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March 2021


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Security Problem with Common PLCs

A Security Problem with Common PLCs

We worked actively with PLCs, 'Programmable Logic Controllers' in the enterprise.    Small, dedicated computers used to control industrial process.  They reliably do both simple and complex tasks in the lab and plant.   I see…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Detecting Earthquakes and Waves

Detecting Earthquakes and Waves

A favorite topic, detecting pattern.  Its a big part of our intelligence.   Here using new kinds of sensor data. 

Google Uses Underwater Fiber-Optic Cable to Detect Earthquakes   By New Scientist

A submarine fiber-optic cable owned…


From insideHPC

Rescale’s 2021 State of Cloud HPC Report Reveals Major Cloud Adoption Trends in Research and Science

Rescale’s 2021 State of Cloud HPC Report Reveals Major Cloud Adoption Trends in Research and Science

SAN FRANCISCO, March 02, 2021 — Rescale, a hybrid HPC cloud platform enabling intelligent computing for digital R&D, today published its inaugural State of Cloud HPC Report. The report shares aggregate cloud adoption trends in…


From insideHPC

EIB Provides $9.1M to AI Software Company Cortical.io

EIB Provides $9.1M to AI Software Company Cortical.io

San Francisco – March 3, 2021 – The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing $9.1 million to Cortical.io AG, an Austrian software company with offices in San Francisco, developing artificial intelligence technology based on…


From The Eponymous Pickle

WIkibon Research

WIkibon Research

Brought back to my attention and of interest. 

Wikibon 2021 Research Focus

The Wikibon 2021 research focus is based on a community-based approach to deliver in-depth research and analysis across a broad range of enterprise technology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Spending in a Solarwinds and COVID Context

Spending in a Solarwinds and COVID Context

Interesting to see the specific implications of security and supply chain contexts. 

Breaking Analysis: How the SolarWinds Hack & COVID are Changing CISO Spending Patterns By David Vellante  FEBRUARY 13 2021  in WikiBon

Top security…


From The Eponymous Pickle

TripleBlind raises $8.2 million Encrypted Data Science Platform

TripleBlind raises $8.2 million Encrypted Data Science Platform

 Most interesting Application here, note interaction of compliance.

TripleBlind raises $8.2 million for its Encrypted Data Science platform

Kyle Wiggers  @Kyle_L_Wiggers,  March 1, 2021 6:00 AM

TripleBlind, a Kansas City, Missouri…


From insideHPC

Purdue Engineers Developing Switch for Quantum Internet

Purdue Engineers Developing Switch for Quantum Internet

 Purdue University says engineers there have made progress on a new switch designed to enable a quantum internet supporting powerful quantum computers of the future. The method, demonstrated in a paper published in Optica, could…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Towards Decentralized Finance

Towards Decentralized Finance

Notable look at where this might be going.  Getting some reading that it is being much more broadly applied than expected.   But there remains some strongly based skepticism.  

Traditional Centralized Systems in Business & Finance…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Council Member Melanie E. Moses Article in Nautilus: How to Fix the Vaccine Rollout

CCC Council Member Melanie E. Moses Article in Nautilus: How to Fix the Vaccine Rollout

Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council Member, Professor of Computer Science at the University of New Mexico and External Faculty Member at the Santa Fe Institute, Melanie E. Moses, recently published an article in Nautilus…


From insideHPC

Core Scientific Achieves AWS HPC Competency Status

Core Scientific Achieves AWS HPC Competency Status

BELLEVUE, Wash., March 1, 2021 — Core Scientific, an infrastructure and software solutions provider for artificial intelligence and blockchain that is led by CEO Kevin Turner, the former COO of Microsoft, announced today that…


From insideHPC

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation Picks WekaIO Data Platform for Drug Discovery

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation Picks WekaIO Data Platform for Drug Discovery

CAMPBELL, Calif., March 2, 2021 – WekaIO (Weka), maker of fastest-growing data platform for artificial intelligence/machine learning, life sciences research and high performance data analytics (HPDA), today announced that the…


From insideHPC

Getting More Quantitative Analysis Modeling and Backtesting by Fixing Your Storage

Getting More Quantitative Analysis Modeling and Backtesting by Fixing Your Storage

HPC storage is under strain to deliver fast, shared dataset access for backtesting quantitative trading strategies. One solution is Panasas’ ActiveStor Ultra – a scalable, parallel, data storage system for reduced backtest times…


From insideHPC

Deloitte Teams with Nvidia on Deloitte Center for AI Computing

Deloitte Teams with Nvidia on Deloitte Center for AI Computing

Consulting firm Deloitte today announced the launch of the Deloitte Center for AI Computing, designed to accelerate development of artificial intelligence solutions for Deloitte clients. Built on NVIDIA’s DGX A100 systems , the…


From insideHPC

ECP Announces 2021 Community Birds-of-a-Feather Days

ECP Announces 2021 Community Birds-of-a-Feather Days

March 1, 2021 – The US Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has announced the ECP 2021 Community BOF Days, Birds-of-a-Feather sessions for the high performance computing (HPC) community. BOFs offer various …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Space Hotel being Planned for 2025

Space Hotel being Planned for 2025

Cost details lacking but plans starting. 

World's first space HOTEL to begin construction in low Earth orbit in 2025 complete with restaurants, cinemas and rooms for up to 400 guests

Experts from Orbital Assembly Corporation plan…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Cloud Satellites: Watson and the Edge

IBM Cloud Satellites:  Watson and the Edge

Towards more secure data via satellites.  Secure Data as a Service.

IBM Cloud Satellite Enables Clients to Deliver Cloud Securely in Any Environment Including at the Edge 

Lumen Technologies is a key edge compute partner to integrate…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Catalyzing Computing Podcast Episode 31 – Autonomous Flight and Landing on Mars with Behçet Açikmeşe (Part 1)

Catalyzing Computing Podcast Episode 31 – Autonomous Flight and Landing on Mars with Behçet Açikmeşe (Part 1)

A new episode of the Computing Community Consortium‘s (CCC) official podcast, Catalyzing Computing, is now available. In this episode, Khari Douglas (CCC Senior Program Associate) interviews Dr. Behçet Açikmeşe. Behçet was a…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Artificial Intelligence is Critical to National Security, Defense, U.S. Economy, and Worthy of Significant New Investment, Congressionally-chartered Commission Argues in Final Report

Artificial Intelligence is Critical to National Security, Defense, U.S. Economy, and Worthy of Significant New Investment, Congressionally-chartered Commission Argues in Final Report

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, a congressionally-chartered committee charged with reviewing AI and related technologies and making recommendations to address U.S. national security and defense needs…


From insideHPC

New Cornell Virtual HPC, Data Science, Machine Learning Workshops at XSEDE

New Cornell Virtual HPC, Data Science, Machine Learning Workshops at XSEDE

ITHACA, NY – Cornell University announced today that four new Cornell Virtual Workshop training topics are available at the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) User Portal: Getting Started on Frontera…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Global Variances in Digital Trust

Global Variances in Digital Trust

 Digital Trust, supposedly accurately measured.  Had not seen this before, probably useful if accurate.   The components of the measure also seem  they would be hard to generally measure.   And likely have   considerable variance…


From insideHPC

Panasas Expands Senior Team with Addition of Tech Veterans Todd Ruff and Brian Reed  

Panasas Expands Senior Team with Addition of Tech Veterans Todd Ruff and Brian Reed   

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – March 1, 2021 – Panasas announced today that Todd Ruff, vice president of marketing, and Brian Reed, vice president of product and alliances, have joined the company’s senior management team. Richio Aikawa…


From The Eponymous Pickle

DigiDog Policing Dog and Privacy

DigiDog Policing Dog and Privacy

Seems the outgrowth of the 'Spot' dog,  design from Boston Dynamics, which I have been following.  Here called DigiDog.  Not sure what this sure what this has to do with 'privacy', but clearly does have to do with the safetyDigidog…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tezos and Wolfram for Blockchain

Tezos and Wolfram for Blockchain

 New to me, and interesting, with quite a bit of detail and even sample code.  Will be examining smart contract implications.

Third-Generation Blockchain Functionality with Tezos and the Wolfram Language

As CEO of Wolfram Blockchain…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Makes Encryption Paradox Practical in IEEE Spectrum

IBM Makes Encryption Paradox Practical  in IEEE Spectrum

More on FHE and IBM.   From IEEE Spectrum ... 

IBM Makes Encryption Paradox Practical  in IEEE Spectrum

“Fully homomorphic” cryptography allows partial access to digital vaults without ever opening their locks

By Dan Garisto

HowIBM…


From insideHPC

HPC Industry Analyst Firm Intersect360 Research Hires Dan Olds as Chief Research Officer

HPC Industry Analyst Firm Intersect360 Research Hires Dan Olds as Chief Research Officer

SUNNYVALE, CA—March 1, 2021— HPC, AI and hyperscale analyst firm Intersect360 Research has named Dan Olds its chief research officer, effective March 1. A 25-year industry veteran, Olds comes to Intersect360 Research from OrionX…


From insideHPC

NERSC, ALCF, Codeplay Partner on SYCL GPU Compiler

NERSC, ALCF, Codeplay Partner on SYCL GPU Compiler

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) are working with Codeplay Software to enhance the LLVM SYCL GPU…

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