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February 2020


From insideHPC

GigaIO Rolls Out Industry’s Highest Performance Top of Rack Switch and Network

GigaIO Rolls Out Industry’s Highest Performance Top of Rack Switch and Network

Today GigaIO announced the launch of FabreX Gen4. As the industry's first networking platform to be fully compatible with Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) 4.0, FabreX Gen4 doubles the network bandwidth to 512 …


From Schneier on Security

Firefox Enables DNS over HTTPS

Firefox Enables DNS over HTTPS

This is good news: Whenever you visit a website -- even if it's HTTPS enabled -- the DNS query that converts the web address into an IP address that computers can read is usually unencrypted. DNS-over-HTTPS, or DoH, encrypts…


From insideHPC

Video: Exploring the Dark Universe

Video: Exploring the Dark Universe

"Heitmann discusses an ambitious end-to-end simulation project that attempts to provide a faithful view of the Universe as seen through the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), a telescope currently under construction. She…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Framework to Predict Success of Big Data

Framework to Predict Success of Big Data

In the HBR,  thoughts on predicting the success of Big Data.

Use This Framework to Predict the Success of Your Big Data Project
By Carsten Lund Pedersen, Thomas Ritter

Big data projects that revolve around exploiting data for business…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simulation Systems for Manufacturing

Simulation Systems for Manufacturing

 We broadly did simulations for many applications in manufacturing and beyond, see many posts here at tag below.

More Manufacturers Bet on Simulation Software
The Wall Street Journal
By Angus Loten

Manufacturers increasingly are…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Should We Teach Coding in High School?

Robert Sedgewick and Larry Cuban faced off today in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on the issue: Should everyone be taught coding in high school? Today we will discuss their recent comments on this issue. Bob is a long-time friend…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Algorithm Predicts Corn Yields

Algorithm Predicts Corn Yields

What seems to be some direct uses of CNN for yield prediction.

AI Algorithm Better Predicts Corn Yield
By Illinois ACES
February 24, 2020
  
An interdisciplinary research team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has

An…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Catalyzing Computing Podcast Episode 19 – Intro to Artificial Consciousness with Natesh Ganesh

Catalyzing Computing Podcast Episode 19 – Intro to Artificial Consciousness with Natesh Ganesh

A new episode of the Computing Community Consortium‘s (CCC) podcast, Catalyzing Computing, is now available. Khari Douglas interviews Natesh Ganesh, a recent PhD graduate from the University of Massachussetts at Amherst and a…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chess Grandmaster Says AI will Destroy Most Jobs

Chess Grandmaster Says AI will Destroy Most Jobs

Kasparov is hardly an expert at jobs,  but  major changes are likely to occur.

The chess grandmaster who was beaten by a computer predicts that AI will 'destroy' most jobs
By Aaron Holmes in BusinessInsider

- Chess grandmaster Garry…


From insideHPC

TYAN adds 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

TYAN adds 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

Today TYAN announced support for the extended 2nd generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors lineup (Cascade Lake-SP Refresh). TYAN’s full line of HPC, cloud computing and storage server platforms continue to offer advanced performance…


From insideHPC

MLPerf-HPC Working Group seeks participation

MLPerf-HPC Working Group seeks participation

In this special guest feature, Murali Emani from Argonne writes that a team of scientists from DoE labs have formed a working group called MLPerf-HPC to focus on benchmarking machine learning workloads for high performance computing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Are the Category Captains Still in Charge?

Are the Category Captains Still in Charge?

I remember the term as used in early days in CPG.  But is the decision  intelligence now migrating elsewhere?   I see it every day in my local Kroger.

Should grocers just say ‘no’ to big CPG brands when it comes to shelf decisions…


From insideHPC

Nor-Tech steps up with Intel Cascade Lake Refresh Processors

Nor-Tech steps up with Intel Cascade Lake Refresh Processors

Today Nor-Tech announced that the company is now integrating HPC clusters and workstations with Intel’s groundbreaking Cascade Lake Refresh (CLX R) processor. Recently introduced, CLR R builds on the momentum of the existing …


From insideHPC

AMD to Power Cray Shasta Supercomputer at Navy DSRC

AMD to Power Cray Shasta Supercomputer at Navy DSRC

The Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) is upgrading its supercomputing capabilities with a new Cray Shasta system powered by AMD EPYC processors. The system, the HPCMP’s first with …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Drones for Disaster Relief

Drones for Disaster Relief

Here looking at how drones can react and recover from disaster disruptions to provide ongoing support.

Could Nearly Invincible Drone Be the Future of Disaster Relief?
USC Viterbi News
By Caitlin Dawson

At the University of Southern…


From The Eponymous Pickle

MS Azure Sphere Aims to Secure IOT

MS Azure Sphere Aims to Secure IOT

The security of many more IOT devices is of increasing concern.     Microsoft advances its solution.

Microsoft Azure Sphere launches in general availability
  By Kyle Wiggers in Venturebeat

In April 2018, nearly two years ago, Microsoft…


From The Noisy Channel

Promoted Search: A Follow-Up

Promoted Search: A Follow-Up

My post on promoted search results drew some pointed feedback. People asked me what kind of promoted search behavior I deem acceptable, as well as whether I saw a clear line between promoted search and ads in general. I’ll try…


From insideHPC

Panasas ActiveStor Solution: Architectural Overview

Panasas ActiveStor Solution: Architectural Overview

Panasas has released this timely new white paper "Panasas ActiveStor Solution: Architectural Overview." The Panasas ActiveStor architecture running the PanFS storage operating system breaks through the performance constraints…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Changes its Terms of Service

Google Changes its Terms of Service

Intriguing look at how Google has changed its terms of service.    Attributable in part to some pressure by consumers on the operation of big tech.    Below a summary, then links to much more detail.

SUMMARY OF CHANGES TO GOOGLE…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Improving Machine Learning

Improving Machine Learning

Treatment and analysis of outliers and noise are key to improve these methods.   The claim here is that this will be improved.  Remains to be seen how well this will work.  Technical.

Mathematicians propose new way of using neural…


From Schneier on Security

Russia Is Trying to Tap Transatlantic Cables

Russia Is Trying to Tap Transatlantic Cables

The Times of London is reporting that Russian agents are in Ireland probing transatlantic communications cables. Ireland is the landing point for undersea cables which carry internet traffic between America, Britain and Europe…


From BLOG@CACM

Developing Computational Solutions With Humility: Recommending Morgan Ames' 'The Charisma Machine'

Developing Computational Solutions With Humility: Recommending Morgan Ames' 'The Charisma Machine'

Morgan Ames' book highlights the missing HCI design process for the XO Laptop 


From The Eponymous Pickle

Design Thinking, Improv

Design Thinking, Improv

Upcoming short free talk.

You are invited to attend:

ISSIP Service Design Speaker Series

Radical cross-collaboration at Cisco with Design Thinking & Improv
on Wednesday, February 26th 2020, 11:00 AM - 11.45 AM US Eastern Standard…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Game Based Learning and the Power of the Human Element

Game Based Learning and the Power of the Human Element

Of interest to my readers,  following up:

Franz,

My new, co-authored book has been launched and may be of interest to members of your community.

Emotify!: The Power of the Human Element in Game-Based Learning, Serious Games and,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Power Generating Kites to be Axed

Google Power Generating Kites to be Axed

Remember reading the early reports on this, and seemed very interesting in possibility. but cost and risk was unclear.

Google parent pulls the plug on power-generating kite project
First moonshot project to be axed since Google…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Training Autonomous AI Combatants

Training Autonomous AI Combatants

Expect this, at all sorts of levels of autonomy.  Offensive and Defensive.

How to Train Your AI Soldier Robots (and the Humans Who Command Them)  in The RAND Blog by Thomas Hamilton 

This article was submitted in response to a

Artificial…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Autonomous Cars

Autonomous Cars

Comment, with more detail:

' ... My name is Jennifer Bowen, and I'm working with a site called PartCatalog.com.  We just published an article that answers a question that's getting asked a lot these days: When will we have fully…


From insideHPC

Video: RISC-V momentum around the world, from edge to HPC

Video: RISC-V momentum around the world, from edge to HPC

In this keynote talk from the 2020 HiPEAC conference, RISC-V Foundation Chief Executive Calista Redmond explains how the RISC-V open-source instruction set architecture is gathering momentum around the world, finding applications…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Co-Design for Online Data Analysis and Reduction at Exascale

Podcast: Co-Design for Online Data Analysis and Reduction at Exascale

In this Let's Talk Exascale podcast, Ian Foster from Argonne National Lab describes how the CODAR project at ECP is addressing the needs for data reduction, analysis, and management in the exascale era. "When compressing data…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Moving UK Data

Google Moving UK Data

Note that 'where' data is held may start to become an important issue.  Note also the specific considerations that Google is indicating here, as part of Brexit and other data uses. Also related to spatial web designs?

Google Moves…