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Google’s New Switch Transformer Model Achieves 1.6 Trillion Parameters, Efficiency Gains

Feb 8, 2021 |

Last year, OpenAI wowed the world with its eerily human language generator, GPT-3. The autoregressive model stood at a then-staggering 175 billion parameters, ten times higher than its predecessors. Read more…

AWS Leans on Custom Silicon for Processing Advantage

Dec 21, 2020 |

You may know Amazon Web Services as a leading provider of public cloud services. But it’s also investing substantial sums into designing its own line of custom chips that can save customers a lot of money compared to Intel X86 and Nvidia GPU processors, for general purpose, as well as analytical and AI workloads

According to Raj Pai, vice president of AWS EC2 product management, tells Datanami that AWS customers will see a 40% price-performance increase when they adopt the sixth-generation EC2 instance, which is powered by a custom-designed Graviton2 processor that’s equipped with 64-bit Arm Neoverse cores. Read more…

The Past and Future of HPDA: A Q&A with Steve Conway

Nov 10, 2020 |

Steve Conway, a senior adviser at Hyperion Research, has been watching the big data market evolve and transform for well over 10 years. You will remember that it was Conway, while at IDC, who coined the term “high performance data analysis,” or HPDA, to reflect the confluence of big data with HPC hardware. Read more…

Filling Persistent Gaps in the ‘Big Memory’ Era

Sep 23, 2020 |

Organizations that need to process large amounts of data in real time will be the big winners of the emerging “big memory” era, says Charles Fan, the CEO and co-founder of MemVerge, which today unveiled new software designed to lower the barrier of entry to big memory systems. Read more…

Rush to Cloud Exposes Budgetary Pitfalls

Aug 20, 2020 |"Customers are using less than 10% of what they provisioned in terms of capacity,” says Jay Chapel, VP at ParkMyCloud. “Almost every customer we talk to that’s large, they found they’re spending more money than they expected.” Read more…

News In Brief

Nvidia Opens the Door to Deep Learning Workshops

Feb 19, 2021 |

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). Read more…

Lightweight Kubernetes Pushes Orchestrator to the Edge

Oct 15, 2020 |

Kubernetes, the evolving cluster orchestrator, has gone on a diet, stepping off the scales as a lightweight, resilient clustering tool that switches to autopilot once three or more nodes are clustered. Read more…

Models Trained to Keep the Trains Running

Aug 7, 2020 |

Steady advances in machine vision techniques such as convolutional neural networks powered by graphics processors and emerging technologies like neuromorphic silicon retina “event cameras” are creating a range of new predictive monitoring and maintenance use cases. Read more…

Intel Updates Optane, Expands NAND SSD Offerings

Jun 19, 2020 |

Intel Corp. remains persistent in upgrading its Optane persistent memory series. The chip maker (NASDAQ: INTC) said this week its second generation Optane series is tuned to the latest version of its Xeon Scalable processors (codenamed Cooper Lake), and boosts memory bandwidth by an average of 25 percent. Read more…

Micron Bridges Memory Bandwidth Gap for ML

Feb 26, 2020 |

Deep learning accelerators based on chip architectures coupled with high-bandwidth memory are emerging to enable near real-time processing of machine learning algorithms. Memory chip specialist Micron Technology argues that hardware accelerators linked to higher memory densities are the best way to accelerate “memory bound” AI applications. Read more…

This Just In

Researchers Develop Software to Extend GraphIt to Run on GPUs

Feb 22, 2021 |

Feb. 22, 2021 — Graphs — data structures that show the relationship among objects — are highly versatile. It’s easy to imagine a graph depicting a social media network’s web of connections. Read more…

NVIDIA Violates the Transaction Processing Performance Council’s Fair Use Policy

Jan 27, 2021 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 27, 2021 — Today the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) announced that NVIDIA has violated the TPC’s Fair Use Policy. In the paper “State of RAPIDS: Bridging the GPU Data Science Ecosystem,” presented at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) 2020, and in associated company blogs and marketing materials, NVIDIA claims that it has “outperformed by nearly 20x the record for running the standard big data analytics benchmark, known as TPCx-BB.” Since NVIDIA has not published official TPC results, and instead compared results from derived workloads to official TPC results, the comparisons are invalid. Read more…

Cirrascale Cloud Services and Graphcore Announce Availability of Graphcloud for Machine Intelligence Workflows

Jan 26, 2021 |

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 26, 2021 — Cirrascale Cloud Services, provider of deep learning infrastructure solutions for autonomous vehicle, Natural Language Processing (NLP) and computer vision workflows, has announced the availability of its Graphcloud platform. Read more…

AMD EPYC  Processors Power Microsoft Azure Data Explorer, Offers Users 30 Percent Better Performance

Oct 15, 2020 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 15, 2020 — AMD today announced Azure Data Explorer, a Platform as a Service (PaaS) solution optimized for data exploration and near real-time analytics, will now offer customers access to Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines featuring AMD EPYC processors. Read more…

Supermicro to Support NVIDIA BlueField-2 DPU

Oct 6, 2020 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 6, 2020 — Super Micro Computer, Inc. today announced its intent to support the new NVIDIA BlueField-2 DPU (data processing unit). NVIDIA BlueField-2 DPU are sampling now, and Supermicro will conduct an aggressive certification program for the NVIDIA BlueField-2 DPU, encompassing a broad range of Supermicro’s market-leading systems with planned availability in 2021. Read more…

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