2-19-23 What I Read Last Week
Weekly Edition of curated news about Digital Infrastructure
Weekly Edition of curated news about Digital Infrastructure:
SandboxAQ, a spinoff of Google parent company Alphabet GOOG 0.00%↑, announced it has raised $500 million to advance its cyber security and SaaS Quantum Computing products. Investors include former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Time Ventures (Marc Benioff), Breyer Capital and T. Rowe Price.
Akamai Technologies launches Akamai Connected Cloud, a distributed edge and cloud platform for cloud computing, security, and content delivery. Additionally Akamai AKAM 0.00%↑ said it will have new enterprise-scale cloud sites in the U.S. and Europe, expand its distributed cloud sites, and adjust cloud egress pricing.
Layoffs.fyi. Although they are a necessary thing in turbulent times, layoffs still suck. Digital Ocean laid off approximately 11% of their workforce last week, joining a long list of tech companies trying to trim budgets and stay afloat.
D-Wave Announces Feature Selection Initiative for AI/ML Workflows, Expansion of Quantum Cloud Service to Israel. Quantum computing is a side-interest of mine that I keep forgetting about, and then try to catch up on, and (again) pretend to understand all of the tech. I have followed D-Wave QBTS 0.00%↑ for some time though and they really are a leader in the industry. D-Wave plans to expand its market offerings to address the growing need for efficient solutions to complex business problems. The company's feature selection offering focuses on using quantum hybrid approaches to optimize AI/ML model training and prediction. This approach provides a "one-shot" solution that avoids the costly cycles of iterative model training, delivers improved model accuracy and easier interpretation, and has shown promising results in areas like fraud detection and TV commercial advertising optimization. Customers can access D-Wave's feature selection offering directly from the company or in AWS Marketplace. The last three sentences were written by AI superstar ChatGPT, as a re-write of the HPCwire article.
The U.S. nuclear power regulator has certified the design for the NuScale Power’s SMR (small modular reactor). The company plans to build a demonstration SMR power plant at the Idaho National Laboratory. NuScale says the six-reactor, 462 megawatt Carbon Free Power Project will be fully running in 2030.
250,000 square foot data center campus being planned by Amazon in the Manassas area of Virginia's Prince William County. The 3 building complex will also include a new substation.
Bonus item: U.S. Energy InformationAdministration - maps and tools. A site I visit frequently…. lots of cool data, visualizations, maps and interactive tools.
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