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November 2020


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Double-blind peer review is a bad idea

Double-blind peer review is a bad idea

When you submit a manuscript to a journal or to a conference, you do not know who reviews your manuscript. Increasingly, due to concerns with biases and homophily, journals and conferences are moving to a double-blind peer review…


From Computational Complexity

Vaughan Jones and Kaikoura

Vaughan Jones, one of the greatest mathematicians from New Zealand, passed away on September 6 at 67. Jones is an expert in knot theory among other areas and received the Fields Medal in 1990.

The Jones polynomial captures information…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Announces 3D Object Detection

Google Announces 3D Object Detection

 Could lead to very  interesting applications.  More phone based marketing and location possibilities? And another round of complaints like we have seen from face recognition. 

Real-Time 3D Object Detection on Mobile Devices with…


From Schneier on Security

Symantec Reports on Cicada APT Attacks against Japan

Symantec Reports on Cicada APT Attacks against Japan

Symantec is reporting on an APT group linked to China, named Cicada. They have been attacking organizations in Japan and elsewhere.

Cicada has historically been known to target Japan-linked organizations, and has also targeted…


From Schneier on Security

The US Military Buys Commercial Location Data

The US Military Buys Commercial Location Data

Vice has a long article about how the US military buys commercial location data worldwide.

The U.S. military is buying the granular movement data of people around the world, harvested from innocuous-seeming apps, Motherboard…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On IOT Security: Guidelines for Improvement

On IOT Security: Guidelines for Improvement

 As we depend on many new communicating  'things' in our environment, their design and management over time and context must be done better.

IoT Security Is a Mess. These Guidelines Could Help Fix That

By Danny Palmer in ZDNet

New…


From insideHPC

Making AI Accessible to Any Size Enterprise

Making AI Accessible to Any Size Enterprise

In this sponsored post, our friends over at Lenovo and NetApp have teamed up with NVIDIA to discuss how the companies are helping to drive Artificial Intelligence (AI) into smaller organizations and hopefully seed that creative…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Designing the Echo

Designing the Echo

 Fast Company looks at the design and redesign of the Amazon Echo since 2014.  Thoughtful examination of how complex consumer design works.

Why Amazon radically redesigned the Echo

You may be ordering one for Black Friday. But…


From Putting People First

Experientia speaks at EFUS webinar on insecurity at night

Experientia speaks at EFUS webinar on insecurity at night

On 24 November Elena Guidorzi, research unit coordinator of Experientia will speak at the EFUS web conference entitled "Reducing and preventing the feeling of insecurity at night", highlighting her experience coordinating the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Modeling Multi Agent Interacting Systems

Modeling Multi  Agent Interacting Systems

 Fascinating piece.  Aren't we all multi agent interacting systems?  Can we effectively model that to understand it in context?   Berkeley Bair takes a took.  Its hard.  Considerable technical challenge.  Starting with urbanEvolveGraph…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Traveling Salesman Problem Meets Complexity Theory

Crazy ideas meet crazed audience Merrill Flood was a mathematician who publicized the Traveling salesman problem TSP back in the 1940s. He says that he found the problem while: I was struggling with the problem in connecting…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supply Chain: Its Now about Risk

Supply Chain:  Its Now about Risk

Now even more so, its about risk. Measuring, predicting and addressing.

Supply Chain Risk Management - Reach the Next Level of Supply Chain Maturity

 Marcus Evans in SupplyChainBrain

Following a number of successful Supply Chain…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Buys Observability

IBM Buys Observability

The broader concept of 'observability' was new to me, but as described very useful.    Performance and beyond.  Clearly applicable to AI applications.  Now thinking it further.

IBM acquires application observability startup Instana…


From insideHPC

At SC20: Intel Provides Aurora Update as Argonne Developers Use Intel Xe-HP GPUs in Lieu of ‘Ponte Vecchio’

At SC20: Intel Provides Aurora Update as Argonne Developers Use Intel Xe-HP GPUs in Lieu of ‘Ponte Vecchio’

In an update to our "Bridge to 'Ponte Vecchio' story yesterday, today we interviewed, Jeff McVeigh, Intel VP/GM of data center XPU products and solutions, who updated us on developments at Intel with direct bearing on Aurora,…


From BLOG@CACM

How Objective is Peer Review?

How Objective is Peer Review?

The ESA Experiment.


From The Eponymous Pickle

What Blockchain Could Mean for Your Health Data

What Blockchain Could Mean for Your Health Data

Thoughts about blockchain and health data

What Blockchain Could Mean for Your Health Data
by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott  in HBR

Big data is perhaps the most powerful asset we have in solving big problems these days. We need

But…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Enhancing Learning with Praise

Enhancing Learning with Praise

Praise should work,   but how do you deliver it, and best understand its behavioral implications?  Contextual influence?   This is an example I want to see more data on.

Motivational Artificial Beings Better Than 1 for Enhancing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Pharmacy Launches

Amazon Pharmacy Launches

Long awaited, implications will be interesting.  Supply chain in the era of epidemic should be good.  Linked to Prime.

Will Amazon’s new online pharmacy disrupt the U.S. drugstore business?

By George Anderson  in Retailwire

Amazon…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSTC Subcommittee Report: Pioneering The Future Advanced Computing Ecosystem

NSTC Subcommittee Report: Pioneering The Future Advanced Computing Ecosystem

The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) subcommittee on Future Advanced Computing Ecosystems just released a new report on Pioneering The Future Advanced Computing Ecosystem. It lays out a strategic plan that envisions…


From insideHPC

CINECA Partners with Atos for 240PFLOPS ‘Leonardo’ Supercomputer

CINECA Partners with Atos for 240PFLOPS ‘Leonardo’ Supercomputer

The CINECA supercomputing center in Bologna, Italy, has selected Atos’ BullSequana XH2000 supercomputing platform integrated with ParTec’s ParaStation Modulo software for its new 240 petaFLOPS HPC system, “Leonardo.” Featuring…


From insideHPC

IBM to Acquire Performance Monitoring Company Instana for Hybrid Cloud and AI

IBM to Acquire Performance Monitoring Company Instana for Hybrid Cloud and AI

IBM today announced plans to acquire Instana, an application performance monitoring and observability company. IBM said the acquisition will help businesses better manage applications spanning the hybrid clouds and that it strengthens…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Low-Code Use Expanding

Low-Code Use Expanding

Will be the future.  Then quickly to No-Code.  With much use of code analysis and adaptation for goals like security, and compliance to standards.  Ultimately to make the code process conformant and understandable by management…


From insideHPC

insideHPC Guide to HPC/AI for Energy – Part 3

insideHPC Guide to HPC/AI for Energy – Part 3

In this technology guide sponsored by our friends over at Dell Technologies, we take a deep dive into how the team of Dell Technologies and AMD is working to provide solutions for a wide array of needs for more strategic cultivation…


From insideHPC

Lenovo Claims an HPC First for Liquid-Cooled Nvidia A100 GPU Servers

Lenovo Claims an HPC First for Liquid-Cooled Nvidia A100 GPU Servers

Today, Lenovo introduced the ThinkSystem SD650-N V2 server, which the company said is the first direct-to-node (DTN) liquid-cooled server for Nvidia A100 Tensor Core GPUs. It includes four board-mounted A100 GPUs in a 1U system…


From Schneier on Security

Michael Ellis as NSA General Counsel

Michael Ellis as NSA General Counsel

Over at Lawfare, Susan Hennessey has an excellent primer on how Trump loyalist Michael Ellis got to be the NSA General Counsel, over the objections of NSA Director Paul Nakasone, and what Biden can and should do about it.

While…


From insideHPC

At SC20: Hyperion Sees COVID HPC Impact Sharp but Short; HPE in Server Lead; Aurora 12+/- Months Late; Cloud HPC Heating Up

At SC20: Hyperion Sees COVID HPC Impact Sharp but Short; HPE in Server Lead; Aurora 12+/- Months Late; Cloud HPC Heating Up

One thing – another thing – regular SC conference attendees have to do without this pandemic year is industry analyst firm Hyperion Research’s annual HPC market update breakfast, always held in a large hotel function room before…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Blue Sky at ACM SIGSPATIAL 2020

Blue Sky at ACM SIGSPATIAL 2020

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) recently sponsored a Blue Sky Ideas Conference Track at the 28th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM SIGSPATIAL 2020), November 3…


From insideHPC

At SC20: GigaIO Launches PCIe 4.0 Accelerator Pooling Appliance for the Composable Data Center

At SC20: GigaIO Launches PCIe 4.0 Accelerator Pooling Appliance for the Composable Data Center

CARLSBAD, CA – November 17, 2020 – GigaIO Networks, creators of data center network architecture and connectivity solutions, today announced their new Hydra product line, which the company said is the industry’s first fully managed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tutorial: Random Forest for Time Series

Tutorial: Random Forest for Time Series

 Am a long  time proponent of ensemble methods.  Here Jason Brownlee provides a nice tutorial on an often powerful method everyone should know.  As usual, well done, minimal tech.

Random Forest for Time Series Forecasting   by…


From insideHPC

A Bridge to ‘Ponte Vecchio’: Argonne Aurora Developers Using Substitute Intel Xe-HP GPUs, oneAPI for Scientific Applications

A Bridge to ‘Ponte Vecchio’: Argonne Aurora Developers Using Substitute Intel Xe-HP GPUs, oneAPI for Scientific Applications

Intel and Argonne National Laboratory said today they are using GPUs based on Intel’s Xe-HP microarchitecture and Intel oneAPI toolkits for development of scientific applications to be used on the Aurora exascale system — in …