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September 2019


From insideHPC

New Liquid Cooled AMD EPYC 7H12 Processor Breaks Performance Records

New Liquid Cooled AMD EPYC 7H12 Processor Breaks Performance Records

Today AMD announced a new addition to the 2nd Generation AMD EPYC family, the AMD EPYC 7H12 processor. The 64 core/128 thread, 2.6Ghz base frequency, 3.3Ghz max boost frequency, 280W TDP processor is specifically built for HPC…


From insideHPC

DOE Funds Quantum Computing and Networking Research

DOE Funds Quantum Computing and Networking Research

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $60.7 million in funding to advance the development of quantum computing and networking. "We are on the threshold of a new era in Quantum Information Science and quantum computing…


From insideHPC

Research Findings: HPC-Enabled AI

Research Findings: HPC-Enabled AI

Steve Conway from Hyperion Research gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. "AI adds fourth branch to the scientific method, inferencing. Inferencing complements theory, experiments and established simulation methods. Essentially…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Perspective about AI

Google Perspective about AI

No doubt Google is doing lots of internal and external work with AI, so their perspective about use is useful.  Non technical and fairly balanced. 

CIOs: Here’s How Google is Approaching AI
A team of experts learned from their

Artificial…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CS for Social Good Award Announcement!

CS for Social Good Award Announcement!

Earlier this summer, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) announced a joint white paper competition with Schmidt Futures on the future of “CS for Social Good.” Schmidt Futures, founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt, is a philanthropic…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Assistant Advances Languages

Google Assistant Advances Languages

Have now been using Google assistant bilingually for about a year, with multiple voices as I explore them.    Impressive work, everybody needs language assistance. 

Google Assistant gets new voice options in nine more languages…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Where Blockchain Will be Delivered

Where Blockchain Will be Delivered

Starting to see this trend, since the data involved is already in ERP and CRM.

Gartner: Blockchain will be nothing more than an add-on for ERP, CRM software

The distributed ledger technology has already become highly fragmented…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Breaking Things Productively

Breaking Things Productively

Have never used Chaos engineering, but the idea is interesting. Second read about the concept:

How to Use Chaos Engineering to Break Things Productively  by  Sam Bocetta in Infoq

More people connected to more servers, increased…


From Schneier on Security

Cracking Forgotten Passwords

Cracking Forgotten Passwords

Expandpass is a string expansion program. It's "useful for cracking passwords you kinda-remember." You tell the program what you remember about the password and it tries related passwords. I learned about it in this article about…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analytics Translators

Analytics Translators

I did this kind of thing for some time in the enterprise, we did not call it a translator, but helped execs and other decision makers understand the results of analytics, interface with our contractors and also to commission

Mckinsey…


From insideHPC

NSF Grant to help develop cyberinfrastructure across Midwest

NSF Grant to help develop cyberinfrastructure across Midwest

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.4 million grant to a team of experts led by Timothy Middelkoop, assistant teaching professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering in the University of Missouri’s…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA TensorRT 6 Breaks 10 millisecond barrier for BERT-Large

NVIDIA TensorRT 6 Breaks 10 millisecond barrier for BERT-Large

Today, NVIDIA released TensorRT 6, which includes new capabilities that dramatically accelerate conversational AI applications, speech recognition, 3D image segmentation for medical applications, as well as image-based applications…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reminder: Talk Today: Mixed integer Programming and Machine Learning

Reminder: Talk Today:  Mixed integer Programming and Machine Learning

Highly recommended!   We used Mixed Integer Programming optimization methods for many years in the enterprise.   Especially for complex combinatorial decision making.  Nice to see this upcoming Webinar presenting it as complimentary…


From insideHPC

Dell EMC step up with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors

Dell EMC step up with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors

Dell EMC has launched new Ready Solutions for HPC with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors, offer improved performance for workloads such as computational fluid dynamics, climate and weather modeling. In recent testing, the PowerEdge…


From insideHPC

Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory comes to Oracle Exadata X8M

Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory comes to Oracle Exadata X8M

Today Oracle announced that it is incorporating the high performance capabilities of Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory into its next-generation Oracle Exadata X8M. "Oracle and Intel have integrated cutting-edge persistent memory…


From insideHPC

Gadi — Australia’s Newest Supercomputer

Gadi — Australia’s Newest Supercomputer

Allan Williams from NCI gave this talk at the Perth HPC Conference. "With 3,200 nodes, Gadi will power some of Australia’s most crucial research, seeking to solve some of the most complex and pressing challenges facing the world…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Health Data for Personal Use

Health Data for Personal Use

 Just heard this podcast, was on my reading list, regarding https://Doc.AI  an interesting model  about using health data.   Some good thoughts in the podcast.  Creating health models based on personal data.  And offering to

Similarly…


From The Eponymous Pickle

In China: Smile to Pay

In China:  Smile to Pay

Seeming to be expanding in China.   Payment here, but to what degree also product recognition and tallying?

Smile-to-Pay: Chinese Shoppers Turn to Facial Payment Technology  in the Guardian

China is embracing facial payment technology…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Book Review: "Tools and Weapons"

Book Review: "Tools and Weapons"

"Tools and Weapons" by Brad Smith and Carol Ann Browne is a look at some important computing issues through a Microsoft lens. It is a pretty revealing look as the authors write seriously about the thinking behind Microsoft’sI…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Separating Words: Decoding a Paper

A clever trick on combining automata John Robson has worked on various problems including what is still the best result on separating words—the topic we discussed the other day. Ken first knew him for his proof than checkers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Computing Power and a Quest for Intelligence

Computing Power and a Quest for Intelligence

Interesting piece in MIT news today on their work with IBM and Google to receive a supercomputer,  and get Google Cloud Credits, and the implications of how these will be used in a 'Quest for Intelligence'.   Thoughtful points…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Including Smart Sensors in Building Design

Including Smart Sensors in Building Design

Pointing to new studies about smart building architectural design.

Using smart sensor technology in building design in TechXplore   by San Diego State University

Have lights turned on automatically when you walk into a room? Does…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Workshop Report Released: Identifying Research Challenges in Post Quantum Cryptography Migration and Cryptographic Agility

CCC Workshop Report Released:  Identifying Research Challenges in Post Quantum Cryptography Migration and Cryptographic Agility

David Ott (VMware Research) and Chris Peikert (University of Michigan) provided contributions to this post.  On January 31-February 1, 2019, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) held a workshop in Washington, D.C. to discuss…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Extreme Power and Cooling Efficiency at DownUnder Geosolutions

Podcast: Extreme Power and Cooling Efficiency at DownUnder Geosolutions

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at an interesting presentation on Power and Cooling by Stuart Midgley from DownUnder Geosolutions. Their 250 Petaflop “Bubba” supercomputer uses immersive cooling for extreme density…


From insideHPC

Call for Submissions: ISC 2020 Contributed Program

Call for Submissions: ISC 2020 Contributed Program

ISC 2020 has issued it Call for Submissions for its Contributed Program. The conference takes place June 21-25, 2020, in Frankfurt, Germany and will be attended by over 3,700 attendees and 160 exhibitors. The event will continue…


From insideHPC

ExaNeSt Project Successfully Builds Prototype for Exascale

ExaNeSt Project Successfully Builds Prototype for Exascale

In this video, researchers describe the results from the ExaNeSt project. "The prototype is now successfully built, demonstrating energy efficiency in a High-Performance Computing (HPC) testbed: the energy consumed for solving…


From insideHPC

Video: The SX Aurora TSUBASA (Vector Engine)

Video: The SX Aurora TSUBASA (Vector Engine)

Deepak Pathania from NEC gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. "The NEC Vector Engine Processor was developed using 16 nm FinFET process technology for extreme high performance and low power consumption. The Vecor Engine Processor…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Exposure in a Supply Chain

Exposure in a Supply Chain

Interesting examination of a massive supply chain and its exposure to threats.   Seems any complex supply chain should have this done, and repeated as contexts change.

Here are 3 key players in Apple’s massive supply chain
By Ethan…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Reproduce-ability Crisis

AI Reproduce-ability Crisis

Science requires enough information to reproduce a result that is claimed.   But does not mean that a result cannot be consistently useful even if not formally 'reproduced',   And what then does 'reproducing'  mean?  It will

Notable…


From Computational Complexity

this paper from 2015 cracks Diffie-Hellman. What to tell the students?

I am teaching cryptography this semester for the second time (I taught it in Fall 2019) and will soon tell the students about the paper from 2015:

Imperfect Forward Secrecy: How Diffie-Hellman Fails in Practice. There are 14