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October 2021


From insideHPC

Univ. of Nebraska Seeks $50M Fed Funding for HPC Center Expansion

Univ. of Nebraska Seeks $50M Fed Funding for HPC Center Expansion

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is seeking $50 million in federal dollars via the American Rescue Plan to fund supercomputing expansion to university’s Holland Computing Center. According to an article on its Nebraska Today…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Interacting with Computers Through Smell

Interacting with Computers Through Smell

In our innovation spaces we also looked at 'communication', and sales via smell and taste.  Since at the time we were makers of some very large coffee blends.    We worked with simulations of blends and how people interactedInteracting…


From Computational Complexity

C++ is for Cookie and That's Good Enough for Me

Potbelly, a local sandwich chain, made me an offer I couldn't refuse: change my password and earn a free (and quite tasty) oatmeal chocolate chip cookie. A free cookie is a great motivator, and checking that this wasn't somePotbelly…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Using AI in Particle Physics

Using AI in Particle Physics

An old interest of mine, how can AI be applied?   An investigation.  A further question:  How can AI be used generally elsewhere as a means to 'drill' into a complex space, with known rules,  play with their testing and extension…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Physics Nobel Prize for 2021

If I could explain it to the average person, I wouldn’t have been worth the Nobel Prize— Richard Feynman Composite from front-page source Giorgio Parisi has just been awarded the 2021 Physics Nobel Prize for his work on the disorder…


From The Eponymous Pickle

US Fed Gov AI Spending Increasing

US Fed Gov AI Spending Increasing

It appears in most the usual spaces.

Federal Government Spending on AI is Accelerating 

By AI Trends Staff  

AI is a major priority for US federal agencies and its adoption is accelerating, in part due to urgency following the COVID…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Combine Robots and Drones for Data and Compliance

Combine Robots and Drones for Data and Compliance

Makes much sense.   Have recently been following the usage of how drones and directed robotics are opening up data availability in the time and space dimensions.   And here also in the dimension of compliance.

Insurers Increase…


From insideHPC

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Receives Proclamations Celebrating 35 Years

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Receives Proclamations Celebrating 35 Years

Oct. 7, 2021 – Local, state and federal officials have recognized the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center’s (PSC’s) 35-year anniversary. US Congressman Mike Doyle; Governor Tom Wolf; PA State Senators Pat Stefano and John Sabatina…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Unilever Building a Stronger Social Playbook

Unilever Building a Stronger Social Playbook

Plans to include methods like livestreaming, shoppable media, group buying and gaming.   Note $3 Trillion mentioned below.

Unilever’s Social Commerce Playbook Adds New Start-up Platform

The Positive Beauty Growth Platform initiative…


From BLOG@CACM

Language Imitation Games and the Arrival of Broad and Shallow AI

Language Imitation Games and the Arrival of Broad and Shallow AI

On the impact of large language models.


From insideHPC

Chenbro Launches 2U Compact JBOD for High-Density Storage

Chenbro Launches 2U Compact JBOD for High-Density Storage

Taipei, Taiwan, October 7, 2021 – Chenbro (TWSE: 8210), designer and manufacturer of own-brand rackmount systems, has announced the compact 2U JBOD, the DS25224, which supports 24 x 2.5” tool-less SAS or SATA drives, with the…


From insideHPC

Samsung Claims First Open-source Software for CXL Memory Platform

Samsung Claims First Open-source Software for CXL Memory Platform

Samsung today introduced what it said is the first open-source software solution designed for the Compute Express Link (CXL) memory platform. The company said the Scalable Memory Development Kit (SMDK) builds on Samsung’s May…


From BLOG@CACM

Computers Were Originally Humans

Computers Were Originally Humans

Until the middle of the 20th century, computers were in fact humans who performed calculations.


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

Celebrating Technology Leaders – Machine Learning Careers: Looking Beyond the Hype

Celebrating Technology Leaders – Machine Learning Careers: Looking Beyond the Hype

So what is the gap between the popular (mis)understanding of ML potential and what the tools can actually deliver today? In the next episode of ACM-W “Celebrating Technology Leaders”, scheduled for October 20th at 3:00 PM ET/12…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New on D-Wave Quantum

New on D-Wave Quantum

If you have followed this blog, you know that I have followed D-Wave since nearly their beginning.  They introduced me to solving combinatoric models their way.  Today found the below a report by TechCrunch on how D-Wave to further…


From insideHPC

ExaWind: How Exascale-class HPC Will Help Optimize Skyscraper-sized Wind Turbines of the Future

ExaWind: How Exascale-class HPC Will Help Optimize Skyscraper-sized Wind Turbines of the Future

A wind power revolution is blowing through the U.S. electrical industry, and exascale-class supercomputing is expected to play an increasingly instrumental role in its growth. The Energy Information Administration puts wind power…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hint at Dystopian Futures

Hint at Dystopian Futures

Expected direction?

‘Dystopian world’: Singapore patrol robots stoke fears of surveillance state

Trial of robots to police ‘undesirable’ behaviour such as smoking or breaching social-distancing rules   in The Guardian

SingaporeFrom…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Home Depot Hires Wal-Mart

Home Depot Hires Wal-Mart

 Yes, an intriguing retail development.

Is Home Depot’s deal with Walmart a sign of bigger things to come?

by George Anderson

Home Depot is hiring Walmart to handle local deliveries for its stores.

The retailers revealed today that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Stuck in a Logic Box?

Stuck in a Logic Box?

Can think of a number of times. Can see how this could be added to ML delivered choices.

Are you stuck in a “logic box”?

Beware the trap of making a smart choice among flawed options.

In Strategy+Business by Adam Bryant

Many years…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Podcasting and all That

Podcasting and all That

Never related SAS to Podcasts. Then I saw the below.  Have been interested this kind of promotion/broadcasting that you can ingest as and where you want, and repeat as you need.  I even did an internal podcast for P&G when IWhy…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Science Books

Data Science Books

In KDNuggets:

Data Science books to start reading:   Good selection,   I would pick one or more that makes the most sense based on your current background and go from there. 

By Przemek Chojecki, CEO Contentyze

Data science is undoubtedly…


From insideHPC

ISC 2022 to Be Held in Hamburg, May 29-June 2

ISC 2022 to Be Held in Hamburg, May 29-June 2

Oct. 6, 2021 — The ISC High Performance 2022 conference will be held May 29-June 2, at Messe Hamburg, Germany, ISC’s first in-person conference and exhibition since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Regular attendees continue…


From insideHPC

NCSA’s Dan Katz Elected to Board of IEEE Computer Society

NCSA’s Dan Katz Elected to Board of IEEE Computer Society

National Center for Supercomputing Applications Chief Scientist Daniel S. Katz was elected to the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors for a three-year term beginning January 1, 2022. The BOG drives the Computer Society’s…


From insideHPC

HPC Center Stuttgart Celebrates 25 Years

HPC Center Stuttgart Celebrates 25 Years

Stuttgart, Germany – October 6, 2021 – Founded in 1996 as Germany’s first national high-performance computing (HPC) center, the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) has grown to become not just a key facility of…


From insideHPC

Quantum Company Rigetti Computing to Go Public via SPAC

Quantum Company Rigetti Computing to Go Public via SPAC

BERKELEY, Calif. — Oct. 6, 2021 — Rigetti & Co., Inc. (“Rigetti”), a pioneer in full-stack quantum computing, announced today it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Supernova Partners Acquisition Company II, Ltd…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machine Learning can Catch Natural Language Attacks

Machine Learning can Catch Natural Language Attacks

Particularly like the broad notion of 'honey pot' or attraction approach for threats.  Reading the broader article to see possible reapplication.

Honeypot Security Technique Can Stop Attacks in Natural Language Processing  ByA…


From insideHPC

MIT: Blockchain Could Secure Robot Team Communications

MIT: Blockchain Could Secure Robot Team Communications

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 5, 2021 — Imagine a team of autonomous drones equipped with advanced sensing equipment, searching for smoke as they fly high above the Sierra Nevada mountains. Once they spot a wildfire, these leader robots…


From insideHPC

Altair Updates Integrated Simulation and Analysis Portfolio

Altair Updates Integrated Simulation and Analysis Portfolio

TROY, Mich., Oct. 5, 2021 — Altair (Nasdaq: ALTR), maker of converged simulation, HPC and AI solutions, announced enhancements to its integrated portfolio of simulation and design tools. This update to Altair’s simulation software…


From insideHPC

EuroHPC Summit Week to Be Held March 22-24 in Paris

EuroHPC Summit Week to Be Held March 22-24 in Paris

The EuroHPC Summit Week 2022 will take place from 22 to 24 March in Paris. The conference will be hosted by GENCI, the French HPC agency, and organised by PRACE, the HPC-GIG project and ETP4HPC.  Save the dates! The EuroHPC Summit…


From insideHPC

Infratil Limited Invests in Kao Data Centre Expansion Plans

Infratil Limited Invests in Kao Data Centre Expansion Plans

October 5, 2021 – London – Colo data centre services provider Kao Data has recently signed an agreement to acquire two UK data centres with a long-term anchor lease from a large financial services business. This purchase will…