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Lenovo Updates LiCO Tools to Accelerate AI Deployment

Over at the Lenovo Blog, Dr. Bhushan Desam writes that the company just updated its LiCO tools to accelerate AI deployment and development for Enterprise and HPC implementations. “LiCO simplifies resource management and makes launching AI training jobs in clusters easy. LiCO currently supports multiple AI frameworks, including TensorFlow, Caffe, Intel Caffe, and MXNet. Additionally, multiple versions of those AI frameworks can easily be maintained and managed using Singularity containers. This consequently provides agility for IT managers to support development efforts for multiple users and applications simultaneously.”

HPE Launches Vertical AI Solutions

Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced new offerings to help customers ramp up, optimize and scale artificial intelligence usage across business functions to drive outcomes such as better demand forecasting, improved operational efficiency and increased sales. “HPE is best positioned to help customers make AI work for their enterprise, regardless of where they are in their AI adoption. While others provide AI components, we provide complete AI solutions from strategic advisory to purpose-built technology, operational support and a strong AI partner ecosystem to tailor the right AI solution for each organization.”

Video: IBM Quantum Computing will be “Mainstream in Five Years”

Talia Gershon from the Thomas J. Watson Research Center gave this talk at the 2018 IBM Think conference. “There is a whole class of problems that are too difficult for even the largest and most powerful computers that exist today to solve. These exponential challenges include everything from simulating the complex interactions of atoms and molecules to optimizing supply chains. But quantum computers could enable us to solve these problems, unleashing untold opportunities for business.”

IBM Launches Deep Learning as a Service

“IBM’s goal is to make it easier for you to build your deep learning models. Deep Learning as a Service has unique features, such as Neural Network Modeler, to lower the barrier to entry for all users, not just a few experts. The enhancements live within Watson Studio, our cloud-native, end-to-end environment for data scientists, developers, business analysts and SMEs to build and train AI models that work with structured, semi-structured and unstructured data — while maintaining an organization’s existing policy/access rules around the data.”

Video: IBM Sets Record TensorFlow Performance with new Snap ML Software

In this video, researchers from IBM Research in Zurich describe how the new IBM Snap Machine Learning (Snap ML) software was able to achieve record performance running TesorFlow. “This training time is 46x faster than the best result that has been previously reported, which used TensorFlow on Google Cloud Platform to train the same model in 70 minutes.”

Optalysys Speeds Deep Learning with Optical Processing

“Optalysys has for the first time ever, applied optical processing to the highly complex and computationally demanding area of CNNs with initial accuracy rates of over 70%. Through our uniquely scalable and highly efficient optical approach, we are developing models that will offer whole new levels of capability, not only cloud-based but also opening up the extraordinary potential of CNNs to mobile systems.”

MATLAB adds new capabilities with Release R2018a

Today MathWorks rolled out Release 2018a with a range of new capabilities in MATLAB and Simulink. “R2018a includes two new products, Predictive Maintenance Toolbox for designing and testing condition monitoring and predictive maintenance algorithms, and Vehicle Dynamics Blockset for modeling and simulating vehicle dynamics in a virtual 3D environment. In addition to new features in MATLAB and Simulink, and the new products, this release also includes updates and bug fixes to 94 other products.”

Job of the Week: Staff Data Scientist at GE

GE in San Ramon, California is seeking a Data Scientist in our Job of the Week. “We are looking for a Data Scientist to work in Deep Learning(DL) to assist and build deep learning algorithms using imaging and non-imaging data. This individual will work with customer clinical data scientists and interface with internal GE software and data science teams to deliver high quality software in a fast paced, challenging, and creative environment.”

Bill Magro from Intel to Keynote OpenFabrics Workshop

Bill Magro of Intel Corporation will kick off the OpenFabrics Workshop with a keynote speech, “Software Foundation for High-Performance Fabrics in the Cloud.” The event takes place April 9-13 in Boulder, Colorado. “This talk will highlight the broadening role of OpenFabrics, in general, and the Open Fabrics Interface, in particular, to rise to the challenge of meeting the emerging requirements and become the software foundation for high-performance cloud fabrics.”

Whurley Keynotes SXSW: The Endless Impossibilities of Quantum Computing

William Hurley from Strangeworks gave this talk at SXSW 2018. “Quantum computing isn’t just a possibility, it’s an inevitable next step. During his Keynote, whurley discusses how it will forever change the computing landscape and potentially the balance of international power. Countries around the world are investing billions to become the first quantum superpower. When we say an emerging technology represents a “paradigm shift,” it’s often hyperbole. In the case of quantum computing, it’s an understatement.”