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January 2020


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rapid Expansion of Amazon Pharmacy

Rapid Expansion of Amazon Pharmacy

What seems a rapid expansion of the Amazon Pharma delivery to multiple countries.

From Engadget by Mariella Moon

Amazon may be expanding its prescription drug delivery business to other countries. The e-commerce titan has applied…


From insideHPC

ASC20 to test Student Cluster Teams on Quantum & AI

ASC20 to test Student Cluster Teams on Quantum & AI

Today the 2020 ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC20) announced new tasks for the competition: using supercomputers to simulate Quantum circuit and training AI models. These tasks will be unprecedented challenges for the…


From Schneier on Security

Brazil Charges Glenn Greenwald with Cybercrimes

Brazil Charges Glenn Greenwald with Cybercrimes

Glenn Greenwald has been charged with cybercrimes in Brazil, stemming from publishing information and documents that were embarrassing to the government. The charges are that he actively helped the people who actually did the…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Distinguished Lecture: Towards Usability, Transparency, and Trust for Data-Intensive Computations

NSF Distinguished Lecture: Towards Usability, Transparency, and Trust for Data-Intensive Computations

Juliana Freire, New York University, will present “Towards Usability, Transparency, and Trust for Data-Intensive Computations,” part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)…


From insideHPC

OSS PCI Express 4.0 Expansion System does AI on the Fly with Eight GPUs

OSS PCI Express 4.0 Expansion System does AI on the Fly with Eight GPUs

Today One Stop Systems (OSS) announced the availability of a new OSS PCIe 4.0 value expansion system incorporating up to eight of the latest NVIDIA V100S Tensor Core GPU. As the newest member of the company’s AI on the Fly product…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA and Arm look to accelerate HPC Worldwide

NVIDIA and Arm look to accelerate HPC Worldwide

In this video, NVIDIA’s Duncan Poole and Arm’s David Lecomber explain how the two company's accelerate the world’s fastest supercomputers. "At SC19, NVIDIA introduced a reference design platform that enables companies to quickly…


From insideHPC

European SiPearl Startup designing microprocessor for Exascale

European SiPearl Startup designing microprocessor for Exascale

Today European chip startup SiPearl announced it is moving into its operational phase. The company is now the 27th member of the European Processor Initiative (EPI) consortium. "By delivering supercomputing power, energy efficiency…


From insideHPC

AI & Blockchain: Internet of smarter things

AI & Blockchain: Internet of smarter things

Dr. Eng Lim Goh gave this talk at HPE Discover More. He describes inspiring real-world use cases that demonstrate the transformative power of AI and HPC. Hear how the next wave of Machine Intelligence is uncovering value in data…


From The Eponymous Pickle

RFID Powering of Smart Balls and Tags

RFID Powering of Smart Balls and Tags

An approach utilizing BLE power transmission that we examined and I still follow.

RFID Powers Smart Balls, Luggage Tags  in RFIDJournal

Kookaburra's Smart Balls with SportCor technology using BLE transmissions, as well as British…


From Schneier on Security

SIM Hijacking

SIM Hijacking

SIM hijacking -- or SIM swapping -- is an attack where a fraudster contacts your cell phone provider and convinces them to switch your account to a phone that they control. Since your smartphone often serves as a security measure…


From insideHPC

Registration Opens for HPC User Forum in Princeton, NJ

Registration Opens for HPC User Forum in Princeton, NJ

Hyperion Research has posted their preliminary agenda for the upcoming HPC User Forum. The event takes place March 30 - April 1 in Princeton, New Jersey. "The HPC User Forum was established in 1999 to promote the health of the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Builds Policy Lab for Regulation

IBM Builds Policy Lab for Regulation

Will read with interest what the meaning of 'precision' is here.    And transcripts available of the discussion.

IBM unveils Policy Lab, advocates ‘precision regulation’ of AI
Kyle Wiggers in VentureBeat

BM formally announced the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Why Some AI Efforts Fail

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Why Some AI Efforts Fail

From a former IBMer what we worked with on enterprise AI the first time around.   Also insightful for many kinds of emerging tech.  I have now followed up on this question for several major AI projects.   Reading the report mentioned…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wll Augmented Reality Change Everything we See?

Wll Augmented Reality Change Everything we See?

From the Penn Alumni Mag, a broad, descriptive and mostly academic oriented view of the world of augmented reality.  Below the intro and at the link more...

Augmenting Reality
Will augmented reality change everything we see? A

By…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Filling large arrays with zeroes quickly in C++

Filling large arrays with zeroes quickly in C++

Travis Downs reports that some C++ compilers have trouble filling up arrays with values at high speed. Typically, to fill an array with some value, C++ programmers invoke the std::fill. We might assume that for a task as simple…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blogging with Jupyter

Blogging with Jupyter

Nicely, simply and well put, technical details at the link:

Blogging with Jupyter Notebooks
 by Jeremy Howard in Fast.ai

Jupyter Notebooks is a great environment for creating “code heavy” blog posts. Maybe you didn’t even plan to…


From insideHPC

Podcast: AI4Good Lab Empowers Women in Computer Science

Podcast: AI4Good Lab Empowers Women in Computer Science

In this AI Podcast, Doina Precup describes why their doesn't need to be a gender gap in computer science education. An associate professor at McGill University and research team lead at DeepMind, Precup shares her personal experiences…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Predicting Predictions For the 20s

Before the reveal on January 22 Writer homepage source Claire Cameron is the senior science editor at an online publication called Inverse. She has written an incomplete article titled, “The 2020s: 20 science and tech predictions…


From insideHPC

Appentra Releases Parallelware Trainer 1.4

Appentra Releases Parallelware Trainer 1.4

Today Appentra released Parallelware Trainer 1.4, an interactive, real-time code editor with features that facilitate the learning, usage, and implementation of parallel programming by understanding how and why sections of code…


From insideHPC

The State of HPC Storage – Requirements & Challenges

The State of HPC Storage – Requirements & Challenges

Steve Conway from Hyperion Research gave this talk at the Panasas User Group. "Hyperion Research conducted an industry survey to better understand TCO vs. initial costs/other purchase criteria, the benefits of greater simplicity…


From Schneier on Security

Clearview AI and Facial Recognition

Clearview AI and Facial Recognition

The New York Times has a long story about Clearview AI, a small company that scrapes identified photos of people from pretty much everywhere, and then uses unstated magical AI technology to identify people in other photos. His…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Urges Proportionate AI Regulation

Google Urges Proportionate AI Regulation

 Google has the most to lose with very stringent regulation of AI methods.   We recall this being brought up in the last AI surge, but the methods never evolved to this level.

Google chief urges 'proportionate' AI regulation in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intel AI Chips Announced

Intel AI Chips Announced

More hardware announcements at recent start of year conferences.  Starting too see more work on hardware implementing faster solutions.

Intel Corp. made a splash at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas late Monday afternoon…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Are Your Students Bored? Do They Understand?

Are Your Students Bored?  Do They Understand?

Once you have information about emotion based engagement, this naturally follows.  Could further be used to rate the quality of the instruction.    Where does this kind of measurement end, even if  not completely accurate?

Are…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart Takes Food to Car

Wal-Mart Takes Food to Car

Another look by Wal-Mart at Robo Tech and attracting consumers.  We had looked at attempts at completely automated grocery warehouse drive-throughs, but they had not succeeded.

Walmart Unveils Robot-Run Warehouse to Whisk Food…


From insideHPC

Video: Data Driven Ocean & Atmosphere Sciences at MoES in India

Video: Data Driven Ocean & Atmosphere Sciences at MoES in India

Dr. Suryachandra Rao from MoES gave this talk at the DDN User Group. "The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) is mandated to provide services for weather, climate, ocean and coastal state, hydrology, seismology, and natural hazards…


From insideHPC

ORNL Tests Arm-based Wombat Platform with NVIDIA GPUs

ORNL Tests Arm-based Wombat Platform with NVIDIA GPUs

Researchers at ORNL are trying out their HPC codes on Wombat, a test bed cluster based on production Marvell ThunderX2 CPUs and NVIDIA V100 GPUs. The small cluster provides a platform for testing NVIDIA’s new CUDA software stack…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Enterprise Value from Digital Factories

Enterprise Value from Digital Factories

Via McKinsey,  innovation studies inmanufacturing.

Industry’s fast-mover advantage: Enterprise value from digital factories

Manufacturing’s leaders in applying Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) digital technologies are building…


From Putting People First

Designing for digital well-being

Designing for digital well-being

Smartphone attachment is so prevalent that the fear of being without a phone has a name: nomophobia, writes Elizabeth Churchill in Interactions. What can be done to manage such unhealthy attachments?


From Putting People First

Are smart homes undermining our sense of ‘home’?

Are smart homes undermining our sense of ‘home’?

CES indicates we're still a far way off seeing technology for the home that genuinely fosters our sense of comfort, wellbeing and community.