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AI Research in Japanese Enterprises – NTT Group

The NTT Group consists of many companies, as shown below. The group employs more than 240,000 people, and its total revenue was greater than $110B at the end of March 2015.   (Source NTT Group Home page) Among these companies, NTT DoCoMo is well known in the US, but NTT Communications and NTT Data are [...]

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AI Research in Japanese Enterprises – Fujitsu

Fujitsu issued a press release on their AI in November 2015. The release said that they had been conducting research on AI for more than 30 years. They packaged these results as Zinrai. This set of slides gives more information on Fujitsu’s AI work and Zinrai. Zinrai Architecture The Zinrai architecture below covers many aspects [...]

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AI Research in Japanese Enterprises — NEC

It appears that Artificial Intelligence (AI) research is getting a lot of attention in the US and the UK, but Japan may not be too far behind. In this blog, I summarize what is going on with AI research, products, and services in Japan. I need to warn you that some of the links are [...]

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A Few Things I Picked Up at Wi-Fi Global Congress in San Jose

We take Wi-Fi for granted, but it is constantly evolving, and so are areas associated with it. At Wi-Fi Global Congress in San Jose, I picked up a few things that I considered interesting in the area of Wi-Fi. That does not mean those were the only noteworthy topics; there were many more, including smart [...]

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An Introduction to Data Science

I went to two meetups at H2O, which provides an open source predictive analytics platform. The second meetup was full of participants because its theme was an introduction to data science. Data science is a new buzzword, and I feel like everyone claims to be a data scientist or something relating to that these days. [...]

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Open Source Packages at NoSQL Now Conference in San Jose: Part 1

At the recent NoSQL Now Conference in San Jose, I attended several sessions and realized the well-established position of open source packages. During the conference, many people talked about how open source is creeping into the enterprise. Because of my past involvement with MySQL and JBOSS, I’ve experienced pushback from early customers firsthand. But now [...]

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What Is NEC Doing in Silicon Valley? Part 2

This is a continuation from Part 1. SDN and NFV SDN (intra–data center) I asked Iwata his views on SDN and NFV. He said that in a narrow scope SDN and Openflow are synonymous, while in a wide view SDN includes automation and management of networking and data centers, including such things as orchestration and [...]

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What Is NEC Doing in Silicon Valley? Part 1

This is my first time to interview a representative of a Japanese company in Silicon Valley. I was an employee of one of the US subsidiaries of NEC about 20 years ago for several years. Like any other large corporation in the world, NEC has many divisions working on many different areas of C&C (computer [...]

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Which Buzzwords Were Floating Around at DatacenterDynamics Conference SF 2015? – Part-1

When I started to cover data centers in 2008, I was often asked which side of the two elements I focused on. The expected answer was either power or cooling. My answer of IT/software confused people because they could not understand what someone who claimed to be a software guy was doing there. Fast-forward, and [...]

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Have You Found the Best Way to Manage Your Data Centers Yet? Part 1

I have covered the field of data centers for some time, and I’ve heard many subjects discussed, from comatose servers, cooling technologies/methods, modular structures, and monitoring to asset management. Over time, many tools to assist each subject area have been developed and presented. The most recent are called data center infrastructure management tools, known as [...]

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