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AT&T picked as top managed-SD-WAN provider for the third year

AT&T, Hughes, and Verizon were selected as the top three SD-WAN providers for the third year in a row in the latest Vertical Systems Group rankings for year-end 2020. Comcast jumped to fourth place.Despite the pandemic, expansion of carrier-managed SD-WAN services in the U.S. increased 39% in 2020. Demand was resilient across bandwidth-intensive markets, but vulnerable for verticals like retail and travel.Vertical Systems Group is an independent market research firm focused on network services. Each year it issues its Carrier Managed SD-WAN Services Leaderboard.The one notable change was Comcast has replaced Lumen Technologies in fourth place, moving up from seventh position in 2019. Lumen is now in sixth, Windstream remains in fifth and Aryaka dipped from sixth to seventh.To read this article in full, please click here

Nvidia announces a 2023 launch for an HPC CPU named Grace

Nvidia kicked off its GPU Technology Conference (GTC) 2021 with a bang: A new CPU for high performance computing (HPC) clients--its first-ever data-center CPU--called Grace.Based on the Arm Neoverse architecture, NVIDIA claims Grace will serve up to 10-times better performance than the fastest servers currently on the market for complex artificial intelligence and HPC workloads.But that’s comparing then and now. Grace won’t ship until 2023, and in those two years competitors will undoubtedly up their game, too. But no one has ever accused CEO Jen-Hsun Huang of being subdued.Nvidia made a point that Grace is not intended to compete head-to-head against Intel's Xeon and AMD's EPYC processors. Instead, Grace is more of a niche product, in that it is designed specifically to be tightly coupled with NVIDIA's GPUs to remove bottlenecks for complex AI and HPC applications.To read this article in full, please click here

Nvidia announces a 2023 launch for an HPC CPU named Grace

Nvidia kicked off its GPU Technology Conference (GTC) 2021 with a bang: A new CPU for high performance computing (HPC) clients--its first-ever data-center CPU--called Grace.Based on the Arm Neoverse architecture, NVIDIA claims Grace will serve up to 10-times better performance than the fastest servers currently on the market for complex artificial intelligence and HPC workloads.But that’s comparing then and now. Grace won’t ship until 2023, and in those two years competitors will undoubtedly up their game, too. But no one has ever accused CEO Jen-Hsun Huang of being subdued.Nvidia made a point that Grace is not intended to compete head-to-head against Intel's Xeon and AMD's EPYC processors. Instead, Grace is more of a niche product, in that it is designed specifically to be tightly coupled with NVIDIA's GPUs to remove bottlenecks for complex AI and HPC applications.To read this article in full, please click here

How to shop for a colocation provider

If you want to move assets out of your data center but for whatever reason can’t shift to the cloud, a colocation, or “colo” for short, is increasingly a viable option.Colo is where the client buys the compute, storage, and networking equipment but instead of putting it into their own data centers, they put them in the data center of a hosting company. They still own and manage the hardware, but they don’t have responsibility for manage the facilities—heating, cooling, lighting, physical security, etcNow see "How to manage your power bill while adopting AI" As such, colocation facilities attract considerable interest from enterprises. IDC puts the 2020 US colocation market at $9 billion, growing to $12.2 billion by 2024 for a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8%. Grand View Research estimates the global data-center colocation market size was valued at $40.31 billion US dollars in 2019 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.9% from 2020 to 2027. Gartner makes the bravest prediction, saying that by 2025, 85% of infrastructure strategies will integrate on-premises, colocation, cloud, and edge delivery options, compared with 20% in 2020.To read this article in full, please click here

Samsung demos 512GB DDR5 memory aimed at supercomputing, AI workloads

Samsung Electronics last month announced the creation of a 512GB DDR5 memory module, its first since the JEDEC consortium developed and released the DDR5 standard in July of last year.The new modules are double the max capacity of existing DDR4 and offer up to 7,200Mbps in data transfer rate, double that of conventional DDR4. The memory will be able to handle high-bandwidth workloads in applications such as supercomputing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analytics, the company says. Read more: World's fastest supercomputers: Fugaku still No. 1To read this article in full, please click here

How to shop for a colocation provider

If you want to move assets out of your data center but for whatever reason can’t shift to the cloud, a colocation, or “colo” for short, is increasingly a viable option.Colo is where the client buys the compute, storage, and networking equipment but instead of putting it into their own data centers, they put them in the data center of a hosting company. They still own and manage the hardware, but they don’t have responsibility for manage the facilities—heating, cooling, lighting, physical security, etcNow see "How to manage your power bill while adopting AI" As such, colocation facilities attract considerable interest from enterprises. IDC puts the 2020 US colocation market at $9 billion, growing to $12.2 billion by 2024 for a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8%. Grand View Research estimates the global data-center colocation market size was valued at $40.31 billion US dollars in 2019 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.9% from 2020 to 2027. Gartner makes the bravest prediction, saying that by 2025, 85% of infrastructure strategies will integrate on-premises, colocation, cloud, and edge delivery options, compared with 20% in 2020.To read this article in full, please click here

Samsung demos 512GB DDR5 memory aimed at supercomputing, AI workloads

Samsung Electronics last month announced the creation of a 512GB DDR5 memory module, its first since the JEDEC consortium developed and released the DDR5 standard in July of last year.The new modules are double the max capacity of existing DDR4 and offer up to 7,200Mbps in data transfer rate, double that of conventional DDR4. The memory will be able to handle high-bandwidth workloads in applications such as supercomputing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analytics, the company says. Read more: World's fastest supercomputers: Fugaku still No. 1To read this article in full, please click here

Microsoft documents its liquid-immersion cooling efforts

Last week I told you about an immersion-cooling firm called LiquidStack being spun off from its parent company, the China-based server vendor Wiwynn. The story mentioned how Microsoft was experimenting with immersion cooling, and now Microsoft has pulled back the curtain on the whole show.It’s been trying out immersion cooling for two years but is now going full throttle, at least at its Quincy, Washington, data center. Situated in the middle of the state, the city of Quincy is tiny—just 6,750 as of 2010—but the Columbia River cuts through it, making it ideal for a hydropower-based data center, and there are several data centers in this tiny town.To read this article in full, please click here

Microsoft documents its liquid-immersion cooling efforts

Last week I told you about an immersion-cooling firm called LiquidStack being spun off from its parent company, the China-based server vendor Wiwynn. The story mentioned how Microsoft was experimenting with immersion cooling, and now Microsoft has pulled back the curtain on the whole show.It’s been trying out immersion cooling for two years but is now going full throttle, at least at its Quincy, Washington, data center. Situated in the middle of the state, the city of Quincy is tiny—just 6,750 as of 2010—but the Columbia River cuts through it, making it ideal for a hydropower-based data center, and there are several data centers in this tiny town.To read this article in full, please click here

Intel releases 3rd-gen Xeon Scalable processor

Intel today launched the third generation of its Xeon Scalable server-processor line with more than three dozen new chips built on its long-overdue 10-nanometer manufacturing process and featuring a host of specialized features for security and AI.The new chips were developed under the codename Ice Lake and were long in coming, due to the delays Intel had getting its manufacturing process down to 10nm. AMD, through its TSMC manufacturing partner, is at 7nm and its Epyc processors are slowly but increasingly taking market share from Intel.Now see "How to manage your power bill while adopting AI" Intel says the Ice Lake series has a 20% improvement in the number of instructions that can be carried out per clock cycle over the prior generation, thanks to the smaller process node letting them cram more transistors into the package.To read this article in full, please click here

Intel releases 3rd-gen Xeon Scalable processor

Intel today launched the third generation of its Xeon Scalable server-processor line with more than three dozen new chips built on its long-overdue 10-nanometer manufacturing process and featuring a host of specialized features for security and AI.The new chips were developed under the codename Ice Lake and were long in coming, due to the delays Intel had getting its manufacturing process down to 10nm. AMD, through its TSMC manufacturing partner, is at 7nm and its Epyc processors are slowly but increasingly taking market share from Intel.Now see "How to manage your power bill while adopting AI" Intel says the Ice Lake series has a 20% improvement in the number of instructions that can be carried out per clock cycle over the prior generation, thanks to the smaller process node letting them cram more transistors into the package.To read this article in full, please click here

Immersion cooling firm LiquidStack launches as a stand-alone company

Ever since Bitcoin was introduced back in 2009, this cryptocurrency has had the distinction of being something you could mine with your computer—putting your hardware to use helping the blockchain technology Bitcoin is based on record and verify transactions by solving complex math problems.As a reward, you’d get Bitcoins. But it was a very slow process for a single PC, and the necessary component for success was a high-end GPU. One GPU brought to bear on Bitcoin could take years to find one coin, so miners started building massive farms akin to data centers but without enclosures. The result was that Bitcoin farms bought up all the GPUs, causing severe shortages and infuriating gamers.To read this article in full, please click here

Immersion cooling firm LiquidStack launches as a stand-alone company

Ever since Bitcoin was introduced back in 2009, this cryptocurrency has had the distinction of being something you could mine with your computer—putting your hardware to use helping the blockchain technology Bitcoin is based on record and verify transactions by solving complex math problems.As a reward, you’d get Bitcoins. But it was a very slow process for a single PC, and the necessary component for success was a high-end GPU. One GPU brought to bear on Bitcoin could take years to find one coin, so miners started building massive farms akin to data centers but without enclosures. The result was that Bitcoin farms bought up all the GPUs, causing severe shortages and infuriating gamers.To read this article in full, please click here

Arm’s latest: A CPU design to better serve AI, ML

Arm Holdings has introduced the Armv9 microarchitecture, the first overhaul of its CPU architecture in a decade, with heavy emphasis on security and all things artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).Arm, for the unfamiliar, does not make CPUs like Intel and AMD. It makes basic architectural designs that licensees modify with their own special technological sauce. It makes variances for high-performance, mobile, embedded, and edge/cloud.[Get regularly scheduled insights by signing up for Network World newsletters.] As part of Arm’s Vision Day event earlier this week, the company announced the first details of the Armv9 architecture, with more to come later this year. The company has to tread cautiously as it is in the process of being acquired by Nvidia, and forces are lining up to oppose the deal.To read this article in full, please click here

Arm’s latest: A CPU design to better serve AI, ML

Arm Holdings has introduced the Armv9 microarchitecture, the first overhaul of its CPU architecture in a decade, with heavy emphasis on security and all things artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).Arm, for the unfamiliar, does not make CPUs like Intel and AMD. It makes basic architectural designs that licensees modify with their own special technological sauce. It makes variances for high-performance, mobile, embedded, and edge/cloud.[Get regularly scheduled insights by signing up for Network World newsletters.] As part of Arm’s Vision Day event earlier this week, the company announced the first details of the Armv9 architecture, with more to come later this year. The company has to tread cautiously as it is in the process of being acquired by Nvidia, and forces are lining up to oppose the deal.To read this article in full, please click here

Intel’s $20 billion bet on advanced fabrication

No one ever said Pat Gelsinger was timid. A month into his stint as Intel’s CEO, he has announced an ambitious plan to drive ahead with Intel’s chip-manufacturing efforts rather than give up on it.Naysayers and pundits had been saying Intel should dump its fabrication business, similar to what AMD did more than a decade ago when it spun out its fabs into what became GlobalFoundries. Intel’s fabs had fallen behind the bleeding edge, and while the TSMC foundry was making 7nm chips for AMD, Intel was struggling to get to 10nm.Well bleep that, said Gelsinger (OK, maybe not). Rather than spin off the foundry business, Intel is setting it up as a separate unit within the company called Intel Foundry Services with its own profit and loss statements like the other Intel divisions. So in addition to making Intel chips, Intel Foundry Services will make chips for other semiconductor companies.To read this article in full, please click here

IDC: Moving to the cloud could save 1B+ metric tons of CO2 emissions

IDC has released a new study, the first of its kind, that predicts that cloud computing could help to prevent more than one billion metric ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the next three years.The forecast uses IDC data on server distribution and cloud and on-premises software use along with third-party information on data center power usage, carbon dioxide emissions per kilowatt-hour, and emission comparisons of cloud and non-cloud data centers.[Get regularly scheduled insights by signing up for Network World newsletters.] IDC's forecast includes upper and lower bounds for the estimated reduction in emissions. If the percentage of green cloud data centers today stays where it is, just the migration to cloud itself could save 693 million metric tons over the four-year time period.To read this article in full, please click here

IDC: Moving to the cloud could save 1B+ metric tons of CO2 emissions

IDC has released a new study, the first of its kind, that predicts that cloud computing could help to prevent more than one billion metric ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the next three years.The forecast uses IDC data on server distribution and cloud and on-premises software use along with third-party information on data center power usage, carbon dioxide emissions per kilowatt-hour, and emission comparisons of cloud and non-cloud data centers.[Get regularly scheduled insights by signing up for Network World newsletters.] IDC's forecast includes upper and lower bounds for the estimated reduction in emissions. If the percentage of green cloud data centers today stays where it is, just the migration to cloud itself could save 693 million metric tons over the four-year time period.To read this article in full, please click here

AMD launches third generation Epyc server processors

AMD has taken the wraps off the third generation of Epyc server processors, codenamed Milan, just 18 months after launching the Rome generation. Formally named Epyc 7003, the new generation sports a new Zen 3 core with a number of performance bumps.The Zen 3 core has been on the market for a while in desktop form as AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series, a line that has proven very hard to find due to a supply shortage and high demand. Because of its performance, the 5000 series is insanely popular with gamers.Cisco uses new AMD Milan processor to grow its UCS server family Like the Zen 2/Rome/Epyc 7002 line, the new Milan is built on a 7nm manufacturing process and is socket-compatible with the prior two generations of servers, so you can give your servers a processor upgrade without having to replace the whole thing. All you need is a BIOS upgrade from the motherboard maker.To read this article in full, please click here

AMD launches third generation Epyc server processors

AMD has taken the wraps off the third generation of Epyc server processors, codenamed Milan, just 18 months after launching the Rome generation. Formally named Epyc 7003, the new generation sports a new Zen 3 core with a number of performance bumps.The Zen 3 core has been on the market for a while in desktop form as AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series, a line that has proven very hard to find due to a supply shortage and high demand. Because of its performance, the 5000 series is insanely popular with gamers.Cisco uses new AMD Milan processor to grow its UCS server family Like the Zen 2/Rome/Epyc 7002 line, the new Milan is built on a 7nm manufacturing process and is socket-compatible with the prior two generations of servers, so you can give your servers a processor upgrade without having to replace the whole thing. All you need is a BIOS upgrade from the motherboard maker.To read this article in full, please click here

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