Right now, the market for GPUs for use in machine learning is essentially a market of one: Nvidia.AMD, the only other major discrete GPU vendor of consequence, holds around 30 percent of the market for total GPU sales compared to Nvidia’s 70 percent. For machine-learning work, though, Nvidia’s lead is near-total. Not just because all the major clouds with GPU support are overwhelmingly Nvidia-powered, but because the GPU middleware used in machine learning is by and large Nvidia’s own CUDA.[ Roundup: TensorFlow, Spark MLlib, Scikit-learn, MXNet, Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit, and Caffe machine learning and deep learning frameworks. | Get a digest of the day’s top tech stories in the InfoWorld Daily newsletter. ]AMD has long had plans to fight back. It’s been prepping hardware that can compete with Nividia on performance and price, but it’s also ginning up a platform for vendor-neutral GPU programming resources — a way for developers to … [Read more...] about AMD’s game plan to become a machine learning giant
The saying "the more things change, the more things stay the same" was never more evident on Friday when Intel and Sun sponsored a roundtable discussion on hardware and software development for the press in San Francisco . The change was represented by the fact that Intel no longer makes single-core processors in favor of only multi-core processors. What has stayed the same, at least for the past 12 years that I've been dealing with Intel, is the Intel mantra: The software has to catch up to the performance of the hardware. Back then, Intel used a subtle approach. Whenever the chip maker unveiled a new chip, it would have its software partners on hand to demonstrate applications of the future that would use every cycle of processing power put out by the latest processor. [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ]At the roundtable … [Read more...] about Intel has a gripe with the software industry. Is Moore’s law becoming a software afterthought?
Driven by market consolidation and the ongoing efforts of large IT security vendors to meld DLP (data leakage prevention) tools into their broader portfolios, some experts contend that the technologies will increasingly become perceived as product features and less so as stand-alone platforms. As with countless other security technologies that previously flourished as separate products but are now largely consumed as elements of packaged security suites -- including anti-spyware applications, spam-filtering tools, intrusion detection systems (IDS), and firewalls -- some market watchers claim that DLP is rapidly shifting into a mere piece of other offerings. Over the last six months, a slew of independent DLP vendors have been acquired by large security providers, including Vontu, Tablus, Provilla, PortAuthority, and Oakley Networks. [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT … [Read more...] about Data leakage prevention becomes a feature
At the MySQL Conference and Expo this week, we've seen new storage engines popping out of the woodwork and it caused me to wonder at what point MySQL went from being a product to a platform. From a technical perspective, you could argue that MySQL has always (e.g. for at least 5 years!) been a platform, since it's enabled plug-in features and storage engines since the early days. Heck, Arjen wrote about it back in 2004! The pluggable storage engine API become increasingly important in recent years as people began extending MySQL in many different directions. The virtue of the storage engine API is that they could do this innovation on their own terms, without making the MySQL server team a bottleneck. If every storage engine enhancement had to be reviewed and approved by MySQL, innovation would be much slower. The beauty of a modular architecture was that it enabled these enhancements to happen in parallel without requiring our blessing and sometimes without our knowing! MySQL is not … [Read more...] about When does a product become a platform?
Today I’d like to talk about being a professional coder vs. being a professional baby. This is something I’ve seen since I started in IT many years ago. Here’s a scenario: A developer writes a piece of code to hit the database a certain way. When asked why, he answers, “To keep the DBAs off my back.” Is that good enough? Why can’t he learn a lesson and apply it because it’s the right thing to do? Why does it have to be to keep the DBAs off his back? [ Keep up with app dev issues and trends with InfoWorld's Fatal Exception and Strategic Developer | Follow the latest developments in managing the information explosion in our newsletter. ] [ The InfoWorld review: MongoDB 3.4 learns cool new tricks. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld's Application Development newsletter. ]In fact, I’ve seen this from some of the highest devs in the business. I was at TechEd a few years ago and saw a .Net session given by a top C# guy. In … [Read more...] about Are you a professional coder or a professional baby?
Well, it's official. Google+, which is just a bit more than two weeks old and still in its field trial, has gathered more than 10 million users. That's the word from Google CEO Larry Page, who shared the official membership numbers for Google+ during the company's quarterly earnings call on Thursday afternoon. [ Also on InfoWorld: Google races to create business version of Google+. | Discover what's new in business applications with InfoWorld's Technology: Applications newsletter and our Technology: Microsoft newsletter. ] [ Put to the test: Office 365 vs. Google G Suite collaboration smackdown. | Review: Microsoft Teams fails in its debut. | Modern meetings: How to share your screen to your conference TV. ]At least one industry analyst called it an impressive start for the new social network , which could become a major player in the social networking world. " Google+ is still only in field trial with limited access as we scale the system," Page said during yesterday's call. "However, … [Read more...] about With 10M users, Google+ is becoming a social competitor
Smartphones will become an increasing menace to network security that could drop malware onto protected devices when they dock to sync or plug into USB ports to charge, security experts say in a Georgia Tech report. Compromised smartphones will infect computers they may plug into for otherwise legitimate reasons, much the same way malware such as Stuxnet found its way onto laptops via thumb drives, according to the "Emerging Cyber Threats Report 2012" (PDF) released at the Georgia Tech Cyber Security Summit 2011" today. It was presented by the Georgia Tech Information Security Center and Georgia Tech Research Institute. [ Stay ahead of advances in mobile technology with InfoWorld's Mobile Edge blog and Mobilize newsletter. ] [ Android is now ready for real usage in the enterprise. Read InfoWorld's in-depth guide on how to make Android a serious part of your business. | Get the best office suite and the 38 best business-worthy apps for your Android device. ] ONLINE SECURITY: Father of … [Read more...] about Report: Smartphones will become a way to attack otherwise protected devices
IBM's Watson is increasingly starting to resemble the fictional, hyper-intelligent supercomputers HAL from "2001: A Space Odyssey" and HOLMES from "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress." Since defeating human players at "Jeopardy" in 2011, Watson has been groomed by IBM, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, and health-insurance giant WellPoint to provide personalized treatment recommendations for cancer patients in a matter of seconds. "These breakthrough capabilities bring forward the first in a series of Watson-based technologies, which exemplifies the value of applying big data and analytics and cognitive computing to tackle the industries most pressing challenges," said Manoj Saxena, IBM General Manager for Watson Solutions. From a strict technological standpoint, the new applications of Watson are impressive and groundbreaking: The system is capable of combing through 600,000 pieces of medical evidence, 2 million pages of text from 42 medical journals and clinical trials in the area of oncology … [Read more...] about IBM’s Watson becomes a cancer treatment adviser
Intel will advance Moore's Law for the foreseeable future, but keeping up with it is becoming more challenging as chip geometries shrink, according to a company executive. Moore's Law is based on a theory that the number of transistors that can be placed on silicon doubles every two years, which brings more features on chips and provides speed boosts. Using Moore's Law as a baseline, Intel for decades has added more transistors while reducing the size and cost of a chip. The manufacturing advances help make smartphones, tablets and PCs faster and more power efficient. [ Keep up on the day's tech news headlines with InfoWorld's Today's Headlines: Wrap Up newsletter. ] But as chips get smaller, maintaining pace with Moore's Law is perhaps more difficult today than it was in years past, said William Holt, executive vice president and general manager of Intel's Technology Manufacturing Group, during a speech at the Jeffries Global Technology, Media, and Telecom Conference this week. "Are … [Read more...] about Intel: Keeping up with Moore’s Law becoming a challenge
These days, many enterprises have processes or data they want to share with the world -- and they want to do it with cloud computing. At least, that's what I find in my travels. [ Get the no-nonsense explanations and advice you need to take real advantage of cloud computing in InfoWorld editors' 21-page Cloud Computing Deep Dive PDF special report. | Stay up on the cloud with InfoWorld's Cloud Computing Report newsletter. ] The reasons vary, but some emerging patterns are pushing enterprises to become, in essence, small public cloud providers. The patterns include: [ Download InfoWorld's quick guide and get started with Azure Mobile Services for building apps today. | Stay up on the cloud with InfoWorld's Cloud Computing newsletter. ] The need to provide information to outside parties using well-defined and secure interfaces. For example, the company wants to allow its partners or customers to see the status of an inventory item, or perhaps the company wants to provide complex data … [Read more...] about When it makes sense to become a cloud provider
WordPress has announced the first beta of version 4.0, but despite the major version number, it's an incremental upgrade. Changes to the left of the decimal point aren't as major in WordPress as they are elsewhere, but the updates in the pipeline for 4.0 and beyond reflect how WordPress has become a platform, rather than an application. Originally just a blogging system, WordPress has grown into an entire site-publishing solution courtesy of its third-party developers. Aside from the thousands of easily interchanged themes available for WordPress, its library of plug-ins can turn it into everything from a discussion board engine to an e-commerce solution. Consequently it's now considered a viable replacement for other content-management and site-architecting solutions, from Zen Cart to Drupal. WordPress' path to this point, however, wasn't planned. For one, new features for WordPress don't typically start as direct contributions to the core code. Instead, additions are prototyped as … [Read more...] about WordPress 4.0: The app becomes a platform
My editor is ticked at me. This post is way late, but in my defense: It's Ryan Allis' fault. See, Ryan Allis is one of my favorite kinds of people: a young pseudo-tech entrepreneur with an almost Ivy League education, far too much money, and a level of self-love that would make Alexander the Great wince. Furthermore, Ryan's about to hit the big 3-0. To a guy my age, he might as well be dangling from his umbilical cord, but Ryan doesn't think so. In the Silicon Valley startup universe, 30 is so old, you're practically undead and certainly able to sell yourself as a life experience prophet. In Ryan's case, that's especially true because his life experience is what all Silicon Valley tweeners are looking for. [ Dumb apps equal big bucks in Silicon Valley's new math | For a humorous take on the tech industry's shenanigans, subscribe to Robert X. Cringely's Notes from the Underground newsletter and follow Cringely on Twitter. ] [ Have a tech story to share? If we publish it, we’ll … [Read more...] about Revealed! How to become a tech wunderkind in 1,286 easy steps
Are you the owner of a startup company? If you are, you might be facing a tough time running your business. To make your day to day office operations easier, you can consider downloading some useful apps on your Android smartphone. Here is a list of some of the best Android apps for business purpose:- MS Office for tablets As an Android tablet user, you don't have to wade through the usual MS Office mobile apps. Recently, Microsoft came up with a full featured version of Office for use in Android tablets. This app, which includes PowerPoint, Word and Excel, are similar to their desktop versions. They have been optimized for touch devices and come with large buttons that you can tap easily. You can also integrate them with Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage platform. As a result, your documents will stay synced across all devices. Google Drive There are a number of good cloud storage options that Android smartphones come with. But Google Drive is the most efficient tool since it's easy … [Read more...] about Essential Android Apps of 2015 That Help You Become a Smart Entrepreneur
What's the best way to achieve the dream of a fast and fleet Python implementation? Depends on whom you're asking. If you're Dropbox, creators of the burgeoning Pyston project, you start with Python as we know it and add speed to it. If you're PyPy, you start with something fast and make it more like the Python we know over time. [ Also from InfoWorld: 10 hard-core coding tips for faster Python. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld's Application Development newsletter. ]Two competing projects trying to deliver a faster Python isn't a bad thing. In fact, it might end up helping Python users choose exactly the speed they need. Forging ahead Pyston is advancing by great strides. Its latest release, version 0.5.1, shows Dropbox cadging more performance out of its JIT-compiling Python implementation. Pyston not only runs faster, according to Dropbox's benchmarks, but also starts faster. Slow startup time is one of the more persistent issues with any JIT compiler for a … [Read more...] about Pyston and PyPy chart different courses to a faster Python
According to the most recent Gartner forecast, there will be more than 8.4 billion internet connected things in use worldwide in 2017, with total spending on endpoints and services rocketing to almost $2 trillion. When we think of IoT we usually don't look beyond small, connected devices. But when I look at IoT, I see three core components: The user facing devices (hardware) Data centers running services for these devices Software running on these devices It should not come as a surprise that Linux is a dominant player in the latter two categories. Most data centers and cloud, irrespective of whether its public cloud or private cloud, run on Linux. Most IoT devices run some form of Linux based operating system. [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ]This translates into one thing: Linux is at the heart of the IoT revolution. … [Read more...] about How Suse is becoming a key player in the IoT market
It’s legendary: A CIO promotes his best developer into a management role, losing an excellent programmer and gaining a bad manager. The art of management isn’t so much about assembling a dream team, helping others be successful, or solving technical problems. It’s about aligning everything you do in service of the business—the business of yourself. [ Find out how to get ahead with our career development guide for developers. | The art of programming is changing rapidly. We help you navigate what’s hot in programming and what’s going cold. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld’s App Dev Report newsletter. ] If you’re new to IT management, here’s an infallible guide to breaking bad—all the way to the top. Step 1: Enjoy your newfound authority Life is too short to do anything else. In your previous roles you had to beg for money, even for such rounding-error expenses as buying your team the occasional pizza. … [Read more...] about 10 steps to becoming a horrible IT manager
Automobiles are starting to resemble robotic smartphones on wheels. Unfortunately, that makes them a pretty juicy target for would-be hackers. So far there have been relatively few incidents of car hacking beyond demonstrations by security researchers. However, GM CEO Mary Barra said today that car security would become a significant public safety issue in the years to come. “A cyber incident is not a problem just for the automaker involved,” Barra said at an industry conference held in Detroit. “It is a problem for every automaker around the world. It is a matter of public safety.” Barra said the industry would need to collaborate on the problem: “We view cybersecurity not as an area for competitive advantage, but as a systemic concern in which the auto industry’s collective customers—and society at large—are best served by industry-wide collaboration and the sharing of best practices.” Security researchers have shown for years … [Read more...] about GM CEO: Car Hacking Will Become a Public Safety Issue
The primary reason for Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn’s acquisition of Sharp, the struggling electronics giant, is the iPhone supplier’s desire to begin producing high-end smartphone screens, in particular the organic light-emitting diodes that will be used by the next generation of Apple devices. But there’s another driver of the $3.5 billion deal as well: Foxconn, previously best-known in the West for employee suicides and toxic water pollution, wants to become a leader in China’s clean-energy revolution. Sharp first started making solar panels in 1959, and in the early 2000s was the world’s largest producer in the volatile industry. Since then it has been eclipsed by panel makers in China, and its energy solutions unit lost $45 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. It’s not entirely clear what will become of Sharp’s solar business under Foxconn control. But Sharp has been dabbling in related energy technologies for years, such as energy … [Read more...] about Foxconn Wants to Become a Global Force in Clean Energy
$100 Laptop Becomes a $5 PC A demonstration video from the Sugar Labs Foundation shows the workings of the educational platform once confined mainly to the so-called $100 laptop, but now available for download to revitalize old computers via a USB drive. David Talbot Senior Writer I’m MIT Technology Review’s senior writer, interested in a wide range of topics including climate change, energy, and information and communication technologies. Recent projects have included traveling to China to write about GMO crop… More development there, and Germany to explore how they’ll try to ramp up renewable power while closing down nuclear plants. My 2008 feature on the Obama campaign’s social-networking operation was selected for The Best Technology Writing 2009. Subscribe to Continue Reading Uh oh–you've read all of your free articles for this month. Become an Insider for unlimited access to online stories for less than $15 per month. … [Read more...] about $100 Laptop Becomes a $5 PC
Machinima enters the Campus, or the Campus becomes a Machinima World Ethan Vogt’s 9min film is “Tron meets Grand Theft Auto.” He used the www.machinima.com engine in creating the piece. Machinima uses game technology in rendering and animating virtual worlds. Ethan also used a NYU/Volvo partnership contest to get his piece… Ethan Vogt’s 9min film is “Tron meets Grand Theft Auto.” He used the www.machinima.com engine in creating the piece. Machinima uses game technology in rendering and animating virtual worlds. Ethan also used a NYU/Volvo partnership contest to get his piece listed on www.allnewV50.com (click on the purple NYU tag on the upper part of the webpage). Beth Coleman who is teaching at MIT this year is developing a machinima piece and she’s enlisting help from MIT students. The first installment will be presented at the conference Media in Transition, May 7, 2005. We think she’s come to the right place. For more on … [Read more...] about Machinima enters the Campus, or the Campus becomes a Machinima World