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FEATURE BLOG 19 September 2018

Trends Advancing Industrial HPC

As we build-up to SC18, Verne Global is delighted to welcome Brendan McGinty, Director of Industry for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as a Guest Blogger. In his first blog Brendan looks at the industry trends around supercomputing and industrial HPC, and how these are advancing innovation in key markets.

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AI / ML / DL | HPC | Tech Trends | 19 September 2018

Trends Advancing Industrial HPC

As we build-up to SC18, Verne Global is delighted to welcome Brendan McGinty, Director of Industry for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as a Guest Blogger. In his first blog Brendan looks at the industry trends around supercomputing and industrial HPC, and how these are advancing innovation in key markets.

Written by Brendan McGinty (Guest)

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AI / ML / DL | Insights | 11 September 2018

My Ai Summer – Rumours from the trade show floor

It’s been almost a couple of months since my last blog and my marketing team are getting unpeaceful! Luckily there is nothing like the energy and bustle of an industry trade show to get you back into the groove.

Written by Bob Fletcher

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HPC | Research | 3 September 2018

CERN - When science can't use the cloud

Demand for high performance computing (HPC) is growing fast - and you might expect it to become kind of generic. But leading research sites like CERN still make extreme demands.

Written by Peter Judge (Guest)

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AI / ML / DL | Finance | 29 August 2018

AI is a great opportunity, but banks must innovate faster

The impact of AI on the lives of consumers and the operation of businesses is slowly growing. Whether it’s the increasing visibility of autonomous vehicles or the small conveniences of a voice assistant such as Amazon’s Alexa, we’re beginning to get a sense of what AI can do. However, we’re still at the beginning. The truly significant changes are yet to come.

Written by Shane Richmond (Guest)

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AI / ML / DL | Insights | 23 August 2018

Talking Ai with London Cab Drivers

Being a daytime Londoner one of my favourite pastimes is to take an occasional ride in a proper London black cab and have a natter along the way. That is often a pretty cathartic experience - probably more so for the driver than the passenger, but I find it entertaining being the listening post, and London cab drivers are a good measure of the mood of the city. Recently I've had some great conversations about Ai and it's impact on society.

Written by Adam Nethersole

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Data Center | Insights | 21 August 2018

Tracking down new customers...

Data center operators sometimes find it hard to get a chance to pitch to new business. So much so that they are considering extreme measures. A wholesale colocation operator admitted to a colleague at DCD how hard it is to approach hyperscale customers. There’s a limited number of them, and the decision-makers within those companies can be difficult to access. Our contact then confided that his company had seriously considered using private detectives to track down the actual people involved in buying colocation...

Written by Peter Judge (Guest)

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HPC | Tech Trends | 17 August 2018

Cloud options are challenging dedicated HPC infrastructure

Speaking at a conference in November last year, Bernd Mohr, general chair of the Juelich Supercomputing Center, described HPC as “a new gold rush” . He said: “We are the modern pioneers, pushing the bounds of science for the betterment of society.” That’s a pretty grandiose claim but much of the work being done in HPC does have groundbreaking potential. It’s use in the discovery of new medicines, for example, has allowed pharmaceutical firms to massively accelerate their research.

Written by Shane Richmond (Guest)

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AI / ML / DL | Tech Trends | Manufacturing | 8 August 2018

3D Map Making Challenges for Autonomous Driving

Building accurate road maps is a central part of the effort to build and deploy more autonomous vehicles in the real world. The term “map” may be a bit of a misnomer, though, because these maps aren’t anything like the flat 2D images available online, they’re complete three-dimensional recreations of roadside environments that are updated on a continuous basis to provide a high degree of accuracy — often down to the centimeter scale. These 3D digital maps are a critical part of an autonomous vehicle’s ability to perceive the world, and have key applications in other technologies, which has made the effort to develop the definitive map a highly competitive endeavour.

Written by Nick Dale

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Tech Trends | High Tech | 31 July 2018

Faster mobile speeds will bring big changes…but it will take time

The noise around 5G is growing. The new mobile data standard is not only faster than 4G but also capable of handling many more devices, which promises a huge boom for the Internet of Things (IoT), smart cities and all kinds of connectivity. However, there is still plenty of work to be done.

Written by Shane Richmond (Guest)

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HPC | Industry | Research | 26 July 2018

G-Cloud 10 expands opportunities for SMEs

G-Cloud 10 launched at the beginning of July, once again giving suppliers the chance to reach local authorities, government bodies and research institutes with their services. The G-Cloud initiative was announced in 2011 and launched in 2012, as part of a plan to open up government and public sector IT to small and medium enterprise (SME) suppliers, and move local and national government in the UK to a ‘cloud first’ approach and cut costs for IT procurement.

Written by Shane Richmond (Guest)

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Finance | HPC | Industry | 24 July 2018

HPC and big data convergence in fraud detection

The convergence of two existing disciplines can be an explosively creative force. A great example within the world of tech is the convergence of HPC merging with big data and machine learning. Though in many ways this convergence is still in its early stages, the merging of these technologies is already starting to deliver concrete, real world benefits in the fraud detection field, helping save financial firms hundreds of millions of dollars.

Written by Spencer Lamb

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HPC | Life Sciences | Research | 17 July 2018

G-Cloud 10 makes accessing high performance computing easier then ever...

As the Director of Research at Verne Global I spend a lot of my time working with our colleagues and partners within the UK’s publicly funded universities and research and science community. I’m privileged to get to see some of the truly innovative and inspiring research that is taking place, using high performance computing (HPC) and further encouraged with how Verne Global is helping them do this. This is why I was delighted to see Verne Global’s participation in the G-Cloud 10 (G10) framework confirmed last week and indeed strengthened for 2018/19 – enabling more public sector bodies to enjoy the benefits of our on-demand true hpcDIRECT platform.

Written by Spencer Lamb

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Industry | Tech Trends | 12 July 2018

US CLOUD Act raises new data privacy issues

At the end of March, Donald Trump signed into law a $1.3 trillion spending bill that covered a vast range of policy areas. The 2,232-page bill ensured that the US Government would not shut down – at least until September – but it also provided an excellent opportunity for legislators to add other measures to the ‘omnibus’ bill, which, according to Senator Rand Paul, was passed without anyone having read the whole thing.

Written by Shane Richmond (Guest)

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Data Center | Sustainability | 9 July 2018

Location, location, location - Why some “green" data center can increase emissions

Ten years ago, there was widespread fear that data center power usage was out of control. Then, a couple of years back, fresh figures showed it was not as bad as had been feared. Big outfits like Apple, Facebook and Equinix all promised to use renewable power sources. Problem solved? Unfortunately not quite...

Written by Peter Judge (Guest)

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HPC | Industry | 4 July 2018

Evolving HPC at ISC18 – Rumours from the trade show floor

Recent visits to Europe have been significantly influenced by the FIFA World Cup football (‘soccer’ to my American friends) in Russia. Every bar and restaurant has had additional large screen TVs showing the games and important meetings were carefully scheduled around the tournament schedule. Against this backdrop you would expect Europe’s largest HPC conference and trade show - International Supercomputing Conference 2018 “ISC18” - to struggle for attention. However, nothing could be further from the truth.

Written by Bob Fletcher

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