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Arm Launches ML Processors for Edge Devices

Arm Launches ML Processors for Edge Devices

Arm Ltd., the U.K. chip intellectual property vendor, is rolling out a machine learning platform designed to ...

AI Cloud Competition Heats Up: Google’s Cloud TPUs, Amazon’s AI Chip

AI Cloud Competition Heats Up: Google’s Cloud TPUs, Amazon’s AI Chip

Competition in the white hot AI (and public cloud) market pits Google against Amazon this week, with ...

Intel Debuts Xeon SoC for Edge Applications, Addresses ‘Spectre’ and ‘Meltdown’ Fears

Intel Debuts Xeon SoC for Edge Applications, Addresses ‘Spectre’...

Intel has addressed the drive for increasingly powerful processing at the edge of systems and networks with ...

Startup Brings HPC Containers to the Enterprise

Startup Brings HPC Containers to the Enterprise

The driving force behind Singularity, the popular HPC container technology, is bringing the open source platform to ...

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February 12, 2018(0)
Competition in the white hot AI (and public cloud) market pits Google against Amazon this week, with Google offering AI hardware  on its cloud platform intended to make it easier, faster and cheaper to train and run machine learning/deep learning systems, while Amazon is reportedly developing its own AI chip portfolio. It’s the latest in a series of processor-related ... Full article
February 9, 2018(0)
Intel has addressed the drive for increasingly powerful processing at the edge of systems and networks with the launch this week of the Xeon D-2100 SoC, designed to support workloads that require more compute, analytics and data protection closer to endpoint devices. The announcement follows last month’s revelations of “Spectre” and “Meltdown” security vulnerabilities that could force CPUs to ... 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 7, 2018(0)
Global spending on semiconductors jumped a hefty 17 percent in 2017, driven by demand and corresponding price hikes for memory in datacenters and early industrial deployments of the Internet of Things. While memory prices and demand are expected to stabilize this year, a new round of AI and IoT deployments could fuel continuing growth in chip consumption, market watchers ... Full article
February 6, 2018(0)
AMD notched another EPYC processor win today with Dell EMC’s introduction of three PowerEdge servers (R6415, R7415, and R7425) based on the EPYC 7000-series processor. AMD’s new chip line has been steadily gaining traction among systems builders and cloud providers. The new Dell servers are being positioned as, “highly scalable, single- and dual-socket servers designed to address high-performance workloads, ... Full article
February 5, 2018(0)
The “leadership journey” of Renée James, who held the highest rank of any woman in the history of Intel Corp., has emerged as CEO of a well-heeled, venture-backed company developing ARM-based chips, based on technology from Applied Micro Circuits, that will compete with Intel and others for a portion of the server chip market. James’s new company, Ampere, located ... 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)
The billowing compute and data demands that spurred the oil and gas industry to be the largest commercial users of high-performance computing are now propelling the competitive sector to deploy the latest AI technologies. Beyond the requirement for accurate and speedy seismic and reservoir simulation, oil and gas operations face torrents of sensor, geolocation, weather, drilling and seismic data. Just ... Full article
February 1, 2018(0)
Society is at an interesting inflection point as the combination of big data, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT) come together in what some are hailing as the fourth industrial revolution (4IR). The world is on the cusp of having the power to transform itself by leveraging this wealth of data and compute resources by adapting to ... Full article
February 1, 2018(0)
IBM today announced availability of Nvidia V100 GPUs in the IBM Cloud. The move keeps pace with Amazon and Microsoft Azure which also offer V100s and is more evidence of the effort by major cloud providers to rapidly beef up their AI and HPC capabilities. In making the announcement, IBM was quick to note it was “first to offer ... 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 29, 2018(0)
Since 2014, internal and external cyber-attacks have accelerated and there is evidence that these assailants are penetrating traditional defenses at an increasing rate. Today’s security technologies seek primarily to defend a perimeter, but both firewalls and end-point security cannot defend a perimeter with 100 percent certainty. Additionally, heuristics and logging tools may find an attacker within the network, but ... Full article
January 26, 2018(0)
Reverberations from Dell’s acquisition of EMC in October 2015 – at $67 billion, the biggest in the history of the technology industry – have extended into 2018 with the news that the company’s core server and storage business units will absorb its Converged Platforms and Solution Division (CPSD), formerly located within Dell EMC’s Infrastructure Solutions Group (ISG), according to ... Full article
January 26, 2018(0)
Early efforts to use blockchain technology for financial transactions are gathering momentum with the launch of a pilot project between a blockchain startup and a Vermont city to use the digital ledger to record real estate deals. Propy Inc., which last fall used a blockchain framework called Ethereum to purchase an apartment in Kiev, Ukraine, said last week it ... Full article
January 26, 2018(0)
AI-phobia, particularly the fear that intelligent machines will destroy jobs, is firmly rooted in a portion of the general public and among some technology leaders and thinkers. But the good news for AI and RPA (robotics process automation) vendors is that business leaders, in the main, are eager to embrace these emerging technologies and anticipate them having multiple positive ... Full article
January 24, 2018(0)
No sooner had one system, used by BP, been declared the most powerful supercomputer in the industrial sphere than it quickly has been displaced. Last Thursday (Jan. 18) it was Italian energy company Eni’s turn to take the lead with the launch of its latest petawhopper. At 18.6 petaflops (peak) the new cluster, HPC4, becomes the world’s most powerful ... Full article
January 23, 2018(0)
Like over-reliance on a single food source (potatoes, Ireland, 1845) or a single energy source (OPEC oil, United States and other industrialized countries, 1973), the rapidly growing global adoption of public cloud services platforms carries with it risk – risk with the potential to cause a least temporary operational havoc for cloud users, their customers and cloud service providers, ... Full article
January 19, 2018(0)
AI is the compelling technology topic of conversation du jour, yet within these conversations confusion often reigns – confusion caused by loose use of AI terminology. The problem is that AI comes in a variety of forms, each one with its own distinct range of capabilities and techniques, and at its own stage of development. Some forms of AI ... Full article
January 18, 2018(0)
 Over the last several years, the focus in the data center has been the massive build-out of new infrastructure or upgrading older facilities with newer technologies. While this has driven significant increases in performance and available bandwidth, it’s also introduced a new problem. Data center operators keep finding themselves in the hot seat when a new protocol or standard ... Full article
January 16, 2018(0)
U.S. military and intelligence agencies continue to look for new ways to use artificial intelligence to sift through huge amounts of video imagery in hopes of freeing analysts to identify threats and otherwise put their skills to better use. The latest AI effort announced last week by the research arm of the U.S. intelligence apparatus focuses on video surveillance ... Full article

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