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December 2020


From The Eponymous Pickle

Germany's Energiewende

Germany's Energiewende

 As a native, a keen watcher of German energy efforts.   I remember all the windmills sprouting in the 90s.   Here a good overview in IEEE Spectrum. 

Germany's Energiewende, 20 Years Later

Germany's far-reaching program to reduce…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blackberry and IVY

Blackberry and IVY

 A long time examiner of how automobiles, today or in a more autinomos future, will link to more sensors and the web.   Also an early user of Blackberry devices in the enterprise, before they were driven under by the iPhone. …


From The Eponymous Pickle

IKEA Smart Home

IKEA Smart Home

 Have not seen too much of a move by IKEA as yet, especially in linking to other capabilities.  But here is one example.

IKEA's smart home system now supports scenes

Long-awaited shortcut buttons appear to be coming soon, too.

Jon…


From insideHPC

VMware’s SaaS and Subscription Revenue Spikes 44%

VMware’s SaaS and Subscription Revenue Spikes 44%

SaaS and subscription revenue of its VMware surpassed its on-premises license revenue for the first time in its Q3 fiscal year 2021 which ended in October 2020. According to the research data analyzed and published by Comprar…


From insideHPC

insideHPC Guide to HPC/AI for Energy – Part 5

insideHPC Guide to HPC/AI for Energy – Part 5

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 BLOG@CACM

Birthday Bit Boundaries

Birthday Bit Boundaries

Which birthdays would have special significance if our culture were binary-based instead of decimal-based?


From insideHPC

Xilinx Acquires Falcon Computing for Software Programmability and Expand Developer Community

Xilinx Acquires Falcon Computing for Software Programmability and Expand Developer Community

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) today announced it has acquired Falcon Computing Solutions, a privately-held leading provider of high-level synthesis (HLS) compiler optimization technology for hardware acceleration…


From insideHPC

Women in Quantum III – Global Virtual Summit, Dec. 14-16

Women in Quantum III – Global Virtual Summit, Dec. 14-16

NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2020 — OneQuantum LLC today announced the third “Women in Quantum” Virtual Summit from December 14-16 free to all who RSVP at: https://www.runtheworld.today/app/invitation/9041 Women in Quantum serves to spotlight…


From insideHPC

AWS and Intel Announce Gaudi (Habana)-based EC2 Instances for AI Training

AWS and Intel Announce Gaudi (Habana)-based EC2 Instances for AI Training

As customer validations go, it’s safe to say AWS is at the – *cough* – high end of any vendor’s wish list. So it’s understandable Intel is crowing today about a notable win for Gaudi AI accelerators from Habana Labs, an Intel…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

2020 AAAS Fellows Announced

2020 AAAS Fellows Announced

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) just announced its 2020 Fellows! The honor recognizes diverse accomplishments, including pioneering research, leadership within a given field, teaching and mentoring…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Teams to be Enhanced for Business Plays

Microsoft Teams to be Enhanced for Business Plays

Been looking for ways that the now numerous collaborative systems will really improve task and goal oriented business process.   Its still mostly the basics.  Very useful but hardly 'intelligence' in any sense.  For example a…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Trainium Chip For Cloud ML

Amazon Trainium Chip For Cloud ML

 Cute name, new to me.  Another example of the hardware linking with the software methods for driving AI.  What improvements can we expect, and where?

Amazon debuts Trainium, a custom chip for machine learning training in theBy…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Why Do I Care About This Program I am Coding?

Why Do I Care About This Program I am Coding?

Why do we program? Well, for some of us it is because we get paid to write code. For some it is part of our learning experiences. For a few it is the fun of it. There are a lot of motivations and they are different for different…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Holiday Shopping in 2020

Holiday Shopping in 2020

Based on a number of studies.  Will be interesting to see how this plays out after some normalcy returns.

Holiday shopping in 2020

Consumers, longing for normalcy and eager for something to celebrate, plan to spend money while…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Interview by Adam Gordon Bell

Interview by Adam Gordon Bell

A few weeks ago, Adam Gordon Bell had me on his podcast. You can listen to it. Here is the abstract: Did you ever meet somebody who seemed a little bit different than the rest of the world? Maybe they question things that others…


From insideHPC

The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: Hyperion’s Earl Joseph on the High Cost and High Potential of HPC Taking on ‘National Problems’

The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: Hyperion’s Earl Joseph on the High Cost and High Potential of HPC Taking on ‘National Problems’

Earl Joseph, CEO of HPC industry analyst firm Hyperion Research, has been working in and scrutinizing HPC for decades, first on the vendor side and later as the leader of an analyst group at International Data Corp. that became…

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