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December 2019


From insideHPC

Call for Papers: HPML2020 High Performance Machine Learning Workshop

Call for Papers: HPML2020 High Performance Machine Learning Workshop

The third High Performance Machine Learning Workshop has issued its Call for Papers. HPML2020 takes place May 11, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia in conjunction with CCGrid 2020. "This workshop is intended to bring together the …


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Apply Now for the 8th Heidelberg Laureate Forum

Apply Now for the 8th Heidelberg Laureate Forum

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) recently announced the start of the application period to attend the 8th annual HLF, which will take place September 20–25, 2020 in Heidelberg, Germany. Organized by the Heidelberg Laureate…


From insideHPC

GIGABYTE Steps up with a Broad Array of Server Offerings for AI & HPC

GIGABYTE Steps up with a Broad Array of Server Offerings for AI & HPC

In this video from SC19, Peter Hanley from GIGABYTE describes how the company delivers a full range of server solutions for HPC, AI, and the Edge. "GIGABYTE is an industry leader in HPC, delivering systems with the highest GPU…


From insideHPC

Schneider Electric Launches Industry’s First Integrated Rack with Immersed, Liquid-Cooled IT for Data Centers

Schneider Electric Launches Industry’s First Integrated Rack with Immersed, Liquid-Cooled IT for Data Centers

Today Schneider Electric and Iceotope announced the industry’s first commercially-available integrated rack with chassis-based, immersive liquid cooling. Optimized for compute-intensive applications, the solution combines a high…


From insideHPC

Intel Horse Ridge Chip to Cryogenically Control Quantum Computers

Intel Horse Ridge Chip to Cryogenically Control Quantum Computers

Today Intel Labs unveiled what is believed a first-of-its-kind cryogenic control chip — code-named “Horse Ridge” — that will speed up development of full-stack quantum computing systems. Horse Ridge will enable control of multiple…


From insideHPC

AMD Readies EPYC for Exascale with ROCm at SC19

AMD Readies EPYC for Exascale with ROCm at SC19

In this video from SC19, Derek Bouius from AMD describes how the company's new EPYC processors and Radeon GPUs can speed HPC and Ai applications. With its EPYC processors, Radeon Instinct accelerators, Infinity Fabric technologies…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Business Transformation

Business Transformation

All in?   Most importantly to what.

Why your next transformation should be ‘all in'
from McKinsey By Chris Bradley, Marc de Jong, and Wesley Walden

Business transformation programs have long focused on productivity improvement—taking…


From Schneier on Security

Failure Modes in Machine Learning

Failure Modes in Machine Learning

Interesting taxonomy of machine-learning failures (pdf) that encompasses both mistakes and attacks, or -- in their words -- intentional and unintentional failure modes. It's a good basis for threat modeling....


From Computational Complexity

What do you call your ugrad non-algorithms theory course?

I am in the process of reviewing What can be computed: A Practical Guide to the Theory of Computation by John MacCormick and I need YOUR help for the first SENTENCE. 


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Héctor Garcia-Molina, 1953–2019

We all lost a great person Cropped from Mexican NotiCyTI obit Héctor Garcia-Molina died just before Thanksgiving. He was a computer scientist and Professor in both the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Wants to be Your Pharmacist (In two ways)

Amazon Wants to be Your Pharmacist (In two ways)

I just got an offer to do this.    Does not seem to be much different than what the big pharma retailers are doing.  No mention at all regarding if there was any discounting of costs involved.    Voice interaction mentioned .…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Noki Bell Labs Prize for Processor Solving Optimization Problems

Noki Bell Labs Prize for Processor Solving Optimization Problems

Note that the method combines quantum and classical methods in processors to solve discrete optimization problems.  These kinds of problems can be computationally very difficult and are commonly encountered.

"...Nokia Bell Labs…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Flight Simulator Eye Tracking

Flight Simulator Eye Tracking

More advances in eye tracking and associated  uses:

Tracking the Eye of the Pilot
ETH Zurich
Michael Keller
November 25, 2019

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Swiss International Air Lines, the…


From insideHPC

Microway Deployes NVIDIA DGX-1 and NumberSmasher GPU Server to Vyasa Analytics

Microway Deployes NVIDIA DGX-1 and NumberSmasher GPU Server to Vyasa Analytics

Today Microway the deployment of an NVIDIA DGX-1 supercomputer and Microway NumberSmasher Tesla GPU Server to deep-learning leader Vyasa Analytics. The new hardware enables Vyasa Analytics’ next phase of growth. "These systems…


From insideHPC

Podcast: SCR Scalable Checkpoint/Restart Paves the Way for Exascale

Podcast: SCR Scalable Checkpoint/Restart Paves the Way for Exascale

A software product called the Scalable Checkpoint/Restart (SCR) Framework 2.0 recently won an R&D 100 Award. In this episode, Elsa Gonsiorowski and Kathryn Mohror of LLNL discuss what SCR does, the challenges involved in creating…


From Putting People First

[Book] All the Ghosts in the Machine

[Book] All the Ghosts in the Machine

What happens to our data when we die? - A fascinating and really well-written book about digital legacy after death.


From Putting People First

Co-design at the BBC

Co-design at the BBC

On 5 October Dan Ramsden and Simone Ferraro, resp. creative director and UX architect at the BBC, gave a talk at the 2019 Architecta summit. Simone just published the talk's transcript.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Humans Seeing Through Animal Eyes

Humans Seeing Through Animal Eyes

Applications?

Humans Closer to Seeing Through the Eyes of Animals
University of Exeter (U.K.)
December 3, 2019

Researchers at Australia's University of Queensland (UQ) and the University of Exeter in the U.K. have developed a software…


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Rolls out AI Toothbrush

P&G Rolls out AI Toothbrush

Overkill or real value and engagement?  Good narrow context. The data about use should be interesting.

P&G rolls out $220 toothbrush with artificial intelligence

Procter & Gamble Co. is rolling out the Oral-B Genius X, a $220 electric…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Emotion Sensing Empathetic Robot in Space

Emotion Sensing Empathetic Robot in Space

An empath assistant.   Will this be a function of all future assistant models as well.  Or a dangerous, too close to home idea?   Good experiment in a closed context.

Emotion-sensing robot headed to International Space Station…


From The Eponymous Pickle

History of Natural Language Processing

History of Natural Language Processing

Interesting historical piece with hits about how things evolve.

Andrey Markov & Claude Shannon Counted Letters to Build the First Language-Generation Models

By Oscar Schwartz

This is part three of a six-part series on the history…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Drops Support for Explorer Version of Google Glass

Google Drops Support for Explorer Version of Google Glass

Like Microsoft, Google seems to be pointing their wearable VR to focused business applications. They are dropping updates for the explorer/consumer version, but for now will continue their Enterprise system.

Google is ending support…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (December 7th 2019)

Science and Technology links (December 7th 2019)

Incredibly, there is a new simpler way to solve the quadratic formula. I used to rely on the completion of the square, but this is better! There is a video report on the finding. Surgeons are putting patients in suspended animation…


From insideHPC

Team RACKLette from ETH Zurich steps up at the SC19 Student Cluster Competition

Team RACKLette from ETH Zurich steps up at the SC19 Student Cluster Competition

In this video from SC19, Thor Goebel and Emir Isman from ETH Zurich Team RACKLette describe their system configuration in the Student Cluster Competition. "We are a team of motivated students from ETH Zürich in Switzerland with…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google DeepMind Links ID with Decision Process

Google DeepMind Links ID with Decision Process

Quite an interesting claim.   The use of deep learning methods to identify problems using data and then applying process embedded solutions.   Here in the area of medicine:  Diagnosing 3D retinal scans.  The method being more…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC Scientific Consultant at the University of Delaware

Job of the Week: HPC Scientific Consultant at the University of Delaware

"The Scientific Applications Consultant will work with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, primarily but not exclusively in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines and associated data …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Advanced Car Routing with Quantum Computing

Advanced Car Routing with Quantum Computing

Had heard this was being done over the last year or so., now more formally announced.   A Quantum Routing algorithm that predicts and optimizes traffic flow.  Using D-Wave technology called Quantum Annealing.    (In GreencarCongress)…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squidfall Safety

Friday Squid Blogging: Squidfall Safety

Watchmen supporting material. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. Read my blog posting guidelines here....


From The Eponymous Pickle

India Developing Blockchain Strategy

India Developing Blockchain Strategy

Expect to see more of this, both method, application emphasis and regulation, and likely smart contact approaches.

India is developing a national blockchain strategy 
November 27, 2019 
by Yogita Khatri in TheBlock

India’s Ministry…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

AMD Zen 2 and branch mispredictions

AMD Zen 2 and branch mispredictions

Intel makes some of the very best processors many can buy. For a long time, its main rival (AMD) failed to compete. However, its latest generation of processors (Zen 2) appear to roughly match Intel, at a lower price point. In…