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May 10, 2017

IBM Cloud claims AI & deep learning performance wins

Do you still have confidence in the tech giant?

By Tom Ball

IBM has made three major announcements that boast IBM Cloud as the cloud for fastest deep learning development and artificial intelligence (AI) implementation.

These latest announcements are geared toward enterprises requiring industry-specific compliance that are facing security and regulatory challenges.

IBM has launched a private cloud version of its development environment, known as the Data Science Experience. The goal of this project is to aid data scientists in collaboration on analytic models, and the building of intelligent applications.

Today, 80% of data is proprietary, and IBM is looking to help provide the correct tools and platforms for the task of leveraging data for business impact.

IBM has also been working with GPU technology in the cloud in the attempt to tackle the challenge of the time and cost of training a deep learning system for AI.

cloud servicesWhile testing the NVIDIA P100 GPU on the IBM Cloud, a 2.8X performance gain was noted. This speed increase could be another step toward efficiently implementing AI technology.

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IBM has also announced plans to launch an initiative called Dedicated Hosts, with the intentions of providing enterprises with greater control of their cloud workloads. The main features of this move are the ability for the user to move workloads at any time, and the option to change the size and combination of instances on the host.

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Rob Thomas, General Manager, IBM Analytics said: “Industries from healthcare to financial services, demand greater rigor around the ingestion, sharing and analyzing of their critical data…. With the new local version of the Data Science Experience, data scientists now have a collaborative development environment from within a private cloud setting to quickly and securely extract valuable insights in order to make strategic, data-driven decisions.”

The eagerness to collaborate is a growing general theme in tech, as it is being recognised that pooling skills and resources is the fastest way to break into new technology territories.

Diamond, President and CEO of the SETI Institute said: “The IBM solution takes that concept to a new level and enables our scientists to share complex documents, live code, and equations more quickly and easily with partnering scientists from IBM, Stanford University, and other institutions.

This cluster of big announcement has come in the wake of an investment hit, as Berkshire Hathaway recently sold off a third of its massive stake in IBM. This sale of around $4 billion in IBM shares appears to show that Warren Buffet’s confidence in the tech giant has finally run out.

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