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September 2021


From insideHPC

SC21 to Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for In-Person Attendees

SC21 to Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for In-Person Attendees

Following are excepts from a statement released yesterday by Bronis de Supinski, general chair of SC21, to be held in St. Louis in November. The requirement of proof of COVID-19 vaccination for in-person attendees is a change…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apple Delays iPhone Scanning for Child Abuse

Apple Delays iPhone Scanning for Child Abuse

It was warned that such methods could be modified to 'scan' any kind of text content in a phone, and lead to a backdoor being established.

Apple delays plan to scan iPhones for child abuse  in the BBC

Apple has delayed plans to…


From Schneier on Security

History of the HX-63 Rotor Machine

History of the HX-63 Rotor Machine

Jon D. Paul has written the fascinating story of the HX-63, a super-complicated electromechanical rotor cipher machine made by Crypto AG.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quick Phrases for Google Assistant

Quick Phrases for Google Assistant

New efficiency

Google Assistant Planning Quick Phrase Commands Without Wake Word

ERIC HAL SCHWARTZ  in Voicebot.ai

Google Assistant users won’t need to use ‘OK Google’ or other wake words to give commands to the voice assistant,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Coal Mining Robotic Safety

Coal Mining Robotic Safety

New technology for safety. 

 Drones, Autonomous Robots Could Be Deployed in Coal Mines to Improve Safety

ABC News (Australia)

Melissa Maddison; Angel Parsons, August 13, 2021

Technology developed by scientists at Australia's Commonwealth…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cashierless Checkout Company

Cashierless Checkout Company

More steps forward in automating payment with acceptance.

Cashierless checkout company Zippin  with $30M  

Paul Sawers, @psawers  in Venturebeat

The cashierless technology shift continues apace with today’s news that Zippin hasFounded…


From insideHPC

DOE Funds $13.7M for Research in Data Reduction for Science

DOE Funds $13.7M for Research in Data Reduction for Science

Sept. 2, 2021 — Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $13.7 million in funding for nine research projects that will advance the state of the art in computer science and applied mathematics. The projects – led by…


From insideHPC

Japan’s University of Hyogo Selects HPE for Research Supercomputer

Japan’s University of Hyogo Selects HPE for Research Supercomputer

HOUSTON– Sept. 1, 2021 –Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) has announced it has built a new supercomputer for the University of Hyogo, Japan’s leading public university. The new supercomputer uses HPE Apollo systems to target…


From insideHPC

Exascale Computing Project Launches Leadership Scientific Software Portal

Exascale Computing Project Launches Leadership Scientific Software Portal

The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has established the Leadership Scientific Software (LSSw) portal, where those interested can sign up for LSSw town hall (Zoom) meetings, (the first will be Thursday, Sept. 16, 3–4:30 p.m. …


From The Eponymous Pickle

China aims to Regulate Corporate Spending

China aims to Regulate Corporate Spending

Some algorithmic draft regulations come from China's  'Cyberspace Administration' about company spending. 

China Swoops on Algorithms in Latest Tech Clampdown

Reuters, Brenda Goh, August 27, 2021   via ACM

The Cyberspace Administration…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tableau Adds Big Data Analytics

Tableau Adds Big Data Analytics

We were early users of Tableau.  Now part of Salesforce.

Tableau gains new big data analytics features

Kyle Wiggers, @Kyle_L_Wiggers  in Venturebeat

Salesforce today debuted new features in Tableau, including data and analytics“Tableau…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Can Remote Management Succeed, Innovate, Grow?

Can Remote Management Succeed, Innovate, Grow?

 A debate.

How can companies with remote workforces innovate and grow? The question has been dividing business leaders. James Heskett considers both sides of the debate.  in HBSwk

Despite reams of material written about remoteNevertheless…


From insideHPC

Avalue Launches HPS-621D4A and HPS-246U4A HPC Servers

Avalue Launches HPS-621D4A and HPS-246U4A HPC Servers

TAIPEI, TAIWAN, Sep. 2, 2021 – Avalue Technology Inc. (TAIEX: 3479-TW), a global industrial PC solution provider and an associate member of the Intel Internet of Things Solutions Alliance, has announced its high performance rackmount…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Regulatory Hurdles for AI Autonomous Cars

Regulatory Hurdles for AI Autonomous Cars

 Good piece.

The Key Regulatory Hurdles Facing AI Autonomous Cars 

By Lance Eliot, the AI Trends Insider   

You might be surprised to learn that there is a regulatory enigma of sorts that surrounds and engulfs the advent of AI-based…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ethical AI

Ethical AI

 Via DSC, below the intro, much more at the link:

The Ethical AI Application Pyramid

Posted by Bill Schmarzo  In the blog “How Can Your Organization Manage AI Model Biases?”, I wrote:

“In a world more and more driven by AI models…


From insideHPC

Dr. Didem Unat Named SIGHPC Emerging Woman Leader in Technical Computing

Dr. Didem Unat Named SIGHPC Emerging Woman Leader in Technical Computing

Dr. Didem Unat is the 2021 ACM SIGHPC Emerging Woman Leader in Technical Computing award winner. Dr. Unat is an assistant professor in the department of Computer Engineering at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. She is recognized…


From Computational Complexity

The hierarchy and GapP

There is a great but little-known theorem from the early 90's by Seinosuke Toda and Mitsunori Ogihara (buried as Lemma 2.3 in their paper) that shows the polynomial-time hierarchy is randomly low for Gap-P.

Let M be a non-deterministic…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Defibrillators Delivered by Drones

Defibrillators Delivered by Drones

Simple application.

Real-World Tests Show Life-Saving Potential of Defibrillator Drones

New Atlas, Nick Lavars, August 29, 2021

A Swedish team of researchers has deployed aerial drones equipped with automated external defibrillators…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Right to Repair Envisioned, Regulated

Right to Repair Envisioned, Regulated

Including the right to repair.   Rarely an issue in a big company, but useful for the individual.   Still will add significantly to the cost of designs involved. 

Europe Champions the Right to Repair Are other regions next?   by…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IPhone Zero-Click

IPhone Zero-Click

Schneier reports on a discovered Zero-Click Exploit for iPhones.    Note that 'Zero Click' means that such a hack does not require you to respond to open a file or read a msg to have the attack succeed.  The hack just proceeds…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Analytics Updates Announced

Google Analytics Updates Announced

Considerable product and feature updates for Google Analytics, here just a taste, and beyond.  Some at least impressive. 

August 2021 - Product Update

PRODUCT & FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS

BigQuery Sample Dataset for Google Analytics 4 Ecommerce…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Retail Power of .99?

The Retail Power of .99?

 A bit of retail knowledge from the research lab at Ohio State. 

This is a very insightful finding. It would be interesting to find out the effect of the price difference (99 cents vs. $1) on volume though.  Xavier Lederer

Ending…


From insideHPC

DOE: $26M Awarded to Labs, Universities to Advance Chemical Materials Sciences with Data Science

DOE: $26M Awarded to Labs, Universities to Advance Chemical Materials Sciences with Data Science

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $26 million in research funding to harness research tools for clean energy solutions. The 10 projects announced today will help scientists to unleash the power of data science —including…


From insideHPC

National Security Agency Awards HPE $2B HPC-as-a-Service GreenLake Contract

National Security Agency Awards HPE $2B HPC-as-a-Service GreenLake Contract

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today announced it has been awarded a $2 billion contract over 10 years with the National Security Agency (NSA) to deliver HPE’s high performance computing (HPC) technology as a service …


From insideHPC

CFD Consultancy Wirth Research Moves HPC Capability to Verne Global for Carbon Zero Footprint

CFD Consultancy Wirth Research Moves HPC Capability to Verne Global for Carbon Zero Footprint

London, September 1, 2021 – Iceland-based Verne Global, provider of sustainable data center solutions for high intensity computing, today announced that Wirth Research, an engineering, design technology and advanced computational…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rescue with Technology

Rescue with Technology

 Have noted this trend, is moving quickly.   Much more at the link.

Technology to the Rescue, By Samuel Greengard, Commissioned by CACM Staff,  August 31, 2021

In the aftermath of a major flood, mudslide, earthquake, mine collapse…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IOT Wearables

IOT Wearables

Was of interest, you can get the recording ..

Title: Building Smart Health Wearables

Date: Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021

Time: 9:00 am PDT / 4:00 pm UTC

Duration: 60 minutes

Register

SUMMARY

Deploying machine learning on embedded devices with…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rent a Robot

Rent a Robot

Makes sense to have such devices available, and use this for maintenance scheduling.

Rent-a-Robot: Silicon Valley's Answer to Labor Shortage in Smaller U.S. Factories

By Reuters, August 31, 2021

Venture capitalists are investing…

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