Inside Advanced Scale Challenges|Monday, May 21, 2018
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Rehydrating the Data Center – A New Spin on Water Cooling

Rehydrating the Data Center – A New Spin on Water Cooling

Much as race cars are to the automobile industry, high performance computing (HPC) has long been the ...

Intel Extends Support for IoT Vision Edge Apps

Intel Extends Support for IoT Vision Edge Apps

In the IoT era unfolding before us, the next frontier is vision applications, applying ML and DL ...

The Good, Bad & Ugly Public Clouds: Plenty of Each

The Good, Bad & Ugly Public Clouds: Plenty of Each

Anything as immense, impactful and powerful as public cloud computing is bound to be variegated, encompassing the ...

IoT, Blockchain Merge in USB Device

IoT, Blockchain Merge in USB Device

Just when you figured out blockchain technology, another layer of abstraction and utility is being added: a ...

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Accelerating AI Workloads with Low Latency File Access

Similar to the wide-spread adoption of high-performance computing (HPC) across industries, the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is also becoming more prevalent in businesses today. By incorporating AI into their operations, businesses are using the technology to accelerate digital transformation, make real-time financial decisions, speed the time to results, and even optimize cost structures. In fact, a 2017 survey of global CIOs found that 90 percent of CIOs championing AI in their organizations today expect improved decision support that drives greater topline revenue growth.

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Much as race cars are to the automobile industry, high performance computing (HPC) has long been the proving ground for technologies that later end up in mainstream computing. Indeed, today’s cloud systems and hyperscale implementations owe a considerable tip of the cap to HPC pioneers who drove the development of vanity free hardware, load balancing file systems and open ... Full article
In the IoT era unfolding before us, the next frontier is vision applications, applying ML and DL techniques for real-time/near-time analytics of video data from cameras at the edge.  It’s a way to monitor reality, with use cases across industrial sectors as far as the eye can see: in manufacturing (finding product defects on assembly lines), retail (inventory oversight, ... Full article
Among the critical elements required to support expanding Internet of Things deployments are wider wireless pipes that consume less power. That’s the promise of IoT networks supported by emerging fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless network rollouts that go well beyond mobile phones to support networks of connected devices. As wireless carriers jockey for position—including a proposed merger between T-Mobile and ... Full article
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The Defense Department is sticking to its guns on a plan to award a single, huge contract for cloud computing that would support U.S. military operations. In a report to Congress justifying the single-source contract award, the Pentagon’s chief management officer argued that selecting one cloud vendor would help expedite the rollout of the enterprise-wide cloud initiative called Joint Enterprise ... Full article
Google continues to roll out new cloud features as it seeks to differentiate its platform from rivals with new tools and redundancy designed to boost application availability. Separately, Google also announced beta availability of new Google Compute Engine virtual machine instances with increased memory and greater computing resources. The public cloud competitor (NASDAQ: GOOGL) unveiled a new feature this ... Full article
Hewlett Packard Enterprise is broadening its software-defined infrastructure offerings with its acquisition of hyperconverged networking specialist Plexxi. Concurrently, Plexxi released a new version of its networking tool for software-defined datacenters designed to boost server and storage utilization. HPE did not disclose terms of its deal for Plexxi but did say Tuesday (May 15) it expects to close the acquisition ... Full article
Anything as immense, impactful and powerful as public cloud computing is bound to be variegated, encompassing the good, the bad and the ugly. As AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud and the other platforms gain more market adoption – usually in tandem with an on-prem data center – the benefits and landmines of cloud computing for compute- and data-intensive ... Full article
Just when you figured out blockchain technology, another layer of abstraction and utility is being added: a plug-and-play hardware connection that allows Internet of Things devices to handle blockchain transactions. Filament, a developer of blockchain hardware and software for enterprises and the industrial IoT, rolled out a USB device this week designed to enable existing devices equipped with a ... Full article
Amid calls for a U.S. strategy for promoting AI development, the Trump administration is forming a senior-level panel to help coordinate government and industry research efforts. The Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence was announced Thursday (May 10) during a White House summit organized by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). “We cannot be passive,” said Michael Kratsios, ... Full article
IBM made several announcements today designed to help customers get more out of their existing storage infrastructure, including IBM Storwize and FlashSystem arrays, the SAN Volume Controller (SVC) software-defined storage product, and even non-IBM arrays from Dell EMC and HPE that IBM storage software manages through its VersaStack program. Let’s start with data de-duplication. For years IBM has offered de-dupe in its high-end FlashSystem ... Full article
Intel Corp.’s venture capital arm unveiled a dozen new investments in startups this week spanning AI, cloud, Internet of Things and semiconductor technologies. Intel Capital announced the new investments totaling $72 million Tuesday (May 8) during a company summit. The chip maker said the new investments bring its total for 2018 to more than $115 million. Intel Capital also ... Full article
At Tabor Communications' annual Advanced Scale Forum (ASF) held this week in Austin, the focus was on enterprise adoption of HPC-class technologies and high performance data analytics (HPDA). It’s a confab that brings together end users (CIOs, IT planners, department heads) and vendors and encourages group discussion and debate to go along with presentations and panel discussions. As it ... Full article
At the risk of sounding like Captain Obvious, AI is one of tech’s hottest buzzwords these days. The hype is impossible to escape. Of course, some trends become the focus of intense attention legitimately, because they really are once-in-a-generation game changers. And AI is one of them. In its B2B applications, AI offers staggering promise of deeper, real-time insights, ... Full article
ARM Holding’s efforts to break Intel Corp.’s grip on the server chip market and dominance in the datacenter has apparently taken another hit with a report that Qualcomm Inc. is dropping its effort to offer processors for datacenter servers based on an ARM design. Qualcomm, which recently fended off a takeover bid by Broadcom Inc. (NASDAQ: AVGO) after the ... Full article
Intel and Microsoft are again joining forces, this time to accelerate Azure Cloud machine learning tools, including AI inferencing models, based on Intel’s FPGAs. Microsoft also this week announced the integration of its Project Brainwave, a hardware architecture designed to accelerate real-time AI calculations, with its Azure machine learning platform. Microsoft unveiled Azure machine learning models during a company ... Full article
Demand for capabilities like machine learning and distributed databases are attracting investors looking to cash in on the shift to micro- and other exascale services running on hybrid cloud infrastructure. Mesosphere, the five-year-old datacenter pioneer built upon the Apache Mesos cluster manager, provided more evidence this week that its datacenter operating system approach is maturing, announcing a $125 million ... Full article
While vendors jockey for position to win a massive commercial cloud contract with the Defense Department, uptake on an existing military cloud platform is building. Pentagon agencies are shifting operations to MilCloud 2.0 at a faster than expected pace, John Hale, chief of enterprise applications at the Defense Information Systems Agency, told a recent industry conference. DISA awarded a ... Full article
The most powerful supercomputer in commercial use, multinational energy company Eni’s Nvidia GPU-powered HPC4, simulates 15 year’s worth of oil reservoir production in an astounding average of 28 minutes, according to an announcement from Eni. The Milan-based company uses Stone Ridge Technology’s Echelon, a high-performance petroleum reservoir simulation software on HPC4, which has 3,200 Nvidia Tesla GPUs. The 18.6 ... Full article
As application containers enter the mainstream, a new set of production security issues is emerging. That has prompted early container orchestration and cloud vendors to establish frameworks to help manage security alerts when containers are compromised. Among them is Google, which rolled out new cloud security functions this week along with a roster of container security vendors that have ... Full article
At its annual Dell Technologies World conference in Las Vegas this week, the company launched new PowerEdge four-socket servers featuring FPGA support along with AI and IoT partnerships with Intel and Microsoft. Dell EMC’s new PowerEdge R940xa and PowerEdge R840 (both available May 22) offer up to 112 Intel Xeon Scalable processor cores and up to 6TB of memory ... Full article
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Much as race cars are to the automobile industry, high performance computing (HPC) has long been the proving ground for technologies that later end ...
Processor specialist Arm is extending its push into the Internet of Things security market with a device authentication effort based on the cellular technology ...
SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 21, 2018 -- Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMCI), a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing, today ...
While the genie may already be out of the bottle, the rapid growth and broad availability of AI and machine learning technology along with ...
SUNNYVALE, Calif. & YOKNEAM, Israel, Feb. 22, 2018 -- Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for ...