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June 2019


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI for Small Business

AI for Small Business

HBR's take.   A little too wordy for my taste.   These kinds  of things would work for small business if they are well packaged,  easy to set into precise personal context,  easy to interact with (assistant style) to indicate…


From insideHPC

Joliot-Curie Supercomputer from Atos Powers Research at GENCI

Joliot-Curie Supercomputer from Atos Powers Research at GENCI

GENCI in France has inaugurated their new Joliot-Curie supercomputer. Based on the Atos BullSequana architecture, the system is rated at 9.4 petaflops of peak performance. The system boasts 4.5X increase in computing capacity…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Ponders Amdahl’s Law, GPUs, and the ASC19 Student Cluster Competition

Radio Free HPC Ponders Amdahl’s Law, GPUs, and the ASC19 Student Cluster Competition

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team reviews the results of the ASC19 Student Cluster Competition and HPC workshop in China. "For the first time, a non-mainland-Chinese team wins the top spot. Taiwan takes the gold in part…


From insideHPC

AMD Verifies Vega20 GPU in Record Time on Azure

AMD Verifies Vega20 GPU in Record Time on Azure

AMD engineers executed a physical verification pass of the Radeon Instinct Vega20 – its largest 7nm chip design – in ~10 hours on Microsoft Azure. The job used the TSMC-certified Calibre nmDRC software platform from Mentor, running…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Slothbot For Forestry Management

Slothbot For Forestry Management

When we were involved in Forestry management, something like this could have been useful to better predict growth and management.   We did imagine sensors on a moving platform, but nothing was workable at the time. Probably more…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Betrayed by GPS and Assistants

Betrayed by GPS and Assistants

What does this mean?   Can it also imply that visualizations are more trusted than they should be?   I have only been betrayed by GPS/Maps  a couple of times in a long history of using them.  By my own navigation skills many

Been…


From insideHPC

Exascale for Everyone

Exascale for Everyone

exascaleThe exascale hype has been gaining a lot of steam in the press lately, and for good reason. Ever since the petascale barrier was broken in 2008, technology users, companies and research institutions have set their ‘sites’ on …


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI for Intelligent Sensing

AI for Intelligent Sensing

Makes lots of sense to use AI type approaches to find patterns in data from sensors.

AI’s Role in Unleashing Intelligent Sensing
 by Daniel Gutierrez 

The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) is unlocking a wave of new sensor applications…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Seeking Better Alerting

Seeking Better Alerting

Seems an obvious thing, but the use of alerts has come up in recent interactions as being key to getting things done effectively.  How, How often and Followups.  Interaction with Risk and Trust of the system and its resource

Reduce…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intelligence Cards

Intelligence Cards

Had not heard of the term in particular.  We repeat that Recorded Future has been acquired by Insight Partners.

Recorded Future Has Over 1 Billion Intelligence Cards  in the RF Blog:   By Zane Pokorny 

Recorded Future’s database…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Permissioned vs Permissionless Blockchains

Permissioned vs Permissionless Blockchains

Was asked this question some time ago, and here a useful comparison  via the Netis Group.

The difference between permissionless and permissioned networks  and the implications.


From Schneier on Security

The Importance of Protecting Cybersecurity Whistleblowers

The Importance of Protecting Cybersecurity Whistleblowers

Interesting essay arguing that we need better legislation to protect cybersecurity whistleblowers. Congress should act to protect cybersecurity whistleblowers because information security has never been so important, or so challenging…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microbots

Microbots

Smaller and more of them to swarm to a problem.

The Microbots Are on Their Way   By The New York Times

A researcher at the University of Pennsylvania has developed tiny robots.

Credit: Marc Miskin/University of Pennsylvania and

Marc…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Healthcare Company Anthem Transforms Digitally

Healthcare Company Anthem Transforms Digitally

Heathcare application is about numbers, analytics,  resources,  ....  So it makes sense to tie it closely to technology for improvement.   Here an example from McKinsey:

An insurance company transforms itself by putting technology…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Achieving Low Latency with the SPDK Storage Performance Development Kit

Podcast: Achieving Low Latency with the SPDK Storage Performance Development Kit

In this Intel Chip Chat podcast, Dr. Felipe Franciosi from Nutanix and Nate Marushak from Intel describe how the open source reference library called SPDK (Storage Performance Development Kit) brings higher performance to the…


From insideHPC

Benchmarking MPI Applications in Singularity Containers on Traditional HPC and Cloud Infrastructures

Benchmarking MPI Applications in Singularity Containers on Traditional HPC and Cloud Infrastructures

Andrei Plamada from ETH Zurich gave this talk at the hpc-ch forum on Cloud and Containers. "Singularity is a container solution that promises to both integrate MPI applications seamlessly and run containers without privilege …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Monitoring and Improving Process by Trusted Measuring and Adapting

Monitoring and Improving Process by Trusted Measuring and Adapting

Considerable article brought to my attention my Alex Renz. Connecting Distributed Ledgers and Operations Technology,  Ultimately my closest goal.  How do we improve process  by measurement, goals and analytics?  Here a novel

“OT…


From The Eponymous Pickle

What Do We do With AI?

What Do We do With AI?

William Vorhies at DSC does a good job of addressing this,

Now that We’ve Got AI What do We do with It?

Posted by William Vorhies  

Summary:  Whether you’re a data scientist building an implementation case to present to executives…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (June 1st 2019)

Science and Technology links (June 1st 2019)

The DeepMind engineers built an artificial intelligence (a software program) that can learn to play 3D shooter games at super-human levels. Researchers have found a way to grow large quantities of cells that can generate blood…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Managing Bad Data

Managing Bad Data

Self correcting data is a good idea, but want to see some examples.   Its similar to removing outliers. It depends on the context and often metadata involved.   Have seen it improperly used. 

Researchers Develop AI Tool Better…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Life Stories Can be Told to a Google Home

Life Stories Can be Told to a Google Home

A colleague and I talked this recently.  Everyone with a family has a history, can this effectively record them?

How AI could be used to record our life stories
Everyone has a story to tell. But not everyone has someone to listen…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots and Work

Robots and Work

Overstated, but good points are made.    No doubt we will have to adjust to how we work, and the face of that will be automated.

For Lower-Paid Workers, the Robot Overlords Have Arrived

By The Wall Street Journal
May 6, 2019

Companies…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Senses from States

New Senses from States

The use of simple states would suggest we could do some interesting things here. 

Spidey Senses’ Could Help Autonomous Machines See Better
Purdue University News
By Kayla Wiles

Researchers at Purdue University, Nanyang Technology…


From insideHPC

Storage Advances for HPC and AI

Storage Advances for HPC and AI

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Robert Roe looks at storage technologies being developed to suit both AI and HPC workloads. The storage market is in a unique position, in that there is demand from…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Computer Scientist at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre

Job of the Week: Computer Scientist at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre

The Jülich Supercomputing Centre in Germany is seeking a Computer Scientist in our Job of the Week. "You will directly support and independently advance the code development of existing and new parallel scientific software. The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Automated Trust?

Automated Trust?

From recent MIT conference.

Enterprise level trust

At MIT Technology Review’s recent Blockchain conference, we explored the notion of automating trust of “assets in motion” through the convergence of blockchain with other emerging…

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