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September 2021


From insideHPC

Amphenol: 112Gb/s Interconnect with eTopus Products for IP Solutions

Amphenol: 112Gb/s Interconnect with eTopus Products for IP Solutions

San Jose, Sept. 14, 2021 – Amphenol ICC, the global leader in connector technology, design and manufacturing, and eTopus Technology, a pioneer of ultra-high-speed ADC/DSP-based SerDes for wireline applications including data …


From insideHPC

Let’s Talk Exascale: How Flux Software Manages Supercomputing Workflows

Let’s Talk Exascale: How Flux Software Manages Supercomputing Workflows

This episode of the Exascale Computing Project‘s Let’s Talk Exascale podcast series delves into a software framework developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), called Flux, which is widely used for scheduling…


From insideHPC

Penguin Wins 2 DOD HPC Modernization Deals Worth $68M

Penguin Wins 2 DOD HPC Modernization Deals Worth $68M

cloud computingFremont, Calif. – September 14, 2021 – HPC and AI company Penguin Computing, Inc., a division of SMART Global Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: SGH), today announced that it has been awarded two contracts totaling $68M from the Department…


From insideHPC

How the Sea Slug Could Help Make AI Smarter

How the Sea Slug Could Help Make AI Smarter

If you’ve seen “My Octopus Teacher” you know how intelligent creatures of the deep can be. Now comes research from Purdue University indicating that the sea slug, a most basic and simple of sea animals, may help AI hardware get…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Marketplace Sellers

Amazon Marketplace Sellers

 Was unaware of the growth of these.

Amazon marketplace sellers are becoming retail giants

Plus additional expert comments ...

Amazon marketplace sellers are becoming retail giants

Sep 13, 2021,  by Tom Ryan

Thrasio, the largest aggregator…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Seeing the way we do

Seeing the way we do

New ways of perceptive seeing, now with Texture and Shape

GLOM: Teaching Computers to See the Way(s) We Do  By John Delaney,  Commissioned by CACM Staff   September 14, 2021

At the virtual Collision technology  earlier this year…


From insideHPC

Kinetica Fuses Streaming and Contextual Analysis

Kinetica Fuses Streaming and Contextual Analysis

ARLINGTON, VA (September 14, 2021) – Kinetica, the database for time and space, today announced native integration with Kafka and an API Key integration with Confluent, the platform for data in motion. Kinetica is now the second…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Prepare for your Quantum Future

Prepare for your Quantum Future

To understand it, certainly.

Now Is the Time to Prepare for the Quantum Computing Revolution

By TechRepublic, August 27, 2020  in CACM

Christopher Savoie is CEO and co-founder of Zapata Computing, a quantum application company.

In…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Palm Scanning Moves outside Retail

Amazon Palm Scanning Moves outside Retail

 Palm scanning  is apparently a successful means of quick secure ID outside retail: 

Amazon One’s palm-scanning tech makes first move into entertainment venues in TheVerge

Launching at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre   By James…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Dimensions

On Dimensions

 Better handling of dimensions has let us to test out machine learning and dabble with AI.  Here is a not too deep look at the math.  Can we better define away complexity?   See the images at the link. 

The Journey to Define Dimension…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Supply Chain Twin

Google Supply Chain Twin

 Google seems to be playing this direction actively.

Google launches ‘digital twin’ tool for logistics and manufacturing

Kyle Wiggers @Kyle_L_Wiggers  in Venturebeat

September 14, 2021 1:30 A

Google today announced Supply Chain Twin…


From insideHPC

Toolkit Delivers 4D Visualization, Addresses Data Volume Challenges in Exascale

Toolkit Delivers 4D Visualization, Addresses Data Volume Challenges in Exascale

The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has announced that a team of researchers has developed the Feature Tracking Kit (FTK), which uses simplicial spacetime meshing to simplify, scale, and deliver novel feature-tracking algorithms…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Threats to Experimental Design

Threats  to Experimental Design

A method for Analyzing Experimental Design of models.   Below an intro, then more.  Worth examining. 

PlanAlyzer: Assessing Threats to the Validity of Online Experiments

By Emma Tosch, Eytan Bakshy, Emery D. Berger, David D. Jensen…


From Schneier on Security

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

This is a current list of where and when I am scheduled to speak:

  • I’m keynoting CIISec Live—an all-online event—September 15-16, 2021.
  • I’m speaking at the Infosecurity Magazine EMEA Autumn Online Summit on September 21, 2021…


    From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

    Texas-Sized Problems

    Mathematical edges to edgy laws Cropped from Lex Fridman podcast Scott Aaronson is one of the top researchers in complexity theory and especially in quantum computing. He is famous for more than his research, he is famous also…


    From insideHPC

    Registration Opens for Oct. 1 HPC4EI National Manufacturing Day

    Registration Opens for Oct. 1 HPC4EI National Manufacturing Day

    Sept. 13, 2021 — Registration is free and open to the public for HPC4EI Manufacturing Day, Friday, Oct. 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET, and will feature Pamela Isom, director of the Artificial Intelligence and Technology Office…


    From insideHPC

    Exascale Computing Project Tabs Brookhaven’s Chandrasekaran PI of SOLLVE Project

    Exascale Computing Project Tabs Brookhaven’s Chandrasekaran PI of SOLLVE Project

    Sept. 13, 2021 — The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has named Sunita Chandrasekaran of Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) as principal investigator of the SOLLVE project. SOLLVE is advancing…


    From insideHPC

    NCAR Official to Discuss New Supercomputer Friday at Univ. of Wyoming

    NCAR Official to Discuss New Supercomputer Friday at Univ. of Wyoming

    September 13, 2021 — A top director with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is coming to the University of Wyoming to discuss the capabilities and uses of a new supercomputer that will be installed in the NCAR…


    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    Marconi Society Webinar “The Issues That Keep Us Up at Night” Wednesday, 9/15 at 11AM ET

    Marconi Society Webinar “The Issues That Keep Us Up at Night” Wednesday, 9/15 at 11AM ET

    The Marconi Society, a nonprofit chaired by Vint Cerf and dedicated to bridging the digital divide, is offering a complimentary webinar called The Issues That Keep Us Up at Night, which will take place on September 15 at 11 a…


    From insideHPC

    The State of Quantum Computing Today: Market Sizing, CAGR Projections, Buyer Expectations

    The State of Quantum Computing Today: Market Sizing, CAGR Projections, Buyer Expectations

    Though embryonic, the quantum computing industry is coming into clearer focus, taking on the earmarks of a viable entity on the computing landscape – earmarks that have progressed beyond the possibilities, promises and potential…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Augmented Reality Innovation

    Augmented Reality Innovation

     Had not heard of this use of extended reality to promote innovation, consider the breadth of possibilities.

    Researchers Develop First-of-Its-Kind Extended Reality Testbed to Speed Virtual, Augmented Reality Innovation    By University…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Soft Robot Worms

    Soft Robot Worms

     Consider applications with tight fitting spatial sensors and manipulaton. 

    Stretchy Robot Worms Could Inch Their Way into Tech Applications

    University of Glasgow (U.K.),  September 6, 2021

    Engineers at the U.K.'s University of…


    From insideHPC

    Cadence Supports Intelligent SoC Development with On-Device Tensilica AI Platform

    Cadence Supports Intelligent SoC Development with On-Device Tensilica AI Platform

    SAN JOSE, Calif., September 13, 2021—Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CDNS) today unveiled its Tensilica AI Platform for  AI SoC development, including three supporting product families optimized for varying data and on-device…


    From insideHPC

    CoolIT Systems Names New CFO

    CoolIT Systems Names New CFO

    Calgary, Alberta. September 13, 2021 – CoolIT Systems, maker of scalable liquid cooling technology for desktop and data centers systems, announced that Adam Schader has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer. With over…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Podcast: Portrait of the Post-Pandemic Grocery Shopper

    Podcast: Portrait of the Post-Pandemic Grocery Shopper

     I still shop in store, not sure I have noticed a real difference.  Worth a listen.

    Podcast | A Portrait of the Post-Pandemic Grocery Shopper

    In SupplyChainBrain  

    What is this creature whom we call “the post-pandemic grocery shopper…


    From insideHPC

    Delivering on the Promise of Hybrid Multi Cloud for HPC

    Delivering on the Promise of Hybrid Multi Cloud for HPC

    [Sponsored Post] HPC cloud usage is expanding across all industry sectors with a strong desire from customers for a flexible hybrid model that can be deployed in a multi-cloud scenario. With the acquisition of Nimbix and the …


    From Schneier on Security

    Designing Contact-Tracing Apps

    Designing Contact-Tracing Apps

    Susan Landau wrote an essay on the privacy, efficacy, and equity of contract-tracing smartphone apps.

    Also see her excellent book on the topic.


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Robotic Remote Cafe

    Robotic Remote Cafe

    New approaches for remote work. 

     At Japanese Robot Cafe, Staff Serve Customers While Working From Home

    South China Morning Post, August 20, 2021

    The Dawn Cafe in Tokyo's Nihonbashi district is staffed by robot waiters serving diners…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    GRAND Decodes Data Universally?

    GRAND Decodes Data Universally?

    Implications for general cryptography?      Trying to get a reading. 

    Universal System Decodes Any Type of Data Sent Across a Network By MIT News,  September 10, 2021  in CACM

    Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology…


    From Computational Complexity

    Review of A Blog Book based on the Less Wrong Blog

     There is a blog called lesswrong. Many people contribute to it (how many people must contribute to a website before it stops being called a blog and starts being called... Not sure what?). The theme is rationality. They (not…