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December 2019


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Uses IOTs with Advanced Features

Microsoft Uses IOTs with Advanced Features

Impressive direction by Microsoft,with useful details.

Microsoft doubles down on Internet of Things with new features to simplify building connected devices       By  Nat Levy  

Microsoft today announced a series of new Internet…


From insideHPC

IBM Powers AiMos Supercomputer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

IBM Powers AiMos Supercomputer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

The most powerful supercomputer to debut on the November 2019 Top500 ranking of supercomputers will be unveiled today at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Center for Computational Innovations (CCI). Part of a collaboration…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Notable Extensions to Google Assistant: Photos and Notes

Notable Extensions to Google Assistant: Photos and Notes

Notable the ability to link to note taking capabilities, like Google Keep.  Searching specifics in podcasts also very useful for business application support.    Assistant has also become very good a working with display of photos…


From insideHPC

Video: TMGcore Showcases Immersive Cooling for HPC at SC19

Video: TMGcore Showcases Immersive Cooling for HPC at SC19

In this video from SC19, Taylor Monnig from TMGcore describes OTTO, a completely automated, self-contained, two-phase liquid immersion-cooled data center platform that features a closed loop system, uses zero water and is a tenth…


From Schneier on Security

Andy Ellis on Risk Assessment

Andy Ellis on Risk Assessment

Andy Ellis, the CSO of Akamai, gave a great talk about the psychology of risk at the Business of Software conference this year. I've written about this before. One quote: "The problem is our brains are intuitively suited to the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Will Read Text from Office Apps

Microsoft Will Read Text from Office Apps

Like to see this direction for mobile interaction, starting to use voice as part of a mobile and voice experience for much used 365 office apps.

Microsoft's redesigned Office mobile apps read text out loud
In Outlook, Play My Emails…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger Dark Kitchens

Kroger Dark Kitchens

Been following Kroger for some time on their establishment of restaurants in stores, and  partially  prepared foods and 'food kits' and preparation methods.

Will Kroger’s dark kitchens cook up something good?  in Retailwire  by…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Commands for Privacy/Transparency

Alexa Commands for Privacy/Transparency

Further look at privacy, by asking what has been heard.

Amazon makes Alexa more transparent with ‘Tell me what you heard’ feature   By Allison Matyus in Digitaltrends

Amazon announced privacy and transparency improvements for its…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Great Innovative Idea: Datasets First! A Bottom-up Data Linking Paradigm

Great Innovative Idea: Datasets First! A Bottom-up Data Linking Paradigm

The following great innovative idea is from Konstantin Todorov from the University of Montpellier and a researcher at the LIRMM laboratory within the FADO group. Todorov was one of the Blue Sky Awards at ISWC 2019 for his paper…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Sampling Plan Ends

Amazon Sampling Plan Ends

An idea I though was a good one.  If it gathered the right data and understood how to use that data.  Sounds like Amazon could have made this work.

Amazon decides it has sampled enough  by Tom Ryan in Retailwire.

Amazon.com is

Under…


From insideHPC

Microway Showcases HPC & AI Solutions at SC19

Microway Showcases HPC & AI Solutions at SC19

In this video from SC19, Eliot Eshelman from Microway describes the company's innovative solutions for HPC & AI. As Deep Learning enters the mainstream, NVIDIA DGX solutions from Microway are uniquely positioned to provide the…


From insideHPC

2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors Demonstrate Amazing HPC Performance

2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors Demonstrate Amazing HPC Performance

In this guest article, our friends at Intel discuss how benchmarks show key workloads average 31% better on Intel Xeon Platinum 9282 than AMD EYPC “Rome” 7742. Intel analysis provides strong evidence that the 2nd Generation Intel…


From insideHPC

Sawtooth Supercomputer from HPE Comes to Idaho National Lab

Sawtooth Supercomputer from HPE Comes to Idaho National Lab

A powerful new supercomputer arrived this week at Idaho National Laboratory’s Collaborative Computing Center. The machine has the power to run complex modeling and simulation applications, which are essential to developing next…


From insideHPC

Verne Global Offers Sustainable HPC in the Cloud

Verne Global Offers Sustainable HPC in the Cloud

In this video from SC19, Tate Cantrell from Verne Global describes how the company delivers sustainable HPC in the Cloud. "Verne Global delivers true high performance computing solutions in an optimized environment, built upon…


From insideHPC

Fujitsu A64FX Arm Processors come to Cray CS Supercomputers

Fujitsu A64FX Arm Processors come to Cray CS Supercomputers

In this video from SC19, Takeshi Horie from Fujitsu and Steve Scott from Cray describe how the powerful Arm-based A64fx Arm Processor will power the next generation of Cray CS Supercomputers. “We are delivering the development…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bosch SoundSee Sensor Predicts Future

Bosch SoundSee Sensor Predicts Future

Another example of the linking of sensors to predictive decision making.

Bosch SoundSee combines deep learning with mobile microphone arrays to identify problems on the ISS before they happen in IEEE Spectrum By Evan Ackerman

We…


From Schneier on Security

Election Machine Insecurity Story

Election Machine Insecurity Story

Interesting story of a flawed computer voting machine and a paper ballot available for recount. All ended well, but only because of that paper backup. Vote totals in a Northampton County judge's race showed one candidate, Abe…


From Writing

[NEW TALK] Automated Testing for Terraform, Docker, Packer, Kubernetes, and More

[NEW TALK] Automated Testing for Terraform, Docker, Packer, Kubernetes, and More

I’m happy to share with you the video and slides from my QCon talk on how to test infrastructure code! This talk is a step-by-step, live-coding class on how to write automated tests for infrastructure code, including the code…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Instructions per cycle: AMD Zen 2 versus Intel

Instructions per cycle: AMD Zen 2 versus Intel

The performance of a processor is determined by several factors. For example, processors with a higher frequency tend to do more work per unit of time. Physics makes it difficult to produce processors that have higher frequency…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI to Hit the Wall?

AI to Hit the Wall?

Depends on your expectations.  If you want 'General, Human AI  (AGI)' you could expect some long delays,  but there will be advances along the way.   We waited since the 80s and made things very powerful along the way.  The current…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Qualcomm Builds a Better Fingerprint Reader

Qualcomm Builds a Better Fingerprint Reader

Interesting out of Qualcomm.   The size is noted,  need to see it downsized.

Qualcomm builds a bigger, better in-screen fingerprint reader
Never miss your fingerprint scanner again with this giant new sensor.     By Ron Amadeo

In…


From insideHPC

GigaIO and 2CRSi to Develop Integrated Rack Using FabreX PCIe Fabric

GigaIO and 2CRSi to Develop Integrated Rack Using FabreX PCIe Fabric

Today GigaIO announced a partnership with 2CRSi to develop advanced server solutions for today’s data intensive environments. 2CRSi, a leading producer of high-performance computing solutions, will integrate GigaIO’s FabreX technology…


From insideHPC

Inspur Showcases HPC & AI Solutions at SC19

Inspur Showcases HPC & AI Solutions at SC19

In this video from SC19, Vangel Bojaxhi from Inspur describes the company's innovative solutions for HPC & AI. At the show, the company featured a broad array of HPC & AI servers based on x86 and OpenPOWER as well as a new liquid…


From insideHPC

Moving HPC to the Cloud with Easy8 and Bright Cluster Manager

Moving HPC to the Cloud with Easy8 and Bright Cluster Manager

In this video from SC19, Bill Wagner from Bright Computing announces the latest release of Bright Cluster Manager software for HPC, OpenStack, and Data Science. Now available for free for clusters up to eight nodes with the Easy8…


From insideHPC

D-Wave Expands Leap API into Amazon Braket

D-Wave Expands Leap API into Amazon Braket

Today D-Wave Systems announced the expansion of the Leap API into Amazon Braket, a new, fully managed Amazon Web Services (AWS) solution that allows scientists, researchers, and developers to begin experimenting with computers…


From insideHPC

Introducing the oneAPI Software Stack for HPC & AI

Introducing the oneAPI Software Stack for HPC & AI

With oneAPI, Intel delivers a unified and simplified programming model for application development across heterogenous processing architectures, including CPUs, GPUs, FPGAs and NNPs. "HPC and AI workloads demand diverse architectures…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Coding for Fun and Advent of Code

Coding for Fun and Advent of Code

My friend Mike Zamansky is a big proponent of the Advent of Code – 25 days of coding problems leading up the Christmas. Since I have been thinking I want to write more code for my personal enjoyment I started in on it myself.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blockchain not Bitcoin

Blockchain not Bitcoin

Likely approach for approaches that address problems like secure identification and control.

 US Military’s DARPA Program Hops on the ‘Blockchain Not Bitcoin’ Bandwagon
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Further Value of Demo Data

The Further Value of Demo Data

At first I didn't understand the claim being made here, but after I understood it,  remembered we had done sometime similar for a manufacturing application,  but this takes it further yet.   This still requires that the program…


From Schneier on Security

Becoming a Tech Policy Activist

Becoming a Tech Policy Activist

Carolyn McCarthy gave an excellent TEDx talk about becoming a tech policy activist. It's a powerful call for public-interest technologists....