6th edition of EmTech Asia draws more than 800 participants

Emtech Asia has grown from strength to strength since its inception. The sixth edition of the conference on emerging technologies and their impact is expected to pull in more than 800 participants from around the world. Last year’s event drew more than 700 participants. Continue reading “6th edition of EmTech Asia draws more than 800 participants”

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Google avails NVIDIA Tesla T4 GPUs on Google Cloud Platform in Singapore

The Google Cloud Platform running on NVIDIA Tesla T4 GPUs (above) has been beta launched in Singapore, availing the power of GPU cloud computing to customers around the region. Continue reading “Google avails NVIDIA Tesla T4 GPUs on Google Cloud Platform in Singapore”

IBM and T-Systems team up on mainframe services

Remember the mainframe? It used to rule the world of computing and was presumed by some to be extinct when the advent of Intel-based servers and GPU-powered supercomputers. Presumed is the key word here because the mainframe is still alive and kicking though it does not command the clout that it did in the past. Continue reading “IBM and T-Systems team up on mainframe services”

China: Quick adopter, widespread use of technology

By Edward Lim

In the early 2000s, I visited Beijing for the first time and was amazed to see a taxi using a global positioning system (GPS) to get me to my destination. To put things in perspective, this was before the arrival of smartphones and GPS wasn’t even used in Singapore. Continue reading “China: Quick adopter, widespread use of technology”

Making 8K movie editing a reality

8K movie is the next big thing and an announcement by RED and NVIDIA is making editing such movies a reality. The partners have introduced the NVIDIA CUDA-accelerated REDCODE RAW decode SDK that gives software developers and studios a powerful new way to work with 8K video. Continue reading “Making 8K movie editing a reality”

HCL to acquire US$1.8b of IBM software assets

Vijayakumar: Acquired products have tremendous potential
Vijayakumar: Acquired products have tremendous potential

India software firm HCL Technologies has entered into an agreement to acquire a portfolio of IBM software products for US$1.8 billion. The transaction is expected to close by mid-2019 upon completion of applicable regulatory reviews. Continue reading “HCL to acquire US$1.8b of IBM software assets”

NVIDIA unleashes powerful ‘T-Rex’ GPU

The NVIDIA Titan RTX delivers up to 130 terflops of deep learning performance.
The NVIDIA Titan RTX delivers up to 130 terflops of deep learning performance.

It’s no dinosaur but the newly-announced NVIDIA Titan RTX, dubbed T-Rex, is certainly very powerful — to the tune of 130 teraflops of deep learning performance and 11 GigaRays of ray-tracing performance. Continue reading “NVIDIA unleashes powerful ‘T-Rex’ GPU”

Amazon takes on big guns in machine learning

A new player has entered the machine learning arena. While big players such as Google, Intel and NVIDIA have been slugging it out, Amazon has thrown its hat into the ring with its newly-launched Inferentia chip.

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Arcadier to raise US$25m for blockchain e-commerce marketplaces

Singapore headquartered Arcadier, has launched Token Generation Event (TGE) Presale to raise US$25 million by Q3 next year for its Project ArcadierX blockchain-enhanced marketplace platform. A private sale has yielded US$1 million in investment. Continue reading “Arcadier to raise US$25m for blockchain e-commerce marketplaces”

NTU achieves highest Linpack score in global supercomputing competition

Teams had to work round-the-clock to tackle real-life challenges.

A six-person team from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has achieved 56.51 teraflops, the highest Linpack score — a measurement of a system’s floating point computing horsepower — in a global supercomputing competition held in conjunction with SC18 in Dallas. Continue reading “NTU achieves highest Linpack score in global supercomputing competition”

Ecozen impresses at inaugural Rabobank Food Loss Challenge

Prateek Singhal, Co-founder and COO of Ecozen Solutions (fourth from right) with Rabobank executives and the panel of judges

Big data and artificial intelligence (AI) are not usually associated with food and agriculture but five startups have shown that such technologies can play a major role in minimising food loss. Some 1.3 billion tonnes of food are lost worldwide each year. Continue reading “Ecozen impresses at inaugural Rabobank Food Loss Challenge”

NVIDIA GPUs power a quarter of Top 500 supercomputers

NVIDIA DGX-2 AI supercomputer
The NVIDIA DGX-2 AI supercomputer powers the 61st placed NVIDIA POD.

The world’s top two supercomputers — – the US Department of Energy’s Summit, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Sierra, at Lawrence Livermore National Lab. — pack a combined total of more than 40,000 NVIDIA V100 Tensor Core GPUs, according to the latest of the Top 500 list released in conjunction with SC18. Continue reading “NVIDIA GPUs power a quarter of Top 500 supercomputers”

Taiwan hospital deploys NVIDIA DGX-2 for next-generation medical services

Taiwan’s Chinese Medical University Hospital (CMUH) has become the first healthcare provider in Asia to deploy and operate the NVIDIA DGX-2 AI supercomputer. Continue reading “Taiwan hospital deploys NVIDIA DGX-2 for next-generation medical services”

IBM in “game-changer” Red Hat acquisition

IBM has announced its US$34 billion acquisition of open source leader Red Hat.  The move has been dubbed a “game-changer” by Ginni Rometty, IBM Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, who added that it changes everything about the cloud market. Continue reading “IBM in “game-changer” Red Hat acquisition”

Infineon gives startups a heads up with first Co-Innovation Space

Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Dr Koh Poh Koon (centre) with the German Ambassador to Singapore Dr Ulrich Sante at the Co-Innovation Space.
Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Dr Koh Poh Koon (front row, second from right) with the German Ambassador to Singapore Dr Ulrich Sante (front row, right) at the Co-Innovation Space.

Names such as Ampotech, Plunify, SHADO, and XNERGY may not ring a bell today but with a little help from Infineon, they may well become the successes of tomorrow.

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Online marketplace Honestbee launches brick-and-mortar Habitat

It’s interesting how trends keep evolving. In the past decade or two, many supermarkets have opened up online stores to cater to changing consumer demands. On the other side, new companies set up online stores to challenge these traditional players. Yesterday, one of these, Honestbee, took the reverse route by setting up Habitat, its first brick-and-mortar outlet in Pasir Panjang, Singapore.

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Huawei ups the ante on AI

Huawei has upped the ante with an ambitious US$140 million investment in developing one million artificial intelligence (AI) talents in three years. Under its AI Developer Enablement Programme, the China telecoms giant will work with universities and research institutions as well as partners and developers to build an ecosystem with AI resources, platforms, courses, and joint solutions to better support AI development.

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The stuff of spy movies

Supermicro has become infamous overnight following an expose by Bloomberg quoting unnamed sources. According to the report, “the attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 US companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America’s technology supply chain.”

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Facebook to give SEA startups a leg up

Social media giant Facebook is partnering with Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) of Singapore to give Southeast Asia startups a head start in developing data-driven technologies.

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Qualcomm accuses Apple of IP theft

The legal tussle between Qualcomm and Apple has hit another level with the chipmaker accusing the smartphone giant of passing trade secrets to Intel. An earlier court battle, Qualcomm said that Apple breached an agreement for it to audit Apple’s use of Qualcomm’s source code.

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Singapore launches unified payment QR code

The number of QR codes for payment is akin to the number of credit card offerings in the market — it keeps growing, making it more of a hassle than convenience for merchants and consumers. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has stepped in to solve this problem with the launch of the Singapore Quick Response (SGQR) Code.

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The Weather Channel showcases realistic weather simulation

The weather wreaked havoc across the world last week with a number of hurricanes and typhoons. The Weather Channel leveraged the same technology used for computer games to create simulations that brought the impact of such weather into homes.

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Alibaba founder Jack Ma walks the talk

By Edward Lim

It’s hard to let go when you’re one of the richest man in the world and leading one, if not the biggest, e-commerce company in the world. But, Jack Ma is a man of his word. A man who knows his time and a man who has shown what resilience is all about.

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China wins battle for AI investments

A battle of sorts is taking place in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). It has been widely reported that China is ramping up its focus on the technology that is expected to transform businesses and industries. Numbers from ABI Research point to a swing in favour of China.

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NVIDIA AI Conference keynotes: Transforming industries, creating AI infrastructure

The first NVIDIA AI Conference in Sydney on September 4 will kick off with two keynote addresses. Marc Hamilton, Vice President of Solutions Architecture and Engineering, NVIDIA, will talk about Transforming Industries With AI. Jason Humphrey (right), Head of Retail Risk, ANZ Bank, will then share on Creating the Infrastructure to Undertake Deep Learning.

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