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January 2022


From insideHPC

Quantum Origin and Axiom Space: Cybersecurity for Commercial Space Station

Quantum Origin and Axiom Space: Cybersecurity for Commercial Space Station

Houston and Cambridge, UK — Axiom Space is constructing the core layer of infrastructure for low-earth orbit operations for the commercial successor to the International Space Station (ISS). Axiom has formed a partnership with…


From BLOG@CACM

Cryptocurs Don't Asportate

Cryptocurs Don't Asportate

 Cryptocurrency on a blockchain cannot be stolen -- it's true.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nuclear Radiation Use to Transmit Data

Nuclear Radiation Use to Transmit Data

 Most interesting, why more specifically?  safety?

 Nuclear Radiation Used to Transmit Digital Data Wirelessly

Lancaster University (U.K.)

November 10, 2021

Digitally encoded information has been transmitted wirelessly using nuclear…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ways AI and ML will improve cybersecurity in 2022

Ways AI and ML will improve cybersecurity in 2022

 Good thoughts, its all about patterns in context. 

Ways AI and ML will improve cybersecurity in 2022, By Louis Columbus, January 19, 2022 8:40 AM in Venturebeat

Cyberattacks are happening faster, targeting multiple threat surfaces…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Eyelid Geatures for Motor Impairment

Eyelid Geatures for Motor Impairment

Always thought there would be value in the eyelid asa secondary communication at least.  This is a considerable and technical article.

Eyelid Gestures for People with Motor Impairments

By Mingming Fan, Zhen Li, Franklin Mingzhe…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Metalenz Unveils Very Small Sensors

Metalenz Unveils Very Small Sensors

Intrigued by very small sensors, and the ability to apply analytic and exploratory methods

Metalenz unveils PolarEyes sensors that are 1,000 times smaller than a human hair  in VentureBeat

Metalenz unveiled a new kind of sensor…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Graphene Speaks

Graphene Speaks

 Material, syntheses in new contexts.

When Graphene Speaks, Scientists Can Now Listen

Rice University News, Mike Williams, January 19, 2022

Brothers John and Victor Li, working in the laboratory of Rice University's James Tour,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tesla Hacking Possible

Tesla Hacking Possible

 Probably possible in many modern automobile applications, good to see the warning early.

Third-Party Software for Teslas Can Be Hacked, German Teen Says

Bloomberg, Katrina Nicholas; Jordan Robertson, January 12, 2022

German teenager…


From insideHPC

DDN Names Meredyth Jensen CMO

DDN Names Meredyth Jensen CMO

CHATSWORTH, Calif. – Jan. 27, 2022 –  DDN, an artificial intelligence (AI) and multi-cloud data management solutions company, today announced that brand marketing and strategic communications leader, Meredyth Jensen, has joined…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

What Do Computer Science Teachers Need For Professional Development

What Do Computer Science Teachers Need For Professional Development

Mike Zamansky had a great post called Trends In Professional Development in CS - it's not all good. We’re still at a very interesting place in the development of computer science education.  The shortage of qualified CS teachers…


From insideHPC

PICMG Releases New COM-HPC Carrier Board Design Guide

PICMG Releases New COM-HPC Carrier Board Design Guide

Wakefield, MA, January 2022 – PICMG, a consortium for developing open embedded computing specifications, announces that the COM-HPC Carrier Board Design Guide is released and freely available on the PICMG website. The 160-page…


From insideHPC

Sandia ML Model Shows Diamond Melting at High Pressure

Sandia ML Model Shows Diamond Melting at High Pressure

ALBUQUERQUE, Jan. 26, 2022 — A Sandia National Laboratories supercomputer simulation model called SNAP that rapidly predicts the behavior of billions of interacting atoms has captured the melting of diamond when compressed by…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger and Meijer give out free N95 Masks

Kroger and Meijer give out free N95 Masks

Though I am both a Kroger and Meijer shopper I had not noted this.   Though have read that N95 are much better for the task, it is still unclear how much good they do in varying retail contexts. Still seems a good attractionKroger…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Software Designed Microwave Cooking

Software Designed Microwave Cooking

 As a long time amateur cook and with interest in it as a process and how it might be automated this is quite interesting.   

Software-Defined Cooking Using a Microwave Oven

By Haojian Jin, Jingxian Wang, Swarun Kumar, Jason Hong…


From insideHPC

@HPCpodcast: The Recent Rush of Quantum News – Tech Advances, Partnerships, Investments

@HPCpodcast: The Recent Rush of Quantum News – Tech Advances, Partnerships, Investments

http://orionx.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/009@HPCPodcast_Quantum-Computing-Status-Investments_20220125.mp3 A recent rush of quantum news is the topic of the latest episode of @HPCpodcast, including the melding of quantum and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Teaching in Person and Online

Teaching in Person and Online

 Been reading the book below, so far looks very good and to the point in these times.  Have not finished, but good so far.  The technical specifics may get out of date, but the rest should hold up. 

The Hybrid Teacher, Using Technology…


From insideHPC

Object Storage Company MinIO Closes $103M Series B Round

Object Storage Company MinIO Closes $103M Series B Round

PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 26, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MinIO Inc., creators of the MinIO multi-cloud object storage suite, announced today that it has raised $103 million in Series B funding at a $1 billion valuation. The investment…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Testing the Meaning of Digital Darkness

Testing the Meaning of Digital Darkness

Perhaps a good case study to understand the implications of complete digital darkness, how should we address this and what are the capabilities that need to be provided, in what order. 

Tonga Faces Weeks of Digital Darkness
By…


From insideHPC

Hyperion Research Announces Winners of HPC Innovation Excellence Awards

Hyperion Research Announces Winners of HPC Innovation Excellence Awards

Hyperion Research today announced the 17th round of recipients of the HPC Innovation Excellence Award. The award winners are: National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Better wildfire models save property and life. Refined…


From The Eponymous Pickle

MIT Reveals new Quantum Computing Language: Twist

MIT Reveals new Quantum Computing Language: Twist

 A Language for Quantum Computing

ACM NEWS

A New Language for Quantum Computing, By MIT News

January 25, 2022

Time crystals. Microwaves. Diamonds. What do these three disparate things have in common? 

Quantum computing. Unlike traditional…


From insideHPC

DOE Office of Science Awards 95M Hours of HPC Time for Science, Academia and Industry

DOE Office of Science Awards 95M Hours of HPC Time for Science, Academia and Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science announced today that 45 projects were awarded a total of 95 million hours of computing time on some of the world’s most powerful supercomputers as part…


From Computational Complexity

A Failure to Communicate

The screenwriter Aaron Sorkin wrote an article on prioritizing "Truth over Accuracy". He tells stories from his movies The Social Network and Being the Ricardos, of where he moves away from accuracy to get to the truth of a situation…


From insideHPC

Agnostiq Launches Orchestration Platform for Quantum and HPC

Agnostiq Launches Orchestration Platform for Quantum and HPC

Toronto — January 26, 2022 — Agnostiq, Inc., a quantum computing SaaS startup, announced Covalent, an open-source workflow orchestration platform designed specifically for quantum computing and HPC technologies. Covalent aims…


From insideHPC

Atos and Verizon Team on 5G Edge Analytics

Atos and Verizon Team on 5G Edge Analytics

New York and Paris — January 26, 2022 – Verizon Business and Atos today announce a partnership to power IoT solutions with private 5G multi-access edge computing for businesses, government and communities worldwide. The 5G edge…


From insideHPC

Lenovo Unveils TruScale HPC as a Service  

Lenovo Unveils TruScale HPC as a Service  

Lenovo today unveiled its TruScale High Performance Computing as a Service (HPCaaS), designed to deliver the power of supercomputing through a cloud-like experience. The offering is built to be a flexible, on-premises service…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Killing Off FloC

Google Killing Off FloC

 Notable  How does this change the interaction with consumer, their privacy and 

Google Kills Off FLoC, Replaces It With Topics

By TechCrunch, January 25, 2022

FLoC (Federated Learning of Cohorts), Google's controversial project…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robotic Eldercare Advances

Robotic Eldercare Advances

Saw a number of examples of this being done in visits to Japan, were impressive.   Aimed to support Japan's aging population.

Robots Rise to Meet the Challenge of Caring for Older Adults

Nature, Neil Savage, January 19, 2022

Robotic…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

A List of Most Theory Blogs

The list doesn’t destroy culture; it creates it. Wherever you look in cultural history, you will find lists—Umberto Eco Luca Trevisan, Stefan Schmid, James Lee, Scott Aaronson, Michael Mitzenmacher, Omer Reingold, Lance Fortnow…


From insideHPC

Intersect360 Research White Paper: Microsoft Azure Delivers HPC Now And Into The Future With AMD

Intersect360 Research White Paper: Microsoft Azure Delivers HPC Now And Into The Future With AMD

[SPONSORED POST] Highlighted in this white paper by Intersect360 Research, the fastest growing provider of HPC cloud solutions has been Microsoft Azure. Azure’s momentum is based on completeness of services and solutions for …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ransomware: Insurance Might Pay

Ransomware: Insurance Might Pay

And of course will foreign plays admit guilt for hostile actions?  And surely insurance premiums will increase. 

Via Schneier, with further comments:

The insurance company Ace American has to pay for the losses:

On 6th DecemberMerck…

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