IT Architecture Building Blocks for Artificial Intelligence Prototypes

first_imgAbout a year ago I wrote a blog on the emergence of Artificial Intelligence in the enterprise. Since then we’ve seen a steady increase in the numbers and types of organizations starting to use AI to unlock the value in their data. Indeed, we are in the midst of a continuing deluge of data so it’s no surprise that AI/DL initiatives are kicking off across all sectors of our economy.This is great news, as the technology has matured immensely and the costs to entry have lowered. However, there are a number of steps to be considered as you look to start your AI journey in a sandbox environment. And because it can be a complex undertaking there are lots of questions too. The most important one being “where to start?”The first step is the planning phase. A couple months back I was talking with a customer from the manufacturing sector who wanted to bring a more data-driven approach to their business. The business leaders were concerned that they were falling behind industry competitors in the digital transformation race. The business needed to quickly build and accelerate a data first strategy and he was eager to get going. So, they setup an AI focus group to consider ways to incorporate Machine Learning and Deep Learning into their business lines. The group had executive sponsorship and met monthly over a year however the effort stalled before moving to production. Although the project began with a plan and intent the teams were stymied by the sheer number of available use cases and technology options. At this point they were reaching out to Dell Technologies as an experienced partner, one with a broad and deep solutions portfolio, to move the Proof of Concept (POC) along. Artificial Intelligence Center of Excellence  The customer had the right idea with an internal cross functional team focused on AI, aka an AI Center of Excellence. To be successful the team should be comprised of lines of business leaders, developers, engineers, data architects, data scientists and IT staff. In my experience having a diversity of skills and perspectives from different areas of the business, along with executive sponsorship, is key to success. The executive sponsorship is extremely important because you need someone with budget and the authority to make decisions along the way. Once the foundation is laid the team must consider the use cases. They should be both quantifiable and time bound, perhaps reachable in three to six months. As an example, for manufacturing the team might identify a use case to reduce unscheduled machine maintenance by 15 percent. Reducing unscheduled maintenance would save millions by lowering machine down times and reducing energy costs. Another use case might be to reduce defects on the assembly line by 3 percent, which would also have a positive revenue impact.Focused Deep Learning Proof of ConceptNow that our AI Center of Excellence team has their use case it’s time to scope out a proof of concept. To level set expectations, moving from AI idea to production can be intimidating but that’s why experiments are conducted. Just as scientists build experiments to test their hypotheses the business uses prototypes or POCs to test their AI ideas and algorithms. However just because the prototype phase is seen as an experiment doesn’t mean that IT Architecture best practices should not be followed. In fact, it’s just the opposite. By focusing the prototype build-out with production in mind organizations can more quickly transition from sandbox to monetization. Many successful organizations use their POCs to deploy critical foundational elements that will scale. It makes no sense running a POC that takes years to successfully implement. More so, if you’ve deployed a solid IT foundation it’s easier to replicate another one when new use cases and models arise.In the prototype phase architecture plays a critical role. By building a prototype environment with the same building blocks as the scaled-out production environment you will accelerate the time to monetization for each model. However, AI workloads can be tricky. Here are a couple rules they tend to follow. First, our digital world provides an unlimited amount of data points so much so that AI applications must scale with the demand for unstructured data (Petabyte Scale). Second time is an essential factor necessary to answer your AI question so accelerated compute is a must. Therefore, while your solution may start small you need an architecture that can process unstructured data quickly and scale to keep up with the growing unstructured datasets.Entry Level AI Solution Beginning an AI journey is challenging from a business perspective, but the technology doesn’t have to be so. As a proof point we just published a reference architecture for an entry-level AI solution. It includes the world’s most powerful workstation, the Dell Precision 7920 Data Science Workstation, which provides ultimate performance and scalability to grow alongside your AI initiatives and data. It’s coupled with Dell EMC Isilon scale-out NAS  to give data science teams the ability to share massive amounts of data while providing high performance, reliability and seamless access from multiple operating systems. And without the need for costly and time-consuming data migration as you move to production. Dell EMC Isilon hybrid storage platforms, powered by the OneFS operating system, use a highly versatile yet simple scale-out storage architecture to speed access to massive amounts of data, while dramatically reducing cost and complexity. The hybrid storage platforms, such as the H400 used here, are highly flexible and strike the balance between large capacity and high-performance storage to provide support for a broad range of enterprise file workloads. The H400 delivers up to 3 GB/s bandwidth per chassis and provides capacity options ranging from 120 TB to 720 TB per chassis.Your journey to AI can take many paths. Choosing the one that begins with a solid plan, use cases and an affordable yet scalable AI prototype is the best route to success. Let Dell Technologies help you navigate: the Entry Level AI Solution referenced here is a great way to get started and to grow.If you want to learn more then please see the Dell Precision Data Science Workstation with Isilon H400 whitepaper. You’ll find the complete reference architecture with reproducible benchmark methodology, hardware and software configuration, sizing guidance and performance measurement tools.last_img read more

S. Korea stops short of toughest coronavirus measures despite case rise

first_imgThe Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 371 new coronavirus cases as of midnight Thursday, bringing the country’s total to 19,077, including 316 deaths.After using aggressive tracing and testing to contain a large outbreak earlier this year, South Korea suffered a setback this month after a church cluster spread to a political rally.Health authorities had reimposed Phase 2 social distancing rules on Aug. 16 in the Seoul metropolitan area, expanding the measures nationwide last week.Earlier this week, Seoul officials ordered the closure of most schools in the capital and surrounding areas. Seoul has also mandated that masks to be worn in both indoor and outdoor public places, and has ordered places like churches, nightclubs, karaoke bars and other high-risk venues closed. Topics : South Korean authorities stopped short of shifting the country up to the highest level of social distancing measures on Friday, despite recording another triple-digit increase in daily new coronavirus cases.Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun instead said the government would extend the current Phase 2 social distancing, which was due to expire this weekend, for at least another week.”Phase 3 social distancing is the choice of last resort given the economic and social ripple effect,” Chung said at a government meeting.last_img read more

Kiwis want more action on child poverty – but not higher taxes

first_imgNZ Herald 5 September 2014Most New Zealanders want more done to fix child poverty – but not if it means higher taxes to pay for it. A poll of 1013 people for the Child Poverty Action Group has found that 51 per cent of New Zealanders believe the current Government is not doing enough to address child poverty. Only 19 per cent believe it is doing enough. But only 36 per cent would be willing to pay higher taxes if that was necessary to reduce child poverty. A slightly higher number, 38 per cent, would not be willing to pay higher taxes if necessary, and 26 per cent were unsure. The poll was conducted by MMResearch from June 10-16 using an online panel designed to be representative of all adults aged 18-plus and has a margin of error of 3.1 per cent.…The poll found that 80 per cent of people agreed that child poverty is a problem in New Zealand. Only 13 per cent disagreed. They were then asked to write, unprompted, what they believed was the primary cause of child poverty. Answers were split evenly: 40 per cent listed economic factors such as low wages, unemployment and the widening gap between rich and poor; but another 40 per cent blamed the parents, listing factors such as neglect, not prioritising children, not budgeting, and spending too much on alcohol, cigarettes and drugs. Other suggestions included welfare, housing and political issues (12 per cent), uneducated parents (9 per cent) and having too many children (8 per cent). There was a clear age divide, with the numbers blaming parents rising from 29 per cent in the youngest age group (18-24) to 50 per cent in the oldest group (55-plus).…Only 18 per cent of Aucklanders said they personally knew any child living in poverty, compared with 23 per cent in the rest of the northern North Island, 28 per cent in the lower North Island and 30 per cent in the South Island.… Asked about the effectiveness of 11 suggested actions to reduce child poverty, there was most agreement (92 per cent) with the effectiveness of the Government’s policy of free doctors’ visits for children under 6, increasing to children under 13 from July 2015. The Labour Party also proposes free doctors’ visits for children under 13, while the Greens propose free visits until children turn 18.Other actions judged to be effective were: KidsCan’s programmes donating shoes and raincoats to children in low-decile schools (88 per cent), volunteers helping in schools and communities (88 per cent), targeting businesses to provide food (83 per cent), improvements to housing such as subsidised insulation (82 per cent) and Fonterra’s free milk in schools programme (79 per cent).None of these would require more taxpayer funding.Asked specifically whether four programmes should be available universally or only to a defined target group, 77 per cent supported universal free doctors’ visits for all children under 18 (19 per cent opposed), and 74 per cent supported Fonterra’s programme of universal free milk in schools (also 19 per cent opposed).But people were split 46 per cent each way on whether improvements to housing such as subsidised insulation should be available universally, as the Greens advocate, or only to a targeted group, as at present.Only 41 per cent supported Child Poverty Action’s key policy of universal tax credits for all children with young children, with 46 per cent supporting credits only for a targeted low-income group as at present.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11319509last_img read more

Don delivers in dramatic Durkan

first_imgDon Cossack maintained his unbeaten record this season with a third victory from as many starts in a dramatic renewal of the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase. Press Association Gordon Elliott’s seven-year-old, a Grade One winner as a novice a year ago, was settled in third by Brian O’Connell but soon found himself in front when Baily Green and Rathlin fell at the same fence, doing Boston Bob no favours. The 13-8 chance was there to be shot at between the final two fences as Boston Bob and Texas Jack both attacked, but he dug deep to emerge the winner by four and a half lengths. center_img The favourite Boston Bob was being niggled at some way out but held second spot, while Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Lord Windermere ran a fine race on his seasonal bow, running on stoutly to take third late on. Elliott said: “That’s great. He deserves that, in fairness to him. He’s always gotten plenty of stick and people have said he’s been disappointing, but he’s a dual Grade One winner now. “I’ll have to talk to Michael and Eddie (O’Leary), but if I had my way he wouldn’t run until Cheltenham and go straight for the Ryanair. I have to discuss it with the owners as they have a lot of horses. He won’t go to the King George. “He’s a year older now, which makes a difference, but he was never a bad horse last year and things didn’t work out for him. He might have had a bit much last year and we’ll try and train him differently. “He had to do it the hard way today. They all came to beat him, but he picked up and galloped all the way to the line. “I’d said he’ll go any trip once he relaxes. It was a good performance today and we’re happy.” RaceBets quote Don Cossack at 8-1 for the Ryanair at Cheltenham in March. Rider Davy Russell was thrilled with the effort of the Jim Culloty-trained Lord Windermere. He said: “He was a bit sticky early on, but without winning I couldn’t be happier with him. He’ll come on from that.” Culloty added: “Once he’s OK in the morning, and he hasn’t had a hard time of it, it will be all systems go for Christmas. He galloped all the way to the line and didn’t have a hard race. “Nothing is set in stone because you have to take these races one a time, but the plan originally was the John Durkan, the Lexus, the Irish Hennessy and Cheltenham, and at the moment that is still the plan.” last_img read more

This Day in History: Haiti’s Prime Minister Appeals For Help to…

first_imgThis Day in History: Haiti’s Prime Minister Appeals For Help to End RevoltOn this day in Caribbean history, on February 17, 2004, Haitian Prime Minister, Yvon Neptune, made a plea for international to help end the violent uprising against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, which killed at least 57 people.Neptune made his plea after former soldiers joined the rebellion, resulting in the burning of a police station, killing three police officials, freeing the imprisoned, and seizing Hinche, a city 70 miles northeast of Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince.Witnesses said Louis- Jodel Chamblain, a death-sentenced former soldier and leader of paramilitary group FRAPH, led the rebellion. FRAPH maimed and killed hundreds of Aristude supporters during the military dictatorship between 1991-1994.This Day in History: The 1991 coup d’etat in Haiti took placeColin L. Powell, Secretary of State during that time, told CNN reporters there needs to be a “political solution” and only then would nations offer police presence.United States in the past has staged three military interventions to the island nation.Dominique de Villepin, then French Foreign Minister, called a meeting to discuss the risks of sending peacekeepers to the former French Colony, which was home to 2,000 French citizens at the time.Ron Redmond, then spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, said representatives were meeting with U.S. and Caribbean officials to discuss how to handle the Haitian rebellion.last_img read more

GFA appoints Frederick Moore to propose new ExCo compensation

first_img Source: ghanafa.org The Executive Council of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), in the exercise of the powers prescribed under Article 42(2) of the Statutes 2019, has appointed an Ad-Hoc Compensation Committee.Article 42(2) of the GFA Statutes provides that “the remuneration of members of the Executive Council shall be proposed by an ad-hoc compensation committee and approved by Congress.”The Committee is chaired by Frederick Nana Kweku Moore, the Chief Executive Officer of Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club.The other members of the three-member Committee are Wilfred Kweku Osei, President of Tema Youth Sporting Club and Eric Delali Senaye, Chief Executive Officer of Inter Allies Football Club.The mandate of the Committee, as provided under Article 42(2) of the GFA Statutes 2019, is to propose to the GFA Congress the remuneration of members of the Executive Council.The Committee is expected to submit its work in time to form part of the Congress documents that will be sent to members of Congress as the formal convocation of Congress under Article 31(3) of the GFA Statutes 2019.Currently, the GFA has been using the sitting allowance approved by the previous Executive Committee before the coming into office of the Normalization Committee.last_img read more