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November 2019


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Discipline Leader for HPC Services for DST Group in Australia

Job of the Week: Discipline Leader for HPC Services for DST Group in Australia

"As a critical member of the HPC Program leadership team, you will work collaboratively to provide secure HPC systems, systems support and related HPC technology required to meet researcher needs. In the first instance, you will…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Triassic Kraken

Friday Squid Blogging: Triassic Kraken

Research paper: "Triassic Kraken: The Berlin Ichthyosaur Death Assemblage Interpreted as a Giant Cephalopod Midden": Abstract: The Luning Formation at Berlin Ichthyosaur State Park, Nevada, hosts a puzzling assemblage of at least…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wolfram Alpha: Notebook Edition

Wolfram Alpha: Notebook Edition

Been a while since I used this in the enterprise, but here is a new release of interest.  I would heartily recommend this as a teaching environment for math for any engaged student who is using a computer.

The Ease of Wolfram|Alpha…


From The Eponymous Pickle

China Passes Cryptography Law

China Passes Cryptography Law

This was predicted last month.   The specifics will be interesting, especially the degree to which the public will be able to use 'absolute' cryptographic methods.  Not clear below.

China Passes Cryptography Law
TechRadar
Anthony…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quantum Navigation?

Quantum Navigation?

I am skeptical that a quantum computer is necessary for this kind of shortest route navigation.  But interesting claim, and a real problem.  Will examine further.  Saw the D-Wave special kind of  annealing application of quantum…


From The Eponymous Pickle

What Makes an Image Usefully Memorable?

What Makes an Image Usefully Memorable?

Asked this question as early as the 80s, hoping to capture the value for advertisers.  With very large Ad databases.   But with very different methods.    Not overly successful, but did provide some deeper thinking about measures…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Detecting Misinformation Intent

Detecting Misinformation Intent

This gets closer to true intelligence in a machine.   Determining likely intent with AI methods.   But how well does it do, better than humans?  How well do humans do?

Engineers develop new way to know liars' intent
in Tech Xplore…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Agent Based Mesa Models in Python

Agent Based Mesa Models in Python

This is new to me.    We actively used agent models for consumer interaction understanding.  See agent tag for more.

Introduction to Mesa: Agent-based Modeling in Python
Ng Wai Foong

Python-based alternative to NetLogo, Repast,

Simulation…


From insideHPC

Progress and Challenges for the Use of Deep Learning to Improve Weather Forecasts

Progress and Challenges for the Use of Deep Learning to Improve Weather Forecasts

Peter Dueben from ECMWF gave this talk at the UK HPC Conference. "I will present recent studies that use deep learning to learn the equations of motion of the atmosphere, to emulate model components of weather forecast models…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Magic 8 Ball and Projects From Real Life

Magic 8 Ball and Projects From Real Life

There has been a 12 inch tall Pez dispenser on my desk for a couple of years now. It’s a great visual aid for talking about stacks. Today I got a Magic 8 Ball as well. It turns out that a lot of my students were unfamiliar with…


From insideHPC

New Intel Xeon E-2200 Processors come to TYAN’s Entry Server Platforms

New Intel Xeon E-2200 Processors come to TYAN’s Entry Server Platforms

Today TYAN announced support for new Intel Xeon E-2200 processor-based server motherboards and systems to the market. TYAN’s Intel Xeon E-2200 processor-based product line continues to offer professional-grade performance, security…


From insideHPC

Atos to Deploy AMD-powered BullSequana X Supercomputer at UIB in Spain

Atos to Deploy AMD-powered BullSequana X Supercomputer at UIB in Spain

Today Atos announced a contract to supply a BullSequana X supercomputer to the Institute of Interdisciplinary Physics and Complex Systems (IFISC) in Spain. The new computational cluster will be used for Big Data analysis and …


From insideHPC

OpenIO Achieves Record 1 Tbps Write Speed

OpenIO Achieves Record 1 Tbps Write Speed

French startup OpenIO recently announced record performance with Criteo, the advertising platform for the open Internet. OpenIO demonstrated the performance and scalability of their object storage solution by deploying their…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Towards a Bio-Internet of Things?

Towards a Bio-Internet of Things?

Seems we are already part of that, if we like it or not, but here is some more

The scientists who are creating a bio-internet of things in Technology Review

The internet of things connects devices across the globe. Now researchers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Personalizing Voice Skills

Personalizing Voice Skills

Now personalization is generally available, a small but useful aspect of voice interaction.

Personalize Your Alexa Experience with Voice Profiles (Generally Available)

By Mohit Mittal

We are excited to announce that the Alexa skill…


From Schneier on Security

Resources for Measuring Cybersecurity

Resources for Measuring Cybersecurity

Kathryn Waldron at R Street has collected all of the different resources and methodologies for measuring cybersecurity....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots, AI and Machine Learning Will be be Changing Your Jobs

Robots, AI and Machine Learning Will be be Changing Your Jobs

All jobs will have their nature changed, not unlike how computing in general has changed many jobs.    MIT and IBM are studying the changes and what they mean.

The Future of Work: How New Technologies Are Transforming Tasks- Artificial…

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