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DARPA Upgrades Battlefield Simulations

DARPA Upgrades Battlefield Simulations

The demands of training soldiers and pilots, a domain that is gradually incorporating AI-enabled technologies, has heightened ...

IBM Extends $3B Cloud Streak, Signs Santander to 5-Year Deal

IBM Extends $3B Cloud Streak, Signs Santander to 5-Year Deal

IBM continued to make inroads into the big bank sector, announcing this morning at its annual Think ...

Power Couple: IBM Joins PowerAI Hardware with Watson; Launches Multi-Hybrid AI Services

Power Couple: IBM Joins PowerAI Hardware with Watson; Launches Multi-Hybrid...

As IBM kicked off its annual Think conference, a high-production extravaganza this week in San Francisco, the ...

IBM Bets $2B Seeking 1000X AI Hardware Performance Boost

IBM Bets $2B Seeking 1000X AI Hardware Performance Boost

For now, AI systems are mostly machine learning-based and “narrow” – powerful as they are by today's ...

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February 13, 2019(0)
The demands of training soldiers and pilots, a domain that is gradually incorporating AI-enabled technologies, has heightened the U.S. military’s need for far greater computing power. Hence, the Pentagon’s top research office is turning to HPC technologies to power souped-up simulators that could provide a far more realistic view of an increasingly electronic battlefield. The Defense Advanced Research Projects ... Full article
February 13, 2019(0)
IBM continued to make inroads into the big bank sector, announcing this morning at its annual Think conference in San Francisco that Banco Santander, the fifth largest bank in Europe with approximately US$1.4 trillion in total assets (as of 2017), has signed a $700 million, five-year global technology digital transformation agreement focused around implementing the bank’s hybrid cloud strategy. ... Full article
February 12, 2019(0)
As IBM kicked off its annual Think conference, a high-production extravaganza this week in San Francisco, the company this morning made a series of AI-related announcements, including the merging of its PowerAI integrated CPU-GPU server line with its cognitive computing flagship IBM Watson, to create what it calls the Watson Machine Learning Accelerator (WML Accelerator), which Big Blue claims ... Full article
February 7, 2019(0)
For now, AI systems are mostly machine learning-based and “narrow” – powerful as they are by today's standards, they're limited to performing a few, narrowly-defined tasks. AI of the next decade will leverage the greater power of deep learning and become broader, solving a greater array of more complex problems.  In addition, the general-purpose technologies used today for AI ... Full article
February 5, 2019(0)
Cloud computing has evolved to the point where most enterprises have, to one degree or another, deployed cloud workloads. Our 2018 Cloud Survey found 70 percent of over 900 IT professionals use cloud services. But as enterprises see the benefits – namely business continuity, IT efficiency, elasticity and the pay-as-you-go billing model – business challenges remain. According to the ... Full article
February 1, 2019(0)
 AI is all the rage and so is AI democratization. Having developed an AI stack only science-level technologists could love, vendors are now courting customers with integrated hardware that would otherwise require a computer scientist and enormous data center investment, and with software that automates data science tasks. In the thick of AI democratization is GPU leader and AI ... Full article
January 31, 2019(0)
The AI chip market continues to heat up with the recent release of a series of AI accelerators with embedded memory that target the booming edge computing sector. Gyrfalcon Technology Inc. (GTI) said its “production-ready” ASIC, dubbed the Lightspeeur 2802M, incorporates low-power embedded MRAM as the Silicon Valley startup zeroes in on what it calls “Edge AI.” Taiwanese chip foundry TSMC ... Full article
January 31, 2019(0)
Intel today announced the promotion of former CFO Robert Swan to CEO, a post he had held on an interim basis for seven months after the forced resignation in June of former CEO Brian Krzanich. Swan, 58, who joined Intel as CFO in October 2016, becomes Intel’s seventh CEO. The Financial Times reported that Swan will receive a base salary ... Full article
January 30, 2019(0)
The latest rumors and reports around an acquisition of Mellanox focus on Intel, which has reportedly offered a $6 billion bid for the high performance interconnect company, according to Israeli publication Calcalist, a potential deal that industry analysts say could profoundly impact Intel's high performance interconnect strategies for both systems and storage. Mellanox stock initially shot up nearly 15 ... Full article
January 28, 2019(0)
Editor's note: this story was updated on January 29 to reflect AMD's earnings announcement. Insurgent chip maker Advanced Micro Devices defied the recent stock drops of rivals Intel and Nvidia with a year-end and quarterly earnings after-market announcement that sent AMD stock up more than 10 percent in extended market trading. Meanwhile, Nvidia on January 28 saw its shares ... Full article
January 24, 2019(0)
Intel today unveiled Nauta, a new distributed computing framework for running deep learning models in Kubernetes and Docker-based environments. The chip giant says Nauta will make it easier for data scientists to develop, train, and deploy deep learning workloads on large clusters, “without all the systems overhead and scripting needed with standard container environments.” Deep learning has become one ... Full article
January 23, 2019(0)
Intel is gearing up for a large-scale factory expansion for production of its next-generation 7nm chip, according to published reports, which state that the multi-billion-dollar construction project could begin by early summer. A story in The Oregonian cites unnamed sources who said the project would add a sizable section to Intel’s advanced Hillsboro, Ore., research factory known as D1X. ... Full article
January 23, 2019(0)
For IBM watchers at the advanced scale/HPC/open source/cloud/AI-related end of the technology industry, Big Blue’s release late yesterday of Q4 and 2018 earnings painted a positive picture around the company’s “strategic imperatives,” including IBM Cloud, POWER9 and its AI-related initiatives. Wall Street loved the results: at this writing the stock was up nearly 8 percent on the day to ... Full article
January 21, 2019(0)
Supercomputing isn’t new in the world of oil and gas (O&G). It’s been a valuable tool for exploration, refining and processing for decades. But in recent years, the need to explore unconventional reservoirs, which requires advanced compute capabilities, have spurred a supercomputing arms race as O&G companies seek innovative ways to strike a competitive advantage at every stop along ... Full article
January 16, 2019(0)
STAC (Securities Technology Analysis Center) recently released an "exploratory" benchmark for machine learning which it hopes will evolve into a firm benchmark or suite of benchmarking tools to compare the performance of machine learning and deep learning workflows for financial applications across systems. The new report, Toward Business-driven ML Benchmarks: An NLP example, examined performance on different Google cloud ... Full article
January 15, 2019(0)
Quantum computing has lived so long in the future it’s taken on a futuristic life of its own, with a Gartner-style hype cycle that includes triggers of innovation, inflated expectations and – though a useful quantum system is still years away – anticipatory troughs of disillusionment. To wit, there’s Mikhail Dyakonov in the November IEEE Spectrum, who, even as ... Full article
January 11, 2019(0)
Platform vendors are increasingly focused on computing at the network edge as those devices sweep up more unstructured data. The goal is to move computing resources closer to data sources to reduce latency and bandwidth usage. The latest example comes from Chinese AI leader Baidu, which this week rolled out an open-source computing platform aimed at developers seeking to ... Full article
January 10, 2019(0)
Weather prediction is a mercurial endeavor: the constant modeling and re-modeling of incredibly complex systems to a high degree of accuracy at a local level within short timespans. Now, IBM and The Weather Company (an IBM subsidiary) have announced a new weather model that promises “the most accurate local weather forecasts ever seen worldwide.” The IBM Global High-Resolution Atmospheric ... Full article
January 10, 2019(0)
The more companies spend on cloud resources, the greater the likelihood those investments will be wasted on excess and therefore idle capacity along with the overprovisioning of infrastructure services, according to cloud optimization study. The analysis by cloud resource management specialist ParkMyCloud estimates that enterprises will waste as much as $14.1 billion in cloud resources during 2019. Among the ... Full article
January 10, 2019(0)
If 2019 is anything like the previous year, there will be a renewed push for modernization in the data center to alleviate the management complexity, handle the scalability requirements and achieve an improved ROI. We will see storage systems improve to handle the rise in containerized environments, an uptick in software-defined storage solutions and a return to a tried-and-true ... Full article

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