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April 2019


From insideHPC

Micron steps up with NVMe SSDs

Micron steps up with NVMe SSDs

Micron recently unveiled its new series of flagship solid-state drives (SSDs) featuring the NVMe protocol, bringing industry-leading storage performance at higher capacities to cloud and enterprise computing markets. The Micron…


From insideHPC

BeeGFS – Dealing with Extreme Requirements in HPC

BeeGFS – Dealing with Extreme Requirements in HPC

Frank Herold from ThinkParQ gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. "Together with our partners around the globe, we work hard to create the fastest, most stable and most flexible turn-key solutions for every performance-oriented…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Training Data for Autonomous Driving

Training Data for Autonomous Driving

Getting, saving, and usefully tagging data and metadata for key purposes is a powerful idea.

Training Data for Autonomous Driving   By Karlsruhe Institute of Technology 

Using processed images, algorithms learn to recognize the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Autonomous Vegetable Weeding

Autonomous Vegetable Weeding

Another approach that will increase agricultural food production.

FarmWise turns to Roush to build autonomous vegetable weeders   By Matt Burns  @mjburnsy

FarmWise wants robots to do the dirty part of farming: weeding. With that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery

Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery

Yet another direction for pharmaceutical delivery is proposed

Nanoparticles take a fantastic, magnetic voyage
Tiny robots powered by magnetic fields could help drug-delivery nanoparticles reach their targets.

Anne Trafton | MIT …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quantum Hype and Skepticism

Quantum Hype and Skepticism

Short piece looks at both sides.

Quantum Hype and Quantum Skepticism   By Moshe Y. Vardi 
Communications of the ACM, May 2019, Vol. 62 No. 5, Page 7
10.1145/3322092

" .... The popular media regularly reports breathlessly on quantum…


From The Eponymous Pickle

RSR Research on Clouds

RSR Research on Clouds

Brought to my attention:

The Candid Voice in Retail Technology: Objective Insights, Pragmatic Advice
RSR is the candid voice in retail technology

Since our founding in 2007, we have combined our extensive retail industry backgrounds…


From insideHPC

Is Ubiquitous Cloud Bursting on the Horizon for Universities?

Is Ubiquitous Cloud Bursting on the Horizon for Universities?

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Mahesh Pancholi from OCF writes a growing number of universities are taking advantage of public cloud infrastructures that are widely available from large companies…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Risks of Artificial Intelligence

The Risks of Artificial Intelligence

Having now been involved in many applications using AI oriented methods,  it was rare that there were not risks in their application.  We saw them all.  From legal exposure to regulatory penalties to the loss of public trust

As…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Intel to Deliver Exascale for the Advancement of Science

Podcast: Intel to Deliver Exascale for the Advancement of Science

In this Chip Chat podcast, Trish Damkroger from Intel outlines a few of the key technologies coming to the Aurora supercomputer in 2021. To enable Exascale levels of performance, Aurora will be built with a future generation …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Scientific American on Deep Learning

Scientific American on Deep Learning

Scientific American does a good job of providing a good,  intuitive and largely non-technical view of the math and applications of deep learning.   Good for use with management with a reasonable amount of patience.   I would

A…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (April 27th 2019)

Science and Technology links (April 27th 2019)

Women who use oral contraceptives have a harder time recognizing emotions of others. Worldwide, livestock has ten times the mass of wild animals and nearly twice the mass of human beings. Fishes have more than ten times the mass…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Automating Science Writing

Automating Science Writing

How different is this from script writing mentioned previously?      Accurate summarization of text is another example of a challenge for AI type methods, similar in goal to finding a pattern in complex data.

Can Science Writing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

McKinsey on Automating Logistics

McKinsey on Automating Logistics

Good description of the space and the large opportunities.

Automation in Logistics: Big Opportunity, Bigger uncertainty     Via McKinsey by Ashutosh Dekhne, Greg Hastings, John Murnane, and Florian Neuhaus

As e-commerce volumes…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Speeding up a random-access function?

Speeding up a random-access function?

A common problem in software performance is that you are essentially limited by memory access. Let us consider such a function where you write at random locations in a big array. for ( i = 0; i < N; i++) { // hash is a randomized…


From The Eponymous Pickle

BPA, RPA or DPA? Automating Process

BPA, RPA or DPA?  Automating Process

Interesting piece, with criticism of robotic process automation.   It has somewhat focused application I agree.   Contrast of options is interesting.  I like the term DPA only because it does not include the confusing 'robotic'…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Toraiz SQUID Digital Sequencer

Friday Squid Blogging: Toraiz SQUID Digital Sequencer

Pioneer DJ has a new sequencer: the Toraiz SQUID: Sequencer Inspirational Device. The 16-track sequencer is designed around jamming and performance with a host of features to create "happy accidents" and trigger random sequences…


From Schneier on Security

Interview of Me in Taiwan

Interview of Me in Taiwan

Business Weekly in Taiwan interviewed me. (Here's a translation courtesy of Google.) It was a surprisingly intimate interview. I hope the Chinese reads better than the translation....


From insideHPC

Call for Proposals: ALCF Data Science Program

Call for Proposals: ALCF Data Science Program

Argonne is now accepting proposals for the ALCF Data Science Program (ADSP) through July 1, 2019. "The ADSP open call provides an opportunity for researchers to submit proposals for projects that will employ advanced statistical…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Linux Administrator at CGG in Houston

Job of the Week: Linux Administrator at CGG in Houston

CGG in Houston is seeking a Linux Administrator in our Job of the Week. CGG is a fully integrated Geoscience company providing leading geological, geophysical, and reservoir capabilities. "We bring our clients a unique range …


From insideHPC

Big Compute Podcast Looks at Quantum Computing Today

Big Compute Podcast Looks at Quantum Computing Today

In this Big Compute Podcast, Steve Reinhardt from D-Wave Systems describes how quantum computing can be used to find optimal solutions in complex optimizations. “For decades quantum computers will be used in a hybrid mode with…


From insideHPC

Finalists Chosen for Han Meuer Award

Finalists Chosen for Han Meuer Award

ISC 2019 has announced the finalists for this year’s Hans Meuer Award, which honors the most outstanding research paper submitted to the ISC High Performance Conference. The award was introduced in 2015 in memory of the late …


From insideHPC

Simplifying AI, Data Science, and HPC Workloads with NVIDIA GPU Cloud

Simplifying AI, Data Science, and HPC Workloads with NVIDIA GPU Cloud

Adel El Hallak and Philip Rogers from NVIDIA gave this talk at the GPU Technology Conference. "Whether it's for AI, data science and analytics, or HPC, GPU-Accelerated software can make possible the previously impossible. But…


From The Eponymous Pickle

MuseNet Writes Music

MuseNet Writes Music

OpenAI does some things with generating music.     Back to the meaning of creativity, will we ultimately be able to tell?

MuseNet
We’ve created Musenet, a deep neural network that can generate 4-minute musical compositions with…


From [email protected]

Women Now Outnumber Men in Medical Schools. Computer Science Should Be Next.

Women Now Outnumber Men in Medical Schools. Computer Science Should Be Next.

This story about encouragement tells us how we can change girls' and women's lives.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machines Firing Humans

Machines Firing Humans

First I had heard of such a thing, certainly the PR would be bad enough to add a human in the loop.  Somewhat skeptical, but perhaps a warning of the future.

Amazon's system for tracking its warehouse workers can automatically…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Workplace Surveillance

Workplace Surveillance

Agree that doing this more universally will much chage the workplace.   Indications are that Amazon has closed the loop for warehouse workers, but the the idea is likely implemented most everywhere.    Will this then be posted…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supply Chain Integrity Month

Supply Chain Integrity Month

Had not heard this was a month, note here from Recorded Future, but the topic is very important.    Some good free resources at the link on related threat intelligence. 

April Is National Supply Chain Integrity Month — ReduceZane…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Automating Ethics

Automating Ethics

Very good piece.   A difficult problem.Yes as get closer to embedding ethics in systems and machines,how do we address this?   By just warning the humans in the loop, or can we actually close the loop to include ethical reasoning…


From Schneier on Security

Towards an Information Operations Kill Chain

Towards an Information Operations Kill Chain

Cyberattacks don't magically happen; they involve a series of steps. And far from being helpless, defenders can disrupt the attack at any of those steps. This framing has led to something called the "cybersecurity kill chain"…