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Nvidia launches Jetson AGX Orin to speed up computing at the edge

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Learn more about what comes next. At its GTC event today, Nvidia debuted Jetson AGX Orin, which it claims is among the world's smallest, most energy-efficient AI accelerators for robotics and edge devices. Built on Nvidia's Ampere architecture, Jetson AGX Orin delivers a claimed 6 times the processing power of its predecessor, Jetson AGX Xavier: up to 200 trillion operations per second. The launch of Jetson AGX Orin comes as the market for edge computing hardware climbs steeply during the pandemic. Edge computing brings computation, data storage, and power closer to the source of data generation, allowing for more immediate insights from connected systems.


Google's parent Alphabet breaches $2 trillion in market value

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Google parent Alphabet Inc. rallied Monday to breach $2 trillion in market value for the first time, fueled by a rebound in spending on digital ads and growth in its cloud business. Its Class A shares gained as much as 1.2% to a record high, with the stock extending a recent rally to a fifth session. Alphabet is the top performer this year among the five biggest U.S. tech stocks by sales, with a 70% advance fueled largely by the growth in Google's advertising business. The share-price gain puts the company in an exclusive club alongside Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp., the latter of which also reached the $2 trillion milestone this year. The Google parent hit $1 trillion in value for the first time in January 2020.


Cloud data centers could soon feature lots more robot staff

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Data centers around the world will soon have a lot more robot staff than they have today, and as a result will be significantly more efficient, a new report from Gartner claims. The market analysts say that by 2025, half of cloud data centers will deploy bots with AI and ML capabilities and will be 30% more efficient for it. While the promise of operational efficiency may be the driving force behind the growing interest in bots, it's actually the expanding gap between growing server and storage volumes at data centers and the number of capable works to manage them all, that motivates data center operators most. "The risk of doing nothing to address these shortcomings is significant for companies," explained Gartner research VP Sid Nag. "Data center operations will only increase in complexity as organizations move more diverse workloads to the cloud, and as the cloud becomes the platform for a combinatorial use of additional technologies such as edge and 5G, to name a few."


Intel announces new projects with AT&T, Google Cloud, FedEx

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Intel announced a new pact with AT&T that will see the company provide silicon for the deployment of the telecom's virtualized radio access network (vRAN). The partnership was unveiled alongside a slate of other announcements at the Intel Innovation event. President of AT&T Labs and chief technology officer Andre Fuetsch said AT&T's rollout strategy will leverage Intel's product portfolio, noting that the two companies have been collaborating for years in transforming AT&T's 5G core and RAN. Dan Rodriguez, vice president of the Network Platforms Group at Intel, told ZDNet that the partnership will give AT&T "the flexibility to bring automation and cloud-like capabilities into its network, along with optimizations for performance, cost and operational efficiency." Google Cloud was involved in the announcement as well, with Intel debuting a "deep collaboration" on an ASIC-based IPU they codenamed "Mount Evans."


AI, cloud, hybrid work headline Gartner's top tech trends for 2022

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CIOs are tooling up an assembly line of technologies to get back to business in 2022, including a mix of solutions leaned on heavily to weather the pandemic and new offerings aimed at making the most of emerging opportunities as the pandemic subsides. At its virtual IT Symposium/Xpo this week, Gartner identified the top tech strategies it sees CIOs embracing next year, including the "distributed enterprise," advanced AI, hyperautomation, cloud-native platforms, decision intelligence, and advanced security, among others. Tying together these trends is the C-suite's ongoing recognition of IT as an engine for business transformation. "The two top business priorities for CEOs going into 2022 are scaling digitation and building ecommerce, with the aim of getting back to business," said David Groombridge, research vice president at Gartner, noting that CIO priorities will vary depending on whether they are tasked with driving consumer revenue or building products. But all CIOs will have common set of technology priorities, the analyst predicts.


What is edge computing?

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Gartner defines edge computing as "a part of a distributed computing topology in which information processing is located close to the edge -- where things and people produce or consume that information." At its basic level, edge computing brings computation and data storage closer to the devices where it's being gathered, rather than relying on a central location that can be thousands of miles away. This is done so that data, especially real-time data, does not suffer latency issues that can affect an application's performance. In addition, companies can save money by having the processing done locally, reducing the amount of data that needs to be processed in a centralized or cloud-based location. Edge computing was developed due to the exponential growth of IoT devices, which connect to the internet for either receiving information from the cloud or delivering data back to the cloud.


Discover the Top 10 Industry 4.0 Trends & Innovations in 2021

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The concept of the fourth industrial revolution was first introduced in Hannover earlier in this decade. This followed several decades of industrial automation, albeit at lower levels of functionality and complexity. Many developments have since shaped several industry 4.0 technologies that were previously under the purview of researchers. This is possible today, mainly due to innovations in technology, software, and hardware. Already, the increasing human-machine, machine-machine, and human-human connectivity influence production systems and processes across the world. Industry 4.0 trends and technologies are fundamental in achieving connected manufacturing geared towards smart and autonomous factories. For this in-depth research on the Top Industry 4.0 Trends & Startups, we analyzed a sample of 770 global startups and scaleups.


Addressing the Intelligent Systems Lifecycle, Wind River Studio Enriches Cloud-Native Platform for Developers

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Wind River today revealed a waterfall of new features available designed to automate and accelerate DevSecOps and other "pipelines" across the lifecycle of intelligent systems. The latest release of their platform is focused on transformational automation technologies, including a customizable automation engine, digital feedback loop, enhanced security, and analytics with machine learning capabilities. The announcement also included industry-proven technologies from ecosystem partners to the Wind River Studio Marketplace, which makes solutions available that are developed and delivered on the Wind River Studio "cloud-native platform for the development, deployment, operations, and servicing of mission-critical intelligent systems from devices to cloud." The company claims the platform "enables dramatic improvements in productivity, agility, and time-to-market, with seamless technology integration that includes far edge cloud compute, data analytics, security, 5G, and AI/ML." "The next generation of cloud-connected intelligent systems require the right software infrastructure to securely capture and process real-time machine data with digital feedback from a multitude of embedded systems, enabling advanced automated and autonomous scenarios," said Kevin Dallas, president, and CEO, Wind River.


Confidential Computing Is Coming To AI Autonomous Vehicles - AI Trends

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Imagine a scenario involving a coy bit of spy craft. A friend of yours wants to write down a secret and pass along the note to you. There is dire concern that an undesirable interloper might intercept the note. As such, the secret is first encrypted before being written down, and thus will be inscrutable to anyone that intervenes. All told, the message will look scrambled or seem like gobbledygook. You have the password or key needed to decrypt the message. After the note has passed through many hands, it finally reaches you. The fact that many others saw and ostensibly were able to read the note is of no consequence.


The Top 100 Software Companies of 2021

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The Software Report is pleased to announce The Top 100 Software Companies of 2021. This year's awardee list is comprised of a wide range of companies from the most well-known such as Microsoft, Adobe, and Salesforce to the relatively newer but rapidly growing - Qualtrics, Atlassian, and Asana. A good number of awardees may be new names to some but that should be no surprise given software has always been an industry of startups that seemingly came out of nowhere to create and dominate a new space. Software has become the backbone of our economy. From large enterprises to small businesses, most all rely on software whether for accounting, marketing, sales, supply chain, or a myriad of other functions. Software has become the dominant industry of our time and as such, we place a significance on highlighting the best companies leading the industry forward. The following awardees were nominated and selected based on a thorough evaluation process. Among the key criteria considered were ...