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September 2021


From insideHPC

Cerebras Alliance Offers CS-2 AI Supercomputer as Cloud Service

Cerebras Alliance Offers CS-2 AI Supercomputer as Cloud Service

High performance AI chip maker Cerebras, maker of the Wafer-Scale Engine, the world’s largest computer chip, today announced Cerebras Cloud @ Cirrascale, delivering its AI accelerator as a cloud service. The alliance combines…


From insideHPC

Human Brain Project’s EBRAINS Shares Laptop-to-Supercomputer Brain Simulator

Human Brain Project’s EBRAINS Shares Laptop-to-Supercomputer Brain Simulator

EBRAINS, a new digital research infrastructure set up by the EU-funded Human Brain Project, has made available a brain simulation software, called NEST 3, for use in fields such as neuroscience and robotics. NEST 3 is designed…


From insideHPC

Indian Institute of Tech, Max-Born Institut Team Say Graphene Valleytrionics Could Enable Room Temperature Quantum

Indian Institute of Tech, Max-Born Institut Team Say Graphene Valleytrionics Could Enable Room Temperature Quantum

A research team from the Indian Institute of Technology and Max-Born Institute of Germany have published a study on a novel approach for encoding quantum information: valleytronics. Aside from their charge, electrons have another…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Better Fusion Power with AI

Better Fusion Power with AI

More moves towards fusion.

Can AI Make a Better Fusion Reactor? Nuclear physics may be one of machine learning's newest frontiers  Rebecca Sohn

Since the 1940s, physicists have tried, but no one has yet created an efficient nuclear…


From The Eponymous Pickle

McKinsey On Autonomous Plants

McKinsey On Autonomous Plants

The autonomous plant: Entering a new digital era  

September 10, 2021 | Article  McKinsey

By Gopal Chakrabarti, Dominik Don, Micah Smith, and Premal Vora

The autonomous plant: Entering a new digital era

The requirements of the energy…


From insideHPC

CoolIT Systems Launches High-Density HPC and HCI Servers with Gigabyte

CoolIT Systems Launches High-Density HPC and HCI Servers with Gigabyte

Calgary, Alberta. September 16, 2021 – CoolIT Systems Inc., a maker of modular, scalable data center liquid cooling technology, has announced a joint product launch with GIGABYTE Technology, maker of high-performance servers …


From insideHPC

ALCF, IIT Team Develops Benchmark for Scientific Deep Learning Efficiency

ALCF, IIT Team Develops Benchmark for Scientific Deep Learning Efficiency

The emergence of deep learning techniques has provided a new tool for accelerating scientific exploration and discoveries. A group of researchers from the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) and the Illinois Institute…


From insideHPC

HPC/AI in the Spotlight: Jensen Huang Named to Time Magazine’s Most Influential People List

HPC/AI in the Spotlight: Jensen Huang Named to Time Magazine’s Most Influential People List

Estranged royalty, movie stars and Olympic athletes have influence, sure, but if you want to build a list of people with lasting impact then Time magazine got it right when it named Jensen Huang to its list of the 100 most influential…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Italian Data Protection Authority Queries Smart Glasses

Italian Data Protection Authority Queries Smart Glasses

 I thought there might be some regulatory push back on Facebook smart glasses that gather and store data and images, here perhaps the first case.    

Italy Data Authority Asks Facebook for Clarifications on Smart Glasses

Reuters…


From insideHPC

DOE Funds $13M Project for Adapting Scientific Software for HPC

DOE Funds $13M Project for Adapting Scientific Software for HPC

A project involving researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and national lab and academic collaborators has received U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding as part of an effort to adapt scientific software…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Upcoming Oct 19 deadline for NSF Graduate Research Fellowships: Applicants and Reviewers encouraged

Upcoming Oct 19 deadline for NSF Graduate Research Fellowships: Applicants and Reviewers encouraged

The following is a letter to the community from Margaret Martonosi (Assistant Director) and JD Kundu (Deputy Assistant Director) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate of Computer & Information Science & Engineering…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Whats Foundational AI?

Whats Foundational AI?

We worked with Stanford in the early days of AI.  Can't we all get along?  I like the idea of using foundational definitions to decide what to emphasize on next.  

A Stanford Proposal Over AI's 'Foundations' Ignites Debate  By…


From insideHPC

Arqit and Juniper Networks in Alliance to Address Quantum Security Threats to Networks

Arqit and Juniper Networks in Alliance to Address Quantum Security Threats to Networks

London – September 15, 2021 – Arqit Quantum Inc. (“Arqit”), developer of quantum encryption technology and Juniper Networks, maker of AI-driven networks, have signed a ‘Technology Alliance Partner Connect’ agreement to explore…


From insideHPC

SDSC Houses Novel Metabolomics Data Repository

SDSC Houses Novel Metabolomics Data Repository

September 14, 2021 — How is the “normal” resting heart rate determined? How does the American Diabetes Association establish the “normal” fasting glucose value? Understanding these “normal” ranges for metabolism is complex, especially…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Detecting Computer Generated Faces

Detecting Computer Generated Faces

Schneier points us to this effort, detecting artificial human faces.  Technical details interesting. 

A way to spot computer-generated faces   by Bob Yirka , Tech Xplore

Anatomy structures of a human eye. Bottom: Examples of pupils…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Study on Aging Workforce and Robotics

Study on Aging Workforce and Robotics

Makes sense. How do we make such uses most efficient?   Teach both to collaborate well. Have my own ideas on that, lets collaborate. 

Robots Readily Adopted In the Aging Workplace, Study Finds   By MIT News  in CACM

Robots are"Demographic…


From Schneier on Security

Identifying Computer-Generated Faces

Identifying Computer-Generated Faces

It’s the eyes:

The researchers note that in many cases, users can simply zoom in on the eyes of a person they suspect may not be real to spot the pupil irregularities. They also note that it would not be difficult to write software…


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

ACM-W Rising Star Award Nominations Open!

ACM-W Rising Star Award Nominations Open!

ACM-W Rising Star Award Nominations Open! Nominations are due by October 30, 2021. The ACM-W Rising Star Award is an award that recognize as woman whose early-career research has had a significant impact on the computing discipline…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Autonomous Robotic Excavator

Autonomous Robotic Excavator

Impressive.

Autonomous Walking Excavator Can Build Walls, Dig Trenches  By New Scientist

A construction vehicle can operate autonomously on rough terrain, thanks to a team of Swiss-German engineers that adapted a walking excavator…


From insideHPC

Sandia: New 3D-imaging Workflow Could Certify HPC Materials Simulations

Sandia: New 3D-imaging Workflow Could Certify HPC Materials Simulations

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories researchers have announced they have created a method of processing 3D images for computer simulations that could have beneficial implications for several industries, including…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Passwordless Accounts

Microsoft Passwordless Accounts

 With the introduction of Microsoft 11 in October.   How secure is this, looking further?  MS has not had a good record of security lately. Will be challenged.  If so quite a coup.  Following up.

Microsoft accounts no longer need…


From insideHPC

Amphenol: 112Gb/s Interconnect with eTopus Products for IP Solutions

Amphenol: 112Gb/s Interconnect with eTopus Products for IP Solutions

San Jose, Sept. 14, 2021 – Amphenol ICC, the global leader in connector technology, design and manufacturing, and eTopus Technology, a pioneer of ultra-high-speed ADC/DSP-based SerDes for wireline applications including data …


From insideHPC

Let’s Talk Exascale: How Flux Software Manages Supercomputing Workflows

Let’s Talk Exascale: How Flux Software Manages Supercomputing Workflows

This episode of the Exascale Computing Project‘s Let’s Talk Exascale podcast series delves into a software framework developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), called Flux, which is widely used for scheduling…


From insideHPC

Penguin Wins 2 DOD HPC Modernization Deals Worth $68M

Penguin Wins 2 DOD HPC Modernization Deals Worth $68M

cloud computingFremont, Calif. – September 14, 2021 – HPC and AI company Penguin Computing, Inc., a division of SMART Global Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: SGH), today announced that it has been awarded two contracts totaling $68M from the Department…


From insideHPC

How the Sea Slug Could Help Make AI Smarter

How the Sea Slug Could Help Make AI Smarter

If you’ve seen “My Octopus Teacher” you know how intelligent creatures of the deep can be. Now comes research from Purdue University indicating that the sea slug, a most basic and simple of sea animals, may help AI hardware get…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Marketplace Sellers

Amazon Marketplace Sellers

 Was unaware of the growth of these.

Amazon marketplace sellers are becoming retail giants

Plus additional expert comments ...

Amazon marketplace sellers are becoming retail giants

Sep 13, 2021,  by Tom Ryan

Thrasio, the largest aggregator…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Seeing the way we do

Seeing the way we do

New ways of perceptive seeing, now with Texture and Shape

GLOM: Teaching Computers to See the Way(s) We Do  By John Delaney,  Commissioned by CACM Staff   September 14, 2021

At the virtual Collision technology  earlier this year…


From insideHPC

Kinetica Fuses Streaming and Contextual Analysis

Kinetica Fuses Streaming and Contextual Analysis

ARLINGTON, VA (September 14, 2021) – Kinetica, the database for time and space, today announced native integration with Kafka and an API Key integration with Confluent, the platform for data in motion. Kinetica is now the second…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Prepare for your Quantum Future

Prepare for your Quantum Future

To understand it, certainly.

Now Is the Time to Prepare for the Quantum Computing Revolution

By TechRepublic, August 27, 2020  in CACM

Christopher Savoie is CEO and co-founder of Zapata Computing, a quantum application company.

In…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Palm Scanning Moves outside Retail

Amazon Palm Scanning Moves outside Retail

 Palm scanning  is apparently a successful means of quick secure ID outside retail: 

Amazon One’s palm-scanning tech makes first move into entertainment venues in TheVerge

Launching at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre   By James…

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