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December 2020


From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

UASG Announces New Working Group Leadership for 2021

UASG Announces New Working Group Leadership for 2021

The Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) Administrative Group is pleased to announce the UA working group leadership selections for the 2021 term (1 January-31 December 2021). UA working group members were able to self-nominate…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

In 2011, I predicted that the iPhone would have 1TB of storage in 2020

In 2011, I predicted that the iPhone would have 1TB of storage in 2020

Someone reminded me of a prediction I made in 2011: Your iPhone will have 1TB of storage by 2020, assuming exponential growth, see my plot: http://t.co/iDiT1J7y — Daniel Lemire (@lemire) November 18, 2011 At the time, an iPhone…


From Schneier on Security

Investigating the Navalny Poisoning

Investigating the Navalny Poisoning

Bellingcat has investigated the near-fatal poisoning of Alexey Navalny by the Russian GRU back in August. The details display some impressive traffic analysis. Navalny got a confession out of one of the poisoners, displaying …


From insideHPC

The Dell Technologies HPC Community Interviews: 2 Dell Distinguished Engineers Talk Compute Optimization and Extreme Scaling Problem Areas

The Dell Technologies HPC Community Interviews: 2 Dell Distinguished Engineers Talk Compute Optimization and Extreme Scaling Problem Areas

In this interview, we speak with Garima Kochbar and Michael Pittaro, distinguished engineers at the Dell EMC HPC & AI Innovation Lab, which designs solutions at the leading edge of emerging technologies. Both of them are active…


From insideHPC

SiPearl Joins ETP4HPC to Help Drive Europe’s Sovereignty for HPC

SiPearl Joins ETP4HPC to Help Drive Europe’s Sovereignty for HPC

SiPearl, the company designing the high-performance, low-power microprocessor for the European exascale supercomputer, is joining ETP4HPC, an association that groups together the leading European players for high performance …


From The Eponymous Pickle

More on SolarWind: A Kill Switch

More on SolarWind: A Kill Switch

 FireEye on the SolarWind backdoor, from last week.

And work by Microsoft on the problem:

FireEye, Microsoft create kill switch for SolarWinds backdoor  By Lawrence Abrams in BleepingComputer

Microsoft, FireEye, and GoDaddy have…


From insideHPC

Report: Global 5G Coverage to Grow 253% by 2025

Report: Global 5G Coverage to Grow 253% by 2025

Data presented by Bankr indicates that the 5G technology global coverage will grow by  253.84 percent in the next five years. By 2025, about 53 percent of the global population at 4.14 billion will have access to the technology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hyundai Buys Boston Dynamics

Hyundai Buys Boston Dynamics

More on this, implications?  From what I have seen the largely remotely operated tele-robotic systems have particular value in remote security and remote data and information gathering and analysis.   Adding a particularly impactful…


From insideHPC

Rich Brueckner Scholarship Awards: The HPC Community Steps Up

Rich Brueckner Scholarship Awards: The HPC Community Steps Up

The year 2020 will stand out in our memories, and sad to say, many of those memories are not happy ones. In the HPC community, this includes the untimely passing in May of Rich Brueckner, editor-in-chief of this publication and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Wants to Train 29 Million People to Work in the Cloud

Amazon Wants to Train 29 Million People to Work in the Cloud

 We are already there and working hard, but how that will be done efficiently still remains to be established.  

Amazon Wants to Train 29 Million People to Work in the Cloud

The Wall Street Journal,  Chip Cutter

Amazon plans to…


From Schneier on Security

Eavesdropping on Phone Taps from Voice Assistants

Eavesdropping on Phone Taps from Voice Assistants

The microphones on voice assistants are very sensitive, and can snoop on all sorts of data:

In Hey Alexa what did I just type? we show that when sitting up to half a meter away, a voice assistant can still hear the taps you make…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Toward Hybrid Approaches of Problem Solving

Toward Hybrid Approaches of Problem Solving

 We knew this long ago, but only since approaches like machine learning have done some surprising things have we become ready for more contextually useful advances.  

Ushering in the third wave of AI   By Tolga Kurtoglu Head of…


From insideHPC

GIGABYTE Joins MLCommons to Accelerate the Machine Learning Community

GIGABYTE Joins MLCommons to Accelerate the Machine Learning Community

Taipei, Taiwan, December 22nd 2020 – GIGABYTE Technology, (TWSE: 2376), a maker of high-performance servers and workstations, today announced GIGABYTE as one of the founding members of MLCommons, an open engineering consortium…


From insideHPC

Massive Scalable Cloud Storage for Cloud Native Applications

Massive Scalable Cloud Storage for Cloud Native Applications

In this comprehensive technology white paper, "Massive Scalable Cloud Storage for Cloud Native Applications,"written by Evaluator Group, Inc. on behalf of Red Hat, we delve into OpenShift, a key component of Red Hat's portfolio…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Limitations of Deep Learning

Limitations of Deep Learning

About limitations of deep learning problems with higher dimensional data. Technical.

Geometric Deep Learning Advances Data Science   By Samuel Greengard

Communications of the ACM, January 2021, Vol. 64 No. 1, Pages 13-15

10.1145…


From insideHPC

Beyond Limits Aligns its AI with Nvidia in Energy Discovery Sector

Beyond Limits Aligns its AI with Nvidia in Energy Discovery Sector

AI company Beyond Limits today said it will collaborate with Nvidia on joint strategies leveraging Nvidia technical support and GPU-optimized AI software, including containers, models and application frameworks from the Nvidia…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Is it the Year the Password will Die?

Is it the Year the Password will Die?

Still a few things to think through,  but looking forward to it. 

Microsoft: 2021 is the Year Passwords Die    By Neowin

Removing the password. 

Microsoft is making an effort to transition people to passwordless solutions.

Microsoft…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Thinking Assistive Disaster AI

Thinking Assistive Disaster AI

A clear example of the interactions of sensors, logic, decisions and leveraging experience.  Some general ideas of the possibilities.

Assistive AI in Decreasing Natural Disaster Damage

Assistive AI is an invaluable tool to minimize…


From insideHPC

Accern Upgrades No-Code, AI Platform with Features for Financial Services

Accern Upgrades No-Code, AI Platform with Features for Financial Services

New York, December 18, 2020 — Accern Corporation, a no-code, artificial intelligence (AI) company, today released an upgrade of its platform providing designed for easy navigation, accelerated performance and customizable features…


From BLOG@CACM

From Solar Sunrise to SolarWinds

From Solar Sunrise to SolarWinds

The hack of critical departments of the U.S. government—and of many leading corporations—should come as no surprise.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Security with Threat Hunting

Security with Threat Hunting

Is this ultimately the means to thwarting security failures?

Threat Hunting Offsets the Technology Gaps

Caitlin Mattingly, Recorded Future

Our guest this week is John Ayers, Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Product Officer…


From insideHPC

Juniper Research: Driven by 5G, Edge Computing Investment by Network Operators to Hit $8.3B by 2025

Juniper Research: Driven by 5G, Edge Computing Investment by Network Operators to Hit $8.3B by 2025

Hampshire, UK – A study from Juniper Research has found that network operator spend on MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing) will grow from $2.7 billion in 2020, to $8.3 billion in 2025, as operators invest heavily in upgrading network…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Why Business Transformation Projects Often Fail

Why Business Transformation Projects Often Fail

 Thoughts and links from an IBM exec we worked with: 

Why Business Transformation Efforts Often Fail  by Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A 2019 study found that the average digitization level across all industry sectors was only around…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Eye Movements Predicting Mental Health

Eye Movements Predicting Mental Health

What appears to be a reasonable pattern detection type application

AI gauges the mental health of cancer patients through eye movements

It's an early project, but shows potential.

Jon Fingas, @jonfingas  in Engadget

Good mental health…


From insideHPC

GSA: 5G Passes Network and Device Milestones in 2020

GSA: 5G Passes Network and Device Milestones in 2020

21st December 2020, London – The Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) today reported that 2020 has seen sustained investment in, and deployment of, 5G globally, with over 85 live networks and 300 devices now commercially…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Netflix Digital Experiments with Content Decisions

Netflix Digital Experiments with Content Decisions

With lots of interesting links to presentations I am looking at.   How Netflix works with its content has always interested me.   Exploring this:

Netflix at MIT CODE 2020

Netflix Technology Blog

In November, Netflix was a proudEskil…


From The Noisy Channel

The 3 Rs of Search: Relevance, Recall, and Ranking

The 3 Rs of Search: Relevance, Recall, and Ranking

In grade school, we were taught the three Rs: reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic. In search, we can be thankful that the three Rs actually start with the letter R: relevance, recall, and ranking.

Relevance

Relevance is the primeunderstanding…


From insideHPC

Unleash the Future of Innovation with HPC & AI

Unleash the Future of Innovation with HPC & AI

This whitepaper, "Unleash the Future of Innovation with HPC & AI," reviews how cutting-edge solutions from Supermicro and NVIDIA are enabling customers to transform and capitalize on HPC and AI innovation. Data is the driving…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Decoding the Neural Activity of Computer Programming

Decoding the Neural Activity of Computer Programming

Intriguing, especially as it differs from other intense activity.    Is age dependence very different from individual dependence?  Language vs logic?  Kinds and method of scans? 

Scientists Decode Neural Mechanisms of Computer…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Occams Razor and Ensemble Learning

Occams Razor and Ensemble Learning

Thoughtful piece.  Much more at the link.   Here the intro:

Ensemble Learning Algorithm Complexity and Occam’s Razor   by Jason Brownlee on December 21, 2020 in Ensemble Learning 

Occam’s razor suggests that in machine learning…