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What is the blockchain, and is it really about to change the world?

Posted on 08/03 15:51 in Shows | 0

The blockchain is more properly called a distributed ledger, basically a way of securely and transparently storing information, and performing pre-programmed operations on that information.By far the most famous implementation of a distributed ledger is the transaction and tracking procedures for Bitcoin.

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Samsung demonstrates camera sensors hooked to IBM’s brain-imitating silicon

Posted on 08/16 15:51 in Shows | 0

Unlike most processors, TrueNorth is a manycore design with 4,096 processors per core.Each core simulates 256 neurons and each neuron can be connected to up to 256 other neurons via artificial “synapses.

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IBM details next-gen POWER 9, will take the fight to Intel’s data center strongholds

Posted on 08/25 14:01 in Shows | 0

Today, IBM wants to reverse that trend — and it thinks POWER 9 is the chip to do it.Some of the variants will also support IBM’s Centaur memory buffer technology to improve performance and implement an L4 cache.

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IBM’s new AI-friendly server adopts Nvidia’s NVLink for faster memory

Posted on 09/08 19:32 in Shows | 0

So IBM is also using Nvidia’s proprietary NVLink interconnect technology to address that problem.The S822LC is slated to deliver 21 teraflops of half-precision operations; machine learning typically doesn’t need full or double precision for training neural networks, for example.

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New carbon nanotube breakthrough moves them one step closer to mass production

Posted on 09/08 22:14 in Shows | 0

One of the critical problems facing carbon nanotubes is the difficulty of putting them precisely where they’re needed.In order to reach this milestone, the Wisconsin team uses a technique it first discussed in 2014 — floating evaporative self-assembly, as shown below.

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How neuromorphic ‘brain chips’ will begin the next era in computing

Posted on 09/29 14:23 in Shows | 0

Make no mistake: neuromorphic computing is going to change the world, and it’s going to do it more quickly than you might imagine.Part of the reason a digital computer is more efficient than a human being is its transistors can fire with incredible speed — but so can our neurons.

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IBM, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon form enormous AI partnership

Posted on 09/29 18:56 in Shows | 0

IBM, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Amazon have all signed on as marquis members, though the group hopes to expand even further over time.The goal is to create a body that can provide a platform for discussions among stakeholders and work out best practices for the artificial intelligence industry.

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Specialized processors might reignite performance scaling, but they’ll also change the nature of computing forever

Posted on 10/04 14:44 in Shows | 0

Modern CPU scaling has largely flatlined, thanks to a combination of scaling challenges, intrinsic limits to silicon performance, and a general shift in the market towards lower power devices.To demonstrate, here’s a graph of Apple iPhone single-core CPU performance in Geekbench 2 and Geekbench 3.

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Google puts Intel on notice, ‘looks forward’ to using non-Intel chips within its cloud

Posted on 10/17 16:26 in Shows | 0

Other vendors, like IBM or ARM, have an even smaller market share than AMD.That could change in the next few years, however, and Google has flung its support behind a new interconnect standard, OpenCAPI, and IBM’s POWER9 CPU architecture.

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New crowdfunding project promises an ATX motherboard for IBM’s Power8

Posted on 10/19 22:22 in Shows | 0

A new crowdfunding project seeks to change that, with plans to build a completely open motherboard based around Power8.The hardware itself will support multiple Linux distros, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, CentOS, Debian, and Ubuntu.

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IBM claims moving to Mac drastically reduced support calls, operating costs

Posted on 10/21 13:57 in Shows | 0

“The goal was to deliver a great employee choice program and strive to achieve the best Mac program,” Previn said.The $273 to $543 savings is the expected amount over four years compared with a conventional Windows PC deployment.

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Nintendo patent filings suggest the Switch could be hiding some significant features

Posted on 10/24 21:25 in Shows | 0

On the one hand, major corporations want to build support for features and capabilities to excite customers and developers.Polygon has written an in-depth description of the capabilities of Nintendo’s Switch as described in various patent filings.

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IBM, Nvidia release new PowerAI software suite for deep learning projects

Posted on 11/15 20:59 in Shows | 0

At some point this year the big buzzword appears to have shifted away from “the cloud” to “deep learning.In similar fashion, everybody who’s anybody is setting machine learning loose on problems — especially the much-beloved process of deep learning.

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IBM is bringing machine learning to a mainframe near you

Posted on 02/16 17:11 in Shows | 0

Modern machine learning — often just referred to as “AI” — has largely been the province of specially trained computer scientists who traffic in exotic modeling frameworks and graduate level math.First, by providing a simplified experience for data modeling and model deployment, it aims to bring those tasks within reach of domain experts already employed by enterprise customers.

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IBM is making its quantum computer API available to the public

Posted on 03/06 16:06 in Shows | 0

That company has taken the lead on quantum computing and provides its own 2048-bit quantum annealers for solving certain types of problems.Back in May 2016, IBM announced it would make its five-qubit universal quantum computer available to developers who applied for permission to use the system.

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IBM Accidentally Shipped Malware to its Business Customers

Posted on 05/03 19:23 in Shows | 0

One thing consumers and enterprise customers do have in common, however, is that shipping them malware is a really bad idea.Last week, IBM announced that it had accidentally distributed malware to some of its Storwize customers via a USB drive.

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