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Penguin’s New Practice for Piecing AI Strategies Together

Penguin’s New Practice for Piecing AI Strategies Together

AI stands before the HPC industry as a beacon of great expectations, yet market research repeatedly shows ...

Arm Unveils Cloud-to-Edge Internet Infrastructure

Arm Unveils Cloud-to-Edge Internet Infrastructure

Arm today announced its Neoverse cloud-to-edge internet infrastructure foundation, designed to support a world in which a ...

Manufacturing Effort Focuses on Human-Machine Interface

Manufacturing Effort Focuses on Human-Machine Interface

The rush to automate manufacturing has revealed some unintended consequences as market pressures and assembly line realities ...

Massive, ‘Geophysically Configured’ Oil & Gas Supercomputer Coming On Line in Houston

Massive, ‘Geophysically Configured’ Oil & Gas Supercompute...

Based on some news stories in circulation, one might get the impression that the next system to ...

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The Pentagon’s top research agency is focusing its considerable AI efforts on the interim stage of machine intelligence between “narrow” and “general” AI. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which announced a multi-year $2 billion “AI Next” “campaign last month, is tightening its focus on teaching machine “common sense” reasoning. That capability remains beyond the reach of current ... Full article
Is it any wonder there are cameras everywhere imaging nearly everything? One reason is chip scaling, with key components from semiconductor makers allowing equipment manufacturers to fabricate quarter-size cameras that are becoming ubiquitous in agricultural, automotive and industrial markets. Now, inspection camera manufacturers are adding smarts in the form of image processing that according to one vendor brings “AI ... Full article
AI stands before the HPC industry as a beacon of great expectations, yet market research repeatedly shows that AI adoption is commonly stuck in the talking phase, on the near side of a difficult chasm to cross. In response, many vendors have built integrations of their server and storage platforms with AI hardware – usually Nvidia GPUs – designed ... Full article
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IBM and Lenovo continue to expand their ongoing relationship beyond computing to include the automation of mundane but revenue-saving call centers and other customer support services. While the enterprise applications covered in the agreement are decidedly back-office, the estimated size of the multi-year deal is substantial: $240 million. IBM did not specify the exact length of the services agreement. ... Full article
Three Chinese infrastructure vendors are embracing FPGA technology as a way of accelerating datacenter workloads. FPGA specialist Xilinx Inc. announced during a developer forum in Beijing this week that Alibaba Cloud, Huawei and server vendor Inspur are rolling out datacenter platforms based on the chip maker’s FPGA-as-a-service model. Among the datacenter workloads being targeted is AI inference, the partners ... Full article
Arm today announced its Neoverse cloud-to-edge internet infrastructure foundation, designed to support a world in which a trillion intelligent devices will transmit data to and from the internet. Unveiled at the Arm TechCon conference in San Jose, Arm offered a look at its Neoverse processor IP roadmap and infrastructure-class IP for 5G networks designed to enable more ubiquitous compute ... Full article
A giant of the tech world, Paul Allen, has died of cancer at 65. Co-founder of Microsoft Corp. with Bill Gates in 1975, Allen left the company in 1983 to pursue a prominent career in philanthropy that emphasized scientific discovery and ownership of major professional sports teams in Seattle. His death was announced by his investment holding company, Vulcan ... Full article
With upwards of 85 percent of companies using more than one cloud provider, the shift to multi-cloud deployments driven by emerging open-source platforms has prompted infrastructure vendors to begin offering management tools for migrating and integrating private and public cloud applications with on-premise systems. Among them is IBM, which this week rolled out a cloud management suite based on ... Full article
The rush to automate manufacturing has revealed some unintended consequences as market pressures and assembly line realities underscore the fact that, sometimes, machines simply cannot replace humans when making things. That reality was highlighted earlier this year when electric car maker Tesla was forced to replace robots with humans when bottlenecks backed up car production. Tesla managers literally tore out ... Full article
Based on some news stories in circulation, one might get the impression that the next system to take No. 1 on the Top500 list could be an industrial oil and gas monster, which would be a first for a commercial HPC system. But at a spec’d 250 single-precision petaflops, No. 1 is out of the reach of the new ... Full article
The jockeying over a massive U.S. military cloud contract reached a fever pitch this week as one prominent contender dropped out while another filed a legal protest aimed at heading off a sole-source contract award for cloud services worth billions of dollars. Faced with an internal revolt over the possible use of its cloud and AI technologies in warfare, ... Full article
Even as technology stocks fell off the market cliff this week, the march of technology innovation and product launches goes on. Tech giant Huawei has thrown a new chip into the rapidly expanding processor ring with AI chips for data centers and smart devices, putting the company in direct competition with AI processor makers Nvidia and Qualcomm. Huawei’s Ascend ... Full article
Oracle is collaborating with Nvidia to bring the GPU leader’s unified AI and HPC platform to the public cloud for accelerating analytics and machine learning workloads. The move makes Oracle the first public cloud vendor to support Nvidia’s HGX-2 platform, the partners said this week. The Oracle cloud will support both bare-metal and virtual machine instances of the HGX-2, ... Full article
 There is little debate that cloud is the future of computing. According to IDC, almost half of IT spending will be cloud-based in 2018 and will reach as much as 70 percent of all software, services and technology spending by 2020. However, deriving maximum benefits from the cloud is more complicated than merely deciding to opt into cloud computing. ... Full article
GPU leader Nvidia, generally associated with deep learning, autonomous vehicles and other higher-end AI-related workloads (and gaming, of course), is mounting an open source end-to-end GPU acceleration platform and ecosystem directed at machine learning and data analytics, domains heretofore within the CPU realm. GPUs operate in the analytics space, of course – examples include Kinetica’s GPU-accelerated database and OmniSci’s ... Full article
The enterprise shift away from web server applications towards APIs and microservices is spawning new platforms where web applications are developed on networks rather than servers requiring more management while presenting scaling challenges. The move to replace web servers with “application delivery networks” is also attracting investors. This week, San Francisco-based startup Netlify disclosed a $30 million funding round ... Full article
A university-industry research team is reporting a performance advance for neural networks with the development of a chip with potential applications for image recognition in autonomous vehicles and robots. The chip design relies on in-memory processing and the replacement of standard transistors with capacitors used to store electrical charges. That configuration helped reduce data movement, boosting the performance of ... Full article
Roiling the tech industry and intelligence community, a news story on the Bloomberg BusinessWeek site reports that  spies in China hacked Super Micro Computer servers widely distributed throughout the U.S. technology supply chain, including servers used by Amazon and Apple. The story has been flatly denied by all three companies and by the government of China. Called “The Big ... Full article
Continuing the roll-out of the A3I (Accelerated, Any-Scale AI) storage strategy kicked off in June, DDN today announced a new set of solutions that combine the A3I platform with Nvidia DGX-1 AI servers in a validated, pre-configured solution available from a number of channel partners. In a first for the company, DDN is launching a reference architecture that combines ... Full article
All the talk and hype surrounding AI, machine learning and blockchain technologies has so far failed to translate into actual spending on new IT initiatives, concludes a new industry “reality check.” Instead, the survey of about 250 CIOs and IT managers found continuing investments in “foundational priorities” such as security, cloud computing, big data analysis and DevOps. By contrast, ... Full article
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The Pentagon’s top research agency is focusing its considerable AI efforts on the interim stage of machine intelligence between “narrow” and “general” AI. The ...
BEDFORD, Mass., July 25, 2018 – VoltDB, the enterprise-class database that powers real-time intelligent decisions on streaming data, has announced a growing customer base across industry ...
Google continues to add GPU horsepower in tandem with its internally developed deep learning processors to its cloud platform with this week’s announcement that ...
IRVINE, Calif., July 25, 2018 -- Levyx Inc., a provider of system software for low latency big data platforms and applications to dramatically reduce ...
GERMANTOWN, Md., July 25, 2018 -- Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes) an EchoStar company, has introduced the HR4860 Secure SD-WAN Gateway, a comprehensive networking device for ...
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