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John Russell

IBM, Partners Claim Energy Simulation Record

April 25th, 2017 (0)
IBM, NVIDIA, and Stone Ridge Technology today reported setting the performance record for a “billion cell” oil and gas reservoir simulation. Using IBM Minsky servers with NVIDIA P100 GPUs and Stone Ridge’s ECHELON petroleum reservoir simulation software, the trio ...

More Bad News for Gamblers – AI Wins…Again

March 8th, 2017 (0)
AI-based poker playing programs have been upping the ante for lowly humans. Notably, several algorithms from Carnegie Mellon University (e.g. Libratus, Claudico, and Baby Tartanian8) have performed well. Writing in Science last week, researchers from the University of Alberta, Charles University ...

IBM Wants to be “Red Hat” of Deep Learning

January 26th, 2017 (0)
IBM today announced the addition of TensorFlow and Chainer deep learning frameworks to its PowerAI suite of deep learning tools, which already includes popular offerings such as Caffe, Theano, and Torch. It’s another step in IBM's efforts to lay ...

Heresies of the New HPC Cloud Universe

January 25th, 2017 (0)
Perhaps ‘heresies’ is a bit strong, but HPC in the cloud is a fast-changing domain that’s increasingly governed by a new mindset, says Tim Carroll, head of ecosystem development and sales at Cycle Computing, an early entry in HPC ...

For IBM/OpenPOWER: Success in 2017 = (Volume) Sales

January 11th, 2017 (0)
To a large degree IBM and the OpenPOWER Foundation have done what they said they would – assembling a substantial and growing ecosystem and bringing Power-based products to market, all in about three years. Now, says Ken King, general ...

The Road Ahead for Dell EMC

December 6th, 2016 (0)
Who is Dell EMC and why should you care? Glad you asked, is Jim Ganthier’s quick response. Ganthier is SVP for validated solutions and high performance computing for the new (even bigger) technology giant Dell EMC following the September ...

HPE-SGI to Tackle Exascale and Enterprise Targets

November 22nd, 2016 (1)
At first blush, and maybe second blush too, Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s (HPE) purchase of SGI seems like an unambiguous win-win. SGI’s advanced shared memory technology, its popular UV product line (HANA), deep vertical market expertise, and services-led go-to-market capability ...

IBM Eyes Enterprise Workloads With PowerAI

November 14th, 2016 (0)
Last year at SC15, IBM offered its vision of an accelerator-assisted computing paradigm enabled by the OpenPOWER ecosystem of diverse partners and focused on cognitive computing as the key application driver. Since then, Big Blue has been busily productizing ...

IBM Unveils Power8 Linux Servers

September 8th, 2016 (0)
Not long after revealing more details about its next-gen Power9 chip due in 2017, IBM has rolled out three new Power8-based Linux servers and a new version of its Power8 chip featuring on-chip NVLink interconnect. One of the servers ...

A Call for National Action: HPC ‘At the Frontier of Competition’

April 29th, 2016 (0)
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a Washington D.C. think tank with close ties to the Office of Science and Technology Policy and government broadly, today released an expansive report – The Vital Importance of High- Performance Computing ...