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Latest NVM Express Spec Stresses Data

Latest NVM Express Spec Stresses Data

The latest release of a non-volatile memory interface and storage protocol emphasizes the enterprise shift to analytics, ...

At ISC – Goh on Go: Humans Can’t Scale, the Data-Centric Learning Machine Can

At ISC – Goh on Go: Humans Can’t Scale, the Data-Centric Learning Machi...

I've seen the future this week at ISC, it’s on display in prototype and Powerpoint form, and ...

ISC Deep Learning Day: New Computing & Algorithmic Paradigms for Industry and Science

ISC Deep Learning Day: New Computing & Algorithmic Paradigms for Indus...

Deep Learning Day, an all-day series of sessions at ISC this week in Frankfurt, looks to offer ...

ISC: Extreme-Scale Requirements to Push the Frontiers of Deep Learning

ISC: Extreme-Scale Requirements to Push the Frontiers of Deep Learning

Deep learning is the latest and most compelling technology strategy to take aim at the decades-old “drowning ...

Systems

June 28, 2017(0)
Last week we reported from ISC on an emerging type of high performance system architecture that integrates HPC and HPA (High Performance Analytics) and incorporates, at its center, exabyte-scale memory capacity, surrounded by a variety of accelerated processors. Until the arrival of quantum computing or other new computing paradigm, this is the architecture that could enable the “scalable learning ... Full article
June 22, 2017(0)
The latest release of a non-volatile memory interface and storage protocol emphasizes the enterprise shift to analytics, virtualization and other data-intensive workloads while riding the coat tails of the robust solid-state storage sector. NVM Express 1.3 unveiled this week adds new virtualization and "streams" features along with a "native" capability for erasing data from a solid-state drive, creating options ... Full article
June 22, 2017(0)
I've seen the future this week at ISC, it’s on display in prototype and Powerpoint form, and it’s going to dumbfound you. The future is an AI neural network designed to emulate and compete with the human brain. In this game, the brain doesn’t stand a chance. Scoff at such talk as farfetched or far off in a hazy ... Full article
June 21, 2017(0)
AMD is charging back into the enterprise datacenter and select HPC workflows with its new EPYC 7000 processor line, code-named Naples, announced today at a “global” launch event in Austin TX. In many ways it was a full frontal assault on Intel’s dominance in the x86 datacenter landscape. Claiming performance and cost advantages and supported by statements from key ... Full article
June 21, 2017(0)
The care, feeding and sustained growth of the HPC industry increasingly is in the hands of the commercial market sector – in particular, it’s the hyperscale companies and their embrace of AI and deep learning – that will drive healthy and stable, if not spectacular, expansion of the market through 2021 and beyond. Those are some of the top-line ... Full article
June 19, 2017(0)
To be at the ISC conference in Frankfurt this week is to experience deep immersion in deep learning. Users want to learn about it, vendors want to talk about it, analysts and journalists want to report on it. Deep learning undergirds Hyperion Research’s optimistic HPC market forecast, with the former IDC HPC analyst team noting that deep learning (and ... Full article
June 18, 2017(0)
Deep Learning Day, an all-day series of sessions at ISC this week in Frankfurt, looks to offer some of the conference’s most compelling discussions for the excellent reason that deep learning itself is one of – if not the – most compelling applications of advanced scale computing, pushing the frontiers of technological capabilities for both the industrial/commercial and traditional ... Full article
June 16, 2017(0)
Deep learning is the latest and most compelling technology strategy to take aim at the decades-old “drowning in data/starving for insight” problem. But contrary to the commonly held notion, deep learning is more than a big data problem per se. Delivering on deep learning’s potential – and achieving its anticipated 50 percent annual growth rate market opportunity – involves ... Full article
June 13, 2017(0)
An ambitious astronomy effort designed to peer back to the origins of the universe and map the formation of galaxies is underpinned by an emerging memory technology that seeks to move computing resources closer to huge astronomy data sets. The Square Kilometer Array (SKA) is an international initiative to build the world's largest radio telescope. A "precursor project" in ... Full article
June 12, 2017(0)
As deputy chair of Industrial Day at ISC next week, my goal is to help bring clarity to the key opportunities and challenges afforded by HPC-scale technologies, including the specific barriers commercial companies are likely to encounter as they deploy new solutions or upgrade existing ones. Our Industrial Day agenda will focus on choosing infrastructure products and services that ... Full article
June 9, 2017(0)
Billed as one of the largest national genome medical research projects in the world, Sidra Medical and Research Center in the Persian Gulf state of Qatar, in partnership with IBM, has embarked on the Qatar Genome Program (QGP), an effort to collect and perform analytics on genomic profiles of hundreds of thousands of Qatari citizens. The ultimate goal of ... Full article
June 7, 2017(0)
New data points emerged this week indicating that all-flash storage arrays are beginning to make headway in datacenters as server sales continue to decline. Market researcher Dell'Oro Group reported that all-flash array market revenue grew a healthy 48 percent on an annual basis during the first quarter to more than $1.3 billion. All-flash arrays were the only market segment ... Full article
June 1, 2017(0)
Slowing demand for servers and related networking hardware cut deeply into Hewlett-Packard Enterprise's quarterly revenues, the company reported this week. The 13 percent decline in revenues for the second quarter ending April 30 was the steepest for the company's enterprise group since its launch in November 2015. Overall, HPE's quarterly revenue totaled $9.9 billion. HPE (NYSE: HPE) and other ... Full article
May 31, 2017(0)
In March, Nvidia revealed blueprints for a new open source Tesla GPU-based accelerator – HGX-1 – developed for clouds with Microsoft under its Project Olympus. Turns out HGX-1 was actually the first embodiment of Nvidia’s HGX reference architecture and partner program. Today Nvidia announced that is partnering with major ODMs — Foxconn, Inventec, Quanta and Wistron – to give them ... Full article
May 30, 2017(0)
ARM Ltd. joined a growing roster of processor specialists zeroing in on artificial intelligence and machine learning applications with the introduction of two new processor cores, one emphasizing performance, and the other efficiency. The chip intellectual property vendor unveiled its high-end Cortex-A75 paired with its "high-efficiency" Cortex A-55 processors during this week's Computex 2017 event in Taipei, Taiwan. Along ... Full article
May 26, 2017(0)
If advanced scale computing were a high school, machine learning would be the coolest kid at the cool kid lunch table, and that kid’s name would be Nvidia. Already a Wall Street sweetheart coming into 2017, Nvidia stock has gone into orbit this month with earnings far in excess of expectations and the revelation that SoftBank has amassed a ... Full article
May 25, 2017(0)
The Russian Quantum Center today announced it has overcome the threat of quantum cryptography by creating the first quantum-safe blockchain, securing cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, along with classified government communications and other sensitive digital transfers. The center said the technology has been successfully tested by one of Russia’s largest banks, Gazprombank, and that the center is now working to expand ... Full article
May 24, 2017(0)
A standards effort driven by LinkedIn that seeks to "redefine" future datacenter infrastructure will initially focus on a common form factor for servers, according to the founding members. Along with LinkedIn, which was acquired by Microsoft NASDAQ: MSFT) last year, other founding members of the Open19 Foundation launched on Tuesday (May 23) are Flex, GE Digital (NYSE: GE) Hewlett ... Full article
May 24, 2017(0)
IDC recently reported that the number of data centers is declining and, at the same time, the total square-feet of raised flooring in data centers is also shrinking. The market research firm attributed this to the consolidation of data centers and the renting of server and storage resources from the public cloud. While no doubt true, a deeper trend ... Full article
May 17, 2017(0)
IBM said this week it has built and tested a pair of quantum computing processors, including a prototype of a commercial version. That progress follows an announcement earlier this week that commercial quantum computer developer D-Wave Systems has garnered venture funding that could total up to $50 million to build it next-generation machine with up to 2,000 qubits. Meanwhile, ... Full article

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