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October 2019


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Tactical HPC Software Engineer

Job of the Week: Tactical HPC Software Engineer

General Dynamics Mission Systems is seeking a Tactical HPC Software Engineer in our Job of the Week. "The Tactical High Performance Computing Software Engineer leads the development of next generation high performance radar and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Virtual Reality to Train Robots

Virtual Reality to Train Robots

A kind of crowd sourcing and simulation to gather training data.  But will it cover the outliers that need to be considered for risk analysis?   Japan continues to lead in home care scenarios, 

Toyota is using VR to train robots…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Autonomous Systems and AI

Autonomous Systems and AI

Automation always adds new elements of risk in application.   So IT groups have to start thinking differently when autonomous systems are  built and implemented. 

How Autonomous Systems are Impacting IT in Informationweek

Automation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Companies Need to Develop their Own Data

Companies Need to Develop their Own Data

To understand complex patterns in consumers, to support with methods like Big Data or Machine Learning, we need lots of data. Here an example of whats being done.  Many walled gardens are being built now to exercise the possibilities…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Hawaiian Bobtail Squid Squirts Researcher

Friday Squid Blogging: Hawaiian Bobtail Squid Squirts Researcher

Cute video. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. Read my blog posting guidelines here....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Project Zenkey to Use Phones to Authenticate

Project Zenkey to Use Phones to Authenticate

The idea is that your phone and phone number will act as a secure identifier.     I like the general idea, but expect general mistrust in large carriers to emerge.

The four big US carriers want to help you get rid of passwords…


From Schneier on Security

More Cryptanalysis of Solitaire

More Cryptanalysis of Solitaire

In 1999, I invented the Solitaire encryption algorithm, designed to manually encrypt data using a deck of cards. It was written into the plot of Neal Stephenson's novel Cryptonomicon, and I even wrote an afterward to the book…


From insideHPC

Nominations open for 2020 PRACE Ada Lovelace Award

Nominations open for 2020 PRACE Ada Lovelace Award

Nominations are now open for the PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC. The award honors excellence in computational science by early-career women in Europe. The winner of the Award will be invited to speak at PRACEdays20 and will…


From insideHPC

GigaIO Optimizes Scalability of Xilinx Alveo FPGAs

GigaIO Optimizes Scalability of Xilinx Alveo FPGAs

Today GigaIO introduced FabreX support for Xilinx Alveo Accelerators, in addition to an exclusive offering that provides Xilinx FPGA developers with remote cloud access to the FabreX platform. In conjunction with the Xilinx Alveo…


From insideHPC

NERSC Unveils Mural for pending Perlmutter Supercomputer

NERSC Unveils Mural for pending Perlmutter Supercomputer

NERSC has unveiled the mural that will grace the cabinets of the Perlmutter supercomputer that will be installed at Berkeley Lab in 2020. "The mural pays tribute to the system's namesake, Nobel Laureate Saul Perlmutter. The Berkeley…


From insideHPC

Video: Are women underrepresented in the HPC community?

Video: Are women underrepresented in the HPC community?

Athina Frantzana from the University of Edinburgh gave this talk at the EuroPython Conference. "This study is the first attempt to understand the current gender demographics of the HPC community, and identify potential reasons…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Advancing Data-enabled Research via Reproducibility and Transparency

Advancing Data-enabled Research via Reproducibility and Transparency

Talk of interest I was unable to get to last week:

Cognitive Systems Institute Group Speaker Series, Sept 26, 2019.
By Victoria Stodden   

Advancing Data-enabled Research via Reproducibility and Transparency

Slides:  http://stanford…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Helix Organization and Beyond

The Helix Organization and Beyond

The matrix doesn't work well anymore.   So I think there should also be stronger integration to knowledge and decision making.  And linkages to machines and data that represent knowledge.  There will always be outages in what…


From The Eponymous Pickle

All Electrical Aircraft Delivered

All Electrical Aircraft Delivered

The problem was recently mentioned here, is it practical to have all-electric commercial scale aircraft?  Here a first test underway:

NASA takes delivery of first all-electric experimental aircraft   by NASA in Techexplore

The

The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How do Machines Learn?

How do Machines Learn?

Completely non technical description, a simple place to start from.   Though here I add its not only how do we teach machines, but also how do they apply that teaching.   And how much do we trust how they apply that teaching?…


From Schneier on Security

Tracking by Smart TVs

Tracking by Smart TVs

Long Twitter thread about the tracking embedded in modern digital televisions. The thread references three academic papers....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Artificial Skin and Augmented Reality

Artificial Skin and Augmented Reality

Links between skin and augmented reality of interest

Artificial Skin Could Help Rehabilitation, Enhance Virtual Reality
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Laure-Anne Pessina

Researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Alexa Strategy for Voice Retail?

Amazon Alexa Strategy for Voice Retail?

From a retail perspective.   I was struck by the cancellation of the Amazon Dash replenishment idea,  so push button buying did not work, and voice buying also seems to be weak.  Automotive coverage.  An attempt for controlling…


From Computational Complexity

Quantum Supremacy: A Guest Post by Abhinav Deshpande

I am delighted to introduce youto Abhinav Deshpande, who is a graduate student at the University of Maryland, studying Quantum Computing. This will be a guest post on the rumors of the recent Google breakthrough on Quantum Supremacy…


From insideHPC

Flux7 Launches HPC Cloud Consulting Practice

Flux7 Launches HPC Cloud Consulting Practice

"Flux7’s HPC Consulting Practice is designed to help companies get more out of their investments including traditional HPC applications like seismic imaging, reservoir simulation, computer-aided engineering, computational chemistry…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Adversarial Robustness Toolbox

Adversarial Robustness Toolbox

The below talk has already occured, the recording and slides will be placed here:  http://cognitive-science.info/community/weekly-update/   (The slides are there already)  Some very fundamental things here.

 ISSIP CSIG Speaker…


From insideHPC

Chevron Technology Ventures Selects MemComputing for Prestigious Catalyst Program

Chevron Technology Ventures Selects MemComputing for Prestigious Catalyst Program

Today MemComputing announced it has been selected for participation in the Chevron Technology Ventures Catalyst Program. CTV's Catalyst Program supports early-stage companies who are advancing cutting-edge technologies that can…


From insideHPC

Rescale Listed as one of Y Combinator’s Top 101 Companies

Rescale Listed as one of Y Combinator’s Top 101 Companies

HPC Cloud provider Rescale was recently named #39 to Y Combinator’s 2019 list of top 101 companies. This marks Rescale’s move up the prestigious list from last year’s position of #53, and reaffirms their position as a power player…


From insideHPC

Addressing the Scientific Reproducibility Crisis with Singularity

Addressing the Scientific Reproducibility Crisis with Singularity

In this video from the Perth HPC Conference, Michael Bauer from Sylabs presents: Addressing the Scientific Reproducibility Crisis with Singularity. Containers provide the means to encapsulate an application, its dependencies,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Social Credits Expand in China

Social Credits Expand in China

Once you have a ledger entry for every citizen, and the socialist government can add or delete credits for your behavior.   Real or Perceived,  Public or private.  You can determine so many aspects of political correctness, and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Redesigns Shopping

Google Redesigns Shopping

Always thought Google had underused its lens to create a context stream within shopping decisions.  Is this finally a step forward?  Here using it for fashion decisions, likely also for other contexts as well.

Redesigned Google…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Long Term Photovoltaic Sensors Power RFID

Long Term Photovoltaic Sensors Power RFID

Impressive, if exposed to light, could power RFID chips for years.

Photovoltaic-Powered Sensors for the Internet of Things
MIT News
Rob Matheson

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers have developed photovoltaic-powered…


From Schneier on Security

Measuring the Security of IoT Devices

Measuring the Security of IoT Devices

In August, CyberITL completed a large-scale survey of software security practices in the IoT environment, by looking at the compiled software. Data Collected: 22 Vendors 1,294 Products 4,956 Firmware versions 3,333,411 Binaries…


From Putting People First

The Design Council’s evolved Double Diamond

The Design Council’s evolved Double Diamond

At the heart of the Design Council’s framework for innovation, which helps designers and non-designers across the globe tackle some of the most complex social, economic and environmental problems, is its design methodology, the…


From insideHPC

Schneider Electric teams with Iceotope for Liquid-Cooled Datacenters

Schneider Electric teams with Iceotope for Liquid-Cooled Datacenters

Today Schneider Electric announced it is teaming up with Avnet and Iceotope to jointly develop innovative, chassis-level immersive liquid cooling solutions for data centers. This newly announced partnership brings together three…