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January 2022


From insideHPC

Hyperion Research: ‘Exceptional’ Global HPC Growth in 2021

Hyperion Research: ‘Exceptional’ Global HPC Growth in 2021

Although many vendor-reported figures for the fourth quarter aren’t available yet, high performance computing (HPC) market analyst firm Hyperion Research said “it’s clear 2021 will be an exceptionally strong growth year for the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blood Clot Screw

Blood Clot Screw

 Like the  implied visualization

The microrobot has a helical structure like a propeller. Corkscrew-Shaped Robot Swims Through Blood Vessels to Clear Blockages

New Scientist, Alex Wilkins, January 10, 2021

Researchers at the Chinese…


From BLOG@CACM

Superhero Secret Identities Aren't Possible with Today's Computing Technologies

Superhero Secret Identities Aren't Possible with Today's Computing Technologies

In comic books, most superheroes have a secret identity, usually to protect their friends and family from retribution. However, today’s computer technology would make it impossible for a superhero to maintain their secret identity…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Eliminating some Quantum Computations

Eliminating some Quantum Computations

Fascinating piece, with it seems big implications, see the full thing in QuantaMag pointed to below.  Look forward to see the implications in such futuristic machines.

Computer Scientists Eliminate Pesky Quantum Computations

By…


From Computational Complexity

Personal Reflections on Dick Lipton in honor of his 1000th blog/75th bday.

 Is it an irony that Lipton's 1000th post and 75th bday are close together? No. Its a coincidence. People use irony/paradox/coincidence interchangeably. Hearing people make that mistake makes me literally want to strangle them…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Monitizing Personal Data

Monitizing Personal Data

 Repeated after reading, well done.   Did a big project on related questions and how they drove decisions.

Monetizing Your Personal DataBy Keith Kirkpatrick

Communications of the ACM, January 2022, Vol. 65 No. 1, Pages 17-19,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Can or Will AI Destroy Education?

Can or Will AI Destroy Education?

Not till it can become very adaptive to many contexts.  Replacing if it does better than teachers perhaps.

Many contexts are at play. Selective humans are still the most adaptive teachers. Great Question.

Will AI Destroy Education…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Lower Cost, complexity Recording Brain Activity

Lower Cost, complexity Recording Brain Activity

 Recording a test subject’s brain activity. Device Developed for Easier Link Between Brain, Computer, Body

Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Russia), January 19, 2022  in SkolTech

A customizable brain activity recording…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Palm Scans Clothing Checkouts

Amazon Palm Scans Clothing Checkouts

 ACM TECHNEWS

Amazon looks further in the complexity of checkout, aims to be seamless. 

Amazon Opening 30,000-Sq.-Ft. Store with QR Codes, Palm-Scanning Checkout

By The Washington Post, January 21, 2022 in CACM

Amazon will open a…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wharton on the Economy this Year

Wharton on the Economy this Year

Where are we going?  

What’s Ahead for the U.S. Economy in 2022

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST:

Wharton’s Jeremy Siegel speaks with Wharton Business Daily on SiriusXM about what’s ahead for the U.S. economy and the stock market in 2022.

Podcast…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Great Resignation: How to Combat the Knowledge Drain Effect

The Great Resignation: How to Combat the Knowledge Drain Effect

 Not too different from other kinds of knowledge loss, though accelerated.  Tried many efforts to address this, rarely effective ..... '

The Great Resignation: How to Combat the Knowledge Drain Effect

One of the greatest threats…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

SWAR explained: parsing eight digits

SWAR explained: parsing eight digits

It is common to want to parse long strings of digits into integer values. Because it is a common task, we want to optimize it as much as possible. In the blog post, Quickly parsing eight digits, I presented a very quick way to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reliability of Contract Tracing

Reliability of Contract Tracing

Related to above, considerable piece brief intro below.

How Reliable Is Smartphone-Based Electronic Contact Tracing for COVID-19?

By Philipp H. Kindt, Trinad Chakraborty, Samarjit Chakraborty

Communications of the ACM, January 2022…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Clip Detects COVID

Clip Detects COVID

Intriguing concept, Complete  capabilities and how it is meant to integrate with consumer's behavior and status is unclear.

Yale researcher teams develops wearable clip to detect COVID

The clip is intended to complement at-home…


From BLOG@CACM

Common Mistakes When Building BI Dashboards

Common Mistakes When Building BI Dashboards

Business Intelligence is not only about reporting; you should be telling a story through data.


From insideHPC

Quantum: Atom Computing Raises $60M Series B Funding

Quantum: Atom Computing Raises $60M Series B Funding

January 20, 2022 — Berkeley, CA — Atom Computing, maker of a quantum computer made of nuclear-spin qubits from optically-trapped neutral atoms, today announced closure of a $60M Series B round. Third Point Ventures led the round…


From insideHPC

@HPCpodcast: Zettascale Is Coming – But What About Exascale?

@HPCpodcast: Zettascale Is Coming – But What About Exascale?

After SC21, Patrick Kennedy at Serve the Home got a scoop when he met with Raja Koduri, SVP/GM of Intel’s Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics (AXG) Group, to discuss Intel’s zettascale projections and plans, anticipating…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Meta Jumps into NFTs

Meta Jumps into NFTs

NFTs getting a further indication of reality.  A deepening of generalized asset fungification?

Meta reportedly plans to bring NFTs into Facebook and InstagramBY KYT DOTSON  in SliconAngle

Meta Platforms Inc., formerly Facebook…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Opening Genomics Data to All

Opening Genomics Data to All

Boon to future research by opening data. 

Cloud-Based Platform Opens Genomics Data to All

By Johns Hopkins University, January 19, 2022

A team co-led by a Johns Hopkins University computer scientist has created a cloud-based platform…


From insideHPC

ORNL: Updated Exascale Earth Simulation Model Delivers 2X Speed

ORNL: Updated Exascale Earth Simulation Model Delivers 2X Speed

  Oak Ridge National Laboratory announced today that a new version of the Energy Exascale Earth System Model, or E3SM, is two times faster than an earlier version released in 2018. Earth system models have weather-scale resolution…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Fully Autonomous Tractors

Fully Autonomous Tractors

More examples of autonomy in use.

John Deere debuts fully autonomous tractor at CES

BY DUNCAN RILEY  in SiliconAngle

Agricultural hardware maker John Deere today debuted a fully autonomous tractor at the 2022 Consumer Electronics…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Dinner! Drinks! Denominators!

Mathematics is only a systematic effort of solving puzzles posed by nature—Shakuntala Devi. source—note MoMath cap Peter Winkler is featured in the current issue of the New Yorker magazine. Peter is a famous Dartmouth mathematics…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the EU Digital Services Act

On the EU Digital Services Act

What will it cover and what are the implications?

EXPLAINER: How sweeping EU rules would curb tech companies  in TechExplore  by Kelvin Chan

Online companies would have to ramp up efforts to keep harmful content off their platforms…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Fast Can Quantum Computers Process Information?

How Fast Can Quantum Computers Process Information?

Fundamental question.   Always thinking back to the complexity question being posed.  

How Fast Can Quantum Computers Process Information?

By The Jerusalem Post, December 29, 2021

Physicists at Germany's University of Bonn and the…


From insideHPC

Quantum in the News: IBM Touts ‘Entanglement Forging’ Simulation; Multiverse Launches Quantum-based Stock Valuations

Quantum in the News: IBM Touts ‘Entanglement Forging’ Simulation; Multiverse Launches Quantum-based Stock Valuations

Quantum is in the news this week, with IBM today announcing new research on its “entanglement forging” simulation method and Multiverse Computing launching  a quantum-based method for financial institutions to calculate the fair…


From BLOG@CACM

How to Teach Mathematical Disciplines for IT Specialties

How to Teach Mathematical Disciplines for IT Specialties

Revision of the foundations of teaching mathematics for IT specialties is needed.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Generating Good Random Numbers for Encryption

Generating Good Random Numbers for Encryption

 Ultimately having good unpredictable randomness is essential for encoding and thus security.

Overloaded Memory Chips Generate Truly Random Numbers for Encryption  By New Scientist, January 13, 2022

Generating truly random numbers…


From BLOG@CACM

Mental Self-Check

Mental Self-Check

Who is crazy: the rest of the world, or I?


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Turns Rembrandt into Data

AI Turns Rembrandt into Data

Interesting look into the information in a complex image.

AI Turned a Rembrandt Masterpiece into 5.6 Terabytes of Data

Popular Science, Purbita Saha, January 11, 2022

The Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands has posted an ultra-high-resolution…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA Announces Release 1.1 of AI Enterprise Suite

NVIDIA Announces Release 1.1 of AI Enterprise Suite

NVIDIA has announced release 1.1 of its AI Enterprise software suite. It includes production support for containerized AI with the NVIDIA software on VMware vSphere with Tanzu, previously available only on a trial basis. NVIDIA…