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LinkedIn Spearheads Common Server Effort

LinkedIn Spearheads Common Server Effort

A standards effort driven by LinkedIn that seeks to "redefine" future datacenter infrastructure will initially focus on ...

IBM, D-Wave Report Quantum Computing Advances

IBM, D-Wave Report Quantum Computing Advances

IBM said this week it has built and tested a pair of quantum computing processors, including a ...

IBM-Nutanix Deal Moves Power Servers to Datacenters

IBM-Nutanix Deal Moves Power Servers to Datacenters

Targeting AI, machine learning and other big data workloads, IBM and Nutanix will join forces to deliver ...

HPE’s Memory-centric The Machine Coming into View, Opens ARMs to 3rd-party Developers

HPE’s Memory-centric The Machine Coming into View, Opens ARMs to 3rd-part...

Announced three years ago, HPE’s The Machine is said to be the largest R&D program in the ...

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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
May 17, 2017(0)
Papermaking ranks third behind only petroleum refining and chemical production in terms of energy consumption. Recently, simulations made possible by the U.S. Department of Energy's HPC4Mfg program helped a group of paper companies develop a strategy likely to cut energy costs by 10-20 percent. "This was true ‘HPC for manufacturing,’" said David Trebotich, a computational scientist in the Computational ... Full article
May 16, 2017(0)
Targeting AI, machine learning and other big data workloads, IBM and Nutanix will join forces to deliver the enterprise cloud vendor's software via Power servers. The deal is Nutanix's first non-Intel x86 offering, and is aimed at bringing software-defined hyper-converged infrastructure to emerging cognitive workloads while helping enterprises shift those computing-intensive jobs to the cloud. The partners said Tuesday ... Full article
May 16, 2017(0)
Announced three years ago, HPE’s The Machine is said to be the largest R&D program in the venerable company’s history, one that could be progressing toward the epic grandeur envisioned by HP (then, HPE now) starting in 2014. Certainly, senior HPE managers have high ambitions for the new architecture: nothing less than a new paradigm, called Memory-Driven Computing (MDC), ... Full article
May 15, 2017(0)
Ultra-low latency requirements in the High Performance Computing (HPC) industry continue to drive interconnect considerations for the world’s most powerful supercomputers. In the enterprise world, it’s also apparent that the speed paradigm in networking and application performance is shifting rapidly. Improvements in the CPU’s computational horsepower have reduced analysis runtimes, thus broadening the scope of analyses. In parallel, the ... Full article
May 14, 2017(0)
Billionaire investor Warren Buffet made a media splash last week with statements concerning continually rising healthcare costs in the United States, including: "If you talk about the world competitiveness of American industry, (health costs are) the biggest single variable where we keep getting more and more out of whack with the rest of the world.” Advanced scale technologies are ... Full article
May 11, 2017(0)
GPU powerhouse Nvidia's entry into the cloud market is differentiated from public cloud leaders by its focus on delivering development tools for training artificial intelligence models and running AI workloads using application containers. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang unveiled the "GPU-accelerated cloud platform optimized for deep learning" during the company's annual technology conference on Wednesday (May 10). Its AI development ... Full article
May 11, 2017(0)
At Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC17) in San Jose, Calif., this morning, CEO Jensen Huang announced the company’s much-anticipated Volta architecture and flagship high-end GPU, the Tesla V100, noting that it took several thousand engineers several years to create, at an approximate development cost of $3 billion. One thing is undeniable about the Volta V100: it is a giant chip, 33 ... Full article
May 9, 2017(0)
At Dell EMC World in Las Vegas today, VMware announced an ambitious IoT infrastructure management and monitoring technology strategy that the company said will provide a unified means to manage, operate, scale and secure IoT projects from the edge to the cloud. The first in a family of IoT offerings, VMware Pulse IoT Center is an enterprise-grade IoT implementation ... Full article
May 9, 2017(0)
Bright Computing, long a prominent provider of cluster management tools for HPC, today released version 8.0 of Bright Cluster Manager and Bright OpenStack. The release includes major and minor new features such as a completely rebuilt and now web-based administration interface, the addition of bursting capability to Microsoft Azure, expanded container handling, and updated machine learning tools. Like many ... Full article
May 5, 2017(0)
Wall Street speed addicts just got another fix. A triumvirate of companies, combining advanced NICs and algorithms powered by FPGAs, has announced it has cut the “tick-to-trade” life cycle half-life in half, from 250 to 120 nanoseconds. The joint electronic trading solution consists of Solarflare Communictions’ software-defined network interface controllers (NIC) managing multiple Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGAs running LDA ... Full article
May 5, 2017(0)
Diane Bryant, EVP and GM of Intel’s Data Center Group and a prominent industry figure (SC15 keynote speaker, e.g.), is taking an extended leave of absence from Intel “to tend to a personal family matter,” according to Intel. Navin Shenoy, most recently GM of the Client Computing Group, will take over DCG (fiscal 2016 revenue: $17 billion). “Given the ... Full article
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

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