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Google has been promising to upgrade its cloud platform with NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs, and now it has gone and done it. The upgraded hardware is available to customers in beta form, while NVIDIA's K80 GPUs are now generally available to customers. Google also announced the introduction of sustained use discounts (automatic discounts for running a VM instance for a significant portion of the month) on both the K80 and P100 GPUs. NVIDIA's P100 GPUs are based on the company's Pascal architecture, the same as found in GeForce GTX 10 series of consumer graphics cards. Google's pitch is that the switch allows customers to increase throughput with fewer instances while saving money. And compared to the... Read more...
Last month Google acquired Zync Inc, a company that has provided special effects for movies such as Star Trek Into Darkness. With that acquisition, Google gained the cloud-rendering visual effects company to try and make the creation of visual effects cheaper and lure people to use its Cloud Platform. Now Google is offering $100,000 in Cloud Platform credits as another incentive to make use of its platform. In order to be eligible for the credit, a startup needs to meet the following criteria. First, the startup needs to be in an approved Accelerator, Incubator, or VC fund. Another criteria is that the startup hasn’t received previous Cloud Platform credit, has less than $5 million in funding,... Read more...
Google may have missed out on purchasing Twitch, but that hasn't stopped the company from acquiring other businesses. Its latest acquisition is Zync Inc, a visual effects cloud-rendering company that was behind Star Trek Into Darkness. Special effects tend to be a costly venture for the film industry. With some exceptions, it is easy to point out which movies have a high budget and which ones are indie films. But it seems that Google might be trying to lower the cost barrier with its acquisition of Zync. “Creating amazing special effects requires a skilled team of visual artists and designers, backed by a highly powerful infrastructure to render scenes,” says Google product... Read more...