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Xilinx Moves FPGAs Deeper into Datacenters

Xilinx Moves FPGAs Deeper into Datacenters

Three Chinese infrastructure vendors are embracing FPGA technology as a way of accelerating datacenter workloads. FPGA specialist ...

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 ...

Nvidia Platform Pushes GPUs into Machine Learning, High Performance Data Analytics

Nvidia Platform Pushes GPUs into Machine Learning, High Performance Data An...

GPU leader Nvidia, generally associated with deep learning, autonomous vehicles and other higher-end AI-related workloads (and gaming, ...

DDN, Nvidia Blueprint Unified AI Appliance with DGX-1s

DDN, Nvidia Blueprint Unified AI Appliance with DGX-1s

Continuing the roll-out of the A3I (Accelerated, Any-Scale AI) storage strategy kicked off in June, DDN today ...

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October 19, 2018(0)
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
October 17, 2018(0)
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
October 16, 2018(0)
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
October 11, 2018(0)
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
October 10, 2018(0)
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
October 3, 2018(0)
Xilinx, the outspoken champion of FPGA technology, is having an active Open Compute Project Summit this week in Amsterdam. The company has drawn battle lines with that other major force for accelerated server throughput, the GPU, announcing that Xilinx’s new line of Alveo FPGA accelerator cards deliver four times the performance for sub-two-millisecond low-latency applications versus high-end GPUs – ... Full article
October 2, 2018(0)
Inspur, the no. 3 server vendor in the world (Gartner) is taking aim at the biggest, shiniest golden ring in the entire data center server marketplace: hyperscale and AI infrastructure for tier one social media and cloud services providers – companies whose server purchasing decisions move markets and mountains of money. The China-based company, which already has a server ... Full article
September 27, 2018(0)
Riding healthy U.S. and global economies, strong demand for AI-capable hardware and other tailwind trends, the high performance computing server market jumped 28 percent in the second quarter to $3.7 billion, up from $2.9 billion in Q2 2017, according to industry analyst firm Hyperion Research. On a sequential basis, second quarter HPC server revenue grew 16.7 percent over the ... Full article
September 27, 2018(0)
You’ve heard this one before: HPC has the potential to transcend science and engineering to transform commercial applications in the enterprise. Won’t it be grand when HPC is no longer the exclusive domain of national labs and ivory tower research? I’ve followed this trend throughout my career as an HPC analyst. In fact, I followed it before that. In ... Full article
September 26, 2018(0)
AMD is zeroing in on datacenter overhauls as a means of chipping away at rival Intel Corp.’s x86 dominance of the enterprise IT infrastructure market. Some market analysts are bullish about the prospects for AMD’s aggressive push into a datacenter market long dominated by Intel, a strategy that hinges on the challenger’s EPYC processor family. One analyst firm quoted ... Full article
September 14, 2018(0)
Two industry heavies, NetApp and Lenovo, yesterday launched a strategic partnership in which the companies are co-developing what will be Lenovo-branded storage products combining NetApp’s all-flash data management solutions with Lenovo’s ThinkSystem hardware infrastructure. The two companies’ technologies combined are designed to modernize latency- and performance-sensitive IT infrastructures increasingly called upon to support broadly distributed workloads from cloud, to ... Full article
September 13, 2018(0)
Nvidia is bringing AI inference to the datacenter with a new platform consisting of an inference accelerator chip--the new Turing-based T4 GPU--and a refresh of its inference server software packaged as a container-based microservice. The GPU leader also this week announced a new robotics effort centered around an AI platform for autonomous machines along with rollout of a new ... Full article
September 5, 2018(0)
Growing demand for distributed applications delivered by micro- and other agile services are fueling the shift to composable and disaggregated infrastructure as enterprises look for new ways to provision and manage on-premise and cloud infrastructure. A new forecast by market tracker IDC predicts a surge of disaggregate hardware and composable software as digital transformation efforts accelerate. (Composable/disaggregated infrastructure, or ... Full article
August 28, 2018(0)
Hyperscale datacenter operators continue to strive for energy efficiency as most struggle to keep pace with more demanding workloads. Progress is being reported on at least one front: Facebook said this week it has met its renewable energy goals for datacenters a year ahead of schedule. The embattled social media giant (NASDAQ: FB) said it surpassed its 50-percent renewable ... Full article
August 27, 2018(0)
VMware said it will acquire CloudHealth Technologies, a provider of tools for managing cloud costs and resources. Separately, VMware announced during a company event this week in Las Vegas it will collaborate with Amazon Web Services on a relational database service. VMware said Monday (Aug. 27) the CloudHealth acquisition would help expand its efforts to boost management and performance ... Full article
August 21, 2018(0)
Pure Storage has boosted its ability to manage big data migrating to the cloud with the acquisition of privately-held StorReduce. Terms of the acquisition, which closed earlier this month, were not disclosed. StorReduce, Sunnyvale, Calif., was founded in 2014. The software-defined storage specialist focuses on storage applications designed to help users migrate on-premises backups of big data to the ... Full article
August 21, 2018(0)
 Dell EMC today launched a new high-performance server line, the PowerEdge MX, that the company said sits squarely in the middle of traditional and next-generation AI-oriented workloads, supporting both with a composable infrastructure that simplifies adoption of data- and compute-intensive technologies (read: GPUs and FPGAs) as they become available. The no-mid-plane design of the PowerEdge MX is built for ... Full article
August 21, 2018(0)
As application containers handle more production workloads and the de facto standard orchestration tool Kubernetes is used to scale those deployments, more cloud-native applications can be “built once and run anywhere.” To achieve that goal, say infrastructure vendors, enterprises require managed container services for handling production workloads running on private and public cloud platforms. The idea is to give ... Full article
August 17, 2018(0)
In the choppy seas of public and investor opinion on which Intel currently sails, blustery and changeable winds are both besetting or boosting the company – though, to be sure, the bulk of them are headwinds. An article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal declared that AMD is “set to crack Intel’s lock on data centers” and “poised to take ... Full article
August 17, 2018(0)
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang this week unveiled Turing, the company’s next-gen GPU platform that introduces new RT Cores to accelerate ray tracing and new Tensor Cores for AI inferencing. Announced at the SIGGRAPH graphics conference in Vancouver, Nvidia considers Turing “the greatest leap since the invention of the CUDA GPU in 2006,” noting “Turing fuses real-time ray tracing, AI, ... Full article

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