NEC Laboratories Europe GmbH | March 31, 2022
NEC Laboratories Europe has developed a hybrid code generator and compiler called NEC Codeqo that simplifies the generation of efficient compute libraries for different processor and hardware accelerator architectures, cutting the time needed to program multi-architecture, high-performance computing (HPC) systems.
Today, hardware accelerators are a standard component of HPC systems but have drastically different programming models. HPC systems consist of many different architectures, requiring programmers to optimize the software code for each architecture separately to achieve system-wide peak performance. As demand for high-performance computing (HPC) continues to grow and becomes more domain-specific, so does the number of HPC systems and hardware accelerators. We are witnessing an explosion of new hardware architectures to accelerate workloads with different properties. Being able to quickly adapt software to different and new architectures enables systems to take advantage of the new hardware as soon as it is delivered, saving months of engineers work and energy, thanks to increased efficiency."
Roberto Bifulco, Head of Intelligent Software Systems at NEC Laboratories Europe
Codeqo technology lets software developers use Codeqo's GPU-like programming model to program different hardware accelerators for HPC batch processing with one common source code. Using this approach, developers can generate kernels that have top-of-the-line performance across hardware accelerators for different HPC systems, which greatly improves programming efficiency. It also creates more work organization options for software developers who no longer need to specialize in optimizing hardware accelerators for a specific manufacturer; this will improve innovation within the HPC sector.
Machine learning is a large driver of the HPC market, which is forecasted to grow globally at an annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 39% from 2021 to 2028. Growth sectors are big data analysis, cloud computing and IOT for real-time predictions.1, 2 Training machine learning models requires increasingly new architectures; new low-powered devices that operate on the edge are now often used for this task. Codeqo overcomes the problem of developers needing to constantly program for new domain-specific architectures. The compiler not only generates code for different hardware architectures, but also generates it for different batch sizes and different configurations.
Bifulco adds, "A lot of the work in the AI platform domain requires constant change and adaptation. It is a field undergoing fast and continuous changes, and new techniques are being invented as we speak. Reducing the time to transform the new techniques in efficient software implementations allows us to speed up innovation cycles, experimenting and testing new solutions, and moving into production in a shorter amount of time."
The rapid advancement of new computer technology relies on both domain experts and strong user bases. Applying existing skillsets to new types of technology helps ensure its adoption by overcoming initial bottlenecks caused by the need to constantly upskill. Codeqo is currently being incorporated into SOL, the open source middleware developed by NEC that enhances neural network workloads and used in NEC's Vector Engine (VE), NEC SX-Aurora TSUBASA, for accelerated computing. By using Codeqo, SOL can move onto new hardware where manufactures have yet to implement the code needed for hardware devices.
About NEC Laboratories Europe GmbH
NEC Laboratories Europe research and develop cutting-edge technology to create innovative social solutions. Located in Heidelberg, Germany, major research areas of NEC Laboratories Europe include artificial intelligence, blockchain security, 5G and 6G networks, and IoT platforms. These technologies promote NEC Group solutions for a better society in the fields of digital health, safer cities, public services and communication infrastructure.
Atos | May 05, 2022
Atos today announces the launch of “Atos Business Outcomes-as-a-Service” (Atos BOaaS), a 5G, edge and IoT offering developed in collaboration with Dell Technologies that brings the advantages of cloud architecture to the edge and far edge to deliver AI-based business value augmented with end-to-end automated deployment, monitoring and management.
Edge computing has added complexity to digital systems, and IoT generates significant amounts of highly valuable data that remains untapped. Combining the expertise of Atos and Dell, Atos BOaaS will enable organizations to obtain meaningful, rapid and repeatable business outcomes out of IoT data streams and analytics and manage their IoT ecosystem from a single dashboard.
Atos BOaaS brings to the market one of the most innovative AI applications at the edge, powered by Dell. Dell’s Streaming Data Platform creates reliable, fast and secure data pipelines from edge to cloud that enable analytics. Atos wraps up all the technology components with extra services into a full consumption model to enable clients to focus on the business benefits of analytics at the edge and in the cloud.
Atos BOaaS revolutionizes digital operations, virtually removing the need for on-site technology support, which decreases their overall carbon footprint. Atos BOaaS can save hundreds of tons of CO2 per year per client.
In addition, the annual positive economic and environmental impact of Atos BOaaS on 1,000 retail stores can be calculated as follows: 66,000 hours saved on maintenance, compliance and updates; up to +1-2% revenue saved, corresponding to $4.2m saved in digital support1.
Atos’ innovation with the development of Atos BOaaS has been recognized today at Dell Technologies World in Las Vegas. Dell awarded Atos the 2022 Dell Technologies Global Alliances – Global Excellence in Innovation Award, which recognizes Atos’ unwavering commitment to helping customers succeed in the data era.
A strategic collaboration driving value to customers
Atos BOaaS can detect the imminent failure of equipment at the far edge and the edge, and can trigger a series of automated actions, from ordering new hardware, alerting the maintenance crew, to managing delivery and configuration of the edge to cloud platform. Atos BOaaS improves asset utilization in retail, theme parks and manufacturing industries by providing a fully automated and managed cloud environment at the edge, at scale.
Atos BOaaS is a zero-touch deployment model, meaning that settings, configurations and applications are automatically and securely provisioned on the devices. This enables clients’ technology teams to configure or modify thousands of devices at the far edge, remotely from the cloud. Atos BOaaS provides an App Market that allows clients to deploy complex analytics and applications at the edge, such as predictive maintenance to prevent downtime or simple temperature or vibration monitoring. Atos Computer Vision platform is also available in the Atos BOaaS App Market for clients to run AI and scenario-based analytics on their existing video surveillance equipment.
Atos BOaaS simplifies complex digital operations to the point that untrained retail personnel, for example, can handle on-site operations aided by the automation built into Atos BOaaS. Once they have installed the new device, as easily as they would plug a lamp, applications are automatically deployed, and business operations are initiated or resumed.
“Atos BOaaS combines breakthrough technologies that re-imagine the process of running digital operations at the edge and far edge as much as smartphones revolutionized mobile communications. Together, we unlock 5G potential securely, cost-effectively and with zero-touch, modernizing enterprise applications to be agile, mobile and rooted in analytics, while reducing customers’ costs and carbon footprint.”
Dave Seybold, Chief Executive Officer, Atos Americas
Gil Shneorson, senior vice president of edge solutions, Dell Technologies, said “As companies digitally transform and applications and infrastructure are increasingly being deployed in the real world, the need for real-time experiences and automation are driving the decentralization of IT. Dell’s broad foundation of edge technologies and services, combined with partner solutions such as Atos Outcomes-as-a-Service, help businesses quickly and securely realize the full potential of their data from edge to the cloud to deliver better business outcomes.”
Atos is a global leader in digital transformation with 111,000 employees and annual revenue of c. € 11 billion. European number one in cybersecurity, cloud and high performance computing, the Group provides tailored end-to-end solutions for all industries in 71 countries. A pioneer in decarbonization services and products, Atos is committed to a secure and decarbonized digital for its clients. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), listed on Euronext Paris and included in the CAC 40 ESG and Next 20 Paris Stock indexes.
Quest | July 16, 2020
Quest Software, a global systems management, data protection and security software provider, today announced new capabilities available within On Demand Audit to support the industry-wide shift to the cloud and ensure Microsoft environments remain secure in the face of growing malware and cyber threats. Available within the Quest Microsoft Platform Management (MPM) business, On Demand Audit is an Azure-hosted SaaS offering that provides tracking and alerting on all configuration, user and administrator changes made across Microsoft hybrid environments. To further help customers tighten their security posture, streamline auditing processes, and adhere to compliance requirements, On Demand Audit now features new support for Teams and delivers the necessary auditing and alerting on all critical events to minimize vulnerabilities across the business collaboration tool.
Tailos | March 03, 2022
Inspired by the first robot in history, Maidbot finalized a major rebrand under their new name, Tailos (pronounced Tay-lōs), to best reflect its vision — taking robotics beyond commercial cleaning to provide a complete suite of human-empowering solutions.
Tailos, formerly Maidbot, announced today that it completed a major rebranding as the company looks ahead to a year of tremendous growth and transformation. Inspired by Talos, the Greek mythological robot built by the God of Technology to protect the people of Crete, the new name reflects the company's innovative approach to building human-empowering technologies that leverage robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Machine Learning (ML).
Tailos' initial product consists of two parts: a robotics platform and a web-based data platform tool. The robotics platform features a mini self-driving car focused on cleaning floors of commercial real estate, from hotels and multi-family dwellings to office space, senior living, airports, stadiums, and more. The data platform provides operators with analytics and notifications that enable proactive actions to enhance experiences for guests and tenants.
We have a monumental vision of building different types of technologies — both physical and digital — that solve the challenges revolving around the ongoing labor crisis, We are extremely excited about bringing this major change as the foundation of the next chapter for the company."
Micah Estis Green, Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Tailos.
The new name "Tailos" will better encompass the entire suite of solutions the company is building for the future while aligning closer to the company's mission of building human-empowering technology.
Tailos revolutionizes the commercial real estate industry by leaving dull, dirty, and dangerous tasks to autonomous solutions, allowing humans to focus on more meaningful and enjoyable work. Founded in a dorm room at Cornell University, Tailos provides safe and cost-efficient automated solutions to the hospitality and industrial cleaning industries. Tailos' team is headquartered in Austin, TX, and is composed of real estate experts, rocket scientists, and robotics engineers who have worked for organizations including NASA, Dell, IBM, Apple, iFly, Flextronics, and the Southwest Research Institute, among others. The Tailos team has also partnered with several top VC firms, hospitality companies, and industrial cleaning companies.