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January 2021


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart Leverages IOT

Wal-Mart Leverages IOT

Good,  relatively simple applications are talked.

Walmart Shows the Way on IoT in Food Retail  in  ProgressiveGrocer  By Thad Rueter - 01/25/2021

Walmart uses IoT technology for a variety of tasks — including keeping ice creamGet…


From insideHPC

Western Digital and Qumulo Partner on Capacity and Scale for IHME COVID-19 Health Analytics and Vaccine Roll Out

Western Digital and Qumulo Partner on Capacity and Scale for IHME COVID-19 Health Analytics and Vaccine Roll Out

San Jose, Jan 26, 2021 – Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) announced today that the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), in partnership with Qumulo, specializing in file data management for hybrid cloud environments…


From insideHPC

Exascale Computing Project: Researchers Accelerate I/O with Novel Processing Method

Exascale Computing Project: Researchers Accelerate I/O with Novel Processing Method

January 25, 2021 — Researchers funded by the Exascale Computing Project (ECP) have delivered a novel method that addresses overloaded communication processes that use MPI-IO by adding a second I/O request aggregation layer, according…


From insideHPC

QCI Launches QikStar Program for Business Adoption of Quantum Computing

QCI Launches QikStar Program for Business Adoption of Quantum Computing

Leesburg, Va., Jan. 26, 2021 – Quantum Computing Inc. (OTCQB: QUBT) (QCI), which works to bridge the power of classical and quantum computing, today unveiled QikStart, a program that partners QCI with selected participants to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Measuring Energy

Alexa Measuring Energy

First I had heard of this, lots of interesting measure graphics at the link.

Alexa can estimate how much electricity smart home devices consume

By Patrick Hearn, January 26, 2021  in Digitaltrends

A smart home is convenient, but…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Making Smart Plugs Smarter

Making Smart Plugs Smarter

Considering a broader view of 'smart', more like cooperative towards goals.

Engineers make smart plugs smarter  by National University of Singapore

Singapore is in the midst of its Smart Nation transformation, and researchers from…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More Digital Humans Emerging

More Digital Humans Emerging

Recall Microsoft's patent of a particular person, just mentioned here.   Recall too the 'uncanny valley', and other disturbing side-effects.   And the magic can collapse quickly of the conversation is not convincing.   But IHome…


From insideHPC

Kao Data to Host InstaDeep’s HPC and AI Supercomputer, Expanding R&D Capabilities

Kao Data to Host InstaDeep’s HPC and AI Supercomputer, Expanding R&D Capabilities

London, January 26, 2021 – Kao Data, developer and operator of advanced, carrier-neutral data centres for high performance colocation, has today announced a new customer contract with InstaDeep, a global leader in artificial …


From insideHPC

10 Questions to Ask When Starting With AI – Part 2

10 Questions to Ask When Starting With AI – Part 2

In this insideHPC Guide, “10 Questions to Ask When Starting With AI,” our friends over at WEKA offer 10 important questions to ask when starting with AI, specifically planning for success beyond the initial stages of a project…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Computing Turbulence with Competitive AI

Computing Turbulence with Competitive AI

 We used turbulence analysis in roasting applications. Could have used this as a means to do better predictions in simulations.

Intriguing application I had not seen yet.  

ETH Researchers Compute Turbulence With AI

ETH Zurich (Switzerland)…


From insideHPC

Micron Delivers 1α DRAM Technology

Micron Delivers 1α DRAM Technology

Boise, Idaho, Jan. 26, 2021 – Micron Technology today announced volume shipment of 1α (1-alpha) node DRAM products that the company said is built using advanced DRAM process technology and offering improvements in bit density…


From insideHPC

OEMs Join Nvidia-Certified Program – Systems Pre-tested for AI Workloads

OEMs Join Nvidia-Certified Program – Systems Pre-tested for AI Workloads

Dell Technologies, GIGABYTE, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Inspur and Supermicro are among 11 systems makers engaged in an Nvidia certification program, announced this morning, designed to test hardware across a range of AI…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Happy New Year from CISE!

Happy New Year from CISE!

A Message from CISE Leadership Dear Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Community,  Happy New Year!  2020 certainly brought its share of challenges, and our sympathies are with all of you most directly affected…


From Computational Complexity

Answers to the Prez Quiz, and some interesting history


I posted a presidential quiz (that is, a quiz about presidents, not a quiz that is so majestic it can be called presidential) on Thursday Jan 21.

Here is the link to the post: The Post

Here is the link to the quiz:The Prez Quiz…


From insideHPC

12th JLESC Workshop to Be Held Feb. 24-26

12th JLESC Workshop to Be Held Feb. 24-26

The 12th annual Joint Laboratory for Extreme Scale Computing (JLESC) will be held virtually from Wednesday, Feb. 24 to Friday, Feb. 26. It will bring together researchers in high performance computing from the JLESC partners …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Patenting a Chat Bot of a Particular Person

Patenting a Chat Bot of a Particular Person

The idea has been suggested before, here with slightly different capabilities.  Interesting depending hw well it could be implemented.   With image and realistic voice.   Consider too, who owns the particular replica of a person…


From Schneier on Security

Massive Brazilian Data Breach

Massive Brazilian Data Breach

I think this is the largest data breach of all time: 220 million people. (Lots more stories are in Portuguese.)


From The Eponymous Pickle

Camera Based Automated Drone Landing

Camera Based Automated Drone Landing

Seems a simple action, but can be complex in different contexts. 

Novel Camera-Based System for Automated Landing of Drone on Fixed Spot

Shibaura Institute of Technology (Japan), January 21, 2021

Scientists at Japan's Shibaura Institute…


From The Eponymous Pickle

LiDAR Space Scanning, Modeling and Enabling

LiDAR Space Scanning, Modeling and Enabling

Some time ago attended a brainstorming session on the use of 'space scanning' to support advertisements and other future AR functionality.   Well the time is now closer, but how close are we to actual functionality?   I am testing…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF CISE Upcoming Due Dates

NSF CISE Upcoming Due Dates

Expeditions in Computing (Expeditions) Full Proposal Deadline Date: February 16, 2021 The far-reaching impact and rate of innovation in the computer and information science and engineering fields has been remarkable, generating…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Does Bad Code Lead to Good Learning?

Does Bad Code Lead to Good Learning?

Last week a teacher posted an interesting problem. They were looking for an explanation of why to code produced the answer that it did. The code is this:

    static void Main(string[] args)
     {
         int x = 2;
         while…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intellectual Property Analysis

Intellectual Property Analysis

 Connects to some of my recent work.   Categorizing and usefully measuring what we have. 

Google proposes applying AI to patent application generation and categorization

By Kyle Wiggers   in Venturebeat

Google asserts that the patent…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Anomaly Detection with Lacework

Anomaly Detection with Lacework

Brought to my attention: 

Lacework covers topics and issues around threat defense, intrusion detection, cloud containers, workloads, accounts, devops, and more.

Anomaly Detection and Behavioral Analytics Focus on user and Application…


From Schneier on Security

Insider Attack on Home Surveillance Systems

Insider Attack on Home Surveillance Systems

No one who reads this blog regularly will be surprised:

A former employee of prominent home security company ADT has admitted that he hacked into the surveillance feeds of dozens of customer homes, doing so primarily to spy …


From insideHPC

Yash Technologies Partners with ScienceLogic AIOps, Digital Transformation

Yash Technologies Partners with ScienceLogic AIOps, Digital Transformation

Chicago, Jan. 25, 2021 — YASH Technologies, a global technology services and outsourcing provider, announced a partnership with ScienceLogic, an AIOps platform provider. This partnership enables YASH to deliver business service…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Optimizing Traffic Wait

Optimizing Traffic Wait

 Not a new thing but does it do it better with novel situations?  Would be a good thing to experiment with to see how new patterns are adapted to.

Optimizing Traffic Signals to Reduce Intersection Wait Times  By Texas A&M Today…


From Putting People First

Online exhibition: Design in an Age of Crisis

Online exhibition: Design in an Age of Crisis

The Design In An Age Of Crisis Gallery features submissions to a global open call issued in 2020 by Chatham House and London Design Biennale, inviting radical design thinking from the world’s design community, the public and…


From Putting People First

The Scottish Approach to Service Design (SAtSD)

The Scottish Approach to Service Design (SAtSD)

The vision for the Scottish Approach to Service Design is that the people of Scotland are supported and empowered to actively participate in the definition, design and delivery of their public services (from policy making to…


From Putting People First

[Book] How design makes the world

[Book] How design makes the world

From the airplane armrest to the Facebook “like” button, and everything in between, Berkun shows how design helps or hinders everyone, and offers a new way to think about the world around you.


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (January 24th 2021)

Science and Technology links (January 24th 2021)

Year 2020 was great for PC makers. We are selling more and more PCs. Reportedly, Sony sold 3.4 million PlayStation 5 in only four weeks, a record. The demand for the Facebook Quest 2 VR headset is reportedly several times the…

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