NVIDIA and Cloudflare announced a partnership that will "put AI into the hands of developers everywhere." Working with NVIDIA, Cloudflare will offer artificial intelligence (AI) tools to developers on top of its workers developer platform, making it "easier and faster for developers to build the types of applications that will power the future all within a platform." On the Cloudflare blog, it claimed that it is faster and 75% less expensive than AWS Lambda. Cloudflare also announced it will support TensorFlow, the open source tool for testing machine learning models, so developers will have access to familiar tools to help build applications before deploying on Cloudflare's network. The announcement said the intent of the partnership is to "bring AI to the edge at scale."
IBM's new AI Hardware Composer tool aims to boost the performance of analog AI hardware. The tool is being released on the second anniversary of the IBM Research AI Hardware Center. IBM's pioneering centre launched in 2019 with the aim of improving AI hardware compute efficiency by 2.5 times every year for a decade. AI Hardware Composer claims to help both novice and experienced developers to create neural networks and tune analog devices to build accurate AI models. The new tool can be used with IBM's existing Analog Hardware Acceleration Kit (AIHWKIT), an open-source Python toolkit for exploring and using the capabilities of in-memory computing devices in the context of artificial intelligence.
To say Kubernetes, everyone's top container orchestration pick, is hard to master is an understatement. Kubernetes doesn't have so much as a learning curve as it does a learning cliff. But, Canonical's MicroK8s lets you learn to climb it in your home. And, with its latest release, it's easier than ever to set up a baby Kubernetes cluster using inexpensive Raspberry Pi or NVIDIA Jetson single-board computers (SBC). MicroK8s is a tiny Kubernetes cluster platform.
AI technology used to be limited to advanced research teams. It is now a key capability for many businesses to improve sales and product quality, provide deep personalisation and new interfaces, and to improve safety and reduce risk. AI is materially changing how we interact with and benefit from technology. Having ready access to and consistent operational control over AI infrastructure is a game changer that democratizes AI for enterprises and opens access to many new use cases.
Unity, one of the biggest game engines around, will soon offer support for NVIDIA's Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) tech. It should be available to Unity developers by the end of this year, allowing them to switch on DLSS in their games in just a few clicks. Unreal Engine also has DLSS support via a plugin that Epic Games rolled out this year. DLSS is a type of upscaling that both boosts performance and improves how games look. It uses AI-powered antialiasing to display images that are similar to native resolution quality (and sometimes even better than that), even though systems only actually render a fraction of the pixels.
At the 2021 NVIDIA GTC conference Jensen Huang spoke from his kitchen to say that we need a metaverse (the Omniverse, with attribution to SF author Neil Stephenson), a digital twin of the real world and that NVIDIA is building the tools to make this possible. He spoke about democratizing high performance computing and of course, his talk included cool videos of special effects and showing how the Omniverse can be used to teach robots how to be robots and to design better factories. An important element in the Omniverse is creating ever more realistic models with "digital twins" that can accurately describe the real world and can be used for various optimization and failure analysis applications. Jensen talked about 4 stacks of technology and their applications. These are RTX visual computing platform that is being used to create the Onmiverse; computing and accelerator platforms (DGX, Grace, BlueField and DOCA); the EGX accelerated computing platform applied to Jarvis, Merlin, Maxine, Morpheus and NVIDIA AI; and autonomous vehicle products Hyperion, Atlan and Orlin. NVDIA said that AI model sizes are getting bigger in order to make more accurate models.
Would you buy an Apple TV/HomePod Frankenstein device? According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple has one in the works. "The company is working on a product that would combine an Apple TV set-top box with a HomePod speaker and include a camera for video conferencing through a connected TV and other smart-home functions, according to people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified discussing internal matters." Read more: Who do I pay to get the'phone' removed from my iPhone? Never one to underestimate Apple's ability to take an idea that, on the face of it, seems stupid and irrational and turn it into a multibillion-dollar craze, but this feels a bit weird even for Apple.
Apple is working on a new product that combines its HomePod smart speaker with the Apple TV. The upcoming device would include a camera for video conferencing and control over smart home equipment, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with Apple's internal developments. It would also include the same functionality we've seen from Apple's existing products: streaming video and audio, gaming capabilities, and Siri support. Apple is also said to be working on another product that would combine an iPad with a HomePod speaker. Similar products have been released by Amazon and Google recently, such as the Echo Show 10 or the Google Nest Hub.
The importance of semiconductors in society has reached such a point that supply chain constraints in the sector are having drastic impacts on other parts of society. Last week, American auto giants General Motors and Ford said they would idle some of their factories due to a shortage of semiconductors, sending tens of thousands of workers onto approximately 75% pay, the Washington Post reported. It is expected that worldwide production drops will be measured in the millions. In the wake of such developments, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang has said the automotive supply chain needs to be re-engineered. "The automotive industry supply chain has to be reinvented -- that's very clear," he told journalists this week after delivering the GTC 2021 keynote.
Apple is reportedly planning to come up with an impressive product that brings together its HomePod speaker, FaceTime camera and Apple TV set-top box. A recent report hinted that Apple is working on combining the HomePod speaker with the AppleTV. The technology will come with the FaceTime camera for video conferencing through a connected TV set, according to Bloomberg. With this ambitious smart-home device, users can enjoy watching videos and playing games like when they are using an Apple TV. They can also play music and use Siri, Apple's smart assistant, and have an experience that's similar to what Apple's smart speaker can deliver, sources told Bloomberg.