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December 2019


From The Eponymous Pickle

Japan to Use Blockchain Payments

Japan to Use Blockchain Payments

Another indication of the wider adoption of Blockchain for tracking verified currency transfer.

JPMorgan Chase’s blockchain payments platform looks to be expanding to Japan, and soon.
Daniel Palmer in Coindesk

The U.S. banking multinational…


From The Eponymous Pickle

When Autonomous Cars Arrive in the Car Chase

When Autonomous Cars Arrive in the Car Chase

Dr. Lance Eliot spends considerable time and detail in examining how the autonomous car will be included in the classic California 'car chase'.    Also points to a number of his other examination of automobile/people behavioral…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Trials AI Soccer Commentary

IBM Trials AI Soccer Commentary

Note similarity to the Wimbledon video clip management example.   As I commented there  I would also like this done as real-time assitistive commentary to business meetings.      Say determine who has said they will do and when…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analyzing Papers to Determine Tech Future

Analyzing Papers to Determine Tech Future

Somewhat weak attempt, but the general thought is interesting,  yet how well can  we predict without knowing future context?

We analyzed 16,625 papers to figure out where AI is headed next
Our study of 25 years of artificial-intelligence…


From insideHPC

GigaIO Wins Most Innovative New Product Award for Big Data

GigaIO Wins Most Innovative New Product Award for Big Data

Today GigaIO announced that the company's FabreX technology has been selected as the winner of Connect's Most Innovative New Product Award for Big Data. The Most Innovative New Product Awards is an annual competition that recognizes…


From insideHPC

Verne Global brings hpcDIRECT to Bonseyes AI Marketplace

Verne Global brings hpcDIRECT to Bonseyes AI Marketplace

Today Verne Global announced that is has partnered with the Bonseyes secure marketplace and collaborative platform for building and trading AI applications. The move will provide Bonseyes users with access to Verne Global’s hpcDIRECT…


From insideHPC

NEC SX-Aurora Tops Energy Efficiency on HPCG Benchmark

NEC SX-Aurora Tops Energy Efficiency on HPCG Benchmark

In this video from SC19, Erich Focht from NEC describes how the company's SX-Aurora vector architecture achieves extreme energy efficiency on the HPCG benchmark. After that, Shintaro Momose from NEC describes recent enhancements…


From insideHPC

Data Scientist Thomas Thurston to speak at HPC User Forum in New Jersey

Data Scientist Thomas Thurston to speak at HPC User Forum in New Jersey

Venture Capitalist and Data Scientist Thomas Thurston is slated to speak at the upcoming HPC User Forum in Princeton, New Jersey. Thurston will give a talk titled, “Using HPC-enabled AI to Guide Investment Strategies for Finding…


From insideHPC

Intel Powers HPE Apollo 20 for HPC Workloads

Intel Powers HPE Apollo 20 for HPC Workloads

In this video from SC19, Larry Keller from HPE and Taha Mughi from HPE describe how the two companies collaborated on the innovative new Apollo 20 server for HPC workloads. "Are you searching for greater performance and more …


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

ACM-W Annual Report 2018-2019

ACM-W Annual Report 2018-2019

Mission and Impact From the Chair Celebrating, supporting, and advocating for women in computing is the mission and motivating force behind the work of ACM-W. In this inaugural annual report we hope to show our many members and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rise of Operational Analytics

Rise of Operational Analytics

Free eBook that looks to be of interest.  Clearly this is not a new thing,  was a primary part of our early training.   New methods have emerged though, and the computational power is now far   superior, data is much more manipulable…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cloud Based CyberCrime Evidence Detection

Cloud Based CyberCrime Evidence Detection

Links to other approaches I have recently seen in this area.

CIT Researchers Develop System to Detect Cloud-Based Cybercrime Evidence
Purdue University News
John O'Malley

Researchers at the Purdue Polytechnic Institute's Department…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Developing Digital Twins

Developing Digital Twins

A good example of how models can built from data to predict the behavior of systems.  Here a UAV as an example.

Developing a Digital Twin
Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (University of Texas at Austin)


From Schneier on Security

Reforming CDA 230

Reforming CDA 230

There's a serous debate on reforming Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. I am in the process of figuring out what I believe, and this is more a place to put resources and listen to people's comments. The EFF has written…


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

Greetings from the ACM-W North America Committee Chair

Greetings from the ACM-W North America Committee Chair

The newly formed ACM-W North America committee is up and running! We are currently working on establishing roles and responsibilities as well as the important task of identifying the goals we will be working towards over the…


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

News from ACM-W Scholarships, December 2019

News from ACM-W Scholarships, December 2019

The ACM Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences program provides support for women students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. The student does not have to present a paper…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Calculating Entropy

Calculating Entropy

As I read this and the paper noted at the link, this could be a very big deal.   Entropy is disorder .... and if we can accurately measure it, it leads to means of better models, measures, understanding and should lead to better…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Billion Cameras Will be Watching

A Billion Cameras Will be Watching

Inevitable.    But where is the data going and how is it used?  Does the installation of cameras consider future advances that will use that data in more invasive ways?  Such future use transparency does not now exist.

A World…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Saying No to Loyalty Offers

Saying No to Loyalty Offers

This came to mind as I shopped in the last week.   No clear offers for my time or data were offered.  Lots of  'apparent' offers that were easy to see through.  I often do a simple forward forecast of the offer to see that it…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Is Hanabi Card Game the Future Challenge for Human AI?

Is Hanabi Card Game the Future Challenge for Human AI?

We readily reason and interact with incomplete information and the need to cooperate. Is this sample deceptively simple game challenge a way to model those kinds of human level contexts?  More links to supporting information

Google…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Coding Without a Net

Coding Without a Net

My Programming Honors students are struggling with creating classes in C#. They really wanted me to code up a project live (again) and have them follow along. But I’ve used my usual examples and samples and projects already.Now…


From insideHPC

Call for Papers: HPML2020 High Performance Machine Learning Workshop

Call for Papers: HPML2020 High Performance Machine Learning Workshop

The third High Performance Machine Learning Workshop has issued its Call for Papers. HPML2020 takes place May 11, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia in conjunction with CCGrid 2020. "This workshop is intended to bring together the …


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Apply Now for the 8th Heidelberg Laureate Forum

Apply Now for the 8th Heidelberg Laureate Forum

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) recently announced the start of the application period to attend the 8th annual HLF, which will take place September 20–25, 2020 in Heidelberg, Germany. Organized by the Heidelberg Laureate…


From insideHPC

GIGABYTE Steps up with a Broad Array of Server Offerings for AI & HPC

GIGABYTE Steps up with a Broad Array of Server Offerings for AI & HPC

In this video from SC19, Peter Hanley from GIGABYTE describes how the company delivers a full range of server solutions for HPC, AI, and the Edge. "GIGABYTE is an industry leader in HPC, delivering systems with the highest GPU…


From insideHPC

Schneider Electric Launches Industry’s First Integrated Rack with Immersed, Liquid-Cooled IT for Data Centers

Schneider Electric Launches Industry’s First Integrated Rack with Immersed, Liquid-Cooled IT for Data Centers

Today Schneider Electric and Iceotope announced the industry’s first commercially-available integrated rack with chassis-based, immersive liquid cooling. Optimized for compute-intensive applications, the solution combines a high…


From insideHPC

Intel Horse Ridge Chip to Cryogenically Control Quantum Computers

Intel Horse Ridge Chip to Cryogenically Control Quantum Computers

Today Intel Labs unveiled what is believed a first-of-its-kind cryogenic control chip — code-named “Horse Ridge” — that will speed up development of full-stack quantum computing systems. Horse Ridge will enable control of multiple…


From insideHPC

AMD Readies EPYC for Exascale with ROCm at SC19

AMD Readies EPYC for Exascale with ROCm at SC19

In this video from SC19, Derek Bouius from AMD describes how the company's new EPYC processors and Radeon GPUs can speed HPC and Ai applications. With its EPYC processors, Radeon Instinct accelerators, Infinity Fabric technologies…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Business Transformation

Business Transformation

All in?   Most importantly to what.

Why your next transformation should be ‘all in'
from McKinsey By Chris Bradley, Marc de Jong, and Wesley Walden

Business transformation programs have long focused on productivity improvement—taking…


From Schneier on Security

Failure Modes in Machine Learning

Failure Modes in Machine Learning

Interesting taxonomy of machine-learning failures (pdf) that encompasses both mistakes and attacks, or -- in their words -- intentional and unintentional failure modes. It's a good basis for threat modeling....


From Computational Complexity

What do you call your ugrad non-algorithms theory course?

I am in the process of reviewing What can be computed: A Practical Guide to the Theory of Computation by John MacCormick and I need YOUR help for the first SENTENCE. 

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