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FEATURE BLOG 10 December 2018

Integration of AI systems at scale

Today, data scientists and machine learning engineers can implement systems for tackling discrete tasks with a very high degree of success. Results in fields such as image processing to support cancer diagnosis can be extremely accurate, with the best performing algorithms even exceeding experienced clinicians for certain categories of cancer diagnosis.

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AI / ML / DL | HPC | 31 October 2018

AI Icelandic Style – Deep Learning in Reykjavik

Last week I was privileged to be part of our AI and HPC Field Trip to Iceland. The goal of the trip was to share insight and observations around the evolution of AI deep neural network (DNN) training and to tour our HPC-optimised data center. The attendees spanned DNN veterans like Eric Sigler of OpenAI, large enterprise data science leaders like Pardeep Bassi of Liverpool Victoria Insurance (LVE) and start-up pioneers like Max Gerer of e-bot7. By intention (and very much to the surprise of the attendees) there was no hard selling involved. For sure, the group were impressed by our CTO - Tate Cantrell's passion for designing high quality, industrial scale data centers and his healthy obsession with the small details that together make the campus so optimal for intensive compute. Here are my learnings and observations from the Field Trip...

Written by Bob Fletcher

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AI / ML / DL | HPC | 18 October 2018

GTC Munich – Rumours from the trade show floor

It was a treat to be in Germany for the last two weeks attending NVIDIA's GTC Europe in Munich and prior to this the HPC User Forum in Stuttgart. The Autumn weather was mostly warm and sunny - great for the Octoberfest but certainly not “free air cooling” for computer clusters despite most of Europe’s AI, HPC and Virtual Reality boffins being in town! Once again, here are some observations and insights from my travels...

Written by Bob Fletcher

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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 | 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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AI / ML / DL | 3 June 2018

AI Events - Rumours from the trade show floor

After of a couple of weeks sunning and sailplane racing in Florida it was straight back into the saddle for a London-based Quarterly Business Review and the excellent “Rise of AI” event in Berlin. Following a year of attending various international AI events I’m starting to develop a feel for their differing textures and here is my current evaluation.

Written by Bob Fletcher

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AI / ML / DL | High Tech | 30 April 2018

Neural network banter – Rumours from the trade show floor

Many great adventures start with naivety, sadly this blog was one of them. My intention was to provide a high-level overview of the advancements in Deep Neural Networks (DNN training) techniques during the last few years. Unfortunately, I struggle to pontificate about something I don’t comprehend well, so starting with the popular Convolutional Neural Networks I rapidly discovered a multitude of its variants. No worries, how hard can it be to research each new term/concept related to Coder/Decoder networks?

Written by Bob Fletcher

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AI / ML / DL | HPC | 5 April 2018

Heavy metal and tag lines – Rumours from the trade show floor

On the cusp of spring I regularly refresh my GPU technology suntan at the Nvidia GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in San Jose. This year was fascinating as the speed and scale of both AI and Virtual Reality industries has leapt forward. Here are my takeaways...

Written by Bob Fletcher

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AI / ML / DL | HPC | High Tech | 26 February 2018

HPC and AI collusion – Rumours from the trade show floor

Recently I’ve garnered much of my blog inspiration from industry events. February has been no exception and I benefited from a fascinating day earlier in the month at the HPC and Big Data conference in London, just a stone’s throw from the Houses of Parliament. Here are some of my observations from my discussions there...

Written by Bob Fletcher

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AI / ML / DL | Insights | Tech Trends | 23 January 2018

AI is everywhere - Rumours from the trade show floor

The excellent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has always been my personal mirage. Having a first-hand insight into upcoming consumer trends is potentially very advantageous for my strategy role here at Verne Global. Here are my findings...

Written by Bob Fletcher

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AI / ML / DL | HPC | Tech Trends | 18 January 2018

Building Deep Learning Systems

Everywhere I look, it seems everyone is neck deep in the deep learning pool. There isn't an industry or a product line that isn't in some form or another being given the "deep learning makeover". However, there are significant technological challenges hindering the development of deep learning solutions.

Written by Adam Nethersole

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HPC | Tech Trends | 11 January 2018

HPC Resonance versus bleeding edge – Rumours from the trade show floor

I’m a real bleeding-edge technology advocate so I really pay attention when someone provides me with a well-reasoned alternative approach. Let's review what's bleeding-edge in the HPC space...

Written by Bob Fletcher

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AI / ML / DL | Insights | Tech Trends | 28 December 2017

GPUs here, GPUs there, GPUs everywhere – Rumours from the trade show floor

Graphics processing units are specialist computational computer chips used for image processing. Some years ago, some imaginative computer science boffins started exploiting them for large scale parallel processing of data and the training of AI neural networks. Here are some observations on their current and future utilisation...

Written by Bob Fletcher

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AI / ML / DL | Insights | Tech Trends | 25 October 2017

AI for Bank Robbers

Over the last five years or more, Deep Neural Networks (DNNs) have been driving major advances in image recognition - which is bad news if robbing banks is your game. Anyway, before we focus on them and their ill-gotten cash, lets look at the tech that's behind all of this...

Written by Bob Fletcher

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HPC | Tech Trends | 26 September 2017

Today's HPC Forecast: "Clear, becoming mostly cloudy, then largely clearing again”

Early HPC occurred on the first-generation supercomputer mainframes from the likes of Cray and CDC. They solved computationally intensive tasks in various fields, including quantum mechanics, weather forecasting/research, oil and gas exploration, molecular modeling and physical simulations like below example of finite element crash simulation

Written by Bob Fletcher

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