Looking to Build AI Credibility, Fujitsu Explores Novel Technologies

IT giant Fujitsu has been developing a series of in-house technologies aimed at the burgeoning market of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Although the company has made less fanfare of its ambitions in this regard than companies like IBM, Google and Microsoft, the Japanese multinational seems intent on expanding its datacenter business into this new high-value segment.

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Microsoft Opens Up Deep Learning Toolkit

This week Microsoft released a beta version of its deep learning software package, the Cognitive Toolkit, into GitHub, the popular open source hosting service. The new release, which was announced in a company blog, marks the transition of the toolkit from an internal research project into something Microsoft plans to support for production work into the foreseeable future.

CIA’s Investment Partner Invests in GPU Analytics Startup MapD

In-Q-Tel (IQT), the venture capital arm of the CIA and the broader intelligence community, has infused an unknown amount of money into MapD, a startup that offers GPU-accelerated analytics software. IQT joins NVIDIA, Vanedge Capital, Verizon Ventures, and GV (formerly known as Google Ventures) as co-investors in the company.

Intersect360 Publishes New Five-Year HPC Market Forecast

Intersect360 Research has released its latest five-year forecast that projects spending on high performance computing from now through 2020. The report covers the gamut of HPC offerings, including servers, storage, networks, cloud computing, and other services.

AMD Notches Big Win in Alibaba Cloud Collaboration

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has announced a partnership that will bring its Radeon GPUs into the Alibaba Cloud. The GPUs will be used to power some number of the hyperscaler’s cloud servers in order to boost adoption of its cloud-based services.

Watson, AI Get Spotlight on “60 Minutes”

Artificial intelligence received a nice boost in public exposure last Sunday evening when “60 Minutes,” CBS’s iconic news magazine, aired an in-depth report on the subject. The half-hour segment described how systems like IBM’s Watson supercomputer is changing the nature of medical diagnostics, and how other AI technologies are working their way into our everyday lives.

Berkeley Lab Builds One-Nanometer Transistor

As Moore’s Law reaches its physical limits with silicon-based semiconductor technology, researchers are turning to more exotic materials to extend its life a few more years. A team of scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (aka Berkeley Lab) did just that by inventing a one-nanometer (1nm) transistor.

EPCC Offers Cut-Rate Supercomputing Cycles to Businesses

The Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC) is renting out its new 2,016-core Cirrus supercomputer for businesses in need of on-demand HPC. The system, an SGI ICE XA cluster, is being offered to commercial firms for applications in automotive, aerospace, energy, oil and gas, general engineering, life sciences and financial services for what appears to be a very reasonable price.

Adapteva Tapes Out 1024-Core Superchip

This week, Adapteva CEO Andreas Olofsson announced his company has taped out the Epiphany-V, a 1024-core RISC chip that will likely offer the world’s best performance per watt for double precision arithmetic. This SoC is geared for high performance computing (HPC) in applications such as self-driving cars, autonomous drones and cognitive radio, where performance-per-watt is the most critical attribute. More News

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White House Ponders the Ramifications of AI

The commercialization of artificial intelligence over the last several years is now getting the attention of governments, which are starting to think about the policy implications presented by these new technologies. A recent report published by the White House attempts to address the challenges presented by AI, but skirts one very important issue.

Tech Companies Sign On to New Standard for High Performance Server Bus

IBM has unveiled OpenCAPI, an open-standard, high-speed bus interface for connecting devices in servers. The announcement coincides with the formation of a consortium of the same name that will manage the new standard, and which initially includes tech heavyweights Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Dell EMC, NVIDIA, Mellanox, Micron, Xilinx, and Google. The first OpenCAPI-supported devices and servers are expected to show up in 2017.

Intel Expands Its Comfort Zone with New ARM-Powered FPGAs for Datacenters

Intel announced it is sampling its Stratix 10 FPGAs, the latest family of field programmable gate arrays that are designed to accelerate a number of datacenter workloads. The new devices, which Intel is calling “the most significant FPGA innovations in over a decade,” offer advanced features like embedded 64-bit ARM processors, second-generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2), and DSP blocks.

Cray Has Deep Learning Supercomputer in the Works

As HPC vendors like IBM and HPE have added deep learning-optimized systems to their product portfolio, Cray has been more circumspect about its plans in this area. We talked with Cray CTO Steve Scott about how they view this new application area of high performance computing and what they may have in the pipeline to serve this burgeoning market.

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In-Depth on OpenCAPI: IBM and Micron Join on This Week in HPC

Episode 146: Special guests Brad McCredie, IBM, VP/IBM Fellow, leading IBM Power Development and Bob Quinn, Micron, VP of Strategy and Business Development, Compute and Networking Business Unit, join Addison Snell to talk about the potential of IBM’s new OpenCAPI consortium.

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