Category – In Depth

Startup Aims to Ease the Pain of Developing Machine Learning Applications
Aug. 14, 2017
One of the biggest impediments to more widespread use of AI is the lack of developer expertise in machine learning software. Bonsai, a startup based in Berkeley, California, is looking to change that in a big way by offering a platform that abstracts away a lot of the low-level nuts and bolts that makes machine learning such a daunting challenge for businesses.

IBM Pushes Envelope in Deep Learning Scalability
Aug. 8, 2017
This week IBM demonstrated software that was able to significantly boost the speed of training deep neural networks, while improving the accuracy of those networks. The software achieved this by dramatically increasing the scalability of these training applications across large number of GPUs.

China Puts Forth Plan to Become World Leader in Artificial Intelligence
July 31, 2017
The Chinese government has released a three-phase plan to become the world leader in artificial intelligence. According to a document published by the countrys State Council, the development and deployment of AI is seen as a strategic opportunity to the country, and will be worth 10 trillion yuan (1.49 trillion USD) to the nations economy by 2030.

With EPYC, AMD Offers Serious Competition to Intel in HPC
July 20, 2017
While a number of commentators have written off AMDs prospects of competing against Intel in HPC, testing of the latest server silicon from each chipmaker has revealed that the EPYC chip offers some surprising performance advantages against Intels newest "Skylake" Xeon destined for the datacenter.

Financial Analyst Takes Critical Look at IBM Watson
July 17, 2017
A report published by James Kisner, an equity analyst at global investment banking firm Jeffries, shot a few holes in IBMs Watson and the companys cognitive computing strategy. Along the way, Kisner offered some interesting insights into the AI market and some of the major players competing in the space.

Europe Sets Exascale Supercomputing Goal Amid Divisions on How to Achieve It
June 30, 2017
In March, ministers from seven of the largest European countries signed a declaration that established a timeline for fielding two exascale supercomputers in 2022. The agreement also specified that at least one of these systems will be based on European technology, although, as it turns out, not everyone seems to think this is the best way forward.