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Simple, Scalable, Containerized Deep Learning using Nauta

first_imgDeep learning is hard. Between organizing, cleaning and labeling data, selecting the right neural network topology, picking the right hyperparameters, and then waiting – hoping – that the model produced is accurate enough to put into production. It can seem like an impossible puzzle for your data science team to solve.But the IT aspect of the puzzle is no less complicated, especially when the environment needs to be multi-user and support distributed model training. From choosing an operating system, to installing libraries, frameworks, dependencies, and development platforms, building the infrastructure to support your company’s deep learning efforts can be even more challenging than the data science. Add on top of that, the rapid pace of change in deep learning software and supporting libraries – many of which change monthly – creates a recipe for IT headaches.Containerization helps solve some of the IT complexity. Instead of your IT staff cobbling together dozens of libraries and dependent software packages to make your deep learning framework of choice function, you can download pre-configured containers which handle all of that. Or you can have your data scientists build custom containers to meet their specific needs. However, your IT department must still build and configure infrastructure for orchestrating those containers, while providing a resilient, scalable platform for your data science team to be as productive as possible.Nauta Deep Learning PlatformNauta software seeks to solve many of the problems associated with building container orchestration infrastructure for deep learning. Nauta is a containerized deep learning platform which uses Kubernetes for container orchestration. It provides an intuitive command-line interface for building, running, curating and evaluating experiments, and it includes must-have features such as Jupyter notebooks and Tensorboard.We’ve been using Nauta in the Dell EMC HPC & AI Innovation Lab, testing its features, functionality, extensibility, and ease of use. We use Nauta to run many of our cutting-edge deep learning research projects, including scalable convolutional neural network (CNN) training on chest xrays and ultra-scalable multi-head attention network training for language translation. It allows us to go from early proof-of-concept in Juypyter notebooks – to high-performance distributed training using the MPI-based Horovod framework for TensorFlow – to wide hyperparameter analysis for producing the most accurate model possible. Best of all, it’s a scalable platform built on top of Kubernetes and Docker, allowing us to easily share and replicate work between team members.In addition to training neural networks, Nauta also provides a mechanism for testing deployments of trained models. This allows us to evaluate model accuracy, benchmark performance, and test reduced-precision quantization on new hardware, such as the 2nd-Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor with Intel® Deep Learning Boost. Nauta allows inference on both batches of data, as well as streaming inference using REST APIs. And while Nauta isn’t expressly designed for production model deployment, the ability to evaluate trained models and experiment with reduced precision is an important component of the overall model development and deployment process.Looking ForwardThe Dell EMC HPC & AI Innovation Lab team continues to use, evaluate, report and resolve issues, and recommend improvements to Nauta. Select customers are also experimenting and evaluating Nauta on Dell EMC hardware, and Nauta will be a central component of future Ready Solutions. In the end, your company’s AI efforts are only going to be successful if the infrastructure is ready to support your data science team. Nauta provides an on-ramp for your IT organization and your data science team to get started training in an on-premises containerized environment quickly and easily.last_img read more

Florida utility FPL looks to close all coal, oil generation units no later than 2030

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Palm Beach Post:Big changes are forecast for Palm Beach County’s and Florida’s energy sector during the next decade as an explosion of solar power takes shape.Florida Power & Light Co.‘s fleet will transition from producing less than 2 percent of its electricity from solar to a projected 20 percent from its solar energy centers. Larger solar battery storage systems will come online and extend the solar facilities’ energy production by a few hours each day.“It’s going to have a lot of solar, that’s for sure, with 30 million panels by 2030,” FPL CEO and President Eric Silagy told the Palm Beach Post. “I will be disappointed if we don’t do more than that.”The total of 10,000 megawatts of new solar will make Florida a global leader in solar, Silagy said.In 2018, close to 75 percent of FPL’s electricity was produced using natural gas. Renewables, such as solar power, accounted for less than 2 percent. Nuclear power provided 23 percent with coal at 2.1 percent, and oil at 0.3 percent. By 2030 or sooner, oil and coal will be phased out. Nuclear and solar power are projected to account for 20 percent each and natural gas for 60 percent.FPL operates 18 solar plants, and 10 are under construction. Along with several small installations, solar generates 1,250 megawatts. Each new plant will add 74.5 megawatts of capacity, enough to power 15,000 homes. Florida ranks fifth in solar capacity, but it is running in second place among all states for projected capacity installed over the next five years, with nearly 5.5 more gigawatts expected, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. The price of solar installations has declined by 32 percent in the last five years.More: Palm Beach County 2030: More power will come from solar energy Florida utility FPL looks to close all coal, oil generation units no later than 2030last_img read more

Fat Dad Challenge

first_imgI have a friend who has refused to eat anything but lettuce and carrots for the last three weeks. He’s starving himself for the “Fat Dad Challenge,” a weight-loss competition among a dozen middle-aged fathers hoping to jumpstart a healthier lifestyle through some friendly competition. The rules are fairly straightforward. The dad that loses the highest percentage of body fat in eight weeks wins a $500 pot. It’s like The Biggest Loser, only the contestants aren’t as fat and the trainers aren’t as hot. The challenge started with a group weigh- in where everyone stripped to their skivvies. Bellies were pinched with calipers. Incriminating photos were taken. One dude wore a speedo. Another found out he was carrying roughly 75 pounds of fat on his body, about the size of his oldest son.I should mention that there are no fat dads in Asheville. Even the guy carrying around an extra nine-year-old child around his belly isn’t fat in the classic sense. This city is an uber-healthy bubble in a region famous for its fried foods and large bellies. I’m sure we have obese citizens in Asheville, but I rarely see them, probably because there’s no good place for them to eat downtown. Looking for vegan tamales? We’ve got those in spades, but you can’t get a decent pulled pork sandwich downtown.The guy that designed the “Fat Dad Challenge” is a marathoner. Nobody would ever consider him fat, except maybe ultra marathoners. And that’s the problem with living in Super-Fit-Ville: you lose perspective. Skip a lunch workout to actually eat lunch, and you start to think you’re getting lazy. In this town, we’re very proud of ourselves for escaping the typical corporate rat race that’s so prevalent in larger cities, but really, we’ve just traded the corporate rat race for the athletic rat race. We’re still keeping up with the Joneses, but we’re just more concerned with their 5K PR and new carbon fiber bike than their bank account and new Lexus. While the rest of the country is hard at work contributing to the GDP, Asheville is filling Monday afternoon yoga classes to capacity crowds and swarming trail systems for group rides.The lifestyle sounds great, and it is, as long as you don’t take it too seriously. One day, you’re knocking off work early to hike a mountain outside of town, the next thing you know you’ve hired a coach and quit that day job for a gig at Subway because it allows you more time to “train.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve caught myself thinking my job is really getting in the way of my mountain biking.“Let’s face it, none of us live here because of our jobs,” says my buddy Mark, one of the Fat Dad Challengees. “We live here because of the other stuff.”For Mark, the “other stuff” is biking. Road biking, mountain biking, track biking. I’m sure I’ll see him on a tandem before too long. Recently, he’s taken up running thanks to the Fat Dad Challenge.“I’m up to five miles a day,” he told me recently over beers. Well, I was having a beer. He was drinking water.He gets up at 5 a.m. for gym workouts, then typically runs at lunch. Ask him why, and he’ll look at you funny. “It’s $500.”Money that he’ll instantly parlay towards a new road bike if he wins. And all of my friends in the Challenge would do the same thing. Well, all except Eric. He’s the black sheep, following a strict “no exercise” regimen since leaving high school. Eric’s in the Challenge too, but he’s taking the anorexic approach. Strictly lettuce, and the only exercise he’ll submit to is mowing the lawn once a week.“I hate running. Why would I do it?” he says. “Not even for $500.”I have a hundred friends who share that sentiment all around the country, but Eric’s an anomaly here in Asheville. It’s actually refreshing. In a society where the men constantly discuss split times and gadgets that monitor heart rate and urine color, Eric’s my go-to guy when I want to discuss the finer points of the Cartoon Network. Eric’s exercise apathy is downright inspirational.Regardless of the amount of time and energy I put into “training,” a podium finish isn’t in my cards. Maybe, if I’m still healthy and running at 92, I’d have a shot at taking my age group in the local road race, but for the next 60 years, I’m going to have to accept my place at the back of the pack. It’s one thing to realize you’re a mediocre athlete, but it’s a different ball game altogether to actually be comfortable with that athletic mediocrity, which is probably why my friends are creating calorie charts and hiring trainers in pursuit of the Fat Dad Challenge cash purse. Sometimes, it’s just fun to win something. Even if it’s a Fat Dad Challenge amongst dads who aren’t that fat. I’m sure there’s something deep about the human spirit and the need for competition that I could glean from the situation, but who has the energy for deep thought?So, friends, good luck as you starve yourself and hit the gym at 5 a.m. I’m pursuing a different path that is decidedly less aerobic. I’m toying with the notion of not working out at all. Maybe I’ll experiment with watching more TV. Maybe I’ll order another basket of chicken wings.Blue Ridge Outdoors - The Fat Dad Challengelast_img read more

Son of Deposed Shah Says that “It Is Time” to Change the Future of Iran

first_imgBy Dialogo June 23, 2009 Washington, 22 June (EFE).- Reza Cyrus Pahlavi, the son of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, deposed by the Iranian Revolution in 1979, today expressed his confidence that “it is time for Iran” to overthrow the Islamic regime, after years of failed attempts. In an emotional press conference, the Iranian prince, who has lived in the United States since 1984, characterized the protest movement that has developed in his native land as a result of the June 12 elections, considered fraudulent by the opposition, as a “cry for freedom and democracy.” With his voice breaking with emotion, he indicated that what is happening in Iran “is almost revolutionary” and that “this is the first time ever in modern Iranian history” that the Iranian people are demanding the intervention of the international community so that their voices may be heard. “We have to defeat the system; we know that this regime ultimately must end,” affirmed Pahlavi, who left Iran in 1978 and has lived in Morocco, Egypt, and the United States since then. The son of the last shah of Persia, who died in exile in Egypt in 1980, acknowledged that many have tried before to cause the “ultimate collapse” of the Iranian regime, but he expressed his conviction that “it is time for Iran after thirty years” of struggle. He affirmed that there exists “impetus” to put an end to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Islamic government, but he also suggested that the movement would not “succeed” without the support of the international community and the “tactic ,” more than verbal, support of foreign governments. “I have seldom seen non-violent movements of change succeed without international support,” he stated. Along these lines, he described himself as “encouraged” by the most recent declarations by U.S. president Barack Obama, who over the weekend called on Tehran to “stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people.” Pahlavi, basing himself on reports reaching him from Iran and on his contacts with Iranians in political, military, and religious circles, explained that at the present time there are two groups in the upper levels of the Iranian government, those who are loyal to the regime and those who are carefully planning their “exit strategy.” Looking forward, the prince said that, as time passes, the movement will grow, and pressure on the regime will increase. “At some point there will be much clearer positions announced” on the part of members of the government, of military intelligence, and of the Iranian clergy, either against or in favor of the people in the street, he predicted. “This has become also a defining moment for the clergy to show a complete demarcation from the system,” he indicated. “A decision will have to be made pretty soon” by the various Iranian authorities on whether they join the voice of the people and distance themselves from the regime or continue to support it, he added. What is important is to keep the protest movement going, given that pressure will “further deteriorate and fragment” the Iranian theocratic regime, he insisted. “We will not let it die,” he said of the movement, which he considers “not Islamic or anti-Islamic,” but rather it seeks the “sacred” and “sovereign” of the voters’ decision to prevail. “This has gone beyond just a result of an election or a candidate,” he added, and has become a matter of achieving “democracy” and “the liberty to vote and choose freely.” Pahlavi, who lives in Maryland with his wife and three daughters, indicated that his decision to speak out in favor of the Iranian people had nothing to do with his own future, but rather with the struggle to establish a democratic, parliamentary, and secular system in his country, because this is “the only solution” and outcome for Iran.last_img read more

Colombian-U.S cooperation leads to guilty pleas by three international drug traffickers case

first_imgBy Dialogo October 08, 2014 Three Colombian drug traffickers who conspired to use speedboats to traffic cocaine into the United States pleaded guilty October 3, marking the culmination of cooperative efforts by officials from both countries to bring them to justice. Ángel Javier Varón Castro, 43; Luis Delio Herrera Astudillo, 45; and Eusebio David Webster Archbold, 33, entered their pleas in federal court in Washington, D.C. Their charges included one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine on board a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. Those charges came after a 17-month investigation in which Colombian police cooperated with U.S. anti-drug agents to break up their drug trafficking group. Ultimately, they were able to record conversations, using phone taps, in which the defendants spoke about using two 12-meter go-fast boats to transport cocaine. The U.S. Coast Guard interdicted the vessels in international waters in February and April 2010, respectively, according to the U.S. Justice Department, leading to the arrests of the three traffickers. “These defendants and their drug trafficking partners used seagoing vessels to inject vast quantities of cocaine into international commerce,” said U.S. Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell. “But while drug traffickers may believe they can operate on the high seas with impunity, [the] convictions prove otherwise. Working with our international partners, we will bring to justice those who would flood our ports and, ultimately, our communities with dangerous narcotics.” “[The] guilty pleas highlight our successful and vigorous partnership with Colombian law enforcement as we work to halt the flow of drugs heading north from the coast of Colombia.” Those pleas took place before U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell, who scheduled sentencing for January 9, 2015. “The arrests and guilty pleas of these three international drug smugglers are the direct result of the resolute partnership between the DEA and our Colombian law enforcement partners,” DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart said in a prepared statement. “This is another example of the fine work that DEA, prosecutors, and our partners around the globe accomplish every day.” The guilty pleas mark yet another success of the U.S.-Colombia partnership in the counter-narcotics fight. In May, Colombian and U.S. military units worked together to seize 2.3 metric tons of cocaine from a semi-submersible vessel and arrest its three-man crew about 43 miles off the South American country’s Pacific Coast. The seized drugs were worth an estimated $71 million (USD), according to police. The operation marked the first time since 1993 that Colombian security forces seized a semi-submersible vessel transporting drugs while the crew was on board. The fiberglass vessel, which was about 13 meters long and two meters wide, had been traveling from Sanquianga, a national park in the department of Nariño, on the Pacific Coast near the border with Ecuador. This is how you work, side-by-side, they are an example. Sea traffic control is very well controlled, I think the only way they have left would be to come in by land to Panamanian territory and continue their route through Central America, which makes their shipping costs higher, because they would have to bribe lots of authorities before reaching the border with the U.S.A. Little by little they’re being corralled and the shipping costs become unprofitable, if the Central American authorities are able to bring technology to their police corps with staff that don’t [fall for bribes] this would be achieved with a well-paid police career and lots of technical training, and work security. Colombia could give them great help in teaching and techniques to fight the drug trafficking organizations.last_img read more

#RemoteDepositCapture benefits outweigh risks

first_imgSince the Check 21 Act was passed in 2004, financial institutions (FIs) of all sizes have been implementing remote deposit capture (RDC) and mobile remote deposit capture (mRDC).RDC is a system that allows a customer to scan checks remotely and transmit the check images to a bank for deposit, usually via an encrypted Internet connection. When the bank receives a check image from the customer, it posts the deposit to the customer’s account and makes the funds available based upon the customer’s particular availability schedule. As fast and convenient as RDC has become, however, it is not without concerns. There have been some instances of consumers double-depositing checks via RDC.That said, a recent survey from concludes the risks associated with RDC aren’t enough to prevent FIs from offering this service to consumers. The survey—designed to measure the perception, usage and experience of RDC technology among more than 300 community FIs— found 95 percent of FIs believe RDC benefits outweigh any fraud risks associated with the practice.Among FIs that offer RDC and participated in the study, 80 percent reported no losses. This may be the result of the way these credit unions and community banks have configured their offerings. Over 60 percent have a customized approach to setting deposit limits; based on segment, customer risk score or another rule, such as account type or deposit size. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

10 questions to ask when evaluating information management solutions

first_img 35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michelle Harbinak Shapiro Michelle Shapiro has more than a 15 years of experience in the banking industry to her role as Financial Services Industry Expert at Hyland Software. Her mission is to share … Web: Details As your credit union membership and loan portfolios continue to grow, information assets are increasing and becoming more complex to retain, manage and obey compliance standards. Can your existing information management system continue to support your growth while providing superior member service? Enterprise information management, also commonly referred to as enterprise content management (ECM), centralizes your important business content in one secure location, and then delivers your relevant information to you when you need it, wherever you are. The right solution allows your credit union to take control of its documents and member information in a secure environment. However, like any important technology purchasing decisions, you need to do your due diligence. You should be confident that the decision you make now is also the right decision for the future and that the total cost of ownership (TCO) meets your expectations. So, where do you begin? How do you find the right solution that will meet your needs now and in the future? Here’s a list of ten questions to ask your potential technology partners.How many documents can your solution import per hour with “import tools”?Does your solution convert documents to a propriety format or do users view them in their native formats?How many items can we store in your database?Does your solution allow users to fix a potential misread in the capture process or do they need to navigate to a different area then go back into capture?Does your capture workflow logic work in conjunction with your business process automation workflow logic?How do you integrate with other systems?Can we leverage your information management solution throughout our enterprise?How do I build and design workflows?How do you perform upgrades?How frequently do you release new/upgraded software?Armed with the answers to these important questions, you’re ready to make a more informed decision to meet your needs today and in the future.  last_img read more

Young musicians hit their note at winter recital

first_img“We had one recital in the spring for our students and that was at our house,” Parker said. “Now I have a little more students so it was a little too big for our house. We had a friend who works here at the church and she said it would be a great space to have the recital.” “For this winter recital, the students got to pick their own music,” said Jesse Parker, the owner of A Note of Elegance. “I like it, I like seeing what they’re going to decide.” This was the first time Parker had used the church as a recital spot, a step up from where she and her students performed prior. “The most important thing is that they’re having fun with their music,” Parker said. “Even if we don’t always make progress every single lesson in terms of being more in tune, they’re having fun and doing something that they love, and the progress is over a longer period of time. I just want to make sure they’re in a great environment.” Parker told 12 News her class has some younger students, some of which who have never played an instrument before, but that she likes to keeping the learning process in a positive tune to make sure everyone hits the right note. “It means a lot that there was support from the community and that a lot of families wanted to come,” Parker said.center_img The performance featured dozens of students, with each of them playing songs they chose themselves. So with the church full of family and friends supporting her students, Parker was all smiles. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – Music was resonating throughout the United Presbyterian Church in Binghamton on Sunday, as A Note of Elegance held its first ever Winter recital. A Note of Elegance will be hosting their next recital in June.last_img read more

BNI Syariah sees profit soar in Q1, chances to expand international banking services

first_imgBNI Syariah reported that its third-party funds (DPK) grew 16.58 percent to Rp 44.86 trillion, with current accounts and savings accounts (CASA) dominating the DPK and making up 64.96 percent of the total. Recently, BNI Syariah managed to enter the BUKU III category, which is a cluster of banks with core capital of between Rp 5 trillion and Rp 30 trillion. The bank’s core capital reached Rp 5 trillion as of March following an injection of capital in the form of asset handover worth around Rp 255 billion by the bank’s parent company, director of compliance Tribuana Tunggadewi said.“As BNI Syariah becomes a BUKU III bank, it has the opportunity to optimize its international businesses,” Firman said, adding that the effort meant potential fee-based incomes of up to Rp 70 billion from trade finance and around Rp 20 billion to Rp 30 billion from remittance.The company has offered several international banking services, such as international trade finance, remittance, letters of credit and export and import financing.Read also: BNI pursues Rp 4 trillion acquisition planBNI Syariah could benefit from its parent company’s presence in six major cities across the globe, namely Singapore, Tokyo in Japan, Seoul in South Korea, Hong Kong, New York in the United States and London in United Kingdom, as the cities had a sizable Indonesian population and businesspeople with Indonesia-related businesses, Firman said.As part of an effort to optimize the new business opportunities, the bank worked to increase its digital capacity and target the millennial market to tap into a bigger customer potential. BNI Syariah finance and operations director Wahyu Avianto mentioned in the press briefing that during the pandemic, the bank was “reaping the rewards” of its digital programs that were initiated two years ago. Among the bank’s innovations was the online account opening service, which saw a 136.86 percent increase between December 2019 and March 2020 to almost 25,000 accounts.Read also: Banking shares under pressure as investors avoid risk amid gloomy outlookThe bank has also been developing its sharia e-money called HasanahKu, which it claims to be the first of its kind, to support the growth of the halal ecosystem in the country.Wahyu noted that the digital initiatives had led to an increase in third-party funds, and hence, its fee-based income. “We hope in the future, they can help boost the growth of BNI Syariah’s profitability,” Wahyu said.Topics : BNI Syariah, the sharia subsidiary of state-owned Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI), reported a jump in its net profit during this year’s first quarter as it eyed opportunities to expand international banking services by banking on its parent company’s overseas branches.BNI Syariah net profit soared 58.1 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 214 billion (US$14.46 million) in the first quarter of the year as the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic had yet to hit the bank’s bottom-line as of March, president director Abdullah Firman Wibowo said. “However, we have anticipated its impacts in the next quarter, both on the business front as well as on the assets quality side. We hope these impacts can be minimized so that we can still make a profit,” he added during a livestreamed press briefing on Thursday.  The coronavirus outbreak is expected to hit the banking industry as it disrupts business activities and forces millions of people out of job, battering loan demand and jeopardizing credit repayments.Read also: State-owned banks restructure $1.84b in loans to soften COVID-19 impactsBNI Syariah recorded a 9.8 percent growth in financing disbursement to a total of Rp 32.32 trillion while its non-performing financing (NPF) rose to 3.8 percent from 2.9 percent during the same period last year. Between December 2019 and March 2020 alone, NPF climbed by 47 basis points. “We will try our best to manage the [NPF] to remain at a level below 4 percent, hopefully even below 3.5 percent,” Firman said. last_img read more

Medical workers, police, military to get COVID-19 vaccines first: Erick Thohir

first_imgThe government will prioritize medical workers as well as police and military personnel in the provision of a COVID-19 vaccine once it is widely available as part of the government’s vaccination strategy, State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir has said. “We will prioritize those working on the front line [during the COVID-19 pandemic]. It maybe too early to say this as we don’t have a vaccine yet. However, we need to have a strategy,” he said on Friday, as quoted by, who also helms the national COVID-19 mitigation and national economic recovery committee, said people who lived in high-risk areas would also be prioritized. Read also: Nine reasons you can be optimistic that a vaccine for COVID-19 will be widely available in 2021The minister said the government had prepared two schemes for the mass COVID-19 vaccination program.The first is to provide free vaccinations for National Health Insurance (BPJS Kesehatan) beneficiaries. Erick said 221 million people were registered under the program.“However, we need to look at the list to prioritize those who can’t pay,” said Erick.The second scheme is a paid vaccination program for people who can pay. According to the government’s estimation, each person would need to pay US$30 for two vaccinations.The government previously announced that Indonesia had secured at least 300 million doses of a potential COVID-19 vaccine, following ministerial visits to China and the United Arab Emirates.Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said the country had secured a commitment to be sent 20-30 million doses by the end of this year, while the remaining would be sent gradually until the end of next year. (vny)Topics :last_img read more