The Predictive Power of High-Performance Computing in Finance

Jan Witte, a leading quantitative analyst, writes for us about the predictive power of high-performance computing in finance and how the principles of machine learning apply to AI.

 

Industrial HPC Solutions: Visualisation

When you imagine what visualisation is in the world of HPC, most people think of astronomy, such as images of galaxies or black holes, or they think of weather, like analyses of tornadoes or hurricanes. Astronomical and atmospheric data is huge, requires HPC to analyse, and can make for amazing, sophisticated visualisations.

AI is taking centre stage in today’s film making

Wolf in Open Source clothing

In an interesting Medium Article, Andrew Leonard wrote about how Amazon may be starting to compete with some of its Open Source software partners. Andrew’s article delved into the specifics of the case involving Elastic and their Elasticsearch open source software. Elastic has been happy to offer Elasticsearch in its Open Source form on the AWS platform, and many customers were happy to consume Elastic’s capabilities that way.

Industrial HPC Solutions: Bioinformatics

Consisting of the combination of biology, computer science, and mathematics, the science of bioinformatics has advanced rapidly in recent years. Thanks in part to HPC (high performance computing) and the expanding knowledge of and expertise in how to collect and analyse growing datasets, industries from agriculture to healthcare and more are experiencing the benefits of a bioinformatics revolution.

This article will provide examples of bioinformatics in industry and describe advancements in applications and compute power that have helped to raise the impact of bioinformatics to new heights that are changing the world.

HPC

Arm-based Marvell ThunderX2 - the new kid on the HPC block

As we all know, being the new kid on the block means it sometimes take a little while to make friends and break into those well established networks and friendship circles. It can also be pretty daunting, especially if those friendship circles are deep rooted. Who needs the new guy?

Industrial HPC Solutions: Data Analytics

How data is collected and analysed is changing at exponential rates. In industry — and I know this from talking and consulting with hundreds of companies — so much data is being collected that many companies are either confused with, or overwhelmed by, all of the ways to leverage and analyse their data.

HPC

The Bare Metal Cloud: Software-Defined HPC with Real Performance

At the high end of High-Performance Computing, the disruptive arrival of cloud computing has often been met with skepticism by those accustomed to making decisions upon hard evidence - a rare commodity in the nebulous cloud sector.

Quantum Computer Hosting – Rumours from the Trade Show Floor

Psst, please only share this enterprise quantum computing insight with your HPC enthusiast friends. My boss would have a bird if he thought I was leaning 2+ years into the future with enterprise quantum computer hosting material!

Industrial HPC Solutions: Modeling & Simulation

In the early days of industrial high-performance computing (HPC), modeling and simulation (M&S) was, in many ways, the stalwart - the ideal domain area where companies could leverage advanced computing resources. Today, a confluence of traditional HPC M&S with artificial intelligence (AI) is occurring, changing the solution set significantly. Let's look at this in more detail...

The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Bank of England

On Monday of this week, the Bank of England governor Mark Carney promised to reinvent the Bank of England to make it fit for the “new economy” of the “Fourth Industrial Revolution", reflecting changes in how society, business and government operate.

AI

Where are all these AI chips coming from?

Blink, and the silicon industry changes. I thought we knew what kinds of microprocessor we needed, and the silicon chip makers were just getting on with making them faster, cheaper and better. But now, I’m seeing reports of a whole bunch of so-called “AI chips”. So what’s happening, and why?

The birth of AI chips is a strange thing, because they are not coming from the usual places: cloud providers like Google and Alibaba, telecoms firm Huawei, and tiny start-ups like GraphCore. IBM is making AI chips, after it seemed to be scaling down its silicon work. And even Intel, when it got involved, bought a start-up called Nervana, and then teamed up with Facebook.

Trick or treat? How will a Halloween Brexit affect the data industry?

With the deadline for the UK's Brexit decision now put back to October 31, businesses might well view Halloween 2019 with terror. With data processing and storage so vital for many sectors, the question of how Brexit will affect data movement across borders is a significant one.

A Google search for the words "Brexit" and "Uncertainty" delivers more than 27 million results. On the other hand, you'll find just seven million results for "Brexit" and "Clarity" and a quick scan of those finds that they concern "lack of clarity". If there's one iron rule of Brexit it's that nobody knows anything.

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