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December 2022


From The Eponymous Pickle

Race to the Moon?

Race to the Moon?

 I continue to be interested in the supply chain processes involved.

China and NASA are racing to the moon. Side-by-side photos hint NASA has the edge, but China's secrecy makes the race hard to call.    By Morgan McFall-Johnsen…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Fusion Power Still Years Away

Fusion Power Still Years Away

Years Away most followers agree ... 

Fusion power is 'approaching' reality thanks to a magnetic field breakthrough

A boost from magnetism is nearly enough to achieve fusion ignition.

By Jon Fingas|@jonfingas|November 30, 2022 2:52…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Breaking the Scaling Limits of Analog Optical Computing

Breaking the Scaling Limits of Analog Optical Computing

 Reducing error in optical networks 

Breaking the Scaling Limits of Analog Computing   By MIT News, November 30, 2022

Using the new technique, the larger an optical neural network becomes, the lower the error in its computations…


From The Eponymous Pickle

An AI-first Approach to Accelerating Autonomous Trucking

An AI-first Approach to Accelerating Autonomous Trucking

Of interest, December 7 

Reminder: December 7 Talk, "An AI-first Approach to Accelerating Autonomous Trucking" with Raquel Urtasun, Founder and CEO of Waabi

If you haven't done so yet, register now  for the next free ACM TechTalk…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mexico Replacing China for Manufacturing?

Mexico Replacing China for Manufacturing?

Mentioned in passing in a meeting, this related Podcast of interest:

THE SCB PODCAST

Podcast | Can Mexico Replace China as a Manufacturing Powerhouse?

China is losing its luster as a low-cost source of manufacturing. Is Mexico an…


From Schneier on Security

LastPass Security Breach

LastPass Security Breach

The company was hacked, and customer information accessed. No passwords were compromised.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Would You Like a QR Code in That Cookie? Food and 3D Printing

Would You Like a QR Code in That Cookie?  Food and 3D Printing

Waste Reduction embedded, 3D printed.

Would You Like a QR Code in That Cookie?  By AlphaGalileo, October 19, 2022

Given that food tags and packaging are a large source of waste worldwide, this new method of embedding edible information…


From insideHPC

SC22: CXL3.0, the Future of HPC Interconnects and Frontier vs. Fugaku

SC22: CXL3.0, the Future of HPC Interconnects and Frontier vs. Fugaku

HPC luminary Jack Dongarra’s fascinating comments at SC22 on the low efficiency of leadership-class supercomputers highlighted by the latest High Performance Conjugate Gradients (HPCG) benchmark results will, I believe, influence…


From insideHPC

SC22: Jeff McVeigh on Intel’s 3 New Server Chips; oneAPI and Heterogeneity; and an Aurora Update

SC22: Jeff McVeigh on Intel’s 3 New Server Chips; oneAPI and Heterogeneity; and an Aurora Update

We caught up with Jeff McVeigh, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Super Compute Group, to learn more about the three new server chips Intel recently announced, the Max CPU and the Max GPU series, along with…


From insideHPC

At SC22: DDN’s Kurt Kuckein Talks Advanced AI Data Management at Scale

At SC22: DDN’s Kurt Kuckein Talks Advanced AI Data Management at Scale

At SC22, we caught up with DDN Senior Vice President of Marketing to discuss major trends driving AI data management at scale – trends that include growing adoption of GPUs for AI workloads, the emergence of other accelerator…


From BLOG@CACM

The Legacy of Peer-to-Peer Systems

The Legacy of Peer-to-Peer Systems

What happened to peer-to-peer as a technological concept?      


From Computational Complexity

How do we keep the community connected?

A colleague said how they enjoyed watching the collapse of Twitter under Elon Musk. But I use Twitter to keep connected to the CS community. In Twitter I hear not only new results but ones that excite particular people. I watch…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Will the Space Economy Change the World?

How Will the Space Economy Change the World?

 Good overview of Space and Economy. Not enough regards the timing and risks involved.  And how will key aspects, like supply chains,  be effectively translated into Space?  Note we need to do a key materials analysis to determine…


From insideHPC

Tokyo University of Science: Research Using Data Science, Materials Informatics May Lead to Better EV Motors

Tokyo University of Science: Research Using Data Science, Materials Informatics May Lead to Better EV Motors

Dec. 1, 2022 — Tokyo University of Science today said researchers have combined several disciplines to investigate coercity, which is the physical property of magnetic materials that has the potential to advance electric car …


From insideHPC

Oak Ridge Lab and Veterans Affairs Use Summit Supercomputer Security Framework for Health Research

Oak Ridge Lab and Veterans Affairs Use Summit Supercomputer Security Framework for Health Research

Dec. 1, 2022 — A team from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) used the CITADEL security framework to securely transfer and analyze veterans’ health records on ORNL’s Summit, an…


From Schneier on Security

Sirius XM Software Vulnerability

Sirius XM Software Vulnerability

This is new:

Newly revealed research shows that a number of major car brands, including Honda, Nissan, Infiniti, and Acura, were affected by a previously undisclosed security bug that would have allowed a savvy hacker to hijack…


From insideHPC

Argonne Researchers Win Gordon Bell Special Prize for Using Language Models to Track Virus Variants

Argonne Researchers Win Gordon Bell Special Prize for Using Language Models to Track Virus Variants

Nov. 29, 2022 — Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and a team of collaborators have won the Association for Computing Machinery’s 2022 Gordon Bell Special Prize for High Performance…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quantum Computers and Liquid-Like Electrons

Quantum Computers and Liquid-Like Electrons

 New idea to me.

Quantum Computing May be Bolstered by Liquid-Like Electrons,  By Tom's Hardware

November 1, 2022

When electrons are made to act in what’s known as a “helical Tomonaga-Luttinger liquid,” there are fewer particleExperiments…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Book on Synthetic Data

New Book on Synthetic Data

The data is most often,  the thing.    Look forward to taking a look.

New Book: Synthetic Data

Published on November 28, 2022, By Vincent Granville

Author of Intuitive Machine Learning and Explainable AI.

84 articles

Synthetic data…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Predictive Database for Materials

Predictive Database for Materials

Materials science becoming increasingly important

 Nanoengineers Develop Predictive Database for Materials

UC San Diego Today, Emerson Dameron, November 28, 2022

The M3GNet algorithm developed by nanoengineers at the Universitythe…


From The Eponymous Pickle

San Francisco to allow police 'killer robots'

San Francisco to allow police 'killer robots'

 Depending on the definition, doubt this. 

San Francisco to allow police 'killer robots'   in the BBC

By Ben Derico & James Clayton,  BBC News, San Francisco

San Francisco's ruling Board of Supervisors has voted to let the city's…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Announces an A/B Testing Service

Alexa Announces an A/B Testing Service

Could have used this.

Announcing the general availability of the Alexa A/B testing service

Staff Writer Sep 30, 2022

The Alexa Skills A/B testing service, which allows skill builders to make informed design choices is generallyIn…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Defense Industry Challenges

Defense Industry Challenges

The business of defending,

This is the first in a series of articles about the inflation challenge within the defense industry.

Inflation continues to run above historical averages. The general public is feeling the pinch, with…