Day: October 29, 2020

Microsoft brings .NET dev to Apache Spark

Microsoft and the .NET Foundation have released version 1.0 of .NET for Apache Spark, an open source package that brings .NET development to the Spark analytics engine for large-scale data processing.

Announced October 27, .NET for Apache Spark 1.0 has support for .NET applications targeting .NET Standard 2.0 or later. Users can access Spark DataFrame APIs, write Spark SQL, and create user-defined functions UDFs).

The .NET for Apache Spark framework is available on the .NET Foundation’s GitHub page or from NuGet. Other capabilities of .NET for Apache Spark 1.0 include:

  • An API extension framework to add support for
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Nvidia pushes into a wider application ecosystem

Nvidia is extending its solution footprint far beyond artificial intelligence (AI) and gaming, venturing broadly across the entire computing ecosystem into mobility and the next-generation cloud data center.

Nvidia’s ambitions in this regard are clear from its pending acquisition of Arm Technology and from CEO Jensen Huang’s positioning of the company as a “full-stack computing” provider. Demonstrating that he’s putting substantial R&D dollars behind this vision, at the virtual Nvidia GPU Technology Conference this month, Huang announced the rollout of the company’s new BlueField “data processing unit (DPU)” chip architecture.

Accelerating diverse workloads through programmable CPU offload

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AMD’s new Radeon RX 6000 cards are a serious challenge to Nvidia’s dominance

Man, AMD is on a roll. It was just a few years ago that the company seemed destined to fade into relative obscurity in fields dominated by Intel and Nvidia. Now in 2020, the company is managing to trade blows with its heavyweight competitors in two different markets. Case in point: the company today revealed the Radeon RX 6000 series, specced and priced to offer a real challenge to Nvidia’s RTX 3000 cards — and potentially save you some money.

That’s no small feat, considering the fact that AMD was behind the previous generation and that Nvidia’s new cards are

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