Earlier this year, Google announced the beta launch of Cloud Spanner, the database technology it developed for its own use offered as a cloud service. Today, it made available as part of that service the actual capability that makes Spanner uniquely powerful
If supercomputing was a game, there would be two winners at present: China and Linux. In the latest biannually released Top500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers, China not only has the world's fastest supercomputer, it has now passed the US as the country with the most supercomputers, while Linux has reached the milestone of becoming the operating system running all supercomputers on the list.
Amazon.com Inc.'s cloud unit dominates the market for computing power delivered over the internet. But there's one area where it has lagged: artificial intelligence tools that let customers parse data, understand speech and recognize images without buying their own expensive machinery.