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April 2021


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deep Learning Likes Sound Files

Deep Learning Likes Sound Files

Quite interesting results about the nature of data for training.  

Deep Learning Networks Prefer the Human Voice   By Columbia University,  April 8, 2021

Neural network image classification systems might reach higher levels ofThe…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the State of Quantum

On the State of Quantum

 This also talks about D-Wave, which we touched with in our early examinations.  We are getting to closer to having the ability to solve complex problems very fast, and to have to worry about Quantum making some of our security…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Seeking Conversational Writing

Seeking Conversational Writing

We  want our AIs and Bots to speak  and converse understandably.  Engaging with us and our colleagues and customers.   Efficiently providing answers and teaching too.   So what are the basics in making that happen?    Ultimately…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Crypto Canon: From Andreessen Horowitz

Crypto Canon:  From Andreessen Horowitz

Very nicely done resource here,  with lots of introductory and related information.

See the Andreessen Crypto Canon:  https://a16z.com/2018/02/10/crypto-readings-resources/    

From Andreessen Horowitz  Crypto Canon  Here’s a list…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Vaccine Passports

Vaccine Passports

 First thing I thought of after receiving my document indicating I had been COVID Vaccinated.   Hardly looked like a 'passport'.  Could have been easily altered.   Should I carry it around with me?   Or risk being quarantined…


From BLOG@CACM

The World's Most Magnificent Historical Calculating Machines

The World's Most Magnificent Historical Calculating Machines

The design of today's electronic computers is usually not very appealing, in contrast to magnificent mechanical calculating machines from earlier times.


From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

ICANN70 Showcases Universal Acceptance (UA) Progress

ICANN70 Showcases Universal Acceptance (UA) Progress

During the ICANN70 Virtual Community Forum (22-25 March) and Prep Week (8-11 March), two Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) sessions highlighted the progress being made towards achieving the Universal Acceptance (UA) …


From insideHPC

SDSC Picks Habana AI Training and Inference Chips for Voyager HPC System

SDSC Picks Habana AI Training and Inference Chips for Voyager HPC System

The San Diego Supercomputer Center has selected Habana Labs’ AI training and inference accelerators for SDSC’s Voyager supercomputer, scheduled to be in service this fall. Habana said the HPC system, housed at the University …


From Computational Complexity

Quantum Stories

Scott Aaronson wrote last month about the hype over quantum computing. I'd thought I'd drop a few stories.

I was once asked to review a grant proposal (outside the US) that claimed it would find a quantum algorithm for NP-hard…


From insideHPC

HPC DevOps: Powered by the Cloud

HPC DevOps: Powered by the Cloud

In this sponsored article, Bruce Moxon, Sr. HPC Architect, Microsoft Azure Global, discusses a number of developments that are ushering in a new era of HPC with the speed and agility of the Cloud. A well-planned, cloud-native…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Defining Epidemics

Defining Epidemics

Late to this, but interesting and well done. . Mostly non technical and visually presented.

Chasing the Elusive Numbers That Define Epidemics

By Jordana Cepelewicz, Staff Writer   in Quanta Magazine

Most modeling efforts duringResearchers…


From insideHPC

Semtech Expands 5G Wireless Front Haul Portfolio With 50Gbps Tri-Edge CDR IC Solution

Semtech Expands 5G Wireless Front Haul Portfolio With 50Gbps Tri-Edge CDR IC Solution

CAMARILLO, Calif., Apr. 7, 2021 – Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC), supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, today announced sampling of the newest member of its Tri-Edge …


From insideHPC

ERDCWERX, ERDC Invite Prototype Concepts in Cybersecurity and HPC

ERDCWERX, ERDC Invite Prototype Concepts in Cybersecurity and HPC

VICKSBURG, MISS. – Industry and academia now have more options to pursue collaboration and contracts with the federal government. The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) is seeking white paper submissions…


From insideHPC

Aliro Quantum to Unveil Quantum Network Design-Sim Platform at Quantum.Tech Virtual on April 12-14

Aliro Quantum to Unveil Quantum Network Design-Sim Platform at Quantum.Tech Virtual on April 12-14

BOSTON April 7, 2021 – Aliro Quantum announces its participation in the Quantum.Tech Virtual 2021 conference on April 12-14, where the company will demo its quantum networking design platform, Aliro Q.Network (AQN). Quantum networking…


From insideHPC

MinIO Enables Management of Kubernetes-native Object Storage with Console, Operator and SUBNET Health

MinIO Enables Management of  Kubernetes-native Object Storage with Console, Operator and SUBNET Health

PALO ALTO — April 7, 2021 — MinIO, a high performance, Kubernetes-native object storage, today announced the addition of Console, Operator and SUBNET Health to MinIO’s suite of object storage software. These new features simplify…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robot Finding its Way Through Clutter

Robot Finding its Way Through Clutter

From the MIT Media Lab

RF Grasp: The robot that finds its way through clutter

MIT Media Lab

Robots are not capable of handling tasks as simple as restocking grocery store shelves as they cannot perceive the environment as good as…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Finding Veins Using AI

Finding Veins Using AI

Having been on the receiving end of this, like the claim.  

Skoltech Scientists Use ML to Help Doctors Find Veins for No-Fuss Blood Draws

Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Russia)

March 29, 2021

A prototype medical imager…


From insideHPC

University of Chicago’s Polsky Center and the Chicago Quantum Exchange Launch Quantum Startup Program

University of Chicago’s Polsky Center and the Chicago Quantum Exchange Launch Quantum Startup Program

The University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Chicago Quantum Exchange today announced the launch of Duality, the first U.S. accelerator program for startup companies in quantum science…


From insideHPC

LLNL Captures 3 FLC Technology Transfer Awards

LLNL Captures 3 FLC Technology Transfer Awards

Researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) from the lab’s Innovation and Partnerships Office and colleagues who help them commercialize technologies have won three national technology transfer awards this …


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Submit Requests for Supplemental Funding to the NSF CISE BPC Program

Submit Requests for Supplemental Funding to the NSF CISE BPC Program

This message was brought to you by the National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering. The Broadening Participation in Computing program (BPC) aims to significantly increase the number…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Sales Expert LLC

New Sales Expert LLC

Met Sean the other day, had an enjoyable introduction to his company and methods.   

Drive New Sales  In Your Company

Sean O’Shaughnessey,  CEO and President,  New Sales Expert LLC

Sean@NewSales.Expert

From Pipeline to Bottom Line…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Non Fungible Tokens and Resources Examined

Non Fungible Tokens and Resources Examined

Was struck by the very idea of a Non Fungible Toke (NFT)  and noticed this article in Andreessen Horowitz that points to lots of resources and announces upcoming coverage.   What would Da Vinci have made of NFTs? 

NFT Canon   by…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Considering the Measure of Network Effects,

Considering the Measure of Network Effects,

Recall our visits to the Sante Fe Institute to talk network effects, but also having a hard time establishing good measures.   Later talking the establishment of our Tremor effort.   And the ultimate difficulty measuring influence…


From insideHPC

MANTA Partners with Neo4j on Graph Technology for Data Pipeline Analysis

MANTA Partners with Neo4j on Graph Technology for Data Pipeline Analysis

Таmpa, FL, April 1, 2021 – Data lineage platform MANTA today announced a partnership with graph technology company Neo4j to embed Neo4j’s graph database technology directly into MANTA’s platform for further pipeline analysis.…


From insideHPC

TYAN Uses 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Chips for AI and Cloud Data Centers

TYAN Uses 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Chips for AI and Cloud Data Centers

Newark, Calif. – April 6, 2021 – TYAN, a server platform design manufacturer, and MiTAC Computing Technology Corporation subsidiary, today introduced the  3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processor-based server platforms featuring…


From Schneier on Security

WTF: Signal Adds Cryptocurrency Support

WTF: Signal Adds Cryptocurrency Support

According to Wired, Signal is adding support for the cryptocurrency MobileCoin, “a form of digital cash designed to work efficiently on mobile devices while protecting users’ privacy and even their anonymity.”

Moxie Marlinspike…


From Schneier on Security

Google’s Project Zero Finds a Nation-State Zero-Day Operation

Google’s Project Zero Finds a Nation-State Zero-Day Operation

Google’s Project Zero discovered, and caused to be patched, eleven zero-day exploits against Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Windows, and iOS. This seems to have been exploited by “Western government operatives actively conducting …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital Yuan is Here

Digital Yuan is Here

Implications remain to be broadly tested.   Details and underlyng security is of interest. 

China Creates Its Own Digital Currency, a First for Major EconomyA cyber yuan stands to give Beijing power to track spending in real time…


From insideHPC

Katana Graph Partners with Intel on 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

Katana Graph Partners with Intel on 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

AUSTIN, TX – April 06, 2021 – Katana Graph, a high performance scale-out graph processing, AI and analytics company, announced today that it has optimized its graph engine for the new 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processor and…


From insideHPC

Univ. of Buffalo’s Paul DesJardin Elected Fellow of ASME

Univ. of Buffalo’s Paul DesJardin Elected Fellow of ASME

Paul DesJardin of the University of Buffalo has been elected fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in recognition of his exceptional achievements and contributions to the engineering profession. ASME fellows…