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December 2021


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Security and Emerging Technology Seminar Series

Security and Emerging Technology Seminar Series

On Thursday, December 16th at 4:00 PM ET, the Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CEST) will be hosting a lecture “Deconstructing China’s Vision for the Future of Warfare” as a part of their Security and Technology Seminar…


From insideHPC

Weka and HPE Launch Joint Offering for Containerized Workloads

Weka and HPE Launch Joint Offering for Containerized Workloads

CAMPBELL, Calif., December 7, 2021 –AI data platform company WekaIO (Weka) today announced it has developed a solution with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) for demanding AI and ML workloads, now available on the HPE Ezmeral …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Windows Defender with Windows 10 (latest version) Test vs Ransomware.

Windows Defender with Windows 10 (latest version) Test vs Ransomware.

Comments on the use of standard security tools for Ransomware

The PC Security Channel   162K subscribers

Windows Defender with Windows 10 (latest version) Test vs Ransomware. 

Contact us for business: https://www.thepcsecuritychannel…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Map of Quantum Computing

Map of Quantum Computing

See below, well done, below was provided by Qiskit.org

Map of Quantum computing:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UlxHPIEVqA&t=25s 

A good non technical summary of the field of quantum computing. Find out more about Qiskit at…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Volcanic Tracking in an Open Air Lab

Volcanic Tracking in an Open Air Lab

 Been monitoring global volcanic activity for some years.   Just loosely involved with monitoring the  La Palma volcanic event by looking at tracking data for current understanding and future predictions.   

Island Becomes Open…


From insideHPC

Meta Picks AWS as Strategic AI Cloud Provider

Meta Picks AWS as Strategic AI Cloud Provider

Amazon Web Services has announced that Meta (formerly Facebook) has deepened its relationship with AWS as a strategic cloud provider, using AWS’s cloud infrastructure to complement its on-premises infrastructure, and will broaden…


From insideHPC

D-Wave Launches Developer Quantum QuickStart at Q2B Conference

D-Wave Launches Developer Quantum QuickStart at Q2B Conference

BURNABY, BC — Dec. 6, 2021 – D-Wave Systems Inc., a quantum computing systems, software, and services company developing both annealing and gate-model quantum computers, today announced a new quantum acceleration bundle, the …


From insideHPC

AI Chipmaker Hailo Partners with KAGA FEI America

AI Chipmaker Hailo Partners with KAGA FEI America

SAN JOSE and TEL AVIV — December 6, 2021 – AI (Artificial Intelligence) chipmaker Hailo has partnered with KAGA FEI America, Inc. (KFAI), a global semiconductor distributor, to promote and support Hailo’s products in North America…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tales and Tests of the Faraday Bag

Tales and Tests of the Faraday Bag

 Most interesting look and test of a faraday 'bag', aka 'cage'. for security of devices in our growing world of things.     Saw this quoted in Schneier    , where he further evokes a considerable conversation.  Including asking…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tool Predicts Where Coronavirus Binds to Human Proteins

Tool Predicts Where Coronavirus Binds to Human Proteins

Computational tool for predicting binding sites.

Tool Predicts Where Coronavirus Binds to Human Proteins

Cornell Chronicle, Krishna Ramanujan, November 29, 2021

Cornell University researchers have developed a computational toolhttps…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Storing Data with DNA

Storing Data with DNA

Often brought up, as an interesting benchmark?

 Scientists Claim Big Advance in Using DNA to Store Data

BBC News, Paul Rincon, December 1, 2021

Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology's Georgia Tech Research Institutehttps…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Computer Science Education Week 2021

Computer Science Education Week 2021

Well, its CS Ed Week again. Still no cards in the Hallmark store for it. I’ll get back to that in a moment. CS Ed Week has long been a time to introduce more students to computer science. When it started there were only small…


From insideHPC

The Atos Perspective for Exascale – A Race Beyond 10^18

The Atos Perspective for Exascale – A Race Beyond 10^18

In this sponsored post, Agnès Boudot, SVP, Head of HPC, AI & Quantum at Atos, discusses how exascale means more than 10^18 or exaflops performance. For Atos, Exascale signifies delivering reliable, accurate, federated, and secured…


From Computational Complexity

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Clause for Complexity Theorists, If you Only Believe

 

(Guest Post by Hunter Monroe) In this  guest post and discussion paper, I present a remarkable set of structurally similar conjectures which, if you only believe them, conjure up a dream world for theorists by asserting…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mckinsey Most Recent Reports:

Mckinsey  Most Recent Reports:

Most Recently from McKinsey & Company

Monthly Highlights, December 2021

While economic growth has been sluggish over the past two decades in advanced economies, balance sheets and net worth that have long tracked it have tripled…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machine Learning and Disease Treatments

Machine Learning and Disease Treatments

 'Transformational' Approach to ML Could Accelerate Search for Disease Treatments

University of Cambridge (U.K.), in CACM.November 29, 2021

The transformational machine learning (TML) approach developed by U.K., Swedish, Indian…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Creating 3D Maps with a Backpack

Creating 3D Maps with a Backpack

Intriguing LIDAR example here.   Accuracy and use example?  Could have used this for mapping retail interiors during sales analysis.

Creating 3D Maps with a Backpack

University of Twente (Netherlands), K.W. Wesselink, NovemberAt…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Future is Big Graphs

The Future is Big Graphs

Like the thought.    But how do we define big here? Complete?

The Future Is Big Graphs: A Community View on Graph Processing Systems

By Sherif Sakr, Angela Bonifati, Hannes Voigt, Alexandru Iosup, Khaled Ammar, Renzo Angles, Walid…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Laser Space Communications Sat to be Launched

Laser Space Communications Sat to be Launched

 New aims to improve solar system wide communications.

How NASA's new laser communications mission will work in space    in Space.com

By Elizabeth Howell about 5 hours ago

The goal is to speed up solar system communications.

A "data…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simpler Quantum Computer Design

Simpler Quantum Computer Design

Simplicity is good.

Stanford Engineers Propose Simpler Design for Quantum Computers

Stanford News, McKenzie Prillaman, November 29, 2021

Stanford University engineers have proposed a simpler design for quantum computers by harnessing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Salt Grain Sized Camera

Salt Grain Sized Camera

Quite an achievement  

The ultracompact camera system relies on a technology called a metasurface, which is studded with 1.6 million cylindrical posts and can be produced much like a computer chip.  

Researchers Shrink Camera to…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (December 4th 2021)

Science and Technology links (December 4th 2021)

It used to be that all the exciting new processors came from Intel and AMD, and they were meant for your PC. The mobile revolution changed that: it lead to the production of fantastic processors that used little energy. We are…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

First - Understand the Problem

First - Understand the Problem

Things are different for me being retired. I don’t get the blogging inspiration the way I used to. Today a post by Mike Zamansky (Work through the example!!!!!) got me thinking. I used to talk to students about problem solving…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Contract Bug

Smart Contract Bug

 Recall we looked at the concept of a 'smart contract'. Here a useful example of related bugs

Smart Contract Bug Results in $31 Million Loss  in Schneier

A hacker stole $31 million from the blockchain company MonoX Finance , by…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AWS Amplify Studio

AWS Amplify Studio

 Worth a look.

AWS launches Amplify Studio, a new low-code app development tool

Frederic Lardinois@fredericl / 12:45 PM EST•December 2, 2021   in TechCrunch

At its re:Invent conference, AWS today announced Amplify Studio, a newAWS…


From The Eponymous Pickle

3D Printed Eyeball

3D Printed Eyeball

First Example of Eyeball Printing

 Man Becomes First 3D-Printed Eyeball Recipient

New York Post, Ben Cost, November 25, 2021

The U.K.'s Steve Verze became the world's first recipient of a three-dimensionally (3D)-printed eyeball…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Technology Leaders Create Endowed Professorship Fund at University of Washington in Honor of Former CRA and CCC Chair Ed Lazowska

Technology Leaders Create Endowed Professorship Fund at University of Washington in Honor of Former CRA and CCC Chair Ed Lazowska

Written by Shar Steed, originally posted on the The CRA Bulletin. The University of Washington (UW) Allen School recently shared the story behind the creation of a new professorship honoring Ed Lazowska in recognition of his…


From insideHPC

FTC to Sue Nvidia for ‘Illegal’ Arm Deal

FTC to Sue Nvidia for ‘Illegal’ Arm Deal

Already facing worldwide regulatory challenges and delays, the planned acquisition by Nvidia of Arm Ltd.  may have finally run into a roadblock too high. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced today it is suing to block …


From insideHPC

Sandia Labs Takes 7 R&D 100 Awards and 2 Specialty Honors

Sandia Labs Takes 7 R&D 100 Awards and 2 Specialty Honors

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Competing in an international pool of universities, corporations and government labs, inventions from Sandia National Laboratories captured seven R&D 100 Awards (one in conjunction with the National Renewable…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots Reproducing

Robots Reproducing

 In what specific sense, we ask.  

Living Robots Can Now Reproduce, Scientists Say

CNN, Katie Hunt, November 29, 2021

Researchers at the University of Vermont, Tufts University, and Harvard University discovered that the living…

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