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‘AI Camera’ Combines Machine Vision, Deep Learning

‘AI Camera’ Combines Machine Vision, Deep Learning

Is it any wonder there are cameras everywhere imaging nearly everything? One reason is chip scaling, with ...

Xilinx Moves FPGAs Deeper into Datacenters

Xilinx Moves FPGAs Deeper into Datacenters

Three Chinese infrastructure vendors are embracing FPGA technology as a way of accelerating datacenter workloads. FPGA specialist ...

Arm Unveils Cloud-to-Edge Internet Infrastructure

Arm Unveils Cloud-to-Edge Internet Infrastructure

Arm today announced its Neoverse cloud-to-edge internet infrastructure foundation, designed to support a world in which a ...

Manufacturing Effort Focuses on Human-Machine Interface

Manufacturing Effort Focuses on Human-Machine Interface

The rush to automate manufacturing has revealed some unintended consequences as market pressures and assembly line realities ...

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October 23, 2018(0)
Even as a press report yesterday declared that Intel has abandoned its current effort to produce a 10nm chip – a report denied by Intel – looming rival AMD and Oracle today announced the availability of the first AMD EPYC processor-based instance on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Announced at Oracle OpenWorld 2018, the AMD EPYC processor “E” series will lead ... Full article
October 19, 2018(0)
Is it any wonder there are cameras everywhere imaging nearly everything? One reason is chip scaling, with key components from semiconductor makers allowing equipment manufacturers to fabricate quarter-size cameras that are becoming ubiquitous in agricultural, automotive and industrial markets. Now, inspection camera manufacturers are adding smarts in the form of image processing that according to one vendor brings “AI ... Full article
October 17, 2018(0)
Three Chinese infrastructure vendors are embracing FPGA technology as a way of accelerating datacenter workloads. FPGA specialist Xilinx Inc. announced during a developer forum in Beijing this week that Alibaba Cloud, Huawei and server vendor Inspur are rolling out datacenter platforms based on the chip maker’s FPGA-as-a-service model. Among the datacenter workloads being targeted is AI inference, the partners ... Full article
October 16, 2018(0)
Arm today announced its Neoverse cloud-to-edge internet infrastructure foundation, designed to support a world in which a trillion intelligent devices will transmit data to and from the internet. Unveiled at the Arm TechCon conference in San Jose, Arm offered a look at its Neoverse processor IP roadmap and infrastructure-class IP for 5G networks designed to enable more ubiquitous compute ... Full article
October 15, 2018(0)
The rush to automate manufacturing has revealed some unintended consequences as market pressures and assembly line realities underscore the fact that, sometimes, machines simply cannot replace humans when making things. That reality was highlighted earlier this year when electric car maker Tesla was forced to replace robots with humans when bottlenecks backed up car production. Tesla managers literally tore out ... Full article
October 12, 2018(0)
Based on some news stories in circulation, one might get the impression that the next system to take No. 1 on the Top500 list could be an industrial oil and gas monster, which would be a first for a commercial HPC system. But at a spec’d 250 single-precision petaflops, No. 1 is out of the reach of the new ... Full article
October 11, 2018(0)
Even as technology stocks fell off the market cliff this week, the march of technology innovation and product launches goes on. Tech giant Huawei has thrown a new chip into the rapidly expanding processor ring with AI chips for data centers and smart devices, putting the company in direct competition with AI processor makers Nvidia and Qualcomm. Huawei’s Ascend ... Full article
October 11, 2018(0)
Oracle is collaborating with Nvidia to bring the GPU leader’s unified AI and HPC platform to the public cloud for accelerating analytics and machine learning workloads. The move makes Oracle the first public cloud vendor to support Nvidia’s HGX-2 platform, the partners said this week. The Oracle cloud will support both bare-metal and virtual machine instances of the HGX-2, ... Full article
October 10, 2018(0)
GPU leader Nvidia, generally associated with deep learning, autonomous vehicles and other higher-end AI-related workloads (and gaming, of course), is mounting an open source end-to-end GPU acceleration platform and ecosystem directed at machine learning and data analytics, domains heretofore within the CPU realm. GPUs operate in the analytics space, of course – examples include Kinetica’s GPU-accelerated database and OmniSci’s ... Full article
October 5, 2018(0)
A university-industry research team is reporting a performance advance for neural networks with the development of a chip with potential applications for image recognition in autonomous vehicles and robots. The chip design relies on in-memory processing and the replacement of standard transistors with capacitors used to store electrical charges. That configuration helped reduce data movement, boosting the performance of ... Full article
October 4, 2018(0)
Continuing the roll-out of the A3I (Accelerated, Any-Scale AI) storage strategy kicked off in June, DDN today announced a new set of solutions that combine the A3I platform with Nvidia DGX-1 AI servers in a validated, pre-configured solution available from a number of channel partners. In a first for the company, DDN is launching a reference architecture that combines ... Full article
October 3, 2018(0)
On the heels of its dual announcement at the Open Compute Project Summit in Amsterdam this week (see related story), Xilinx yesterday disclosed that AMD and Xilinx have teamed to set an AI inference processing record of 30,000 images per second. The joint work of the two companies, announced at the Xilinx Developer Forum in San Jose by Xilinx ... Full article
October 3, 2018(0)
Xilinx, the outspoken champion of FPGA technology, is having an active Open Compute Project Summit this week in Amsterdam. The company has drawn battle lines with that other major force for accelerated server throughput, the GPU, announcing that Xilinx’s new line of Alveo FPGA accelerator cards deliver four times the performance for sub-two-millisecond low-latency applications versus high-end GPUs – ... Full article
October 2, 2018(0)
Inspur, the no. 3 server vendor in the world (Gartner) is taking aim at the biggest, shiniest golden ring in the entire data center server marketplace: hyperscale and AI infrastructure for tier one social media and cloud services providers – companies whose server purchasing decisions move markets and mountains of money. The China-based company, which already has a server ... Full article
September 27, 2018(0)
Riding healthy U.S. and global economies, strong demand for AI-capable hardware and other tailwind trends, the high performance computing server market jumped 28 percent in the second quarter to $3.7 billion, up from $2.9 billion in Q2 2017, according to industry analyst firm Hyperion Research. On a sequential basis, second quarter HPC server revenue grew 16.7 percent over the ... Full article
September 27, 2018(0)
You’ve heard this one before: HPC has the potential to transcend science and engineering to transform commercial applications in the enterprise. Won’t it be grand when HPC is no longer the exclusive domain of national labs and ivory tower research? I’ve followed this trend throughout my career as an HPC analyst. In fact, I followed it before that. In ... Full article
September 26, 2018(0)
AMD is zeroing in on datacenter overhauls as a means of chipping away at rival Intel Corp.’s x86 dominance of the enterprise IT infrastructure market. Some market analysts are bullish about the prospects for AMD’s aggressive push into a datacenter market long dominated by Intel, a strategy that hinges on the challenger’s EPYC processor family. One analyst firm quoted ... Full article
September 20, 2018(0)
Another source of upheaval in the red hot data center server processor market emerged this week from Ampere, led by former Intel President Renee James, which announced it has launched its first-generation Armv8-A 64-bit chip. Ampere eMAG processors from the Santa Clara-based company, formed earlier this year and now at nearly 400 employees, have already been selected by Lenovo ... Full article
September 20, 2018(0)
Addressing the growing need for speedier processing in big data storage systems that handle everything up to data analytics, Japan’s Fujitsu Laboratories has come up with a technology said to provide high-speed data processing of big data in distributed storage systems. Tokyo-based Fujitsu Labs said this week its platform implemented on the Ceph distributed storage framework addresses the current ... Full article
September 19, 2018(0)
HPC (or big compute)-in-the-cloud platform provider Rescale has formalized the work it’s been doing in partnership with public cloud vendors by announcing its Powered by Rescale program – with IBM as its first named partner – essentially an OEM turnkey capability supporting access to HPC hardware, software and administration capabilities under the partner’s label. The Powered by Rescale program ... Full article

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