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December 2019


From The Eponymous Pickle

Autonomous Entities

Autonomous Entities

Also a strong interest of mine, how close are we to building such systems and trusting them in every day life?  Certainly too, in the near term such systems will contain people and other agents that will require monitoring and…


From insideHPC

Innoviz to Accelerate AI for Autonomous Vehicles with WekaIO

Innoviz to Accelerate AI for Autonomous Vehicles with WekaIO

Today WekaIO announced that Innoviz, a leading manufacturer of high-performance, solid-state Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensors and Perception Software that enables the mass-production of autonomous vehicles, has selected…


From insideHPC

HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand Sees Major Growth on Latest TOP500 List

HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand Sees Major Growth on Latest TOP500 List

Today the InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) reported the latest TOP500 List results show that HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand accelerates 31 percent of new InfiniBand-based systems on the List, including the fastest TOP500 supercomputer…


From insideHPC

NGD Systems Steps up with Arm Processors on SSDs at SC19

NGD Systems Steps up with Arm Processors on SSDs at SC19

In this video from the Arm booth at SC19, Scott Shadley from NGD Systems describes the company's innovative computational storage technology. "In a nutshell, Computational Storage is an IT architecture where data is processed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sustainability of LEDs

Sustainability of LEDs

This came up in a project done during the earlier days of LED adoption.  Good piece here that makes  the case.  Another landfill scenario?

LED Technology Isn't All That Sustainable
Declan Barrett, SCB Contributor in SupplychainBrain…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Extending Battery Life for IOT

Extending Battery Life for IOT

Waking up your IOT device when needed.

Chips for IOT Battery Life
UC San Diego News Center
Liezel Labios

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) researchers have developed a power-saving chip that could significantly reduce or…


From Schneier on Security

Extracting Data from Smartphones

Extracting Data from Smartphones

Privacy International has published a detailed, technical examination of how data is extracted from smartphones....


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

News from ACM-W Europe, December 2019

News from ACM-W Europe, December 2019

Advances in Computational Biology (AdvCompBio 2019), Barcelona The first conference on the Advances in Computational Biology (AdvCompBio 2019) was held in Barcelona, November 28 – 29, 2019,  to promote and increase the visibility…


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

News from ACM-W Scholarships–December 2019

News from ACM-W Scholarships–December 2019

We are delighted to welcome the following new Student Chapters to ACM-W: University of Hawaii at Manoa University of Washington Bothell University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering Boston University…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Japan to Use Blockchain Payments

Japan to Use Blockchain Payments

Another indication of the wider adoption of Blockchain for tracking verified currency transfer.

JPMorgan Chase’s blockchain payments platform looks to be expanding to Japan, and soon.
Daniel Palmer in Coindesk

The U.S. banking multinational…


From The Eponymous Pickle

When Autonomous Cars Arrive in the Car Chase

When Autonomous Cars Arrive in the Car Chase

Dr. Lance Eliot spends considerable time and detail in examining how the autonomous car will be included in the classic California 'car chase'.    Also points to a number of his other examination of automobile/people behavioral…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Trials AI Soccer Commentary

IBM Trials AI Soccer Commentary

Note similarity to the Wimbledon video clip management example.   As I commented there  I would also like this done as real-time assitistive commentary to business meetings.      Say determine who has said they will do and when…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analyzing Papers to Determine Tech Future

Analyzing Papers to Determine Tech Future

Somewhat weak attempt, but the general thought is interesting,  yet how well can  we predict without knowing future context?

We analyzed 16,625 papers to figure out where AI is headed next
Our study of 25 years of artificial-intelligence…


From insideHPC

GigaIO Wins Most Innovative New Product Award for Big Data

GigaIO Wins Most Innovative New Product Award for Big Data

Today GigaIO announced that the company's FabreX technology has been selected as the winner of Connect's Most Innovative New Product Award for Big Data. The Most Innovative New Product Awards is an annual competition that recognizes…


From insideHPC

Verne Global brings hpcDIRECT to Bonseyes AI Marketplace

Verne Global brings hpcDIRECT to Bonseyes AI Marketplace

Today Verne Global announced that is has partnered with the Bonseyes secure marketplace and collaborative platform for building and trading AI applications. The move will provide Bonseyes users with access to Verne Global’s hpcDIRECT…


From insideHPC

NEC SX-Aurora Tops Energy Efficiency on HPCG Benchmark

NEC SX-Aurora Tops Energy Efficiency on HPCG Benchmark

In this video from SC19, Erich Focht from NEC describes how the company's SX-Aurora vector architecture achieves extreme energy efficiency on the HPCG benchmark. After that, Shintaro Momose from NEC describes recent enhancements…


From insideHPC

Data Scientist Thomas Thurston to speak at HPC User Forum in New Jersey

Data Scientist Thomas Thurston to speak at HPC User Forum in New Jersey

Venture Capitalist and Data Scientist Thomas Thurston is slated to speak at the upcoming HPC User Forum in Princeton, New Jersey. Thurston will give a talk titled, “Using HPC-enabled AI to Guide Investment Strategies for Finding…


From insideHPC

Intel Powers HPE Apollo 20 for HPC Workloads

Intel Powers HPE Apollo 20 for HPC Workloads

In this video from SC19, Larry Keller from HPE and Taha Mughi from HPE describe how the two companies collaborated on the innovative new Apollo 20 server for HPC workloads. "Are you searching for greater performance and more …


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

ACM-W Annual Report 2018-2019

ACM-W Annual Report 2018-2019

Mission and Impact From the Chair Celebrating, supporting, and advocating for women in computing is the mission and motivating force behind the work of ACM-W. In this inaugural annual report we hope to show our many members and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rise of Operational Analytics

Rise of Operational Analytics

Free eBook that looks to be of interest.  Clearly this is not a new thing,  was a primary part of our early training.   New methods have emerged though, and the computational power is now far   superior, data is much more manipulable…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cloud Based CyberCrime Evidence Detection

Cloud Based CyberCrime Evidence Detection

Links to other approaches I have recently seen in this area.

CIT Researchers Develop System to Detect Cloud-Based Cybercrime Evidence
Purdue University News
John O'Malley

Researchers at the Purdue Polytechnic Institute's Department…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Developing Digital Twins

Developing Digital Twins

A good example of how models can built from data to predict the behavior of systems.  Here a UAV as an example.

Developing a Digital Twin
Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (University of Texas at Austin)


From Schneier on Security

Reforming CDA 230

Reforming CDA 230

There's a serous debate on reforming Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. I am in the process of figuring out what I believe, and this is more a place to put resources and listen to people's comments. The EFF has written…


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

Greetings from the ACM-W North America Committee Chair

Greetings from the ACM-W North America Committee Chair

The newly formed ACM-W North America committee is up and running! We are currently working on establishing roles and responsibilities as well as the important task of identifying the goals we will be working towards over the…


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

News from ACM-W Scholarships, December 2019

News from ACM-W Scholarships, December 2019

The ACM Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences program provides support for women students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. The student does not have to present a paper…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Calculating Entropy

Calculating Entropy

As I read this and the paper noted at the link, this could be a very big deal.   Entropy is disorder .... and if we can accurately measure it, it leads to means of better models, measures, understanding and should lead to better…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Billion Cameras Will be Watching

A Billion Cameras Will be Watching

Inevitable.    But where is the data going and how is it used?  Does the installation of cameras consider future advances that will use that data in more invasive ways?  Such future use transparency does not now exist.

A World…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Saying No to Loyalty Offers

Saying No to Loyalty Offers

This came to mind as I shopped in the last week.   No clear offers for my time or data were offered.  Lots of  'apparent' offers that were easy to see through.  I often do a simple forward forecast of the offer to see that it…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Is Hanabi Card Game the Future Challenge for Human AI?

Is Hanabi Card Game the Future Challenge for Human AI?

We readily reason and interact with incomplete information and the need to cooperate. Is this sample deceptively simple game challenge a way to model those kinds of human level contexts?  More links to supporting information

Google…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Coding Without a Net

Coding Without a Net

My Programming Honors students are struggling with creating classes in C#. They really wanted me to code up a project live (again) and have them follow along. But I’ve used my usual examples and samples and projects already.Now…