13 Dec NVIDIA Wins First AI Benchmarks

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While the AI market has attracted a large number of would-be NVIDIA competitors for acceleration chips, including Intel, AMD , and dozens of well-funded startups, up until recently, there was not a set of benchmarks to enable apple-to-apple comparisons. The industry was simply too immature and fast-moving to take the time to develop one. That […]

04 Dec Amazon AWS Leaps Forward In Cloudy AI At re:Invent

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Amazon Web Services  hosted its annual conference last week. Over 50,000 attendees converged on Las Vegas to partake in the massive 4-day agenda of all things cloudy. In the realm of Artificial Intelligence (AI), AWS announced over a dozen completely new services for building and running smart applications, adding significantly to what was already a […]

29 Nov Xilinx FPGAs: The Chip Behind Alibaba’s Singles Day

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Most Americans consider Black Friday to be the biggest shopping extravaganza of the year. No doubt it is huge, with an estimated $5B in all U.S. retail sales (online and in-store) on Black Friday 2017. Imagine, though, a single website capable of ringing up over $30B (yes, with a B) in a single day. That’s […]

21 Nov SC18: Big Iron And GPUs On Stage

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The annual Supercomputing event took place in Dallas last week, with over 13,000 attendees and miles of isles winding the convention center floor.  The big news this year was that the USA retook the top 2 spots from China on the list of the 500 largest computers. Both of these systems are powered by IBM Power9 […]

16 Nov Is Microsoft Adding Xilinx To Its Datacenters?

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At this point, Microsoft is probably the industry’s largest buyer of Intel FPGAs for datacenter acceleration. It has published numerous blogs and papers about its extensive use cases for the adaptable hardware, from security to search to AI (which I have opined on in numerous Forbes blogs). On Wednesday, October 31, Bloomberg’s Ian King published […]

12 Oct NVIDIA: From The Datacenter To The Autonomous Car

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Some folks say that NVIDIA has lost its early pole position in autonomous driving. Tesla de-selected NVIDIA to power its autonomous vehicle computing, and BMW picked Intel to be its technology supplier for autonomous driving systems. However, considering the company NVIDIA keeps and its wide array of technology, expertise, and services, I wouldn’t count it out. […]

03 Oct Microsoft Expands AI Offerings At Ignite 2018

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Artificial intelligence (AI) development and deployment in the cloud is rapidly growing and becoming a critical market for Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google  Cloud, and Microsoft Azure. Many enterprises are now developing their own AI applications or adding AI features to their internal infrastructure, and the cloud is often the best place to build an […]

03 Oct Xilinx Launches Versal Acceleration Chip

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Xilinx launched its next-generation 7nm Versal product, based on the Adaptable Computing Acceleration Platform, at the Xilinx Developer Forum in San Jose this week. It also announced its first production PCIe board, called Alveo, around which it is already building a thriving ecosystem. Let’s dive in to understand what was announced and what it might […]

27 Sep NVIDIA Bets On Turing For Datacenter AI

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NVIDIA ’s datacenter business has been on a tear lately, roughly doubling every year for the past several years. It hit $1.93 billion for the 2018 fiscal year, an increase of nearly 130% over the previous year. This growth has been largely driven by the pervasive use of NVIDIA GPUs in HPC and in neural […]

10 Sep Fall Season Kicks Off With 3 Major AI Tech Events

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We’re going to see a lot of Artificial Intelligence-related headlines over the next four weeks stemming from three big industry events. While each has its unique focus, all three events will be centered around the progress being made in developing and running AI applications that deliver real business value. Beyond the typical AI hype, a […]

06 Sep Xilinx Reveals More Everest Details

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Xilinx , the market share leader in Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), presented five sessions at this week’s HotChips ’18 conference in Cupertino, California. These included CEO Victor Peng’s keynote on the company’s vision for the future of adaptable domain specific computing, new features of its upcoming 7nm Project Everest architecture, and pre-built applications for […]

24 Aug NVIDIA Reveals Xavier SOC Details

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NVIDIA has been hinting about Xavier for a couple of years now, and it finally revealed significant details at the recent HotChips’ 30th annual conference in Cupertino, California. This device is a huge System-On-a-Chip (SOC) designed to support a wide variety of complex AI inference processing in real-time, for drones, robotics, and autonomous driving. Frankly, […]

20 Jul An Update On Data Center FPGAs

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FPGAs from Intel and Xilinx  have been steadily carving out niches in datacenter applications where low power, high performance, and configurability may trump programming challenges. Xilinx and  AWS have been working with solution providers to create shrink-wrapped applications and tools which use AWS F1 FPGA instances, and Microsoft has recently announced some pretty stellar results […]

26 Jun Xilinx And Daimler AG Team Up For AI-Based Automotive Applications

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The Autonomous Vehicle of the future is getting incrementally closer, with technological advances in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) features such as emergency braking, lane keeping, pedestrian warnings, sign reading, and adaptive cruise control. While Intel ’s Mobileye is the market leader today for auto vision processing, many automakers are opting for more flexible and […]

25 Jun Microsoft Cranks AI Efforts Up To 11

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Microsoft is justifiably proud of its hardware/software co-design approach to accelerating a wide range of data center workloads using Intel FPGAs. The company recently shared some progress in this area and subsequently announced its acquisition of the AI startup Bonsai to ease the on-ramp for building AI on Microsoft. These advances give more advantages to […]

13 Jun AI Pioneer Wave Computing Acquires MIPS Technologies

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Wave Computing, a Silicon Valley AI startup specializing in data flow processing of Deep Neural Networks, has acquired MIPS Technologies for an undisclosed amount. Wave projects that the acquisition will be immediately cash-flow positive and accretive to its balance sheet and valuation. The deal logic is pretty sound, adding new markets such as edge AI […]

12 Jun IBM And NVIDIA Reach The Summit: The World’s Fastest Supercomputer

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IBM , NVIDIA , and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced that they have completed testing the world’s fastest supercomputer, Summit, at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Capable of over 200 petaflops (200 quadrillion operations per second), Summit consists of 4600 IBM dual socket Power 9 nodes, connected by […]

01 Jun Intel Shows Off Its AI Chips And Chops

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Intel held its inaugural Artificial Intelligence (AI) Developers Conference in San Francisco on May 23-24th, presenting its leadership, technologies, and customers to a capacity audience of some 800 AI geeks and media. The company now has a rich portfolio of AI technologies, after acquiring Movidius and MobileEye for real-time processing, Altera for reprogrammable FPGA acceleration […]

22 May Intel OpenVINO: Funny Name, Great Strategy

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Over the last several years, Intel  has acquired four companies to go after the AI market: Nervana, Movidius, MobileEye, and Altera. Now the company has announced a new software strategy to unify these offerings for the application developer. While there is still much work to be done, Intel’s inference strategy looks pretty solid and should […]

14 May Is NVIDIA Unstoppable In AI?

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In NVIDIA ’s Q1 2019 quarter, the company once again exceeded expectations, reporting a 66% growth in total revenue, including 71% growth in its red-hot datacenter business (reaching $701M for the quarter). For NVIDIA, the “Datacenter” segment includes High-Performance Computing (HPC), datacenter-hosted graphics, and AI acceleration. While that is certainly an impressive growth rate, it is smaller than […]