Sign In

Communications of the ACM

Blogs Archive


Archives

The blog archive provides access to past blog postings from Communications of the ACM and other sources by date.

March 2020


From Computational Complexity

Robin Thomas

Graph Theorist and Georgia Tech Math Professor Robin Thomas passed away Thursday after his long battle with ALS. He was one of the giants of the field and a rare double winner of the Fulkerson Prize, for the six-color case…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Low-Code Taking Over

Low-Code Taking Over

 Ultimately this will take over for most coding.

Low Code And No Code: A Looming Trend In Mobile App Development   By Nitin Nimbalkar -

Today’s businesses are implementing enriching their operations with capabilities little by

At…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Research Scientist at the University of Wyoming

Job of the Week: Research Scientist at the University of Wyoming

The Center of Innovation for Flow through Porous media (COIFPM) at the University of Wyoming has multiple openings for highly motivated research scientists to join its computational research branch. The focus of the modeling …


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teaching From Home–Day 10A –I'm One of the Lucky Ones

Teaching From Home–Day 10A –I'm One of the Lucky Ones

There has been a lot in the news about schools being closed and how schools are dealing with it. There seems to be everything for regular online synchronous teaching like my school is doing to no school at all. A range in between…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The COVID-19 Virus and What the Recommendations Mean

The COVID-19 Virus and What the Recommendations Mean

Very nicely done,  just eight minutes plus animated video about the topic.  For the whole family to understand.   By the German Kurzgesagt animation studio.



Kurzgesagt Animation Studio  (with other language translations)


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Can Edit Their Own Genome

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Can Edit Their Own Genome

Amazing: Revealing yet another super-power in the skillful squid, scientists have discovered that squid massively edit their own genetic instructions not only within the nucleus of their neurons, but also within the axon -- the…


From insideHPC

Intersect360 Research Lowers 2020 HPC Market Forecast for COVID-19

Intersect360 Research Lowers 2020 HPC Market Forecast for COVID-19

Intersect360 Research has released a new report guiding its clients that the market for HPC products and services will fall significantly short of its previous 2020 forecast, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The newly-revised…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watermarking Control Data for Safety from Hackers

Watermarking Control Data for Safety from Hackers

Thoughtful and apparently simple idea.

Approach Could Protect Control Systems From Hackers
IEEE Spectrum
Michelle Hampson
March 26, 2020

Researchers at Siemens and Croatia’s University of Zagreb have developed a technique to more


From The Eponymous Pickle

Linden Labs Gives up on VR Spin off

Linden Labs Gives up on VR Spin off

Note our examination of virtual world retail, mentioned here earlier.  This piece gives us a look at the current status of world tech with current supporting tech like VR.   Last I looked SL was not heavily used.

Why 'Second Life'…


From insideHPC

Exascale Computing Project Releases Milestone Report

Exascale Computing Project Releases Milestone Report

The US Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has published a milestone report that summarizes the status of all thirty ECP Application Development (AD) subprojects at the end of fiscal year 2019. "This report…


From insideHPC

WekaIO Receives Artificial Intelligence Excellence Award

WekaIO Receives Artificial Intelligence Excellence Award

Today WekaIO announced that The Business Intelligence Group has named Weka a winner in its Artificial Intelligence Excellence Awards program. “the WekaFS file system can deliver 80 GB/sec of bandwidth to a single GPU server, …


From insideHPC

New Intel oneAPI DevCloud makes it easier for coders working from home

New Intel oneAPI DevCloud makes it easier for coders working from home

Today Intel introduced the oneAPI DevCloud to make it easier and more productive for coders currently working from home. "Developing code at home requires access to compute cycles, the latest software development tools, access…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tesla Autopilot Detecting Traffic Lights

Tesla Autopilot Detecting Traffic Lights

An example of systems including more environmental context for making decisions, ultimately essential.

Tesla's Autopilot could soon detect traffic lights
A video shows a Tesla stopping autonomously at a red light.   ....

By Christine…


From insideHPC

Manufacturing Engineers can turn to Cloud HPC for Work from Home

Manufacturing Engineers can turn to Cloud HPC for Work from Home

In this special guest feature, Wolfgang Gentzsch from the UberCloud describes how engineers can perform work from home in the same way they do at their offices, while maintaining or even increasing productivity. "In our short…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Novel Risks in the Enterprise

On Novel Risks in the Enterprise

Something we studied in some detail, solution was to have sufficient knowledge and resources, internal and access to external to be able to address the context of such problems.   Making them less 'Novel'.    Not sure how well…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Attacks on Deep Reinforcement Learning

Attacks on Deep Reinforcement Learning

On the safety of Reinforcement Learning.  Considerable,largely technical piece.

Physically Realistic Attacks on Deep Reinforcement Learning  Bair Berkeley  By Adam Gleave     

Deep reinforcement learning (RL) has achieved superhuman…


From insideHPC

LLNL Researchers aid COVID-19 response in anti-viral research

LLNL Researchers aid COVID-19 response in anti-viral research

Backed by five high performance computing (HPC) clusters and years of expertise in vaccine and countermeasure development, a COVID-19 response team of LLNL researchers from various disciplines has used modeling & simulation, …


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teaching From Home–Day 10–When Remote is Really Remote

Teaching From Home–Day 10–When Remote is Really Remote

For the last several years I have had international students in some of my classes. Most from China but also South Korea, Viet Nam, and Cambodia. This year I have had two from China who have gone home already because of COVID…


From Schneier on Security

Story of Gus Weiss

Story of Gus Weiss

This is a long and fascinating article about Gus Weiss, who masterminded a long campaign to feed technical disinformation to the Soviet Union, which may or may not have caused a massive pipeline explosion somewhere in Siberia…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart Joins Hyperledger

Wal-Mart Joins Hyperledger

Wal-Mart's early looks at this seem to be identification and tracking related supply chain applications.    Is this an indication of further dives into the space?

Walmart Joins Hyperledger Alongside 7 Other Companies  By Samuel…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Welcomes Maddy Hunter!

CCC Welcomes Maddy Hunter!

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is delighted to welcome Maddy Hunter! The Computing Research Association (CRA) recently hired Maddy as a Program Associate for the CCC subcommittee. In this role, she provides support…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Positive Tools for Challenging Times

Positive Tools for Challenging Times

I see that long-time correspondent Sunnie Southern of ViableSynergy has a newsletter about 'Positive Tools for Challenging Times'.   Check it out:

Positive Tools for Challenging Times
This is the second in a series of emails with…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Tracks Virus 'Weather'

IBM Tracks Virus 'Weather'

A nicely done Covid-19 tracking app is part of the IBM 'Weather Channel' App.   Shows location and trends continually updated, based on your location.  Nicely shown on the bottom of the App with a red button to click.  With other…


From insideHPC

DARPA Grant to Foster Practical Quantum Computing with Rigetti

DARPA Grant to Foster Practical Quantum Computing with Rigetti

Today Rigetti Computing announced the company has been awarded up to $8.6 million from DARPA to develop a full-stack system with proven quantum advantage for solving real world problems. “We believe strongly in an integrated …


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teaching From Home–Day 9–Students Backchanneling

Teaching From Home–Day 9–Students Backchanneling

My good friend and peer teacher, Tom Indelicato and I share a morning homeroom. It’s online now of course but we join early and stay late to touch base with each other. We’re both teaching sections of our school’s freshmen computer…


From insideHPC

New AI Solutions from Dell Technologies

New AI Solutions from Dell Technologies

In this special guest feature, Dave Frattura from Dell Technologies writes that the company is helping customers simplify and drive data science and AI initiatives that can deliver valuable insights, automation and intelligence…


From insideHPC

Fast Track your AI Workflows

Fast Track your AI Workflows

In this special guest feature, our friends over at Inspur write that for new workloads that are highly compute intensive, accelerators are often required. Accelerators can speed up the computation and allow for AI and ML algorithms…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Neural Networks Search for New Materials

Neural Networks Search for New Materials

Mentioned previously here.   Novel use of 'creativity' to search among possible solutions.

Neural networks facilitate optimization in the search for new materials
by David L. Chandler, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

An iterative…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Augmented Analytics

Augmented Analytics

For now not replacing but rather augmenting people.    Unlike the article I would say this has been around for a long time. 

Augmented Analytics Drives Next Wave of AI, Machine Learning, BI

Business intelligence will move beyond…


From Schneier on Security

On Cyber Warranties

On Cyber Warranties

Interesting article discussing cyber-warranties, and whether they are an effective way to transfer risk (as envisioned by Ackerlof's "market for lemons") or a marketing trick. The conclusion: Warranties must transfer non-negligible…

« Prev 1 2 3 13 Next »