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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.