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December 2017


From Schneier on Security

The "Extended Random" Feature in the BSAFE Crypto Library

The "Extended Random" Feature in the BSAFE Crypto Library

Matthew Green wrote a fascinating blog post about the NSA's efforts to increase the amount of random data exposed in the TLS protocol, and how it interacts with the NSA's backdoor into the DUAL_EC_PRNG random number generator…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cognitive Services, Intelligent Chatbots call for Papers

Cognitive Services, Intelligent Chatbots call for Papers

Brought to my attention by Amit Sheth,   LexisNexis Ohio Eminent Scholar

Cognitive Services and Intelligent Chatbots

Final submissions due: 01 May 2018, Publication issue: March/April 2019

Please email the guest editors a brief

Guest…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blockchain Based Electronic Marketplaces

Blockchain Based Electronic Marketplaces

Intriguing application idea.    Inevitable managing control?

Decentralized Blockchain-Based Electronic Marketplaces  By Hemang Subramanian     Communications of the ACM, Vol. 61 No. 1, Pages 78-84 .... 

Video

Abstract: 

E-commerce…


From Computational Complexity

Complexity Year in Review 2017

Theorem of the year goes to the resolution of the dichotomy conjecture. I wrote about the conjecture in February and while the Feder et. al paper didn't hold up, two later papers seem to resolve the conjecture.




A dichotomy …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Why Alexa was a Hit

Why Alexa was a Hit

Good thoughts on how to make a novel to the consumer product sell.

Why Amazon Alexa Is Such a Hit This Holiday Season
Innovation, streamlined services, a product that works. Amazon is killing it. Are you doing the same? ... 

By …


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC does their 2018 Technology Predictions

Radio Free HPC does their 2018 Technology Predictions

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team reviews their 2017 technology predictions from last year. After that, we do our 2018 Predictions including a bombshell on who Rich thinks will acquire Cray by the end of the year.


TheRadio…


From insideHPC

Time-Lapse Video of Summit Supercomputer Installation

Time-Lapse Video of Summit Supercomputer Installation

In this time-lapse video, engineers install the first racks of the Summit supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Lab. "Summit is the next leap in leadership-class computing systems for open science. With Summit we will be able to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More In-Car Assistants

More In-Car Assistants

More indication that the new year will feature automotive assistance, with increasing sophistication as to automotive context.   Will be testing.

Hyundai and Kia will offer AI assistants in 2019 cars
You'll see the first hints

Jon…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Will Tech Dominate Retail?

Will Tech Dominate Retail?

Debate and Discussion ....

BrainTrust throwdown: Is it inevitable that tech companies will dominate retail?   by Rick Moss in Retailwire

From its origins with the Dutch West India Company through numerous evolutions, commerce is…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Benchmarking AI Performance

Benchmarking AI Performance

Worth while thoughts in the Cisco Blog:

Towards an industry standard for benchmarking AI

 In tandem with this transformative process is the need for industry standards for benchmarking hardware and software systems and how they…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Path to Better Decision Making

Path to Better Decision Making

Highly visual piece from McKinsey.  I like the visual,  yet still precise views here.  Not an infographic, which can be sloppy.

The path to better decisions means untangling the crossed web of accountability, one decision at a…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simulators for Quantum Computing

Simulators for Quantum Computing

Simulators allow us to guide the future of direction of research for more universal solutions.

Two New Simulators Tease Future of Quantum Computing   By Jeremy Hsu

A universal quantum computer capable of outperforming today’s classical…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Library of Congress Stops Archiving all Tweets

Library of Congress Stops Archiving all Tweets

The LOC started archiving tweets in 2006, but has now announced it will do so only very selectively,  of historically important material,  starting in the new year.


From Schneier on Security

Post-Quantum Algorithms

Post-Quantum Algorithms

NIST has organized a competition for public-key algorithms secure against a quantum computer. It recently published all of its Round 1 submissions. (Details of the NIST efforts are here. A timeline for the new algorithms is here…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Supercomputing Osteogenesis

Podcast: Supercomputing Osteogenesis

In this podcast, Zaira Martín-Moldes and Davoud Ebrahimi describe their computational research into how bones form. "The authors used XSEDE supercomputers to model the protein folding of integrin, an essential step in the intracellular…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Personal reflections on 2017

Personal reflections on 2017

Year 2017 is coming to an end. As a kid, I would have surely imagined that by 2017, I would be living in space. But then I can chat with Amazon’s servers through the “Alexa” persona. It is not space, but it is cool. It is the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dot Assistants Dominate the Market

Dot Assistants Dominate the Market

Will this mean that Amazon will control the assistant infrastructure, at least in the consumer space?  Again, better skills and improved architecture need to be included.

Amazon’s Echo Dot sales crushed it over the holiday season…


From Schneier on Security

Acoustical Attacks against Hard Drives

Acoustical Attacks against Hard Drives

Interesting destructive attack: "Acoustic Denial of Service Attacks on HDDs": Abstract: Among storage components, hard disk drives (HDDs) have become the most commonly-used type of non-volatile storage due to their recent technological…


From insideHPC

Deep Learning and Automatic Differentiation from Theano to PyTorch

Deep Learning and Automatic Differentiation from Theano to PyTorch

Inquisitive minds want to know what causes the universe to expand, how M-theory binds the smallest of the small particles or how social dynamics can lead to revolutions. "The way that statisticians answer these questions is with…


From insideHPC

Trinity Supercomputer lands at #7 on TOP500

Trinity Supercomputer lands at #7 on TOP500

The Trinity Supercomputer at Los Alamos National Laboratory was recently named as a top 10 supercomputer on two lists: it made number three on the High Performance Conjugate Gradients (HPCG) Benchmark project, and is number seven…


From insideHPC

Xtreme Design Demo at SC17

Xtreme Design Demo at SC17

In this video from SC17, Naoki Shibata from Xtreme Design demonstrates the company's innovative solutions for deploying and managing HPC clouds. "Customers can use our easy-to-deploy turnkey HPC cluster system on public cloud…


From Schneier on Security

"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" Parody

"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" Parody

Funny....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reading on Screens

Reading on Screens

Scientists say screens hurt our ability to comprehend the information we read  By Luke Dormehl

...  According to a new piece of research coming out of Pennsylvania State University, adult readers who spend a lot of time using


From The Eponymous Pickle

Balancing Social Media?

Balancing Social Media?

Intriguing, but seems this could also be directly misused.

Conflicting Views on Social Media Balanced By an Algorithm
Aalto University

Researchers at Aalto University in Finland and the University of Rome Tor Vergata in Italy have…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Map's Moat

Google Map's Moat

Google Map's Moat.  Mapping is modeling, for and about a particular context.  So the details and comparison between Apple and Google are fascinating.  Been using both to compare myself, but am not seeing all the details.

How far…


From insideHPC

12 Days of Christmas from Radio Free HPC & Dan Olds

12 Days of Christmas from Radio Free HPC & Dan Olds

In this video, Dan Olds from Radio Free HPC offers up his rant-filled rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas. The Radio Free HPC podcast is a joint production by industry pundits focused on High Performance Computing. "To all …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Leveraging Consumer DNA

Leveraging Consumer DNA

Should marketers personalize products using consumers’ DNA?  by Tom Ryan in Retailwire with discussion.

According to a study from the University of South Carolina, marketers will soon be able to derive “hyper-personalized” shopper…


From insideHPC

2018 Technology Trends from Mellanox CTO Michael Kagan

2018 Technology Trends from Mellanox CTO Michael Kagan

In this video, Mellanox CTO Michael Kagan offers his view of technology trends for 2018. "Mellanox is looking forward to continued to Technology and Product Leadership in 2018. As the leader in End-to-End InfiniBand and Ethernet…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

USACM Submits Comments Supporting Security Research DMCA Exemption

USACM Submits Comments Supporting Security Research DMCA Exemption

On December 19, USACM submitted a short comment to the Copyright Office in support of an exemption to the prohibitions against circumvention of copyright protection technology, as outlined in Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Business History

Business History

Video and transcript from Bain:

The prevailing paradigm that has underpinned business for the past 50 years is beginning to shift. Over the next 10 years, we will see the nature of the firm reshaped by the cumulative impact of…