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HPE to Acquire Cray for $1.3 Billion

Today HPE announced that the company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cray for approximately $1.3 billion. “This pending deal will bring together HPE, the global HPC market leader, and Cray, whose Shasta architecture is under contract to power America’s two fastest supercomputers in 2021,” said Steve Conway from Hyperion Research. “The Cray addition will boost HPE’s ability to pursue high-end procurements and will speed the combined company’s development of next-generation technologies that will benefit HPC and AI-machine learning customers at all price points.”

Video: Atos Partners with Google Cloud for HPC

Today Atos announced that the Google Cloud has selected the company as an HPC services partner, expanding the global partnership with new services for enterprise customers. “Leveraging the skilled workforce, speed and scale of the CEPP from Atos, customers’ workload management will be supported by key analysis and optimization for their application performance on Google Cloud.”

Diagnose Network Problems Faster with Mellanox WJH Technology

Today Mellanox announced an advanced Network Telemetry technology that provides visibility into Data Plane Anomalies – for public cloud, private cloud and enterprise computing. “What Just Happened (WJH) is a new intelligent monitoring technology that goes well beyond conventional streaming telemetry and Inband Network Telemetry (INT) offerings. Every customer who has tried WJH has been amazed at how quickly they were able to discover behavior they never knew was occurring in their network.”

Univa to Host HPC Cloud Breakfast Briefing at ISC 2019

Our friends at Univa will host a Breakfast Briefing on HPC Cloud Efficiency at ISC 2019. The meeting takes place June 19 at 8:00am – 10:00am in Frankfurt, Germany. “Migrating workload to a hybrid cloud comes with expense and risks. Univa can greatly reduce the risk of HPC Cloud and save costs with intelligent workload placement, data staging and automation. A panel of product executives from Amazon Web Services will join Univa to share real-world use cases and discuss best practices.”

How Singularity Containers can ease the Transition to RHEL 8

The general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 was announced this week at the Red Hat Summit in Boston. In this special guest feature, Ian Lumb writes that the company’s Singularity containers can ease the transition to RHEL 8. “RHEL 8 is a transition over time, not a discrete event in time. Singularity containers preserve your heavily vested legacy deployments, while enabling you to make the transition on your terms.”

Excelero Powers AI as a Service with Shared NVMe at InstaDeep

“InstaDeep offers a pioneering AI as a Service solution enabling organizations of any size to leverage the benefits of AI and Machine Learning without the time, costs and expertise required to run their own AI stacks. Excelero’s NVMesh, in turn, allows InstaDeep to access the low-latency, high-bandwidth performance that is essential for running customer AI and ML workloads efficiently – and gain the scalability vital to InstaDeep’s own rapid growth.”

CoolIT Systems Launches Liquid Cooling Solution for Intel Server System S9200WK

Today CoolIT Systems announced an integrated liquid cooling solution to support the Intel Server System S9200WK. “The Intel Server System S9200WK uses CoolIT’s innovative Rack DLC coldplate solution, featuring patented Split-Flow design. The liquid cooling solution for this 2U, four node server manages heat from the recently announced dual Intel Xeon Platinum 9200 processor CPUs, voltage regulators, and memory.”

DDN Moves Closer to the Edge with Nexenta Acquisition

Today DDN announced its intent to acquire Nexenta, the market leader in Software Defined Storage for 5G and Internet of Things (IoT). “Our clients benefit from the flexibility and performance of Nexenta’s robust SDS solutions and platform-agnostic strategy, which provide great differentiation for the HPC, AI, and high-performance data analytics (HPDA) verticals we serve. With escalating demands from our clients for ultra-scalable compute and data storage platforms, we look forward to the exciting developments which will result from this new relationship.”

‘AI on the Fly’: Moving AI Compute and Storage to the Data Source

The impact of AI is just starting to be realized across a broad spectrum of industries. Tim Miller, Vice President Strategic Development at One Stop Systems (OSS), highlights a new approach — ‘AI on the Fly’ — where specialized high-performance accelerated computing resources for deep learning training move to the field near the data source. Moving AI computation to the data is another important step in realizing the full potential of AI.

Podcast: Accelerating AI Inference with Intel Deep Learning Boost

In this Chip Chat podcast, Jason Kennedy from Intel describes how Intel Deep Learning Boost works as an embedded AI accelerator in the CPU designed to speed deep learning inference workloads. “The key to Intel DL Boost – and its performance kick – is augmentation of the existing Intel Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel AVX-512) instruction set. This innovation significantly accelerates inference performance for deep learning workloads optimized to use vector neural network instructions (VNNI). Image classification, language translation, object detection, and speech recognition are just a few examples of workloads that can benefit.”