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August 2020


From The Eponymous Pickle

Book: Transforming Supply Chains in Disruption

Book: Transforming Supply Chains in Disruption

Brought to my attention, not clear that this specifically considers the rare condition of pandemics and other disruption.  Have not read as yet,  via Informs/Analytics.

New book addresses digital supply network challenges in the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Green Energy Pilot using Smart Contracts

Green Energy Pilot using Smart Contracts

Good piece on current use of smart contracts.

California Agency Backs Green-Energy Pilot Using RSK’s Bitcoin Smart Contracts  By Nathan DiCamillo in CoinDesk

The California Energy Commission, the state’s primary energy policy and…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Performance tip: constructing many non-trivial objects is slow

Performance tip: constructing many non-trivial objects is slow

I started programming professionally when Java came out and right about when C++ was the “hot new thing”. Following the then-current fashion, I looked down at C and Pascal programming. I fully embraced object-oriented programming…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Fran Allen: 1932-2020

We lost a great computer scientist. Frances Allen was one of the leaders who helped create the field of compilers research. Fran was an elite researcher at IBM, and won a Turing Award for this pioneering work. Allen also collected…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Augmented Intelligence, the New AI

Augmented Intelligence,  the New AI

Hardly new.   Computing has always augmented people doing computational and logical work.   Its just that this work has now expanded to other formally human and animal insight.   Like learning, pattern observation, forecasting…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digitizing the Education Revolution

Digitizing the Education Revolution

Changes have occurred, will they fundamentally influence how we learn and apply emerging tech? Does MOOC need the university?  How people will invent and collaborate to produce new science and its application?  Work is underway…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: New SQUID

Friday Squid Blogging: New SQUID

There's a new SQUID: A new device that relies on flowing clouds of ultracold atoms promises potential tests of the intersection between the weirdness of the quantum world and the familiarity of the macroscopic world we experience…


From insideHPC

Kao Data Talks HPC-class Colocation Data Center Requirements in the UK’s ‘Innovation Corridor’

Kao Data Talks HPC-class Colocation Data Center Requirements in the UK’s ‘Innovation Corridor’

UK colocation provider Kao Data talks about the changing data center requirements of HPC organizations in the “Innovation Corridor,” between London and Cambridge. Kao Data Vice President Spencer Lamb talks with the late Rich …


From insideHPC

Mode Analytics Raises $33 Million in Series D Funding, Led by H.I.G. Growth Partners

Mode Analytics Raises $33 Million in Series D Funding, Led by H.I.G. Growth Partners

San Francisco – August 6, 2020 – Mode Analytics, the leader in advanced analytics, today announced that it has closed a $33 million round of Series D funding led by H.I.G. Growth Partners, along with Valor Equity Partners, Foundation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Addressing Information Overload from Polarization

Addressing Information Overload from Polarization

Although mostly we had too little data to address a problem, the idea of finding data, determining its value in context and then prepping for sub tasks involved, could lead to too much.  This article excerpt intrigued me.  Polarization…


From The Eponymous Pickle

State and Future of IBM

State and Future of IBM

Former exec and colleague Bob Herbold talks IBM in his blog: 

IBM: Finally, A Bold Move Provides Some Hope
Posted on August 6, 2020   by Bob Herbold

One financial analyst calls IBM’s last ten years its wasted decade.  In that period…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Voice Assistant for Doctors

Voice Assistant for Doctors

Podcast of interest: Patient engagement,Voice Assistant

Harjinder Sandhu Founder and CEO of Saykara a Voice Assistant for Doctors – Voicebot Podcast Ep 161
Harjinder Sandhu founded Saykara in 2015 but his journey into healthcare…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More Intelligent Retail Clouds

More Intelligent Retail Clouds

More data, more interactions with parts of the business, new patterns to leverage in a changing world.

How is Artificial Intelligence Changing the Retail Landscape in Maize

Francis Oyewole heads up Business Development at Aura

How…


From insideHPC

1st Student Cluster Competition Focusing on Racial Inclusion Slated for January

1st Student Cluster Competition Focusing on Racial Inclusion Slated for January

The inaugural Winter Classic Invitational Student Cluster Competition to include historically black and minority universities in the supercomputing challenge arena is slated for Jan. 25, 2021. To date, participating colleges …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Huma-Like too Low a Bar

Huma-Like too Low a Bar

Good cautious point is made here.  But I respond that in most cases we are assisting a human,  or doing something rather narrow that a human does today.    But quicker and without many kinds of human-like errors.  So the bar

Why…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ethical Questions about AI Surgery

Ethical Questions about AI Surgery

Wondered at first where the ethical questions were coming from.  Access to advanced methods?  No, it seems privacy was once again involved.

Researchers examine the ethical implications of AI in surgical settings
Kyle Wiggers

A new…


From insideHPC

Hyperion Research Invites Submissions for HPC Innovation Excellence Awards

Hyperion Research Invites Submissions for HPC Innovation Excellence Awards

Hyperion Research is accepting submissions for the 16th round of the HPC Innovation Excellence Awards, to be announced at the SC20 (virtual) conference in November. Award entries are invited all countries and must be submitted…


From Computational Complexity

Do Senators have an Advantage for being Dem VP Nominee?

This is a non-partisan post. Even so:  I plan to vote for Joe Biden.


(Lance says that whenever I write `this is a non-partisan post'  its partisan anyway.)

I've had posts on predicting VPs before:

In this post I looked at a Nate…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Testing Self Driving in Germany

Testing Self Driving in Germany

The idea of autonomous vehicles moves on.

Mobileye wins permit to test autonomous vehicles in Germany   By Kyle Wiggers in Venturebeat

Mobileye, Intel’s driverless vehicle R&D division, today announced that German certification…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Updates Audio Settings

Google Updates Audio Settings

Had noticed that that Google assistant seemed to better understand.    Via Google:

' .... We recently updated the setting for voice and audio recordings in your Google Account and included more detail about how we use audio recordings…


From Schneier on Security

The NSA on the Risks of Exposing Location Data

The NSA on the Risks of Exposing Location Data

The NSA has issued an advisory on the risks of location data. Mitigations reduce, but do not eliminate, location tracking risks in mobile devices. Most users rely on features disabled by such mitigations, making such safeguards…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Many Sat Nav Systems in Orbit

The Many Sat Nav Systems in Orbit

The continued increase of GPS systems.   Will the data from multiple systems be commonly be shared?  Or more likely withdrawn in conflict?

China Celebrates Completion of Rival Satellite Navigation System
in Associated Press

China…


From insideHPC

Summit Takes Center Stage in GE Wind Power Study

Summit Takes Center Stage in GE Wind Power Study

Scientists at GE Research have been authorized by the U.S. Department of Energy to access Oak Ridge National Lab’s (ORNL) Summit supercomputer, the world second most powerful system, to study wind power, projected to provide …


From insideHPC

Unify Your Analytics, and Keep Your Data Where It Suits You

Unify Your Analytics, and Keep Your Data Where It Suits You

In this sponsored post, Joy King, VP, Vertica Product Management & Product Marketing, believes that we need to stop our fixation with “data in one place.” The days of the single data repository are behind us. If you try doing…


From insideHPC

RadioFreeHPC: HPC Market Growth; Student Cluster Competition — Winter Classic Invitational

RadioFreeHPC: HPC Market Growth; Student Cluster Competition — Winter Classic Invitational

by RadioFreeHPC Podcast HPC Market Projected Growth It’s a few weeks since we recorded this episode so maybe things have changed, but as of the recording the HPC market is projected to grow according to Hyperion’s studies. The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robotic Bricklayer

Robotic Bricklayer

A great deal of human engineering has been done on bricklaying, that could be used to carefully compare the work involved under varying contexts.

Robotic Bricklayer  from IdeaConnection.com
FBR, an Australian startup, is innovating…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Questions on the Value of Speaking Robotish

Questions on the Value of Speaking Robotish

What is the meaning behind declaring something a language?    We have many computing and many human languages.  How much does their form influence the nature of communication between people and people, people and devices?  What…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Opinions on State of the Art of Automated Machine Learning

Opinions on State of the Art of Automated Machine Learning

Very useful piece here,  the individual comments at the link are most interesting, the key takeaways are mostly obvious. 

State of the Art in Automated Machine Learning in InfoQ
Anthony Alford, Francesca Lazzeri

Key Takeaways:

-Automated…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Suites to be Modified

Google Suites to be Modified

Have now had to use G-Suites for a number of interactions, especially of university project communications.   Always thought they were less logical, especially when compared to MS's office offerings.  but then I started with

Google…


From insideHPC

Inspur NF5488A5 Breaks AI Server Performance Record in Latest MLPerf Benchmarks

Inspur NF5488A5 Breaks AI Server Performance Record in Latest MLPerf Benchmarks

San Jose, Aug. 5 – In the results released last week of MLPerf AI benchmark, Inspur NF5488A5 server set a new AI performance record in the Resnet50 training task, topping the list for single server performance. MLPerf (results…

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