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April 2021


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deep Mind and Protein Folding

Deep Mind and Protein Folding

 Was introduced to the nature of this problem early on.  Difficult and fundamental to so many bio science applications.   If Deep Learning has solved this, it is a very big thing.   Following.

Deep Learning Aces Protein Folding…


From insideHPC

Advanced Clustering Technologies Announces ACTblade x3XX HPC Systems Based on 3rd Gen Intel Xeon CPUs 

Advanced Clustering Technologies Announces ACTblade x3XX HPC Systems Based on 3rd Gen Intel Xeon CPUs 

April 6, 2021 — Advanced Clustering Technologies today announced the ACTblade x3XX family of dense HPC systems, which are based on the new third generation of Intel Xeon Scalable Processors, code named Ice Lake. Ice Lake is a…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CIFellows Spotlight: Towards Fair and Interpretable Language Processing Models and their Applications

CIFellows Spotlight: Towards Fair and Interpretable Language Processing Models and their Applications

Sunipa Dev began her CIFellowship in January 2021 after  receiving her PhD from University of Utah in Fall of 2020. Dev is at the University of California, Los Angeles  (UCLA) working with Kai-Wei Chang, Assistant Professor of…


From insideHPC

MemVerge Releases Memory Machine v1.2 and Programs for 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors and Intel Octane Persistent Memory 200 Series 

MemVerge Releases Memory Machine v1.2 and Programs for 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors and Intel Octane Persistent Memory 200 Series 

Milpitas, Calif. – April 6, 2021 – MemVerge, makers of Big Memory software, today announced the release of Memory Machine software version 1.2. The software delivers big memory performance and capacity leveraging up to 40 cores…


From insideHPC

‘Ice Lake’ Launch: Intel Impresses with 3rd Gen Xeon Chips

‘Ice Lake’ Launch: Intel Impresses with 3rd Gen Xeon Chips

In its cage-match struggle with AMD, Intel responded this morning to its rival’s vaunted EPYC 7003 Series CPUs, announced two weeks ago, with its 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable data center chips, code named “Ice Lake,” and the early…


From insideHPC

Seeqc’s Naples Team Claims 2-Qubit Gate Quantum Milestone

Seeqc’s Naples Team Claims 2-Qubit Gate Quantum Milestone

Naples, Italy–April 6, 2021– Digital quantum computing company Seeqc today announced its Naples team, lead by Marco Arzeo, Ph.D., has developed and measured a two-qubit gate. According to the organization, Seeqc’s is the first…


From insideHPC

Oracle Cloud Announces HPC Instances with 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Ice Lake

Oracle Cloud Announces HPC Instances with 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Ice Lake

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) today announced availability of Intel 3rd Gen Xeon Ice Lake processor instances in limited preview, with worldwide general availability on April 28, 2021. “The launch of these new instances is…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Bullish on Homomorphic Encryption

IBM Bullish on Homomorphic Encryption

Yet more interest in this technique by major players.

IBM bets homomorphic encryption is ready to deliver stronger data security for early adopters

By Chris O'Brien In Venturebeat

The topics of security and data have become almost…


From The Eponymous Pickle

WIFI Object Sensing

WIFI Object Sensing

Schneier reports on Wi-Fi Devices as Physical Object Sensors in the new 802.11bf standard.   He mentions this is reported in TheRegister, but also that there is as yet no security standard involved. 

" .. In three years or so,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Early Warning Systems for Self Driving

Early Warning Systems for Self Driving

Recognizing situations for warnings. Classic AI application.

Early Warning System for Self-Driving Cars

Technical University of Munich (Germany),  March 30, 2021

An early warning system for self-driving vehicles developed by researchers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Explanations and Contexts

Explanations and Contexts

An example of the need for explain-ability. Like in a conversation with a human, we could want the option of getting an explanation of a solution.  But the nature of an explanation does often depend on context. Is is for management…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Relaxing the Primes

Although the prime numbers are rigidly determined, they somehow feel like experimental data—Tim Gowers Finnish Scientific Courage Award source Kaisa Matomäki is a Finnish mathematician working in number theory. She has some terrific…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Distributed Quantum Computing Prototype

A Distributed Quantum Computing Prototype

Although still very small this seems to demonstrate combined bits at a distance, assuming then that each is then operating as an independent computer, with the computation combined.   So what then is the error rate of such aQuantum…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Echo has Zoom

Echo has Zoom

Good to see broader, business oriented capabilities.

Amazon’s Echo Show 10 now has Zoom

For those pandemic-fueled video calls

By Ashley Carman@ashleyrcarman in TheVerge

Amazon’s bringing Zoom compatibility to more devices. The company…


From The Eponymous Pickle

B to B Machine Learning

B to B Machine Learning

Type of companies and their goals and implications.

Defensible Machine Learning    via O'Reilly  in Basecase.vc

By Ankur Goyal, Alana Anderson  March 3, 2021

B2B machine learning (ML) companies are an enigma: they have the opportunity…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CRA/CCC Announces CIFellows 2021 Program

CRA/CCC Announces CIFellows 2021 Program

The Computing Research Association (CRA) and Computing Community Consortium (CCC) are pleased to announce a new Computing Innovation Fellows (CIFellows) cohort for 2021. This program recognizes the continued disruption to hiring…


From Schneier on Security

Phone Cloning Scam

Phone Cloning Scam

A newspaper in Malaysia is reporting on a cell phone cloning scam. The scammer convinces the victim to lend them their cell phone, and the scammer quickly clones it. What’s clever about this scam is that the victim is an Uber…


From insideHPC

Silicon’s Successors: 2-D Materials Aim to Carry the Post-Moore’s Law Torch

Silicon’s Successors: 2-D Materials Aim to Carry the Post-Moore’s Law Torch

Even as a flurry of new silicon has been launched recently by AMD and Arm, with more to come this week from Intel, silicon’s five decades of microprocessor dominance could start to fade in the relatively near future. The problem…


From insideHPC

NCSA’s Delta Supercomputer to be Allocable by XSEDE this Summer

NCSA’s Delta Supercomputer to be Allocable by XSEDE this Summer

Delta, a $10 million National Science Foundation-funded advanced computing system housed at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois, will soon be accessible to researchers across the …


From Computational Complexity

Do any NP-reductions use deep mathematics? Non-rhetically

BILL: Lets say we didn't know that FACTORING NPC --> NP=coNP.

then what direction would we think Factoring in P or NPC? 

STUDENT: In P. After all, Number Theory is a deep subject and I can imagine some deep Theorem in it leading…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Albertsons Partners with Google

Albertsons Partners with Google

Interesting out of market play,  but I do remember being shown a Google physical store mapped space that digitized the experience of shopping lists.  See my tags below on shopping lists.  Where will this take it?  To the 'worlds…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

My programming setup

My programming setup

As my GitHub profile indicates, I program almost every single working day of the year. I program in C++, C, Go, Java, JavaScript, Python, R, Swift, Rust, C#; even though I do not master all of these languages. Some of the projects…


From Putting People First

Key lessons from Digital Ethnography Summit

Key lessons from Digital Ethnography Summit

In a year in which Covid-19 has forced researchers to resort to online research, what opportunities for the industry exist in digital ethnography? Liam Kay of ResearchLive reports on the highlights of the Market Research Society…


From Putting People First

New Ars Electronica video series on digital humanism

New Ars Electronica video series on digital humanism

What does it mean on a practical level to become a digital humanist? 'User Manual for Digital Humanists' is a new Ars Electronica video series that focuses on re-evaluating our relationship to the technologies we’ve created and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

VR Brings Joy to Assistive Living Facilities

VR Brings Joy to Assistive Living Facilities

Perhaps a novel way of using VR.  Aims at creating artificial environments for treatment.  Seems odd, but perhaps a useful means of improving environments.   Manipulative?   Tailored to a patients background? Also has the element…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intro to Bayesian

Intro to Bayesian

Good intro to the idea  of Bayesian computation and modeling,   But ultimately does include math.  We successfully used the method for simulating relatively complex process.   Or 'computing' probabilistically the real world based…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Building Multilingual, Multipurpose, Multi Context Wikipedias

Building Multilingual, Multipurpose, Multi Context Wikipedias

A long time user, and supporter of Wikipedia.  Have run into the problem that this describes,   Posts in different languages in the WP vary in their knowledge content.  In fact in too many examples,  there may be useful, detailed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Bandages

Smart Bandages

 Quite some claims, but sensor based application is a good idea.

Smart Bandage Could Hasten Healing, Might Even Detect Covid

IEEE Spectrum, Kathy Pretz, March 29, 2021

A smart bandage developed by researchers at Scotland's University…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Labeling Errors

Data Labeling Errors

Make sure the the data and metadata is correct, in context.

MIT Study Finds 'Systematic' Labeling Errors in Popular AI Benchmark Datasets

in VentureBeat, Kyle Wiggers, March 28, 2021

An analysis by Massachusetts Institute of Technology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Value of Advanced Material Science

The Value of Advanced Material Science

A long time follower, because of some of my astrophysics connections made me understand the potential of doing things more efficiently.    And you start that with considering what its made of. 

 Material Science, the Unsung Here…