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June 2019


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hangouts and Chats in Google

Hangouts and Chats in Google

Quite interesting.  Could a company implement a whole set of standards for interaction, recording, goal management, process detail,  After Action Reviews?

Google’s Hangouts Chat gets chatbot boost with Dialogflow
Dialogflow should…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Great Decision Making

Great Decision Making

Good piece which get to the point of decision and process.  And also ultimately in AI.  The solution of commuting to a default decision up front is interesting, never seen it implements.   And would seem to depend on the risk…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Debate on Blockchain for the Sepplychain

Debate on Blockchain for the Sepplychain

Interesting view with useful examples.   Relates to some of my current work.

Is Blockchain Primed to Transform the Supply Chain? A Nuanced Debate
By John Thielens, SCB Contributor in SupplyChainBrain 

Chances are you’ve heard about…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Store Level Data Confidentiality

Store Level Data Confidentiality

Laws and Regulation regarding data.  Since data is key to analytics,  these regulations are as well.

FMI wins Supreme Court ruling on SNAP data disclosure
Decision reinforces confidentiality of store-level information, institute…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Futures in Focus Podcast

Futures in Focus Podcast

Was linked to this podcast through it's mention of correspondent Michael Schrage of the Media Lab.   Just starting to examine, will pass along things of interest.

Futures In Focus Podcast - A Look Inside Our World 10 Years From…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI to Drive Reskilling Efforts

AI to Drive Reskilling Efforts

Makes sense,  but the primary challenge will be how these skills are interlinked between each other, and among people and devices.   And how much autonomy and leadership is afforded to the AI aspects.  Still not that common in…


From Schneier on Security

iPhone Apps Surreptitiously Communicated with Unknown Servers

iPhone Apps Surreptitiously Communicated with Unknown Servers

Long news article (alternate source) on iPhone privacy, specifically the enormous amount of data your apps are collecting without your knowledge. A lot of this happens in the middle of the night, when you're probably not otherwise…


From insideHPC

Cray to Deliver First Exabyte HPC Storage System for Frontier Supercomputer

Cray to Deliver First Exabyte HPC Storage System for Frontier Supercomputer

At ISC 2019, Cray announced plans to deliver the worlds first Exabyte HPC storage system. As part of the Frontier CORAL-2 contract DOE and ORNL, the next generation Cray ClusterStor storage file system will be integrated as part…


From insideHPC

Hyperion Research Announces Winners of HPC Innovation Excellence Awards

Hyperion Research Announces Winners of HPC Innovation Excellence Awards

At ISC 2019, Hyperion Research announced the newest recipients of the HPC Innovation Excellence Award at ISC 2019 in Frankfurt. "The program's main goals are to help other users understand the benefits of adopting HPC and justify…


From insideHPC

Epic HPC Road Trip Continues to Sandia National Lab

Epic HPC Road Trip Continues to Sandia National Lab

In this special guest feature, Dan Olds from OrionX continues his Epic HPC Road Trip series with a stop at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico. "Ken discussed how Sandia is hoping to stimulate more of a system-on-a-chip…


From insideHPC

IBM Deploys World’s Most Powerful Commercial Supercomputer for Total

IBM Deploys World’s Most Powerful Commercial Supercomputer for Total

IBM has deployed the world's most powerful commercial supercomputer at Total, a global energy company. Coming in at number 11 on the TOP500, the new IBM POWER9-based supercomputer will help Total more accurately locate new resources…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Game Builder to Build Your Serious Games?

Game Builder to Build Your Serious Games?

Took a quick look, and the approach is set up for non-serious games.  But could such a method be used to construct special purpose games that would interact with their context to achieve serious goals?  Always thought you needed…


From BLOG@CACM

Turing Lectures Open ACM FCRC

Turing Lectures Open ACM FCRC

The Turing Lectures of 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award Laureates Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun were highlights of the welcome session of ACM FCRC. 


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

White House Releases National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan: 2019 Update

White House Releases National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan: 2019 Update

On Friday, June 21st, the White House released an update to the National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan: 2019 Update. Informed by responses from a recent Request for Information, see the Computing…


From insideHPC

New MLPerf Benchmark Measures Machine Learning Inference Performance

New MLPerf Benchmark Measures Machine Learning Inference Performance

Today a consortium involving over 40 leading companies and university researchers introduced MLPerf Inference v0.5, the first industry standard machine learning benchmark suite for measuring system performance and power efficiency…


From The Eponymous Pickle

NASA Aluminum Fraud Causes Sat Failures

NASA Aluminum Fraud Causes Sat Failures

Looking at how fraud and scams exist in different parts of contract processes.  Here is one we are examining as a case study.   Any input?

An Oregon aluminum manufacturer has admitted to falsifying critical tests on aluminum sold…


From The Eponymous Pickle

EBay Personalizes

EBay Personalizes

We had a corporate short connection and interaction with EBay, been a user since the beginning, so continue to watch their efforts.  Noticed recently a change in their messages and marketing orientation. 


Ebay is pushing ahead…


From The Noisy Channel

Premature Optimization is (Still) the Root of All Evil

Premature Optimization is (Still) the Root of All Evil

A lesson that we software engineers learn early in our careers is that “premature optimization is the root of all evil.” This gem of advice from the inimitable Donald Knuth addresses the over-eagerness of rookie — and sometimes…


From insideHPC

ISC19 Student Cluster Competition: Apps to Confuse & Confound

ISC19 Student Cluster Competition: Apps to Confuse & Confound

If you're looking for the big news, the team from CHPC in South Africa won the ISC 2019 Student Cluster competition this year. In this special guest feature, Dan Olds from OrionX shares first-hand coverage of the competition …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Expands the Ability to 'Announce'

Alexa Expands the Ability to 'Announce'

At first this seemed like a trivial thing, you can send information to a group of people.  Or other internal devices, or external things.  So this is like a specific form of communications,  I can reply, or wait for more information…


From Schneier on Security

Election Security

Election Security

Stanford University's Cyber Policy Center has published a long report on the security of US elections. Summary: it's not good....


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Looks at Quantum Computing and HPC

Radio Free HPC Looks at Quantum Computing and HPC

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at Quantum Computing and HPC and how the two spaces are evolving and cooperating. Their guest is Mike Booth from Quantum Computing, Inc. "Because QC is an accelerator, it fits nicely…


From Computational Complexity

Are you smarter than a 5th grade amoeba?

(title of this blog is due to Henry Baker who posted an article about this elsewhere)



Amoeba finds approx solution to TSP in linear time:here.



Over the years we have seen models of computation that claim to solve NPC or other…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Disruptive Flywheels as Business Model

Disruptive Flywheels as Business Model

The idea of disruptive flywheels, new term to me, but worth a look.  Reading further.

How to build disruptive strategic flywheels
Gaming, artificial intelligence, and deep learning are paving the way for dynamic and resilient 21st…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Computer Science Gender Gap

NYTimes article on the paper [ Allen Institute ] Lucy Lu Wang is the lead author of a paper released this Friday on gender parity in computer science. The paper is from the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. The authors…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Studying Human Learning

AI Studying Human Learning

Seen the basic idea proposed before, and not disssimilar to neuromarketing, but fMRI still messy to implement in general.

AI could study your brain to help teachers improve their courses
Machine learning can determine if you understand…


From insideHPC

DDN Leads HPC Storage Market and IO500 List

DDN Leads HPC Storage Market and IO500 List

Today DDN announced it has captured the number-one spot in the IO500 10-node benchmark, announced today by the Virtual Institute for IO at ISC in Frankfurt, Germany. In addition to the top spot, DDN ranked in three of the top…


From insideHPC

Mellanox HDR 200G InfiniBand is powering next-gen supercomputers

Mellanox HDR 200G InfiniBand is powering next-gen supercomputers

Today Mellanox announced that HDR 200G InfiniBand is powering the next generation of supercomputers world-wide, enabling higher levels of research and scientific discovery. HDR 200G InfiniBand solutions include the ConnectX-6…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quantum Random Numbers

Quantum Random Numbers

A long time interest of mine, especially as it relates to creating realistic process simulations.  But now important to do well in many areas.   A mostly non technical article:

How to Turn a Quantum Computer Into the UltimateQuanta…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Build a Skill with Cake Walk

Build a Skill with Cake Walk

Amazon continues to add ways to ease the creation of Alexa Skills.  Here the latest:

Alexa Blogs

New Alexa Skills Training Course: Build an Engaging Alexa Skill with Cake Walk

Best Practices to Create a Delightful Voice Commerce…