Inside Xbox is Back with Its First New Episode of 2019 – Xbox Wire

Inside Xbox returns Tuesday, February 5 at 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET with an all-new episode featuring exclusive news, content, reveals, interviews and footage you won’t see anywhere else!

With the February 15 release of Crackdown 3 available with Xbox Game Pass and on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, you can expect it to take center stage in the February episode of Inside Xbox. We’ll have Creative Director of Crackdown 3, Joseph Staten, on hand to divulge details on the game’s campaign mode and more.

And that’s just the start! We’ve got reveals and new info to share on Mortal Kombat 11, The Division 2, Sea of Thieves, Astroneer, Journey to the Savage Planet, Jump Force, Metro Exodus, and of course, Xbox Game Pass and bunch of news under lock and key so be sure to tune in on Tuesday, February 5.

You will find the show live on Mixer, Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. We want you to watch the show where you want to watch it, but we hope you’ll check us out on Mixer for some exclusive behind-the-scenes content and a super-top-secret MixPot that will give you free stuff just for logging in. We’ll have more details on these exciting (and did we mention free?!?) giveaways before the show airs, but if you don’t already have a Mixer account, now’s the perfect time to head over to our streaming service on your Xbox, PC or mobile device and get logged in with your Microsoft account so that you’re all set on show day.

Set your alarm for Tuesday, February 5 at 2 p.m PT / 5 p.m. ET. See you then!

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France, HPE are building Europe’s most powerful AI supercomputer

France is building a supercomputer designed to handle AI workloads, as well as traditional high-performance computing applications.

It may well be the largest AI supercomputer in Europe, and one that points to future configurations in high-performance computing (HPC). The just announced Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) system, named Jean Zay after a World War II French resistance hero, is expected to be put into production in October 2019.

The AI supercomputer will rely on a high number of graphics processing units (GPUs), as well as flash storage. The Jean Zay also gets France closer to becoming a leader in AI research and industrial development, a goal that the French government set last year.

“This supercomputer is vital,” said Stéphane Requena, director of innovation at GENCI, the government-backed research organization that spearheads HPC computing in France, in an email. “It will target first more than 300 French researchers, developing and scaling out new AI models, and then more than 1,000 researchers using deep learning and machine learning.”

Pulling back the curtain

The design for supercomputers is shifting rapidly to support mixed use applications, or converged systems, that support both traditional HPC and AI workloads. The Jean Zay will have 1,789 compute nodes with two sockets each with 20 cores to equal 71,560 Intel Xeon CPU cores. It will also have 261 nodes with four Nvidia Tesla V100 GPUs, which HPE said will total 1.33 million cores.

“The French supercomputer has a somewhat unique configuration with the extra GPUs, which gives more weight to it being dedicated to artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning” applications, said Dan Olds, HPC analyst and partner at consulting firm OrionX.

France’s system will have four GPUs per node, which is double and sometimes more than double the GPUs found in a typical HPC system, according to Olds. Multi-GPU support is “the most obvious characteristic for a machine that is going to be utilized for AI,” he said.

This supercomputer is vital.
Stéphane Requenadirector of innovation, GENCI

GPUs, processing chips that grew out of the video game industry, use parallel processing power for computationally intensive tasks, which include AI-related applications.

The system will also use flash storage with read/write capability of more than 300 GB per second from storage provider DataDirect Networks.

The French AI supercomputer will have a theoretical peak performance of 14 petaflops, which would put it around the 20th most powerful supercomputer in the world, according to the most recent Top500 supercomputer listing.

As of November, the globe’s leading supercomputer on the Top500 list is IBM’s Summit, which has 9,200 IBM Power9 CPUs and 27,650 Nvidia Volta GPUs. This computer has a peak performance of 200 petaflops and is housed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. IBM’s Summit was also designed to handle AI-specific workloads.

The French AI supercomputer

A converged system

France will use this supercomputer to boost its science research and economic development. The AI supercomputer is optimized to process large data sets to solve HPC computing problems both within the research community, as well as the public sector, such as disaster preparedness.

The role for HPE goes beyond building the AI supercomputer, according to Pierre Hoffer, HPE director of Europe, Middle East and Africa presales for HPC and AI.

HPE has created an AI marketplace in France and has developed partnerships with independent software vendors that specialize in certain technologies and industries, such as automotive and banking. HPE currently has about 15 partners but plans to expand it, as well as open it up to other countries, Hoffer said.

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Inside Xbox is Back with Its First New Episode of 2019 – Xbox Wire

Inside Xbox returns Tuesday, February 5 at 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET with an all-new episode featuring exclusive news, content, reveals, interviews and footage you won’t see anywhere else!

With the February 15 release of Crackdown 3 available with Xbox Game Pass and on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, you can expect it to take center stage in the February episode of Inside Xbox. We’ll have Creative Director of Crackdown 3, Joseph Staten, on hand to divulge details on the game’s campaign mode and more.

And that’s just the start! We’ve got reveals and new info to share on Mortal Kombat 11, The Division 2, Sea of Thieves, Astroneer, Journey to the Savage Planet, Jump Force, Metro Exodus, and of course, Xbox Game Pass and bunch of news under lock and key so be sure to tune in on Tuesday, February 5.

You will find the show live on Mixer, Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. We want you to watch the show where you want to watch it, but we hope you’ll check us out on Mixer for some exclusive behind-the-scenes content and a super-top-secret MixPot that will give you free stuff just for logging in. We’ll have more details on these exciting (and did we mention free?!?) giveaways before the show airs, but if you don’t already have a Mixer account, now’s the perfect time to head over to our streaming service on your Xbox, PC or mobile device and get logged in with your Microsoft account so that you’re all set on show day.

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Microsoft Windows Sandbox not a fit for all enterprise playgrounds

Microsoft Windows Sandbox is catching the attention of IT professionals as an easy-to-use sandboxing tool, but its usefulness might not be universal.

Sandboxes provide an instance of a desktop where IT professionals and end users can safely run certain untrusted files or programs without worrying about damaging the applications or operating systems on which they run. Windows Sandbox, which Microsoft launched at the end of 2018, is a feature within Windows 10 Enterprise and Pro.

There are a few cases where IT could take advantage of this tool in the enterprise, but experts said more robust sandboxing options may still reign supreme.

“It’s going to have some good overall impact, but I’m skeptical,” said William Rials, an IT professor at Tulane University in New Orleans. “It may be helpful for tech-savvy enterprises that don’t have the resources to set up a full sandbox, [but] I don’t see it being rolled out across the enterprise.”

Where Sandbox could be useful

Every time someone opens a Windows Sandbox, he or she gets a clean slate. And when they close the sandbox, everything they did within it is deleted. Most enterprise-level sandbox tools, such as VirtualBox, Sophos Sandstorm and Unity Security Sandbox, require a large investment in infrastructure to run the isolated files. Small organizations might not be able to afford those options, but supporting Microsoft Windows Sandbox is simpler (see sidebar).

IT does not need to create a virtual hard disk to run the sandbox. Once IT enables virtualization through BIOS, any user can enable Windows Sandbox in the Windows Features settings. The feature is then accessible through the Start menu, and the user simply drags an executable file into the Windows Sandbox window to put it to the test.

The availability of Microsoft Windows Sandbox directly in Windows 10 makes it simpler to set up and use. For instance, a developer can quickly check a line of code by right-clicking on it and running it in Windows Sandbox — an action that can be very complicated with other sandbox tools.

“To take a quick application or code change to your sandbox — create it, set it up — it’s too much sugar for a dime,” Rials said. “Developers won’t go through that effort. But if it’s quick, it’s integrated, you have more testing.”

Douglas Grosfield, president and CEO of Five Nines IT SolutionsDouglas Grosfield

IT can also work with tech-savvy employees, such as power users, to test changes to code or applications without risking issues with those users’ production desktops, said Douglas Grosfield, president and CEO of Five Nines IT Solutions, a consultancy in Kitchener, Ont.

Microsoft Windows Sandbox is particularly helpful in protecting against potentially dangerous executable files.

“Sandboxing technology in your operating system adds another layer of protection against malicious code running that will encrypt your files in the case of a ransomware attack,” Grosfield said. “It gives you a plan A.”

Sandbox puts potential damper on security

Despite the benefits of Microsoft Windows Sandbox, other sandboxing tools can offer better protection in several ways. First, they allow the user to air gap the device or network. This means that not only is the sandbox isolated from the operating system or application, but the device or network is isolated from any unsecure networks, such as public Wi-Fi.

How many enterprises are going to use it as part of their normal procedures or processes if it can’t test Windows updates?
William RialsIT professor at Tulane University

To make matters worse, end users might not fully understand the difference between the sandbox and their production desktops. They might make changes to settings or data within an app they installed in Windows Sandbox, thinking those changes will persist the next time they open the app.

The availability of Windows Sandbox directly in the OS also takes some control away from administrators. Although the ability to isolate apps is useful for IT admins, it could be risky for users to run untrusted applications not approved by IT on their desktops.

“It increases the likelihood and risk of shadow IT,” Grosfield said. “It adds to IT’s burden of responsibility in terms of monitoring and controlling users’ environments.”

Sandboxing doesn’t guarantee that a user’s system is fully protected.

Windows Sandbox is like a virtual machine, so it is designed to allow untrusted apps, said Hari Pulapaka, principal group program manager at Microsoft. However, Sandbox uses a dynamic image, so it has to access the host’s binaries to work, according to Pulapaka.

This interaction between the sandbox and the host OS raises concerns if a vulnerability appears within Microsoft Windows Sandbox, Rials said. 

William Rials, professor at Tulane UniversityWilliam Rials

“Windows Sandbox does interact with the system memory; they share some things,” Rials said. “How long before a vulnerability comes out inside the underlying operating system that allows a breakout of the sandbox?”

This host interaction also means Microsoft Windows Sandbox does not allow IT to test OS updates before rolling them out, which is a common use for sandboxes. Windows Update testing isn’t possible, because the sandbox interacts directly with system files on the host OS to run, so it can’t make changes to those files.

“It’s going to be very limiting,” Rials said. “How many enterprises are going to use it as part of their normal procedures or processes if it can’t test Windows updates?”

Sandboxing is only one piece of a larger cybersecurity strategy. IT pros shouldn’t think it safeguards them completely, Grosfield said.

“There’s no magic bullet,” he said. “Sandboxing built into the operating system [doesn’t] mean you no longer need to invest in proper endpoint protection.”

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