IBM Pushes Machine Learning into Cloud, IoT, and Beyond

If you’ve been tracking IBM’s newsfeed lately, you’ll notice the company is expanding its cognitive computing strategy to encompass more and more platforms, not to mention customers. Recent platform upgrades include IBM’s BlueMix cloud, private clouds in general, the internet of things (IoT), the z Systems mainframe, and even whiteboards.

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First Autonomous Car Race Ends in Crash

The world’s first auto race between self-driving vehicles didn’t exactly go according to plan. One of the two robotic racecars misjudged a corner at high speed, crashing into the barrier and ending its hopes of finishing the contest.

Next-Generation TSUBAME Will Be Petascale Supercomputer for AI

The Tokyo Institute of Technology, also known as Tokyo Tech, has revealed that the TSUBAME 3.0 supercomputer scheduled to be installed this summer will provide 47 half precision (16-bit) petaflops of performance, making it one of the most powerful machines on the planet for artificial intelligence computation. The system is being built by HPE/SGI and will feature NVIDIA’s Tesla P100 GPUs.

Startup Unveils Machine Learning Products Based on Novel Approach to AI

Gamalon Inc, emerged from stealth mode this week, announced two machine learning products, based on an in-house technology known as Bayesian Program Synthesis (BPS). The company claims BPS can perform machine learning tasks 100 times faster than conventional deep learning techniques, while providing more accurate results.

Intel CEO Announces New $7 Billion Fab at White House

In an unusual spectacle that injected politics into what would have been a fairly typical announcement of a new semiconductor manufacturing facility, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced the company’s upcoming 7nm fab in the Oval Office as part of a nationally televised meeting with President Trump.

NVIDIA Intros Pascal GPU for Desktop Supercomputing

NVIDIA has launched the Quadro GP100, the workstation version of its Pascal Tesla P100 product. The new five-teraflop GPU card is designed for desktop users doing HPC simulations, image rendering, and deep learning work.

Intersect360 Offers Topside View of HPC Market

As a horizontal market, HPC encompasses a fairly wide range of product segments dominated by different vendors. To offer some perspective on this diversity, Intersect360 Research recently provided a synopsis of the leading suppliers of the major hardware and software categories that circumscribe the HPC space.

Scientists Come Up with Blueprint for Supersized Quantum Computer

Quantum computing is back in the news – this time courtesy of a research team that has published a blueprint for what they are calling “the most powerful computer on Earth.” According to the press release issued on Wednesday, a quantum computer based on this blueprint can be built with currently available technologies and would have nearly unlimited computational power.

NCAR Launches Five-Petaflop Supercomputer

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has begun operation of Cheyenne, a 5.34-petaflop supercomputer that will support a range of research related to weather, climate, and other Earth sciences. The system is currently ranked as the 20th most powerful system in the world, with a Linpack mark of 4.79 petaflops. More News

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Exabyte Measures Linpack Performance Across Major Cloud Vendors

Exabyte, a materials discovery cloud specialist, has published a study that compares Linpack performance on four of the largest public cloud providers. Although the study’s methodology had some drawbacks, the results suggested that with the right hardware, HPC applications could not only scale well in cloud environments, but could also deliver performance on par with that of conventional supercomputers.

Cray Ends Year on High Note as it Closes the Books on 2016

Thanks to a record fourth quarter, Cray posted a modest profit in 2016, representing its seventh straight year of profitability. The company also recorded its second highest annual revenue in its history. Unfortunately though, Cray finds itself in the midst of a lethargic supercomputing market, which has shown few signs of improving.

Chinese Firms Racing to the Front of the AI Revolution

While US-based firms such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft still dominate the artificial intelligence space, Chinese counterparts like Baidu, Tencent, and Alibaba are quickly catching up, and in some cases, surpassing their US competition. As a consequence, China appears to be on a path to reproduce its success in supercomputing in AI.

Trump’s Travel and Immigration Ban Draws Condemnation from US Tech Community

Leaders of some of the largest technology companies in the world spoke out against the Trump administration’s executive order to bar the entry of individuals from seven countries into the US. The order signed last Friday would temporarily prevent citizens from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Libya from entering the country whether or not they had the requisite documentation.

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AI Gets Top Billing in TSUBAME Sequel; Cloud Providers Face Off in Linpack Showdown

Episode 162: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman discuss the latest AI news out of Japan and the latest Linpack showdown.

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