"Fantastic! How fast can we scale?" Perhaps you've been fortunate enough to hear or ask that question about a new AI project in your organization. Or maybe an initial AI initiative has already reached production, but others are needed -- quickly. At this key early stage of AI growth, entesrprises and the industry face a bigger, related question: How do we scale our organizational ability to develop and deploy AI? Business and technology leaders must ask: What's needed to advance AI (and by extension, data science) beyond the "craft" stage, to large-scale production that is fast, reliable, and economical? The answers are crucial to realizing ROI, delivering on the vision of "AI everywhere", and helping the technology mature and propagate over the next five years.
Over at the Lenovo Blog, Dr. Bhushan Desam writes that the company just updated its LiCO tools to accelerate AI deployment and development for Enterprise and HPC implementations. The newly updated Lenovo Intelligent Computing Orchestration (LiCO) tools are designed to overcome recurring pain points for enterprise customers and others implementing multi-user environments using clusters for both HPC workflows and AI development. LiCO simplifies resource management and makes launching AI training jobs in clusters easy. LiCO currently supports multiple AI frameworks, including TensorFlow, Caffe, Intel Caffe, and MXNet. Additionally, multiple versions of those AI frameworks can easily be maintained and managed using Singularity containers.
Nvidia on Tuesday announced a series of ways it plans to bring the Omniverse design and collaboration platform to a vastly larger audience. Those plans include new integrations with Blender and Adobe, companies that will extend the potential reach of Omniverse by millions. Nvidia is also introducing the new RTX A2000 GPU, bringing the RTX technology that powers Omniverse to a wide range of mainstream computers. Nvidia rolled out Omniverse in open beta back in December, giving 3D designers a shared virtual world from which they can collaborate across different software applications and from different geographic locations. Earlier this year, the company introduced Omniverse Enterprise, bringing the platform to the enterprise community via a familiar licensing model.
Stephanie Condon is a senior staff writer for Red Ventures based in Portland, Oregon, covering business technology for ZDNet. HP on Thursday unveiled two new laptops within the ZBook family, HP's portfolio of mobile workstations designed for professional creators. The new HP ZBook Fury G9, offering the highest level of professional-class GPU performance, is "so powerful you'll forget it's a laptop," Brian Allen, a manager of HP's Global Z Product Team, told reporters. HP also announced the new HP ZBook Studio G9, as well as two new Z displays, a new Thunderbolt G4 Dock, and new productivity tools for data scientists. "Creative professionals do not like technology to slow them down," HP GM Jim Nottingham said.
Windows users who work in tight spaces and looking for a small form factor workstation with multiple display ports and solid processing power have a new contender to check out: the new ThinkStation P320 Tiny. The workstation lives up to its name: At 1.4 x 7.1 by 7.2 inches, it's the smallest workstation on the market that is ISV (independent software vendor) certified, according to Rob Herman, the general manager of Lenovo's workstation business unit. The ISV certification is important. "We don't consider a machine to be a workstation unless it has ISV certification," according to Lloyd Cohen, an analyst with IDC. The U.S. government uses the same definition for workstations and for non-government users, software certifications mean that you can run CAD and CAM programs, for example, without worrying about crashing, Cohen noted.