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May 2019


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Sources Regulated

Data Sources Regulated

Data and its protection and use being addressed in regulation in the US Supreme Court.

Food Marketing Institute Presents Arguments Before U.S. Supreme Court
April 30,    Renee Sexton in the Shelby Report

The U.S. Supreme Court heard…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Much Will We Buy Using Augmented Reality?

How Much Will We Buy Using Augmented Reality?

Have experimented with AR as used by a number of companies, notably IKEA.

Will AR change how people buy products from eyeglasses to wedding rings?  by Matthew Stern in Retailwire

People keep a pair of eyeglasses for a long time…


From The Eponymous Pickle

SAS and AI

SAS and AI

More on this.was a long time user of SAS in the enterprise, so the connection is interesting.

SAS Lays Out AI, Machine Learning Enhancements

The data science and machine learning platform market is much more competitive today than…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future Look at the IOT

Future Look at the IOT

Good future look here ....

The Future of Technology With Internet of Things in Elprocus

The term “IoT” stands for Internet of Things is a most significant topic in the engineering, technology, industry, etc. It has become front…


From insideHPC

IBM Research Applies Deep Learning for Detecting Glaucoma

IBM Research Applies Deep Learning for Detecting Glaucoma

Over at the IBM Blog, Rahil Garnavi writes that IBM researchers have developed new techniques in deep learning that could help unlock earlier glaucoma detection. "Earlier detection of glaucoma is critical to slowing its progression…


From insideHPC

Pitt Researchers using HPC to turn CO2 into Useful Products

Pitt Researchers using HPC to turn CO2 into Useful Products

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are using XSEDE supercomputing resources to develop new materials that can capture carbon dioxide and turn it into a commercially useful substances. With global climate change resulting…


From insideHPC

E4 teams with bluechip Computer AG in Germany for HPC

E4 teams with bluechip Computer AG in Germany for HPC

Today Italian HPC and AI specialist E4 Computer Engineering announced a strategic partnership with bluechip Computer AG, a leading German manufacturer of server, storage, workstation and client systems. Under the agreement, the…


From [email protected]

How to Reduce Long Lines at CS Office Hours in Five Tweets

How to Reduce Long Lines at CS Office Hours in Five Tweets

Evidence-based practices that will likely reduce the long lines at the CS professor's door.


From insideHPC

European Processor Initiative: The EuroHPC Industrial Cornerstone

European Processor Initiative: The EuroHPC Industrial Cornerstone

Mario Kovač from EPI gave this talk at the Swiss HPC Conference. "EPI will provide to the European industry and research a competitive HPC platform and data processing solutions at world class level in the best interest of data…


From Computational Complexity

The Next Chapter


I've accepted a position as Dean of the College of Science at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago starting in August. It's an exciting opportunity to really build up the sciences and computing in the city that…


From Schneier on Security

Why Isn't GDPR Being Enforced?

Why Isn't GDPR Being Enforced?

Politico has a long article making the case that the lead GDPR regulator, Ireland, has too cozy a relationship with Silicon Valley tech companies to effectively regulate their privacy practices. Despite its vows to beef up its…


From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Looking Ahead to a Bright Future for the Universal Acceptance of All Domain Names

Looking Ahead to a Bright Future for the Universal Acceptance of All Domain Names

By Dr. Ajay Data, chair of the UASG; founder and CEO of XgenPlus A month into my new role as Chair of the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG), I am more energized than ever about the work we are doing to help build the…


From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Looking Ahead to a Bright Future for the Universal Acceptance of All Domain Names

Looking Ahead to a Bright Future for the Universal Acceptance of All Domain Names

By Dr. Ajay Data, chair of the UASG; founder and CEO of XgenPlus A month into my new role as Chair of the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG), I am more energized than ever about the work we are doing to help build the…


From Putting People First

MacArthur Foundation’s “100&Change” competition now calling for applications

MacArthur Foundation’s “100&Change” competition now calling for applications

100&Change is a MacArthur Foundation competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that will make measurable progress toward solving a significant problem. 100&Change will select a bold proposal that promises…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sustaining Machine Learning in the Enterprise

Sustaining Machine Learning in the Enterprise

Talk on surveys and look at trends reported on in an O'Reilly conference.  Well done, with results that are practical for strategic and operational choices in the enterprise.   I like that the connection to classic analytics

Sustaining…


From insideHPC

Interview: Cray in Azure Steps up with Dedicated Supercomputing in the Cloud

Interview: Cray in Azure Steps up with Dedicated Supercomputing in the Cloud

In this interview, Joseph George from Cray describes the company's new offerings for Cray in Azure. "The Cray and Microsoft Azure teams have been actively working on numerous customer engagements together, in an effort to clearly…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Code 8.7: Towards a Pipeline – Technology, Techniques and Training

Code 8.7: Towards a Pipeline – Technology, Techniques and Training

The following blog post was contributed by Nadya Bliss (Director, the Global Security Initiative at Arizona State University & CCC Council Member) and is reposted from the Delta 8.7 website. You can view the original post here…


From insideHPC

Virginia Tech Team Using AI for Supercomputer Load Balancing

Virginia Tech Team Using AI for Supercomputer Load Balancing

A team of researchers from Virginia Tech is helping supercomputers to work more efficiently in a novel way, using machine learning to properly distribute, or load balance, data processing tasks across the thousands of servers…


From insideHPC

Sandia Powers Breakthroughs in Neuromorphic Computing

Sandia Powers Breakthroughs in Neuromorphic Computing

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have collaborated with Stanford University and University of Massachusetts, Amherst to address the challenges of neuromorphic computing, which mimics the way the human brain carries…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Less than Full Face Recognition

Less than Full Face Recognition

Our own experiments consistently showed less than 100% for full face data, so is this data or context (lighting) dependent?

Researchers achieve 100 percent recognition rates for half and three-quarter faces  by University of Bradford…


From insideHPC

NASA to Launch University of Pittsburgh Supercomputer into Space

NASA to Launch University of Pittsburgh Supercomputer into Space

A novel supercomputer developed by a University of Pittsburgh team is set to journey to the International Space Station on May 1. The supercomputer will serve as a research “sandbox” for space-based experiments on computing, …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Expanded Options for Trunk Delivery

Expanded Options for Trunk Delivery

The idea was mentioned some time ago. Appears to have somewhat limited appeal, say for ease of secure delivery while at work, but reports here of further uptake would indicate more than expected.  A kind of kind of connected

Ford…


From insideHPC

Video: NAG Launches HPC Cost of Ownership Calculator

Video: NAG Launches HPC Cost of Ownership Calculator

In this video, Mike Croucher from NAG demonstrates the company's new Total Cost of Ownership Calculator for HPC. "Should your next HPC procurement be on-premise or in the cloud? This is one of the questions that our clients ask…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

With Great Code Comes Great Responsibility

With Great Code Comes Great Responsibility

Omidyar Network, Mozilla, Schmidt Futures, and Craig Newmark Philanthropies recently announced the winners of the Responsible Computer Science Challenge. The challenge, and grants of up to $150,000, go to universities but the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

What Data are Important

What Data are Important

Back to my long time look at data as an asset.  "Alternative Data Sets'  is a term I had not heard of mentioned here.  Because of new uses of data, we do need more and more accurate data, usually in more specific contexts and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

GE and IOT Security

GE and IOT Security

Another indication that companies are serious about blockchain for some uses.   Click through for the motivation in the IOT.

126-Year-Old General Electric (GE) Invests in Blockchain Cybersecurity Startup

The venture capital arm…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Influence of 5G on Cable?

Influence of 5G on Cable?

A look at the emergence.  Podcast and transcript.   Personal and civic infrastructures that will need to be updated?  " .... Expectations are riding high for the next generation of wireless technology, but is 5G ready to compete…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Chip to Push AI

New Chip to Push AI

More at the link, how much will it improve computing?  Since the 80s it has been commonly stated that its more about the software than it is about the advances in hardware.   But the task of AI via deep learning has focused the…


From Schneier on Security

On Security Tokens

On Security Tokens

Mark Risher of Google extols the virtues of security keys: I'll say it again for the people in the back: with Security Keys, instead of the *user* needing to verify the site, the *site* has to prove itself to the key. Good security…

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