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“Above the Trend Line” – Your Industry Rumor Central for 4/16/2021

Above the Trend Line: your industry rumor central is a recurring feature of insideBIGDATA. In this column, we present a variety of short time-critical news items grouped by category such as M&A activity, people movements, funding news, financial results, industry alignments, customer wins, rumors and general scuttlebutt floating around the big data, data science and machine learning industries including behind-the-scenes anecdotes and curious buzz.

The insideBIGDATA IMPACT 50 List for Q2 2021

The team here at insideBIGDATA is deeply entrenched in following the big data ecosystem of companies from around the globe. We’re in close contact with most of the firms making waves in the technology areas of big data, data science, machine learning, AI and deep learning. Our in-box is filled each day with new announcements, commentaries, and insights about what’s driving the success of our industry so we’re in a unique position to publish our quarterly IMPACT 50 List of the most important movers and shakers in our industry. These companies have proven their relevance by the way they’re impacting the enterprise through leading edge products and services. We’re happy to publish this evolving list of the industry’s most impactful companies!

NVIDIA A100, A40 and NVIDIA RTX A6000 Ampere Architecture-Based Professional GPUs Transform Data Science and Big Data Analytics

Scientists, researchers, and engineers are solving the world’s most important scientific, industrial, and big data challenges with AI and high-performance computing (HPC). Businesses, even entire industries, harness the power of AI to extract new insights from massive data sets, both on-premises and in the cloud. NVIDIA Ampere architecture-based products, like the NVIDIA A100 or the NVIDIA RTX A6000, designed for the age of elastic computing, deliver the next giant leap by providing unmatched acceleration at every scale, enabling innovators to push the boundaries of human knowledge and creativity forward.

Big Data Industry Predictions for 2021

2020 has been year for the ages, with so many domestic and global challenges. But the big data industry has significant inertia moving into 2021. In order to give our valued readers a pulse on important new trends leading into next year, we here at insideBIGDATA heard from all our friends across the vendor ecosystem to get their insights, reflections and predictions for what may be coming.

WekaIO Announces Cloud-Native, Unified Storage Solutions for the Entire Data Lifecycle

WekaIO™ (Weka), an innovation leader in high-performance, scalable file storage for data-intensive applications, today announced a transformative cloud-native storage solution underpinned by the fast file system, WekaFS™, that unifies and simplifies the data pipeline for performance-intensive workloads and accelerated DataOps.

Transform Raw Data to Real Time Actionable Intelligence Using High Performance Computing at the Edge

In this special guest feature, Tim Miller from One Stop Systems discusses the importance of transforming raw data to real time actionable intelligence using HPC at the edge. The imperative now is to move processing closer to where the data is being sourced, and apply high performance computing edge technologies so real time insights can drive business actions.

Interview: Global Technology Leader PNY

We recently caught up with our friends over at PNY to discuss a variety of topics affecting data scientists conducting work on big data problem domains including how “Big Data” is becoming increasingly accessible with big clusters with disk-based databases, small clusters with in-memory data, single systems with in-CPU-memory data, and single systems with in-GPU-memory data. Answering our inquiries were: Bojan Tunguz, Senior System Software Engineer, NVIDIA and Carl Flygare, NVIDIA Quadro Product Marketing Manager, PNY.

Hats Over Hearts

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Rich Brueckner. His passing is an unexpected and enormous blow to both his family and the HPC Community. Rich was an institution in the HPC community. You couldn’t go to an event without seeing his red hat bobbing in the crowd, usually trailed by a fast-moving video crew. He’d be darting into booths, conducting interviews, and then speeding away to his next appointment.

NVIDIA Ships New Advanced AI System — NVIDIA DGX A100: Third-Generation DGX Packs Record 5 Petaflops of AI Performance

NVIDIA today unveiled NVIDIA DGX™ A100, the third generation of the world’s most advanced AI system, delivering 5 petaflops of AI performance and consolidating the power and capabilities of an entire data center into a single flexible platform for the first time. Immediately available, DGX A100 systems have begun shipping worldwide, with the first order going to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, which will use the cluster’s AI and computing power to better understand and fight COVID-19.

New Study Details Importance of TCO for HPC Storage Buyers

Total cost of ownership (TCO) now rivals performance as a top criterion for purchasing high-performance computing (HPC) storage systems, according to an independent study published by Hyperion Research. The report, commissioned by our friends over at Panasas®, a leader in HPC data storage solutions, surveyed data center planners and managers, storage system managers, purchasing decision-makers and key influencers, as well as users of HPC storage systems.