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Start-up Aims AI at Automated Tuning of Complex Systems

Start-up Aims AI at Automated Tuning of Complex Systems

There was a simpler time when system tuning consisted of adjusting a relatively few number of knobs, ...

IoT Gets a Security Upgrade

IoT Gets a Security Upgrade

Processor specialist Arm is extending its push into the Internet of Things security market with a device ...

Crypto-Miners’ Latest Target: Containers

Crypto-Miners’ Latest Target: Containers

The crypto-currency mining craze has now extended from hijacking supercomputers and public computing resources to include application ...

Blockchain Startups Seek to Speed AI Development

Blockchain Startups Seek to Speed AI Development

Among the approaches to ramping up AI innovation is applying blockchain technology as a new kind of ...

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February 22, 2018(0)
There was a simpler time when system tuning consisted of adjusting a relatively few number of knobs, a manual and not overly demanding task that brought out the best in systems performance. But now, as we move toward accelerated enterprise systems networked from data center to public cloud to mobile and sensored devices at the edge, simplicity in systems ... Full article
February 21, 2018(0)
While the genie may already be out of the bottle, the rapid growth and broad availability of AI and machine learning technology along with a growing list of development tools is prompting critics to highlight future security concerns and the need to consider upfront the potential for malicious use of the technology. A report released this week by researchers ... Full article
February 21, 2018(0)
Processor specialist Arm is extending its push into the Internet of Things security market with a device authentication effort based on the cellular technology mainstay, the SIM card. Meanwhile, a batch of IoT device certification and network gateways also surfaced this week as IoT vendors shift their focus to securing the emerging device network. The U.K. chip intellectual property ... Full article
February 16, 2018(0)
The crypto-currency mining craze has now extended from hijacking supercomputers and public computing resources to include application containers, according to a security vendor. Researchers at Aqua Security said this week they followed up on what was described as widespread accounts of attempted—and sometimes successful—crypto-currency mining attacks on container infrastructure. The reports are emerging as containers enter high-volume production for ... Full article
February 14, 2018(0)
Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate and, for the fortunate among us, enjoy that most intoxicating of human emotions: romantic love. But amid the red roses and candlelit dinners we must also be wary of love’s potential for online treachery. If “love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise,”** it’s also a tool ... Full article
February 9, 2018(0)
Among the approaches to ramping up AI innovation is applying blockchain technology as a new kind of marketplace to help open-source developers find AI building blocks that can be quickly implemented. In turn, the digital ledger technology can be used to compensate code jockeys who built the components. Two blockchain startups announced a partnership this week to create a ... Full article
February 8, 2018(0)
The driving force behind Singularity, the popular HPC container technology, is bringing the open source platform to the enterprise with the launch of a new venture, Sylabs Inc., which emerged this week from stealth mode. Sylabs CEO Gregory Kurtzer, who founded the Singularity project along with other open source efforts, said his startup would bring the horsepower of Singularity ... Full article
February 6, 2018(0)
Graphics-heavy applications based on Linux or Windows can now be accessed remotely via the public cloud with the availability of Teradici Corp.'s cloud connection software on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) marketplace. Based on the Canadian company's PC-over-IP technology, the cloud software gives users of Linux and Windows graphics applications access via the AWS cloud with performance comparable to ... Full article
February 5, 2018(0)
The debate over the benefits and pitfalls of AI is evolving as alarmists and cheerleaders are joined by realists operating on the assumption that machine learning is here stay, workers must be retrained along with other technology investments while access to open data is broadened. In a report on the economic impact of machine learning over the next decade, ... Full article
February 2, 2018(0)
Cisco Systems and Google have been collaborating over the past year to extend the Kubernetes container orchestrator to on-premises production platforms. Cisco's collaboration with Google Cloud was disclosed last fall as the partners sought to extend their hybrid cloud strategies. This week, Cisco unveiled a container platform based on Google-developed Kubernetes that allows users to run applications in-house and ... Full article
February 1, 2018(0)
As container orchestration platforms like Kubernetes make hybrid infrastructure more agile, gradually usurping the role of virtual machines, more tools are emerging from upstream developers of the open source container project. The latest comes from the startup whose founders helped launch Kubernetes. Heptio this week launched a Kubernetes subscription service it alternatively dubs "The Undistribution." Along with hastening the ... Full article
January 30, 2018(0)
Just days after reports surfaced of a major management overhaul at Dell EMC, this week new reports emerged that Dell Technologies – the umbrella organization that encompasses a raft of tech companies either developed or acquired by Dell, including VMware – may be acquired in a “reverse merger” by…. VMware. Neither Dell nor VMware are commenting publicly on a ... Full article
January 19, 2018(0)
The explosion of on-demand applications like ride hailing and movies is said to be fueling the shift to cloud-native and container-based application frameworks that can meet growing performance requirements. With that in mind, stateful container specialist Portworx unveiled an approach this week designed to quickly deploy and scale container workloads. Teaming with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Portworx said Thursday (Jan. ... Full article
January 18, 2018(0)
Apple's announcement this week that it would spend more than $10 billion over the next five years on datacenter construction promises to shake up the public cloud market. Responding to provisions of a U.S. tax overhaul approved in December, Apple announced Wednesday (Jan. 17) it plans capital expenditures totaling more than $30 billion through 2023. It also announced repatriation ... Full article
January 17, 2018(0)
Spending on enterprise software is projected to jump by a healthy 9.5 percent in the coming year as demand is stimulated by software services platforms, according to a new global IT forecast that also predicts heavy investments in AI over the next three years. Gartner predicted this week that overall IT spending will continue to expand in 2018, growing ... Full article
January 13, 2018(0)
For decades, high performance computing has driven more accurate, detailed and faster seismic exploration. As oil and gas have becomes harder to find, HPC has been essential to keeping energy supplies flowing – to the point where new discovery and extraction techniques have driven up supply, driving energy prices down and making the United States a net energy exporter. ... Full article
January 11, 2018(0)
Microservices, the agile architecture on which applications are built as a collection of different smaller services rather than an entire application, are being used to rework existing applications along with new IT initiatives, a vendor survey found. Red Hat, an early proponent of the lightweight approach through its OpenShift and JBoss middleware platforms, polled customers in November 2017 to ... Full article
January 10, 2018(0)
Securing critical data while simultaneously making it more accessible is the challenge for enterprise IT departments, a new vendor survey finds. In a report released Wednesday (Jan. 10), big data integration specialist Syncsort said it examined what data protection and IT strategies companies are deploying to counter hackers, data breaches, service disruptions linked to natural disasters along with "escalating ... Full article
January 9, 2018(0)
Technology innovators intensified efforts over the last year to secure intellectual property rights on transformative technologies ranging from AI to blockchain platforms. While IBM maintained its overwhelming lead in U.S. patent awards, Chinese manufacturers continue to make steady progress gaining control of IP while the growth rate for patent awards in machine learning soared. An annual patent survey released ... Full article
January 5, 2018(0)
We all know where we are and where we’re headed. We’re early into the AI Era, and it has an end-game aura about it. Not in an apocalyptic, “end-of-days” way, but in the sense that AI (broadly defined) is the natural culmination of everything we’ve always wanted computers to do: analyze massive data volumes in virtual real-time producing richer, ... Full article

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