New information on AI and Machine Learning

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 […]

23 Oct Google’s New Hardware Showcases Its AI Capabilities

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Google held its annual hardware event in New York City last week. Google’s Pixel 3 launch was possibly one of the most heavily leaked launches in industry history, with virtually all of the specifications of the device unveiled before the event began. Google was very aware of this fact and cobbled together a montage of […]

17 Oct Huawei’s Ambitious Goal To Make Connectivity Smarter

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Shanghai, China.  WILL TOWNSEND Last week, I attended Huawei Connect 2018 in Shanghai, China. In the event’s third year, Huawei outlined its broad strategy to bring artificial intelligence (AI) to the masses, leveraging its growing global footprint in consumer devices, enterprise networking, and wireless carrier infrastructure. With over 26,000 in attendance (a dramatic increase from […]

05 Oct Can Artificial Intelligence And Networking Transform The Hospitality Industry?

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The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort.  SWANDOLPHIN.COM These days we often take finding directions for granted. Easy smartphone apps like Google Maps and Waze all but make paper maps and standalone GPS devices obsolete. Why then hasn’t mapping found its way indoors? Historically, companies used sensors (commonly referred to as beacons) to accomplish […]

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 […]

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 […]

27 Sep Salesforce And Oracle Missing From The Open Data Initiative Announced At Ignite

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Microsoft, SAP, Adobe CEOs announce the Open Data Initiative.   PATRICK MOORHEAD This week I’m attending Microsoft Ignite 2018 in Orlando, FL, the tech giant’s annual customer and CIO conference. In comparison, Microsoft Build is primarily for developers and its ecosystem and Inspire is for its partners and channels. I make a point to attend the […]

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, […]

17 Aug Intel Updates For AI: $1B Now, More Growth Ahead

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Intel held a full day event last week to lay out its strategy and products for growth in the datacenter. Senior executives took the opportunity to talk about CPUs, ASICs, FPGAs, memory, and networking, while sprinkling in a healthy dose of real-world customer success stories. Investors were hoping that this event would shed some light […]

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 […]

16 Jul Microsoft Updates Microsoft 365 With Free Teams, Workspace Analytics, AI Enhancements And Nudges

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Microsoft gearing up for Inspire 2018 partner show in Las Vegas July 16-18. MICROSOFT As I have said many times before, the stakes are very high in the space the industry refers to as “the future of work.” The future of work encompasses the new ways workers get things done in a modern age of heterogeneous […]

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 […]

11 Jun You Can Also Buy A Smaller Version Of Oak Ridge National Labs Most Powerful AI Supercomputer

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Summit Supercomputer – Summit storage, racks, and cooling Last week, IBM announced, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), some impressive AI performance numbers from the Summit supercomputer. ORNL is hailing Summit as the world’s “most powerful and smartest supercomputer” currently in existence, unseating the previous record-holder, a Chinese […]

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 […]