Inside Advanced Scale Challenges|Wednesday, July 26, 2017
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‘Neural’ Network Fabric Boosts Server Links

‘Neural’ Network Fabric Boosts Server Links

As network bottlenecks mount in datacenters—a hurdle that will only get worse with the deployment of business ...

‘Colossus’ IPU Targets Datacenters, Cloud

‘Colossus’ IPU Targets Datacenters, Cloud

A second $30 million funding round for U.K. AI chip developer Graphcore sets up the company to ...

Specs Target Container Portability

Specs Target Container Portability

Application containers are getting more portable across different implementations thanks to a two-year effort to forge "vendor ...

IBM Rolls ‘Pervasive’ Encryption As Threats Grow

IBM Rolls ‘Pervasive’ Encryption As Threats Grow

As more stringent data protection rules enter into force, increasing enterprise requirements for encryption, IBM is stepping ...

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Microsoft said this week it is developing a new version of an AI-based coprocessor for implementing "deep" neural networks expected to be incorporated into augmented reality goggles. The second version of the HoloLens holographic processing unit (HPU) crunches information gathered by sensors, including Microsoft's head-tracking cameras and inertial measurement units, the electronic devices such as accelerometers and gyroscopes that ... Full article
The U.S. military long ago ceded dominance in electronics innovation to Silicon Valley, the DoD-backed powerhouse that has driven microelectronic generation for decades. With Moore's Law clearly running out of steam, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is attempting to reinvigorate and leverage a vibrant domestic chip sector with a $200 million initiative designed among other things to ... Full article
As network bottlenecks mount in datacenters—a hurdle that will only get worse with the deployment of business analytics using machine learning—there is a growing need for networking solutions that can scale to tens of thousands of connections without breaking the bank. As things stand now, only hyper-scale cloud service providers can achieve the economies of scale that make smart ... Full article
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A second $30 million funding round for U.K. AI chip developer Graphcore sets up the company to go to market with its “intelligent processing unit” (IPU) in 2017 with scale-up production for enterprise datacenters and cloud environments planned in 2018. The company emerged from stealth mode in the fall of 2016 with $30 million in series A funding. Total ... Full article
Intel has begun rolling out AI hardware previewed last fall with the release of its Movidius Neural Compute Stick, billed as a self-contained AI accelerator in a USB format that requires no network connection. The chipmaker said Thursday (July 20) the device is intended to make deep learning applications more accessible to AI researchers and product developers to they ... Full article
Cloud manager Rackspace is working with cloud services provider Pivotal Software and Google's public cloud unit to deliver new multi-cloud and other capabilities. The partnerships include management of Pivotal's growing Cloud Foundry platform. Rackspace said this week it would support Pivotal's cloud-native application development platform designed to run on public or private clouds as well as dedicated hardware owned ... Full article
Application containers are getting more portable across different implementations thanks to a two-year effort to forge "vendor neutral" specifications released this week by an industry group. The Open Container Initiative (OCI) unveiled version 1.0 specifications addressing a container runtime along with an image format. Together, the specs aim to "lay the foundation for container portability across different implementations to ... Full article
Heightened awareness about the security risks associated with open source software has increased use of disciplined DevOps practices that have improved application quality and developer productivity, a software supply chain survey finds. With open source software making major inroads in enterprise application development, a vendor survey by DevOps tool vendor Sonatype found that downloads of building block components such ... Full article
As more stringent data protection rules enter into force, increasing enterprise requirements for encryption, IBM is stepping into the breach with an encryption engine based on its Z Systems mainframe aimed at locking down data across applications, cloud platforms and databases. The "pervasive" encryption capability leverages Z Systems quality of service features like scaling and available, the company stressed. ... Full article
The number of data centers has been increasing since 2009, yet this is all about to change. Experts predict that after peaking at roughly 8.6 million data centers in 2017, that number will begin to decline. The driving factor is the migration from smaller, in-house IT centers to data centers operated by larger service providers. Although the number of ... Full article
This publication examines the migration of HPC technologies from the specialized realms of supercomputing to business-ready solutions for compute- and data-intensive business problems. As such, quantum computing isn’t covered frequently – it resides in the nether regions of theoretical possibility, if not in incubation then in infancy. But quantum computing nonetheless compels our interest as the mother of all ... Full article
Enterprise software is often maligned as a legacy holdover from a previous age, a low-growth market dominated by stodgy software companies out to milk maintenance streams from hapless victims. But two giants of enterprise software, OpenText and Infor, today showed that even giants can move nimbly when it comes to putting artificial intelligence into the hands of its customers. ... Full article
With yesterday’s New York unveiling of the new “Skylake” Xeon Scalable processors, Intel made multiple runs at multiple competitive threats and strategic markets. Skylake will carry Intel's flag in the fight for leadership in the emerging advanced data center encompassing highly demanding network workloads, cloud computing, real time analytics, virtualized infrastructures, high-performance computing and artificial intelligence. Most interesting, Skylake ... Full article
Digital transformation is having a profound impact on our society. According to IDC, the economic value of digital transformation is already more than 20 percent of global GDP. And while we’ll certainly feel the impact of changes to many aspects of our daily lives as technology progresses, the transformation of healthcare will be particularly impactful. One of the last ... Full article
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been with us for well over half a century, but confusion still exists regarding what it is and where it is best applied. This is especially true for the latest AI incarnation: “deep learning.” Overall, AI is a group of different technologies created to automate tasks that are typically accomplished by humans. The first types ... Full article
IBM has been working with an application developer startup called Lightbend Inc. on artificial intelligence, cognitive and other distributed applications, most destined to run in the cloud. The startup announced this week that IBM has extended their collaboration by leading a $15 million funding round that also includes Intel Capital and a group of venture capital backers. Launched in ... Full article
Datacenters have become so large, complex, costly and strategically important that throughout the enterprise there is a broad ecosystem of datacenter stakeholders – so broad that their priorities can often be in direct contradiction. For datacenter planners and managers, these contradictions can cause much heartache. Take the issue of cooling. The business and operations side hates the cost. The ... Full article
Among the implications of the enterprise migration to the cloud is a predicted overhaul of middleware platforms over the next several years as the integration of business applications drives adoption of cloud-based alternatives. A recent IT survey on the state of middleware market notes that many of these integration platforms were rolled out more than 20 years ago. With ... Full article
Mellanox (NASDAQ: MLNX) today announced Spectrum-2, billed by the interconnect company as the most scalable 200 and 400GB/second Open Ethernet switch, offering 10X scalability while reducing datacenter OPEX via 1.3 times better power efficiency. Spectrum-2 provides Ethernet connectivity for up to 16 ports of 400GbE, 32 ports of 200GbE, 64 ports of 100GbE and 128 ports of 50GbE and ... Full article
There were few surprises in Intersect360 Research’s just released report on interconnect use in advanced scale computing. InfiniBand and Ethernet remain the dominant protocols across all segments (system, storage, LAN) and Mellanox and Cisco lead the supplier pack. The big question is when or if Intel’s Omi-Path fabric will break through. Less than one percent of the sites surveyed ... Full article
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SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 1, 2017 -- Chelsio Communications, Inc., a leading provider of high performance (1Gb/10Gb/25Gb/40Gb/50Gb/100Gb) Ethernet Unified Wire Adapters and ASICs for storage networking, virtualized ...
Microsoft said this week it is developing a new version of an AI-based coprocessor for implementing "deep" neural networks expected to be incorporated into ...
SAN ANTONIO, April 27, 2017 -- Rackspace today announced the expansion of its managed service offerings for the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud to include a ...
SAN FRANCISCO, April 28, 2017 -- The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, announced that 28 new organizations have joined ...
BEIJING, April 28, 2017 -- Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU) ("Baidu" or the "Company"), the leading Chinese language Internet search provider, today announced its unaudited financial ...