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November 2019


From insideHPC

Are You Ready for the Exascale Era? Find Out at SC19

Are You Ready for the Exascale Era? Find Out at SC19

exascaleAs we head into the biggest supercomputing event of the year, all eyes are on exascale. The frontrunners in the race to exascale, including our friends over at Altair, will convene at SC19 in Denver this November to share updates…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Goes Multilingual

Alexa Goes Multilingual

I was brought up in a multilingual household, so the environment has always interested me.  I use Google assistant that way today.  But can I start a sentence in one language and end it in another?  Saw that in our own case.

Alexa…


From The Eponymous Pickle

6 Degree Intelligence

6 Degree Intelligence

Brought to my attention, note in particular the use of graph theory and strong data visualization.  Looking deeper:

6 Degree Intelligence

It’s getting harder to find hidden assets and identities

6 Degree Intelligence develops solutions…


From Schneier on Security

Technology and Policymakers

Technology and Policymakers

Technologists and policymakers largely inhabit two separate worlds. It's an old problem, one that the British scientist CP Snow identified in a 1959 essay entitled The Two Cultures. He called them sciences and humanities, and…


From Putting People First

NYTimes Magazine special issue on the future of the internet

NYTimes Magazine special issue on the future of the internet

Online Cesspool Got You Down? You Can Clean It Up, For a Price By Kevin Roose A new “luxury internet” is poised to make the online experience even more unequal than it already is. It’s not surprising that given the choice between…


From Putting People First

User experience as legitimacy trap

User experience as legitimacy trap

User experience as legitimacy trap by Paul Dourish (University of California, Irvine) What would it mean to be able to undertake HCI in a way that made questions of ethics and values central? The central charge to HCI is to nurture…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon's Planned New Grocery Store

Amazon's Planned New Grocery Store

Speculation on what Amazon is doing, with expert thoughts.

Amazon confirms it will open a grocery store not named Whole Foods  by George Anderson in Retilwire

When The Wall Street Journal reported in March that Amazon.com planned…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Reverse Mentoring

On Reverse Mentoring

Good overview of the concept.   Before the term was invented, we had a technology team which 'mentored' executives and key approaches.   Is not only about tech,  Was not age based,  and I don't think should be. 

How to Do It Right…


From insideHPC

Panasas to Showcase “Fastest HPC Parallel File System at any Price-Point” at SC19

Panasas to Showcase “Fastest HPC Parallel File System at any Price-Point” at SC19

"The next generation of PanFS on ActiveStor Ultra offers unlimited performance scaling in 4 GB/s building blocks, utilizing multi-tier intelligent data placement to maximize storage performance by placing metadata on low-latency…


From The Eponymous Pickle

End of Advertising

End of Advertising

Links to a number of talks on related  topics:

The End of Advertising  in Andreessen Horowitz  by Connie Chan

When Advertising isn't Enough

Editor’s note: It’s Summit Week at a16z, so each day we’re re-sharing some of our favorite…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deep Learning Hit a Wall?

Deep Learning Hit a Wall?

Insightful piece.  Have started to slow movement towards intelligence?   I think it even more fundamental than that, we still cant provide complex context for the intelligence we want to leverage

Deep Learning Has Hit a Wall, …


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

National Security Commission on AI (NSCAI) Interim Report- Public Conference Calls

National Security Commission on AI (NSCAI) Interim Report- Public Conference Calls

Last week, we shared the National Security Commission on AI‘s Interim Report as well as details about the corresponding conference held on November 6, Strength Through Innovation: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of U.S…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Not Too Easy and Not Too Hard

Not Too Easy and Not Too Hard

We’re covering Classes and Objects in my Programming Honors course this week. Specifically we are learning how to program classes in C# and use them in programs.  The struggle for me is to come up with classes that are interesting…


From insideHPC

Cortical.io Demonstrates Real-time Semantic Supercomputing for NLU

Cortical.io Demonstrates Real-time Semantic Supercomputing for NLU

Today Cortical.io announced the debut of a new class of high-performance enterprise applications based on “Semantic Supercomputing.” Semantic Supercomputing combines Cortical.io AI-based NLU software inspired by neuroscience …


From insideHPC

Call for Sessions: OpenFabrics Alliance Workshop in March

Call for Sessions: OpenFabrics Alliance Workshop in March

The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) has published a Call for Sessions for its 16th annual OFA Workshop. "The OFA Workshop 2020 Call for Sessions encourages industry experts and thought leaders to help shape this year’s discussions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

France Starts Nationwide Facial Recognition

France Starts Nationwide Facial Recognition

To do personal identification apparently.   China is also underway.  Note the linking to 'biometric identity databases'.  Challenges are starting.   Though they make a point of using it for Identifying, not monitoring.    But…


From insideHPC

Enabling HPC with Intel on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Enabling HPC with Intel on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Oracle Cloud Services built on Intel technology offers best-in-class services across software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and even lets you put Oracle Cloud in your…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Agents for Design

AI Agents for Design

Intrigued by integration of Design and AI.  Our early looks were at how to use a vast history of advertising to create new and effective marketing designs.

AI agents imitate engineers to construct effective new designs using visual…


From Schneier on Security

NTSB Investigation of Fatal Driverless Car Accident

NTSB Investigation of Fatal Driverless Car Accident

Autonomous systems are going to have to do much better than this. The Uber car that hit and killed Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Ariz., in March 2018 could not recognize all pedestrians, and was being driven by an operator likely…


From My Biased Coin

Allston : Students Should Speak Up

Allston :  Students Should Speak Up

I have had (as is pretty usual for me) some number of lunches with students this semester, and many of them asked me about the Computer Science move to Allston.  A lot of times, these questions are concerns:  what food will we…


From insideHPC

Cray and Fujitsu to bring Game-Changing Arm A64FX Processor to Global HPC Market

Cray and Fujitsu to bring Game-Changing Arm A64FX Processor to Global HPC Market

Today Cray and Fujitsu announced a partnership to offer high performance technologies for the exascale era. Under the alliance agreement, Cray is developing the first-ever commercial supercomputer powered by the Fujitsu A64FX…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Looking for a Quantum Internet

Looking for a Quantum Internet

A basis for a Quantum Internet?  Once that contains and is driven by quantum devices?  Technical paper linked to below.

A new quantum data classification protocol brings us nearer to a future "quantum internet"
Internet Quantica…


From insideHPC

Intel showcases New Class of AI Hardware from Cloud to Edge

Intel showcases New Class of AI Hardware from Cloud to Edge

Today Intel unveiled new products designed to accelerate AI system development and deployment from cloud to edge. "In its key announcement, Intel demonstrated its Intel Nervana Neural Network Processors (NNP) for training (NNP…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Unrolling your loops can improve branch prediction

Unrolling your loops can improve branch prediction

Modern processors predict branches (e.g., if-then clauses), often many cycles a ahead of time. When predictions are incorrect, the processor has to start again, an expensive process. Adding a hard-to-predict branch can multiply…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Great Innovative Idea: Co-LOD: Continuous Space Linked Open Data

Great Innovative Idea: Co-LOD: Continuous Space Linked Open Data

The following great innovative idea is from Mayank Kejriwal and Pedro Szekely from the University of Southern California. Kejriwal and Szekely were one of the Blue Sky Award winners at ISWC 2019 for their paper called Co-LOD:…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bob Herbold on Amazon's Success

Bob Herbold on Amazon's Success

From Bob Herbold's Blog:

Amazon’s Secrets to Success
Posted on November 12, 2019  

The article on Amazon’s master plan for success that appeared recently in the Atlantic magazine is a very interesting read. I was most impressed


From insideHPC

Department of Energy to Showcase World-Leading Science at SC19

Department of Energy to Showcase World-Leading Science at SC19

The DOE’s national laboratories will be showcased at SC19 next week in Denver, CO. "Computational scientists from DOE laboratories have been involved in the conference since it began in 1988 and this year’s event is no different…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Herman Miller Gets into Gaming

Herman Miller Gets into Gaming

We actively worked with Herman Miller innovation, so used their office layouts in our innovation centers.  So this is a bit of a surprise.

Herman Miller is getting into gaming
The famed furniture design company turns its attention…


From insideHPC

ETH Zurich up for Best Paper at SC19 with Lossy Compression for Large Graphs

ETH Zurich up for Best Paper at SC19 with Lossy Compression for Large Graphs

A team of researchers at ETH Zurich are working on a novel approach to solving increasingly large graph problems. "As the size of graph datasets grows larger, a question arises: Does one need to store and process the exact input…


From insideHPC

Get Infrastructure As-a-Service with new Dell Technologies On Demand

Get Infrastructure As-a-Service with new Dell Technologies On Demand

Today Dell rolled out Dell Technologies On Demand, a set of consumption-based and as-a-service offerings. “Dell Technologies On Demand makes it possible for organizations to plan, deploy and manage their entire IT footprint.They…