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With Volta, NVIDIA Pushes Harder into the Cloud

Amid all the fireworks around the Volta V100 processor at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) last week, NVIDIA also devoted a good deal of time to their new cloud offering, the NVIDIA GPU Cloud (NGC). With NGC, along with its new Volta offerings, the company is now poised to play both ends of the cloud market: as a hardware provider and as a platform-as-a service provider.

NVIDIA Raises Performance Bar with Volta GPU

Riding a wave of excitement for all things AI, NVIDIA has launched the Volta GPU. The revamped architecture sets a new standard for computing performance in HPC, deep learning, and accelerated databases. The new platform was unveiled by NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) on Wednesday morning.

Supermicro, Inspur, Boston Limited Unveil High-Density GPU Servers

As NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) kicks off this week in San Jose, California, vendors are lining up to announce their latest GPU computing wares. Even before the main conference festivities commenced, Supermicro, Inspur, and Boston Limited took the opportunity to launch their new NVIDIA Tesla P100 servers.

Machine Learning Will Reshape Diagnostic Medicine

Diagnosing disease is one of the more labor-intensive aspects of the healthcare system. It also happens to be one that is particularly well-suited to being performed by machine learning algorithms. While work in this area is in its early stages, the technology is evolving rapidly and appears poised to transform diagnostic medicine.

Wave Computing Launches Machine Learning Appliance

Silicon Valley startup Wave Computing announced its dataflow compute appliance for machine learning is now available via an early access program, with general availability scheduled for Q4 2017. According to the company, its custom-built appliance can deliver 2.9 petaops of performance and train neural networks an order of magnitude faster than the current crop of GPU-accelerated hardware.

Canada Is Quietly Adding 10 Petaflops to Its Network of Academic Supercomputers

Simon Fraser University (SFU) has officially launched Canada’s most powerful academic supercomputer. The new 3.6-petaflop system, known as “Cedar,” is just the beginning of a big push by the Canadian government to upgrade the network of its 50 aging HPC machines used to serve the nation’s academic research community.

The Enigmatic Nature of AI is a Problem That Needs Solving

When a poker-playing AI program developed at Carnegie Mellon university challenged a group of machine learning-savvy engineers and investors in China, the results were the same as when the software went up against professional card players: it beat its human competition like a drum. And that points to AI’s greatest strength, as well as its greatest weakness.

Can a Supercomputing Algorithm Kill Gerrymandering?

A supercomputing application that can figure out if state legislative districts have been unfairly drawn, has the potential to change electoral politics in the United States. According to its inventors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the application could be used by courts to determine if partisan gerrymandering has been used to unfairly manipulate these maps.

TOP500 Meanderings: Russia’s New Supercomputing Rankings Reflect Sluggish Growth in HPC There

This week Russia posted its list of the 50 most powerful supercomputing systems installed in the country. From the looks of things, not much is happening in the HPC space there. System turnover across the Top50 during the last six months was minimal and aggregate performance barely budged.

Google Reveals Technical Specs and Business Rationale for TPU Processor

Although Google’s Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) has been powering the company’s vast empire of deep learning products since 2015, very little was known about the custom-built processor. This week the web giant published a description of the chip and explained why it’s an order of magnitude faster and more energy-efficient than the CPUs and GPUs it replaces.