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November 2020


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Council Member William Gropp voted IEEE CS 2022 President

CCC Council Member William Gropp voted IEEE CS 2022 President

Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council member William “Bill” Gropp has been voted IEEE Computer Society 2021 president-elect and will serve as president in 2022! The IEEE Computer Society is the world’s home for computer…


From insideHPC

CoolIT Renews Commitment with HPE Cray EX Supercomputers and HPE Apollo 20 Systems

CoolIT Renews Commitment with HPE Cray EX Supercomputers and HPE Apollo 20 Systems

Calgary, Alberta. November 3rd, 2020 – CoolIT Systems, maker of scalable direct liquid cooling technology (DLC) for desktop and data centers systems, announces continued participation with exascale and high performance computing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Learn 1 New Skill

Learn 1 New Skill

Nicely stated. I agree it is essential. but make sure you use it with care. Minimal hype.  And combine it with other capabilities that help yield correct results.

Mark Cuban: The World's First Trillionaire Is Learning 1 SkillBy…


From insideHPC

Quantum Science: ORNL Researchers Talk about Exploring Subatomic Weirdness

Quantum Science: ORNL Researchers Talk about Exploring Subatomic Weirdness

Check out Oak Ridge National Lab’s latest Sounds of Science podcast in which ORNL researchers discuss what they hope to accomplish with quantum computing. As ORNL states in its introduction to this episode: “Quantum mechanics…


From insideHPC

ICC Partners with GigaIO to Offer NovArray HPC Solution

ICC Partners with GigaIO to Offer NovArray HPC Solution

Carlsbad, CA – November 3, 2020 – GigaIO, creators of data center network architecture and connectivity solutions, today announced an agreement with International Computer Concepts (ICC), a systems integrator of enterprise-level…


From insideHPC

insideHPC Guide to HPC/AI for Energy

insideHPC Guide to HPC/AI for Energy

In this technology guide sponsored by our friends over at Dell Technologies, we take a deep dive into how the team of Dell Technologies and AMD is working to provide solutions for a wide array of needs for more strategic cultivation…


From insideHPC

Registration Open for Hyperion Research HPC Market Update at Virtual SC20

Registration Open for Hyperion Research HPC Market Update at Virtual SC20

HPC industry analyst firm Hyperion Research will hold annual HPC Market Update Briefing during the SC20 conference on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 starting at noon Eastern Time. The event will include an hour-long presentation followed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deep Learning will do Everything?

Deep Learning will do Everything?

But there is still much to learn, to apply,  to understand.  The history is examined, the future is considered. 

AI godfather Geoff Hinton: “Deep learning is going to be able to do everything”

Nearly 30 years ago, Hinton’s belief…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Walmart Abandons Robotic Inventory

Walmart Abandons Robotic Inventory

Does not mean it could not go back to it, but for now robots won't take store inventory.   There are now lots of people to hire in this space.   An area we spent a whole decade researching. 

Walmart abandons plan to have robots…


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

ACM-W Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences

ACM-W Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences

The ACM-W Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences program provides support for women students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences.


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

The Election Night Time Warp

Has Election Night—not just the election—been modeled adequately? The Conversation source Kurt Gödel famously found solutions to Albert Einstein’s equations of general relativity that allow trajectories to loop through time.…


From insideHPC

AWS Launches Nvidia GPU-Driven EC2 P4d Instances for AI, HPC

AWS Launches Nvidia GPU-Driven EC2 P4d Instances for AI, HPC

Amazon Web Services today announced the general availability of Amazon EC2 P4d Instances powered by Nvidia GPUs with EC2 UltraClusters capability delivering 3x faster performance, up to 60 percent lower cost, and 2.5x more GPU…


From Schneier on Security

New Windows Zero-Day

New Windows Zero-Day

Google’s Project Zero has discovered and published a buffer overflow vulnerability in the Windows Kernel Cryptography Driver. The exploit doesn’t affect the cryptography, but allows attackers to escalate system privileges:

Attackers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Leadership by Algorithm

Leadership by Algorithm

An interview with David De Cremer

From Knowledge@Wharton

Artificial Intelligence Will Change How We Think About Leadership

Supports K@W's, Technology Content

The increasing attention being paid to artificial intelligence raises important…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Catalyzing Computing Podcast Episode 30 – Open-Source Exhibitions with Andreas Matt

Catalyzing Computing Podcast Episode 30 – Open-Source Exhibitions with Andreas Matt

A new episode of the Computing Community Consortium‘s (CCC) podcast, Catalyzing Computing, is now available. This episode of the podcast is taken from a video interview with Andreas Matt, co-founder and CEO of IMAGINARY, a non…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Salesforce: Mapping Algorithms for Office Reopening

Salesforce: Mapping Algorithms for Office Reopening

Depending on how well it works could be interesting to try.  By Salesforce.  Further calibration with data and results? How different is this than using methods like those developed more generally for transmission tracking? The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots Patrolling the Uncanny Valley

Robots Patrolling the Uncanny Valley

The notion of the 'uncanny valley', further and more widely examined.  Typically the idea has been applied to android robotics, that is robots or even visualizations that look much like humans, but are not.  That gives many people…


From insideHPC

Fugaku in the News: Simulations Show Humidifiers Could Limit COVID-19 Spread

Fugaku in the News: Simulations Show Humidifiers Could Limit COVID-19 Spread

Scientists using the world’s most powerful supercomputer, the Arm-based Fugaku system at Japan’s  Riken Center for Computational Science, have generated findings that relate humidity to the spread of coronavirus: the more humid…


From BLOG@CACM

Determining CS Student Preferences During the Corona Semester

Determining CS Student Preferences During the Corona Semester

What does the Corona Semester reveal about computer science students’ preferences when learning computer science?


From The Eponymous Pickle

Crowsourcing Smartphone Sensors to Test Infrastructure

Crowsourcing Smartphone Sensors to Test Infrastructure

Though likely to cause concern over privacy.

Motorists' Smartphones May Help Highways Bosses Keep Roads Safe

University of Birmingham

Researchers at the U.K.’s University of Birmingham found that high-resolution three-axis accelerometers…


From Computational Complexity

I polled my class about the election

 In 2016 I had the Sophomore discrete math class do a poll of who they wanted for president.

In 2020 I had the  both my  Senior Crypto class and Clyde's Sophomore algorithms course do a poll of who they wanted for president.

All…


From insideHPC

Juniper Research: Industrial IoT Connections to Reach 37B by 2025

Juniper Research: Industrial IoT Connections to Reach 37B by 2025

Hampshire, UK – 2nd November 2020: A new study from Juniper Research has found that the global number of Industrial IoT connections will increase from 17.7 billion in 2020 to 36.8 billion in 2025; representing an overall growth…


From insideHPC

insideHPC Guide to AI and HPC in Media & Entertainment

insideHPC Guide to AI and HPC in Media & Entertainment

In this white paper sponsored by our friends over at Dell Technologies, we take a look at AI and HPC in Media & Entertainment where an increasing demand for digital media content creates need for faster rendering options. The…


From Putting People First

Google Health’s human-centred observational study on AI’s real-world problems

Google Health’s human-centred observational study on AI’s real-world problems

The gulf between the technical brilliance claimed for Google’s deep learning model and its real-world application points to a common problem that has hindered the use of AI in medical settings.


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

The Night of the Ethical Algorithm

Algorithms for the Election Michael Kearns and Aaron Roth are the authors of the book Ethical Algorithms and the The Science of Socially Aware Algorithm Design. It has earned strong reviews including this one in Nature—impressive…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

How will the pandemic impact software programming jobs?

How will the pandemic impact software programming jobs?

Software programming is not for everyone, but among the careers that are mostly unregulated, and thus mostly free from rents, it has consistently been one of the best choices. You can earn more money if you embrace some professions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Can AI Find Evolving Earthquakes?

Can AI Find Evolving Earthquakes?

More advances moving towards closer to rea-time prediction?

Technology Finds Long-Hidden Quakes, Possible Clues About How Earthquakes Evolve

Stanford News, Josie Garthwaite

Stanford University scientists developed new algorithms…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smarter Models Include Uncertainty, Risk

Smarter Models Include Uncertainty, Risk

In the earlier days of AI we always included uncertainty and risk models in parallel.  Even if risk was apparently minimal.    This seems to be much less done today.    Except if you use Bayesian methods that directly include…


From The Eponymous Pickle

RiskIQ and Ransomware

RiskIQ and Ransomware

 Useful detail.

RiskIQ Has Released Its Corpus of Infrastructure and IOCs Related to Ryuk Ransomware

OCTOBER 30, 2020

BY TEAM RISKIQ

Ryuk Ransomware has flooded US hospitals, threatening to shut down their operations when they're…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Global Knowledge Research Foundation

Global Knowledge Research Foundation

My introduction to this group.  Ultimately its about knowledge and its use: 

In a recent ACM Video Interview 

  Stephen Ibaraki spoke with Amit Joshi, Director of the Global Knowledge Research Foundation https://gr.foundation/about…

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