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How Cities Use HPC at the Edge to Get Smarter

How Cities Use HPC at the Edge to Get Smarter

Cities are sensoring up, collecting vast troves of data that they run through predictive models to address ...

Hyperion HPC Market Update: ‘Decent’ Growth Led by HPE; AI Transparency a Risk Issue

Hyperion HPC Market Update: ‘Decent’ Growth Led by HPE; AI Transparency...

The HPC market update from Hyperion Research (formerly IDC) at the annual SC conference is a business ...

Scaling Commercial CFD Code at 3 Supercomputing Centers

Scaling Commercial CFD Code at 3 Supercomputing Centers

The year isn’t over yet and already we've seen new records posted for proprietary physics-based simulations on ...

Memory-driven HPE Launches ARM-based System for HPC, AI

Memory-driven HPE Launches ARM-based System for HPC, AI

HPE doubled down on its memory-driven computing vision while expanding its processor portfolio with the announcement today ...

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Public cloud giant Amazon Web Services announced a new "secret region" this week designed to complete its portfolio of data classifications for U.S. government workloads. AWS said Monday (Nov. 20) that 17 U.S. intelligence agencies and government contractors with "secret-level" network access could run analytics and other workloads in the CIA cloud. AWS won a $600 million Commercial Cloud ... Full article
Cities are sensoring up, collecting vast troves of data that they run through predictive models to address problems that, in some cases, city managers didn’t even know existed. Speaking at SC17 in Denver this week, a panel of smart city practitioners shared the strategies, techniques and technologies they use to understand their cities better and to improve the lives ... Full article
There is a broad consensus among industry analysts and the vendors they track that enterprise adoption of cloud services is booming. The only variable is the expected rate of growth. Year-end estimates are trickling in, and market watchers note that broad adoption of AI and machine learning are fueling adoption of cloud, infrastructure, platform and software services. So, too, ... Full article
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Facebook's network routing software is now available as an open source tool for developing new network applications and functions, the company announced this week. Open/R is currently used in Facebook's datacenter and backbone networks to support wide-area networks, datacenter fabrics and wireless mesh topologies. "We have been working with external partners and operators to support and use Open/R, and ... Full article
It has been asserted that the algorithm has overtaken traditional software code as the driving force behind the AI Era. On the assumption that assertion is accurate, startups are beginning to offer tools for building what one refers to as "algorithm portfolios" used to deploy AI and machine learning models in enterprise applications. Among them is application builder Algorithmia, ... Full article
The embrace of multiple public cloud providers as a way of avoiding vendor lock-in and manage costs has added another layer of complexity to the management of IT infrastructure already calibrated to a fine edge. That has created an opening for automation tools in general and artificial intelligence technologies in particular to help weary administrators manage multiple cloud and ... Full article
The HPC market update from Hyperion Research (formerly IDC) at the annual SC conference is a business and social “must,” and this year’s presentation at SC17 played to a SRO crowd at a downtown Denver hotel. This writer has attended several of these breakfasts, and looking back, one year to the next, at the major industry trends identified by ... Full article
The year isn’t over yet and already we've seen new records posted for proprietary physics-based simulations on two Cray machines – at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) - successfully pushing the limits of all the available nodes in those large machines. In addition, order-of-magnitude improvements have been ... Full article
Having migrated its top-of-the-line datacenter GPU to the largest cloud vendors, Nvidia is touting its Volta architecture for a range of scientific computing tasks as well as AI development with the addition of a container registry designed to deploy its GPU cloud for everything from visualization to drug discovery. In its drive to expand access to its Volta architecture, ... Full article
HPE doubled down on its memory-driven computing vision while expanding its processor portfolio with the announcement today of the company’s first ARM-based high performance computing system, along with other purpose-built solutions designed to help enterprises adopt HPC and AI applications. HPE’s new Apollo 70 system uses Cavium’s 64-bit ARMv8-A ThunderX2 Server Processor and is designed for memory-intensive HPC workloads, ... Full article
Is "pay-as-you-go" the way to go for private cloud vendors? Partners Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Rackspace are betting it is, announcing this week they will offer an OpenStack private cloud service running on "pay-per-use" infrastructure. Seeking to differentiate their services from the dizzying number of cloud providers, the partners cite industry forecasts suggesting that pay-as-you-go consumption models will account ... Full article
In what could be a significant data security advance, Bracket Computing has launched a new capability  designed to defend against the most insidious of “persistent” attackers, those that gain privileged access to a server and then burrow into the operating system for months on end, wreaking havoc. The Mountain View company, with a blue chip customer list that includes ... Full article
Intel Corp. has lured away the former head of AMD's graphics business as the world's largest chipmaker forms a high-end graphics unit to compete with GPU market leader Nvidia. Intel rattled tech markets this week by hiring AMD's Raja Koduri to head its new Core and Visual Computing Group. The hiring came days after the chip rivals announced a ... Full article
In the run-up to the annual supercomputing conference (SC17) next week in Denver, Mellanox made a series of announcements today, including a scalable switch platform based on its HDR 200G InfiniBand technology and the first deployment of a 100Gb/second Linux kernel-based Ethernet switch. The company touts its HDR (High Data Rate) 200G InfiniBand Quantum, which offers up to 800 ... Full article
The following contribution from a writer at Argonne National Labs is another compelling example of advanced scale computing’s impact on industry – in this case, the movie industry. Animated film production has a voracious appetitie for compute power, and in this article John Spizzirri looks at the potential impact of exascale (a billion billion calculations per second) on animation. ... Full article
There are few enterprises accumulating more sensor and video data than the U.S. Department of Defense. For analysts, that means sitting for hours each day in front of screens observing full-motion video and other reconnaissance data to spot threats. That, military leaders have concluded, is a poor use of analysts’ skills. In response, the Pentagon launched an AI effort ... Full article
Among the emerging solutions for securing application containers in production is an application layer security tool that is itself a container. Startup NeuVector, which announced early stage venture funding this week, is pitching a cloud-native container firewall that seeks to secure application containers and their host networks at their most vulnerable points: during runtime. San Jose-based NeuVector launched its ... Full article
Multiple cloud deployments are boosting adoption and revenues for private clouds, concludes a batch of new OpenStack surveys. OpenStack deployments are predicted to rise at a 30-percent annual clip over the next five years to an estimated $6.7 billion in revenue by 2021 as production deployments grow and the platform benefits directly from the shift to hybrid cloud rollouts, ... Full article
Who are you when you fly? It may sound like a silly question, but airlines find that it’s remarkably difficult to get a clear answer in real time. It’s also at the center of a new silo-busting Customer 360 system that JetBlue recently implemented to take its customer experience to the next level. Since it launched in 2000, JetBlue ... Full article
Many companies are moving key applications (CRM, HR, finance) to the cloud to maximize IT efficiency, minimize IT costs and improve business agility. For the same reasons, key infrastructure elements (security, storage) are also going to the cloud. However, wireless networks have been slower to adopt this transition, with the vast majority of the wireless LAN (WLAN) market still ... Full article
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It has been asserted that the algorithm has overtaken traditional software code as the driving force behind the AI Era. On the assumption that ...
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 21, 2017 -- The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced its 2018 events schedule. Linux Foundation events are ...
CUPERTINO, Calif., Aug. 22, 2017 – ShoCard, a leading blockchain-based identity management system (IMS), today announces $4 million in funding, bringing total funding to ...
While hardware and cloud environments have made it easier for companies to advance their IoT infrastructures, this has also brought to the forefront a ...
PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 25, 2017 -- VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) today announced it has been positioned as a leader in the "IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Enterprise Mobility ...