Inside the Air Force’s Supercomputer and Other Data Center News

Posted by James Ball on Aug 3, 2018 9:00:00 AM

This week, we take a peek inside IBM and the U.S. Air Force’s new supercomputer that features neuromorphic digital synaptic processing power; Google makes a move in Texas; data centers aren’t dying and other news.



Data Center News Roundup for Friday, August 3, 2018

Meet your new robot overlord. Its name is Blue Raven and it is a 40 watt neuromorphic digital synaptic supercomputer that’s the brainchild of IBM and the United States Air Force. With the equivalent of 64 million human brain neurons and 16 billion synapses, this prototype will “demonstrate high-impact, game-changing technologies” that will allow the Air Force to maintain “superior technical advantage” over other nations’ militaries. The best part? It fits right into a standard 4U server rack.

Some might say this new supercomputer brings the world a step closer to the much-predicted singularity often written about by Ray Kurzweil, inventor, futurist, musician and all-around interesting guy. Either way, this super-efficient computer, which runs on as much power as a dim lightbulb, is predicted by researchers to be “far more efficient for pattern recognition and integrated sensory processing than systems powered by conventional chips.” Read more about Blue Raven on DataCenter Dynamics.

Down South, hyperscale player and search titan Google has been busy snatching up land in Midlothian, Texas, just half an hour southwest of Dallas, lately. Details are a bit fuzzy at the moment, reports Data Center Knowledge, but sources say Google has promised to invest $500 million in the area and will create at least 40 new jobs. There’s also a lot of speculation that Google is actually the player behind “Sharka LLC,” the mystery buyer who bought up a 1,600-acre business park in the same area this spring.   

Across the pond, there’s word that the EU-US Privacy Shield, which itself was a replacement for Safe Harbor to protect data exchange between Europe and the United States, is in danger of being suspended. European Parliament voted in July to put a halt to the agreement by Sept. 1 if the U.S. cannot become fully compliant with the agreement. Critics of the agreement say it’s weak, at best, with very little in the way of enforcement. DataCenter Dynamics digs into the details here.

Finally, if you missed it, Instor wrote about the hype surrounding the death of the data center this week, pointing to real-world statistics that show the data center market is dynamic, growing and showing no signs of slowing anytime soon. See which sectors are doubling down on data centers for the foreseeable future and how much they’re spending here.



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