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September 2019


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deep Learning Approach to Data Compression

Deep Learning Approach to Data Compression

Worked in a related space.  Good high level description of what was done, but this is by its nature technical

In Berkeley AI Research  (BAIR) :

A Deep Learning Approach to Data Compression
By Friso Kingma,    Sep 19, 2019

The BAIR…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Oracle Plans Voice Digital Assistant to Integrate with MS Teams

Oracle Plans Voice Digital Assistant to Integrate with MS Teams

Of interest because this implies that this assistant will integrate with office features, like Microsoft Teams.   Below the introduction, much more in the article.  Am a user of teams so will be interested to see how this works…


From insideHPC

Atos on the Road to Exascale with new Test Lab in Angers, France

Atos on the Road to Exascale with new Test Lab in Angers, France

Today Atos inaugurated its new global HPC Test Lab in Angers, France. The new 2,000 square meter test center, which has the capacity to host the equivalent of approximately 48 BullSequana supercomputers, provides Atos’ HPC customers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Is Amazon Go Failing and if so Why?

Is Amazon Go Failing and if so Why?

Pace of adoption may note indicate longer term use.   I think it will have the power of novelty if run well enough in the right context.    Will continue to follow.

Is Amazon Go heading for a hard stop?
by Matthew Stern  In Retailwire…


From insideHPC

Aliro to make Quantum Computing accessible to any Developer

Aliro to make Quantum Computing accessible to any Developer

Today Aliro Technologies emerged from stealth with the closing of its $2.7 million seed round, led by Flybridge Capital Partners. "Aliro’s vision is to commercialize new software technologies that make today’s quantum hardware…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Samsung Smart Things and Smart Home data

Samsung Smart Things and Smart Home data

Been following SmartThings for some time.  Here an interview about the management and securing of data on Smart Home Platforms.

Smart home data is flowing for the Samsung SmartThings platform   By Mark Albertson in SiliconAngle…


From insideHPC

Liqid Partners With ScaleMP to Introduce Liqid Memory

Liqid Partners With ScaleMP to Introduce Liqid Memory

Today ScaleMP announced that it has partnered with Liqid Inc. to enable users of in-memory workloads to break beyond the server memory limitations and expand total system memory by order of magnitude over the DRAM installed, …


From insideHPC

Exascale Computing Project Update

Exascale Computing Project Update

Doug Kothe from the Exascale Computing Project gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. "The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) is focused on accelerating the delivery of a capable exascale computing ecosystem that delivers 50 times…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Goes to the Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2019

CCC Goes to the Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2019

Last year Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Senior Program Associate, Helen Wright, attended the 6th Annual Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) in Heidelberg, Germany as part of their international blog team (read those blog posts…


From insideHPC

IBM Brings World’s Largest Fleet of Quantum Computing Systems Online

IBM Brings World’s Largest Fleet of Quantum Computing Systems Online

Today, IBM announced the opening of the IBM Quantum Computation Center in New York State. "To meet growing demand for access to real quantum hardware, ten quantum computing systems are now online through IBM's Quantum Computation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon and Conquest Advertising

Amazon and Conquest Advertising

A term I had not heard in a very long time.    Only Amazon and Google might be in place to do this.

Amazon Rewrites the Conquest Advertising Textbook  in ECOmmerce Times  By Alasdair McLean-Foreman

Amazon has powerful tools to

You've…


From Schneier on Security

Revisiting Software Vulnerabilities in the Boeing 787

Revisiting Software Vulnerabilities in the Boeing 787

I previously blogged about a Black Hat talk that disclosed security vulnerabilities in the Boeing 787 software. Ben Rothke concludes that the vulnerabilities are real, but not practical....


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Ethics Multi Country Partnership

AI Ethics Multi Country Partnership

Note the mention of human-centered AI, which reading on seems to be about bias/fairness.    But its really also about how humans use/interact/are influenced by AI systems.  I would suggest this later aspect will become much more…


From Schneier on Security

I'm Looking to Hire a Strategist to Help Figure Out Public-Interest Tech

I'm Looking to Hire a Strategist to Help Figure Out Public-Interest Tech

I am in search of a strategic thought partner: a person who can work closely with me over the next 9 to 12 months in assessing what's needed to advance the practice, integration, and adoption of public-interest technology. All…


From The Eponymous Pickle

DOE Unveils AI and Tech Office

DOE Unveils AI and Tech Office

Another vote of confidence for the current emergence of AI, depending upon how you define it.

DOE Unveils AI and Technology Office
NextGov.com
Brandi Vincent

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has established an Artificial Intelligence…


From The Eponymous Pickle

China Suggests a Global Grid

China Suggests a Global Grid

Interesting idea, but I wonder if we can predict the future stability and/or trust of other countries to build and manage our power grid?  Would require some evolution beyond where we are today.

China’s Grid Architect Proposes…


From insideHPC

Aiden Lab Chooses WEKA to Accelerate Genomics Research

Aiden Lab Chooses WEKA to Accelerate Genomics Research

Today WekaIO announced that Aiden Lab at the Baylor College of Medicine, a leading genome research facility, has selected the Weka File System (WekaFS) to accelerate its genomics research. "WekaFS has delivered a 3x improvement…


From insideHPC

Exxact looks to BeeGFS Parallel Storage for HPC, AI, and Life Science Workloads

Exxact looks to BeeGFS Parallel Storage for HPC, AI, and Life Science Workloads

Today Exxact Corporation announced that it has become a North America Gold Partner of ThinkParQ, the company behind the BeeGFS parallel file system. "BeeGFS offers the usability, flexibility, and performance that our HPC and …


From insideHPC

New Liquid Cooled AMD EPYC 7H12 Processor Breaks Performance Records

New Liquid Cooled AMD EPYC 7H12 Processor Breaks Performance Records

Today AMD announced a new addition to the 2nd Generation AMD EPYC family, the AMD EPYC 7H12 processor. The 64 core/128 thread, 2.6Ghz base frequency, 3.3Ghz max boost frequency, 280W TDP processor is specifically built for HPC…


From insideHPC

DOE Funds Quantum Computing and Networking Research

DOE Funds Quantum Computing and Networking Research

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $60.7 million in funding to advance the development of quantum computing and networking. "We are on the threshold of a new era in Quantum Information Science and quantum computing…


From insideHPC

Research Findings: HPC-Enabled AI

Research Findings: HPC-Enabled AI

Steve Conway from Hyperion Research gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. "AI adds fourth branch to the scientific method, inferencing. Inferencing complements theory, experiments and established simulation methods. Essentially…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Perspective about AI

Google Perspective about AI

No doubt Google is doing lots of internal and external work with AI, so their perspective about use is useful.  Non technical and fairly balanced. 

CIOs: Here’s How Google is Approaching AI
A team of experts learned from their

Artificial…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CS for Social Good Award Announcement!

CS for Social Good Award Announcement!

Earlier this summer, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) announced a joint white paper competition with Schmidt Futures on the future of “CS for Social Good.” Schmidt Futures, founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt, is a philanthropic…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Assistant Advances Languages

Google Assistant Advances Languages

Have now been using Google assistant bilingually for about a year, with multiple voices as I explore them.    Impressive work, everybody needs language assistance. 

Google Assistant gets new voice options in nine more languages…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Where Blockchain Will be Delivered

Where Blockchain Will be Delivered

Starting to see this trend, since the data involved is already in ERP and CRM.

Gartner: Blockchain will be nothing more than an add-on for ERP, CRM software

The distributed ledger technology has already become highly fragmented…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Breaking Things Productively

Breaking Things Productively

Have never used Chaos engineering, but the idea is interesting. Second read about the concept:

How to Use Chaos Engineering to Break Things Productively  by  Sam Bocetta in Infoq

More people connected to more servers, increased…


From Schneier on Security

Cracking Forgotten Passwords

Cracking Forgotten Passwords

Expandpass is a string expansion program. It's "useful for cracking passwords you kinda-remember." You tell the program what you remember about the password and it tries related passwords. I learned about it in this article about…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analytics Translators

Analytics Translators

I did this kind of thing for some time in the enterprise, we did not call it a translator, but helped execs and other decision makers understand the results of analytics, interface with our contractors and also to commission

Mckinsey…


From insideHPC

NSF Grant to help develop cyberinfrastructure across Midwest

NSF Grant to help develop cyberinfrastructure across Midwest

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.4 million grant to a team of experts led by Timothy Middelkoop, assistant teaching professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering in the University of Missouri’s…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA TensorRT 6 Breaks 10 millisecond barrier for BERT-Large

NVIDIA TensorRT 6 Breaks 10 millisecond barrier for BERT-Large

Today, NVIDIA released TensorRT 6, which includes new capabilities that dramatically accelerate conversational AI applications, speech recognition, 3D image segmentation for medical applications, as well as image-based applications…

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