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March 2019


From insideHPC

European Commission Funds 10 Centers of Excellence for HPC

European Commission Funds 10 Centers of Excellence for HPC

The European Commission has approved a multi-million funding program for developing applications in High Performance Computing. The funds will be used to help build HPC Centers of Excellence in 10 member countries. From computing…


From insideHPC

Characteristics of Remote Persistent Memory – Performance, Capacity, or Locality?

Characteristics of Remote Persistent Memory – Performance, Capacity, or Locality?

Paul Grun from Cray gave this talk at the OpenFabrics Workshop in Austin. "Persistent Memory exhibits several interesting characteristics including persistence, capacity and others. These (sometimes)competing characteristics …


From Schneier on Security

First Look Media Shutting Down Access to Snowden NSA Archives

First Look Media Shutting Down Access to Snowden NSA Archives

The Daily Beast is reporting that First Look Media -- home of The Intercept and Glenn Greenwald -- is shutting down access to the Snowden archives. The Intercept was the home for Greenwald's subset of Snowden's NSA documents…


From Computational Complexity

Back at Dagstuhl

Participants and Their Research Interests

This week I'm in Germany for the Dagstuhl workshop on Computational Complexity of Discrete Problems well timed for Georgia Tech spring break. No Bill, so no typecast, no family


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Private Label: Skincare

Amazon Private Label: Skincare

Another interesting attempt at private label.   Marketing? How will consumers react? 

Amazon creates its own skincare line called Belei
Don't expect to see Amazon's name plastered over it, though. .... "

By Jon Fingas, in Engadget…


From Schneier on Security

Zipcar Disruption

Zipcar Disruption

This isn't a security story, but it easily could have been. Last Saturday, Zipcar had a system outage: "an outage experienced by a third party telecommunications vendor disrupted connections between the company's vehicles and…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

ARM and Intel have different performance characteristics: a case study in random number generation

ARM and Intel have different performance characteristics: a case study in random number generation

In my previous post, I reviewed a new fast random number generator called wyhash. I commented that I expected it to do well on x64 processors (Intel and AMD), but not so well on ARM processors. Let us review again wyhash: uint64_t…


From insideHPC

TACC to power HSM Archives with Quantum Corp Tape Libraries

TACC to power HSM Archives with Quantum Corp Tape Libraries

Today Quantum Corp. announced the Texas Advanced Computing Center has selected Quantum StorNext as their archive file system, with a Quantum Scalar i6000 tape library providing dedicated Hierarchical Storage Management. "Our …


From insideHPC

New Inspur AI Server Supports Eight NVIDIA V100 Tensor Core GPUs

New Inspur AI Server Supports Eight NVIDIA V100 Tensor Core GPUs

Today Inspur announced that their new NF5488M5 high-density AI server supports eight NVIDIA V100 Tensor Core GPUs in a 4U form factor. "The rapid development of AI keeps increasing the requirements for computing performance …


From insideHPC

Podcast: How Lenovo Intelligent Computing Orchestration is Simplifying HPC & AI

Podcast: How Lenovo Intelligent Computing Orchestration is Simplifying HPC & AI

In this Intel on Ai Podcast, Dr. David Ellison from Lenovo describes the Lenovo Intelligent Computing Orchestration (LiCO). "Dr. Ellison explains how LiCO accelerates artificial intelligence training and traditional high performance…


From insideHPC

Pure Storage Unveils NVIDIA-Powered Ai Solutions

Pure Storage Unveils NVIDIA-Powered Ai Solutions

"The all-new hyperscale configuration of AI-Ready Infrastructure (AIRI) from Pure Storage is designed to deliver supercomputing capabilities for enterprises that pioneer real-world AI initiatives and have grown beyond the capabilities…


From insideHPC

Accelerating TensorFlow with RDMA for High-Performance Deep Learning

Accelerating TensorFlow with RDMA for High-Performance Deep Learning

Xiaoyi Lu from Ohio State University gave this talk at the 2019 OpenFabrics Workshop in Austin. "Google's TensorFlow is one of the most popular Deep Learning (DL) frameworks. We propose a unified way of achieving high performance…


From The Eponymous Pickle

SAS Invests Big in AI

SAS Invests Big in AI

Another indication that the AI surge may not wither.   SAS knows its analytics, we used them  extensively, and it is investing heavily in AI tech.    Much different than in the last emergence of the idea.  Gets back to the definition…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Qualcomm Enhances Voice, Audio with AI

Qualcomm Enhances Voice, Audio with AI

Intriguing move.    How will it change the Assistant space, with voice control.  An SoC is a System on a chip. See more about Qualcomm's example of an SoC: SnapDragon.  Will provide more AI power to the Voice and computer 'edge'…


From Schneier on Security

An Argument that Cybersecurity Is Basically Okay

An Argument that Cybersecurity Is Basically Okay

Andrew Odlyzko's new essay is worth reading -- "Cybersecurity is not very important": Abstract: There is a rising tide of security breaches. There is an even faster rising tide of hysteria over the ostensible reason for these…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Overdue Debate?

Overdue Debate?

More thoughts on mind, machines, and humanity.   Is it a debate or a inevitable journey?    I was Inspired by the Stanford HAI effort, which seems to be chipping away at just the tiniest pieces of this.  Should we first look

The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Jason Brownlee Reviews Stanford CNN Course

Jason Brownlee Reviews Stanford CNN Course

Thoughtful piece on a seminal course.  Useful if you are considering taking a deeper dive.

Stanford Convolutional Neural Networks for Visual Recognition Course (Review) by Jason Brownlee 

The Stanford course on deep learning for…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

[email protected] – Sustainably Feeding Ten Billion People

CCC@AAAS2019 – Sustainably Feeding Ten Billion People

How can we feed the world’s population – projected to reach ten billion people by 2050 – in a sustainable way that preserves the health of individuals, communities, and the environment? How can computer science be utilized to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simulators for Virtual Learning

Simulators for Virtual Learning

Simulation as a means of generating test data. 

Nvidia’s new simulator brings virtual learning to autonomous vehicle developers  By Bruce Brown

Nvidia’s Drive Constellation autonomous vehicle simulation system is ready for manufacturers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon and Private Label

Amazon and Private Label

Amazon has not bee very successful in this space in the past,  but there is evidence that are now pushing harder and more carefully.

Amazon and Private Label

In CustomerThink,  By: Bryan Pearson

The Jolly Green Giant, Tony the Tiger…


From insideHPC

Lenovo HPC Clusters come to the Nimbix Cloud

Lenovo HPC Clusters come to the Nimbix Cloud

Today HPC cloud provider Nimbix announced a new strategic partnership with Lenovo Data Center Group (DCG). "Lenovo DCG and Nimbix have teamed up to deliver flexible, powerful solutions based on Lenovo HPC clusters and the Nimbix…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

The fastest conventional random number generator that can pass Big Crush?

The fastest conventional random number generator that can pass Big Crush?

In software, we sometimes want to generate (pseudo-)random numbers. The general strategy is to have a state (e.g., a 64-bit integer) and modify it each time we want a new random number. From this state, we can derive a “random…


From insideHPC

Microway Receives NVIDIA HPC Partner of the Year Award

Microway Receives NVIDIA HPC Partner of the Year Award

Today Microway announced that it has been recognized with the Americas 2018 NVIDIA Partner Network (NPN) HPC Partner of the Year Award. Microway was presented with this award at the NPN Reception and Awards Ceremony held during…


From insideHPC

DDN Accelerates Ai, Analytics, and Deep Learning at GTC

DDN Accelerates Ai, Analytics, and Deep Learning at GTC

This week at GTC, DDN is showcasing its high speed storage solutions, including its A³I architecture and new customer use cases in autonomous driving, life sciences, healthcare, retail, and financial services. DDN next generation…


From insideHPC

Video: Jensen Huang Keynote and News Recap from GPU Technology Conference

Video: Jensen Huang Keynote and News Recap from GPU Technology Conference

In this video, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang delivers a sweeping opening keynote at San Jose State University, describing the company’s progress accelerating the sprawling datacenters that power the world’s most dynamic industries.…


From [email protected]

In (Virtual) Defense of Democracy

In (Virtual) Defense of Democracy

There are two ways to proceed with political discourse in cyberspace, if the trolls are to be tamed.


From insideHPC

AI Critical Measures: Time to Value and Insights

AI Critical Measures: Time to Value and Insights

AIAI is a game changer for industries today but achieving AI success contains two critical factors to consider — time to value and time to insights.  Time to value is the metric that looks at the time it takes to realize the value…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links for Computer Science Educators 19 March 2019

Interesting Links for Computer Science Educators 19 March 2019

I haven’t done one of these for a while. I still Tweet or retweet a lot at @AlfredTwo but I needed a break. I’m not sure I will do this every week but I think I will shoot to do it from time to time.

Microsoft Education posted…


From Schneier on Security

Triton

Triton

Good article on the Triton malware which targets industrial control systems....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mercedes Wants to Build a Mall

Mercedes Wants to Build a Mall

Building the rolling Channel. 

Mercedes wants to turn your car into a comfortable shopping mall on wheels  By Ronan Glon in DigitalTrends

Imagine the time you’d save if you could make dinner reservations for two, buy a new button…