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Asus plans to sell first managed AI service hosted at client facilities

The Japan Times

Taiwan's Asustek Computer plans to introduce one of the first services that lets companies tap into the potential of generative artificial intelligence while keeping control over their data. The novelty of the Taipei-based firm offering, called AFS Appliance, is that all of the hardware will be installed at the client's own facilities -- to maintain security and control. The AI computational platform, built on Nvidia Corp.'s chip technology, will be operated and updated with new data by Asustek, also known as Asus. A major concern around services like OpenAI is that they're operated through online data centers that can expose sensitive information. Samsung Electronics Co. banned employees from using OpenAI's ChatGPT after it found workers had uploaded sensitive code to the platform.

NVIDIA's G-Sync ULMB 2 aims to minimize motion blur in games


NVIDIA has revealed G-Sync Ultra Low Motion Blur (ULMB) 2, the second generation of tech it designed to minimize motion blur in competitive games. Compared with ULMB, which it released in 2015, the company says the latest version offers nearly twice as much brightness, along with almost no crosstalk -- the strobing or double-image effect that sometimes appears when blur reduction features are enabled. Motion clarity is largely determined by the monitor's pixel response time. To improve matters, NVIDIA is using "full refresh rate backlight strobing," which builds on the backlight strobing technique from the original ULMB. Although the previous version of the tech improved motion clarity for many, it needed to switch off the monitor's backlight 75 percent of the time.

NVIDIA's generative AI lets gamers converse with NPCs


NVIDIA has unveiled technology called Avatar Cloud Engine (ACE) that would allow gamers to speak naturally to non-playable characters (NPCs) and receive appropriate responses. The company revealed the tech during its generative AI keynote at Computex 2023, showing a demo called Kairos with a playable character speaking to an NPC named Jin in a dystopic-looking Ramen shop. The demo (below in 32:9, the widest widescreen I've ever seen) shows the player carrying on a conversation with Jin. "Hey Jin, how are you," the person asks. "Unfortunately, not so good," replies Jin. "How come?" " I am worried about the crime around here.

Nvidia unveils new kind of Ethernet for AI, Grace Hopper 'Superchip' in full production


Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang showed off the first iteration of Spectrum-X, the Spectrum-4 chip, with one hundred billion transistors in a 90-millimeter by 90-millimeter die. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang, offering the opening keynote of the Computex computer technology conference, on Monday in Taipei, Taiwan, unveiled a host of new products, including a new kind of ethernet switch dedicated to moving high-volumes of data for artificial intelligence tasks. "How do we introduce a new ethernet, that is backward compatible with everything, to turn every data center into a generative AI data center?" "For the very first time we are bringing the capabilities of high performance computing into the ethernet market," said Huang. The Spectrum-X, as the family of ethernet is known, is "the world's first high-performance ethernet for AI," according to Nvidia.

NVIDIA's next DGX supercomputer is all about generative AI


NVIDIA CEO Jensen Hiang made a string of announcements during his Computex keynote, including details about the company's next DGX supercomputer. Given where the industry is clearly heading, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the DGX GH200 is largely about helping companies develop generative AI models. The supercomputer uses a new NVLink Switch System to enable 256 GH200 Grace Hopper superchips to act as a single GPU (each of the chips has an Arm-based Grace CPU and an H100 Tensor Core GPU). This, according to NVIDIA, allows the DGX GH200 to deliver 1 exaflop of performance and to have 144 terabytes of shared memory. The company says that's nearly 500 times as much memory as you'd find in a single DGX A100 system.

The Download: brain implant removal, and Nvidia's AI payoff

MIT Technology Review

June 2022 Around a year and a half ago, Yann LeCun realized he had it wrong. LeCun, who is chief scientist at Meta's AI lab and a professor at New York University, is one of the most influential AI researchers in the world. He had been trying to give machines a basic grasp of how the world works--a kind of common sense--by training neural networks to predict what was going to happen next in video clips of everyday events. But guessing future frames of a video pixel by pixel was just too complex. Now, after months figuring out what was missing, he has a bold new vision for the next generation of AI, which he thinks will one day give machines the common sense they need to navigate the world.

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Why Nvidia is suddenly one of the most valuable companies in the world

Washington Post - Technology News

But the current boom has come as Big Tech companies and start-ups alike scramble to buy the company's graphics processing units, or GPU chips, for a totally different reason. The chips are well-suited to crunching the massive amounts of data that is necessary to train cutting-edge artificial intelligence programs like Google's PaLM 2 or OpenAI's GPT4. Nvidia has been steadily growing its AI-focused business over the past several years, but the explosion of interest and investment in the space over the last six months has turbocharged its sales.

Nvidia close to being first trillion-dollar chip firm on AI use

Al Jazeera

Nvidia Corp stock has soared about 26 percent, taking it closer to a market value of $1 trillion after the chip designer's stellar revenue forecast showed that Wall Street has yet to price in the game-changing potential of artificial intelligence. Thursday's surge added to a more than two-fold rise in the stock this year and was set to increase Nvidia's value by about $196bn to nearly $951bn, putting it on course for the largest single-day value gain for a US firm. That market capitalization makes Nvidia twice the size of the second-largest chip firm, Taiwan's TSMC. In the United States, it trails only the trillion-dollar value companies Apple Inc, Alphabet Inc, Microsoft Corp and The rosy earnings also sparked a rally in the chip sector and for AI-focused firms, lifting stock markets from Japan to Europe.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 Ti (8GB) review: Disappointing for $400


The GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 8GB brings Nvidia's awesome DLSS 3 mainstream, but offers disappointing value as an upgrade to the 3060 Ti and as a standalone 1080p gaming option in 2023. Technical decisions also make it unappealing for 1440p gamers, unlike its predecessor. At first blush, Nvidia's $399 GeForce RTX 4060 Ti (8GB) looks like it should be a smashing success. Its predecessor, 2020's $399 GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, was one of the best GPUs in a strong RTX 30-series generation, offering impeccable 1080p and spectacular 1440p gaming performance at a reasonable price. The new RTX 4060 Ti sticks to the same price while weaving in Nvidia's latest killer RTX 40-series features, like DLSS 3, Reflex, RTX Video Super Resolution, best-in-class ray tracing, AV1 encoding, stunning power efficiency, and more. Nvidia made technical decisions--reducing core counts and altering the memory subsystem--that allow the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti to scream at 1080p resolution but make it unappealing for 1440p gaming.