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May 2020


From The Eponymous Pickle

Combining Museum and a Lab

Combining Museum and a Lab

When we built our retail innovation spaces, which sought to help us understand what the future of these spaces when inserting innovations,  we looked at several museum solutions.  One approach would be to allow remote interactions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Automating Complex 3D Modeling

Automating Complex 3D Modeling

Better complex 3D models, that require less adjustments, can lead to beter understanding and manipulation and thus use of the model.

Automating Complex 3D Modeling
Sandia Labs News
April 27, 2020

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories…


From insideHPC

Increasing HPC Cluster Productivity Through System Resource Tracking

Increasing HPC Cluster Productivity Through System Resource Tracking

This white paper from Bright Computing, "Increasing HPC Cluster Productivity Through System Resource Tracking" addresses the necessary steps to give administrators, managers, and users the information they need to use HPC system…


From Schneier on Security

Ramsey Malware

Ramsey Malware

A new malware, called Ramsey, can jump air gaps: ESET said they've been able to track down three different versions of the Ramsay malware, one compiled in September 2019 (Ramsay v1), and two others in early and late March 2020…


From The Eponymous Pickle

5G Rollout Fine

5G Rollout Fine

What will the implications be for broad rollout of 5G?

Qualcomm President: 5G Rollout Is Doing Just Fine

Qualcomm has spent three decades working on the next big thing in wireless. The company’s sales peaked at $26.5 billion in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Humans and AI Work Better Together

Humans and AI Work Better Together

We determined this early on, the challenge remains on how to pass along the 'work' in context and asess the results and aportion the

Microsoft chief scientist: Humans and AI work better together than alone
Khari Johnson in VentureBeat…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data is the Most Important Thing

Data is the Most Important Thing

Or poor associated metadata.

Poor data quality is the leading cause of digital transformation failure. It’s time to prioritise data transformation!   in 7wdata

In a digitally empowered age, businesses across the globe have grand…


From insideHPC

Liqid, Dell, and AMD power Industry’s Fastest Single-socket Storage Server

Liqid, Dell, and AMD power Industry’s Fastest Single-socket Storage Server

Today Liqid announced that it has worked with industry leaders AMD and Dell Technologies to deliver one of the fastest one-socket storage rack servers on the market. "Liqid’s composable Gen-4 PCI-Express (PCIe) fabric technology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

SAS on How AI Changes the Rules

SAS on How AI Changes the Rules

Always liked SAS as a analytical problem solving company, here a new paper from them of interest, register for it at the link.

How AI Changes the Rules
New Imperatives for the Intelligent Organization

About this paper
Many leaders…


From insideHPC

GCS Centres in Germany support COVID-19 research with HPC

GCS Centres in Germany support COVID-19 research with HPC

Epidemiologists have turned to the power of supercomputers to model and predict how the disease spreads at local and regional levels in hopes of forecasting potential new hot spots and guiding policy makers' decisions in containing…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

The 2020 Y Prize

Can one maintain privacy while publicly congratulating? X Facemask src X, who shall go nameless here, recently won a prize for research. Today we congratulate X and wish to talk a bit about their work while safeguarding X’s identity…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Your Brand in a Voice Centered World

Your Brand in a Voice Centered World

Voice and Brand.    What ties them together to make them work, engage.   Stll not ure if the works unless your voice recognition and delivery is near perfect.  Good thoughts on connection if that is the case.

What Does It Mean…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Algol: Used it

Algol: Used it

Well, ok, used it.   For only historical purposes.   I have to record here it was one of the first languages I ever used professionally.  The article below well describes why it is relevant.  But things like this won't have very…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Splunk and Operational Machine Data

Splunk and Operational Machine Data

Been a while since I looked at the Splunk language and environment.   Used it in the enterprise for analyzing a stream of rapidly changing sensor measurements and adapting them for analysis.   Admit I rarely see it mentioned

"…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Transforming Objects in Image Editing

Transforming Objects in Image Editing

Interesting use of the ideaof learned transformation.   Could be used for example in editing images with their technical details to represent contextual details.

AI Taught to Instantly Transform Objects in Image-Editing Software…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Increasing complexity of Retail Interaction

Increasing complexity of Retail Interaction

Am now a more careful observer of store behavior.

What should retailers do about social distancing renegades?

by Tom Ryan in Retailwire   with expert commentary.

Last week, a security guard at a Family Dollar in Michigan was fatally…


From The Eponymous Pickle

About AI and Call Centers

About AI and Call Centers

How much will AI and chatbots replace call centers?  Will they ultimately carry on a complete and specific conversation that will solve a service problem most of the time?    Will there be trust and carry through and follow up…


From insideHPC

Video: Evolving Cyberinfrastructure, Democratizing Data, and Scaling AI to Catalyze Research Breakthroughs

Video: Evolving Cyberinfrastructure, Democratizing Data, and Scaling AI to Catalyze Research Breakthroughs

Nick Nystrom from the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center gave this talk at the Stanford HPC Conference. "The Artificial Intelligence and Big Data group at Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center converges Artificial Intelligence and high…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (May 16th 2020)

Science and Technology links (May 16th 2020)

Most of our processors, whether in our PCs or mobile phones, are 64-bit processors. In the case of your PC, it has been so for a couple of decades. Unfortunately, we have been stuck with 32-bit operating systems for a long time…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC Storage Infrastructure Engineer at NERSC

Job of the Week: HPC Storage Infrastructure Engineer at NERSC

NERSC is seeking an HPC Storage Infrastructure Engineer for its Storage Systems Group. This group is responsible for architecting, deploying, and supporting the high-performance parallel storage systems relied upon by NERSC's…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Vegan "Squid" Made from Chickpeas

Friday Squid Blogging: Vegan "Squid" Made from Chickpeas

It's beyond Beyond Meat. A Singapore company wants to make vegan "squid" -- and shrimp and crab -- from chickpeas. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ransomware Solution

Ransomware Solution

Quickly detects unauthorized encryption.

Software Developed by SMU Stops Ransomware Attacks
Southern Methodist University
May 13, 2020

Engineers at Southern Methodist University (SMU)'s Darwin Deason Institute for Cybersecurity have…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machine Learning in Retail

Machine Learning in Retail

 Not sure how complete it is, especially with the current state of the business.   More what than effetively how. I would do at least some embedded risk analysis here.   And better modeling of retail key process.  Still some

Complete…


From The Eponymous Pickle

McDonald’s Publishes Playbook for reopening Restaurants

McDonald’s Publishes Playbook for reopening Restaurants

Useful thoughts from a major player.  My own observation is that they have done an excellent job with the drive-through and pickup only operation.

McDonald’s publishes playbook for reopening restaurants
 With discussion and 17Retailwire…


From insideHPC

Video: Nimbus Data Unveils Next-Generation Storage OS and All-Flash Array

Video: Nimbus Data Unveils Next-Generation Storage OS and All-Flash Array

Today Nimbus Data announced an all-new solid state storage operating system (Nimbus Data AFX), all-new enterprise support program (Tectonic), and new all-flash array (ExaFlash One). "With its versatility, federated architecture…


From insideHPC

Perlmutter Supercomputer to Include more than 6,000 NVIDIA A100 processors

Perlmutter Supercomputer to Include more than 6,000 NVIDIA A100 processors

NERSC is among the early adopters of the new NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPU processor announced by NVIDIA this week. More than 6,000 of the A100 chips will be included in NERSC’s next-generation Perlmutter system, which is based…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs come to Oracle Cloud

NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs come to Oracle Cloud

Oracle is bringing the newly announced NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPU to its Oracle Gen 2 Cloud regions. "Oracle is enhancing what NVIDIA GPUs can do in the cloud,” said Vinay Kumar, vice president, product management, Oracle Cloud…


From insideHPC

AMD Wins Slot in Latest NVIDIA A100 Machine Learning System

AMD Wins Slot in Latest NVIDIA A100 Machine Learning System

Today AMD demonstrated continued momentum in HPC with NVIDIA’s announcement that 2nd Generation AMD EPYC 7742 processors will power their new DGX A100 dedicated AI and Machine Learning system. AMD has an impressive set of HPC…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Making the Real World Digital: AR Copy-Paste

Making the Real World Digital: AR Copy-Paste

Recall having the broad idea being brought up to transfer pieces of a real-world manufacturing plant into a process  model.  First for demonstration, and later even for pasting up a digital twin analytical model.   Why not merge…


From Schneier on Security

On Marcus Hutchins

On Marcus Hutchins

Long and nuanced story about Marcus Hutchins, the British hacker who wrote most of the Kronos malware and also stopped WannaCry in real time. Well worth reading....