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February 2024


From BLOG@CACM

Interview answers that are not going to help you


From Schneier on Security

Details of a Phone Scam

Details of a Phone Scam

First-person account of someone who fell for a scam, that started as a fake Amazon service rep and ended with a fake CIA agent, and lost $50,000 cash. And this is not a naive or stupid person.

The details are fascinating. And…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Shaping the Future of AI Research and Education with the NAIRR: Respond to the NAIRR RFI

Shaping the Future of AI Research and Education with the NAIRR: Respond to the NAIRR RFI

On January 24th, 2024, the NSF’s National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource (NAIRR) working group released a Request for Information to, “gather current and anticipated research and education use cases for the NAIRR Pilot…


From insideHPC

UCSD and CEA-Leti Paper: DC-DC Converter Unifies Power Switches on a Single Chip

UCSD and CEA-Leti Paper: DC-DC Converter Unifies Power Switches on a Single Chip

SAN DIEGO and GRENOBLE, France – Feb. 20, 2024 – University of California San Diego and CEA-Leti scientists report they have developed a ground-breaking piezoelectric-based DC-DC converter that unifies all power switches onto…


From insideHPC

IQM Quantum Reports Benchmarks on 20-Qubit System 

IQM Quantum Reports Benchmarks on 20-Qubit System 

Espoo, Finland, 20th February 2024 – IQM Quantum Computers  announced it has achieved its latest benchmarks measured on its 20-qubit quantum computer.   Among the system-level benchmarks IQM obtained:  Quantum Volume (QV) of …


From insideHPC

Samsung Collaborates with Arm on Cortex-X CPU

Samsung Collaborates with Arm on Cortex-X CPU

SAN JOSE, Feb 20, 2024 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced a collaboration to deliver Arm Cortex-X CPU developed on Samsung Foundry’s Gate-All-Around (GAA) process technology. This initiative is built on a partnership…


From Schneier on Security

Microsoft Is Spying on Users of Its AI Tools

Microsoft Is Spying on Users of Its AI Tools

Microsoft announced that it caught Chinese, Russian, and Iranian hackers using its AI tools—presumably coding tools—to improve their hacking abilities.

From their report:

In collaboration with OpenAI, we are sharing threat intelligence…


From insideHPC

Accelerated HPC for Energy Efficiency with AWS and NVIDIA

Accelerated HPC for Energy Efficiency with AWS and NVIDIA

[SPONSORED GUEST ARTICLE] Many industries are starting to run HPC in the cloud. Find out how GPU-accelerated compute, from AWS and NVIDIA, is helping organizations run more HPC workloads and AI/ML jobs faster, in a more energy…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Measuring energy usage: regular code vs. SIMD code

Measuring energy usage: regular code vs. SIMD code

Modern processor have fancy instructions that can do many operations at one using wide registers: SIMD instructions. Intel and AMD have 512-bit registers and associated instructions under AVX-512. You expect these instructions…


From Schneier on Security

EU Court of Human Rights Rejects Encryption Backdoors

EU Court of Human Rights Rejects Encryption Backdoors

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that breaking end-to-end encryption by adding backdoors violates human rights:

Seemingly most critically, the [Russian] government told the ECHR that any intrusion on private lives…


From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Designing robots that care (plus links to related careers)

Designing robots that care (plus links to related careers)

An article from Nicola Plant about ways of making social robots more sociable which links to a related EPSRC project about a tablet-based AI tool for people with dementia. For those interested in computing-related careers there…


From Computational Complexity

ChatGPT thinks Graph Isomorphism has real applications. Is it right?

Lance did a post on Babai's result on Graph Isomorphism (see here). I then did a post asking if Graph Isomorphism has real applications (see here).  Lance proofread my post (There were some typos! Really!) and then he was inspired…


From insideHPC

Pawsey Adds NVIDIA CUDA Quantum Platform for R&D Simulations

Pawsey Adds NVIDIA CUDA Quantum Platform for R&D Simulations

SYDNEY—SCA2024—Feb. 19, 2024—NVIDIA today announced that Australia’s Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre will add the NVIDIA CUDA Quantum platform accelerated by NVIDIA Grace Hopper Superchips to its National Supercomputing…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

New Methods Solve Old Problems

Really old ones, in this case Ben Cohen writes the “Science of Success” column for The Wall Street Journal. It is about what makes people, teams and ideas work out in business, culture, and beyond. His recent one was about Luke…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Vegan Squid-Ink Pasta

Friday Squid Blogging: Vegan Squid-Ink Pasta

It uses black beans for color and seaweed for flavor.

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 insideHPC

AI Governance Proposal: Control AI by Controlling Compute

AI Governance Proposal: Control AI by Controlling Compute

To control compute – to squeeze or open the spigot of processing power – is to control AI. In doing so, AI can be steered toward beneficial results while avoiding, or punishing, bad ones. That’s the argument put forward in a …


From insideHPC

VIAVI Xgig Exerciser Approved for CXL 1.1 Compliance Testing

VIAVI Xgig Exerciser Approved for CXL 1.1 Compliance Testing

Chandler, Ariz., February 15, 2024 – VIAVI Solutions Inc. (VIAVI) (NASDAQ: VIAV), a provider of network test, monitoring and assurance solutions, today announced that the VIAVI Xgig CXL Exerciser has been recognized as a CXL …


From insideHPC

NSF to Hold Feb. 21 Webinar on National AI Research Resource

NSF to Hold Feb. 21 Webinar on National AI Research Resource

Feb. 15, 2024 – The National Science Foundation will hold a webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 3-4 pm ET for researchers and educators to learn about the National AI Research Resource (NAIRR), the recently launched multi-agency…


From insideHPC

Lenovo and Anaconda Partner to Accelerate AI Development

Lenovo and Anaconda Partner to Accelerate AI Development

February 15, 2024 – Today, Lenovo announced a partnership with Anaconda Inc., a provider of source code for artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science platform, to empower Lenovo’s data science workstations. The…


From insideHPC

Lambda Raises $320M to Build NVIDIA GPU Cloud for AI

Lambda Raises $320M to Build NVIDIA GPU Cloud for AI

SAN JOSE, Feb. 15, 2024 — Lambda, the GPU cloud company powered by NVIDIA GPUs, today announced it has raised a $320 million Series C led by Thomas Tull’s US Innovative Technology with participation from new investors B Capital…


From The Noisy Channel

Precision, Recall, and Desirability

Precision, Recall, and Desirability

Recent developments in AI have created opportunities across the search stack. But before building solutions, it is important to clearly identify the problems they can address. Broadly speaking, search applications focus on three…


From Computational Complexity

Focusing on the Outcomes


An academic field often organizes itself pulling ideas from its own field. For example, students on the economics faculty job search can signal at most two schools, without giving any other rules on how the signals should be

In…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA Reveals Eos Supercomputer: 4,600 H100 GPUs for 18 AI Exaflops

NVIDIA Reveals Eos Supercomputer: 4,600 H100 GPUs for 18 AI Exaflops

NVIDIA Thursday released a video that offers the first public look at Eos (pictured here), a monster 18.4 exaflops FP8 AI supercomputer powered by 576 DGX H100 systems... NVIDIA said Eos would be ranked no. 9 on the TOP500 list…


From Schneier on Security

On the Insecurity of Software Bloat

On the Insecurity of Software Bloat

Good essay on software bloat and the insecurities it causes.

The world ships too much code, most of it by third parties, sometimes unintended, most of it uninspected. Because of this, there is a huge attack surface full of mediocre…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Call for Participation: Envisioning Computer Science Futures and Frontiers

Call for Participation: Envisioning Computer Science Futures and Frontiers

The Computing Community Consortium’s (CCC) Grand Challenges task force is engaging in a new visioning activity to identify the next grand challenges that will shape the future of our field. We’re seeking visionary thinkers and…


From insideHPC

EuroHPC JU Issues Procurement Call for LUMI-Quantum

EuroHPC JU Issues Procurement Call for LUMI-Quantum

The European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) has launched a call for tender for the installation of LUMI-Q, a new EuroHPC quantum computer to be located in Czechia and integrated into the EuroHPC supercomputer…


From Schneier on Security

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

This is a current list of where and when I am scheduled to speak:

  • I’m speaking at the Munich Security Conference (MSC) 2024 in Munich, Germany, on Friday, February 16, 2024.
  • I’m giving a keynote at a symposium on “AI and Trust…


    From insideHPC

    IQM Quantum Announces Co-CEO  

    IQM Quantum Announces Co-CEO  

    Espoo, Finland, 14th February 2024 – IQM Quantum Computers announced it is implementing a dual leadership structure, appointing two Co-CEOs.    Former sole CEO and Co-founder Dr. Jan Goetz will lead external relations and fundraising…


    From insideHPC

    Quantum: PASQAL Announces New Chairman, Deputy CEO

    Quantum: PASQAL Announces New Chairman, Deputy CEO

    PARIS – February 13, 2024 — PASQAL, a company focused on neutral atoms quantum computing, today announced the appointment of Wasiq Bokhari as chairman of its board of directors, the promotion of Loïc Henriet to Deputy CEO and…


    From BLOG@CACM

    Rare Circular Slide Rules

    Rare Circular Slide Rules

    Slide rules: the longer the scale, the greater the accuracy of the instrument.

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