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Microsoft Bolsters Azure With Cloud HPC Deal

Microsoft Bolsters Azure With Cloud HPC Deal

Microsoft has acquired cloud computing software vendor Cycle Computing in a move designed to bring orchestration tools ...

‘IoT for Puppies’ and AI Help Identify Guide Dog Trainees with the Right Stuff

‘IoT for Puppies’ and AI Help Identify Guide Dog Trainees with the Righ...

The bond between dogs and people extends back before our pre-history and couldn’t be more natural. Artificial ...

Huawei, MapD Join Forces on GPU-Based Servers

Huawei, MapD Join Forces on GPU-Based Servers

Data analytics and visualization specialist MapD Technologies has inked a deal with Huawei, the multinational networking and ...

Intel Moves on Blockchain, Self-Driving Cars

Intel Moves on Blockchain, Self-Driving Cars

Chip giant Intel Corp. continues to diversify beyond its x86 roots into emerging markets ranging from autonomous ...

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August 15, 2017(0)
Microsoft has acquired cloud computing software vendor Cycle Computing in a move designed to bring orchestration tools along with high-end computing access capabilities to the cloud. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. According to the web site Crunchbase, a Microsoft investment arm previously provided Cycle Computing with "non-equity assistance." Microsoft said Tuesday (Aug. 15) the deal would advance ... Full article
August 12, 2017(0)
The bond between dogs and people extends back before our pre-history and couldn’t be more natural. Artificial intelligence and IoT-generated machine data are now extending into a revered form of this bond – the relationship of the visually impaired and their service dogs. Looked at one way, guide eye dogs have providing augmented reality to blind people for a ... Full article
August 11, 2017(0)
Data analytics and visualization specialist MapD Technologies has inked a deal with Huawei, the multinational networking and telecommunications giant, to juice the Chinese vendor's server hardware with scalable GPU-supported analytics. The partners announced an agreement this week intended to improve compatibility between Huawei's latest FusionServer and MapD database and visualization platforms. Huawei (SHE: 002502) announced earlier this summer it ... Full article
August 9, 2017(0)
Among the first sectors likely to cash in on the Internet of Things is industrial, which has been in the vanguard of networking the factory floor to achieve efficiencies while collecting and leveraging all the data generated by connected devices and machines. A new study on how to make money on the industrial IoT finds that manufacturers are pursuing ... Full article
August 8, 2017(0)
IBM announced today an enhancement to its PowerAI software platform aimed at scaling AI models on today’s fastest GPUs. Scaling to 256 GPUs with its new distributed deep learning (DDL) library, IBM reported it has bested previous scaling records set by Google and Facebook on two well-known image recognition workloads. “This is one of the bigger breakthroughs I have ... Full article
August 7, 2017(0)
Responding to a rash of malware attacks on early and vulnerable Internet of Things devices, lawmakers have stepped forward with a proposal to improve weak IoT cyber-security. While attempts at legislating technical specs don't always pan out, four U.S. senators are nevertheless proposing legislation that would attempt to shore up standards for IoT, starting with devices used by government ... Full article
August 3, 2017(0)
Stock prices of airline companies – starting with Southwest and Hawaiian airlines – that have embraced AI look like the flight path of a plane just after take-off: steady ascent. In fact, a growing divide is emerging between airlines that have, and have not, applied predictive analytics and learning algorithms to ticketing, maintenance, scheduling, pricing and other operations, one ... Full article
August 3, 2017(0)
The hardheaded folks who advise investors on what technologies show promise and which are mostly smoke and mirrors are beginning to weigh in on much-hyped approaches such as machine learning. While venture capital keeps flowing into machine learning startups, some technology consultants note that the investment craze around AI is slowing as deployments come up against market realities such ... Full article
August 2, 2017(0)
The low-code approach to enterprise software development is gathering momentum as companies leverage the platforms for cloud and other digital initiatives along with process automation, according to an industry report. Forrester Consulting forecasts in a survey commissioned by low-code specialist Appian that the market segment will soar to $10 billion in revenue by 2019. Among the reasons for expected ... Full article
July 31, 2017(0)
Blockchain technology is making inroads in the enterprise, especially among banks and financial services firms handling heavy transaction volumes that require the back-and-forth of much transmitted payment information. While nearly six in 10 companies responding to a recent survey said they are either deploying or testing blockchain platforms, roadblocks such as interoperability and general disruption of traditional business practices ... Full article
July 28, 2017(0)
Since almost all NoSQL databases have built-in high availability, it is easy to change hardware configuration which involves shutting down, replacing, or adding a server to a cluster while maintaining the continuous operations. Seamless, online scalability is one of the key attributes of NoSQL systems which are sharded, shared nothing databases. Users can start with a small cluster and ... Full article
July 27, 2017(0)
The future of AI – heck, the future of human civilization – is the hot tech industry topic this week, not only for the topic itself but for who’s talking about it, namely the world’s fifth and 80th richest people: Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk, respectively. The two tech giants stand astride the dividing line between those who look ... Full article
July 25, 2017(0)
Microsoft said this week it is developing a new version of an AI-based coprocessor for implementing "deep" neural networks expected to be incorporated into augmented reality goggles. The second version of the HoloLens holographic processing unit (HPU) crunches information gathered by sensors, including Microsoft's head-tracking cameras and inertial measurement units, the electronic devices such as accelerometers and gyroscopes that ... Full article
July 24, 2017(0)
The U.S. military long ago ceded dominance in electronics innovation to Silicon Valley, the DoD-backed powerhouse that has driven microelectronic generation for decades. With Moore's Law clearly running out of steam, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is attempting to reinvigorate and leverage a vibrant domestic chip sector with a $200 million initiative designed among other things to ... Full article
July 21, 2017(0)
A second $30 million funding round for U.K. AI chip developer Graphcore sets up the company to go to market with its “intelligent processing unit” (IPU) in 2017 with scale-up production for enterprise datacenters and cloud environments planned in 2018. The company emerged from stealth mode in the fall of 2016 with $30 million in series A funding. Total ... Full article
July 20, 2017(0)
Intel has begun rolling out AI hardware previewed last fall with the release of its Movidius Neural Compute Stick, billed as a self-contained AI accelerator in a USB format that requires no network connection. The chipmaker said Thursday (July 20) the device is intended to make deep learning applications more accessible to AI researchers and product developers to they ... Full article
July 16, 2017(0)
This publication examines the migration of HPC technologies from the specialized realms of supercomputing to business-ready solutions for compute- and data-intensive business problems. As such, quantum computing isn’t covered frequently – it resides in the nether regions of theoretical possibility, if not in incubation then in infancy. But quantum computing compels our interest as the mother of all potential ... Full article
July 13, 2017(0)
With yesterday’s New York unveiling of the new “Skylake” Xeon Scalable processors, Intel made multiple runs at multiple competitive threats and strategic markets. Skylake will carry Intel's flag in the fight for leadership in the emerging advanced data center encompassing highly demanding network workloads, cloud computing, real time analytics, virtualized infrastructures, high-performance computing and artificial intelligence. Most interesting, Skylake ... Full article
July 12, 2017(0)
Digital transformation is having a profound impact on our society. According to IDC, the economic value of digital transformation is already more than 20 percent of global GDP. And while we’ll certainly feel the impact of changes to many aspects of our daily lives as technology progresses, the transformation of healthcare will be particularly impactful. One of the last ... Full article
July 10, 2017(0)
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been with us for well over half a century, but confusion still exists regarding what it is and where it is best applied. This is especially true for the latest AI incarnation: “deep learning.” Overall, AI is a group of different technologies created to automate tasks that are typically accomplished by humans. The first types ... Full article

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