PHILADELPHIA – The Harvard men’s basketball team is going dancing again after defeating Yale Saturday afternoon, 53-51, in a one-game playoff at The Palestra to decide the Ivy League’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.With the scored tied 51-51 and the shot clock winding down, Wesley Saunders spun around his defender into the lane, and appeared to be poised to take the game-winning shot. The senior guard stopped, however, and turned over his right shoulder, feeding classmate Steve Moundou-Missi who swished his shot from the top of the key for the 53-51 lead with nine seconds remaining.Needing to make one final stop, the Ancient Eight’s best defense turned to the newly minted defensive player of the year, Moundou-Missi, who attempted to draw a charge on Javier Duren and altered the shot just enough. A few bounces later the buzzer sounded, and the court was flooded with Harvard fans celebrating the team’s fourth straight trip to the NCAA tournament.To read full coverage of the game, visit Harvard Athletics website.
In deep learning applications, FPGA accelerators offer unique advantages for certain use cases.In artificial intelligence applications, including machine learning and deep learning, speed is everything.Whether you’re talking about autonomous driving, real-time stock trading or online searches, faster results equate to better results.This need for speed has led to a growing debate on the best accelerators for use in AI applications. In many cases, this debate comes down to a question of server FPGAs vs. GPUs — or field programmable gate arrays vs. graphics processing units.To see signs of this lively debate, you need to look no further than the headlines in the tech industry. A few examples that pop up in searches:“Can FPGAs Beat GPUs in Accelerating Next-Generation Deep Learning?”“FPGA vs GPU for Machine Learning Applications: Which One Is Better?”“FPGAs Challenge GPUs as a Platform for Deep Learning”So what is this lively debate all about? Let’s start at the beginning. Physically, FPGAs and GPUs often plug into a server PCIe slot. Some, like the NVIDIA® Volta Tesla V100 SXM2, are mounted onto the server motherboard. Note that GPUs and FPGAs do not function on their own without a server, and neither FPGAs nor GPUs replace a server’s CPU(s). They are accelerators, adding a boost to the CPU server engine. At the same time, CPUs continue to get more powerful and capable, with integrated graphics processing. So start the engines and the race is on between servers that have been chipped, turbo and supercharged.FPGAs can be programmed after manufacturing, even after the hardware is already in the field — which is where the “field programmable” comes from in the field programmable gate array (FPGA) name. FPGAs are often deployed alongside general-purpose CPUs to accelerate throughput for targeted functions in compute- and data-intensive workloads. They allow developers to offload repetitive processing functions in workloads to rev up application performance.GPUs are designed for the types of computations used to render lightning-fast graphics — which is where the “graphics” comes from in the graphics processing unit (GPU) name. The Mythbusters demo of GPU versus CPU is still one of my favorites and it’s fun that the drive for video game screen-to-controller responsiveness impacted the entire IT industry, as accelerators have been adopted for a wide range of other applications ranging from AutoCAD and virtual reality to crypto-currency mining and scientific visualization.FPGA and GPU makers continuously compare against CPUs, sometimes making it sound like they can take the place of CPUs. The turbo kit still cannot replace the engine of the car — at least not yet. However, they want to make the case that the boost makes all the difference. They want to prove that the acceleration is really cool. And it is, depending on how fast you want or need your applications to go. And just like with cars, it comes at a price. After the acquisition cost, the price includes the amount of heat generated (accelerators run hotter), fuel required (they need more power), and sometimes applications aren’t programmed to take full advantage of the available acceleration (GPU applications catalog).So which is better for AI workloads like deep learning inferencing? The answer is: It depends on the use case and the benefits you are targeting. The ample commentary on the topic finds cases where FPGAs have a clear edge and cases where GPUs are the best route forward.Dell EMC distinguished engineer Bhavesh Patel addresses some of these questions in a tech note exploring reasons to use FPGAs alongside CPUs in the inferencing systems used in deep learning applications. A bit of background: When a deep learning neural network has been trained to know what to look for in datasets, the inferencing system can make predictions based on new data. Inferencing is all around us in the online world. For example, inferencing is used in recommendation engines — you choose one product and the system suggests others that you’re likely to be interested in.In his tech note, Bhavesh explains that FPGAs offer some distinct advantages when it comes to inferencing systems. These advantages include flexibility, latency and power efficiency. Let’s look at some of the points Bhavesh makes:Flexibility for fine tuningFPGAs provide flexibility for AI system architects looking for competitive deep learning accelerators that also support customization. The ability to tune the underlying hardware architecture and use software-defined processing allows FPGA-based platforms to deploy state-of-the-art deep learning innovations as they emerge.Low latency for mission-critical applicationsFPGAs offer unique advantages for mission-critical applications that require very low-latency, such as autonomous vehicles and manufacturing operations. The data flow pattern in these applications may be in streaming form, requiring pipelined-oriented processing. FPGAs are excellent for these kinds of use cases, given their support for fine-grained, bit-level operations in comparison to GPUs and CPUs.Power savingsPower efficiency can be another key advantage of FPGAs in inferencing systems. Bhavesh notes that since the logic in FPGAs has been tailored for specific applications and workloads, the logic is extremely efficient at executing the application. This can lead to lower power usage and increased performance per watt. By comparison, CPUs may need to execute thousands of instructions to perform the same function that an FPGA maybe able to implement in just a few cycles.All of this, of course, is part of a much larger discussion on the relative merits of FPGAs and GPUs in deep learning applications — just like with turbo kits vs. superchargers. For now, let’s keep this point in mind: When you hear someone say that deep learning applications require accelerators, it’s important to take a closer look at the use case(s). I like to think about it as if I’m chipping, turbo or super-charging my truck. Is it worth it for a 10-minute commute without a good stretch of highway? Would I have to use premium fuel or get a hood scoop? Might be worth it to win the competitive race, or for that muscle car sound.Ready to learn more? Check out Bhavesh Patel’s high-level Tech Talk on Inferencing Using FPGAs and his deeper-dive tech note on the same topic, Where the FPGA Hits the Server Road for Inference Acceleration.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:As renewable energy powers up in South Korea, coal-fired generation, long the bedrock of the country’s electricity supply, is being tapped to give up room.Facing choking smog in its major cities and under pressure to meet emission reduction targets, the world’s fourth-biggest coal importer is expected to accelerate targets for green energy in an updated 15-year energy plan later this year.Long seen as a laggard with Japan in moving away from coal, the government now looks set to close some 20 ageing coal-fired generators and broaden operating caps at others, say advisers and energy experts.South Korea began its transition to cleaner energy in a 2017 power supply plan that aimed to boost the share of renewables from about 6% to 20% by 2030, while scaling back coal and unpopular nuclear.Amid public anger, the government in March designated pollution a “social disaster”, and a month later pledged to boost renewable energy to up to 35% of total energy supplies by 2040. The 2019 energy plan is expected to reflect the push for even more renewables and more gas-fired power at the expense of coal, imported from countries such as Indonesia, Australia and Russia.South Korea operates some 60 coal power plants, mainly owned by state-run utilities, which last year supplied about 42% of the country’s electricity.More: South Korea fires up on renewables, to close more coal plants South Korea energy plan expected to push quicker green energy transition, close coal plants
By Andréa Barretto/Dialogo August 12, 2016 The U.S. Army’s transfer of 50 armored vehicles to the Brazilian Army is scheduled to arrive in Brazil in September. The shipment will include 34 M577A2 command post carriers; 12 M113A2 personnel carriers; and four M88A1 armored recovery vehicles. The armored vehicles will be used by units of the 5th Armored Cavalry Brigade in Ponta Grossa (state of Paraná) and the 6th Armored Infantry Brigade in Santa Maria (state of Rio Grande do Sul). According to the Army’s Social Communication Center (CCOMSEx), “the arrival of these vehicles will add more combat power to our Ground Force.” Both units answer to the Southern Military Command, which controls 75 percent of the Ground Force’s mechanized fleet. The U.S. Army periodically deactivates some of the defense equipment that it no longer requires and proposes transferring the material to its partner nations. According to U.S. Southern Command, “The vehicles were processed under the Excess Defense Articles (EDA) Grant program, while the transfer will be executed via a Foreign Military Sales case.” The military vehicles that will be sent to the Brazilian Army are, on average, 30 years old. However, authorities interviewed by the CECOMSEx say that the armored vehicles “are like new” and will not be updated before being put into operation in Brazil. The vehicles have been transferred from two military depots – the Anniston Army Depot in Alabama, and the Sierra Army Depot in California – to the port of New York, from where they will be shipped to Brazil by boat. The cargo ship, will ultimately dock and unload the armored vehicles in Paranaguá (in the state of Paraná). Negotiations between Brazil and the United States were finalized in December 2015. Transport and inspection costs for the armored vehicles will be covered by the Brazilian Army, which estimates a cost of approximately $2 million reais (about US$613,000). Funding comes from the Strategic Project “Achieving Full Operational Capacity” (OCOP), whose purpose is to outfit the Army’s operational units with military equipment to meet the country’s defense needs. Vehicles to support armored unit operations M577A2 command post carriers are new additions to the Brazilian Army’s fleet. They are variations of the M113A2 personnel carriers, which are already in use by both the Brazilian Army and Navy. The Brazilian Marine Corps has been using M113 armored vehicles in urban anti-narcotics operations in Rio de Janeiro since 2010. Both the M113A2 armored vehicle and its variations were designed by the U.S. defense industry. The models were originally developed “to transport combat arms – Infantry and Cavalry – in armored military organizations,” according to CCOMSEx. The M113A2 and M577A2 vehicles sport similar designs, but the M577A2 is outfitted with an adapted internal layout with a higher ceiling, making it easier to accommodate soldiers. The M577A2s also include a communication system to contact other ground vehicles in addition to other communication lines, which is what characterizes them as command post carriers. The M113A2s, with their amphibious capabilities in small waterways and their ability to reach high speeds on standard roads, are more often used for transporting personnel. Finally, the heavy M88A1s tanks are used for vehicle recovery and towing. “These recovery vehicles are intended to lend support to armored troops and provide maintenance for armored vehicles during ground campaigns,” according to CECOMSEx. The M88A1 is also new to the Brazilian military fleet. All of the new vehicles soon to be incorporated into the Brazilian Army’s fleet will be used to support both offensive and defensive operations of large armored military units. United States, Brazil relationship dates back to postwar period Agreements to transfer military equipment have existed between the United States and Brazil since the beginning of the 1950s, just after the end of World War II. The first M113 armored personnel transport vehicles used by the Brazilian Army arrived in the 1960s as the fruit of an agreement similar to the current one. In the years that followed, the Army also received M41 light tanks and a number of other armored vehicles, according to a release issued by the CCOMSEx. Since 2012, transactions between the United States and Brazil, specifically those related to armored vehicles transferred to the Brazilian Army, are funded by the OCOP Strategic Project OCOP, which includes investments not only in transport, but also in the modernization and revitalization of the equipment.
Long Island saw its first measurable snowfall of the winter season—a possible prelude to another round of the white stuff later this week.Although the snow wasn’t significant by any serious measure, it was notable nonetheless because the Island had so far only seen a trace amount of flurries this winter.The National Weather Service’s Upton office reported up to an inch of snow across LI. The weather service reports only “measurable” snowfall, which it recognizes as a tenth of an inch.The most prolonged dry spat on record was in 1995, when snowfall wasn’t recorded in Islip until Feb. 4, according to the agency’s forecasters.Even though LI didn’t approach record-breaking territory this year, the fact that it hadn’t snowed was becoming a story in it of itself.“We are definitely on the later side,” said Fay Barthold, meteorologist at the weather service. Embed from Getty Images Snow began falling Sunday afternoon and continued early into the evening.LI commuters awoke to biting cold Monday morning. Expect temperatures 10 degrees below normal Monday and Tuesday, Barthold said, before more moderate temperatures return mid-week.Wind chill values for Monday are between 10 to 15 degrees. Tuesday may be even more blustery, with the wind chill sending the mercury plunging to between zero and 10 degrees.There were no reported service delays on the Long Island Rail Road, which is operating on a holiday schedule as the nation recognizes Martin Luther King Jr. Day.Meanwhile, meteorologists are beginning to scrutinize a system that may bring the first winter storm of the year on Friday, according to a hazardous weather outlook statement posted by NWS. As of now, little is known as to how much snow, if any, will fall. The current forecast has snow “likely” Friday night into Saturday.“Still really far out,” Barthold said of the possible storm. “Obviously things can change, but the potential is still there.” Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I buy and read The Gazette daily. After the carnage in Las Vegas, I saw a story about gun protests in Saratoga Springs. I find it biased that this community has ignored the one addiction this crazed person had: gambling. Even the law enforcement people say this shooter exhibits no “markers” that are found in these type of crimes.Saratoga has a problem focusing on anything negative that would implicate its troublesome cash cow. Gambling is an addiction. Saratoga has a problem accepting there is a problem with it.Look at how they “sugarcoat,” ignore or deny the evil it causes. Illegal aliens are “undocumented immigrants.” Undocumented equals illegal; immigrants are lawful and documented. Then these protesters seem to forget that these people are humans. They don’t want to acknowledge the housing and treatment of these humans is worse than the animals they work with. How about their wages? Less than what would be considered a “living wage.”I could go on for pages, but must end because of editorial limits. But let’s face facts. Yes, guns did the killing, but not until they were in the hands of someone with a problem. These protesters might want to look in a mirror when they claim to be the perfect community. They are far from it and don’t recognize (or refuse to) the symptoms this glorified addiction spawns. Now, because of Las Vegas, the mecca of this addiction, we may see another symptom added to the list of destruction it causes.Robert BramskiGreenwichMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
Under legislation passed last year to support Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters, the US administration must certify that the city still enjoys the freedoms promised by Beijing when it negotiated with Britain to take back the colony.”No reasonable person can assert today that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy from China, given facts on the ground,” said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, adding the trade hub “does not continue to warrant” its special status.The determination means that Hong Kong could lose trading privileges — including lower tariffs than the mainland — with the world’s largest economy.President Donald Trump will ultimately decide which actions to take, said David Stilwell, the top State Department official for East Asia.”The steps will be considered and they will be as targeted as possible to change behavior,” Stilwell told reporters, while acknowledging it was unlikely Beijing would change course. Topics : China’s rubber-stamp parliament endorsed plans Thursday to impose a national security law on Hong Kong that critics say will destroy the city’s autonomy. The National People’s Congress (NPC) of over 2,800 delegates voted in favour of the proposal to draft the law, which would punish secession, subversion of state power, terrorism and acts that endanger national security.The United States has revoked Hong Kong’s special status under US law, opening the way for the city to be stripped of trading privileges, as Washington accused China of trampling on the territory’s autonomy.
More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoBargain of the Week is in ManundaOther potential investment units in Manunda include this two-bedroom, two-bathroom ground floor apartment at 1 Chester Court.It’s on the market for $145,000 and currently tenanted at $260 per week.Or this bargain sized beauty at 10/94 Birch Street is asking only $79,000 with a tenant currently in place paying $160 per week.The one-bedroom apartment is on the top floor of 12 and only 10 minutes drive to the CBD.Manunda has a medium two-bedroom unit price of $167,00 with rental of $250 per week making these units a bargain buy in comparison.The suburb itself is experiencing decent demand coming in with 218 online visits per property compared to the Queensland average of 275. This week’s Bargain of the Week is in Manunda, proving to a great place to invest in units.A GOOD solid return on investment has been snapped up in North Queensland as bargain buy units continue to provide security in the tropical north.The two-bedroom unit at 6/176 Hoare Street, Manunda sold for $123,500 and with a good tenant paying $230 per week the buyer will come out on top, even after paying body corporate fees and rates.With solid rendered walls, good air flow, security screens, airconditioning and a spacious kitchen this will prove to be a great investment.
TIGHTLY HELD: 48 Goldieslie St, Indooroopilly has been held in the same family for almost 48 years and will go to auction this Saturday, August 11.“It was on the market about two-and-a-half months ago, interest has been very, very good,” Mr Ruffin said.“We’ve had a few of the previous people who were interested come back and are looking at it again.”He said the owners had moved to a unit locally and were eager to find a new owner for the home who would love it and resurrect it.“They’ve been there for 48 years,” he said.“They had five kids live in there, and all the kids have moved out.”He said while they did not have any pre-registered bidders as yet, one potential buyer had completed a building and pest inspection.“I have another one that is still making an offer prior to.” GOING GONE: An investment opportunity at 1-3/111 Grosvenor St, Morningside was snapped up ahead of its auction.Place Bulimba lead agent Joanna Gianniotis said an investor purchased the property on Wednesday, August 8, who saw the future opportunity at 1-3/111 Grosvenor St.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago“These three units at Morningside are all currently tenanted, bringing in $62,000 a year,” Ms Gianniotis said.“An investor seeing the future opportunity (purchased it) and will hold the property.”An Indooroopilly home that has been held by the same family for almost 50 years will go to auction at 9am on Saturday.Place Paddington real estate agent Wade Ruffin, who will present 48 Goldieslie St, said this was the second time the property had presented to the market this year, but the owners were serious about selling.Mr Ruffin said the owners, who still have the original contract in their filing cabinet, paid just £4,850 ($AU 8386.47) for the house and land 48 years ago. HAMMER TIME: 55 Rusden St, Kelvin Grove will go to auction at 1pm on Saturday, August 11, 2018. More than 50 people have inspected the property in the lead up.Ray White Spring Hill sales and marketing consultant Sam Alroe will present 55 Rusden St, Kelvin Grove at auction at 1pm.Mr Alroe said just under 50 people had inspected the property through the campaign.“We’ve had one offer prior, we haven’t got any registrations at this stage.” AUCTION ACTION: Two bidders have pre-registered to buy 44 Merle St, Carina at auction this Saturday, August 11.Ray White Holland Park principal Piers Crawford will present 44 Merle St to auction at 9.30am.Mr Crawford said interest had been quite good so far, with about 64 groups of people inspecting the property during the auction campaign.“You can add a lot of value you to it, it’s a large floor plate in terms of it being quite a big home on a good sized block in a really good area,” he said. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON TWITTER<< “(It is a) 300m walk to coffee shops, there’s a lifestyle precinct happening, which is in demand.“You’re quite close to the city, but you can also get out to Carindale Shopping Centre and also, the gateway so you can get north and south easily.”According to CoreLogic, the current owners purchased the property in 1984 for just $96,500.An investment opportunity at Morningside sold ahead of its scheduled Saturday auction. HAMMER TIME: 55 Rusden St, Kelvin Grove will go to auction at 1pm on Saturday, August 11, 2018. More than 50 people have inspected the property in the lead up.JUST under 70 properties are lined up for the auctioneers’ gavel this Saturday, with a Carina property set to change hands for the first time in 34 years.
The kitchen in the home at 9 Bond Plc, Carindale, after the renovation.The couple, and their eight-year old twins, lived in the house for most of the renovation, which is why they decided to take their time.“We have built a house before, so I guess we knew what we were in for,” Mr Majid said.“We were conscious of the impact it was going to have and we had to schedule it in, which is why it has taken a while, rather than six months of terrible pain. It worked well for us.“The things that really stop your life are kitchens and bathrooms. That’s what you’ve got to get done before you move in to the property.” UNIT SELLS 10 TIMES ABOVE SUBURB MEDIAN The transformation was a staged process, focused on quality and clean finishings.“We did the bathrooms and kitchen early on, then the flooring, then the light fittings, then rendering, then painting, then the exterior,” Mr Majid said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago“It has been very much a labour of love.“We’ve gone; ‘Okay, how can we make it look better from every angle?’” Inside the home at 9 Bond Plc, Carindale, after the renovation. The outside of the home, after the renovation. The front of the home at 9 Bond Plc, Carindale, after the renovation. One of the bedrooms in the home at 9 Bond Plc, Carindale, before the renovation. The kitchen in the home at 9 Bond Plc, Carindale, before the renovation. A bathroom in the home at 9 Bond Plc, Carindale, before the renovation. The front of the home at 9 Bond Plc, Carindale, before the renovation.MUHAMMAD and Sally Majid couldn’t find a home they loved, so they settled for one they didn’t really like.Sounds crazy, right?But the next three years would take the couple on a journey they will forever be proud of — turning a house into a home. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE “We wanted to put in the time and effort to make it ours, and make it look beautiful,” Mr Majid said. It was a compromise they made in 2015 after moving from Sydney to Brisbane and spending six months house hunting. The living area of the home at 9 Bond Plc, Carindale, before the renovation. One of the bathrooms in the home at 9 Bond Plc, Carindale, after the renovation.Mr Majid described the renovation as modern and minimalistic.The low set, four-bedroom, two-bathroom home, on a 531 sqm block, is dressed in neutral tones with oak flooring and clean lines. “We haven’t gone with things that are very ornate,” he said. “We kind of like the fresh style. Even the exterior we’ve kept quite clean and simple — a blue roof and white exterior. “We were conscious that if we were to sell, someone might want to come in and customise it.” ‘TIME CAPSULE’ SELLS FOR MILLIONS The hub of the home is the large, open-plan living area, which is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling glass windows.“It’s the one thing that really attracted me to the property, and we knew we could make it look as good as it does today,” Mr Majid said.“It just means every morning, you lift the curtains up and you get such beautiful sunshine.“It captures the essence of living in Queensland almost. “It’s what we absolutely loved about the house and we thought; ‘Okay, we could set up a lot of the living space around that area’.” The living and dining area of the home, after the renovation.This space extends out to the back patio and fully fenced yard. The new kitchen is sleek and functional, with Caesarstone benchtops, a breakfast bar, soft close drawers, a CHEF oven and gas cooktop. The back of the home, after the renovation.“We were renting initially, but didn’t find anything we really liked,” Mr Majid said.“They were either too expensive or not value for money, etc.“Eventually, we said; ‘Okay, perhaps we find a place we can make into something we absolutely love.“That’s how we ended up buying a property that we didn’t really like.”That property was 9 Bond Plc, Carindale. “We knew there was quite a bit of work to be done,” Mr Majid said.“We liked the (floor) plan, but it needed a bit of love and care.” INSIDE JAWDROPPING $15M UNIT The second bathroom in the home before the renovation. One of the bedrooms in the home after the renovation.The main bedroom has an ensuite with dual vanities, while the other three bedrooms have built-in wardrobes.The property is in a cul-de-sac in the sought-after Mansfield State School catchment, close to parkland. The front of the home at 9 Bond Plc, Carindale, before the renovation. The living room in the home, after the renovation.The Majid’s are reluctantly selling after stumbling across a property that better suits the needs of their growing family — and doesn’t require any work to be done.“The kids have now gotten to an age where they really want a pool,” Mr Majid said.“On the way back from taking the kids to soccer we were discussing putting a pool in and then we saw an open house with a pool in it.”They took one look at it and decided it might be wise to put their renovation days behind them.The property at 9 Bond Plc, Carindale, is for sale through Will Torres of Torres Property – Coorparoo.RENO FACT CHECKTotal spend: $150,000Time taken: 3 years Approx end valuation: Mid $800,000s