Sign In

Communications of the ACM

Blogs Archive


Archives

The blog archive provides access to past blog postings from Communications of the ACM and other sources by date.

October 2019


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the Current and Future Technology of Drones

On the Current and Future Technology of Drones

Quite an interesting overview of the current technology of Drones.  Below the intro, article at the link.

When Drones Fly   By Samuel Greengard
Communications of the ACM, November 2019, Vol. 62 No. 11, Pages 16-18
10.1145/3360913…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Vint Cerf on the 50th Anniversary of the Internet

Vint Cerf on the 50th Anniversary of the Internet

Love the History of Science, here Vint Cerf, architect of the Internet, does a good job here of giving some important points its history.  Proud to have been there for the entire time.

Vint Cerf’s top moments from 50 years of …


From insideHPC

BittWare Unveils 7nm Speedster7t FPGA Accelerator

BittWare Unveils 7nm Speedster7t FPGA Accelerator

Today BittWare announced its new S7t-VG6 PCIe accelerator product—a feature-rich PCIe card sporting the new Achronix 7nm Speedster7t FPGA. Developed in cooperation with Achronix Semiconductor Corporation, this next generation…


From insideHPC

Podcast: RISC-V CEO Sees Bright Global Future for Open Source CPUs

Podcast: RISC-V CEO Sees Bright Global Future for Open Source CPUs

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team catches up with Calista Redmond, CEO of RISC-V. "RISC-V can be used for light weight tasks such as embedded processing but, on the other hand, is also going to be utilized as the system…


From insideHPC

Hyperion Research to host HPC Market Briefing Breakfast at SC19

Hyperion Research to host HPC Market Briefing Breakfast at SC19

Hyperion Research will host their HPC Market Briefing Breakfast at SC19. The event takes place Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 7:00-9:00 AM Denver time at the Brown Palace Hotel near the convention center. "You are cordially invited…


From insideHPC

Agenda Posted: Dell EMC HPC Community Meeting at SC19

Agenda Posted: Dell EMC HPC Community Meeting at SC19

The speaker agenda is now posted for the Dell EMC HPC Community Meeting at SC19. The meeting takes place Monday, Nov. 18 in Denver. "The Dell EMC HPC Community is a worldwide technical forum that facilitates the exchange of ideas…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Interview with Alibaba Group Chairman and CEO

Interview with Alibaba Group Chairman and CEO

On innovation in analytics in particular, like the use of the term 'analytics' rather than always lapsing into AI.   AI is only one way to do and deliver analytics.

Speak softly, make tough decisions: An interview with Alibaba…


From insideHPC

Video: Large scale industrial simulations using HPC at Rolls-Royce

Video: Large scale industrial simulations using HPC at Rolls-Royce

Leigh Lapworth from Rolls-Royce gave this talk at m Computing Systems Week Edinburgh 2019. "Simulation and modeling, enabled by high performance computing, have transformed the way Rolls-Royce designs and engineers its products…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ikea Plans a Smart Button for the Home

Ikea Plans a Smart Button for the Home

Am a fan of the idea of touch as well as voice.   Like in the now defunct Amazon Dash.   Now is nascent smarthome constructor IKEA taking over this channel?

Ikea’s smart button leaks with a tease of scenes to come
Ikea’s inexpensive…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Splunk and the Data Problem

Splunk and the Data Problem

Had several interactions with Splunk, in the enterprise,liked it for streaming data problems.  But I would rather say that every problem has an embedded data problem, and that size of that can vary according to the business context…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Researching the Open Office

Researching the Open Office

Good to see actual research being done in the space.   Depends much on personal habits and previous experience,  have seen it both ways.

Why Open Offices Aren’t Working — and How to Fix Them in the HBR

Ethan Bernstein, associate…


From Schneier on Security

ICT Supply-Chain Security

ICT Supply-Chain Security

The Carnegie Endowment for Peace published a comprehensive report on ICT (information and communication technologies) supply-chain security and integrity. It's a good read, but nothing that those who are following this issue…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Crafting Persuasion

Crafting Persuasion

Written by some of my former colleagues,  looks to be quite good.    There is some useful content at the link, as well as pointers to buying the book.  This is useful even if you do have formal training in communications.

Handbook…


From The Eponymous Pickle

McDonald's Use of Sales AI

McDonald's Use of Sales AI

Note the use of sensor acquisition to drive sales category with AI methods.  Lots of data there, and many different kinds of components.   Have always respected McDonald's tech work.

Would You Like Fries With That? McDonald's
The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Contextual Intelligence: A Next Big Thing

Contextual Intelligence: A Next Big Thing

Good overview piece in DSC.   I add some of our own experience using AI techniques.

We struggled with this a number of times.   All assistance exists in some context.  The context itself can be complex or not.   So for example…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Carts aiding Self-Checkout

Smart Carts aiding Self-Checkout

We spent much time examining and testing the idea of a 'smart cart', but none of them ever became commercially viable.    See my coverage at the tag.  Hand held dedicated devices became the replacement, and later the no-checkout…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Drones are Filling the Skies

Drones are Filling the Skies

A broad piece in the WSJ on how major players are examining, testing and using drones.  And the methods they are using to make this all work.

The Drones Are Coming! How Amazon, Alphabet, Uber Are Taking to the Skies
The Wall Street…


From insideHPC

HPE Unveils AI-driven Hyperconverged Infrastructure

HPE Unveils AI-driven Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Today HPE announced advancements to HPE SimpliVity, the company’s flagship hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) platform, ushering in a new generation of HCI powered with artificial intelligence to simplify virtual machine (VM)…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Standards for Robotics in Retail

Standards for Robotics in Retail

An interesting document on standards for robotics in retail:

via .... Platt Retail Institute (PRI) is an international consulting and research firm that focuses on leveraging technology to impact the consumer experience and store…


From insideHPC

NSF funds Tapis Project for Data-intensive Research

NSF funds Tapis Project for Data-intensive Research

Scientists looking to reduce their complexity to research and add a new computational tool to their tool belt can explore the Tapis Project. Newly funded with a $2.9 million grant from NSF, the Tapis software platform aims to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

TODAY: Computer Science and Law

TODAY:  Computer Science and Law

TODAY, of interest:

Watch Livestream of ACM Symposium on Computer Science and Law
https://computersciencelaw.org/

To view image click on Watch a livestream of the inaugural ACM Symposium on Computer Science and Law being held at…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Talk on Communal Intelligence

A Talk on Communal Intelligence

We have not even gotten modeling individual intelligence right yet.  And it is that intelligence that has provided so much striking value.  So do we want to be 'communal' quite yet?   Cooperative and effective yes, but communal…


From insideHPC

Convergence for Scientific Method: HPC, AI, Simulation and Experiment

Convergence for Scientific Method: HPC, AI, Simulation and Experiment

Alan Real from Durham University gave this talk at the UK HPC Conference. "This talk will discuss how advances in instrumentation have caused many new areas to embrace HPC and AI in order to successfully conduct and understand…


From insideHPC

NSF Invests in Multi-Messenger Astrophysics

NSF Invests in Multi-Messenger Astrophysics

“The promise of multi-messenger astrophysics, however, can be realized only if sufficient cyberinfrastructure is available to rapidly handle, combine and analyze the very large-scale distributed data from all types of astronomical…


From insideHPC

Podcast: When a Different OS Gets Different Results

Podcast: When a Different OS Gets Different Results

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at problems in the scientific software world. "There’s a bug in Python scripts that caused different results in identical routines run on different operating systems. As the guys…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Vehicles Seeing Around Corners

Vehicles Seeing Around Corners

Interesting advances continue in the sensor space.  Another example of sensors inferring related information.

Helping autonomous vehicles see around corners
By sensing tiny changes in shadows, a new system identifies approaching…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Contract Management with AI and RPA

Contract Management with AI and RPA

Have seen a number of contract management approaches now, from the very simple to the complex.  Make sense to start simple and progress based on goals, needs, and risks.

Contract Management 2.0: why AI and RPA will boost outsourcing…


From Schneier on Security

Former FBI General Counsel Jim Baker Chooses Encryption Over Backdoors

Former FBI General Counsel Jim Baker Chooses Encryption Over Backdoors

In an extraordinary essay, the former FBI general counsel Jim Baker makes the case for strong encryption over government-mandated backdoors: In the face of congressional inaction, and in light of the magnitude of the threat,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Management for Data Science

Data Management for Data Science

In Kdnuggets a good description and visualization of data management needed for data science.

Everything a Data Scientist Should Know About Data Management

For full-stack data science mastery, you must understand data management…


From insideHPC

Flexential Data Center hosts ONTAP AI Test Drive Platform

Flexential Data Center hosts ONTAP AI Test Drive Platform

Today Flexential announced it is the first data center globally to host ONTAP AI Test Drive, a fully optimized and tested infrastructure solution for AI workloads. "Our data centers are ready to provide the power, cooling, resiliency…