All posts tagged: networking

Gratitude Plus makes social networking positive, private and personal

Gratitude Plus makes social networking positive, private and personal

[ad_1] Private social networking is making a comeback. Gratitude Plus, a startup that aims to shift social media in a more positive direction, is expanding its wellness-focused, personal reflections journal to include support for families who want to stay in touch even when physically distant.  The startup, whose name reflects its core offering of a gratitude journal, is, in some ways reminiscent of Path, which was built years ago. Path had briefly emerged as a Facebook challenger by creating a space for smaller groups of people to interact with one another. The app differentiated itself by limiting users to just 50 friends, ensuring their interactions would remain in tighter circles than on larger social networks.  For a time, Path caught on, and while it never toppled Facebook, it stood out as an example of how private social networks could work, if executed correctly. (The company had raised too much venture funding to return on its investment without an exit, so Path sold to Korea’s Kakao in 2015.) Similarly, Gratitude Plus is not meant to be …

To Build a Better AI Supercomputer, Let There Be Light

To Build a Better AI Supercomputer, Let There Be Light

[ad_1] GlobalFoundries, a company that makes chips for others, including AMD and General Motors, previously announced a partnership with Lightmatter. Harris says his company is “working with the largest semiconductor companies in the world as well as the hyperscalers,” referring to the largest cloud companies like Microsoft, Amazon, and Google. If Lightmatter or another company can reinvent the wiring of giant AI projects, a key bottleneck in the development of smarter algorithms might fall away. The use of more computation was fundamental to the advances that led to ChatGPT, and many AI researchers see the further scaling-up of hardware as being crucial to future advances in the field—and to hopes of ever reaching the vaguely-specified goal of artificial general intelligence, or AGI, meaning programs that can match or exceed biological intelligence in every way. Linking a million chips together with light might allow for algorithms several generations beyond today’s cutting edge, says Lightmatter’s CEO Nick Harris. “Passage is going to enable AGI algorithms,” he confidently suggests. The large data centers that are needed to train …

Center for Quantum Networks welcomes UMASS Amherst in m quantum networking deal

Center for Quantum Networks welcomes UMASS Amherst in $26m quantum networking deal

[ad_1] The University of Massachusetts Amherst is leading the core effort to design architectures and protocols for quantum networking for the National Science Foundation’s Center for Quantum Networks. Under the leadership of Don Towsley, a Distinguished Professor at the Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS), the team are responsible for designing the infrastructure to support future city-scale quantum networks, an effort overseen by the Center for Quantum Networks. The project is back by $26m in funding and is a five-year, renewable effort led by the University of Arizona, one of the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Centers. Opportunities for quantum networking Quantum computing differs fundamentally from the bit-based computing we all do every day. A bit is typically expressed as a 0 or a 1 and represents an electrical current that is off or on. Bits are the basis for all the software, websites and emails that make up our electronic world. Even the simplest digital artefacts are composed of thousands of them. By contrast, quantum computing relies on quantum bits or qubits, …

Cisco falls on tepid networking gear demand amid AI focus

Cisco falls on tepid networking gear demand amid AI focus

[ad_1] Cisco Systems fell more than 4 per cent premarket on Thursday after the networking equipment maker reduced its annual revenue forecast and rolled out job cuts as it battles sluggish demand from telcos and cable service providers. CEO Charles Robbins blamed weak macro environment and said the company was “seeing a greater degree of caution and scrutiny of deals”. “Things have gone from bad to worse, with Cisco drastically cutting FY24 expectations a 4th time as management overestimated that demand would return in F2H24, when the reality is we are in a networking downcycle ex-AI investments,” said James Fish, analyst at Piper Sandler. Cisco, which said it would cut more than 4,000 jobs, lowered its annual revenue forecast to $51.5 billion to $52.5 billion from its prior projection of $53.8 billion to $55 billion. The company was on track to lose over $9 billion in market value based on its share price of $48.05, if premarket losses hold. Cisco has sought to counter the tepid demand for its networking gear by shifting to AI …

Cisco’s AI push in focus as shares fall on tepid networking gear demand

Cisco’s AI push in focus as shares fall on tepid networking gear demand

[ad_1] Cisco Systems fell more than 3 per cent on Thursday after the networking equipment maker reduced its annual revenue forecast and rolled out job cuts as it battles sluggish demand from telcos and cable service providers. CEO Charles Robbins blamed weak macro environment and said the company was “seeing a greater degree of caution and scrutiny of deals”. “Things have gone from bad to worse, with Cisco drastically cutting FY24 expectations a 4th time as management overestimated that demand would return in F2H24, when the reality is we are in a networking downcycle ex-AI investments,” said James Fish, analyst at Piper Sandler. Cisco, which said it would cut more than 4,000 jobs, lowered its annual revenue forecast to $51.5 billion to $52.5 billion from its prior projection of $53.8 billion to $55 billion. The company was on track to lose over $6 billion in market value based on its share price of $48.75, if losses hold. Cisco has sought to counter the tepid demand for its networking gear by shifting to AI and cybersecurity. …

Was HPE’s B Juniper acquisition a wise move?

Was HPE’s $14B Juniper acquisition a wise move?

[ad_1] When HPE announced its intention to acquire Juniper Networks for $14 billion in cold, hard cash earlier this month, it was a bit of a shock. Sure, HP had already bought Aruba in 2015 for around $3 billion. Grabbing another networking company would presumably just add another layer to that business. Of course, there are always complications incorporating one large organization into another, and HP doesn’t exactly have the best record for being a smooth operator where that’s concerned over the years. But surprisingly, the companies didn’t position this conscious coupling as a pure networking play. In fact, in a blog post announcing the deal, Juniper CEO Rami Rahim suggested it was more about AI. “This combination with HPE is expected to enable us to deliver more comprehensive, more competitive, truly end-to-end experience-first AI-native solutions,” he wrote. Regardless of how you position it, the deal, which pays $40 a share, or a 32% premium over the closing price on January 8 (per CNBC), represented the kind of offer that was hard for Juniper to …

Unleashing 5G networking potentials from the sky

Unleashing 5G networking potentials from the sky

[ad_1] 5G and 6G are targeting a unified telecommunication ecosystem, which necessitates the extension of traditional terrestrial infrastructure to the sky by integrating non-terrestrial networks into a unique technology picture. The unprecedented quality of service figures demanded initially by 5G and later strengthened by the ambitious targets coming from 6G have radically transformed the telecommunication ecosystem. More specifically, the usual approach building on the ‘one-fits-all’ design paradigm cannot meet the ambitious and diverse service requirements demanded by many verticals, whereby the terrestrial infrastructure alone cannot meet these goals. On the contrary, the convergence with non-terrestrial network counterparts, i.e. air- and space-borne systems such as satellites, is regarded today as a natural extension of usual network systems to fulfil all the expectations from industry and society. This trend is further confirmed by the standardisation approach taken in 3GPP towards the definition of 6G, where the co-existence of terrestrial and non-terrestrial networks is the key novel aspect compared to previous cellular generations. This new trend is determined by the need to provide connectivity with unprecedented quality of …

Cisco to acquire cloud-native networking and security startup Isovalent

Cisco to acquire cloud-native networking and security startup Isovalent

[ad_1] Cisco announced this morning that it intends to acquire Isovalent, a cloud-native security and networking startup that should fit well with the company’s core networking and security strategy. The companies did not share the purchase price. Isovalent has helped develop eBPF, a key open source technology that gives developers deep insight into the operating system layer, typically Linux, but also Windows, while Cilium, another open source project created by the startup, gives visibility into cloud native applications. Tetragon is the company’s open source security visibility component. Tom Gillis, senior VP and general manager of Cisco’s Security Business Group, says the combination of these three elements used to be provided by a hardware appliance, but in the cloud world is increasingly software-driven. “In a cloud world, there’s still boxes in there somewhere, but it’s abstracted under layers and layers of software. And so eBPF and Cilium provide that visibility for cloud world,” he told TechCrunch. Specifically, that involves being able to see exactly what’s happening as an application interacts with the network, and being able …

Why Mozilla is betting on a decentralized social networking future

Why Mozilla is betting on a decentralized social networking future

[ad_1] Consumers are hungry for a new way of social networking, where trust and safety are paramount and power isn’t centralized with a Big Tech CEO in charge…or at least that’s what Mozilla believes. The mission-driven tech company behind the Firefox browser, Pocket reader, and other apps, is now investing its energy into the so-called “fediverse” — a collection of decentralized social networking applications, like Mastodon, that communicate with one another over the ActivityPub protocol. The idea is to rethink social networking from the ground up. Today, social networks are often run by large corporations — like Meta, Snap, and Google — where advertisers pay the bills. This has created a world where modern social networks are profit-driven, and consumer needs aren’t always at the forefront, Mozilla believes. This disconnect between what people want and what today’s networks offer hit an inflection point last year, when billionaire Elon Musk bought Twitter, leading to a surge of interest in alternatives to centralized social networking, including apps like Mastodon and Bluesky. Under Musk, Twitter — now called …

Enfabrica, which builds networking hardware to drive AI workloads, raises 5M

Enfabrica, which builds networking hardware to drive AI workloads, raises $125M

[ad_1] Enfabrica, a company building networking chips designed to handle AI and machine learning workloads, today announced that it raised $125 million in a Series B funding round that values the company at “five times” its Series A post-money valuation, according to co-founder and CEO Rochan Sankar. Led by Atreides Management with participation from Sutter Hill Ventures, Nvidia, IAG Capital Partners, Liberty Global Ventures, Valor Equity Partners, Infinitum Partners and Alumni Ventures, the new tranche brings Enfabrica’s total raised to $148 million. Sankar says that it’ll be put toward supporting Enfabric’s R&D and operations as well as expanding its engineering, sales and marketing teams. “It’s notable that Enfabrica raised a round of this magnitude in a highly challenging funding environment for chip startups — and venture-funded deeptech in general — and, in doing so, has set itself apart from many of its chip startup peers in the industry,” Sankar said. “As generative AI and large language models continue to drive the largest infrastructure push in cloud computing across a multitude of industries, solutions like Enfabrica’s …