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May 2022


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teach CS in K-12? Please Help Gather Data

Teach CS in K-12? Please Help Gather Data

The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and the Kapor Center are conducting a survey of K-12 computer science teachers in the United States. The CS education landscape continues to evolve, and we want to hear directly…


From insideHPC

Women in HPC Returns in Support of Greater Equity at ISC 2022 in Hamburg

Women in HPC Returns in Support of Greater Equity at ISC 2022 in Hamburg

Edinburgh, United Kingdom – May 12, 2022 – WHPC, an entirely volunteer-run organisation that strives to encourage more women into the field of high performance computing (HPC) through fellowship, education and support is proud…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Berners-Lee Wants Meta VR

Berners-Lee Wants Meta VR

 Interesting view here.    But in particular if you see VR as a means of  interacting with lots of complex visual contextual data, its like interacting with data in a structured Web. 

ACM TECHNEWS

World Wide Web's Creator Wants…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Recent Conversation with Andrew Ng

Recent Conversation with Andrew Ng

Good piece, have followed Ng for some time.

Meet Andrew Ng, a 2022 Datanami Person to Watch

Alex Woodie in Datanami

Andrew Ng is one of the most influential individuals in big data and AI. He’s also one of the busiest, with stints…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Zoom Wants to do More

Zoom Wants to do More

And want to see more, especially that saves time, records things, organizes things intelligently.  Give us us an after Covid present.   Here for customer service ....

Zoom is driving further into the customer service market

ByVideo…


From insideHPC

Argonne’s Globus Software Wins Award at 2021 Data Mover Challenge

Argonne’s Globus Software Wins Award at 2021 Data Mover Challenge

Globus, a platform for research data management created by researchers at the University of Chicago and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, was named the Best Integrated Software Experience Award…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Avoid exception throwing in performance-sensitive code

Avoid exception throwing in performance-sensitive code

There are various ways in software to handle error conditions. In C or Go, one returns error code. Other programming languages like C++ or Java prefer to throw exceptions. One benefit of using exceptions is that it keeps your…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cryptocurrencies Melt Down

Cryptocurrencies Melt Down

Not so stable in this context.

ACM NEWS

Cryptocurrencies Melt Down in a ‘Perfect Storm’ of Fear and Panic

By The New York Times, May 13, 2022

The price of Bitcoin plunged to its lowest point since 2020. Coinbase, the large cryptocurrency…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Disrupting Data Management with AI?

Disrupting Data Management with AI?

 Value of intelligently positioned disruption.   From Deloitte

To achieve the benefits and scale of AI and MLOps, data must be tuned for native machine consumption, not humans, causing organizations to rethink data management,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Uncovering Competitive Strategies

Uncovering Competitive Strategies

Leveraging competitive intelligence.  

How to Use Competitive Intelligence to Uncover your Competitors’ Strategies | Octopus Competitive Intelligence consulting agency 

How to Use Competitive Intelligence to Uncover your Competitors…


From insideHPC

Google Cloud Says TPU-Powered Machine Learning Hub Delivers 9 Exaflops Aggregate Power

Google Cloud Says TPU-Powered Machine Learning Hub Delivers 9 Exaflops Aggregate Power

As HPC enters the exascale era, watchers of the TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers will look to see if the updated list, to be released this month at the ISC conference in Hamburg, will include systems that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Surveillance By Driverless Car

Surveillance By Driverless Car

 Reported in Schneier  ...   which points to an article mentioning use by SF Police.   Makes sense for a number of reasons.   Can be any kind of autonomous vehicles.  Its mentioned that it includes the generation of large amounts…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ancient Art Meets AI

Ancient Art Meets AI

 Reported on this before,   unexpected connection.

Ancient Art Meets AI for Better Materials Design

Argonne National Laboratory, John Spizzirri, April 7, 2022

University of Southern California (USC) researchers combined kirigami…


From insideHPC

IBM to Deliver Software as-a-Service on AWS

IBM to Deliver Software as-a-Service on AWS

ARMONK, N.Y., May 11, 2022 — IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it has signed a Strategic Collaboration Agreement (SCA) with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), with plans to offer a broad array of its software catalog as Software-as…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Upacking Black Box Models

Upacking Black Box Models

Quite interesting development.  I had to talk the nature and implications of What a 'black box' (BB) . was for management many times.  A BB is simply a method that is not precisely know in its operation.  Usually such an algorithm's…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Commercial Space Opportunities

Commercial Space Opportunities

STARFLEET ACADEMY —

Entrepreneurs create a space “academy” as commercial space flourishes

This is a bet that the long-promised space economy continues taking off.

ERIC BERGER 5/10/2022

A group of astronauts, engineers, and business…


From insideHPC

Arm Reports Record Revenues and Profits in FY21

Arm Reports Record Revenues and Profits in FY21

May 12, 2022 — Cambridge, UK-based semiconductor design company Arm Ltd. today reported 2021 total revenues were up 35 percent to $2.7 billion with growth in both royalty and non-royalty revenue. The company reported 2021 licensing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Emerging Drone uses in War

Emerging Drone uses in War

Cheaper and increasingly autonomous, they will be in our  future.  For war and for humanitarian aiding  in its aftermath. 

The Drones of War

By Esther Shein, Commissioned by CACM Staff, May 10, 2022

North American professional drone…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Success of AI is in Infrastructure

Success of AI is in Infrastructure

 In VentureBeat

Artificial intelligence (AI) is bringing many changes to the enterprise, none of which is more vital to its success than infrastructure. Changing the nature of workloads – not just how they are generated and processed…


From insideHPC

Atos Talks European HPC Openness and a Hybrid Future of AI, Machine Learning and Quantum Supercomputing

Atos Talks European HPC Openness and a Hybrid Future of AI, Machine Learning and Quantum Supercomputing

This exclusive Q&A interview was conducted by Nages Sieslack of the ISC 2022 conference organization, with Eric Eppe, head of portfolio and solutions, HPC & Quantum at France-based HPC systems vendor Atos. Nages Sieslack: How…


From insideHPC

IBM Quantum Promises 4,000-Qubit Processor in 2025, Envisions ‘Quantum-Centric Supercomputing’

IBM Quantum Promises 4,000-Qubit Processor in 2025, Envisions ‘Quantum-Centric Supercomputing’

At its Think 2022 conference this week, IBM declared its intent to deliver a 4,000+ qubit processor (“Kookaburra”) built with multiple clusters of scaled quantum computing processors. The updated quantum plan comes a year after…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Differential Privacy

I’m low-key. I like my privacy—Kemba Walker. Avrim Blum, Irit Dinur, Cynthia Dwork, Frank McSherry, Kobbi Nissim, and Adam Smith, received the ACM 2021 Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award. They worked on and studied the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Together Caregiving

Alexa Together Caregiving

 Newly announced, recalls work we saw in Japan, which also connected multiple people, as needed, to the eldercare dynamic.

Alexa Together will let caregivers remotely set up routines for aging loved ones

A person receiving support…


From insideHPC

Classiq Announces $25K Quantum Circuits Challenge

Classiq Announces $25K Quantum Circuits Challenge

TEL AVIV – May 11, 2022 – Quantum computing software company Classiq today announced the Classiq Coding Competition, rewarding those that create highly-efficient quantum circuits to solve important real-world problems. Quantum…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Earthquake Detection Algorithms

Earthquake Detection Algorithms

Relates to our previous examination of work  done on earthquake detection.  Makes sense such work is out of Japan.

Gravity signals could detect earthquakes at the speed of light

Algorithm set for deployment in Japan could identify…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Context In Machine Intelligence

Context In Machine Intelligence

I often make this point ... context is everything ... in fact I like to make the expansion of this as well:  'Context is everything', and its always changing"      Its like how we use all 'intelligence' that  is presented inAdvancing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Interactive Big Data Journalism

Interactive Big Data Journalism

Finding information and useful interaction with it.   Though unclear what a 'big data journalism' means here. 

Interactive Tools May Help People Become Big Data Journalists

By Penn State News, May 6, 2022

Pennsylvania State University…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Achaeological Artifact Visualization

Achaeological Artifact Visualization

Thinking of some other uses of creation and identification.

 DIY Digital Archaeology: Methods for Visualizing Small Objects, Artifacts

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, April 13, 2022

Researchers at Germany's…


From Computational Complexity

Queen Elizabeth is the 3rd longest reigning monarch; The problem with definitions

 A few days ago Queen Elizabeth passed Johann II of Liechtenstein to be the third longest reigning monarch (see here). 

A summary of the top 4:


4) Johann II, Liechtenstein ruled from Nov 12 1858 until his death on Feb 11, 1929.…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Faster bitset decoding using Intel AVX-512

Faster bitset decoding using Intel AVX-512

I refer to “bitset decoding” as the action of finding the positions of the 1s in a stream of bits. For example, given the integer value 0b11011 (or 27 in decimal),  I want to find 0,1,3,4. In my previous post, Fast bitset decoding…