Inside Advanced Scale Challenges|Friday, November 24, 2017
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AI’s Cool New Thing: Capsule Networks (explained)

AI’s Cool New Thing: Capsule Networks (explained)

There's a buzz in AI circles around “capsule networks,” a new variant on neural networks that backers ...

SC17 Takeaways: Machine Learning + HPC = ‘Synthesis Modeling’, and Other Developments

SC17 Takeaways: Machine Learning + HPC = ‘Synthesis Modeling’, and ...

The annual supercomputing confab, SC17, was held last week in Denver, and there were many important announcements. ...

Turnaround Complete, HPE’s Whitman Departs

Turnaround Complete, HPE’s Whitman Departs

Having turned around the aircraft carrier the Silicon Valley icon had become, Meg Whitman is leaving the ...

How Cities Use HPC at the Edge to Get Smarter

How Cities Use HPC at the Edge to Get Smarter

Cities are sensoring up, collecting vast troves of data that they run through predictive models to address ...

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November 22, 2017(0)
There's a buzz in AI circles around “capsule networks,” a new variant on neural networks that backers say could simplify, cut the costs of, commoditize and, in the end, democratize how deep learning systems are taught to do what we want them to do. How can it do all this? Capsule networks hold out the hope of tacking one ... Full article
November 22, 2017(0)
The annual supercomputing confab, SC17, was held last week in Denver, and there were many important announcements. Stories about science, silicon and systems all vied for attention and center stage at this ~12,000 person event. I’m certain I missed a few important bits and bytes, but here’s my observations from what will go down as one of the most ... Full article
November 22, 2017(0)
Having turned around the aircraft carrier the Silicon Valley icon had become, Meg Whitman is leaving the helm of a restructured Hewlett Packard. Her successor, technologist Antonio Neri will now guide what Whitman asserts is a more "nimble" company through the uncharted waters of unrelenting change and hyper-scale disruption. Whitman, 61, announced Wednesday (Nov. 21) she is resigning as ... Full article
November 17, 2017(0)
Cities are sensoring up, collecting vast troves of data that they run through predictive models to address problems that, in some cases, city managers didn’t even know existed. Speaking at SC17 in Denver this week, a panel of smart city practitioners shared the strategies, techniques and technologies they use to understand their cities better and to improve the lives ... Full article
November 15, 2017(0)
The HPC market update from Hyperion Research (formerly IDC) at the annual SC conference is a business and social “must,” and this year’s presentation at SC17 played to a SRO crowd at a downtown Denver hotel. This writer has attended several of these breakfasts, and looking back, one year to the next, at the major industry trends identified by ... Full article
November 14, 2017(0)
The year isn’t over yet and already we've seen new records posted for proprietary physics-based simulations on two Cray machines – at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) - successfully pushing the limits of all the available nodes in those large machines. In addition, order-of-magnitude improvements have been ... Full article
November 14, 2017(0)
Having migrated its top-of-the-line datacenter GPU to the largest cloud vendors, Nvidia is touting its Volta architecture for a range of scientific computing tasks as well as AI development with the addition of a container registry designed to deploy its GPU cloud for everything from visualization to drug discovery. In its drive to expand access to its Volta architecture, ... Full article
November 13, 2017(0)
HPE doubled down on its memory-driven computing vision while expanding its processor portfolio with the announcement today of the company’s first ARM-based high performance computing system, along with other purpose-built solutions designed to help enterprises adopt HPC and AI applications. HPE’s new Apollo 70 system uses Cavium’s 64-bit ARMv8-A ThunderX2 Server Processor and is designed for memory-intensive HPC workloads, ... Full article
November 10, 2017(0)
Intel Corp. has lured away the former head of AMD's graphics business as the world's largest chipmaker forms a high-end graphics unit to compete with GPU market leader Nvidia. Intel rattled tech markets this week by hiring AMD's Raja Koduri to head its new Core and Visual Computing Group. The hiring came days after the chip rivals announced a ... Full article
November 9, 2017(0)
The following contribution from a writer at Argonne National Labs is another compelling example of advanced scale computing’s impact on industry – in this case, the movie industry. Animated film production has a voracious appetitie for compute power, and in this article John Spizzirri looks at the potential impact of exascale (a billion billion calculations per second) on animation. ... Full article
November 2, 2017(0)
As developers flock to artificial intelligence frameworks in response to the explosion of intelligent machines, training deep learning models has emerged as a priority along with synching them to a growing list of neural and other network designs. All are being aligned to confront some of the next big AI challenges, including training deep learning models to make inferences ... Full article
October 31, 2017(0)
Last week IBM reported successfully using one million phase change memory (PCM) devices to implement and demonstrate an unsupervised learning algorithm running in memory. It’s another interesting and potentially important step in the quickening scramble to develop in-memory computing techniques to overcome the memory-to-processor data transfer bottlenecks that are inherent in von Neumann architecture. IBM promises big gains from ... Full article
October 27, 2017(0)
Intel Corp. reported strong revenue growth during its third quarter as its "data-centric" strategy begins to take hold in key technology sectors like all-flash storage. Meanwhile, it is readying a new AI chip. Intel was among several leading U.S. technology companies reporting strong revenues this week along with Amazon and Google. The chipmaker reported revenue totaling $16.1 billion for ... Full article
October 27, 2017(0)
More evidence is emerging of the inexorable shift of analytics and related workloads to the cloud, with adopters feeling more confident about hybrid infrastructure in their search for ways to become more agile, a new cloud study finds. While a sizeable number of executives remain skeptical that proprietary data will remain secure in the cloud, the Google-sponsored survey released ... Full article
October 26, 2017(0)
Imagine a farm without herbicides, insecticides or pesticides; a farm that cuts water consumption by 95 percent; that uses no fertilizer and thus generates no polluting run-off; that has a dozen crop cycles per year instead of the usual three, making it hundreds of times more productive than conventional farms; a farm that can continually experiment with and refine ... Full article
October 25, 2017(0)
Hewlett Packard Enterprise is launching a suite of platforms and services aimed at accelerating development and adoption of AI, with an initial focus on deep learning. HPE joins a growing list of enterprise vendors delivering new tools, some of them as open source software, to speed AI development. For instance, cloud rivals Amazon Web Services (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Microsoft ... Full article
October 24, 2017(0)
Executing stock trades often comes down to being first in the queue of traders. Hence, developers of high-frequency trading platforms that connect trading servers to networks focus on reducing latency to nanoseconds to boost so-called "tick-to-trade" networking performance. Solarflare, which specializes in connecting trading servers to Ethernet networks, claimed this week it has along with FPGA and high-end computing ... Full article
October 24, 2017(0)
Cray, which has been seeking new points of entry for its supercomputing technology into the cloud enterprise arena, has struck a partnership with Microsoft and its enormous Azure customer base, a deal that Cray believes has the potential to unlock broader growth for the company. The pair announced on Oct. 23 they are offering dedicated Cray XC and CS-Storm supercomputers ... Full article
October 23, 2017(0)
 Data analytics has become an essential function within today’s high performance enterprise data centers, clouds and hyperscale platforms. AI and machine learning (ML) are pillars of today’s technological world, offering solutions for better and more accurate decisions based on great amount of data. Although the basic concept behind AI – neural networks creating rules that machines use to make ... Full article
October 18, 2017(0)
The powerhouse team of Apple and General Electric are joining forces to offer predictive data and analytics industrial apps from Predix, GE’s IIoT platform, to Apple iPhones and iPads. Today, the two companies unveiled a new Predix software development kit (SDK) for Apple’s iOS, tools for developers to make their own industrial IoT apps. The companies said Predix SDK ... Full article

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