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At Its Heart, IBM Remains A Systems Company

Tue, 2020-10-20 23:23

We have argued, even a decade and a half before The Next Platform was founded, that no one would ever move all of their IT infrastructure to a utility, what we now call a public cloud. …

At Its Heart, IBM Remains A Systems Company was written by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform.

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Divide Deepens Between HPC and Enterprise Storage

Tue, 2020-10-20 19:45

The more things change, the more they stay the same in HPC storage. …

Divide Deepens Between HPC and Enterprise Storage was written by Nicole Hemsoth at The Next Platform.

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Blurring The Lines Between Your Cloud And Their Clouds

Tue, 2020-10-20 18:52

For more than a year, Dell Technologies has been putting together the pieces of its hybrid cloud strategy, a combination of its own hardware – in particular, the VxRail hyperconverged infrastructure appliance – and software and VMware technologies, including its VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) platform and, more recently, the virtualization vendor’s Tanzu, a platform for Kubernetes, containers, and cloud-native applications. …

Blurring The Lines Between Your Cloud And Their Clouds was written by Jeffrey Burt at The Next Platform.

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National Lab Supercomputing Sites Pick SambaNova for AI System Dance

Mon, 2020-10-19 19:00

The Department of Energy today announced a partnership between Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and AI chip startup, SambaNova to deliver  systems with acceleration for AI and HPC workloads. …

National Lab Supercomputing Sites Pick SambaNova for AI System Dance was written by Nicole Hemsoth at The Next Platform.

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HPE And AMD Bag The Big Supercomputer Deal Down Under

Mon, 2020-10-19 18:45

Speaking very generally, investment in capability-class supercomputers by national governments tends to scale with gross domestic product. …

HPE And AMD Bag The Big Supercomputer Deal Down Under was written by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform.

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Next Platform TV: October 16, 2020

Fri, 2020-10-16 23:42

Front Row with Frontera; Spectrum Scale Strategy; Computational Storage Deep Dive; Neural Programming Frontiers; MLPerf for HPC + More…

On today’s episode for the week, we talk to Dan Stanzione, director of the Texas Advanced Computing Center, to get an update on the “Frontera” supercomputer. …

Next Platform TV: October 16, 2020 was written by Nicole Hemsoth at The Next Platform.

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Intel Networking: Not Just A Bag Of Parts

Thu, 2020-10-15 23:05

What is the hardest job at Intel, excepting whoever is in charge of the development of chip etching processes and the foundries that implement it? …

Intel Networking: Not Just A Bag Of Parts was written by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform.

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With Another Key Supercomputer Win, Atos Looks Stronger Than Ever

Thu, 2020-10-15 17:00

For those who have followed supercomputing over several years, the Bull systems brand is familiar, especially in Europe. …

With Another Key Supercomputer Win, Atos Looks Stronger Than Ever was written by Nicole Hemsoth at The Next Platform.

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Intel To Amp Up Security With “Ice Lake” Xeon SP Servers

Wed, 2020-10-14 21:53

Security is one of those necessary things that should not be an afterthought, but often is, and ideally is so invisible that it doesn’t get in the way of applications and the infrastructure it runs on. …

Intel To Amp Up Security With “Ice Lake” Xeon SP Servers was written by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform.

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Seismic Shifts Ahead for Big Banking Infrastructure

Tue, 2020-10-13 19:26

The move to integrating AI into current operations and finding its role in entirely new applications at Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is similar to what we’re seeing among other large-scale enterprises. …

Seismic Shifts Ahead for Big Banking Infrastructure was written by Nicole Hemsoth at The Next Platform.

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It Takes Geological Patience To Change Datacenter Storage

Tue, 2020-10-13 18:00

Moving from an HPC center or a hyperscaler to work on enterprise software has to be a frustrating experience. …

It Takes Geological Patience To Change Datacenter Storage was written by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform.

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Nvidia Previews Ampere Kicker To Turing GPU Accelerator

Mon, 2020-10-12 21:13

We are still digging through the content coming out of the GTC 2020 fall conference and would be remiss if we didn’t talk a bit about the “Ampere” A40 and A6000 GPU accelerators that Nvidia is previewing. …

Nvidia Previews Ampere Kicker To Turing GPU Accelerator was written by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform.

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Navigating Through The Roiling Datacenter Waters

Mon, 2020-10-12 13:55

For a long time, datacenter compute has been the very picture of stability – Intel-based servers running enterprise workloads in central facilities. …

Navigating Through The Roiling Datacenter Waters was written by Jeffrey Burt at The Next Platform.

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Next Platform TV: October 9, 2020

Fri, 2020-10-09 23:16

On today’s show, in depth with Google’s lead for technical infrastructure on the topic of open infrastructure; a look at the Arm ecosystem in supercomputing and large-scale datacenters with computing pioneer, Simon McIntosh-Smith; we check in with Matt Kixmoeller of Pure Storage to discuss containers and flash–and all the sticky points in between; the show closes with an in-depth on IBM’s opening of its Power architecture and what it means for their competitive advantage. 

Next Platform TV: October 9, 2020 was written by Nicole Hemsoth at The Next Platform.

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Pondering That Rumored $30 Billion AMD Acquisition Of Xilinx

Fri, 2020-10-09 19:18

You can have a strategy, but you can’t buy one.

Nothing illustrates this principle more than the networking buying binges that both Intel and AMD went on nearly a decade ago, which did not really amount to much in the end but which made some sort of sense in the middle of it all happening. …

Pondering That Rumored $30 Billion AMD Acquisition Of Xilinx was written by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform.

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IBM Jettisons Legacy Services To Focus On Hybrid Cloud

Thu, 2020-10-08 18:59

Today, the Gerstner era of International Business Machines is over, and the Krishna era is truly beginning, as Big Blue is spinning out the system outsourcing and hosting business that gave it an annuity-like revenue stream – and something of an even keel – in some rough IT infrastructure waters for two over decades. …

IBM Jettisons Legacy Services To Focus On Hybrid Cloud was written by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform.

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One On One With Jensen Huang: Nvidia, The Platform Company

Wed, 2020-10-07 19:30

While a lot of ideas are ancient, some are relatively new and can come from only a modern context. …

One On One With Jensen Huang: Nvidia, The Platform Company was written by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform.

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Porting to AMD GPUs in the Corona Age

Tue, 2020-10-06 21:18

“Times were simpler not so long ago” is an understatement these days, but when it comes to supercomputing, this has yet another meaning. …

Porting to AMD GPUs in the Corona Age was written by Nicole Hemsoth at The Next Platform.

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Why The DPU Is More Important Than The CPU For Nvidia

Mon, 2020-10-05 20:03

If you are fairly new to the IT racket, you might be under the impression that the waves of integration and disaggregation in compute, networking, and storage that swept over the datacenter in recent decades were all new, that somehow the issues of complexity and cost did not plague systems of the past. …

Why The DPU Is More Important Than The CPU For Nvidia was written by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform.

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On the Fringes of Useful Neuromorphic Scalability

Mon, 2020-10-05 16:27

When it comes to novel computing architectures, whether in quantum, deep learning, or neuromorphic, it can be tricky to get a handle on how incremental improvements in processor counts translate to real world improvements since these bumps in element counts often don’t have perfect parallels to CPUs or even GPUs. …

On the Fringes of Useful Neuromorphic Scalability was written by Nicole Hemsoth at The Next Platform.

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