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Insight to Action: 8 Analytics Trends for the New Algorithmic Enterprise

Insight to Action: 8 Analytics Trends for the New Algorithmic Enterprise

“I spend millions on analytics, machine learning and big data. I have tons of insights. Too many ...

IBM Extends Mainframe Support to Anaconda

IBM Extends Mainframe Support to Anaconda

IBM is expanding its embrace of big data analytics to include support on its open source mainframe ...

Intel and Trump Announce $7B for Fab 42 Targeting 7nm

Intel and Trump Announce $7B for Fab 42 Targeting 7nm

In what may be an attempt by President Trump to reset his turbulent relationship with the high ...

Inside H&R Block’s Decision to Augment Tax Intelligence with IBM Watson

Inside H&R Block’s Decision to Augment Tax Intelligence with IBM Watson

As tax season rears its hideous head, the 11 million U.S. taxpayers who annually schlep to an ...

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February 21, 2017(0)
Researchers from Baidu’s Silicon Valley AI Lab (SVAIL) have adapted a well-known HPC communication technique to boost the speed and scale of their neural network training and now they are sharing their implementation with the larger deep learning community. The technique, a modified version of the OpenMPI algorithm “ring all-reduce,” is being used at Baidu to parallelize the training of ... Full article
February 17, 2017(0)
In a scaling breakthrough for oil and gas discovery, ExxonMobil geoscientists report they have harnessed the power of 717,000 processors – the equivalent of 22,000 32-processor computers – to run complex oil and gas reservoir simulation models. This is more than four times the previous number of processors used in energy exploration HPC implementations, according to ExxonMobil, which worked ... Full article
February 17, 2017(0)
Editor’s note: Just after posting the story Thursday at 9:30 pm PT, we received confirmation from Dr. Satoshi Matsuoka that the primary contractor is SGI Japan. Partners include NVIDIA (P100 Pascal with NVLINK), DDN (Exascalar), Intel (Omni-Path + NVMe), Univa, among others. In a press event Friday afternoon local time in Japan, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) announced its plans for ... Full article
February 15, 2017(0)
“I spend millions on analytics, machine learning and big data. I have tons of insights. Too many insights. What I need is more action.” A CMO recently said this to me during an executive summit, and his feelings are shared by many: with the hype around cognitive computing, most business leaders feel they have more insights to ponder than ... Full article
February 14, 2017(0)
On its recent earnings call, Cray announced the largest revenue quarter in the company’s history and the second-highest revenue year. The Seattle-based supercomputer maker recorded $346.6 million in revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016, a 30 percent year-over-year improvement. For the full year, Cray booked $629.8 million in total revenue, a shortfall of $94.9 million compared with 2015, which ... Full article
February 10, 2017(0)
IBM is expanding its embrace of big data analytics to include support on its open source mainframe for the Anaconda stack used by Python programmers. The company (NYSE: IBM) announced Thursday (Feb. 9) that it is collaborating with Anaconda developer Continuum Analytics and Rocket Software to host the open source analytics platform on IBM z/OS mainframes. Last year, IBM ... Full article
February 9, 2017(0)
Intel Corp. today announced enhanced performance capabilities from its new Xeon processor E7-8800 v4 product family with the addition of the new high-performance E7-8894 v4 to its SKU stack. The company said the new chip targets scale-up workloads, such as large databases, ERP, CRM, OLTP and in-memory analytics, and emphasized its scale-up capabilities, allowing more resources (more sockets and ... Full article
February 9, 2017(0)
Cramming more data into memory is a permanent objective for technology strategists seeking to satisfy the surging demand for real-time big data analytics. With the ultimate goal of reducing data center "server sprawl," memory technology specialist Diablo and server maker Inspur announced last July a collaborative effort to expand in-memory computing for Apache Spark workloads. Now the two companies ... Full article
February 8, 2017(0)
In what may be an attempt by President Trump to reset his turbulent relationship with the high tech industry, he and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich today announced plans to invest more than $7 billion to complete Fab 42, which when completed will be the most advanced semiconductor factory in the world according to Intel. The new fab is targeting ... Full article
February 3, 2017(0)
The waiting is the hardest part. When design engineers need to run complex simulations, too often they find that the HPC resources required for those workloads are already taken. The problem: most on-prem data centers are provisioned for steady-state, not high-demand, needs. When demand increases and HPC resources aren’t available, the engineer puts in a request with the job ... Full article
February 2, 2017(0)
As tax season rears its hideous head, the 11 million U.S. taxpayers who annually schlep to an H&R Block office and sit down with an agent to prepare their tax returns now have the power of the IBM Watson supercomputer – the one that won a $1 million-dollar Jeopardy! tournament – tracking down all (legal) means of minimizing their ... Full article
February 1, 2017(0)
A federally-funded effort to deliver HPC systems 50 times faster than today's supercomputers has added a business perspective to the multi-year development project, which one industry observer said could reduce the runtime for complex simulations from a year to two hours and "really ramp-up U.S. industrial R&D.” The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has formed an Industry Council comprised of ... Full article
January 26, 2017(0)
Earlier this month, Cray announced that tech veteran Stathis Papaefstathiou had joined the ranks of the iconic HPC company. As senior vice president of R&D, Papaefstathiou will be responsible for leading the software and hardware engineering efforts for all of Cray’s R&D projects. He replaces Peg Williams, who is retiring after more than a decade with Cray but will ... Full article
January 26, 2017(0)
IBM today announced the addition of TensorFlow and Chainer deep learning frameworks to its PowerAI suite of deep learning tools, which already includes popular offerings such as Caffe, Theano, and Torch. It’s another step in IBM's efforts to lay claim to leadership in the nascent deep learning market. Offering supported distributions of popular frameworks, said Sumit Gupta, IBM vice ... Full article
January 17, 2017(0)
Inspur, the fast-growth cloud computing and server vendor from China, and DDN, a leader in high-end storage, have announced a joint sales and marketing agreement to produce solutions based on DDN storage platforms integrated with servers, networking, software and services from Inspur, which has several systems on the current Top500 supercomputers list. The two companies said they will jointly ... Full article
January 12, 2017(1)
Global IT spending is forecast to increase by 2.7 percent in 2017, a modest increase that might be higher if not for "political uncertainty in global markets," according to a new Gartner Inc. forecast that also predicts strong annual server sales driven by cloud rollouts. Garter (NYSE: IT) reported Thursday (Jan. 12) that worldwide IT spending projected to total ... Full article
January 11, 2017(0)
To a large degree IBM and the OpenPOWER Foundation have done what they said they would – assembling a substantial and growing ecosystem and bringing Power-based products to market, all in about three years. Now, says Ken King, general manager, OpenPOWER, for IBM Systems Group, it’s time for all that organizational and technology rubber to hit the road and ... Full article
December 22, 2016(0)
Some years quietly sneak by. 2016, not so much. It’s safe to say there are always forces reshaping the HPC landscape but this year’s bunch seemed like a noisy lot. Among the noisemakers: TaihuLight, DGX-1/Pascal, Dell EMC & HPE-SGI et al., KNL to market, OPA-IB chest thumping, Fujitsu-ARM, new U.S. President-elect, BREXIT, JR’s Intel Exit, Exascale (whatever that means ... Full article
December 21, 2016(0)
Nimbix is a public cloud services provider with a twist: the Richardson, TX, company offers HPC capabilities in the cloud. It’s also a company that embraces a vision of a diversified processor architectural landscape of the future according to job requirements – a processor for every workload and a workload for every processor. We sat down with Nimbix CEO ... Full article
December 20, 2016(0)
“Where Do We Come From? What Are We?” Not only Paul Gauguin (see picture) but most of humanity has been vexed by these questions since… well, since the dawn of humanity. “If the means were available,” observed science fiction writer Clifford Simak, “we could trace our ancestry – yours and mine – back to the first blob of life-like ... Full article

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