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January 2019


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Primes And Polynomials

A result on the prime divisors of polynomial values Cropped from source Issai Schur was a mathematician who obtained his doctorate over a hundred years ago. He was a student of the great group theorist Ferdinand Frobenius. Schur…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Nominations Sought for New CCC Council Members

Nominations Sought for New CCC Council Members

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is charged with catalyzing and empowering the U.S. computing research community to articulate and advance major research directions for the field. Established in 2006 through a cooperative…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF CISE Announcement: Re-starting after the lapse in appropriations

NSF CISE Announcement: Re-starting after the lapse in appropriations

The following is a letter to the community from James Kurose, Assistant Director, and Erwin Gianchandani, Deputy Assistant Director, of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate of Computer & Information Science & Engineering…


From Schneier on Security

iPhone FaceTime Vulnerability

iPhone FaceTime Vulnerability

This is kind of a crazy iPhone vulnerability: it's possible to call someone on FaceTime and listen on their microphone -- and see from their camera -- before they accept the call. This is definitely an embarrassment, and Apple…


From insideHPC

Agenda Posted: April HPC User Forum in Santa Fe

Agenda Posted: April HPC User Forum in Santa Fe

Hyperion Research has posted the Speaker Agenda for the HPC User Forum, which takes place April 1-3 in Santa Fe. "Key topics will include updates from senior officials on America's Exascale Computing Project, Japan and the EuroHPC…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA Quadro Comes to the Microsoft Azure Cloud

NVIDIA Quadro Comes to the Microsoft Azure Cloud

NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Workstations are now available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, enabling virtual workstation performance for more artists, engineers and designers. "Starting today, Microsoft Azure cloud customers in …


From insideHPC

Video: Computing for the Endless Frontier at TACC

Video: Computing for the Endless Frontier at TACC

In this talk from the Intel User Forum at SC18, Dan Stanzione from TACC presents: Computing for the Endless Frontier. "Coming to TACC in 2019, the Frontera supercomputer will be powered by Intel Xeon Scalable processors. It will…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Data scientists need to learn about significant digits

Data scientists need to learn about significant digits

Suppose that you classify people on income or gender. Your boss asks you about the precision of your model. Which answer do you give? Whatever your software tells you (e.g., 87.14234%) or a number made of a small and fixed number…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Withdraws Standalone Assistant Solutions from Market

IBM Withdraws Standalone Assistant Solutions from Market

As a Dev tester of the system, received the below.  Implications?

Dear valued client,

We want to share with you some important upcoming changes to the future direction of our Watson Assistant Solutions offering.

On May 14, 2019

We're…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intelligent Quantum Machines?

Intelligent Quantum Machines?

We studied the perceptron neural model mentioned in this piece.  An early first look at how biological neurons might be built in computers.  Now an indication that quantum computers might be a means to build them efficiently.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tari: Imagining the Future of Digital Assets

Tari: Imagining the Future of Digital Assets

Been looking at the management of digital assets, the podcast below is a good introduction  The approach is still in development. I like the idea of using rules for assets and the ability to trust in how they will be enforced…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Conversting Wifi to Electricity

Conversting Wifi to Electricity

Converting Wi-Fi signals to electricity with new 2-D materials
Device made from flexible, inexpensive materials could power large-area electronics, wearables, medical devices, and more.

By Rob Matheson | MIT News Office 

Imagine…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Rethinking Hamming’s questions

Rethinking Hamming’s questions

Richard Hamming is a famous computer scientist. In his talk You and Your Research, Hamming recounts how asked researchers three questions which I paraphrase: What are the important problems of your field? What important problems…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Laser Created Audio by MIT

Laser Created Audio by MIT

Cures for deafness, secret communications?  The future for audiophiles?

deliver secret messages directly to your ears   By Luke Dormehl —  in Digitaltrend

What’s the best way to communicate with a person when they’re outside of…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Response to NITRD RFI to Update the 2016 Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan

CCC Response to NITRD RFI to Update the 2016 Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan

The following post was contributed by CCC Director, Ann Drobnis.  The Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) National Coordination Office (NCO), on behalf of Federal agencies and the NITRD Cybersecurity…


From Schneier on Security

Japanese Government Will Hack Citizens' IoT Devices

Japanese Government Will Hack Citizens' IoT Devices

The Japanese government is going to run penetration tests against all the IoT devices in their country, in an effort to (1) figure out what's insecure, and (2) help consumers secure them: The survey is scheduled to kick off next…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Preprocessing with NVIDIA Dali

Data Preprocessing with NVIDIA Dali

Came across DALI in the NVIDIA developers blog.    Nice idea, below is the intro, much more tech detail at the link, with coding usage examples.  As in all data-hungry methods, its often about how to get the data ready and verified…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alibaba Future Hotel

Alibaba Future Hotel

Somewhat unusual player in the hotel space. But will help test other AI related interactions.  Note recent indications that players in the hospitality space have decreased use of guest interacting robotics.

At Alibaba's Futuristic…


From insideHPC

200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand to Power New Atos Supercomputers at CSC in Finland

200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand to Power New Atos Supercomputers at CSC in Finland

Last week in Finland, Mellanox announced that its 200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand solutions were selected to accelerate a multi-phase supercomputer system at CSC – the Finnish IT Center for Science. The new supercomputers, set to …


From insideHPC

Supercomputing the Formation of Black Holes

Supercomputing the Formation of Black Holes

New research based on simulations using the Blue Waters supercomputer at NCSA reveals that when galaxies assemble extremely rapidly -- and sometimes violently -- that can lead to the formation of very massive black holes. In …


From insideHPC

Rice Oil & Gas Conference in March to look for ways to meet HPC Demand

Rice Oil & Gas Conference in March to look for ways to meet HPC Demand

Rice University’s Ken Kennedy Institute will host the 12th annual Rice Oil and Gas High Performance Computing Conference (OGHPC) in Houston, Texas on March 4 - 6, 2019. "With the end of Moore’s law, challenges are mounting around…


From insideHPC

Slidecast: Novel Therm Powers HPC as a Service with Geothermal Energy

Slidecast: Novel Therm Powers HPC as a Service with Geothermal Energy

In this slidecast, Greg Stewart from Novel Therm describes how the company provides HPC As a Service using geothermal energy. As a wholesale provider of Geothermal HPC Data Centers, Novel Therm is a truly renewable energy source…


From The Eponymous Pickle

State of AI as Technology in 2019

State of AI  as Technology in 2019

What looks to be a very good piece is starting in TheVerge.  As a practitioner of analytics, business AI and Consumer augmentation,   all with claims of intelligence now,  very  interested in this view.  Following.

How artificial…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Japan Hacks its own Population to Promote Security

Japan Hacks its own Population to Promote Security

In preparation for olympics to promote security.  Or will it just guide black hats to the best places to go?
 
Japan plans to hack into millions of its citizens’ connected devices  In Technology Review

The Japanese government will…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Retail is Here

New Retail is Here

Good piece in Forrester on Retail in China that sums up and charts progress in China

Future of Retail is Here   Xiaofeng Wang, Senior Analyst  Forrester

The future of retail is already here: Alibaba’s New Retail is reshaping the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

What exactly is Artificial Intelligence?

What exactly is Artificial Intelligence?

I believe I mentioned this piece before, but worth pointing to again.

What Exactly is Artificial Intelligence and Why is it Driving me Crazy

Posted by William Vorhies 

Summary:  Advanced analytic platform developers, cloud providers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cable Cutting Skill

Cable Cutting Skill

Direct competition between companies using skills that include AI?   Interesting, but can this lead to some legal embattlement?

DirecTV encourages cable cutting with Alexa skill    Creative Works By Kyle O'Brien

For all the potential…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM and VMWare

IBM and VMWare

Hybrid clouds.

Also see IBMs info on this:

    https://www.ibm.com/cloud/vmware

A question I would ask:  How does Watson assistant link to this for a company?  What value does it provide in what industry?



From The Eponymous Pickle

Ops 4.0 Continuous Improvement Cycle

Ops 4.0 Continuous Improvement Cycle

Transformation that does not stop, and has to react to fast  changing context of many types.

In McKinsey: 

Ops 4.0 helps businesses understand their greatest challenges, and solve ones that previously seemed beyond reach. It also…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Efficiency of Urban Farming

Efficiency of Urban Farming

A topic of my interest, still following

Urban farms could be incredibly efficient—but aren’t yet
Casual farmers overwork, buy fertilizer, and use municipal water.
   By John Timmer  in Ars Technica ....