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Watson Deal Targets Industrial Apps

Watson Deal Targets Industrial Apps

Artificial intelligence will hit the factory floor and the smart grid as an automation specialist joins forces ...

IBM, Partners Claim Energy Simulation Record

IBM, Partners Claim Energy Simulation Record

IBM, NVIDIA, and Stone Ridge Technology today reported setting the performance record for a “billion cell” oil ...

Intel Says Goodbye to Intel Developer Forum

Intel Says Goodbye to Intel Developer Forum

Intel Developer Forum 2017 in San Francisco has been canceled, as have all future IDF events. In a message ...

Early Adopters Exercise Quantum Bits

Early Adopters Exercise Quantum Bits

For a technology that’s usually characterized as far off and in a distant galaxy, quantum computing has ...

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April 25, 2017(0)
“I don’t hate Mondays at all.” “This sugar-free, gluten-free quinoa cake is exactly what I wanted for dessert.” “I am totally happy skipping my vacation to work a few extra hours for free.” Sarcasm like this is commonplace in conversation and on social media. Most of us are adept at detecting it. But take sarcasm out of traditional verbal ... Full article
April 25, 2017(0)
Artificial intelligence will hit the factory floor and the smart grid as an automation specialist joins forces with IBM Watson to being real-time decision-making to those and other industrial applications. IBM (NYSE: IBM) said Tuesday (April 25) it would partner with Swiss industrial automation specialist ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) to deliver AI and machine learning tools for factory ... Full article
April 25, 2017(0)
IBM, NVIDIA, and Stone Ridge Technology today reported setting the performance record for a “billion cell” oil and gas reservoir simulation. Using IBM Minsky servers with NVIDIA P100 GPUs and Stone Ridge’s ECHELON petroleum reservoir simulation software, the trio claim their effort “shatters previous (Exxon) results using one-tenth the power and 1/100th of the space. The results were achieved ... Full article
April 22, 2017(0)
We’ve all heard futuristic debates about artificial intelligence that are, by turn, alarming or optimistic. One side portrays a dystopian, tech-noir world where machines have grown so smart and so fast that we become relatively unintelligent, obsolete and unemployed. Not to worry, counter AI advocates, the alarmists don’t understand the true role of AI as a “recommendation engine” that ... Full article
April 18, 2017(0)
From its F8 developer conference in San Jose, Calif., today, Facebook announced Caffe2, a new open-source, cross-platform framework for deep learning. Caffe2 is the successor to Caffe, the deep learning framework developed by Berkeley AI Research and community contributors. Caffe2’s GitHub page describes it as “an experimental refactoring of Caffe allows a more flexible way to organize computation.” The first ... Full article
April 18, 2017(0)
HPC cloud specialist Rescale is partnering with Intel and HPC resource provider R Systems to offer first-ever cloud access to Xeon Phi “Knights Landing” processors. The infrastructure is based on the 68-core Knights Landing chip with integrated Omni-Path fabric (the 7250F Xeon Phi). “It is a three-way joint initiative,” Tyler Smith, head of partnerships at Rescale told HPCwire. R Systems ... Full article
April 18, 2017(0)
Application container technology continues to mature at an accelerating pace as it expands beyond cloud native deployments to address emerging platforms such as the Internet of Things while building blocks emerge to scale the existing container ecosystem. What that in mind, container pioneer Docker rolled out a pair of open source projects this week at the nascent industry sector's ... Full article
April 18, 2017(0)
Intel Developer Forum 2017 in San Francisco has been canceled, as have all future IDF events. In a message to the community on its website, posted yesterday, April 17, Intel writes: “Intel has evolved its event portfolio and decided to retire the IDF program moving forward. Thank you for nearly 20 great years with the Intel Developer Forum! Intel has a number ... Full article
April 17, 2017(0)
IBM, which recently extended support for the Anaconda data science platform to its open source mainframe, takes another step this week by offering the data platform on its Cognitive Systems platform in collaboration with Anaconda developer Continuum Analytics. IBM (NYSE: IBM) also announced on Monday (April 17) the formation of a machine learning work group within the OpenPOWER Foundation. ... Full article
April 13, 2017(0)
Calling itself the first collaborative cloud-based platform for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the manufacturing industry, the Cloud Collaborative Manufacturing Networks (C2NET) consortium was announced today in Europe. C2NET has the characteristics of an “industry cloud,” a trend covered recently here (see “Industry Clouds: An At-Scale Grass Roots Movement Changing IT Life within Sectors,” EnterpriseTech, March 18, 2017), ... Full article
April 13, 2017(0)
Looking at the industry today, you’d think scale-out architectures are the only way to deliver application performance and availability at low-cost. Major technology companies, such as Amazon, Google, and Facebook, use scale out, so it must be the right way for everyone to do enterprise applications, right? Not necessarily. There are other models to be considered. When you need ... Full article
April 11, 2017(0)
Last week, Google reported that its custom ASIC Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) was 15-30x faster for inferencing workloads than Nvidia’s K80 GPU (see our coverage, Google Pulls Back the Covers on Its First Machine Learning Chip), and it didn’t take Nvidia long to respond. Unlike the semi-contentious back-and-forth between Nvidia and Intel over benchmarking methodology (see Nvidia Cries Foul on Intel ... Full article
April 9, 2017(0)
Industry analyst Bob Sorensen recently told us something most IT managers already know deep in their apprehensive hearts: cyber security is in a sorry state (see “Be More Afraid,” EnterpriseTech, Nov. 18, 2016). Security at many companies is somewhat marginalized, an unfavored area that lies outside core IT operations and procedures, a focal point at many companies of ineffectuality ... Full article
April 7, 2017(0)
This week Google released a report detailing the design and performance characteristics of the Tensor Processing Unit (TPU), its custom ASIC for the inference phase of neural networks (NN). Google has been using the machine learning accelerator in its datacenters since 2015, but hasn’t said much about the hardware until now. In a blog post published yesterday (April 5, 2017), Norm ... Full article
April 6, 2017(0)
The tidal movement toward hybrid on- and off-prem IT is well underway and well understood. But the data management challenges of multi-site implementations, with data and applications straddling multiple storage and compute environments on-site and in a public cloud, can be highly complex. Deeply funded start-up Elastifile, formed in 2013 and now coming out of stealth, has been toiling ... Full article
April 5, 2017(0)
IBM announced today that it will be adding Nvidia P100 graphics processors to its Bluemix cloud later this month, becoming the "first major global cloud vendor" to provide the high-end "Pascal" GPUs. Big Blue is targeting the new hardware at customers who run compute-heavy workloads, such as artificial intelligence, deep learning, data analytics and high-performance computing. Unlike Nimbix, the heterogeneous ... Full article
March 30, 2017(0)
With billions of dollars at stake in the car market of the future, technology and auto companies are aggressively jockeying for position to deliver self-driving vehicles that could, ultimately, produce no greenhouse gas emissions Regarding autonomous vehicles, projected to be a nearly $5 billion market by 2025 (McKinsey & Co.), industry analyst Richard Windsor of Edison Investment Research came ... Full article
March 30, 2017(0)
What does the intersection of big data and high performance computing look like? About 50 technology leaders from across industries got an exclusive glimpse during Tabor Communications’ inaugural LBD + EHPC event at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Florida last week. Readers of Datanami and EnterpriseTech will recall that Leverage Big Data and Enterprise HPC used to ... Full article
March 29, 2017(0)
At Tabor Communications’ Leverage Big Data + EnterpriseHPC Summit in Florida last week, esteemed HPC professional Jay Boisseau, chief HPC technology strategist at Dell EMC, engaged the audience with his presentation, “Big Computing, Big Data, Big Trends, Big Results.” Trends around big computing and big data are converging in powerful ways, including the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence ... Full article
March 29, 2017(0)
IT managers in the financial services industry are fully aware that high performance data analytics, AI and deep learning technologies are plentiful and available, and they know that some FSI companies are already deriving advantage from them. But they hesitate to take the plunge into AI/DL themselves because of sticker shock ($200,000 for an initial implementation?), technology unfamiliarity, dearth ... Full article

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