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January 2021


From insideHPC

Sensible 4 to Launch Second Self-Driving Pilot in Norway

Sensible 4 to Launch Second Self-Driving Pilot in Norway

Helsinki, Jan. 27, 2021 The Finnish self-driving software company Sensible 4 has started pre-pilot preparations at Gjesdal, Norway. This includes test-drives in harsh Norwegian winter and mapping of the route with autonomous …


From BLOG@CACM

NoSQL: A Beginner's Guide

NoSQL: A Beginner's Guide

What exactly is NoSQL, and why should it matter in today's hyper-connected society?


From The Eponymous Pickle

New AI to Reason about Uncertainty

New AI to Reason about Uncertainty

Good thoughts here.   We spend muct time trying to reduce uncertainty to something useful, like risk, both within rule based logic and prediction.

Approach to AI Offers More Certainty in the Face of Uncertainty, By Radboud University…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Issues with Using RPA

Issues with Using RPA

To get the meat of this article you need to signin below into CIO Mag.   Non technical.

10 dark secrets of robotic process automation

RPA promises to streamline workflows, glue together legacy systems, and empower business users…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital First Approaches

Digital First Approaches

Arranging digital approachs.

A digital first approach is essential to retail success    By Lee Peterson   in RetailWire with expert commentary

 Through a special arrangement, what follows is a summary of an article from WayfinD


From insideHPC

Ctrl IQ Aims to Democratize Hybrid Orchestration for Performance-Intensive Workflows

Ctrl IQ Aims to Democratize Hybrid Orchestration for Performance-Intensive Workflows

Berkeley, CA — January 28, 2021 — Ctrl IQ, Inc. announced today its official launch unveiling the first full technology stack that merges the key capabilities of enterprises, hyper-scale, cloud and high-performance computing …


From insideHPC

Qumulo Expands Cloud Q Offering on AWS 

Qumulo Expands Cloud Q Offering on AWS 

Seattle – January 28, 2021 – File system data management specialist Qumulo today announced expanded Cloud Q configurations available through the AWS Marketplace. Qumulo said the cloud file offering is designed to deliver two …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Possibilities of Wearable Electronics

Possibilities of Wearable Electronics

With more technical details linked to from the the article below. 

Researchers realizing the limitless possibilities of wearable electronics  by Erin Matthews, University of Ottawa

Bnoît Lessard and his team are developing carbon…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Color to Avoid Design Failures

Color to Avoid Design Failures

Coloring your designs to avoid failures.

Merging Technologies with Color to Avoid Design Failures

Penn State College of Engineering, Miranda Buckheit, January 21, 2021

Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) researchers analyzed…


From Computational Complexity

PhDs and Green Cards

Joe Biden's immigration policy has some interesting policies for PhDs. 

Biden will exempt from any cap recent graduates of PhD programs in STEM fields in the U.S. who are poised to make some of the most important contributions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft and McAfee headline newly-formed 'Ransomware Task Force'

Microsoft and McAfee headline newly-formed 'Ransomware Task Force'

Need new push forward to address these attacks.

Microsoft and McAfee headline newly-formed 'Ransomware Task Force'  (RTF) 

The newly-founded Ransomware Task Force will work to put together a standard framework for dealing with.…


From BLOG@CACM

First-Year Research Sources

First-Year Research Sources

Identifying publications for first-year research requires some digging and some non-standard choices.


From The Eponymous Pickle

MOTORBO Smart Radio better than SmartPhones?

MOTORBO Smart Radio better than SmartPhones?

 Have we gone too far with the smartphone to think of a hand held  'SmartRadio'?   Apprently with lots of business capabilities built in to place  a 'focus on collaboration and productivity'?    Android powered.    AnnouncedBusinesses…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Playing Like Humans

Playing Like Humans

Perhaps a useful strategy for other goals involved.    Or a clever 'false flag' at play?   Or mincing a human frailty.  Like the thought of it. 

 Chess engine sacrifices mastery to mimic human play

Cornell Chronicle, Melanie Lefkowitz…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cardiovascular Disease: Improving Therapy with Digital Twins

Cardiovascular Disease: Improving Therapy with Digital Twins

 Digital twins for modeling therapy. 

An integration of a number of modeling methods are brought together with imaging.  

Cardiovascular Diseases: Computer Model Improves Therapy

Graz University of Technology (Austria), Christoph…


From Schneier on Security

Police Have Disrupted the Emotet Botnet

Police Have Disrupted the Emotet Botnet

A coordinated effort has captured the command-and-control servers of the Emotet botnet:

Emotet establishes a backdoor onto Windows computer systems via automated phishing emails that distribute Word documents compromised with…


From insideHPC

VNET Lends Joins I4DI

VNET Lends Joins I4DI

Las Vegas, January 26, 2021 – Telecommunications solutions provider VNET has joined the Innovations for Digital Infrastructure (I4DI), a partnership of global technology leaders that are developing European-based supercomputing…


From insideHPC

UF’s HiPerGator AI: Nvidia Supercomputer Offered to Students and Researchers across State University System

UF’s HiPerGator AI: Nvidia Supercomputer Offered to Students and Researchers across State University System

January 27, 2021 – University of Florida’s new supercomputer — the fastest artificial intelligence supercomputer in higher education — will soon be available for students and faculty across the State University System, UF Provost…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Designing Customized Robot Brains

Designing Customized Robot Brains

Interesting thoughts on the elements of such design, like the use of customized chip design.

Designing Customized 'Brains' for Robots

MIT News, Daniel Ackerman, January 21, 2021

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Comparative Mobile Security IOS vs Android

Comparative Mobile Security   IOS vs Android

Steve Gibson does a good job looking at security in smartphones in a recent Twit.TV.  Reviewing the work by Matthew Green at Johns Hopkins.

Comparative SmartPhone Security  from  talk notes  on Twit.TV podcast #603

A team of security…


From insideHPC

Classiq Secures $14.5M Series A Funding for Development of Quantum Computing Software

Classiq Secures $14.5M Series A Funding for Development of Quantum Computing Software

Tel Aviv – January 27, 2021 – Classiq, enabling the development of quantum algorithms and applications, today announced that it secured $14.5 million in funding. The $10.5 million Series A financing round was led by Team8 and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Set to Replace Humans in Cybersecurity

AI Set to Replace Humans in Cybersecurity

 Makes much sense in one respect, AI is about automated pattern recognition and reaction.  But it can also be said there will be AI on the other side adapting as well.

AI Set to Replace Humans in Cybersecurity by 2030, Says Trend…


From insideHPC

Verne Global and Sensa Join to Offer Certified Nvidia DGX System-Based Data Center Solutions

Verne Global and Sensa Join to Offer Certified Nvidia DGX System-Based Data Center Solutions

London, 27th January 2021 –Verne Global, provider of sustainable data center solutions for high performance computing (HPC), and Sensa, the Icelandic managed service provider and systems integrator, today announced they have …


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Vice Chair Dan Lopresti Elected President of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR)

CCC Vice Chair Dan Lopresti Elected President of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR)

Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Vice Chair Dan Lopresti was recently elected president of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR).  IAPR is an international association of non-profit, scientific, and…


From Schneier on Security

Dutch Insider Attack on COVID-19 Data

Dutch Insider Attack on COVID-19 Data

Insider data theft:

Dutch police have arrested two individuals on Friday for allegedly selling data from the Dutch health ministry’s COVID-19 systems on the criminal underground.

[…]

According to Verlaan, the two suspects worked…


From insideHPC

HPE to Build $35M+ NCAR Supercomputer for Extreme Weather Research

HPE to Build $35M+ NCAR Supercomputer for Extreme Weather Research

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) this morning said it has won a $35+ million contract to build a supercomputer for the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), a federal geoscience R&D center for meteorology, climate …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart Leverages IOT

Wal-Mart Leverages IOT

Good,  relatively simple applications are talked.

Walmart Shows the Way on IoT in Food Retail  in  ProgressiveGrocer  By Thad Rueter - 01/25/2021

Walmart uses IoT technology for a variety of tasks — including keeping ice creamGet…


From insideHPC

Western Digital and Qumulo Partner on Capacity and Scale for IHME COVID-19 Health Analytics and Vaccine Roll Out

Western Digital and Qumulo Partner on Capacity and Scale for IHME COVID-19 Health Analytics and Vaccine Roll Out

San Jose, Jan 26, 2021 – Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) announced today that the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), in partnership with Qumulo, specializing in file data management for hybrid cloud environments…


From insideHPC

Exascale Computing Project: Researchers Accelerate I/O with Novel Processing Method

Exascale Computing Project: Researchers Accelerate I/O with Novel Processing Method

January 25, 2021 — Researchers funded by the Exascale Computing Project (ECP) have delivered a novel method that addresses overloaded communication processes that use MPI-IO by adding a second I/O request aggregation layer, according…


From insideHPC

QCI Launches QikStar Program for Business Adoption of Quantum Computing

QCI Launches QikStar Program for Business Adoption of Quantum Computing

Leesburg, Va., Jan. 26, 2021 – Quantum Computing Inc. (OTCQB: QUBT) (QCI), which works to bridge the power of classical and quantum computing, today unveiled QikStart, a program that partners QCI with selected participants to…