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June 2019


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Climate Change Could be Good for Squid

Friday Squid Blogging: Climate Change Could be Good for Squid

Basically, they thrive in a high CO2 environment, because it doesn't bother them and makes their prey weaker. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. Read…


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 speaking on "Securing a World of Physically Capable Computers" at Oxford University on Monday, June 17, 2019. The list is maintained on this page....


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

ACM-W Connections–June 2019

ACM-W Connections–June 2019

Letter from ACM-W Chair News from ACM-W Celebrations News from ACM-W Scholarships News from ACM-W Student Chapters News from ACM-W Europe ACM India Grad Cohort Workshop for Women ACM-W Asia Pacific regional meeting Welcome from…


From Schneier on Security

Computers and Video Surveillance

Computers and Video Surveillance

It used to be that surveillance cameras were passive. Maybe they just recorded, and no one looked at the video unless they needed to. Maybe a bored guard watched a dozen different screens, scanning for something interesting.…


From insideHPC

Harris and Riesselman Share 2019 Howes Scholar in Computational Science Award

Harris and Riesselman Share 2019 Howes Scholar in Computational Science Award

Two scientists who use HPC for divergent purposes – astronomy and biology – are recipients of the 2019 Frederick A. Howes Scholar in Computational Science Award. The honorees are Chelsea Harris, a postdoctoral researcher in astronomy…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Drug Supply Chain Blockchain Pilot

Drug Supply Chain Blockchain Pilot

Useful example of supply chain blockchain pilot with major supporters. More details at the link.

IBM, KPMG, Merck, Walmart team up for drug supply chain blockchain pilot   By Ron Miller @ron_miller  in TechCrunch

IBM announced

These…


From Schneier on Security

Video Surveillance by Computer

Video Surveillance by Computer

The ACLU's Jay Stanley has just published a fantastic report: "The Dawn of Robot Surveillance" (blog post here) Basically, it lays out a future of ubiquitous video cameras watched by increasingly sophisticated video analytics…


From insideHPC

Why Hardware Acceleration Is The Next Battleground In Processor Design

Why Hardware Acceleration Is The Next Battleground In Processor Design

In this special guest feature, Theodore Omtzigt from Stillwater Supercomputing writes that as workloads specialize due to scale, hardware accelerated solutions will continue to be cheaper than approaches that utilize general …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blockchain Foundational

Blockchain Foundational

Quite a strong statement, but the examples are worth watching.

FedEx exec: Blockchain will become a foundational layer – for everything

Like the internet, blockchain will eventually underpin new business models – and the movement…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Voices in AI: David Cox

Voices in AI: David Cox

As always an excellent piece, one of 84, read the rest of the GigaOM pieces:

Voices in AI – Episode 84: A Conversation with David Cox   By Byron Reese

Episode 84 of Voices in AI features host Byron Reese and David Cox discuss classifications…


From insideHPC

European Leadership in HPC, Big Data, and AI in Weather and Climate Prediction

European Leadership in HPC, Big Data, and AI in Weather and Climate Prediction

Dr. Peter Bauer from ECMWF gave this talk at the HiPEAC's Computing Systems Week in Edinburgh. "Meeting the future requirements for forecast reliability and timeliness needs 100-1000 times bigger high-performance computing and…


From insideHPC

Fujitsu to Showcase Fugaku Supercomputer and Human Centric AI at ISC 2019

Fujitsu to Showcase Fugaku Supercomputer and Human Centric AI at ISC 2019

Fujitsu will showcase their pending Fugaku Supercomputer and "the future of Artificial Intelligence" at ISC 2019 in Frankfurt next week. "Fugaku is the successor to the K supercomputer, jointly developed by RIKEN and Fujitsu.…


From insideHPC

Video: Simulating Planet-Wide Bioenergy and Human Health on the Summit Supercomputer

Video: Simulating Planet-Wide Bioenergy and Human Health on the Summit Supercomputer

In this video from PASC19 in Zurich, Dan Jacobson from ORNL describes how researchers are using the #1 Summit supercomputer to tackle the challenges facing an ever-growing human population. These planet-wide simulations could…


From The Eponymous Pickle

ACM-IMA Data Science Summit on June 15

ACM-IMA Data Science Summit on June 15

Upcoming, will be attending.

Livestream Lets You Virtually Attend ACM-IMS Data Science Summit on June 15

 If you can’t attend the ACM-IMS Interdisciplinary Summit on the Foundations of Data Science in person, access the livestream…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Managing Moments of Truth

Managing Moments of Truth

Was a very early user of the concept of MOT, so this struck  me,   Have to be measurable, understandable by decision makers, influence-able as part of a real process.  And then:

Get Scientific about Managing Moments of Truth By…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simplifying the Complex

Simplifying the Complex

As does most everyone, as long as it also includes tools needed to create true and complete models that are useful for process.

Microsoft Wants to Simplify Machine Learning

Ahead of its Build conference, Microsoft  today released…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rise of Agile Employee

Rise of Agile Employee

Ultimately what we need.    Else will more easily replaced by autonomous solutions.  Sure we need narrow advanced expertise,  but many more 'hands' to implement, apply and test.   For now agile-adaptable.  Forrester has some

The…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Last Day to Nominate Someone to Attend CRA’s CCC Leadership in Science Policy Institute!

Last Day to Nominate Someone to Attend CRA’s CCC Leadership in Science Policy Institute!

The following is a guest blog post by the Computing Research Association (CRA) Government Affairs Director, Peter Harsha. It was originally posted on CRA’s Computing Research Policy Blog.  Every two years as part of it’s mission…


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…