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Why Your Digital Transformation Initiative Will Fail

Why Your Digital Transformation Initiative Will Fail

There’s lots of talk about “Digital Transformation” as if it were something new, as if the concept ...

Heptio Looks to Reduce Container Complexity

Heptio Looks to Reduce Container Complexity

Startup Heptio announced its latest funding round this week as it seeks to drive application container orchestration ...

AWS Embraces AMD For Faster Graphics

AWS Embraces AMD For Faster Graphics

Last week Amazon Web Services (AWS) streaming service, AppStream 2.0, introduced a new GPU instance called Graphics ...

In Bid for Major Carriers and Service Providers, Dell EMC Rack Scale Infrastructure Offers ‘Hyperscale Principles’

In Bid for Major Carriers and Service Providers, Dell EMC Rack Scale Infras...

Calling it “hyperscale inspired,” Dell EMC today announced a rack scale infrastructure – including compute, storage, networking, ...

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September 19, 2017(0)
In an overt attempt to overtake – or at least enter the arena with – the Big Three public cloud services providers, Oracle today unveiled new public cloud offerings that it says will transform how cloud services are bought and consumed. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison’s splashy webinar announcement today is straight out of the Business 101 Playbook: when you’re ... Full article
September 18, 2017(0)
There’s lots of talk about “Digital Transformation” as if it were something new, as if the concept were in its infancy. But in truth, digital transformation has been around for a while, and it’s acting less like a newborn than an awkward teenager with growing pains, giving its parents plenty of trouble. The result: many digital transformation initiatives are ... Full article
September 15, 2017(0)
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign together with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) have launched the United States’s first computational node aimed at the development of nanomanufacturing simulation tools. NanoMFG Node, as the five-year project is called, began on September 1, 2017, funded by a $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). As described in ... Full article
September 13, 2017(0)
Startup Heptio announced its latest funding round this week as it seeks to drive application container orchestration deeper into enterprise IT infrastructure by making the technology more accessible to frontline systems engineers. The Seattle-based startup launched last year by ex-Google engineers and Kubernetes project founders Joe Beda and Craig McLuckie announced Wednesday (Sept. 13) the closing of a $25 ... Full article
September 12, 2017(0)
Last week Amazon Web Services (AWS) streaming service, AppStream 2.0, introduced a new GPU instance called Graphics Design intended to accelerate graphics. The new instance is based on AMD’s FirePro S7150x2 Server GPUs equipped with AMD Multiuser GPU technology. The AWS move is a win for AMD which has been on a roll of late with the launch of ... Full article
September 12, 2017(0)
Calling it “hyperscale inspired,” Dell EMC today announced a rack scale infrastructure – including compute, storage, networking, power, cooling and open management – aimed at major carriers and service providers, mammoth companies whose IT requirements rank just below those of the major public cloud and web-scale companies (i.e., FANG*). The company said the offering, called DSS 9000 and scalable ... Full article
September 7, 2017(0)
A company backed by GE’s venture capital arm is using NVidia GPUs, deep learning frameworks, and drones to automate the inspection of physical assets in the oil and gas, electrical distribution, and transportation industries. Avitas Systems, owned by GE Ventures, today unveiled a business plan centered on saving industrial firms millions of dollars annually by improving how they inspect ... Full article
September 7, 2017(0)
Investment continues to flow into artificial intelligence research, especially in key areas such as AI algorithms that promise to move the technology from specialized tasks to broader applications that leverage big data and exploit machine and "continuous" learning capabilities. With those and other goals in mind—including the societal implications of AI—IBM and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced an ... Full article
September 6, 2017(0)
The Center for Clinical Data Science (CCDS), Boston, is at the confluence of major technology trends driving the healthcare industry: AI-based diagnostics of large volumes of medical images, shared among multiple medical institutions, utilizing GPU-based neural networks. Founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and later joined by Brigham & Women’s Hospital, CCDS today announced it has received what it calls ... Full article
September 6, 2017(0)
Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) have a reputation for being difficult to program, requiring expertise in specialty languages, like Verilog or VHDL. Easing the programming burden is key to unlocking broader adoption for FPGAs and it’s a prime goal of FPGA vendors, like Intel. Yesterday Intel, which purchased FPGA company Altera in 2015, announced a new set of software ... Full article
September 5, 2017(0)
 IBM Research is pairing its Jupyter-based Data Science Experience notebook environment with its cloud-based quantum computer, IBM Q, in hopes of encouraging a new class of entrepreneurial user to solve intractable problems that even exceed the capabilities of the best AI systems. Big Blue has been providing scientists, researchers, and developers with free access to IBM Q processors for ... Full article
September 1, 2017(0)
AI alarmism took on a geopolitical cast today as Russian President Vladimir Putin asserted that whoever is first to build breakthrough artificial intelligence technology will have world domination. According to a story published by the Associated Press, Putin spoke before a meeting with students in Moscow today and warned that "the one who becomes the leader in this sphere ... Full article
August 29, 2017(0)
Intel today introduced the Movidius Myriad X Vision Processing Unit (VPU) which Intel is calling the first vision processing system-on-a-chip (SoC) with a dedicated neural compute engine to accelerate deep neural network inferencing at the network edge. You may recall Intel acquired Movidius roughly a year ago for its visualization processing expertise. Introduction of the SoC closely follows release ... Full article
August 28, 2017(0)
The booming GPU market propelled by new implementations ranging from "GPU clouds" for deep learning to HPC applications is getting an additional lift from growing demand for "add-in" graphics boards used in servers and, more recently, "mining" Ethereum virtual currency. Among other things, Ethereum is designed to make it easier to create blockchain applications. Mining, which involves participating in ... Full article
August 25, 2017(0)
While hardware and cloud environments have made it easier for companies to advance their IoT infrastructures, this has also brought to the forefront a glaring, remaining challenge: connectivity. A survey conducted by IoT vendor Plat.One (acquired last September by SAP) found that, along with protocols, connectivity remains the leading impediment to deploying IoT networks. According to Gartner analyst Ganesh ... Full article
August 23, 2017(0)
What’s the best way for HPC centers in the public sphere to engage with private industry partners to boost the competitiveness of the companies and the larger communities? That question is at the heart of a new study published today by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) in partnership with Hyperion Research. The study was motivated by the ... Full article
August 23, 2017(0)
As the server market stalls, processor makers continue to search for greener pastures. Among the most promising is the booming Chinese datacenter market, where processor maker Advanced Micro Devices announced expanded partnerships this week with a trio of hyperscale providers along with Lenovo, which has vowed to cultivate the Asian server market since acquiring IBM's server business in 2014. ... Full article
August 22, 2017(0)
Tightening global supplies of DRAM chips are beginning to bite with reports surfacing this week about rising server memory prices as chipmakers struggle to meet growing demand. Among the first signs of tighter DRAM supplies and rising prices was a quarterly report by a memory market tracker issued on Aug. 14. DRAMeXchange reported that total server DRAM revenues for ... Full article
August 22, 2017(0)
IBM today joined in the recent spate of blockchain news from Intel and Microsoft with two significant announcements: The adoption by major food companies of a global blockchain implementation aimed at quick detection of contaminated food,  a chronic problem that kills 400,000 people annually; The launch of the IBM Blockchain Platform, upon which the food blockchain is based, the ... Full article
August 22, 2017(0)
Dell EMC and Atos announced a reseller deal today in which Dell will offer Atos’ high-end 8- and 16-socket Bullion servers. Some move from Dell had been expected following Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s purchase of SGI late last year. Dell had a similar reseller deal with SGI (SGI UV 300H) dating back to July 2015. Data analytics, of course, is ... Full article

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