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September 2021


From insideHPC

Rube Leung, Chief Scientist for Energy Exascale Earth System Model Project, Named a DOE Distinguished Scientist Fellow.

Rube Leung, Chief Scientist for Energy Exascale Earth System Model Project, Named a DOE Distinguished Scientist Fellow.

Ruby Leung likes to ask questions. That started at her high school in Hong Kong, where she also became interested in science. “I was one of those kids in science who always was curious. And then you can find the answers,” said…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Does a Home Robot: Astro

Amazon Does  a  Home Robot:   Astro

A number of such 'friendly' ranging home robots have been around, none successful.  I recall the Pepper robot.  This is expensive. Notably it will not climb stairs, or I would assume even a single step, or rugs?

Amazon Does Astro…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sciam Says Self Driving Cars Emergent

Sciam Says Self Driving Cars Emergent

Scientific American takes a look at a self driving future

'Self-Driving' Cars Begin to Emerge from a Cloud of Hype    By Scientific American, September 27, 2021

Although some observers may perceive that the bloom is off the rose…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Taulbee, Talent, and Trends: CRA Session at Upcoming DOE ASCAC Meeting

Taulbee, Talent, and Trends: CRA Session at Upcoming DOE ASCAC Meeting

The Computing Research Association (CRA) will be represented by CRA staff (Betsy Bizot, Erik Russell, and Burçin Tamer) and CRA-WP Co-Chairs (Sandhya Dwarkadas and Amanda Stent) during the upcoming U.S. Department of Energy Advanced…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Virtual Reality Is a Game-Changing Computing and Communication Platform

Virtual Reality Is a Game-Changing Computing and Communication Platform

Very good piece on the topic from CACM.      With some useful examples of VR uses beyond games.  Have been skeptical about its general use, see key insights below for good overview.   Note mention of 'virtual worlds' below which…


From insideHPC

HPE Launches GreenLake Edge-to-Cloud Platform for Analytics and Data Protection Cloud Services

HPE Launches GreenLake Edge-to-Cloud Platform for Analytics and Data  Protection Cloud Services

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today announced new cloud services for the HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform that the company said signify HPE’s entry into two software markets – unified analytics and data protection…


From Schneier on Security

Check What Information Your Browser Leaks

Check What Information Your Browser Leaks

These two sites tell you what sorts of information you’re leaking from your browser.


From insideHPC

European Exascale Chip Designer SiPearl Opens 5th Center in Grenoble

European Exascale Chip Designer SiPearl Opens 5th Center in Grenoble

Maisons-Laffitte (France), Sept. 28, 2021 – SiPearl, whose mission is to design a high performance, low-power microprocessor for European exascale supercomputers, has opened a design center in Grenoble, France, with the goal …


From BLOG@CACM

Supervising a Doctoral Thesis: Lessons and Guidelines

Supervising a Doctoral Thesis: Lessons and Guidelines

Presenting 10 guidelines for supervising graduate students, focusing on the supervision process of doctoral students.


From BLOG@CACM

Safe Space for Alt-Views

Safe Space for Alt-Views

Not everyone who questions computational hegemony is appealing to magic, mysticism, or divinity.


From CERIAS Blog

Another Giant Falls

Another Giant Falls

We lost a pioneer in cybersecurity last week: Donn B. Parker died at the age of 91.

Donn's name may not be immediately familiar to current practitioners in the field. That's because Donn was working in the area before some…


From insideHPC

DOE’s Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee to Meet Sept. 29-30

DOE’s Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee to Meet Sept. 29-30

The next meeting of the Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee (ASCAC), the federal advisory committee for the US Department of Energy Office of Science’s program on Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) will…


From BLOG@CACM

A Tale of a Non-Traditional Software Engineer

A Tale of a Non-Traditional Software Engineer

I entered college to study biomedical engineering, but realized more than halfway through I was more interested in computer science.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Vint Cerf Examines Googles Misinformation

Vint Cerf Examines Googles Misinformation

Short intro and link forward below. 

Via ACM NEWS

How Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf Illuminated Google's Misinformation Mess

By Fast Company,September 27, 2021

In June 2020, the Parliament of the U.K. published a policy report withGoogle…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

A Marconi Society Event Series- The Decade of Digital Inclusion

A Marconi Society Event Series- The Decade of Digital Inclusion

The Marconi Society, a nonprofit chaired by Vint Cerf and dedicated to bridging the digital divide, is convening some of the world’s most creative and innovative minds in technology in an upcoming event series called The Decade…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Vaccination Without a Shot

Vaccination Without a Shot

My own informal conversations with people would indicate that there is a fear factor involved, and anything that would decrease that would increase participation. 

 3D-Printed Vaccine Patch Offers Vaccination Without a Shot

University…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Growth of Amazon Connect

Growth of Amazon Connect

Brought to my attention, from BusinessWire   ...

AWS Shares New Business Momentum Milestones and Announces Three New Capabilities for Amazon Connect

Tens of thousands of AWS customers now using Amazon Connect to support more than…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intel Moves with Chip Factories

Intel Moves with Chip Factories

 More and faster chips needed ... 

Intel Starts Construction of Two Arizona Computer Chip Factories

Intel broke ground on two new computer chip factories in Arizona as part of a $20 billion project to help meet the high demandIntel…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hide My Email

Hide My Email

 In an email security application, Apple has included in their IPhone verision IOS 15, a method called 'Hide my Email', which constructs unique, random email addresses.     These private emails can be used to send messages, and…


From insideHPC

Astera Labs Secures $50M in Series-C Funding

Astera Labs Secures $50M in Series-C Funding

SANTA CLARA, CA – September 27, 2021 – Astera Labs, maker of connectivity solutions for intelligent systems, today announced raising $50M as part of an oversubscribed Series-C funding round led by Fidelity Management and Research…


From insideHPC

Accelerating Discovery and Innovation at the University of Alabama with the Dell ‘Cheaha’ Supercomputer

Accelerating Discovery and Innovation at the University of Alabama with the Dell ‘Cheaha’ Supercomputer

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is an internationally renowned research university and academic medical center known for its innovative and interdisciplinary approach to education. More than 1,200 UAB faculty are engaged…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intuit to Buy Mailchimp

Intuit to Buy Mailchimp

 EMail Marketing Acquisition.

Intuit's $12B Mailchimp Purchase Breathes New Life Into Email Marketing  By Jack M. Germain

Intuit on Monday announced an agreement to acquire Mailchimp, a global customer engagement and marketing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Danel Kahneman vs Deep Learning

Danel Kahneman vs Deep Learning

From Linkedin, by Ajit Joakar

(You need Linkedin membership to see this introduction) 

Artificial Intelligence #18: Of Daniel Kahneman and Deep Learning

Published on August 24, 2021

Course Director: Artificial Intelligence: Cloud…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robot Swarms Chatting Less Means Better Decisions

Robot Swarms Chatting Less Means Better Decisions

General statement is interesting as as give decisions over to groups of robots

Less Chat Can Help Robots Make Better Decisions

By University of Sheffield (U.K.), July 30, 2021

Robot swarms could cooperate more effectively if communication…


From Computational Complexity

My academic lineage and more interesting facts that come out of it

 I got my PhD from Harvard in 1985 with advisor Harry Lewis

Harry Lewis got his PhD from Harvard in 1974 with advisor Burton Dreben (Dreben was in the Philosophy department and did logic). Burton Dreben never got a PhD (more on…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (September 26th 2021)

Science and Technology links (September 26th 2021)

Radiation-therapy can rejuvenate heart cells. (source: Nature) Within members of the same species, cancer risk increases with body size. Large human beings are more at risk than smaller ones. Across species, the reverse is often…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

A Possible Ramsey Insight into P Versus NP?

In mathematics the art of proposing a question must be held of higher value than solving it—Georg Cantor Cropped from his page David Zuckerman has a beautiful result on the approximate hardness of the clique problem. His paper…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Phun With Phone Numbers

Phun With Phone Numbers

Among the programming projects I ran into recently was one to calculate all of the combinations of letters one could make from a phone number. Companies do this sort of thing all the time. They generate the combinations and then…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Podcast: Yann LeCun Talks Research Beginnings and Recent Developments

Podcast: Yann LeCun Talks Research Beginnings and Recent Developments

 Well worth listening to to understand the state of deep learning AI.

Yann LeCun Talks Research Beginnings and Recent Developments

By The Gradient Podcast, September 23, 2021  in CACM

Turing Award-winner Yann LeCun is the vice president…


From The Eponymous Pickle

LIDAR News

LIDAR News

Brought to my attention:

https://blog.lidarnews.com/

Welcome to the Lidar News blog page. We currently host “In the Scan“ – one of the world’s leading 3D laser scanning and lidar blogs with over 3000 posts over 9 years.

We are interested…