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September 2019


From Schneier on Security

Credit Card Privacy

Credit Card Privacy

Good article in the Washington Post on all the surveillance associated with credit card use....


From My Biased Coin

Happy New Academic Year: Teaching Randomized Algorithms

Happy New Academic Year:  Teaching Randomized Algorithms

It seems I haven't written on this blog for a while.

Today was the start of a new semester.  I'll be teaching Randomized Algorithms and Probabilistic Analysis, using the new edition of my book with Eli Upfal as a base, and throwing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ethereum in Google BigQuery

Ethereum in Google BigQuery

Just brought to my attention, implications should be interesting in the ability to test blockchain applications and their data.  Note in particular the possibility of testing smart contract applications with large amounts of

Ethereum…


From insideHPC

Mellanox Rolls Out New LinkX 200G & 400G Cables & Transceivers

Mellanox Rolls Out New LinkX 200G & 400G Cables & Transceivers

Today Mellanox announced new LinkX 100/200/400G cables and transceivers at the China International Optoelectronic Expo (CIOE) September 4th in Shenzhen, China and the European Convention for Optical Communications (ECOC) Sept…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Landscape of Conversational AI Platforms

Landscape of Conversational AI Platforms

In the recent Analytics Magazine from Informs, thoughtful look at this area:

The landscape of conversational AI platforms
How to choose the right platform for your business.
By Abe Raher

Vijay Ramakrishnan (photo, right) is the technical…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Making Threat Intelligence Actionable

Making Threat Intelligence Actionable

Worked with Recorded Future Early on.   One of my jobs was to translate threats to execs.   Here is the last piece of their threat intelligence outline for executives.  Really the most essential part, how do you communicate threats…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA Powers GRC Immersion Cooled System at TACC

NVIDIA Powers GRC Immersion Cooled System at TACC

Today GRC announced its joint project with NVIDIA to help power a GPU-intensive computing subsystem for TACC’s Frontera Supercomputer, the world’s largest academic supercomputer. GRC is proud of its long history with TACC and…


From Computational Complexity

Can Mathematicians Fix Iphones? Can anyone?



In my last post I noted that if I am asked (since I am a CS prof)



Can you fix my iphone



is



No, I work on the math side of CS



Some readers emailed me (I told them to comment instead but they were worried that other readers…


From insideHPC

Experiences developing and running numerical simulations on HPC platforms: BSIT and GeNESiS

Experiences developing and running numerical simulations on HPC platforms: BSIT and GeNESiS

Claudia Rosas from BSC gave this talk at the HPCKP'19. "In this talk, we present the general benefits of using the frameworks in current HPC platforms and describe both of them when applied to develop and deploy wave propagation…


From insideHPC

Singularity 3.4.0 Enables Build and Run Encrypted Containers

Singularity 3.4.0 Enables Build and Run Encrypted Containers

Sylabs just released the Singularity 3.4.0. The major new feature of this release is the ability to build and run encrypted containers. "Singularity containers remain encrypted throughout their entire lifecycle — when they are…


From insideHPC

TACC Unveils Frontera – Fastest Supercomputer in Academia

TACC Unveils Frontera – Fastest Supercomputer in Academia

Today TACC unveiled Frontera, the 5th most powerful supercomputer in the world. Joined by representatives from the National Science Foundation (NSF) — which funded the system with a $60 million award — UT Austin, and technology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IOT and Personalization

IOT and Personalization

Makes good sense to consider these together, but IOT has other issues, like security.

IoT and Personalization: A Marriage Made in Heaven

By Syed Hassan / 02 Sep 2019 / Customer Service / IOT in ReadWrite

Who doesn’t want insane

If…


From The Eponymous Pickle

NVIDIA AI Podcasts

NVIDIA AI Podcasts

 NVidia AI Podcasts

   Artificial intelligence has been described as “Thor’s Hammer“ and “the new electricity.” But it’s also a bit of a mystery – even to those who know it best. We’ll connect with some of the world’s leadinghttps…


From Schneier on Security

Massive iPhone Hack Targets Uyghurs

Massive iPhone Hack Targets Uyghurs

China is being blamed for a massive surveillance operation that targeted Uyghur Muslims. This story broke in waves, the first wave being about the iPhone. Earlier this year, Google's Project Zero found a series of websites that…


From BLOG@CACM

A Minuscule Percentage of Students Take High School Computer Science in the United States: Access Isn't Enough

 A Minuscule Percentage of Students Take High School Computer Science in the United States: Access Isn't Enough

Likely less than 4% of U.S. high school students take a computer science course.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Costco in China

Costco in China

During a trip to China that looked at retail experience, we saw many low and very high end product choices in what appeared to be standard grocery.  So Costco clearly has possibilities there for similar experiences

Costco’s first…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Recaps the Hot Chips Conference

Radio Free HPC Recaps the Hot Chips Conference

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team is joined by Glenn Heinle to review the highlights of the Hot Chips conference. "Since it started in 1989, HOT CHIPS has been known as one of the semiconductor industry’s leading conferences…


From insideHPC

Offering Bare-Metal Performance and Scalability on Cloud: The Azure-HPC Approach

Offering Bare-Metal Performance and Scalability on Cloud: The Azure-HPC Approach

Jithin Jose from Microsoft gave this talk at the MVAPICH User Group. "This talk focuses on how HPC offerings in Azure address these challenges and explains the design pillars that allow Microsoft to offer "bare-metal performance…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart as Labs for Human-Robot Relationships

Wal-Mart as Labs for Human-Robot Relationships

The statement takes it a bit far I think, but much will be learned in these environments.   Much still has to be learned.

Walmart stores become labs for human-robot relationships
Fasr Company via Retailwire:
08/29/2019

Walmart continues…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Fraunhofer Institute

Fraunhofer Institute

My last post made me go back and take a look at the Fraunhofer Institute site,  recall the father of  a friend worked there.  Have posted about them from time to time.   Too late I have added them to my follow list.    Lots of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Embedded Systems

Embedded Systems

Thoughts towards addressing complexity, platforms and notably IOT.

Developing embedded systems faster
by Ulrich Pontes, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Whether for the car or the drone: Developing image processing software for embedded
At…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IIBM, Maersk link with TradeLens And Thai Commerce

IIBM, Maersk link with TradeLens And Thai Commerce

A continuation of IBM's work with Maersk.  The basic idea here is to provide reliable information about supply chain activity in real time.  Another example of how companies are experimenting successful with the emergent technology…


From insideHPC

HPE Powers Research at DiRAC HPC Facility

HPE Powers Research at DiRAC HPC Facility

In this special guest feature, Bill Manell from HPE writes that DiRAC and the University of Leicester partnered with HPE to implement next-generation HPC solutions to advance scientific research in astrophysics, particle physics…


From insideHPC

Video: Managing HPC Software Complexity with Spack

Video: Managing HPC Software Complexity with Spack

Greg Becker from LLNL gave this talk at the MVAPICH User Group. "Spack is an open-source package manager for HPC. This presentation will give an overview of Spack, including recent developments and a number of items on the near…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Transformative Blockchain

Transformative Blockchain

A look at Blockchain future:

By Irving Wladawsky-Berger:

A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects.

« Free-Market, Free-Trade Capitalism at
July…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Understanding the Digitization of the Workforce

Understanding the Digitization of the Workforce

Came to this piece by seeing the mention of O*NET, which we also used to look at the assemblage of work based on looking at component tasks.    Irving does a great job looking at workplace digitization, here a short excerpt:

By…

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