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Intel | September 17, 2022
Arm, Intel and Nvidia have jointly authored a paper describing an 8-bit floating point (FP8) specification and its two variants E5M2 and E4M3 to provide a common interchangeable format that works for both artificial intelligence (AI) training and inference. This cross-industry specification alignment will allow AI models to operate and perform consistently across hardware platforms, accelerating AI software development.
Computational requirements for AI have been growing at an exponential rate. New innovation is required across hardware and software to deliver computational throughput needed to advance AI.
One of the promising areas of research to address this growing compute gap is to reduce the numeric precision requirements for deep learning to improve memory and computational efficiencies. Reduced-precision methods exploit the inherent noise-resilient properties of deep neural networks to improve compute efficiency.
Intel plans to support this format specification across its AI product roadmap for CPUs, GPUs and other AI accelerators, including Habana Gaudi deep learning accelerators.
FP8 minimizes deviations from existing IEEE 754 floating point formats with a good balance between hardware and software to leverage existing implementations, accelerate adoption and improve developer productivity.
The guiding principle of this format proposal from Arm, Intel and Nvidia is to leverage conventions, concepts and algorithms built on IEEE standardization. This enables the greatest latitude for future AI innovation while still adhering to current industry conventions.
Rocket Software | September 14, 2022
Rocket Software, a global technology leader that develops enterprise software for some of the world’s largest companies, today announced it has launched Rocket® Support for Zowe, a supporting offering for the Open Mainframe Project’s Zowe® open-source framework for z/OS® and its multiple modern interfaces.1 Rocket Support for Zowe provides customers with 24/7 support for Zowe core components, improved security and exclusive desktop applications.
Open-source software accelerates IBM Z® application development and delivery through modern tools that drive automation and integration to and from the mainframe.2 However, without development support, it can create security and compliance risks and can be difficult and time consuming to maintain. Waiting on vulnerability fixes from the open-source software community can open an organization to a multitude of risks.
Rocket Support for Zowe reduces this risk by providing customers with 24/7 support for their security, compliance and maintenance needs. Rocket Support for Zowe also provides exclusive virtual desktop applications like Rocket USS Process Manager, which monitors all UNIX® System Services, the operating system host to much of Zowe.i More exclusive desktop applications will continue to become available in the near and long term as Rocket Software continuously improves Rocket Support for Zowe.
Open-source software is also key to providing the next generation of IT professionals – who may be unfamiliar with the mainframe – with familiar languages and tools that make it easy for them to manage the mainframe similar to the way they work with other platforms. Rocket Support for Zowe offers unique synergies when used with Rocket® Open AppDev for Z, an open-source DevOps solution providing services and support for over 20 open-source languages and tools—including Git®, Python®, cURL and Bash—that enable the mainframe to be another valuable platform in a DevOps infrastructure.3
Rocket Support for Zowe will enable any developer to improve upon and expedite mainframe application development and delivery with secure and supported open-source software innovation for z/OS.
“Rocket Software is a proud founding member of Zowe, which has been an open-source software framework for z/OS, providing interoperability and scalability among products through the Open Mainframe ProjectTM since 2018,” said Phil Buckellew, President, Infrastructure Modernization Unit, Rocket Software.4 “Rocket Support for Zowe will relieve the challenges of open-source software for Rocket customers and accelerate mainframe application development.”
“Mainframe modernization is rapidly becoming the most critical component of the hybrid cloud evolution of the platform. The Open Mainframe Project, particularly Zowe, is a key part of this trend and represents a significant opportunity for mainframe clients looking to embrace open-source and modernize,” said Steven Dickens, Senior Analyst at Futurum Research. “Rocket Software continues to play an important role in leading the evolution of open source on the mainframe, which I believe will gain market momentum as mainframe customers seek to modernize their deployments. An enterprise-grade, fully supported Zowe deployment is the goal for many clients, and Rocket is providing that.”
About Rocket Software
Rocket Software partners with the largest Fortune 1000 organizations to solve their most complex IT challenges across Applications, Data and Infrastructure. Rocket Software brings customers from where they are in their modernization journey to where they want to be by architecting innovative solutions that deliver next-generation experiences. Over 10 million global IT and business professionals trust Rocket Software to deliver solutions that improve responsiveness to change and optimize workloads. Rocket Software enables organizations to modernize in place with a hybrid cloud strategy to protect investment, decrease risk and reduce time to value. Rocket Software is a privately held U.S. corporation headquartered in the Boston area with centers of excellence strategically located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Rocket Software is a portfolio company of Bain Capital Private Equity.
Jesta I.S. | August 29, 2022
Jesta I.S. Inc., a global developer of modular cloud solutions and unified ERP for retailers, e-tailers, wholesalers, and brand manufacturers, has launched Vision Sourcing & Demand 22.0, a major upgrade to one of its four foundational software pillars. Vision S&D 22.0 is packed with new features, functionality and integrations to optimize product journeys from sourcing and procurement, material resource planning, product data and lifecycle management, demand forecasting and customer order management, and B2B/B2C sales and customer service.
New product development tools include the capability to mass manage attributes for new and current products, including purchase, manufacturing, and current/future availability details, as well as the capability to assign images and extended text (fabric composition, care instructions, Amazon-specific description formatting) to multiple products for web stores. The tools boost efficiency helping manufacturers get new catalogues and products to sales channels faster. The new catalogues make it easy for manufacturers to include experiential product details to help consumers with purchasing decisions.
New procurement tools include the capability to easily create and manage draw-down raw material purchase orders enabling quicker turnaround of procurement and distribution of raw materials to factories and supplier networks. Jesta’s new global supply chain collaboration hub is another significant advancement. It transforms how brand manufacturers and wholesalers work with overseas and near-shore production factories by facilitating direct, real-time, bi-directional communication. The collaboration tool boosts supply chain agility and enables procurement and manufacturing to be quickly redirected to alternate suppliers and factories when challenges arise so global delivery expectations are preserved.
Sales channel management and customer service enhancements include: rapid-order entry (a fast way to take telephone orders featuring comprehensive search capabilities and real-time information on current/future availability and volume-tier discounts); product closeout management (the ability to mass manage end-of-life promotions and closeout pricing, and generate sales orders at the discounted price) and a robust sales order API framework (a seamless and more standardized way to enter B2B and B2C sales orders into the Vision ERP resulting in fewer errors and rejections).
“Compressing the design-to-delivery time of new products and directly connecting wholesalers and retailers with overseas manufacturers through Jesta’s global, cloud collaboration platform will transform product journeys, minimize supply chain challenges, and offer brand manufacturers and wholesalers the agility needed to optimize time to market in order to meet rapidly changing consumer demand. All global users will gain real-time updates, and an open and accessible channel to ask questions and take action.”
Arvind Gupta, President at Jesta I.S.
“Sales and customer service reps will be empowered as well, leading to better customer experiences, customer retention and increased sales,” he continued. “The V22 launch has strategically taken product journeys to the next level of agility.”
About Jesta I.S.
Trusted by major brands for over 50 years, Jesta I.S. is a global developer of enterprise and ERP software for retailers, e-tailers, wholesalers and brand manufacturers. Customers like Cole Haan, DSW, Harry Rosen, Perry Ellis and Puma use Jesta’s integrated Vision Suite solutions to optimize end-to-end product journeys from concept to consumer: sourcing and procurement, supply chain, logistics, demand planning, merchandising, inventory management, store operations, and direct-to-consumer deliveries. Jesta I.S. was recognized as a Top 5 technology vendor in the 2022 RIS Software LeaderBoard.