Inside Advanced Scale Challenges|Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Nvidia Releases a Batch of Open Source Tools for AI

Nvidia Releases a Batch of Open Source Tools for AI

Graphics processors increasingly used as hardware accelerators for deep learning applications are also being deployed with the ...

Penguin Computing in $85M Acquisition Deal

Penguin Computing in $85M Acquisition Deal

If another indication were needed of the explosive growth in cloud services, AI-based workloads and Linux in ...

Startup Expands Deep Learning CPU Development

Startup Expands Deep Learning CPU Development

An Israeli chip startup developing a new processor architecture for embedded AI applications has lined up another ...

Exascale for the Rest of Us: exaFLOPS Systems Capable for Industry

Exascale for the Rest of Us: exaFLOPS Systems Capable for Industry

Enterprise advanced scale computing – or HPC in the enterprise – is an entity unto itself, situated ...

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June 19, 2018(0)
Graphics processors increasingly used as hardware accelerators for deep learning applications are also being deployed with the Kubernetes cluster orchestrator as another way to accelerate the scaling of training and inference for deep learning models. The two-front approach includes Nvidia’s (NASDAQ: NVDA) release to developers this week of a Kubernetes on GPU capability aimed at enterprises training models on multi-cloud ... Full article
June 18, 2018(0)
Unlike most data center operators who oversee racks of moderate density with relatively low average server utilization, the Enterprise Tech operator has to satisfy the added demand for very high compute HPC-like throughputs. This entry of HPC-like loads into the traditional enterprise is being driven in a large part by the evolution of hyperscale and cloud businesses requiring AI, ... Full article
June 11, 2018(0)
If another indication were needed of the explosive growth in cloud services, AI-based workloads and Linux in the enterprise - along with their attractiveness to investors - it’s the acquisition of fast-growth Penguin Computing, announced today by Smart Global Holdings for $85 million. Penguin, the 20-year-old advanced scale hardware solutions provider, develops open, Linux-based cloud and HPC solutions ranging ... Full article
June 5, 2018(0)
An Israeli chip startup developing a new processor architecture for embedded AI applications has lined up another group of investors as it seeks to add intelligence to embedded devices at the network edge. Tel Aviv-based Hailo announced this week it raised $12 million in a Series A funding round that included Ourcrowd.com, Maniv Mobility, NextGear Ventures and angel investors. ... Full article
May 31, 2018(0)
Enterprise advanced scale computing – or HPC in the enterprise – is an entity unto itself, situated between (and with characteristics of) conventional enterprise IT, on one side, and traditional HPC at supercomputing centers, on the other. When these three groups rub against each other, conflict is natural – conflict in outlook, requirements, aspirations and methods. Such is the ... Full article
May 30, 2018(0)
Nvidia’s latest cloud server platform is intended as a “building block,” in the reference design sense, to support AI training and inference along with HPC workloads such as simulations. The GPU vendor (NASDAQ: NVDA) introduced its latest server platform dubbed HGX-2 on Wednesday (May 30) during a company roadshow in Taipei, Taiwan. Nvidia said the cloud server can be ... Full article
May 25, 2018(0)
The accelerating deployment of AI is prompting closer scrutiny of the underlying algorithms many observers fear could embed bias or worse as into a growing number of everyday applications. Concerns about the rise of automation via the “Algorithmic Economy” prompted a Washington-based technology think tank to initiate further discussion of the need to hold the users rather than the ... Full article
May 24, 2018(0)
Amid the angst over preparations—or lack thereof—for new European Union data protections entering into force at week’s end is the equally worrisome issue of the rules’ impact on scientific research. Among the concerns for the research community as the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect is the issue of consent. As stakeholders such as the editors of ... Full article
May 22, 2018(0)
Ever since Intel’s acquisition of FPGA specialist Altera in 2015 for $16.7 billion, it’s been widely acknowledged that some day, Intel would release a processor that integrates its mainstream Xeon CPU server chip with lightning-fast FPGAs. That day has arrived. Available now for “select” customers, Intel’s Xeon Scalable 6138P processor with integrated Intel Arria 10 GX 1150 FPGAs marks ... Full article
May 18, 2018(0)
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
May 18, 2018(0)
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
May 16, 2018(0)
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
May 15, 2018(0)
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
May 14, 2018(0)
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
May 11, 2018(0)
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
May 10, 2018(0)
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
May 9, 2018(0)
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
May 9, 2018(0)
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
May 8, 2018(0)
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
May 2, 2018(0)
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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