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ASF Keynotes Showcase How HPC and Big Data Have Pervaded the Pandemic

Last Thursday, a range of experts joined the Advanced Scale Forum (ASF) in a rapid-fire roundtable to discuss how advanced technologies have transformed the way humanity responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in indelible ways. The roundtable, held near the one-year mark of the first lockdowns in North America, opened with a session from Ari Berman, CEO of BioTeam. Read more…

AI Infrastructure Gets a Stack

In an effort to create a standard set of tools that would help data science teams collaborate on AI development, an infrastructure initiative launched this week will promote a unified stack for developing and scaling machine learning models. Read more…

DeepCube Unveils Deep Learning Suite

DeepCube is launching a new suite of products and services, including a software-based deep learning accelerator which runs on a range of current and next-generation hardware.

The suite targets neural network training and inference while the accelerator is designed to boost of the performance of existing hardware. Read more…

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Introducing Trifacta Photon Job Execution on All Editions

Agile data transformation requires fast iteration: Assess the current state of your data, transform it to move closer to your desired end state, repeat. Accelerating that interactive loop dramatically accelerates the overall time it takes to build data pipelines. Read more…

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Prophecy Spins Up Low-Code Data Pipeline Tool

In recent years, the shortage of data engineers has at times exceeded the shortage of data scientists. To help close the gap, a Silicon Valley startup called Prophecy today unveiled a low-code data engineering tool that enables users to build Spark-based data pipelines in a drag-and-drop manner. Read more…

Akka Cloud Platform Now on AWS

Java and Scala developers who want an easier way to build distributed applications without all the muss and fuss of synchronizing locks and managing state will be interested to learn that Lightbend is now making its Akka Cloud Platform available on the AWS cloud. Read more…

Space-Based Storage Prepares for Launch

Diminishing returns on costly data center investments—facilities already bulging at the seams—are engendering novel architectures for storing data. Early prototypes such as Microsoft’s submersible data center address cooling requirements and reliability issues.

Still, the ongoing problem is scale, and finding disruptive ways of securely storing and accessing exabytes of data without breaking the bank. Read more…

Getting a Foot in the Door for Smart City Projects

The potential impact of smart city initiatives is colossal. PwC pegged it as a $2.5 trillion opportunity by 2025. But getting projects greenlit for long term deployment can be quite difficult, especially with budget shortfalls. Read more…

Nvidia Opens the Door to Deep Learning Workshops

Good news for folks looking to learn about the latest AI development techniques: Nvidia is now allowing the general public to access the online workshops it provides through its Deep Learning Institute (DLI).

The GPU giant today announced today that selected workshops in the DLI catalog will be open to everybody. Read more…

The Data and AI Habits of Future-Ready Companies

The future is coming. Are you ready for it? According to Accenture, only 7% of organizations today have made the necessary investments in data science and AI to be considered “future-ready,” and they will reap enormous rewards from the work they have put in (even with COVID-19). Read more…

The AI Inside NASA’s Latest Mars Rover, Perseverance

As NASA’s latest Mars rover, Perseverance, prepares to land on the Martian surface Feb. 18 (Thursday) after a six-month flight to the red planet, the use of AI will quickly become an important part of the rover’s mission once it begins to traverse the landscape. Read more…

Analytics Show Facebook Coddling Trump’s Falsehoods

Former president and formerly prolific tweeter Donald Trump has been banned from most major social media sites since the days following the attack on the U.S. Capitol. In the intervening weeks, many of those sites have been forced to grapple with Trump’s extensive litany of falsehoods that were, until the last weeks of his presidency, by and large amplified by their platforms. Read more…

Why Human Integration Is Critical to the Future of AI

Progress in AI technology promises to usher in a new era of automation and innovation. But will advances in machine intelligence and the march toward automation displace human intelligence?

Half of businesses have already adopted AI technology to streamline at least one function, according to a recent McKinsey survey, and Gartner projects that 90% of enterprises will have brought aboard an automation architect by 2025. Read more…

Databricks Now on Google Cloud

Databricks customers can now run their big data applications on Google Cloud, the companies announced today. The move gives Databricks’ customers another public cloud option besides Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services.

Databricks, which was founded by the creators of Apache Spark, has emerged as one of hottest big data runtimes in the cloud, with a valuation estimated at $28 billion following a $1 billion-Series G round of funding earlier this month. Read more…

TigerGraph Roars with $105 Million Round

Upstart graph analytics company TigerGraph today announced the completion of a Series C round of funding worth $105 million. The funding validates TigerGraph’s approach, according to the company, which says it will use the money to bolster the creation of a graph analytics ecosystem, including greater cloud adoption and expansion of AI and machine learning applications. Read more…

Grafana Labs Upgrades Observability Platform

Grafana Labs’ new enterprise stack released this week incorporates a metrics service for Prometheus, the machine data storage and monitoring platform for cloud-native deployments, along with a log aggregation tool based on Grafana Loki.

Patterned on Loki’s log indexing framework, the company said Wednesday (Feb. Read more…

Matillion Rides Cloud ETL to $100 Million Round

Buoyed by 400 enterprise customers in the Snowflake data warehouse alone, ETL provider Matillion has been on a roll, with growth accelerating into the second half of 2020. With today’s $100 million Series D round, the Anglo-American company sees a clear path ahead to expand its cloud footprint and grow its data integration business around the world. Read more…

AI Hypervisor Gets a GPU Boost

Sunlight, the U.K.-based specialist in virtualizing data-intensive applications, announced Nvidia GPU support for its “lightweight” hypervisor designed to boost the performance of edge AI deployments.

GPU support for its NexVisor platform would provide “near bare-metal” performance in support of data pipelines currently constrained by legacy virtualization tools and cloud infrastructure, the company said. Read more…

One Model to Rule Them All: Transformer Networks Usher in AI 2.0, Forrester Says

The recent advent of massive transformer networks is ushering in a new age of AI that will give customers advanced natural language capabilities with just a fraction of the skills and data previously required, according to Forrester. Read more…

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