Sunday, February 5, 2017

Deutsche Telekom Launches Security Business Unit

Deutsche Telekom launched a new Telekom Security business unit with a goal of double digit growth in cyber security services.

Anette Bronder, Director of the T-Systems Digital Division, will now take on the additional role of Director of Telekom Security. Dirk Backofen will manage the new division operationally.

“No business today can afford to offer solutions and not factor in security. We are a pioneer here with Telekom Security working shoulder to shoulder with the Digital Division. We continue to offer the main pillars of digitization with solutions for the Internet of Things and for the cloud – along with compatible security solutions. Everything from a single source,” said Anette Bronder, Director of T-Systems, Digital Division and Telekom Security at an event in front of some 1,200 Telekom Security employees.

https://www.telekom.com/en/media/media-information/archive/telekom-wants-to-grow-faster-than-the-market-in-security-484876

Intel Sends Swarm of 300 Shooting Star Drones to Super Bowl

During the Super Bowl Halftime Show, three hundred Intel Shooting Star drones performed a choreographed aerial show. The sequence, which was pre-recorded, was the first time drones were used to complement an entertainment act at this scale.

All 300 drones were be controlled by one computer and one drone pilot. The FAA granted special permission for the fleet to fly up to 700 feet. Intel also received an additional special waiver to fly
the drones in the more restrictive class B airspace.

Intel said its software automated "the animation creation process by using a reference image, quickly calculating the number of drones needed, determining where drones should be placed, and formulating the fastest path to create the image in the sky.

https://newsroom.intel.com/news-releases/intel-drones-light-lady-gaga-performance-pepsi-zero-sugar-super-bowl-li-halftime/


IBM Watson Takes on Tax Preparation with H&R Block

IBM is working with H&R Block to apply Watson's analytical intelligence to a consumer-facing tax preparation service.

IBM Watson technology will be used by H&R Block’s tax professionals this tax season to help deliver the best outcome for each unique tax situation, while helping clients better understand how different filing options can impact their tax outcome. As part of the first phase of the collaboration, H&R Block and IBM development teams trained Watson in the language of tax, first applying the technology to the thousands of questions and topics discussed during the return filing process.

IBM said Watson is a good match because the field of tax preparation involves massive volumes of data, including a federal tax code with more than 74,000 pages and thousands of yearly tax law changes, all of which impact a client’s tax outcome.

“IBM has shown how complex, data-rich industries such as healthcare, retail and education are being transformed through the use of Watson. Now with H&R Block, we’re applying the power of cognitive computing in an entirely new way that everyone can relate to and benefit from – the tax prep process,” said David Kenny, senior vice president, IBM Watson and Cloud Platform.

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/51505.wss

Cisco Advances its Tetration Analytics

Cisco announced new capabilities for its Tetration Analytics framework including automated policy enforcement derived from its deep inspection of packet traffic.

Cisco Tetration Analytics, which was first unveiled in June 2016, gathers telemetry data from the ASICs on-board Cisco Nexus 9000 switches and/or from low-overhead software sensors in servers. It then applies machine learning techniques using analytics software running on Cisco UCS C220 servers to addresses critical data center operations such as policy compliance, application forensics, and whitelist security. REST APIs are used to drive a WebGUI. Tetration provides actionable results dynamically based on behavior analysis of billions of flows, processes, and workload characteristics.

Micro-Segmentation

Cisco’s latest software for Tetration Analytics now provides consistent security policy enforcement applied holistically across each application.

Cisco said policy can be enforced regardless of where the application resides: virtual, bare metal, physical servers, or in private or public clouds, across any vendor’s infrastructure. This new enforcement model binds policies to workload characteristics and behaviors while ensuring that the policy stays intact even as the workload moves.

Cisco is also delivering two new deployment models for Tetration Analytics. In addition to the original large scale platform, Cisco now offers a new smaller-scale platform, Tetration-M, suitable for deployments up to 1,000 workloads. Cisco is also introducing a new cloud appliance with software deployed in the public cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Tetration Cloud – also suitable for deployments up to 1000 workloads. Regardless of the deployment model, Tetration can monitor workloads in private as well as public clouds.

https://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=press-release&articleId=1818269

Cisco Tetration Targets Pervasive Visibility with Forensics



Cisco unveiled its new Tetration Analytics solution for deep, real-time visibility into packet flows across a data center -- every packet, every flow, every speed. Cisco Tetration Analytics gathers telemetry data from the ASICs on-board Cisco Nexus 9000 switches and/or from low-overhead software sensors in servers. It then applies machine learning techniques using analytics software running on Cisco UCS C220 servers to addresses critical data center...


NVIDIA Debuts Latest Quadro Pascal GPUs

NVIDIA introduced its latest line-up of Quadro GPUs products, all based on its Pascal architecture and designed for professional workflows in engineering, deep learning, VR, and many vertical applications.

"Professional workflows are now infused with artificial intelligence, virtual reality and photorealism, creating new challenges for our most demanding users," said Bob Pette, vice president of Professional Visualization at NVIDIA. "Our new Quadro lineup provides the graphics and compute performance required to address these challenges. And, by unifying compute and design, the Quadro GP100 transforms the average desktop workstation with the power of a supercomputer."

Some highlight of the new generation of Quadro Pascal-based GPUs:

  • the GP100 combines double precision performance with 16GB of high-bandwidth memory (HBM2) so users can conduct simulations during the design process and gather realistic multiphysics simulations faster than ever before. Customers can combine two GP100 GPUs with NVLink technology and scale to 32GB of HBM2 to create a massive visual computing solution on a single workstation.
  • the GP100 provides more than 20 TFLOPS of 16-bit floating point precision computing, making it an ideal development platform to enable deep learning in Windows and Linux environments.
  • the "VR Ready" Quadro GP100 and P4000 have the power to create detailed, lifelike, immersive environments. Larger, more complex designs can be experienced at scale.
  • Pascal-based Quadro GPUs can render photorealistic images more than 18 times faster than a CPU.
  • Visualize data in high resolution and HDR color on up to four 5K displays.
  • for digital signage, up to 32 4K displays can be configured through a single chassis by combining up to eight P4000 GPUs and two Quadro Sync II cards.

The new cards complete the entire NVIDIA Quadro Pascal lineup including the previously announced P6000, P5000 and mobile GPUs. The entire NVIDIA Quadro Pascal lineup supports the latest NVIDIA CUDA 8 compute platform providing developers access to powerful new Pascal features in developer tools, performance enhancements and new libraries including nvGraph.

http://www.nvidia.com

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