New information on AI and Machine Learning

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 […]

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 […]

10 May The Giants Have Awoken From Hibernation And AI And IoT Are On The Menu

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Microsoft Build main stage. Springtime! The flowers are blooming, the grass is getting green, the birds are out, and every major vendor has a conference with huge announcements. As an analyst, Spring is the best time of the year and 2018 has not disappointed so far. In past years, many large vendors attempted to differentiate […]

08 May Microsoft On The Move On Day One Build 2018 With Big Edge IoT, AI, And Mixed Reality Expansion

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella kicks off BUILD 2018 in Seattle I’m back on the road again attending Microsoft Build 2018 in Seattle, Washington. The company’s annual developer’s conference is always a highlight of the season for me, with developers, partners, press, analysts, and some customers all coming together to hear about the latest and greatest […]

07 May Microsoft Shows IoT, Edge Momentum With New Support From Qualcomm, NXP And DJI

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Microsoft’s comprehensive IoT platform Microsoft has been on the move in IoT with a $5 billion investment, building out and connecting what Microsoft calls the “intelligent edge” and the “intelligent cloud”. Two weeks ago, at RSA, Microsoft announced Azure Sphere for the “deep edge”, a platform including certified MCUs, Linux-based Sphere OS, and Azure Sphere […]

02 May Dell Technologies World 2018 Day 2: New Products Galore

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Dell Vice Chairman Jeff Clarke kicks off Dell Tech World Day 2 As I wrote yesterday, this week I am attending Dell Technologies World 2018 in Las Vegas to get a look the conglomerate’s overall vision, and to see what new products and solutions it has in store for its customers and partners in the […]

19 Apr AMD And Cray Join Forces To Bring EPYC To HPC

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Cray and AMD have announced the availability of AMD EPYC 32-core CPUs on the supercomputer company’s midrange cluster system, the Cray CS500. AMD has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Cray, supplying Opteron processors in big iron Cray supercomputers such as that deployed in the National Center for Supercomputing Application (NCSA) Blue Waters at the University […]

13 Apr Moor Insights & Strategy Analysis on NVIDIA GTC 2018

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  Moor Insights & Strategy Blogs: Pure Storage And NVIDIA Announce AIRI Converged Infrastructure Reference Architecture, by Patrick Moorhead (April 10, 2018) NVIDIA Reinforces Machine Learning Training Lead Via Platform Improvements At GTC 2018, by Patrick Moorhead (April 9, 2018) Arm Chooses NVIDIA Open-Source CNN AI Chip Technology, by Karl Freund (March 29, 2018) NVIDIA […]

10 Apr Pure Storage And NVIDIA Announce AIRI Converged Infrastructure Reference Architecture

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  AIRI (AI Ready Infrastructure) Last month, I attended NVIDIA’s GTC 2018 conference, which has turned into one of the premier AI, ML and DL conferences in the world. You can read my analysis here. Part of the reason for this reputation is NVIDIA’s leadership in machine and deep learning training which it helped to create […]