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December 2019


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squidfall Safety

Friday Squid Blogging: Squidfall Safety

Watchmen supporting material. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. Read my blog posting guidelines here....


From The Eponymous Pickle

India Developing Blockchain Strategy

India Developing Blockchain Strategy

Expect to see more of this, both method, application emphasis and regulation, and likely smart contact approaches.

India is developing a national blockchain strategy 
November 27, 2019 
by Yogita Khatri in TheBlock

India’s Ministry…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

AMD Zen 2 and branch mispredictions

AMD Zen 2 and branch mispredictions

Intel makes some of the very best processors many can buy. For a long time, its main rival (AMD) failed to compete. However, its latest generation of processors (Zen 2) appear to roughly match Intel, at a lower price point. In…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Indentifying Invasive Species

Indentifying Invasive Species

An area, forestry, where we did much predictive analysis as to yield and harvest.  Invasive species have increased in their danger.  Both in forestry and horticulturally.  See a number of previous posts regard Forestry analytics…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robotic Blood Vessel Instrument Guidance

Robotic Blood Vessel Instrument Guidance

Seen this movie.  Pgressin this area continues to evolve

Instrument Guidance Through Deep, Convoluted Blood Vessel Networks
Polytechnique Montreal
December 3, 2019

Researchers at the Polytechnique Montreal Nanorobotics Laboratory…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deep Reinforcement Learning

Deep Reinforcement Learning

Interesting piece, ultimately gets quite technical, but worth putting away for future consideration. Especially for real time learning and adapting of autonomous systems.

Berkeley Bair Newsletter (Introduction) 
Data-Driven Deep…


From insideHPC

IDC: DDN is Fastest Growing Supplier of All-Flash Arrays

IDC: DDN is Fastest Growing Supplier of All-Flash Arrays

Today DDN announced that it has leaped into the rankings of major all-flash array vendors as tracked by IDC over the first half of 2019. Through organic growth, investment in recent acquisitions and the closing of the transaction…


From insideHPC

Full Roundup: SC19 Booth Tour Videos from insideHPC

Full Roundup: SC19 Booth Tour Videos from insideHPC

Now that SC19 is behind us, it's time to gather our booth tour videos in one place. Throughout the course of the show, insideHPC talked to dozens of HPC innovators showcasing the very latest in hardware, software, and cooling…


From insideHPC

Video: GigaIO Optimizes FabreX Fabric with GPU Sharing and Composition Technology

Video: GigaIO Optimizes FabreX Fabric with GPU Sharing and Composition Technology

In this video from SC19, Alan Benjamin from GigaIO describes how the company's FabreX Architecture integrates computing, storage ans I/O into a single-system cluster PCIe-based fabric for flawless server-to-server communication…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reconstructing Hidden Movement from Video

Reconstructing Hidden Movement from Video

Depending on the quality of this, consider the implications in many areas.  We did lots in the area of video understanding, could have used this.  Below description and videos.

MIT CSAIL’s AI can reconstruct hidden movement from…


From insideHPC

WekaIO Rocks the IO500 at SC19

WekaIO Rocks the IO500 at SC19

In this video from SC19, Charla Bunton-Johnson & Mat Gruen from WekaIO describe the company's high performance shared file system and how they closely with industry-leading technology resellers, distributors, service providers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Uses IOTs with Advanced Features

Microsoft Uses IOTs with Advanced Features

Impressive direction by Microsoft,with useful details.

Microsoft doubles down on Internet of Things with new features to simplify building connected devices       By  Nat Levy  

Microsoft today announced a series of new Internet…


From insideHPC

IBM Powers AiMos Supercomputer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

IBM Powers AiMos Supercomputer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

The most powerful supercomputer to debut on the November 2019 Top500 ranking of supercomputers will be unveiled today at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Center for Computational Innovations (CCI). Part of a collaboration…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Notable Extensions to Google Assistant: Photos and Notes

Notable Extensions to Google Assistant: Photos and Notes

Notable the ability to link to note taking capabilities, like Google Keep.  Searching specifics in podcasts also very useful for business application support.    Assistant has also become very good a working with display of photos…


From insideHPC

Video: TMGcore Showcases Immersive Cooling for HPC at SC19

Video: TMGcore Showcases Immersive Cooling for HPC at SC19

In this video from SC19, Taylor Monnig from TMGcore describes OTTO, a completely automated, self-contained, two-phase liquid immersion-cooled data center platform that features a closed loop system, uses zero water and is a tenth…


From Schneier on Security

Andy Ellis on Risk Assessment

Andy Ellis on Risk Assessment

Andy Ellis, the CSO of Akamai, gave a great talk about the psychology of risk at the Business of Software conference this year. I've written about this before. One quote: "The problem is our brains are intuitively suited to the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Will Read Text from Office Apps

Microsoft Will Read Text from Office Apps

Like to see this direction for mobile interaction, starting to use voice as part of a mobile and voice experience for much used 365 office apps.

Microsoft's redesigned Office mobile apps read text out loud
In Outlook, Play My Emails…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger Dark Kitchens

Kroger Dark Kitchens

Been following Kroger for some time on their establishment of restaurants in stores, and  partially  prepared foods and 'food kits' and preparation methods.

Will Kroger’s dark kitchens cook up something good?  in Retailwire  by…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Commands for Privacy/Transparency

Alexa Commands for Privacy/Transparency

Further look at privacy, by asking what has been heard.

Amazon makes Alexa more transparent with ‘Tell me what you heard’ feature   By Allison Matyus in Digitaltrends

Amazon announced privacy and transparency improvements for its…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Great Innovative Idea: Datasets First! A Bottom-up Data Linking Paradigm

Great Innovative Idea: Datasets First! A Bottom-up Data Linking Paradigm

The following great innovative idea is from Konstantin Todorov from the University of Montpellier and a researcher at the LIRMM laboratory within the FADO group. Todorov was one of the Blue Sky Awards at ISWC 2019 for his paper…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Sampling Plan Ends

Amazon Sampling Plan Ends

An idea I though was a good one.  If it gathered the right data and understood how to use that data.  Sounds like Amazon could have made this work.

Amazon decides it has sampled enough  by Tom Ryan in Retailwire.

Amazon.com is

Under…


From insideHPC

Microway Showcases HPC & AI Solutions at SC19

Microway Showcases HPC & AI Solutions at SC19

In this video from SC19, Eliot Eshelman from Microway describes the company's innovative solutions for HPC & AI. As Deep Learning enters the mainstream, NVIDIA DGX solutions from Microway are uniquely positioned to provide the…


From insideHPC

2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors Demonstrate Amazing HPC Performance

2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors Demonstrate Amazing HPC Performance

In this guest article, our friends at Intel discuss how benchmarks show key workloads average 31% better on Intel Xeon Platinum 9282 than AMD EYPC “Rome” 7742. Intel analysis provides strong evidence that the 2nd Generation Intel…


From insideHPC

Sawtooth Supercomputer from HPE Comes to Idaho National Lab

Sawtooth Supercomputer from HPE Comes to Idaho National Lab

A powerful new supercomputer arrived this week at Idaho National Laboratory’s Collaborative Computing Center. The machine has the power to run complex modeling and simulation applications, which are essential to developing next…


From insideHPC

Verne Global Offers Sustainable HPC in the Cloud

Verne Global Offers Sustainable HPC in the Cloud

In this video from SC19, Tate Cantrell from Verne Global describes how the company delivers sustainable HPC in the Cloud. "Verne Global delivers true high performance computing solutions in an optimized environment, built upon…


From insideHPC

Fujitsu A64FX Arm Processors come to Cray CS Supercomputers

Fujitsu A64FX Arm Processors come to Cray CS Supercomputers

In this video from SC19, Takeshi Horie from Fujitsu and Steve Scott from Cray describe how the powerful Arm-based A64fx Arm Processor will power the next generation of Cray CS Supercomputers. “We are delivering the development…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bosch SoundSee Sensor Predicts Future

Bosch SoundSee Sensor Predicts Future

Another example of the linking of sensors to predictive decision making.

Bosch SoundSee combines deep learning with mobile microphone arrays to identify problems on the ISS before they happen in IEEE Spectrum By Evan Ackerman

We…


From Schneier on Security

Election Machine Insecurity Story

Election Machine Insecurity Story

Interesting story of a flawed computer voting machine and a paper ballot available for recount. All ended well, but only because of that paper backup. Vote totals in a Northampton County judge's race showed one candidate, Abe…


From Writing

[NEW TALK] Automated Testing for Terraform, Docker, Packer, Kubernetes, and More

[NEW TALK] Automated Testing for Terraform, Docker, Packer, Kubernetes, and More

I’m happy to share with you the video and slides from my QCon talk on how to test infrastructure code! This talk is a step-by-step, live-coding class on how to write automated tests for infrastructure code, including the code…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Instructions per cycle: AMD Zen 2 versus Intel

Instructions per cycle: AMD Zen 2 versus Intel

The performance of a processor is determined by several factors. For example, processors with a higher frequency tend to do more work per unit of time. Physics makes it difficult to produce processors that have higher frequency…

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