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October 2019


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Terraform: Up & Running, 2nd edition has been published!

Terraform: Up & Running, 2nd edition has been published!

Terraform: Up & Running, 2nd edition, has been published! The 2nd edition is nearly double the length of the 1st edition (~160 more pages), including two completely new chapters (Production-grade Terraform Code and How to Test…


From My Biased Coin

Harvard Admissions Lawsuit Decision Out

Harvard Admissions Lawsuit Decision Out

As someone who reads a significant number of court documents and decisions (I still do expert witness work), I can recommend for your reading pleasure the very recent decision on the Harvard admissions case.  For those who want…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

AI Research: Times They Are A-Changin’ (or They Should Be)

AI Research: Times They Are A-Changin’ (or They Should Be)

The following blog was written by Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Vice-Chair Liz Bradley from University of Colorado Boulder and CCC Chair Mark D. Hill from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Times in Artificial Intelligence…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mixing Machine Learning and Human Judgement

Mixing Machine Learning and Human Judgement

Ultimately this will be a very important problem.  We worked on many examples where we could create very complex analytics or AI style solutions, but ultimately fit their solutions into real world decisions.    What is the form…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Modeling Chaotic Systems

Modeling Chaotic Systems

The breadth of modeling capability is always important. 


Numbers Limit How Accurately Digital Computers Model Chaos
UCL News

Researchers at University College London (UCL) in the U.K. and Tufts University found digital computers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Democratizing Data Science

Democratizing Data Science

Watched this presentation yesterday. Nicely done, non-technical overview of 'democratizing'.

Breaking Analytic Barriers: How To “Democratize” Data Science In Your Organization

Listen in to IIA’s CAO Bill Franks alongside Nick Jewell…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Good Judgment Formalizes Superforecasting

Good Judgment Formalizes Superforecasting

Been following the idea of 'superforecasting' for some time.   All business is dependent on accurate forecasts.    If they are analytical-numerical or the hunch of decision makers, or crowdsourced consumer opinions.   Or as more…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Go to License to Retailers

Amazon Go to License to Retailers

Makes sense, also allows additional retail experimentation with the idea.

Amazon may be about to explore yet another revenue stream, this time using the technology that powers its cashier-free Go stores.  in Digitaltrends  The…


From insideHPC

Eurolab4HPC Call for Participation: Short Term Collaborations and Business Prototyping Projects

Eurolab4HPC Call for Participation: Short Term Collaborations and Business Prototyping Projects

Today Eurolab4HPC issued a pair of Calls for Participation for Business Prototyping Projects and Short Term Collaboration Grants. "Eurolab4HPC gives grants to PhD students, early career researchers, senior researchers, academics…


From insideHPC

Raid Inc. Partners with Whamcloud for Turnkey Lustre on ZFS Appliance

Raid Inc. Partners with Whamcloud for Turnkey Lustre on ZFS Appliance

Today RAID Incorporated announced the launch of Pangea, the first turnkey Lustre on ZFS appliance in the market. "RAID Inc. has partnered with Whamcloud to provide this preconfigured, highly available software stack for Lustre…


From insideHPC

First Annual Exascale Day on 10/18 to Celebrate Supercomputing Discoveries

First Annual Exascale Day on 10/18 to Celebrate Supercomputing Discoveries

"Exascale Day celebrates the scientists and researchers who make breakthrough discoveries with the help of some of the fastest supercomputers in the world. Exascale Day celebrates those who keep asking what if, why not, and what…


From insideHPC

Podcast: FinTech and HPC-AI

Podcast: FinTech and HPC-AI


In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks back at the HPC-AI on Wall Street conference. "We discuss the well-received Cryptocurrency panel that he moderated, the challenges of using of AI in financial services, the emerging…


From insideHPC

Quantum Computing for the 21st Century

Quantum Computing for the 21st Century

Brian Eccles from IBM gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. "IBM Q is the trusted partner to help you start your quantum journey and prepare for the era of quantum advantage. Discover early use cases, equip your organization …


From The Eponymous Pickle

UPS Now has the First Drone Airline

UPS Now has the First Drone Airline

Been following supply chains as supported by drones for some time, this seems to be an evolution.

UPS Now Runs the First Official Drone Airline in Wired

The FAA has granted a Part 135 certification for the logistics giant's drone…


From Schneier on Security

New Research into Russian Malware

New Research into Russian Malware

There's some interesting new research about Russian APT malware: The Russian government has fostered competition among the three agencies, which operate independently from one another, and compete for funds. This, in turn, has…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

ACM/CSTA 2020 Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing

ACM/CSTA 2020 Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing

Applications for the ACM/CSTA 2020 Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing are now open. The deadline is 12 January 2020.


The Award

The ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing is a prize designed to recognize talented…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Helping Break Silos

AI Helping Break Silos


https://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/how-ai-is-helping-companies-break-silos/

How AI Is Helping Companies Break Silos

Frontiers September 24, 2019  Reading Time: 4 min
Zoran Latinovic and Sharmila C. Chatterjee
Digital, Data & Analytics…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chinese vs English Language Password Security

Chinese vs English Language Password Security

Fascinating that language could strongly  change the ability to crack passwords.  Note also the Markov solving engine used in the test.

How Language Shapes Password Security
IEEE Spectrum   By Jeremy Hsu

Researchers at China's Peking…


From insideHPC

Exxact Shipping Xilinx Alveo Accelerator-Powered Servers & Workstations

Exxact Shipping Xilinx Alveo Accelerator-Powered Servers & Workstations

Today Exxact Corporation announced that their Xilinx Alveo Accelerator Powered Workstations & Servers are now shipping worldwide. The Xilinx Alveo accelerator-powered workstations and servers from Exxact are designed to meet …


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Podcast Interview with ACM Prize in Computing Winner, Shwetak Patel

Podcast Interview with ACM Prize in Computing Winner, Shwetak Patel

Shwetak Patel, the 2018 ACM Prize in Computing winner and Professor in Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, was a participating laureate at this year’s Heidelberg Laureate…


From insideHPC

Vitis Unified Software Platform to make FPGA Programming Accessible for All Developers

Vitis Unified Software Platform to make FPGA Programming Accessible for All Developers

Since their beginnings, FPGA's have been notorious for being hard to program. That could be changing with the new Vitis Unified Software Platform from Xilinx.n“Xilinx has created a singular environment that enables programmers…


From insideHPC

Dell Powers Alzheimer’s Disease Breakthrough at The University of Queensland

Dell Powers Alzheimer’s Disease Breakthrough at The University of Queensland

Today Dell Technologies announced one of the first computational projects for The University of Queensland’s Dell HPC system may enable a non-invasive disease-modifying strategy for Alzheimer’s Disease. The “Wiener” HPC system…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Examination of Stores of the Future

Examination of Stores of the Future

Used to be part of a team that ran 'future stores' for P&G and investigate technology enhancements and implications.  We ended up with dozens of stores globally.  Making these as realistic as possible was key.   We always tried…


From insideHPC

ENERXICO to Empower Mexican Energy Sector with HPC

ENERXICO to Empower Mexican Energy Sector with HPC

Recently launched in Barcelona, ENERXICO is a new project jointly funded by European Union and the government of Mexico to solve such real-world engineering problems. "Mexico through the ENERXICO project and the European collaboration…


From insideHPC

Video: Exascale Computing Project Application Development

Video: Exascale Computing Project Application Development

Andrew Siegel from Argonne gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. "The Exascale Computing Project is accelerating delivery of a capable exascale computing ecosystem for breakthroughs in scientific discovery, energy assurance, …


From The Eponymous Pickle

D-Wave Still in the Race for Quantum

D-Wave Still in the Race for Quantum

Have been following D-Wave's work since their inception.     We also worked with Los Alamos in the area of dealing with rare maintenance events.   See tag below.

Nuclear weapons lab buys D-Wave's next-gen quantum computer

Los Alamos…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Facebook Dives into Smart Contracts and Cyber Payment

Facebook Dives into Smart Contracts and Cyber Payment

Implications, given the number of customers involved could be huge, though stiff regulation is looming.

Facebook Makes First Blockchain Acquisition With Chainspace
This is the clearest sign yet of Facebook’s ambition to be a big…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Secure Your Website

Secure Your Website

From the Google Blog. Advice as to securely encrypting your online sites, beyond Https.    Its National Cyber Security Awareness Month.   Technical, but worth talking with the people that set you up.

Build security into your next…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Re Predictions of IOT Growth

Re Predictions of IOT Growth

In part depends on how you define it.  Smart Home IOT has exploded, but security has added an element of caution.

Why the Internet of Things isn’t growing as rapidly as predicted from Verdict.co

Early forecasts for the IoT suggested…


From Schneier on Security

NSA on the Future of National Cybersecurity

NSA on the Future of National Cybersecurity

Glenn Gerstell, the General Counsel of the NSA, wrote a long and interesting op-ed for the New York Times where he outlined a long list of cyber risks facing the US. There are four key implications of this revolution that policymakers…