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NOAA Report: Effects of Persistent Arctic Warming Continue to Mount

NOAA is out with their 2018 Arctic Report Card and the news is not good, folks. Issued annually since 2006, the Arctic Report Card is a timely and peer-reviewed source for clear, reliable and concise environmental information on the current state of different components of the Arctic environmental system relative to historical records. “The Report Card is intended for a wide audience, including scientists, teachers, students, decision-makers and the general public interested in the Arctic environment and science.”

OCF Deploys Largest IBM POWER9 Machine Learning Cluster in the UK

With a new upgrade, the University of Birmingham is set to benefit from the largest IBM POWER9 machine learning cluster in the UK, delivering unprecedented performance for AI workloads. Working with OCF, the high-performance compute, the University will integrate a total of 11 IBM POWER9-based IBM Power Systems servers into its existing HPC infrastructure. “With our early deployment of the two IBM POWER9 servers we have seen what is possible. By scaling up, we can keep-pace with the escalating demand and offer the computational capacity and capability to attract leading researchers to the University.”

Deconstructing the Complexities of the Data Pipeline for Connected Cars

A connected car can generate up to a gigabyte of data per day, and perhaps even more. Impressively, it is estimated that there are approximately 2 million connected cars on our roadways at this very moment. This means the storage demands can be up to 200 exabytes per day. IBM walks readers through the complexities of the data pipeline for connected cars, and how to address these challenges and storage questions. 

Solving the Data Management Challenge of Autonomous Driving

The action of driving an automobile is destined to take a very different route in the coming years as autonomous cars become commonplace on our roadways. The notion of autonomous driving is both scary and exciting, pushing the boundaries of what we know. IBM takes a look at one of the most vexing technology challenges posed by autonomous vehicles: how to manage all the data used in artificial intelligence development.

Spectra Logic Unveils World’s Largest Data Storage Machine with 2 Exabytes Capacity

Today Spectra Logic announced the industry’s most advanced tape technology, the IBM TS1160, for use in Spectra’s enterprise-class tape libraries. Spectra’s TFinity ExaScale, T950, T950v and T380 Tape Libraries will support the new tape drive and media. When fully populated with the TS1160 tape drives and media, a TFinity ExaScale will store and allow access to more than 2 exabytes (2,000 petabytes) of data, making Spectra’s TFinity ExaScale Tape Library the largest single data storage machine in the world.

Video: Unified Memory on Summit (Power9 + V100)

Jeff Larkin from NVIDIA gave this talk at the Summit Application Readiness Workshop. The event had the primary objective of providing the detailed technical information and hands-on help required for select application teams to meet the scalability and performance metrics required for Early Science proposals. Technical representatives from the IBM/NVIDIA Center of Excellence will be delivering a few plenary presentations, but most of the time will be set aside for the extended application teams to carry out hands-on technical work on Summit.”

IBM To Acquire Red Hat

Today IBM announced that the company plans to acquire all outstanding common shares of Red Hat for $190.00 per share in cash, representing a total enterprise value of approximately $34 billion. “One of the biggest enterprise technology companies on the planet has agreed to partner with us to scale and accelerate our efforts, bringing open source innovation to an even greater swath of the enterprise.”

LLNL Unveils NNSA’s Sierra, World’s Third Fastest Supercomputer

Today LLNL unveiled Sierra, one of the world’s fastest supercomputers, at a dedication ceremony to celebrate the system’s completion. “The next frontier of supercomputing lies in artificial intelligence,” said John Kelly, senior vice president, Cognitive Solutions and IBM Research. “IBM’s decades-long partnership with LLNL has allowed us to build Sierra from the ground up with the unique design and architecture needed for applying AI to massive data sets. The tremendous insights researchers are seeing will only accelerate high performance computing for research and business.”

IBM Unveils AI OpenScale to Accelerate Ai Adoption

Today IBM introduced AI OpenScale, a new technology platform that addresses key challenges of Artificial Intelligence adoption, such as concerns over how AI applications make decisions, the global shortage of AI skills, and the complexities of working with disparate AI tools from multiple vendors.

To accelerate AI adoption, businesses need one place to run all their AI,” said David Kenny, SVP of IBM Cognitive Solutions. “We are committed to enabling our clients to use the AI of their choice, regardless of vendor – and use IBM AI OpenScale to make it transparent and easy to manage. Only through enabling businesses to trust and scale their AI will we enable the AI economy.”

Open Source RAPIDS GPU Platform to Accelerate Predictive Data Analytics

Today NVIDIA announced a GPU-acceleration platform for data science and machine learning, with broad adoption from industry leaders, that enables even the largest companies to analyze massive amounts of data and make accurate business predictions at unprecedented speed. “It integrates seamlessly into the world’s most popular data science libraries and workflows to speed up machine learning. We are turbocharging machine learning like we have done with deep learning,” he said.