Corp. on a pilot program to leverage the chipmaker's Xeon-FPGA platform to accelerate the delivery of cloud-based enterprise applications. The partners said Alibaba's Aliyun cloud service would incorporate Xeon-based servers and software development tools built around Intel's Arria 10 GX FPGAs. The pilot program is designed to accelerate cloud-based application performance ... Full article
Last Friday (March 3, 2017), the High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) program held an industry engagement day workshop in San Diego, bringing together members of the US manufacturing community, national laboratories and universities to discuss the role of high-performance computing as an innovation engine for American manufacturing. Keynote speaker Thomas Lange, 36-year veteran of Procter & Gamble (P&G), ... Full article
No matter what study you look at, it’s clear that cloud adoption is growing rapidly – and increasingly workloads are being shifted from the data center to clouds. Key considerations for planning successful cloud migrations start with a full understanding of the different kinds of workloads that will move and the implications for each. The workload migration planning process ... Full article
The immediate fate of the HPC research group within International Data Corp. (IDC) became known yesterday with comments from (now former) IDC Program Vice President, HPC, Earl Joseph, who told EnterpriseTech his group is being spun out under the temporary trusteeship of an entity called Hyperion Research. The arrangement, engineered by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United ... Full article
Facebook unveiled new compute and storage servers this week along with custom training server platform as part of a server "refresh." Along with its Bryce Canyon storage server and Yosemite v2 and Tioga Pass compute servers, the social media giant announced its Big Basin server used to improve the training of neural networks. The next-generation GPU-based server would allow ... 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. ...
As companies increase their digital footprints, ‘identify and diagnose’ capabilities will not defend against the growing array of security threats, according to analysts at ...
Threat actors are getting better, faster, and more efficient at compromising networks, taking only minutes or less to breach systems. Unfortunately, organizations are taking ...
“You can buy your way out of bandwidth problems. But latency is divine.” This sentiment, expressed by Intel Technical Computing Group CTO Mark Seager, ...
One of life’s hazards is becoming so immersed in our own way of doing business that a major disruptive force develops all around us ...