Unexplored Territory

Duncan Epping, Frank Denneman, Johan van Amersfoort

The Unexplored Territory Podcast is a bi-weekly show discussing topics such as cloud computing, virtualization, cloud-native applications, Kubernetes, machine learning, datacenter technology, and important VMware based or VMware related emerging technologies and news. The show is hosted by Duncan Epping, Frank Denneman, and Johan van Amersfoort and each episode will feature an industry-leading expert to dive deep into their area of expertise.

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#072 - Chris Gully and the rise of Small Language Models
6d ago
#072 - Chris Gully and the rise of Small Language Models
SummaryChris Gully discusses his current role in the new Broadcom organization and highlights of his career. He emphasizes the importance of staying relevant in the technology industry and the value of working with cool and smart people. The conversation then shifts to the topic of small language models (SLMs) and their role in the landscape of gen AI applications. Gully explains that SLMs offer a more progressive approach to working with large language models (LLMs) and enable more efficient and scalable deployments. The discussion also touches on the components of gen AI applications, the need for right-sizing models, and the challenges of scalability and efficiency. Gully highlights the importance of data and its role in driving business outcomes through AI. The conversation concludes with a discussion on the benefits and limitations of fine-tuning LLMs and the potential future of SLMs. The conversation explores the concept of SLMs (Small Language Models) and their role in AI development. It discusses the advantages of SLMs over LLMs (Large Language Models) regarding efficiency, optimization, and governance. The conversation also touches on the challenges of infrastructure management and resource allocation in AI deployments. It highlights the importance of right-sizing workloads, distributing workloads across data centers, and maximizing resource utilization. The conversation concludes with a discussion on the future trends in machine learning and AI, including advancements in math and the need for accessible and efficient technology.LinksVMware's Approach to Private AIMicrosoft Phi-2 - The surprising power of small language modelsMixtralMixtral on HuggingFaceTakeawaysStaying relevant in the technology industry is crucial for career success.Small language models (SLMs) offer a more efficient and scalable approach to working with large language models (LLMs).Data is the most important and untapped asset for organizations, and leveraging it through AI can drive business outcomes.Scalability and efficiency are key challenges in deploying gen AI applications.Fine-tuning LLMs can enhance their precision and reduce the need for extensive training.The future of SLMs may involve dynamic training and efficient distribution to support evolving business needs. SLMs offer advantages in terms of efficiency, optimization, and governance compared to LLMs.Infrastructure management and resource allocation are crucial in AI deployments.Right-sizing workloads and maximizing resource utilization are key considerations.Future trends in machine learning and AI include advancements in math and the need for accessible and efficient technology.Follow us on X for updates and news about upcoming episodes: https://x.com/UnexploredPod.Last but not least, make sure to hit that subscribe button and share the episode with your friends and colleagues!Disclaimer: The thoughts and opinions shared in this podcast are our own/guest(s), and not necessarily those of Broadcom or VMware by Broadcom.
#071 - Developer Experience & Spring with DaShaun Carter
Apr 1 2024
#071 - Developer Experience & Spring with DaShaun Carter
In this new episode of the Unexplored Territory Podcast, DaShaun Carter, a Spring Developer Advocate at VMware Tanzu and Broadcom, discusses his career highlights, his home lab setup, and his passion for Spring. He explains the concept of developer experience and how Spring and Tanzu contribute to it. DaShaun also highlights the innovations in Spring, such as AOT processing and native images, and their impact on use cases. He discusses the relationship between the open source aspect of Spring and the closed source solutions in the Tanzu portfolio. Finally, he explores the importance of developer experience in platform engineering. In this conversation, DaShaun and Johan discuss the importance of collaboration between developers and platform engineers, the value of Spring for platform engineers, the role of AI in developer experience and Spring, interesting topics for the VMware Explore conference, and where to learn more about Spring and open source.TakeawaysSpring and Tanzu provide an easy and efficient developer experience, allowing developers to focus on solving problems and delivering software.Innovations in Spring, such as AOT processing and native images, enable the deployment of enterprise-grade workloads on low-cost devices and at scale.The open source aspect of Spring allows flexibility and choice for customers, while the commercial solutions in the Tanzu portfolio provide additional support and 24/7 access to experts.Developer experience plays a crucial role in platform engineering, as it attracts developers to the platform and enables efficient onboarding and deployment processes. Collaboration between developers and platform engineers is crucial for successful software delivery.Platform teams should build relationships with developers and continuously iterate on meeting their needs.Spring provides enterprise-grade, production-ready tools and frameworks that make the life of platform engineers easier.AI is becoming increasingly important in the developer experience, and Spring AI provides an abstraction layer for consuming AI models.Interesting topics for the VMware Explorer conference include overcoming obstacles in software delivery, cost-saving solutions, and success stories.To learn more about Spring and open source, connect with DaShaun on X, YouTube, and LinkedIn, and check out the Spring Office Hours show.Follow us on X for updates and news about upcoming episodes: https://x.com/UnexploredPod.Last but not least, make sure to hit that subscribe button and share the episode with your friends and colleagues!Disclaimer: The thoughts and opinions shared in this podcast are our own/guest(s), and not necessarily those of Broadcom or VMware by Broadcom.
#055 - VMware Explore 2023 US Special featuring Raghu Raghuram, Chris Wolf, Amanda Blevins, and many others!
Aug 29 2023
#055 - VMware Explore 2023 US Special featuring Raghu Raghuram, Chris Wolf, Amanda Blevins, and many others!
Another VMware Explore Conference is in the books. Our hosts were in Las Vegas to present, attend, and enjoy the conference, but also to let you experience some of the buzz that was going on. In a packed episode, we have 6 different guests to talk about the biggest VMware conference in the world:Doug Rickets (Synology) - A conversation about Synology and how they provide solutions for customers with different use cases.Anthony Spiteri - A conversation about the Boston Dynamics Spot and why Veeam brought it to VMware Explore.Raghu Raghuram - A conversation about the event, the general session, and the partnership with NVIDIAAmanda Blevins - A conversation about edge computing and the showcase innovation keynote.Charles Cockshoot - A conversation about edge compute stack and the police car use caseChris Wolf - A conversation about his new role and how it impacted the content that was presented.If you would like to check the sessions that have been mentioned in the interviews, check these:CODEB2757LV - State of Union for VMware Home LabsK2906LV - Technology Innovation ShowcaseVIB2123LV - Leveraging LLMs for Enterprise Use Cases - Are You Ready for ChatGPT?CEIB1101LV - Tech Deep Dive: vSAN 8 ESA - Performance and Resilience Without CompromiseEUSB2527LV - Data Science Deep Dive in Anywhere Workspace, and What AI Means for EUCFollow us on Twitter for updates and news about upcoming episodes: https://twitter.com/UnexploredPod.Last but not least, make sure to hit that subscribe button, rate where ever possible, and share the episode with your friends and colleagues!Disclaimer: The thoughts and opinions shared in this podcast are our own/guest(s), and not necessarily those of Broadcom or VMware by Broadcom.