Intel, IBM and NVIDIA highlight growing stratification of application hardware

Major announcements by two giants in the components business, key arms merchants to the entire IT food chain, epitomized the divergent paths data center system, application and hardware design is taking. Within days of each other, the juxtaposition of Intel’s Cloud Day and Xeon product refresh with NVIDIA’s annual GTC developer conference, its premier forum for strategy and product announcements, only serves to highlight key trends in software architecture and hardware optimization for emergent applications. Wheth er for mature categories like business and scientific data analytics or nascent areas like robotics, autonomous vehicles, image/pattern recognition and VR, it’s clear that the days of homogeneous server farms with racks and racks of largely identical systems are over. Indeed, this past week’s events highlight a continuation of the trend towards greater hardware…


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