It was in a corner of the ISC’15 exhibition show floor; not well-lit, just a semi-partitioned booth with some 50 chairs, a podium and a large LCD screen. It was a BoF (“Birds of a Feather”) session set-up, where the latest “Graph 500 List” was announced.
The Graph 500 List is a bi-annual supercomputer ranking, based on graph-related performance, which is becoming more important than ever in the “Big Data” field.
The latest July 2015 issue of the Graph 500 List was published on July 13th, during a BoF session at ISC’15: the “International Supercomputing Conference.” The ISC event consists of a five-day conference (Sunday to Thursday) and a three-day exhibition (Monday to Wednesday). Every HPC-related vendor showcases their state-of-the-art technologies while universities and institutes demonstrate their latest interesting research results, and explore the way to exascale supercomputing and beyond. At ISC’15, Fujitsu exhibited its original Sparc64 processor-based PRIMEHPC supercomputer family and their industry-standard PRIMERGY server-based HPC cluster solutions.
The Graph 500 BoF session was in the middle of Monday’s exhibition hours. With a packed audience, including the “K computer” project team, the chairperson opened the session with a background explanation and overview of Graph 500. After the (relatively long for involved people) introduction, the chairperson presented the top three supercomputers, from bottom to top. When he announced the second-place supercomputer, it was not the K computer! The project team members spoke in hushed tones with each other, followed by a sigh of relief, as they believed that, with the dramatically improved benchmark score, the K computer had taken first place.
The session closed at 6:30pm and the ISC 30th Anniversary Party began in earnest!
Press Release: K computer takes first place in Graph 500 supercomputer ranking
The speed at which workplace technology has evolved over recent decades has been startling, but we are now entering a period – and pace – of change that will put wholly new pressures onto business leaders.
It’s surprising to think about how recently the smartphone reached the mass market. By the end of 2018, the number of worldwide mobile users is expected to increase to over 6.2 billion. Roughly 84 percent of the world population will be using mobile technology by the end of 2018. Mobile devices in use, including both phones and tablets, will grow from 7.7 billion in 2014 to over 12.1 billion by 2018 – 1.95 devices per user1.
Technology has already changed the face of work across industry sectors by enabling relevant information to be shared with employees in real time, whatever their location. For example, building-maintenance officers employed by local councils can now be allocated jobs in their locality, submitting relevant information via smartphone apps before proceeding directly to their next job, a vastly more efficient work process2. At the same time, healthcare professionals are using mobile apps for many purposes, from accessing diagnosis and treatment information, to providing drug references at the point of care3.
For business leaders, enabling this innovation is already throwing up challenges around security, integration and data governance, among other things. But in the workplace of 2020, people will rely more than ever on a suite of advanced technologies and applications to perform their jobs at the level required. Enterprises have a huge task ahead to keep pace with this change.
Leading organizations are experimenting with a host of exciting new technologies that could make a dramatic impact in the workplace, such as wearables, the Internet of Things (IoT), virtual reality rooms, augmented reality, robotics and cognitive computing, to name but a few.
The value of the global cognitive computing market, for example, is forecast to grow from $2.5 billion in 2014 to $12.5 billion by 20194. Meanwhile, US consultancy Digi-Capital’s research suggests that the augmented reality market could reach around $120 billion in revenue by 20205.
If this projected rate of adoption of emerging technologies comes to fruition over the next few years, we will see work in all industries transformed. And while some of these new technologies will become almost universally applied across industries, in the same way that smart mobile technology has become ubiquitous today, others may remain specific to particular sectors.
For business and IT leaders, however, a common set of challenges will present themselves. They must ensure their organisations are agile enough to implement the most effective emerging technologies for their business ahead of their competitors, while designing human-centric systems that bring together the dimensions of people, information and infrastructure to optimize the capabilities and performance of each employee.
The White Book of Digital Workplace Evolution delivers practical, forward-looking guidance to enterprises as they develop their workplace IT infrastructure to support and grow their business. It looks at how business leaders can optimize these new ways of working, recognize specific implications relevant to their business and industry, and how they can best prepare their organizations for the evolving world of work.
When formulating a retailing mobile strategy you need to know your customer. This may sound obvious, but you need to know your customer before they come into the store, and you need to take care of them while they are in the store. Retail mobile solutions are an essential part of the answer.
Let’s start by looking at today’s shopper behavior.
Shopping behavior is changing significantly, in part due to the fact that mobile devices are used during the entire shopping process. On the other hand, research showed that consumers still prefer to purchase products in a physical store. But the mobile penetration makes consumers informed before they enter the store and here they expect also to be treated in the most up-to-date way.
It’s obvious that this trend will have a significant impact on how retailers drive value and incremental revenue for their business.
How can you take advantage of this knowledge once your customer comes into the store?
Getting customers into the shop can be a great advantage for the retailer – it gives the retailer the opportunity to gain insights about the shopper. What products the shoppers are drawn first and how they interact with their preferences can be of big value for retailers’ strategy. It helps to learn a lot about customers, about their preferences and supports later interaction on a personal level.
According to recent research, 74% of retailers think that developing a more engaging in-store customer experience is going to be critical to business success. This means retailers are thinking hard about how to engage in-store, how to expand that customer relationship and how to save and maximize sales via ‘Click & Collect’ plus other omni-channel services.
This requires the usage of enterprise handheld mobile devices specifically built for retail environments. These devices need to cope with a busy and crowded environment with multiple users operating them in a rush making it likely that the device will be dropped.
Mobile devices increase sales and improve retailer’s relationship with the customers. Your sales staff can generate add-on sales, mobile devices will support a more optimized customer service – just imagine the reduction of time your customers spend in checkout lines or the immediate access to inventory information – and last but not least you will be able to significantly improve your Customer Relationship Management.
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This year marks the 80th birthday of Fujitsu, and we continue with an accelerated drive of putting innovation in action. The company was originally founded in 1935 as a producer of telecommunications switches and spread out into computers and many other areas of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Today, Fujitsu is one of the world’s largest IT services providers and number 1 in Japan. Our many decades of experience of building industry leading mainframes and supercomputers significantly contributes to Fujitsu M10 server product development.
Human Centric Innovation in Action, our corporate theme, was highlighted throughout the Fujitsu Forum Tokyo held in May 2015, where the we hosted over 13,000 IT decision-makers and experts from around the world. According to then Fujitsu President Masami Yamamoto, what was once only science fiction has now become a reality. Fujitsu is working to use the power of ICT to help society move toward sustainable development, and address challenges of food and energy shortages, urbanization, an aging society and other major social issues. Benefiting humanity with ICT is integral to our company’s path going forward.
Fujitsu M10 SPARC servers were showcased at the Fujitsu Forum Tokyo with several innovative technologies now enabling enterprises to , boost business productivity, and enhance the bottom line. Our server and processor development teams also hosted Fujitsu M10 Technology Day 2015 in our legendary Kawasaki campus in the preceding days with our partners. We discussed our relentless drive to bring innovations across all aspects of the server infrastructure from cooling and compact design to high-throughput high-speed data connectivity, and from scalable high-performance data processing, all the way to serving data and analytics results for mission-critical business intelligence applications.
With the Fujitsu M10’s advanced architecture, a single infrastructure can provide virtually unlimited performance and capacity growth and support real-time analysis, forecast and decision making. The Fujitsu M10 server currently employs the innovative SPARC64 X+ processor, which runs at speeds up to 3.7 GHz and incorporates 16 cores. And it’s about more than the processor. We designed a highly scalable system supporting over a thousand cores and with a very large memory footprint, while retaining the shared memory architecture that is crucial for business computing. The Fujitsu M10 server with Dynamic Scaling combines the advantages of scale up and scale out, making it easy to grow with the business in real time.
The official roadmap for the Fujitsu M10 outlines the system innovations and enhancements planned for the remainder of this decade in areas such as Software on Chip, the Coherent Memory Interconnect , and Liquid Loop Cooling. Fujitsu M10’s ability to drive innovation in building more powerful systems with ever higher compute density to tackle the Big Data needs today and in the future. We are always innovating to help your organization meet its mission-critical computing challenges.
We hope to connect with you at the next stop on our journey putting Human Centric Innovation in Action. Fujitsu Forum 2015, our largest annual event in Europe, will be held November 18-19 at the International Congress Center Munich in Germany. Stay in touch at our blog site and follow us at Twitter and Facebook.
A new innovation in medical technology is currently being trialed by Fujitsu which will help doctors save time when using CT scans for oncological research. Until now, properly monitoring the development of lumps has proven troublesome for doctors, as comparing scans based on varying data is difficult. Pulse and breathing can alter the position of physical characteristics, making image comparison very labor-intensive.
Lower Margin for Error
The innovative solution automatically compares images based on the position of neighboring blood vessels and other “reference points” in the body. As well as making it easier to compare CT scans, it also reduces the margin for error. The innovation saves doctors precious time comparing images, which can be put to better use elsewhere.
Available to Hospitals in the Near Future
Fujitsu Laboratories recently presented their initial findings at a medical conference held at Tohuku University in Sendai, Japan. Meanwhile, Fujitsu will be testing and fine-tuning the technology further, with the target of introducing a product which uses the technology to the market by spring 2016. This innovation by Fujitsu is set to signify a technological breakthrough in medicine, which will help make the work of doctors all over the world a lot more efficient.