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CENIC 2020 Conference to showcase Growing Contributions of Women in Computer Networking

Studies have found that men tend to drastically outnumber women at technology conferences, limiting female viewpoints, minimizing women’s contributions to leadership, and exhibiting fewer female role models. At CENIC’s 2020 Conference: The Right Connection, more than one-third of the speakers will be female. “Diversity is good for technology, and CENIC is committed to supporting programs that increase diversity, inclusion, and equity for underrepresented populations in the field of computer networking.”

Big Compute 20 Conference Announces Speaker Lineup

Today the Big Compute Conference announced sponsors and speakers for its inaugural event, held February 11-12, 2020 in San Francisco. The two-day conference will feature business leaders and scientists describing how they are transforming their industries with access to unlimited cloud compute. “Big Compute 20 brings together thought leaders in aerospace, automotive, AI, biotech, medical, academic, technology, and chemical industries. In addition to inspiring talks, the event will feature workshops, networking, panels and a hackathon sprint, all focused on the freedom to think big.”

Atos completes acquisition of Maven Wave

Today Atos announced the completion of its acquisition of Maven Wave, a U.S.-based cloud and technology consulting firm specialized in delivering digital transformation solutions for large enterprises. With this acquisition, Atos reinforces its global leadership in cloud-solutions for applications, data analytics and machine learning in hybrid and multi-cloud platforms. “Together, Maven Wave and Atos create the strongest Google Cloud services portfolio offered anywhere, providing customers proven expertise and knowledge in executing their digital transformation and delivering outstanding experiences to their customers,” commented Maven Wave Founders Brian Farrar, Jason Lee and Jeff Lee.

Samsung Launches Flashbolt High Bandwidth 2E Memory

Today Samsung Electronics launched ‘Flashbolt,’ its third-generation High Bandwidth Memory 2E (HBM2E). The new 16-gigabyte (GB) HBM2E is uniquely suited to maximize HPC systems and help system manufacturers to advance their supercomputers, AI-driven data analytics and state-of-the-art graphics systems in a timely manner. “With the introduction of the highest performing DRAM available today, we are taking a critical step to enhance our role as the leading innovator in the fast-growing premium memory market,” said Cheol Choi, executive vice president of Memory Sales & Marketing at Samsung Electronics.

Efficient Model Selection for Deep Neural Networks on Massively Parallel Processing Databases

Frank McQuillan from Pivotal gave this talk at FOSDEM 2020. “In this session we will present an efficient way to train many deep learning model configurations at the same time with Greenplum, a free and open source massively parallel database based on PostgreSQL. The implementation involves distributing data to the workers that have GPUs available and hopping model state between those workers, without sacrificing reproducibility or accuracy.”

vScaler Launches AI Reference Architecture

A new AI reference architecture from vScaler describes how to simplify the configuration and management of software and storage in a cost-effective and easy to use environment. “vScaler – an optimized cloud platform built with AI and Deep Learning workloads in mind – provides you with a production ready environment with integrated Deep Learning application stacks, RDMA accelerated fabric and optimized NVMe storage, eliminating the administrative burden of setting up these complex AI environments manually.”

Reflecting on 10 Years of Active Archive

In this special guest feature, Molly Presley from the Active Archive Alliance reflects on how the unstructured data storage industry has evolved and the implications for active archives. “We now have software that allows us to extract data from the archive for things like analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, so it adds more value and usability to archived data. And, many of the applications and processes can now be automated through APIs and CLIs to make it easy to automate common tasks and integrate with upstream applications.”

New Algorithm to make AI less biased

A researcher from Queen’s University Belfast has developed an innovative new algorithm that will help make artificial intelligence (AI) fairer and less biased when processing data. “Employing AI techniques directly on raw data results in biased insights, which influence public policy and this could amplify existing disparities. The uptake of fairer AI methods is critical, especially in the public sector, when it comes to such scenarios.”

WekaIO picks up steam in the HPC Market

Today WekaIO announced it closed its 2019 fiscal year with record velocity in revenues. The company grew revenue by 600% compared to 2018 with growth fueled by increasing adoption of NVMe-native storage systems to enable I/O-intensive applications in Artificial Intelligence (AI), life sciences, and financial analysis. “We are the only tier-1, enterprise-grade storage solution capable of delivering epic performance at any scale on premises and on the public cloud, and we will continue to fuel our momentum by hiring for key positions and identifying strategic partnerships.”

Quantum Computing Inc. Releases Mukai Quantum Development Platform

Today Quantum Computing Inc. announced its Mukai quantum application development platform. Focused on developing novel quantum applications, the Company is leveraging their collective expertise in finance, computing, security, mathematics, and physics to develop commercial applications for the financial, security, and government sectors. “Mukai enables developers to create and deploy practical applications that solve very hard problems today,” said Mike Booth, QCI’s Chief Technology Officer. “We believe this will bring immediate value to potential clients, while also providing a clear path to emerging quantum hardware. As Mukai provides an abstraction layer to the actual computing hardware, a client’s investment in application development today should pay off in two ways, without having to take the hardware platform into consideration.”