NEC es­tab­lishes cen­tre for Big Data and an­a­lyt­ics in In­dia

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Ja­panese IT gi­ant NEC Cor­po­ra­tion has an­nounced the launch of its Cen­ter of Ex­cel­lence (CoE) in In­dia to pro­mote the adop­tion of Big Data and an­a­lyt­ics so­lu­tions. Based in Noida, the new cen­tre is the first by the com­pany and is set to sim­plify dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion for clients across sec­tors such as tele­com, re­tail, bank­ing, fi­nan­cial ser­vices, re­tail and gov­ern­ment.

NEC is set to in­vest US$ 10 mil­lion over the next three years to achieve a rev­enue of US$ 100 mil­lion in the next three years through the new CoE. While the Tokyo-head­quar­tered com­pany is ini­tially tar­get­ing mar­kets in­clud­ing Ja­pan, In­dia, Sin­ga­pore, Philip­pines and Hong Kong, the cen­tre will ex­pand ser­vices through­out APAC and other re­gions.

“The new CoE is an im­por­tant step to­wards util­is­ing Big Data an­a­lyt­ics and NEC’s Data Plat­form for Hadoop to pro­vide ben­e­fits for gov­ern­ment bod­ies and en­ter­prises in In­dia and across the world,” said To­moy­asu Nishimura, se­nior vice pres­i­dent, NEC Cor­po­ra­tion.

NEC, in part­ner­ship with NEC In­dia and NEC Tech­nolo­gies In­dia (NTI), is lever­ag­ing Hadoop for its var­i­ous Big Data and an­a­lyt­ics de­vel­op­ments.

The com­pany has im­ple­mented its hardware in part­ner­ship with Hor­ton­works and Red Hat.

“The lat­est CoE is de­signed as a sin­gle plat­form that can be used to cater to the needs of pro­cess­ing struc­tured and un­struc­tured data,” Piyush Sinha, gen­eral man­ager for cor­po­rate plan­ning and business man­age­ment, NEC In­dia, told Open Source For You.

Sinha is han­dling a team of around 20 peo­ple who are ini­ti­at­ing op­er­a­tions through the new cen­tre. How­ever, NEC has plans to or­gan­ise a 100-mem­ber pro­fes­sional team to ad­dress re­quire­ments in the near fu­ture. There are also plans to hire fresh tal­ent to en­hance Big Data de­vel­op­ments.

The Data Plat­form for Hadoop (DPH) that NEC is us­ing at the cen­tre fea­tures a business in­tel­li­gence layer in the back­ground — along­side the Hadoop de­ploy­ment, thus re­liev­ing cus­tomers of the chore of search­ing the in­di­vid­ual build­ing blocks of Big Data an­a­lyt­ics. This com­bi­na­tion also pro­vides them the abil­ity to gen­er­ate value from the enor­mous pools of data.

NEC al­ready has a record of con­tribut­ing to na­tional projects in the coun­try. The com­pany en­abled the mass-level adop­tion of Aad­haar in part­ner­ship with the Unique Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Au­thor­ity of In­dia (UIDAI) by pro­vid­ing a large-scale

bio­met­rics iden­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem. It is also sup­port­ing the Delhi-Mum­bai In­dus­trial Cor­ri­dor (DMIC) that tracks nearly 70 per cent of con­tainer trans­ac­tions in In­dia.

Krita paint­ing app en­hances ex­pe­ri­ence for GIMP files

Krita, the open source dig­i­tal paint­ing app, has an­nounced v3.1.4. The new ver­sion is es­pe­cially de­signed to de­liver an en­hanced ex­pe­ri­ence for GIMP files.

Krita 3.1.3 was re­leased in early

May. And now, it’s al­ready time for the new re­lease. The new mi­nor up­date has im­proved the loading time of GIMP 2.9 files. The file for­mat used to crash while at­tempt­ing to quickly cy­cle through lay­ers that con­tained a colour tag.

It is worth not­ing that the GIMP 2.9 file for­mat is not of­fi­cially sup­ported by Krita. Nev­er­the­less, its de­vel­op­ment team has fixed the crash­ing is­sue in v3.1.4.

With the new ver­sion of Krita, you can no longer hide the tem­plate se­lec­tor in the ‘New Im­age’ di­a­logue box. But the menu en­tries in the macro recorder plugin in Krita are still vis­i­ble. How­ever, you can ex­pect them to be re­moved in sub­se­quent up­dates.

Krita 3.1.4 also has a patch for the crash that oc­curs while at­tempt­ing to play an an­i­ma­tion with the OpenGL op­tion ac­tive.

Among the list of other mi­nor bug fixes, Krita has fixed a crash that could oc­cur dur­ing clos­ing the last view on the last doc­u­ment. Krita 3.1.4 also im­proves ren­der­ing of an­i­ma­tion frames.

Krita 3.1.4 with its bug fixes is a sta­bil­ity re­lease that is a rec­om­mended up­date for all users. The lat­est ver­sion is avail­able for Linux, Win­dows and MacOS on the of­fi­cial web­site.

Hap­pi­est Minds en­ters open source world by ac­quir­ing OSSCube

Hap­pi­est Minds Tech­nolo­gies, a Ben­galuru-head­quar­tered emerg­ing IT com­pany, has ac­quired US-based dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion en­tity OSSCube. The new de­vel­op­ment is aimed to help the In­dian com­pany en­ter the mar­ket of en­ter­prise open source so­lu­tions and ex­pand its pres­ence in the US.

With the lat­est deal, Hap­pi­est Minds is set to widen its port­fo­lio of dig­i­tal of­fer­ings and strengthen its business in North Amer­ica, the mar­ket that OSSCube is fo­cused on. The team of 240 from OSSCube will now be a part of Hap­pi­est Minds. The ac­qui­si­tion will bring the to­tal work­force of Hap­pi­est Minds to 2,400 and its ac­tive cus­tomer base to 170.

“We are de­lighted to wel­come the OSSCube team into the Hap­pi­est Minds fam­ily,” said Ashok Soota, ex­ec­u­tive chair­man, Hap­pi­est Minds, in a joint state­ment.

Founded in 2008 by In­dian en­trepreneurs La­vanya Ras­togi and Vi­neet Agar­wal, OSSCube is one of the lead­ing open source com­pa­nies around the globe. It is an ex­clu­sive en­ter­prise part­ner for the open source plat­form Pim­core in North Amer­ica. Apart from the open source de­vel­op­ments, the com­pany re­cently ex­panded the ver­ti­cals it op­er­ates in to in­clude the cloud, Big Data, e-com­merce and en­ter­prise mo­bil­ity.

“Com­ing to­gether with Hap­pi­est Minds of­fers us the scale, global reach, com­ple­men­tary skills and ex­per­tise, en­abling us to of­fer ever more in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions to our global cus­tomers. We be­lieve that the great cul­tural fit,

mar­ket­place syn­er­gies, and crit­i­cal mass of con­sult­ing and IP-led of­fer­ings will unlock tremen­dous value for all our stake­hold­ers,” said La­vanya Ras­togi, co­founder and CEO, OSSCube.

Ras­togi will join Hap­pi­est Minds’ DTES business as the CEO. The Hous­ton, Texas-based OSSCube will op­er­ate as a sub­sidiary of Hap­pi­est Minds. This is not the first ac­qui­si­tion by Hap­pi­est Minds. The In­dian com­pany has al­ready bought out IoT ser­vices startup, Cupola Tech­nol­ogy, this year.

With all these de­vel­op­ments, Hap­pi­est Minds is mov­ing for­ward to be­come the fastest In­dian IT ser­vices com­pany to reach a turnover of US$ 100 mil­lion. The com­pany is also in plans to go pub­lic within the next three years.

Hap­pi­est Minds presently op­er­ates in Aus­tralia, the Mid­dle East, USA, UK and the Nether­lands. It of­fers do­main-cen­tric so­lu­tions ap­ply­ing skills, IP and func­tional ex­per­tise in IT ser­vices, prod­uct en­gi­neer­ing, in­fra­struc­ture man­age­ment and se­cu­rity us­ing tech­nolo­gies such as Big Data an­a­lyt­ics, In­ter­net of Things, mo­bil­ity, the cloud, and uni­fied com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

Mi­crosoft’s Cog­ni­tive Tool­kit 2.0 de­buts with open source neu­ral li­brary Keras

Mi­crosoft’s deep learn­ing and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI) so­lu­tion, Cog­ni­tive Tool­kit, has reached ver­sion 2.0. The new up­date is de­signed to han­dle pro­duc­tion-grade and en­ter­prise-grade deep learn­ing work­loads.

To en­able the de­vel­op­ments around deep learn­ing ap­pli­ca­tions, Cog­ni­tive Tool­kit 2.0 sup­ports Keras, an open source neu­ral net­work­ing li­brary. The lat­est in­te­gra­tion helps de­vel­op­ers re­ceive a faster and more re­li­able deep learn­ing plat­form with­out any code changes.

Chris Ba­solu, a part­ner en­gi­neer­ing man­ager at Mi­crosoft — who has been play­ing a key role in de­vel­op­ing the Cog­ni­tive Tool­kit builds — has tweaked the ex­ist­ing tools to make them ac­ces­si­ble to en­thu­si­asts with ba­sic pro­gram­ming skills. There are also cus­tomi­sa­tions avail­able for highly-skilled de­vel­op­ers who are all set to ac­cel­er­ate train­ing for their own deep neu­ral net­works with large-sized data sets and across mul­ti­ple servers.

Cog­ni­tive Tool­kit 2.0 sup­ports the lat­est ver­sions of NVIDIA Deep Learn­ing SDK and ad­vanced GPUs like NVIDIA Volta.

In ad­di­tion to the Keras sup­port, the lat­est Cog­ni­tive Tool­kit comes with model eval­u­a­tions us­ing Java bind­ings. There are also a few other tools that com­press trained mod­els in real-time. The new ver­sion is ca­pa­ble of com­press­ing mod­els even on re­source-con­strained de­vices such as smart­phones and em­bed­ded hardware.

Mi­crosoft has de­signed the AI so­lu­tion af­ter ob­serv­ing the prob­lems faced or­gan­i­sa­tions rang­ing from smart star­tups to large tech com­pa­nies, gov­ern­ment agencies and NGOs. The team, led by Ba­solu, aims to make the ma­jor Cog­ni­tive Tool­kit fea­tures ac­ces­si­ble to a wider au­di­ence.

De­vel­op­ers work­ing with the pre­vi­ous re­lease are rec­om­mended to up­grade to the lat­est Mi­crosoft Cog­ni­tive Tool­kit 2.0. You can find the code for the lat­est ver­sion on a GitHub repos­i­tory.

Rasp­berry Pi 3 can now mon­i­tor vi­tal health signs

Ben­galuru-based hardware startup Pro­toCen­tral has launched a mul­ti­pa­ram­e­ter pa­tient mon­i­tor­ing add-on for Rasp­berry Pi 3. Called HealthyPi,

the new de­vel­op­ment of­fers you a com­pletely open source so­lu­tion for mon­i­tor­ing vi­tal health signs.

The HealthyPi board comes with an At­mel ATSAMD21 Cor­tex-M0 MCU that is com­pat­i­ble with Ar­duino Zero, and can mon­i­tor health signs like ECG and res­pi­ra­tion. Ad­di­tion­ally, there is a pulse oxime­try front-end along with an LED driver and 22-bit ADC. The board in­cludes a three-elec­trode ca­ble that has a but­ton and stereo con­nec­tor.

Through the avail­able 40-pin header con­nec­tor, HealthyPi can con­nect with your Rasp­berry Pi 3. There is also a USB CDC de­vice in­ter­face and UART con­nec­tor that en­ables con­nec­tiv­ity with an ex­ter­nal blood pres­sure mod­ule.

It is worth not­ing here that the HealthyPi is not yet a cer­ti­fied med­i­cal de­vice.

Mi­crosoft Azure gets an open source tool to stream­line Ku­ber­netes de­vel­op­ments

Mi­crosoft has an­nounced the first open source de­vel­oper tool for Azure.

Called Draft, the new tool is de­signed to help de­vel­op­ers cre­ate cloud-na­tive ap­pli­ca­tions on Ku­ber­netes.

Draft lets de­vel­op­ers get started with con­tainer-based ap­pli­ca­tions with­out any knowl­edge of Ku­ber­netes or Docker. There is no need to even in­stall ei­ther of the two con­tainer-cen­tric so­lu­tions to be­gin with the lat­est tool.

“Draft tar­gets the ‘in­ner loop’ of a de­vel­oper’s work­flow — while de­vel­op­ers write code and it­er­ate, but be­fore they com­mit changes to ver­sion con­trol,” said Gabe Mon­roy, the lead project man­ager for con­tain­ers on Mi­crosoft Azure, in a blog post. Draft uses a sim­ple de­tec­tion script that helps in iden­ti­fy­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion lan­guage. There­after, it writes out sim­ple Docker files and a Ku­ber­netes Helm chart into the source tree to be­gin its ac­tion. De­vel­op­ers can also cus­tomise Draft us­ing con­fig­urable packs.

The Azure team has specif­i­cally built Draft to sup­port lan­guages that in­clude Python, Java, Node.js, Ruby GO and PHP. The tool can be used for stream­lin­ing any ap­pli­ca­tion or ser­vice. Be­sides, it is well-op­ti­mised for a re­mote Ku­ber­netes clus­ter.

Mon­roy, who joined Mi­crosoft as a part of the re­cent Deis ac­qui­si­tion, high­lighted that hack­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion us­ing Draft is as sim­ple as typ­ing ‘draft up’ on the screen. The com­mand de­ploys the build in a de­vel­op­ment en­vi­ron­ment us­ing the Helm chart.

The over­all pack­ag­ing of the tool is sim­i­lar to Plat­form-as-a-Ser­vice (PaaS) sys­tems such as Cloud Foundry and Deis. How­ever, it is not iden­ti­cal to build-ori­ented PaaS due to its abil­ity to con­struct con­tin­u­ous in­te­gra­tion (CI) pipe­lines.

You can ac­cess Draft and its en­tire code as well as doc­u­men­ta­tion from GitHub. The tool needs to spin up a Ku­ber­netes Clus­ter on ACS to kick­start the new ex­pe­ri­ence.

Toy­ota starts de­ploy­ing Au­to­mo­tive Grade Linux

While Ap­ple’s CarPlay and Google’s An­droid Auto are yet to gain trac­tion, Toy­ota has given a big push to Au­to­mo­tive Grade Linux (AGL) and launched the 2018 Toy­ota Camry as its first ve­hi­cle with the open source in-car so­lu­tion. The Ja­panese com­pany is set to launch an AGL-based in­fo­tain­ment plat­form across its en­tire new port­fo­lio of cars later this year.

“The flex­i­bil­ity of the AGL plat­form al­lows us to quickly roll out Toy­ota’s in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem across our ve­hi­cle line-up, pro­vid­ing cus­tomers with greater con­nec­tiv­ity and new func­tion­al­i­ties at a pace that is more con­sis­tent with con­sumer

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