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February 2020


From insideHPC

Full-spectrum HPC Scheduling

Full-spectrum HPC Scheduling

exascaleOur friends over at Altair explain how a meta-scheduler, or hierarchical scheduler, can be thought of as a private or team-based scheduler that uses shared underlying resources. Difficult workloads and special workloads are good…


From Schneier on Security

Securing the Internet of Things through Class-Action Lawsuits

Securing the Internet of Things through Class-Action Lawsuits

This law journal article discusses the role of class-action litigation to secure the Internet of Things. Basically, the article postulates that (1) market realities will produce insecure IoT devices, and (2) political failures…


From insideHPC

Gyrfalcon Acceleration Chips Speed SolidRun AI Inference Server

Gyrfalcon Acceleration Chips Speed SolidRun AI Inference Server

Today SolidRun introduced a new Arm-based AI inference server optimized for the edge. Highly scalable and modular, the Janux GS31 supports today’s leading neural network frameworks and can be configured with up to 128 Gyrfalcon…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Fast divisionless computation of binomial coefficients

Fast divisionless computation of binomial coefficients

Suppose that I give you a set of n objects and I ask you to pick k distinct objects, thus forming a new subset. How many such subsets are there? If you have taken college mathematics, you have probably learned that the answer…


From insideHPC

DDN and Atos to Boost Weather Prediction Capabilities at ECMWF

DDN and Atos to Boost Weather Prediction Capabilities at ECMWF

Today DDN announced the company has collaborated with Atos to enhance weather prediction capabilities for the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). ECMWF will be equipped with an enhanced computing capacity…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NIH Innovation Lab “Advancing Cancer Biology at the Frontiers of Machine Learning and Mechanistic Modeling”

NIH Innovation Lab “Advancing Cancer Biology at the Frontiers of Machine Learning and Mechanistic Modeling”

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), and Knowinnovation (KI) are convening experts in cancer systems biology, mathematical modeling and machine learning (and related artificial…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Should All Children Learn Code?

Should All Children Learn Code?

Nothing wrong with learning coding.   But should it be emphasized for everyone?   Required?   Better to learn more about math and logic.   As coding gets more complex, it gets closer to the use of math.  At lower levels it's

Should…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Science and Machine Learning

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Science and Machine Learning

KD Nuggets publishes and analyzes the most recent Gartner quadrant analysis. While I am skeptical of this approach, it does have a useful list of participants which can fill in the gaps.   Clip at link below to get to the 'Magic…


From insideHPC

Rittal steps up with Zutacore waterless liquid cooling

Rittal steps up with Zutacore waterless liquid cooling

Today IT infrastructure provider Rittal announced a strategic partnership with ZutaCore for waterless, two-phase, liquid cooling. Together they offer highly efficient data center cooling solutions and will enable customers to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wharton on Global Economic Impact of Coronavirus

Wharton on Global Economic Impact of Coronavirus

Considerable piece here from Wharton.  Notable for other implications for epidemics and their influence on economic systems.  The embedding of uncertainty in large scale effects.  Notable the mention of SARS example now two decades…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Simplifying the Deployment of HPC Tools and Libraries

Podcast: Simplifying the Deployment of HPC Tools and Libraries

In this Let’s Talk Exascale podcast, Sameer Shende from the University of Oregon describes progress on the Extreme-scale Scientific Software Stack. E4S is a community effort to provide open-source software packages for developing…


From insideHPC

D-Wave Leap 2 Quantum Cloud Service is Built for Business

D-Wave Leap 2 Quantum Cloud Service is Built for Business

Today D-Wave Systems announced the immediate availability of Leap 2, the first quantum cloud service designed for developers and organizations to easily build and deploy real-world hybrid quantum applications with practical impact…


From insideHPC

How We Can Achieve Applied Science Innovation Through Big Compute?

How We Can Achieve Applied Science Innovation Through Big Compute?

Joris Poort from Rescale gave this talk at the Big Compute 2020 conference. "Now the challenge of big compute comes down to three major areas. The first is specialized hardware. Because of the nature of these problems, we have…


From BLOG@CACM

How Do We Make AI More Ethical?

How Do We Make AI More Ethical?

Scientists consider the limits of ethics in the realm of artificial intelligence, and how to mitigate its biases.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Updates DialogFlow

Google Updates DialogFlow

Seeing augmenting capabilities as virtual agents.   Might also be a means to best think of such agents connecting to human agents.   Makes since in many kinds of service systems.   See ISSIP, which I am part of.

Google updates…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Building Biometrics National IDs

Building Biometrics National IDs

Despite the pushback on some of these ideas, I think it inevitable that they will be widely implemented.  Identity is a key aspect of conversational understanding that leads to intelligent interaction.

Countries Debate Openness…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Continues Work on Cashierless Systems

Amazon Continues Work on Cashierless Systems

Despite some reports that Amazon was decreasing work on cashierless systems:

Amazon Opens Cashierless Supermarket in Latest Push to Sell Food in the WSJ

The e-commerce giant is also looking into licensing the checkout-free technology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

When Your AI Learns to Lie

When Your AI Learns to Lie

Some very important questions as these methods evolve.

AI Deception: When Your Artificial Intelligence Learns to Lie

We need to understand the kinds of deception an AI agent may learn on its own before we can start proposing technological…


From Schneier on Security

Newly Declassified Study Demonstrates Uselessness of NSA's Phone Metadata Program

Newly Declassified Study Demonstrates Uselessness of NSA's Phone Metadata Program

The New York Times is reporting on the NSA's phone metadata program, which the NSA shut down last year: A National Security Agency system that analyzed logs of Americans' domestic phone calls and text messages cost $100 million…


From insideHPC

First EPI Forum to take place in Paris

First EPI Forum to take place in Paris

Today the European Processor Initiative announced that the first EPI Forum to take place in Paris, France, on March 16-17, 2020. "EPI is going full speed ahead to meet the goals of our mission – European independence in HPC technologies…


From The Noisy Channel

Thank you for the kind words!

Thank you for the kind words!

Thank you for the kind words!

If I follow you, then you are pointing out that, by generating revenue through promoted search, a business can funnel that revenue into providing benefits to users. Indeed, as you point out, that’s…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Using Business Rules and Expertise

Using Business Rules and Expertise

Via DSC, what looks to be a good podcast on this topic.  It has been a favorite approach of mine since the beginning.  Narrow machine learning methods can be very valuable, but to deliver them they have to be part of existing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Magnetoencephalography

Magnetoencephalography

This approach was just brought again to my attention.  Have been asked how it could be applied to the same kinds of diagnostic queries as EEG.  And if it has ever been applied to the same problems that have been addressed by

Intro…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pepsico Takes Analytics Closer to Consumer

Pepsico Takes Analytics Closer to Consumer

Fascinating view of what a big, close to the consumer company, is doing to figure out how their marketing works.   A relatively rare mention of ROI as it measures efforts.

PepsiCo getting closer to the consumer with data analytics…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Submit a Blue Sky Ideas Paper to the ACM Hypertext Conference!

Submit a Blue Sky Ideas Paper to the ACM Hypertext Conference!

The 2020 ACM Hypertext conference is July 13-15 in Orlando, Florida. It is a premium venue for high quality peer-reviewed research on hypertext theory, systems and applications. ACM Hypertext is concerned with all aspects of…


From insideHPC

Bright Cluster Manager for Data Science Now Available at No Charge with Easy8

Bright Cluster Manager for Data Science Now Available at No Charge with Easy8

Today Bright Computing announced that Bright Cluster Manager for Data Science is now available at no charge as part of the Easy8 program. Launched in November of 2019, Easy8 is designed to put Bright’s award-winning cluster management…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Editing Your Own Self Image

On Editing Your Own Self Image

This came to my attention recently when I was asked for a simple self image to use on a startup web site.  How much should we edit? We have the tools now.  At very least by taking lots of images in many contexts.   But in the…


From insideHPC

ORNL researchers identify most promising tech to advance edge computing

ORNL researchers identify most promising tech to advance edge computing

"ORNL researchers Ali Passian and Neena Imam have surveyed the edge computing landscape, as well as novel nanoscale technologies, to better understand how to simultaneously advance both edge computing and nanoscience to benefit…


From insideHPC

Verne Global’s hpcDIRECT to power RenderNation’s high-performance compute

Verne Global’s hpcDIRECT to power RenderNation’s high-performance compute

Today Verne Global announced it is partnering with RenderNation, the render farm specialist renowned for computer generated imagery (CGI) and visual effects (VFX). The partnership enables RenderNation to boost its rendering capabilities…


From insideHPC

New Mellanox ConnectX-6 Dx SmartNICs Transform Cloud and Data Center Security

New Mellanox ConnectX-6 Dx SmartNICs Transform Cloud and Data Center Security

Today Mellanox announced the immediate general availability of ConnectX-6 Dx SmartNICs, in addition to the soon-to-be-released BlueField-2 I/O Processing Units (IPUs). Both feature a suite of cutting-edge security acceleration…