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February 2019


From insideHPC

GigaIO Technology Boosts Performance at the SC18 Student Cluster Competition

GigaIO Technology Boosts Performance at the SC18 Student Cluster Competition

Today GigaIO, announced that that the company's new FabreX product was successfully used in the Student Cluster Competition at SC18. Students from the University of Warsaw incorporated GigaIO’s alpha product into their self-designed…


From insideHPC

WekaIO Matrix Cluster Excels on SPEC SFS 2014 Benchmark

WekaIO Matrix Cluster Excels on SPEC SFS 2014 Benchmark

Today WekaIO announced the results of the independent SPEC SFS 2014 benchmark testing of its flagship WekaIO Matrix product. "Having established itself in the number one position for the SPEC SFS 2014 software build in January…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Crowdfunding Marketing

Crowdfunding Marketing

New thing for major CPG.  Looking for other examples.

How crowdfunding helped Gillette, Coca-Cola test new products
Gillette and Coca-Cola are among the brands that have launched products via crowdfunding, allowing the firms to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Skill Blueprints

Alexa Skill Blueprints

The details here are a big deal.  Makes it easier.   Now add more intelligence features.  Real surprise in user value is important.  Content of value please.

Amazon expands Alexa Skill Blueprints to court brands and content creators…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Generating Value at Scale

AI Generating Value at Scale

Agree, have seen first hand.

From McKinsey Insights.

AI adoption advances, but foundational barriers remain
Survey respondents report the rapid adoption of AI and expect only a minimal effect on head count. Yet few companies have…


From insideHPC

Putting Computer Vision to Work with OpenVINO

Putting Computer Vision to Work with OpenVINO

OpenVINO is a single toolkit, optimized for Intel hardware, that the data scientist and AI software developer can use for quickly developing high-performance applications that employ neural network inference and deep learning…


From insideHPC

Quantum Computing: From Qubits to Quantum Accelerators

Quantum Computing: From Qubits to Quantum Accelerators

Koen Bertels from Delft University of Technology gave this talk at HiPEAC 2019. "In my talk, I will introduce what quantum computers are but also how they can be used as a quantum accelerator. I will discuss why a quantum computer…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Candidate Search – Assistant Director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE)

NSF Candidate Search – Assistant Director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE)

The following is a letter to the community from National Science Foundation (NSF) Director, France A. Córdova. Dear Colleague: The National Science Foundation is initiating a national search for the Assistant Director for Computer…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson AI Services Now Work on Any Cloud

Watson AI Services Now Work on Any Cloud

Broadening the compatibility with other infrastructures will help.

IBM says Watson AI services will now work on any cloud
in Reuters By Paresh Dave

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - IBM Corp announced on Tuesday that some of its Watson

The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft to Abandon Cortana?

Microsoft to Abandon Cortana?

Microsoft may be doing this, but I still think there is a place for Cortana supporting Microsoft's business services.   Should be doing that already, it had earlier experience in the area.    It doesn't yet though, and I am disappointed…


From Schneier on Security

Cyberinsurance and Acts of War

Cyberinsurance and Acts of War

I had not heard about this case before. Zurich Insurance has refused to pay Mondelez International's claim of $100 million in damages from NotPetya. It claims it is an act of war and therefor not covered. Mondelez is suing. Those…


From Putting People First

Papers on behaviour, design and the circular economy

Papers on behaviour, design and the circular economy

Consumer insights into the circular economy Report of stakeholder meeting, 25 October 2018, 14 pages The “Stakeholder Meeting: Consumer Insights into the Circular Economy” in Brussels on 25 October 2018, was co-organised by the…


From [email protected]

Governance and Oversight Coming to AI and Automation: Independent Audit of AI Systems

Governance and Oversight Coming to AI and Automation: Independent Audit of AI Systems

Independent Audit of AI Systems is the next evolution of governance for artificial intelligence and automation.


From insideHPC

Lenovo Launches Cloud Hardware Subscriptions with TruScale Infrastructure Services

Lenovo Launches Cloud Hardware Subscriptions with TruScale Infrastructure Services

Today Lenovo announced TruScale Infrastructure Services, a subscription-based offering that allows customers to use and pay for data center hardware and services – on-premise or at a customer-preferred location – without having…


From The Eponymous Pickle

An AI Doorbell

An AI Doorbell

Don't have the below, nor am I promoting it.   I have had three different doorbells to date.   I note this has just passable reviews.   Most troubling are those about support.  But it seems to have many of the needs we might

Netvue…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watch IBM Think Live

Watch IBM Think Live

Insights and innovation, streaming live from Think

Beginning this evening with Pushing the Frontiers of AI: Project Debater at 5PM PT / 8PM ET, you can watch Think 2019 live from anywhere. Even if you're following along from afar…


From insideHPC

Truly Inspiring: Fighting World Hunger with Cray Supercomputers

Truly Inspiring: Fighting World Hunger with Cray Supercomputers

In this video, Computational biologist Laura Boykin describes the threat to lives and livelihoods the whitefly represents, the international effort to fight it, and how supercomputing flips the script on a once unwinnable war…


From CERIAS Blog

Things are not getting better

Things are not getting better

I was reminded this morning that nearly 10 years ago testimony I gave before a US Senate committee about cybersecurity. Sadly, I think things are worse and we are continuing on the same self-destructive path.

Here is a copy…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Global Analytics Research

Global Analytics Research

Report: Global AI Research  By Alice Bonasio in Medium

How far has Artificial Intelligence research developed in the past two decades? Global information analytics company Elsevier shares its findings.

The report’s data shows how…


From insideHPC

Today’s Application of Ai Within Government

Today’s Application of Ai Within Government

government AIAcross the globe, governments are acknowledging the potential of AI technologies to impact our daily lives, from how we make purchasing decisions to improving our healthcare. But there are several reasons why government agencies…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nuro Moves Forward

Nuro Moves Forward

This is the company Kroger is working with to pilot autonomous delivery.    Following closely.

Autonomous delivery startup Nuro picks up $940M from SoftBank   By Maria Deutscher in SiliconAngle

For a market that didn’t exist a

Nuro…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA steps up with Nsight Systems Performance Analysis Tool

NVIDIA steps up with Nsight Systems Performance Analysis Tool

Today NVIDIA announced that NVIDIA Nsight Systems 2019.1 is now available for download. As a system-wide performance analysis tool. With it, developers can visualize application algorithms, identify large optimization opportunities…


From insideHPC

Podcast: What is an Ai Supercomputer?

Podcast: What is an Ai Supercomputer?

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team asks whether a supercomputer can or cannot be a “AI Supercomputer.” The question came up after HPE announced a new AI system called Jean Zay that will double the capacity of French supercomputing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots and Retail

Robots and Retail

Good overview of the challenge.  It is here and cannot be ignored.

Robots Address Today’s Retail Industry Concerns
Jim Liefer, SCB Contributor
Point. Click. Ship. That’s what today’s consumers demand.

There’s no question that the…


From Schneier on Security

Blockchain and Trust

Blockchain and Trust

In his 2008 white paper that first proposed bitcoin, the anonymous Satoshi Nakamoto concluded with: "We have proposed a system for electronic transactions without relying on trust." He was referring to blockchain, the system…


From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

EAI Readiness in TLDs: A UASG Test

EAI Readiness in TLDs: A UASG Test

By John Levine Since its inception in 2015, the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) has focused on raising awareness of Universal Acceptance (UA) issues, providing support and measuring the industry’s progress on UA adoption…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

White House Order Prioritizes U.S. Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research

White House Order Prioritizes U.S. Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research

Contributions to this post were provided by the Computing Research Association’s Director for Government Affairs, Peter Harsha, and Computing Community Consortium’s Director, Ann Drobnis. Today President Trump signed an executive…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Used to Strain-Engineer Material Properties

AI Used to Strain-Engineer Material Properties

Conceptually quite interesting.   AI seems to be involved in controlling the combinatorically complex ways that strain can be applied.   Does not link to the article mentioned.  Searching that.

Using Artificial Intelligence to…


From Computational Complexity

I think ze was confused -- in favor of genderless pronouns

You've probably heard the following:





               At first I didn't want to get an X but now that I have it, I can't imagine life without one.



X could be telegraph, radio, TV, color TV, VCR, CD player, streaming, Netflix…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Programming Has Sure Changed

Programming Has Sure Changed

Last week, I was reading some old code. I wrote it in 1975. It was in FORTRAN IV and it was on punch cards. Really bad code. One character, meaningless variable names. Lots of goto statements. FORTRAN IV didn't have while loops…