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posted by CoolHand on Tuesday February 28 2017, @02:43PM   Printer-friendly
from the natural-beauty-in-clouds-and-skylakes dept.

As part of an ongoing effort to differentiate its public cloud services, Google made good this week on its intention to bring custom Xeon Skylake chips from Intel Corp. to its Google Compute Engine. The cloud provider is the first to offer the next-gen Xeons, and is getting access ahead of traditional server-makers like Dell and HPE.

Google announced plans to incorporate the next-generation Intel server chips into its public could last November. On Friday (Feb. 24), Urs Hölzle, Google's senior vice president for cloud infrastructure, said the Skylake upgrade would deliver a significant performance boost for demanding applications and workloads ranging from genomic research to machine learning.

The cloud vendor noted that Skylake includes Intel Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX-512) that target workloads such as data analytics, engineering simulations and scientific modeling. When compared to previous generations, the Skylake extensions are touted as doubling floating-point performance "for the heaviest calculations," Hölzle noted in a blog post.

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  • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Tuesday February 28 2017, @09:41PM (1 child)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday February 28 2017, @09:41PM (#473051) Journal

    It is safer to use a VM rather than the bare thing.

    Especially if the VM can easily be reset back to it's initial hard drive state for each session.

    Can't large language models be put in charge of resolving ethical issues related to the use of AI?
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 01 2017, @12:30AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 01 2017, @12:30AM (#473144)

    When it comes to video or audio, I can really detect a difference when it's not touching the bare metal. I don't like VMs either.