Who will benefit from Intel dropping Omni-Path?

Spoofing the Spoofers

Henry has a brilliant idea to weaponize his password generator against phishing attacks.

Intel Drops Omni-Path

Henry and Shahin take a close look at the history of High Performance Interconnects, recent news, and how the market is changing profoundly. The departure of Intel from this segment is good news for some, and it remains to be seen what strategy Intel will adopt for the HPC market.

Catch of the Week

Henry:

Henry brings up one his favorite topics (going all the way back to our very first episode): the dreaded Silent Data Corruption, this time as part of the testing that the 737 MAX is undergoing. As he’s wont to do, Shahin puts this in the context of our collective transition from the Industrial Age to Information Age. He thinks the series of issues with the plane prove just how difficult it is for manufacturers to go more and more digital.

Another rewrite for 737 Max software as cosmic bit-flipping tests glitch out systems – report

Testing focused on flipping five bits, said to control some of the most crucial parameters: positioning of flight controls and activation state of flight control systems, such as the infamous MCAS anti-stall system.

Shahin:

Shahin thinks the mention of building an AI supercomputer by Microsoft is intriguing. They already offer Cray capability in Azure and enquiring minds want to know more.

Microsoft to invest $1 billion in OpenAI, will jointly develop new supercomputer technologies

Microsoft and OpenAI also plan to work together on new AI supercomputing technologies to solve the world’s hardest problems. “The companies will focus on building a computational platform in Azure of unprecedented scale, which will train and run increasingly advanced AI models, include hardware technologies that build on Microsoft’s supercomputing technology, and adhere to the two companies’ shared principles on ethics and trust…”

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HPC Market Eyes $44B in 5 Years

HPC Market Eyes $44B

New report from Hyperion Research has the HPC+AI market growing to $44B, with a B, in 5 years. The industry is hitting on all cylinders, benefiting from

  • The ExaScale race,
  • AI coming to the enterprise only to find that it needs, or really is, HPC, depending on your point of view, and
  • it’s usual, sometimes slow but always steady, growth

The big news continues to be AI fundamentally bringing HPC closer to the mainstream of enterprise computing whether it is on-prem, in a co-location facility, or in a public cloud.

All of this is starting big changes in the industry. We see this in mergers and acquisitions (basically new companies), new technologies, new architectures, and new business models. An example of the latter is the loosening of chip licensing, with open source models starting to get attention. Unlike open source software, however, silicon needs a fab, and the necessary electronic design automation software applications don’t have equivalent open source alternatives.

Catch of the Week

Henry:

Following a supply chain security breach, Henry predicts that standards bodies like NIST and ISO will become even more active in this area with guidelines for hardware, software, and processes.

Shahin:

Shahin talks about Apple’s design chief, Jony Ive, leaving the company and shares some jokes on social media that fall flat for Dan and Henry, who probably claim it has nothing to do with them being such PC aficionados.

Jony Ive, Designer Who Made Apple Look Like Apple, Is Leaving to Start a Firm

Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer and one of the most influential executives in the history of the Silicon Valley giant, is leaving the company. Mr. Ive will depart this year to start his own design company, Apple said on Thursday. Through his new firm, LoveFrom, Mr. Ive will continue to work on a wide range of Apple products, the company said.

Dan:

Dan concludes the show without a “catch” this week!

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