As Supercomputing 2023 is held in Denver this week, we’re on the lookout for all the latest news. We have a new list of Top-500 supercomputers, more Nvidia announcements, and lots of AI. Perhaps the biggest topic of discussion, though, are the many questions about HPC itself: Will we be able to live in an exascale world? And what does that even mean when AI is the main application? This and more on the Gestalt IT Rundown.
1:41 – US Plans More Spectrum to Commercial Providers for 5G Demand
On Monday, the Biden Administration in the US announced steps it plans to take to free up wireless spectrum currently set aside for federal government use cases so that it can be allocated to wireless service providers. This is being done in an attempt to meet the growing demand for 5G services.
3:58 – AMD Milan-based Cloud Instances revealed by Google
Google introduced new Tau VMs with AMD Milan processors, demonstrating a performance edge over rivals AWS and Azure. Previously, x86 cloud instances were compared with ARM on a vCPU vs. physical CPU basis, but the new AMD platform allows Google to focus on physical x86 cores. This upsets the playing field, as Google offers far-better performance than both ARM and vCPU-based x86 cloud.
7:09 – YouTube to Label AI Generated Content
Earlier this week, YouTube announced a new policy that requires content creators to disclose when any part of their content was generated using AI tools. The goal here seems to be to try to keep consumers informed about how the content they are viewing was created. The interesting point here is that these labels are only required for AI generated content that is deemed ‘realistic’. Examples of realistic AI generated content that were given were a depiction of an event that didn’t actually happen and someone declaring something that they never actually stated.
10:42 – Dell and Hugging Face Strike Deal for Open Source GenAI
Dell and Hugging Face have teamed up to deploy customized GenAI models on Dell servers and storage products. The Hugging Face Dell portal will offer users dedicated containers and scripts for easy deployment.
13:56 – Microsoft Briefly Blocks ChatGPT Access for Employees
For a brief period of time last Thursday, Microsoft restricted employee access to OpenAI’s ChatGPT platform. The reasoning as posted on an internal website stated quote ‘Due to security and data concerns a number of AI tools are no longer available for employees to use.’ Further comments from Microsoft explained that because ChatGPT is a third party service, caution needs to be exercise to due to risks of privacy and security. A later statement from Microsoft declared that the temporary block ‘was a mistake resulting from a test of systems for large language models’.
17:25 – Commvault Shift Re-Launch Commvault Cloud
Gestalt IT was part of Commvault Shift last week, as the leading data protection company pivoted and re-launched Commvault Cloud, a Software-as-a-Service platform powered by Metallic AI. The event signals a strategic move to address evolving cyber threats and this was underscored by the speakers and content, as seen in the coverage of the Gestalt IT community.
Read More: Commvault Shift 2023 Live Blog
22:12 – Supercomputing 23 Announcements
As Supercomputing 2023 is held in Denver this week, we’re on the lookout for all the latest news. We have a new list of Top-500 supercomputers, more Nvidia announcements, and lots of AI. Perhaps the biggest topic of discussion, though, are the many questions about HPC itself: Will we be able to live in an exascale world? And what does that even mean when AI is the main application?
32:53 – The Weeks Ahead
Mobility Field Day 10 – November 15-16, 2023
AWS re:invent – November 27-31, 2023
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