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September 2018


From insideHPC

Debugging for Success and Accelerated Platform Bring-Up

Debugging for Success and Accelerated Platform Bring-Up

Debugging can prove a substantial challenge, even for experienced engineers. In this video, Soflen Shih, a technical consulting engineer at Intel, discusses the benefits of Intel System Studio and how its built-in functionality…


From Schneier on Security

AES Resulted in a $250 Billion Economic Benefit

AES Resulted in a $250 Billion Economic Benefit

NIST has released a new study concluding that the AES encryption standard has resulted in a $250 billion world-wide economic benefit over the past twenty years. I have no idea how to even begin to assess the quality of the study…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

The Specter of Simple(r) Proofs

When has a strikingly simple proof come first? Cropped from London Times 2017 source Michael Atiyah is giving a lecture next Monday morning at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF). It is titled, simply, “The Riemann Hypothesis…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Presentation Language

Alexa Presentation Language

 Amazon makes a number of enhancements to the Alexa Skills kit.  Designed to allow for better customization for Alexa devices with screens. Notably this links to a number of new devices being launched this fall.  Quite some interesting…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Scenarios of Autonomous Trucking

Scenarios of Autonomous Trucking

Somewhat unexpected scenarios of process for autonomous trucking and the implications:

In SCDigest

Supply Chain News Bites
Supply Chain Graphic of the Week: The Six Most Likely Scenarios for Autonomous Trucks


Highway Exit-to-Exit…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

A Roadmap for Artificial Intelligence

A Roadmap for Artificial Intelligence

Ann Drobnis, CCC Director, contributed to this post.  One cannot get through the day without some acknowledgment of Artificial Intelligence (AI), whether it’s something in the news or a direct interaction with an AI system. However…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Echo Auto Announced

Amazon Echo Auto Announced

Been examining the idea for a long time,  the existing systems are operationally touchy.  Claim here is it wil operate when car starts.  Location-aware.  $50.  Not quite ready to ship, later this year. Would like to see the integration…


From insideHPC

Supermicro Ai Supercomputer Sports 20 NVIDIA Tesla T4 Accelerators in 4U

Supermicro Ai Supercomputer Sports 20 NVIDIA Tesla T4 Accelerators in 4U

Supermicro's new SuperServer 6049GP-TRT provides the superior performance required to accelerate the diverse applications of modern AI. "We see the combination of NVIDIA TensorRT and the new Turing architecture based T4 GPU …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart Push Use of VR for Training

Wal-Mart Push Use of VR for Training

Would lead to one of the largest uses of VR, in this case for training.  Serious effort, making everyone take notice of the possibilities.   What experiments have been done of retail training with VR to show improvements?

Walmart…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Culture

Data Culture

Never heard of the term 'Data Culture', but I do see the point.  We should all be thinking about what the data we have, don't have, where it fits for needed goals.

Why data culture matters   By Alejandro Díaz, Kayvaun Rowshankish…


From insideHPC

Cray XC50 Supercomputer coming to Institute for Basic Science in South Korea

Cray XC50 Supercomputer coming to Institute for Basic Science in South Korea

Today Cray announced that the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) has awarded the Company a contract valued at $9 million for a Cray XC50 supercomputer and Cray ClusterStor L300F storage system. The new supercomputer, paired with…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bias and Fairness in Machine Learning

Bias and Fairness in Machine Learning

From the CSIG talk given today:

An instructive experiment which was released for use and experimentation today by IBM.  The slides instructive by themselves are here.   The complete audio and video of the presentation will be …


From insideHPC

Can we use Machine Learning to Learn about Machines?

Can we use Machine Learning to Learn about Machines?

In this special guest feature, Ellexus CEO Rosemary Francis writes that the convergence of HPC and Ai is already changing the landscape in the world of supercomputing. "It is only as machines get faster that they are able to …


From insideHPC

Supercomputing More Fuel-Efficient Engines at GM

Supercomputing More Fuel-Efficient Engines at GM

Ronald Grover from GM gave this talk at the HPC User Conference. "Ronald Grover his colleagues at GM are using the Titan supercomputer at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), a US Department of Energy (DOE) Office…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How to Code in Python 3

How to Code in Python 3

Passing this along to some friends

Well done,  relatively non-technical,  especially useful if you have coded in previous languages where you had to construct numeric and related algorithms.   lists and structural  ...  There

The…


From insideHPC

Imagine HPC with the Power of the Cloud

Imagine HPC with the Power of the Cloud

the cloudRunning HPC in the cloud enables organizations to select and deploy an optimal set of services for their unique applications, and to pay only for what they use. This sponsored post from AWS explores how the cloud HPC market is…


From Computational Complexity

Why wasn't email built securely?

Recently I talked with Ehsan Hoque, one of the authors of the ACM Future of Computing Academy report that suggested "Peer reviewers should require that papers and proposals rigorously consider all reasonable broader impacts,satirized…


From Schneier on Security

Security Vulnerability in ESS ExpressVote Touchscreen Voting Computer

Security Vulnerability in ESS ExpressVote Touchscreen Voting Computer

Of course the ESS ExpressVote voting computer will have lots of security vulnerabilities. It's a computer, and computers have lots of vulnerabilities. This particular vulnerability is particularly interesting because it's the…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

On the state of virtual-reality gaming

On the state of virtual-reality gaming

For nearly two years, I have been trying a wide range of video games in a virtual reality setting. Our lab. in Montreal has some permanent space dedicated to the HTC Vive, so I was also able to test out games with a wide range…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon may open up to 3,000 Cashierless stores by 2021

Amazon may open up to 3,000 Cashierless stores by 2021

The data gathered must have produced some interesting results.  Now this would change the retail world:

Amazon May open up to 3,000 Cashierless Stores by 2021  in Adage

Sensors and Computer vision Technology

Amazon is considering…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI, Mixed Reality and Analytics Announced at Microsoft

AI, Mixed Reality and Analytics Announced at Microsoft

Strong push at AI business applications and notably also their 'mixed reality' methods.   I still have not seen enough MR applications for the typical business. 

Announcing new AI and mixed reality business applications for Microsoft…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Talk: AI Fairness 360: Python Package

Talk:  AI Fairness 360: Python Package

How to look at biases when your making AI driven decisions about people.

Invitation to the ISSIP Cognitive Systems Institute Group Webinar

 Slides and Recording: http://cognitive-science.info/community/weekly-update/

Date and Time…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mother of All Demos reprise

Mother of All Demos reprise

Those with interest in the history of modern computing know this event well. The 'Mother of all demos', done by Douglas Engelbart in 1968.   He drove home in a single demo what might be done with computers, without the user knowing…


From insideHPC

Video: Cloud-based-HPC Optimization of Manufacturing Processes

Video: Cloud-based-HPC Optimization of Manufacturing Processes

In this video, the Fortissimo Project describes their success with Cloud-based-HPC optimization of manufacturing processes. "Fortissimo is a collaborative project that enables European SMEs to be more competitive globally through…


From insideHPC

Video: Energy Efficient Acceleration of RNNs using CGRA

Video: Energy Efficient Acceleration of RNNs using CGRA

Prof. Aviral Shrivastava from Arizona State University gave this talk at the ARM Research Summit. "Prof. Aviral Shrivastava is Associate Professor in the School of Computing Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering at the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Annoounces Gadget Alexa Tools

Amazon Annoounces Gadget Alexa Tools

Been impressed by what Amazon is doing to support Devs.   Still nothing I would call breakthrough intelligence.    Waiting for that.

Amazon's new Alexa Gadgets Toolkit lets Alexa have some toy-friendly fun

Robots that can lip sync…


From insideHPC

Cray Supercomputer Powers Japan’s Railway Technical Research Institute

Cray Supercomputer Powers Japan’s Railway Technical Research Institute

Today Cray announced that it has delivered and installed a Cray XC50 supercomputer and a ClusterStor L300 storage system at Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI), the research and development arm for Japan Railways Group…


From The Eponymous Pickle

In Air Drone Charging

In Air Drone Charging

Involved in Drone tech examination and application.  Battery charging is a big issue.  Below article with video.   From IdeaConnection

GET In-Air Drone Charging Station  
The GET charging station for drones could offer unlimited…


From insideHPC

Intel Performance Libraries Accelerate Python Performance for HPC and Data Science

Intel Performance Libraries Accelerate Python Performance for HPC and Data Science

intel performance librariesPython is now the most popular programming language, according to IEEE Spectrum’s fifth annual interactive ranking of programming languages, ahead of C++ and C. Recent Intel Distributions for Python show that real HPC performance…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Experience is the New Product

Experience is the New Product

Experience Is the New Product; Here's How to Manage It
Organize around customer episodes, improving them through Agile teams.

By Gerard du Toit, Jens Engelhardt, Phil Sager and Karsten Fruechtl in Bain.

More companies now emphasize…

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