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August 2021


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Eleven New NSF National AI Research Institutes Announced Last Week

Eleven New NSF National AI Research Institutes Announced Last Week

Last week, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the establishment of 11 new NSF National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes, building on the first round of seven institutes funded in 2020. The combined investment…


From insideHPC

Apply Now for the SC21 Early Career Program

Apply Now for the SC21 Early Career Program

Early-career researchers and technical professionals within the first five years of a permanent position are encouraged to apply for the SC21 Early Career Program. This virtual workshop, scheduled for Monday, November 15, 2021…


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Ventures

P&G Ventures

More from my former employer.

P&G Ventures Among Top 20 Best Workplaces for Innovators According to Fast Company  

CINCINNATI, Aug. 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Fast Company released its third annual Best Workplaces for Innovators list…


From insideHPC

DOE Funds $15M for Integrated Computational and Data Infrastructure for Science Research at 5 Universities

DOE Funds $15M for Integrated Computational and Data Infrastructure for Science Research at 5 Universities

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $15.1 million for three collaborative research projects, at five universities, to advance development of what DOE said is a flexible multi-tiered data and computational infrastructure…


From Computational Complexity

Pole Vault Live Blogging

As I write this I'm watching the women's pole vault final in the Olympics. Of the 15 women who made the finals, only four remain after two heights.

To expand on my tweet, I find the pole vault the purest of the Olympic Sports.…


From insideHPC

Dataiku Raises $400M at a $4.6B Valuation for ‘Everyday AI’ in the Enterprise

Dataiku Raises $400M at a $4.6B Valuation for ‘Everyday AI’ in the Enterprise

August 05, 2021 – NEW YORK – Dataiku, the platform for Everyday AI, today announced $400M in Series E investment led by Tiger Global, with participation from several existing investors, including ICONIQ Growth, CapitalG, FirstMark…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Radar Trends for August

Radar Trends for August

As usual, well done look at look and links for trends to watch.

Radar trends to watch: August 2021

Trends in Programming, Robotics, Security, and More  By Mike Loukides

Learn more

Security continues to be in the news: most notably…


From insideHPC

Intelligent Light Announces Kombyne an ‘HPC Efficiency Multiplier’ for CFD

Intelligent Light Announces Kombyne an ‘HPC Efficiency Multiplier’ for CFD

RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Aug. 4, 2021 –Intelligent Light announced today the creation of Kombyne, an SaaS high performance computing (HPC) workflow tool initially developed for the defense, automotive, aerospace industries and academic…


From insideHPC

ALCF GPU Hackathon and Computational Performance Workshop: Prepping Researchers for Current & Future HPC

ALCF GPU Hackathon and Computational Performance Workshop: Prepping Researchers for Current & Future HPC

As the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) continues its transition to deploying and operating supercomputers powered by graphics processing units (GPUs), training researchers to use the powerful new resources for science…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Turning the Tables on Cheating?

Colonel Stok: Do you play chess? Harry Palmer: Yes, but I prefer a game with a better chance of cheating. Sleuth source Michael Caine played Harry Palmer in the movie Funeral in Berlin. This was released in 1966—long before computers…


From Schneier on Security

Zoom Lied about End-to-End Encryption

Zoom Lied about End-to-End Encryption

The facts aren’t news, but Zoom will pay $85M — to the class-action attorneys, and to users — for lying to users about end-to-end encryption, and for giving user data to Facebook and Google without consent.

The proposed settlement…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Cyber Risk in Digital Transformation

The Cyber Risk in Digital Transformation

Its not brought up enough as a key part of the transformation effort.  It is essential as threats enlarge.  What do you have if the attackers get control? 

Cyber Risk in Digital Transformation   By David Geer, Commissioned byAugust…


From insideHPC

Univ. of Cambridge Wilkes-3 Is No. 3 on Latest Green500 for Energy-efficient HPC

Univ. of Cambridge Wilkes-3 Is No. 3 on Latest Green500 for Energy-efficient HPC

Twice a year, the TOP500 project releases a ranking of the most energy-efficient supercomputers in the world. This Green500 list parallels the better-known TOP500 list, which ranks and details the 500 fastest computer systems…


From insideHPC

Ken Kennedy AI & Data Science Conference, Oct. 25-27: Call for Participation, Program Announced

Ken Kennedy AI & Data Science Conference, Oct. 25-27: Call for Participation, Program Announced

The 2021 Ken Kennedy AI and Data Science Conference is scheduled for October 25-27. Visit ai-datascience.rice.edu for more details. The conference will kick off with Carlos Westhelle, CTO of NASA; Rama Akkiraju, a Fellow at IBM…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Use of Chat in Meetings

Use of Chat in Meetings

Always thought better use of  chat in meetings would be useful, perhaps a means of asking questions of participants by an advisor?    Invocation of humor?    Microsoft research examines chat:

The rise of parallel chat in online…


From insideHPC

TACC Joins NSF-Funded Icicle Institute for AI Research

TACC Joins NSF-Funded Icicle Institute for AI Research

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin announced today that it is a partner in the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded AI Institute for Intelligent Cyberinfrastructure with Computational…


From insideHPC

Add UK to Nvidia-Arm Acquisition Snags

Add UK to Nvidia-Arm Acquisition Snags

On the heels of potential regulatory problems in China and Europe for Nvidia’s planned Arm acquisition, another press report, from Bloomberg, states that UK regulators are considering blocking the $40 billion takeover on the …


From BLOG@CACM

The Triad of Graduate Studies

The Triad of Graduate Studies

The Research Community, Research Subject, and Research Process.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Fines for Amazon Under GDPR

Big Fines for Amazon Under GDPR

Good to know the implications of the EU GDPR.  Note how Amazon sees the gathering of customer data. On to the EU court.

EU Fines Amazon Record $888 Million Over Data Violations   By Bloomberg, August 2, 2021

Luxembourg's CNPD data…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blackmatter Interview

Blackmatter Interview

 I see that the Podcast 'Security Now' has now published the 'Blackmatter' interview with the Recorded Future company.   We did some work with Recorded Future at the enterprise. The interview, I think is revealing regarding ransomware…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Power Shift to Employees?

Power Shift to Employees?

Have seen some examples of this lately. 

Tech Pay Survey Shows Power Shift to Employees   By The Information, July 23, 2021

The technology-business boom is giving white-collar workers more leverage with employers.

At tech companies…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Test of a European Space Brain

Test of a European Space Brain

Are we extending to the stars?

 First Test of Europe's Space Brain

European Space Agency, in CACM, July 28, 2021

The European Space Agency (ESA) operated a spacecraft successfully using a next-generation mission control system.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reprogrammable Satellite Launched, is it Hackable?

Reprogrammable Satellite Launched,  is it Hackable?

Had know about this for a while.  'Reprogrammable' Satellite the European Space Agency said.   I also saw a number of the big time security wags were quick to call it 'Hackable'.    Is it?    Have they proven that or is thisReprogrammable…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CISE Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program Webinar

CISE Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program Webinar

NSF’s Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is providing information on the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program solicitation NSF 19-582 via a webinar on August 6th, 2021 starting…


From insideHPC

IBM and Black & Veatch Collaborate on AI-Driven Monitoring Solutions

IBM and Black & Veatch Collaborate on AI-Driven Monitoring Solutions

ARMONK, N.Y.  and OVERLAND PARK, Kan., August 3, 2021 — IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Black & Veatch today announced a collaboration to jointly market Asset Performance Management (APM) solutions, including remote monitoring technologies…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

How fast can you pipe a large file to a C++ program?

How fast can you pipe a large file to a C++ program?

Under many operating systems, you can send data from from one process to another using ‘pipes’. The term ‘pipe’ is probably used by analogy with plumbing and we often use the the symbol ‘|‘ to represent a pipe (it looks likeContinue…


From insideHPC

Nvidia’s Arm Acquisition May Be Hitting Snags in China, Europe

Nvidia’s Arm Acquisition May Be Hitting Snags in China, Europe

Tea leaf reading regarding Chinese regulators’ decision on Nvidia’s intended takeover of Arm may have taken a negative — or at least a time consuming — turn. A report by IT publication The Information states that regulators in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Update on Smart Speaker Use

Update on Smart Speaker Use

Follow this at Voicebot.ai

There is always a question about whether a popular consumer electronic device will be just a fad or become a lasting fixture of daily life. Smart speaker use frequency over time suggests it is already…


From insideHPC

Former IBM Research AI Scientist, Dr. Zoltán Tüske, to Join AppTek

Former IBM Research AI Scientist, Dr. Zoltán Tüske, to Join AppTek

McLEAN, Va., Aug. 3, 2021 — AppTek, a company focused on artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), automatic speech recognition (ASR), neural machine translation (NMT), text-to-speech (TTS) and natural language processing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM and Black & Veatch Collaborate

IBM and Black & Veatch Collaborate

Notable collaboration on AI asset monitoring maintenance and digital twins.

IBM and Black & Veatch Collaborate on AI-Driven Monitoring Solutions

Publish date: Tuesday, August 3, 2021   |   Location Armonk, New York and Overland…

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