News in Brief

Intel Unveils USB Toolkit for AI Prototyping

Jul 20, 2017 |

Intel has begun rolling out AI hardware previewed last fall with the release of its Movidius Neural Compute Stick, billed as a self-contained AI accelerator in a USB format that requires no network connection. Read more…

GigaSpaces Closes Analytics-App Gap With Spark

Jul 19, 2017 |

Data analytics and cloud vendors are rushing to support enhancements to the latest version of Apache Spark that boost streaming performance while adding new features such as data set APIs and support for continuous, real-time applications. Read more…

IBM Bolsters Spark Ties with Latest SQL Engine

Jul 18, 2017 |

IBM is extending its commitment to Apache Spark as a key component of in-memory analytics with the latest release of its SQL engine for Hadoop.

The new version of IBM Big SQL released last week also solidifies the company’s joint distribution deal with Hortonworks announced last month that includes Hortonwork’s Hadoop and stream processing distributions. Read more…

Neural Nets Gaining Traction With Banks

Jul 17, 2017 |

Banking, insurance and financial services are driving the vibrant neural network software market along with growing uptake in the health care market, according to a new market forecast.

The estimated 26 percent annual growth rate for neural network software through 2021 is also being spurred by emerging real-time AI applications in diverse market segments such as public safety. Read more…

Microsoft Chases General AI with New Research Group

Jul 12, 2017 |

Microsoft today unveiled Microsoft Research AI, a new research and incubation hub that’s slated to take on some of artificial intelligence’s biggest challenges, including the creation of a general AI, the field’s Holy Grail. Read more…

Scality Targets Multi-Cloud Data Storage

Jul 11, 2017 |

As more enterprises adopt a multi-cloud strategy designed in part to avoid vendor lock-in, cloud storage vendors are responding with tools aimed at controlling and parsing data, especially the unstructured variety, while leveraging public and private cloud scaling advantages. Read more…

Poor Nations Underserved by Big Data

Jul 10, 2017 |

Poor nations in developing parts of the world are not keeping up with the level of big data investments made by rich western nations, according to experts in academia.

It’s tough to go a full day in the United States without interacting with big data and artificial intelligence in some shape or form. Read more…

H2O.ai Boasts New AI Product Like ‘Kaggle Grandmaster in a Box’

Jul 7, 2017 |

Want to get started with data science and artificial intelligence, but lack the skilled personnel to do it? You could be a candidate for machine learning software company H2O.ai’s latest creation, Driverless AI, which it compares to “Kaggle Grandmaster in a box.” Read more…

NEC Claims Vector CPU Outperforms Spark

Jul 6, 2017 |

An arms race is shaping up in the machine-learning sector with the claim by NEC Corp. that its approach based on its vector processor accelerates data processing by more than a factor of 50 compared to the Apache Spark cluster-computing framework. Read more…

Analytics Vendor NCI Acquired By Investors

Jul 3, 2017 |

NCI Inc., a big data analytics and IT vendor to the Defense Department and other federal and state government agencies, said it has agreed to be acquired by a private equity investment fund. Read more…