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June 2019


From insideHPC

Decoupling EDA Toolchains from the OS with Singularity Containers

Decoupling EDA Toolchains from the OS with Singularity Containers

Singularity containers introduce a compelling means for unlocking the implied dependency between application toolchains and operating system. By encapsulating everything but the kernel in a single file, Singularity containers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Categorizing Images on Airbnb

Categorizing Images on Airbnb

A problem type we worked on for years, for applications like advertising archives and ad and copy re-use.

Categorizing Listing Photos at Airbnb  in Medium
Large-scale deep learning models are changing the way we think about images…


From insideHPC

Developing Next Generation Autonomous Vehicles using ‘AI on the Fly’

Developing Next Generation Autonomous Vehicles using ‘AI on the Fly’

Autonomous VehiclesThe quest to remove humans from behind the wheel with truly autonomous vehicles will drive billions of dollars in investment by car manufacturers and transportation service providers to develop and acquire the required technology…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teaching Students to Yearn to Learn

Teaching Students to Yearn to Learn

Summer time is time for me to do a lot of thinking about my teaching practice. I've been doing a lot of reading and a couple of quotes have helped me in my thinking. Two of them are about leadership and I see them as having applicability…


From Schneier on Security

Report on the Stalkerware Industry

Report on the Stalkerware Industry

Citizen Lab just published an excellent report on the stalkerware industry....


From insideHPC

CoolIT Systems to Showcase Liquid Cooling Solutions at ISC 2019

CoolIT Systems to Showcase Liquid Cooling Solutions at ISC 2019

CoolIT Systems is returning to Frankfurt for ISC 2019 next week with its latest Rack DLC solutions for HPC, Cloud and AI data centers and servers. "As the leading liquid cooling integration partner for OEM server manufacturers…


From insideHPC

European HPC Datacenters step up with Asperitas Immersive Cooling at ISC 2019

European HPC Datacenters step up with Asperitas Immersive Cooling at ISC 2019

Immersed Computing solution provider Asperitas is partnering with HPC datacenters in Europe to provide liquid-cooled, high-density compute solutions. "The Immersed Computing technology developed by Asperitas offers benefits throughout…


From insideHPC

Boston Limited Joins Panasas Channel Partner Program

Boston Limited Joins Panasas Channel Partner Program

Today Panasas announced that Boston Limited has signed up to be a key distributor and integrator for the Panasas ActiveStor Ultra product line, providing installation, configuration and support services globally. “Boston has …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Making the Road Easier

Making the Road Easier

Seems this kind of assistance would be of value in many domains.

Life on the Road Easier as Truckers Adopt Digital Tech 
The Wall Street Journal
Angus Loten

Trucking, logistics, and supply-chain operators are adopting digital tools…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

How To Make A Polynomial Map Nicer

Stability theory and polynomials [ Essen ] Arno van den Essen is the author of the book on the Jacobian Conjecture. Today I want to highlight one of the ideas he presents in his book. The theory is sometimes called stabilization…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cutting Out of Stocks: Reality and Perception

Cutting Out of Stocks: Reality and Perception

A favorite topic.   Availability is essential to support marketing, else whats a shelf placement for?   Thus too while online works well.

Stores have cut out-of-stocks. Why don’t consumers know that? in Retailwire  by Andrew Blatherwick…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Brains and Maps

Brains and Maps

Freeman Dyson, a favorite source, talks brains and maps ......

The Brain Is Full of Maps in The Edge

A Talk By Freeman Dyson [6.11.19]

 I was talking about maps and feelings, and whether the brain is analog or digital. I’ll give…


From Computational Complexity

Compressing in Moscow


This week finds me in Moscow for a pair of workshops, the Russian Workshop on Complexity and Model Theory and a workshop on Randomness, Information and Complexity. The latter celebrates the lives of Alexander Shen and Nikolay…


From insideHPC

Agenda Posted: September HPC User Forum at Argonne

Agenda Posted: September HPC User Forum at Argonne

Hyperion Research has posted the Speaker Agenda for the HPC User Forum at Argonne. Registration is now open for the event, which takes place September 9-11 in Greater Chicago. "The HPC User Forum was established in 1999 to promote…


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

2019 Scholarship winners

2019 Scholarship winners

In 2019, ACM-W scholarship winners, including undergraduate students and Ph.D. students, attended conference such as CHI in Glasgow, UK, WSDM in Melbourne, Australia, and more. (more …)


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kids Echo

Kids Echo

Now, with a 2+ old granddaughter, who has learned to interact vocally with an Echo, an interesting development.  Is it child abuse, as some have suggested?    How should privacy be differently addressed?

Amazon’s new Echo Dot …


From insideHPC

Video: Readying Quantum Chromodynamics for Exascale

Video: Readying Quantum Chromodynamics for Exascale

In this video, Fermilab scientist Andreas Kronfeld discusses the LatticeQCD project for Quantum Chromodynamics. As part of the Exascale Computing Project, LatticeQCD is increasing the precision of QCD calculations to understand…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Itunes Shutting Down, History and implications.

Itunes Shutting Down, History and implications.

A favorite prof at Wharton discusses ITunes.  Long been interested in how the music industry has been changed by tech.

Game-changer to Digital Dustbin: Why iTunes Is Shutting Down

Wharton's Peter Fader and UT-Arlington's David

[Podcast]…


From The Eponymous Pickle

First Kroger - Ocado Fulfillment Center

First  Kroger - Ocado Fulfillment Center

Continued high tech improvements by Kroger.   Adds a number of jobs here.

Kroger breaking ground on $55M Butler County facility that will bring more than 400 jobs... 

Kroger and Ocado are set to break ground this morning in Butler…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Chips Surge on the Edge

AI Chips Surge on the Edge

Methods and needed software innovations still being hashed out.

New Artificial Intelligence Chips Lean Toward the Edge in NAnalyze

What a difference a year makes. Few companies had enjoyed the sort of bull run AI chipmaker Nvidia…


From insideHPC

Teams from Across the Globe to face off in the SC19 Student Cluster Competition

Teams from Across the Globe to face off in the SC19 Student Cluster Competition

SC19 has published the roster for their upcoming Student Cluster Competition. In this non-stop, 48-hour showdown, student teams race to complete real scientific application workloads on small clusters they have designed and built…


From insideHPC

IBM Celebrates Women Leaders In AI

IBM Celebrates Women Leaders In AI

Today IBM announced a global listing of Women Leaders in AI. The list recognizes and celebrates women across a variety of industries and geographies for pioneering the use of AI to advance their companies in areas such as innovation…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Different Kinds of Professional Development for Computer Science Teachers

Different Kinds of Professional Development for Computer Science Teachers

What to teach and how to teach are different questions. The first is all about content knowledge and the second is about pedagogy. For the most part it feels like professional development for CS educators is focused almost completely…


From Schneier on Security

Rock-Paper-Scissors Robot

Rock-Paper-Scissors Robot

How in the world did I not know about this for three years? Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed a robot that always wins at rock-paper-scissors. It watches the human player's hand, figures out which finger position…


From insideHPC

New Paper: Practical Annealing-Based Quantum Computing

New Paper: Practical Annealing-Based Quantum Computing

Researchers at D-Wave Systems have published a new paper on Practical Annealing-Based Quantum Computing. "According to the paper, quantum annealing is the viable way forward to connect quantum hardware to real-world applications…


From insideHPC

Univa Powers Intel Select Solutions for HPC & AI Converged Clusters

Univa Powers Intel Select Solutions for HPC & AI Converged Clusters

Today Univa announced that the company is participating in the Intel Select Solution for HPC and AI Converged Clusters. "By giving our customers a path to take this next step, Intel has likewise put a lot of work into developing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More on Amazon Air Drone

More on Amazon Air Drone

 More technical details.   Not much yet about the underlying process.  That is which type orders, in which locations and what decisions will be made to decide which deliveries will be made this way.  As I  also mentioned, will…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots Predict Human Movement

Robots Predict Human Movement

Relatively simple but useful idea.   Imagine too its premise being used to predict the interaction of people and drones in a swarm performing tasks?  Or determining nearby resources?

Algorithm tells robots where nearby humans
A…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CS for Social Good White Paper Competition

CS for Social Good White Paper Competition

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC), in conjunction with Schmidt Futures, will sponsor and administer a white paper competition on the future of “CS for Social Good,” in order to harness CS to address societal challenges…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supercharging Innovation With Process

Supercharging Innovation With Process

Like the approach, and its use for products and processes.   We did it every day.   But I would add innovation should be used with a specific process to address these needs.  Sometime people think that innovation should be non…