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Andrew Ng Thinks AI Can Revive US Manufacturing

Andrew Ng Thinks AI Can Revive US Manufacturing

AI pioneer Andrew Ng is launching a startup that would initially focus on revitalizing manufacturing, a strategy ...

Fending off AI Armageddon: Threats to Our Data, Our Safety, Our Country

Fending off AI Armageddon: Threats to Our Data, Our Safety, Our Country

Bruce Schneier is scary smart. The things he talks about – AI weaponization, remote hacking of commercial ...

IBM Expands ‘Quantum Ready’ Effort

IBM Expands ‘Quantum Ready’ Effort

IBM has enlisted large banks and automakers along with electronics, chemical and materials manufacturers to its quantum ...

Quantum: Joining the Worlds of High Performance and Enterprise Storage

Quantum: Joining the Worlds of High Performance and Enterprise Storage

High performance storage specialist Quantum today announced a scale-out NAS appliance that the company said is the ...

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Data Center Power and Cooling: What’s Hot

The legendary baseball coach Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t the heat. It’s the humility.” He could have been describing today’s data centers. Heating and cooling challenges are humbling a great many infrastructure managers as the industry faces a reckoning over the limits of air cooling.

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Driven by expansion of hybrid cloud IT strategies, worldwide server revenue grew by a healthy 16 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2017, industry watcher Gartner has announced. Shipments grew by 5.1 percent. As we reported last month based on findings of Hyperion Research (HPC analysts formerly with IDC), Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) continued to lead in the ... Full article
AI pioneer Andrew Ng is launching a startup that would initially focus on revitalizing manufacturing, a strategy that parallels the first enterprise deployments of Internet of Things technologies. Separately, Ng (shown in his "bunny suit," left) announced partnership with Chinese electronics manufacturer Foxconn to develop AI technologies and expertise. Ng, who led artificial intelligence development at Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) ... Full article
Bruce Schneier is scary smart. The things he talks about – AI weaponization, remote hacking of commercial airliners and self-driving cars, malicious alteration of medical records – are scarier. The author of 13 books, including the cleverly titled Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World – and hundreds of articles and academic ... Full article
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IBM has enlisted large banks and automakers along with electronics, chemical and materials manufacturers to its quantum computing initiative designed to explore enterprise applications if and when the technology is ready for commercialization. The company announced further expansion of its IBM Q Network on Thursday (Dec. 14) with the addition of a dozen members that also include a government ... Full article
Two thousand and eighteen is shaping up as the year of consumer pushback as strict data regulations give the generators of boundless data new rights to see and demand that companies erase personal data under pending European Union rules. The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect in May 2018, and market trackers like Gartner (NYSE: IT) predict ... Full article
High performance storage specialist Quantum today announced a scale-out NAS appliance that the company said is the first to bring together the qualities typically found in enterprise-class storage solutions (tools and management capabilities) with those found in technical and scientific computing (capacity and scaling to accommodate rapid data growth). The new product, called Xcellis Scale-out NAS, targets what Quantum ... Full article
Microsoft is collaborating with Kubernetes specialist Heptio on a backup and disaster recovery tool for the Azure cloud as well as using the startup's Ark platform to move Kubernetes container orchestrator applications between datacenters and the Microsoft cloud. Heptio distribution of Ark, a utility for managing cluster disaster recovery and aimed primarily at Kubernetes clusters and persistent volumes, also ... Full article
New data breaches seem to happen every day. Consumers are frustrated by lack of control over their information once it is shared. Enterprises work tirelessly to avoid becoming the next victim of a breach that thrusts them into the news for all the wrong reasons, especially when many breaches occur due to the security lapses of their vendors. To ... Full article
After over a year of buildup, IBM is unveiling its first Power9 system based on the same architecture as the Department of Energy CORAL supercomputers, Summit and Sierra. The new AC922 server pairs two Power9 CPUs with four or six Nvidia Tesla V100 NVLink GPUs. IBM is positioning the Power9 architecture as “a game-changing powerhouse for AI and cognitive ... Full article
While high-demand workloads (e.g., bitcoin mining) can overheat data center cooling capabilities, at least one data center infrastructure provider has announced an HPC-as-a-service offering that features 100 percent free and zero-carbon cooling. Verne Global, a company seemingly intent on converting Iceland into a gigantic, renewably powered data center facility, has announce hpcDIRECT,  a scalable, bare metal service designed to ... Full article
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and IBM Watson's unit have released a massive data set containing 1 million annotated video clips designed to spur development of new machine vision technologies. Potential applications range from self-driving car navigation to a form of video closed-captioning for the sightless. The "Moments in Time" data set was released during this week's ... Full article
 In order to remain competitive in today’s all-digital world, enterprises are embracing digital transformation (DX). Cloud applications are now a vital component for how organizations develop products, reach the market and control costs – covering everything from supply-chain to customer service. The overriding goal of DX strategies is leveraging cloud applications to stay ahead of customers’ escalating connectivity needs. ... Full article
The mining of crypto-currencies is proving extremely lucrative, as witnessed by a spate of reports this week on the booming Bitcoin market. While the processing-intensive practice has been a boon to graphics chipmakers, for example, critics warn that Bitcoin fever is also neutralizing recent energy efficiency gains made in datacenters. The website Grist.org (which bills itself as a independent ... Full article
The rate at which containers have moved into production applications has increased three-fold over the last 18 months, according to a survey of cloud native technologies. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) said this week the steady enterprise embrace of the Kubernetes container orchestrator continues as early adopters use the platform to push applications from development to the cloud. ... Full article
We interviewed Karl Freund, lead analyst for deep learning and HPC at Moor Insights & Strategy, at SC17 in Denver to discuss the fertile crossover between AI and HPC – specifically, how new machine learning techniques are rapidly evolving to take on previously unsolvable business and scientific problems. He also reviewed major new developments spanning, in his words, "silicon, ... Full article
VMware is folding management features into the latest version of its cloud infrastructure as another way of easing the enterprise deployment of hybrid clouds. Along with automating the provisioning of cloud components across hybrid clouds via its vRealize suite, the company also this week announced expanded market traction for its Cloud Foundation platform running across private and public clouds. ... Full article
Google has upped its cloud game with its recruitment of Diane Bryant, the former Intel Corp.'s datacenter boss who becomes chief operating officer of Google Cloud. Bryant, an engineer who worked her way up through the ranks of Intel during the heyday of the U.S. semiconductor industry, took a leave of absence from Intel in May that was expected ... Full article
At the German Stock Exchange – aka Deutsche Börse, home of the DAX – data scientists are being unburdened from “janitorial” tasks that can consume up to 80 percent of their time and keep them from focusing on work worthy of their hard-to-hire and expensive skills. We’re talking about data prep: the niggling mindlessness, the funereal procession of yawn ... Full article
The billowing cloud market that is growing at an estimated 40 percent annually is being driven to new heights by the enterprise embrace of multi-cloud strategies along with a shift toward cloud native technologies ranging from application containers and serverless computing to analytics and machine learning. Those are among the key findings of the latest public cloud survey released ... Full article
Amazon Web Services has rolled out new application container tools designed to run containers without having to manage infrastructure along with a managed Kubernetes container orchestration capability. Both run on the Amazon Elastic Container Service. The cloud giant unveiled the upgraded container capabilities during this week's AWS:reinvent gathering in Las Vegas. The introductions underscore the growing momentum of the ... Full article
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GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Sept. 18, 2017 -- Source Photonics and Credo Semiconductor are pleased to announce a single lambda 100Gbits/sec connectivity demonstration over 20km of ...
ATLANTA, Sept. 18, 2017 -- Rackspace announced today Rackspace Enterprise Application Services will sponsor the 2017 Winshuttle User Group (WUG) conference this week in Atlanta. At the event, Rackspace ...