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Andrew Ng Leaving Baidu for Next Chapter in AI

“As the founding lead of the Google Brain project, and more recently through my role at Baidu, I have played a role in the transformation of two leading technology companies into “AI companies.” But AI’s potential is far bigger than its impact on technology companies. I will continue my work to shepherd in this important societal change. In addition to transforming large companies to use AI, there are also rich opportunities for entrepreneurship as well as further AI research.”

Overview of the HGX-1 AI Accelerator Chassis

“The Project Olympus hyperscale GPU accelerator chassis for AI, also referred to as HGX-1, is designed to support eight of the latest “Pascal” generation NVIDIA GPUs and NVIDIA’s NVLink high speed multi-GPU interconnect technology, and provides high bandwidth interconnectivity for up to 32 GPUs by connecting four HGX-1 together. The HGX-1 AI accelerator provides extreme performance scalability to meet the demanding requirements of fast growing machine learning workloads, and its unique design allows it to be easily adopted into existing datacenters around the world.”

Day-Long Deep Learning Track Comes to ISC 2017

Today ISC 2017 announced a day-long Deep Learning track on June 21 as part of its technical program. The full conference takes place June 18-21 in Frankfurt, Germany. “The overwhelming success of deep learning has triggered a race to build larger artificial neural networks, using growing amounts of training data in order to allow computers to take on more complex tasks. Such work will challenge the computational feasibility of deep learning of this magnitude, requiring massive data throughput and compute power. Hence, implementing deep learning at scale has become an emerging topic for the high performance computing community.”

vScaler to Showcase OpenHPC & Deep Learning at Cloud Expo Europe 2017

Today vScaler announced plans to showcase their HPC cloud platform March 15-16 at the upcoming Cloud Expo Europe Conference in London. Supported by two of its strategic technology partners – Aegis Data and Global Cloud Xchange, vScaler will showcase its application specific cloud platform, with experts on hand to discuss use cases such as HPC, Broadcast & Media, Big Data, Finance and Storage, as well as data centre innovation and co-location. “We provide full application stacks for a range of verticals as well as on-demand consultancy from our expert team,” said David Power, vScaler CTO. “Our tailor-made, software-defined infrastructure cuts away time wasted on the distractions of setup and enables our users to concentrate on the task at hand.”

Podcast: Using GPUs and AI to Fight Cybercrime

“Cybersecurity is a cat-and-mouse game where the mouse always has long had the upper hand because it’s so easy for new malware to go undetected. Dr. Eli David, an expert in computational intelligence and CTO of Deep Instinct, wants to use AI to change that, bringing the GPU-powered deep learning techniques underpinning modern speech and image recognition to the vexing world of cybersecurity.”

Nvidia Brings AI to the Cloud with the HGX-1 Hyperscale GPU Accelerator

Today, Microsoft, NVIDIA, and Ingrasys announced a new industry standard design to accelerate Artificial Intelligence in the next generation cloud. “Powered by eight NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs in each chassis, HGX-1 features an innovative switching design based on NVIDIA NVLink interconnect technology and the PCIe standard, enabling a CPU to dynamically connect to any number of GPUs. This allows cloud service providers that standardize on the HGX-1 infrastructure to offer customers a range of CPU and GPU machine instance configurations.”

Andrew Ng on why Artificial Intelligence is the New Electricity

“Electricity transformed industries: agriculture, transportation, communication, manufacturing. I think we are now in that phase where AI technology has advanced to the point where we see a clear path for it to transform multiple industries.” Specifically, Ng sees AI being particularly influential in entertainment, retail, and logistics.

Nvidia to Power Fujitsu’s New Deep Learning System at RIKEN

Today Fujitsu announced that it has received RIKEN’s order for the “Deep learning system,” one of the largest supercomputers in Japan specializing in AI research. “NVIDIA DGX-1, the world’s first all-in-one AI supercomputer, is designed to meet the enormous computational needs of AI researchers,” said Jim McHugh, VP & GM at Nvidia. “Powered by 24 DGX-1s, the RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project’s system will be the most powerful DGX-1 customer installation in the world. Its breakthrough performance will dramatically speed up deep learning research in Japan, and become a platform for solving complex problems in healthcare, manufacturing and public safety.”

Fathom Neural Compute Stick Enables Mobile Devices to React Cognitively

Intel-owned Movidius has introduced a fascinating new device called the Fathom Neural Compute Stick, a modular deep learning accelerator in the form of a standard USB stick. “The Fathom Neural Compute Stick is the first of its kind: A powerful, yet surprisingly efficient Deep Learning processor embedded into a standard USB stick. The Fathom Neural Compute Stick acts as a discrete neural compute accelerator, allowing devices with a USB port run neural networks at high speed, while sipping under a single Watt of power.”

Artificial Intelligence: It’s No Longer Science Fiction

“Computational science has come a long way with machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL) in just the last year. Leading centers of high-performance computing are making great strides in developing and running ML/DL workloads on their systems. Users and algorithm scientists are continuing to optimize their codes and techniques that run their algorithms, while system architects work out the challenges they still face on various system architectures. At SC16, I had the honor of hosting three of HPC’s thought leaders in a panel to get their ideas about the state of Artificial Intelligence (AI), today’s challenges with the technology, and where it’s going.”