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October 2021


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quantum Electric Materials

Quantum Electric Materials

Quantum Electric Materials.  Seems novel way to apply superconduction.  Technical, with link to paper.

New nanostructure could be the key to quantum electronics  by Vienna University of Technology

A novel electronic component from…


From The Eponymous Pickle

DeepMind Makes a Profit

DeepMind Makes a Profit

Do we expect a leading edge research lab to make a profit?

AI News

DeepMind sees revenue jump and turns first ever profit  By Fin Strathern | October 7, 2021

Categories: DeepMind, Google,

DeepMind, the Alphabet-owned AI researchThe…


From insideHPC

Rambus Launches 5600 MT/s RCD Chip for DDR5 Memory Module Suppliers

Rambus Launches 5600 MT/s RCD Chip for DDR5 Memory Module Suppliers

SAN JOSE, Oct. 13, 2021 — Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ: RMBS), a chip and silicon IP provider, today announced it is sampling its 5600 MT/s 2nd-generation RCD chip to the major DDR5 memory module (RDIMM) suppliers. This new level of performance…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apptio and IBM for Enterprise Cloud Transformation

Apptio and IBM for Enterprise Cloud Transformation

 "  ... supporting the client journey to the cloud that can help map aligning the optimal portfolio of cloud capabilities ... 

Apptio and IBM Announce Collaboration to Help Accelerate Enterprise Transformation with IBM’s OpenApptio…


From The Noisy Channel

Balance Your Search Budget!

Balance Your Search Budget!

Search can be computationally intensive. Indeed, search has been the driving force behind many advances in computational efficiency, from MapReduce for distributed indexing to approximate nearest-neighbor methods.

But not allHere…


From insideHPC

Supermicro Expands GPU System Portfolio for AI, HPC, Cloud Workloads

Supermicro Expands GPU System Portfolio for AI, HPC, Cloud Workloads

SAN JOSE, Oct. 12, 2021 — Supermicro has announced new systems based on NVIDIA Ampere architecture GPUs and 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors with built-in AI accelerators (Supermicro X12 series). These servers are designed…


From insideHPC

Cambridge Quantum Releases Quantum NLP Toolkit and Library

Cambridge Quantum Releases Quantum NLP Toolkit and Library

CAMBRIDGE, UK — Cambridge Quantum today announced the release of what it said is the world’s first toolkit and library for Quantum Natural Language Processing (QNLP). The toolkit is called lambeq, named after the late mathematician…


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

Meet Nutan Limaye, Global Director, Celebrations Project

Meet Nutan Limaye, Global Director, Celebrations Project

Dr. Nutan Limaye is an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark.


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

Meet My T. Thai, ACM-W Standing Committees Co-Chair

Meet My T. Thai, ACM-W Standing Committees Co-Chair

Dr. My T. Thai is a University of Florida (UF) Research Foundation Professor of Computer & Information Science & Engineering and Associate Director of UF Nelms Institute for the Connected World. Dr. Thai's current research interests…


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

Meet Chuneli Tang, ACM-W Co-Treasurer

Meet Chuneli Tang, ACM-W Co-Treasurer

CHUNLEI TANG as a new member of the ACM-W leadership team is a research associate at Harvard Medical School.


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

Supporting, Celebrating, and Advocating for Women in Computing

Supporting, Celebrating, and Advocating for Women in Computing

Spotlight on the Ibadan ACM-W Chapter


From insideHPC

Quantum Accelerator Duality Announces First Corporate Supporters

Quantum Accelerator Duality Announces First Corporate Supporters

Oct. 13, 2021 — Duality, the nation’s first accelerator focused on supporting quantum science and technology companies, has announced that Amazon Web Services (AWS) is among its first corporate supporters, along with Caruso Ventures…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Procter & Gamble and Microsoft: Data and Digital Transformation

Procter & Gamble and Microsoft: Data and Digital Transformation

Microsoft talks about how they work with key customers.   Notably with my former employer, where I worked on many related problems, and can agree that using data effectively was well understood to be key.  Fairly good detailFor…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pratt @ Whitney with Low-Code

Pratt @ Whitney with Low-Code

Had a few long ago links with Pratt & Whitney, and continue to like the idea of Low-Code approaches if they can ensure that security is built in with standard codes that are used.  Have not looked at WEBCON

Pratt & Whitney’s Low…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rotor-Cipher Cryptography Machines

Rotor-Cipher Cryptography Machines

On rotor-cipher machines.   A historical view, with comments.

Via Bruce Schneier

Jon D. Paul has written https://spectrum.ieee.org/the-scandalous-history-of-the-last-rotor-cipher-machine  the fascinating story of the HX-63, a super…


From insideHPC

Eni Upgrades HPE HPC Infrastructure via GreenLake

Eni Upgrades HPE HPC Infrastructure via GreenLake

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today announced the upgrade of the supercomputer system of Eni, the Italian multinational supermajor energy company. The upgrade of the company’s supercomputer, HPC4, will be delivered as…


From BLOG@CACM

Not Worth a Thousand Words

Not Worth a Thousand Words

Pictures are no substitute for substance.


From insideHPC

HPC: Stop Scaling the Hard Way

HPC: Stop Scaling the Hard Way

...today’s situation is clear: HPC is struggling with reliability at scale. Well over 10 years ago, Google proved that commodity hardware was both cheaper and more effective for hyperscale processing when controlled by software…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Static Analysis

Static Analysis

Short intro to the idea and its application to managing software: 

In “Static Analysis: An Introduction,”      author Patrick Thomson provides a perspective on the history, current state and future of static analysis, an important…


From insideHPC

Hailo Claims Record AI Chip Venture Round with $136M Series C 

Hailo Claims Record AI Chip Venture Round with $136M Series C 

Artificial intelligence chipmaker Hailo today announced it has raised$136 million in a Series C funding round led by Poalim Equity and Gil Agmon. The company said the round brings Hailo’s total funding to $224 million and will…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM and Raytheon Collaborate

IBM and Raytheon Collaborate

Collaborative breadth is very interesting

IBM and Raytheon Technologies to Collaborate on Artificial Intelligence, Cryptography and Quantum Technologies

October 11, 2021  in HPCwire

ARMONK, N.Y., Oct. 11, 2021 — IBM and Raytheon…


From insideHPC

IBM and Deloitte Launch Offering for AI in Hybrid Cloud Environments

IBM and Deloitte Launch Offering for AI in Hybrid Cloud Environments

NEW YORK AND ARMONK, N.Y., Oct. 11, 2021 – IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Deloitte today announced a new offering—DAPPER, an AI-enabled managed analytics solution. The solution reinforces the two organizations’ 21-year global alliance—which…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Translates 100 Languages

Microsoft Translates 100 Languages

More translations emergences,  MS beating equaling Google in number of languages covered.  Do these methods create completely fluent multi lingual interaction?  Or just phrase by phrase translation? 

Microsoft taps AI techniques…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Trade Skill Schools and Pandemic

Trade Skill Schools and Pandemic

Virtual reality is not near enough as yet.   So how do we teach physical skills?   I was asked in recent days by a training manager of electricians.  Quickly,  because we need them now. 

Virtual class was a devastating blow to…


From Computational Complexity

I have a book out on muffins (you prob already know that)

Lance: How come you haven't blogged on your muffin book? You've blogged about two books by Harry Lewis (see here and here) one book by the lesswrong community (see here), and you even did a mashup of a post by two different Scott…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI to keep the Lights on?

AI to keep the Lights on?

 This deserves a deeper dive, especially if you are into complex modeling of the operation of systems.  The contest is over, but by examining the overview of the statement of the problem, you can be qickly impressed.  I am continuing…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (October 10th 2021)

Science and Technology links (October 10th 2021)

Evans and Chu suggest, using data and a theoretical model, that as the number of scientists grow, progress may stagnate. Simply put, in a large field, with many researchers, a few papers and a few people are able to acquire a…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Updates for Apple Glass

Updates for Apple Glass

Following Apple's look at Smart Glasses.   Should note that Google Glasses are apparently still being used in test in some specialized situations.  But not in any standard way to interact with the real world.  One of the primary…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Pledges a Million to Secure Open Source

Google Pledges a Million to Secure Open Source

Securing Open Source.

Google Pledges $1 million to Secure Open Source Software

By Computing (U.K.) October 5, 2021

Google has pledged $1 million in funding to a new open source security project hosted by the Linux Foundation.

Dubbed…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

For software performance, can you always trust inlining?

For software performance, can you always trust inlining?

It is easier for an optimizing compiler to spot and eliminate redundant operations if it can operate over a large block of code. Nevertheless, it is still recommended to stick with small functions. Small functions are easierContinue…