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May 2020


From insideHPC

Video: New Dell EMC PowerStore platform is performance-optimized with Intel Optane SSDs

Video: New Dell EMC PowerStore platform is performance-optimized with Intel Optane SSDs

Today Dell Technologies launched Dell EMC PowerStore, a modern infrastructure platform built from the ground up with superior technology and expertise to address the challenges of the data era. "PowerStore is seven times faster…


From insideHPC

Slidecast: The Sad State of Affairs in HPC Storage (But there is light at the end of the tunnel)

Slidecast: The Sad State of Affairs in HPC Storage (But there is light at the end of the tunnel)

In this video, Robert Murphy from Panasas describes the current state of the HPC storage market and how Panasas is stepping up with high performance products that deliver economical performance without risk. "According to a recent…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Is AI Already Conscious?

Is AI Already Conscious?

Regards the definition of consciousness,and its necessity for intelligence.

Is AI already conscious?
 Nicole Gray in ThenextWeb

The ultimate goal of most high-level AI research is the development of a general artificial intelligence…


From insideHPC

New Study Exposes Hidden Costs of HPC Storage including Downtime and Labor Costs

New Study Exposes Hidden Costs of HPC Storage including Downtime and Labor Costs

Total cost of ownership (TCO) now rivals performance as a top criterion for purchasing HPC storage systems, according to a new study published by Hyperion Research. "While performance still ranked first (57%), TCO tied with purchase…


From Schneier on Security

ILOVEYOU Virus

ILOVEYOU Virus

It's the twentieth anniversary of the ILOVEYOU virus, and here are three interesting articles about it and its effects on software design....


From insideHPC

Quantum Computing Inc. releases version 1.1 of Mukai middleware

Quantum Computing Inc. releases version 1.1 of Mukai middleware

Quantum Computing Inc has released version 1.1 of its Mukai middleware with new capabilities delivering higher performance and greater ease of use for subject-matter experts developing quantum-ready applications needing superior…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tailoring Intelligent Tutoring

Tailoring Intelligent Tutoring

Quite interesting approach, will like to see some measures about how it achieves teaching goals.

AI Enables Teachers to Rapidly Develop Intelligent Tutoring Systems
Carnegie Mellon University Human-Computer Interaction Institute…


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

acm-w logoThe 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 ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

ACM-W North America

ACM-W North America

As we ramp up our regional committee, we are anxious to start sharing news and activities of many women in computing across North America. We will highlight more in our next newsletter.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Computing Researchers Respond to COVID-19: Virtual Conferences; A Guide to Best Practices

Computing Researchers Respond to COVID-19: Virtual Conferences; A Guide to Best Practices

About a month ago, at the beginning of this pandemic, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) blogged about Running a Virtual Conference and highlighted Blair MacIntyre, a professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Interactive Computing…


From insideHPC

HPE GreenLake Central brings self-service experience on-prem

HPE GreenLake Central brings self-service experience on-prem

Today HPC announced that HPE GreenLake Central is now generally available. This advanced software platform provides customers with a consistent cloud experience for all their applications and data, through an online portal and…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Can Online Teaching Really Work?

Can Online Teaching Really Work?

There is already a lot of discussion about schools and the fall semester. Will we be in physical spaces again? Will we be online again? Will there be some mix?

[Dallas Texas] District preparing for three possible scenarios to…


From insideHPC

NERSC Finalizes Contract for Perlmutter Supercomputer

NERSC Finalizes Contract for Perlmutter Supercomputer

NERSC has moved another step closer to making Perlmutter — its next-generation GPU-accelerated supercomputer — available to the science community in 2020. In mid-April, NERSC finalized its contract with Cray — which was acquired…


From insideHPC

The Incorporation of Machine Learning into Scientific Simulations at LLNL

The Incorporation of Machine Learning into Scientific Simulations at LLNL

Katie Lewis from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory gave this talk at the Stanford HPC Conference. "Today, data science, including machine learning, is one of the fastest growing areas of computing, and LLNL is investing …


From insideHPC

Xilinx Establishes FPGA Adaptive Compute Clusters at Leading Universities

Xilinx Establishes FPGA Adaptive Compute Clusters at Leading Universities

"We will build novel, experimental FPGA-centric compute systems and develop domain-specific compilers and system tools targeting high-performance computing. We will focus on several important application domains, including AI…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cisco and IBM Team at the Edge

Cisco and IBM Team at the Edge

Considerable piece on the Cisco Blog.  The participants in the work make sense. Mention of AI and machine learning but no Watson.

Cisco and IBM: Teaming at the Edge
By Keith Dyer in the Cisco Blog

The convergence of 5G, Edge computing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Second Hands Project

Second Hands Project

Ideal place to start with robot collaboration.

EU robotics project gives maintenance workers a ‘second pair of hands’
By PAUL SAWERS@PSAWERS in Venturebeat

A five year European Union (EU) project to develop a collaborative humanoid…


From Schneier on Security

Malware in Google Apps

Malware in Google Apps

Interesting story of malware hidden in Google Apps. This particular campaign is tied to the government of Vietnam. At a remote virtual version of its annual Security Analyst Summit, researchers from the Russian security firm…


From insideHPC

Shaheen II Supercomputer to power COVID-19 research

Shaheen II Supercomputer to power COVID-19 research

KAUST has opened a call for proposals for COVID-19 research to be run on the Shaheen II supercomputer and related resources. Shaheen II joins many supercomputers around the world that have recently reallocated a portion of their…


From Computational Complexity

Why is there no (d,n) grid for Hilbert's Tenth Problem?



Hilbert's 10th problem, in modern language is:



Find an algorithm that will, given a poly over Z in many variables, determine if it has a solution in Z.



This problem was proven undecidable through the work of Davis, Putnam,…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Amazon–National Science Foundation Collaboration on Fairness in AI

Amazon–National Science Foundation Collaboration on Fairness in AI

In March 2020, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the first ten recipients of the NSF Program on Fairness in Artificial Intelligence in Collaboration with Amazon (FAI).  From the solicitation: NSF and Amazon are…


From insideHPC

ARL Awards Maui High Performance Computing Center contract valued up to $75M

ARL Awards Maui High Performance Computing Center contract valued up to $75M

The University of Hawaiʻi has been awarded a four-year contract valued at up to $75 million by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory to operate the Maui High Performance Computing Center (MHPCC) via the Applied Research Laboratory…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sabrewing Cargo Drone Announced for Airforce

Sabrewing Cargo  Drone Announced for Airforce

Example of a heavy lift cargo drone built for the US Air Force.

Sabrewing Cargo Drone Rises to Air Force Challenge
The Rhaegal cargo drone pivots to new possible military missions under a U.S. Air Force contract

By Jeremy Hsu

Sabrewing…


From insideHPC

Tenstorrent ships Grayskull high performance AI processor

Tenstorrent ships Grayskull high performance AI processor

Canadian startup Tenstorrent has launched its new Grayskull high performance AI processor. According to the company, Grayskull provides a substantial performance and power efficiency advantage over all existing inference solutions…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA to acquire Cumulus Networks

NVIDIA to acquire Cumulus Networks

Today NVIDIA announced plans to acquire Cumulus Networks, a pioneer of hyperscale networking. According to the company, the move will bolster NVIDIA's networking software capabilities and usher in a new era of the accelerated…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Arrows of Time

Arrows of Time

Fascinating report on how we think about time and its implication for culture and science.   Time measurements are part of any analytics.  Does this apply to our domain?  Have often seen it not considered, for example how do

Arrows…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing the San Andreas Fault with CyberShake

Supercomputing the San Andreas Fault with CyberShake

With help from DOE supercomputers, a USC-led team expands models of the fault system beneath its feet, aiming to predict its outbursts. For their 2020 INCITE work, SCEC scientists and programmers will have access to 500,000 node…


From insideHPC

Modernizing and Future-Proofing Your Storage Infrastructure – Part 4

Modernizing and Future-Proofing Your Storage Infrastructure – Part 4

Data—the gold that today’s organizations spend significant resources to acquire—is ever-growing and underpins significant innovation in technologies for storing and accessing it. In this technology guide, we’ll show why different…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rail Supply Chain Opportunity

Rail Supply Chain Opportunity

Recalls an examination of opportunity we saw.

North American Rail Is Missing a Growth Opportunity in Supplychainbrain

Robert Sabath, SCB Contributor, Steven Fox, SCB Contributor, and Ben Connelly, SCB Contributor

Many blame precision…


From Schneier on Security

Denmark, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands and France SIGINT Alliance

Denmark, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands and France SIGINT Alliance

This paper describes a SIGINT and code-breaking alliance between Denmark, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands and France called Maximator: Abstract: This article is first to report on the secret European five-partner sigint alliance…