The new Google Compute Engine VM images for Deep Learning

The new Google Compute Engine VM images for Deep LearningCo-author of the article: Mike Cheng
 
Google Cloud Platform now in its portfolio has images of virtual machines, designed specifically for those involved in Deep Learning. Today we will talk about what these images represent, what advantages they give to developers and researchers, and of course how to create a virtual machine based on them.
on the official page .
 
But why these images themselves are needed?
 
Let's assume that you need to train a neural network model with Keras (with TensorFlow). The speed of training is important to you and you decide to use the GPU. To use the GPU, you ...
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Gartner: the main thing in the IaaS market in 2018 is

Gartner: the main thing in the IaaS market in 2018 is
 
 
In May, appeared the "magic quadrant" Gartner in 2018 for the IaaS-market: Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide . The team of Mail.Ru Cloud Solutions has made a squeeze on the most interesting topics that we share with you - perhaps someone will be helpful. How does the business use the clouds and what does it expect? What are the trends of the year in the cloud services market? How does today look like a "magic quadrant" for IaaS? In the final part of the post we share our vision of the situation on the domestic market.
 
 
 
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IBM Watson Build - try your hand at the

IBM Watson Build - try your hand at thedeveloper competition. Applications for IBM WatsonBuild, an international competition for business partners to create applications and services based on IBM Watson, are being accepted. Partners are invited to participate in the development of cognitive solutions using the Watson APIs (at least one IBM Watson service is required). All developments are conducted in the IBM Cloud environment. https://ibm.biz/wpbuild-rus  log in to the cloud IBM Cloud: http://ibm.biz/cloud-4-dev  Join webinars to get answers to organizational and technical questions: http://ibm.biz/BdZUsX  apply by July 17 at the link: http://ibm.biz/RegisterWatsonBuild ...
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Optimizing the placement of virtual machines on servers

Optimizing the placement of virtual machines on serversSome time ago, one of my colleagues said that the place in DC is running out, there is nowhere to place the server, and the load is growing and it's unclear what to do, and probably will have to change all available servers to more powerful ones.
 
 
At that time I was busy with the task of drawing up optimal schedules, and I thought - what if using optimization algorithms to increase server utilization in DC? Hence the project was born, which I want to write about.
 
 
For the advanced, I will immediately say that in this article we will talk about bin packing, and the rest, who wants to learn ...
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Announcement of the conference in honor of the eighth anniversary of OpenStack

Announcement of the conference in honor of the eighth anniversary of OpenStack

 
Mail.Ru Cloud Solutions and the Russian OpenStack community invite you to participate in the conference devoted to the 8th anniversary of the OpenStack project: https://bit.ly/2IUjosD The event will be held next Friday, July 13. This year the OpenStack community will gather at the Mail.Ru Group office to celebrate the next anniversary of the project by discussing open infrastructure solutions. Under the cut - a detailed program, abstracts of several reports and a link to registration.
 
Mail.Ru Cloud Solutions :
 
 
Sergey Filatov , the developer ...
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7 typical errors when comparing their servers to the

7 typical errors when comparing their servers to thecloud.Many doubt that clouds are cheaper than their own iron - this point of view, we in ActiveCloud meet quite often. Some use the clouds because of flexibility, the latter want to get away from routine, the third needs centralization, the fourth one needs security. However, the clouds are not only convenient, but also profitable, and we will try to explain why. When evaluating the efficiency of the transition to the cloud, customers often tend to compare the cost of ownership of clouds and iron on the forehead. For example, if we buy 5 servers with 40 processor cores and 256 GB of RAM, then the cloud ...
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What happens to the prices for cloud computing in recent years

What happens to the prices for cloud computing in recent years  
 
I noticed that in Silicon Valley a lot of noise about the fall in prices for cloud computing. Entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and the media are writing about this trend, arguing that it has allowed a new wave of start-ups to emerge in areas such as artificial intelligence and large-scale data processing. Many articles state that new technologies and high competition over the past few years have dramatically reduced the cost of the clouds.
 
 
An example from Nathan Benaich, vice president of Point Nine Capital:
 
I believe that artificial intelligence is one of the most promising and progressive ...
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Build Caffe in Google Colaboratory: a free video card in the cloud

Build Caffe in Google Colaboratory: a free video card in the cloud Google Colaboratory This is not so long ago appeared cloud service, aimed at simplifying research in the field of machine and in-depth training. Using Colaboratory, you can get remote access to the machine with a connected video card, and completely free of charge, which greatly simplifies life when it is necessary to train deep neural networks. We can say that it is some analogue of Google documents for Jupyter Notebook.
 
 
In Colaboratory are pre-installed Tensorflow and almost all the necessary for the work of Python libraries. If any package is missing, it is easily installed on ...
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How to deploy the infrastructure for Pivotal CF, or the Recipe for puff cake in pictures

How to deploy the infrastructure for Pivotal CF, or the Recipe for puff cake in pictures
 
 
A year ago, the task of deploying the Pivotal Cloud Foundry product (which is, in fact, the reference model of the PaaS model) "flew into the competence center for IT management and monitoring systems". In a nutshell, Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) is a ready-made commercial solution for enterprises that:
 
 
need a platform running in a hybrid environment or in a multi-cloud environment;
 
want to move from the use of monolithic architectures to cloud schemes;
 
want to start digital services next generation from the first day of use;
 
already use Java or Spring for the deployment of microservices.
 
 
In th...
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Google Cloud: a new platform and machine learning capabilities

Hello colleagues.
 
 
Recently, we have plans to publish a book on the processing of natural language. One of the most ambitious decisions that determine the prospects of this industry is undoubtedly the Google Cloud platform, best adapted for machine learning. Please speak out about the relevance of this book
 
 
Google Cloud: a new platform and machine learning capabilities  
 
and read under the cut about a small library designed to process natural language on R.
 
googleLanguageR in the R language, which allows you to convert speech into text that provides translation using neural networks and natural language processing, using ...
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