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August 2019


From The Eponymous Pickle

Baidu Surpasses Google in Voice

Baidu Surpasses Google in Voice

No surprise with volumes of people talking.   And further, since progress in this space can often depend on the volume of data that can be used to develop deeper insight into intelligent conversation,  this may be hard to stop…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Solutions for RansomWare Attacks?

Solutions for RansomWare Attacks?

Increasing number of Ransomware attacks.     What is the solution?  Caution with opening received messages certainly, better offline backups of all essential data.   Other Solutions?  Essential we find better and creative solutions…


From insideHPC

Mellanox Powers Virtualized Machine Learning with VMware and NVIDIA

Mellanox Powers Virtualized Machine Learning with VMware and NVIDIA

Today Mellanox announced that its RDMA (Remote Direct Memory Access) networking solutions for VMware vSphere enable virtualized Machine Learning solutions that achieve higher GPU utilization and efficiency. "As Moore's Law has…


From insideHPC

Supermicro Launches New High-Performance vSAN Solution

Supermicro Launches New High-Performance vSAN Solution

Today Supermicro extended its vSAN system portfolio and introduced a new enterprise-class vSAN solution -- Ultra SuperServer -- to its broad portfolio of fully configured, ready to deploy server systems. Supermicro solutions,…


From insideHPC

Atos and C-DAC to Collaborate on AI, Quantum Computing, and Exascale in India

Atos and C-DAC to Collaborate on AI, Quantum Computing, and Exascale in India

Atos and India's C-DAC have signed a Cooperation Agreement to work together in the areas of Quantum Computing, Artificial Intelligence, and Exascale Computing. "Building on our position as the leading technology provider globally…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Updating and Expanding Programming Projects

Updating and Expanding Programming Projects

I’m always looking for new projects. I found an interesting example in the book “The Creativity Code” (Creativity Code review here). It was a poem generator that took random adjectives, adverbs, verbs, and nouns and fit themMadLibs…


From insideHPC

IBM’s HPC Dreams are Tattered

IBM’s HPC Dreams are Tattered

In this special guest feature, Dan Olds from OrionX.net writes that IBM ambitions in the HPC market have fallen short. "Armed with highly advanced HPC systems, plus an open platform, plus the ability to run any open source Linux…


From insideHPC

Cooling Challenges for Ultra-high Density Compute Clusters

Cooling Challenges for Ultra-high Density Compute Clusters

Miguel Terol from Lenovo gave this talk at HPCKP'19. "Technology players are refining their chip and platform designs to enable much denser systems. The trade-off of this trend is chips are getting more and more power hungry,…


From Schneier on Security

Detecting Credit Card Skimmers

Detecting Credit Card Skimmers

Modern credit card skimmers hidden in self-service gas pumps communicate via Bluetooth. There's now an app that can detect them: The team from the University of California San Diego, who worked with other computer scientists…


From Computational Complexity

`Are you a math genius?' `Can you fix my Iphone?' `What do you think about Facebook and Privacy?'



When I meet non-math people and tell them I am a computer science professor I get a range of responses. Here are some and my responses.





1) Are you a math genius?



Here is the answer I give:



I know some things in math, frankly…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deloitte Launches Blockchain Demonstrator

Deloitte Launches Blockchain Demonstrator

Helpful idea to have out there, since the process involved is still mysterious to many.

Deloitte launches ‘Blockchain in a Box’ hands-on demonstrator
The consultancy said a modular computing system will enable hands-on testing
 …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Monetizing Your Dark Data

Monetizing Your Dark Data

Worked several projects along these lines.  Good provocative thoughts here.   More links to process using data and the means to monetizing that description of business effectively.

Untapped Economic Assets? How to Monetize Your…


From insideHPC

Video: InfiniBand In-Network Computing Technology and Roadmap

Video: InfiniBand In-Network Computing Technology and Roadmap

Gilad Shainer from Mellanox gave this talk at the MVAPICH User Group. "In-Network Computing transforms the data center interconnect to become a "distributed CPU", and "distributed memory", enables to overcome performance barriers…


From insideHPC

Podcast: HPC & AI Convergence Enables AI Workload Innovation

Podcast: HPC & AI Convergence Enables AI Workload Innovation

In this Conversations in the Cloud podcast, Esther Baldwin from Intel describes how the convergence of HPC and AI is driving innovation. "On the topic of HPC & AI converged clusters, there’s a perception that if you want to do…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Appian and Business Process

Appian and Business Process

Happened to look at Appian which we used in the enterprise.

We used them for BPM (Business process management)  And we talked to them first around 2007.  Had some relationship to CACI, which does process simulation and optimization…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Assisting Visually Impaired Web Browsing

Assisting Visually Impaired Web Browsing

Screen reading plus voice assistance.   Good idea.

New Tool Makes Web Browsing Easier for the Visually Impaired 
University of Waterloo News
August 20, 2019

Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada, the University of Washington…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Labeling

Data Labeling

We worked with both the crowdsourcing methods for this and automated methods. 

AI's New Workforce: The Data-Labeling Industry Spreads Globally
in Financial Times
By Madhumita Murgia

There is a growing international data-labeling…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Papercraft Inspired Math

Papercraft Inspired Math

I had previously reported on the use of Origami and Kirigami for real problems,  here more out of Harvard:

Papercraft-inspired math turns any sheet into any shape
Algorithms would just have to determine when to make the right cuts…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More on Imminent Audible Captioning

More on Imminent Audible Captioning

Recently have been reading/hearing long texts in Audible and Kindle,  usually non-fiction.   So gaining an appreciation for the difference in the way we utilize recorded knowledge in varying contexts.  Having the option of having…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Qualcomm Won't Have to Offer Patent Licenses Yet

Qualcomm Won't Have to Offer Patent Licenses Yet

Intriguing insight to antitrust vs patent licensing.  Note the embedded predictive aspect included here.  Predicting Qualcomm's income from patent licensing?

Qualcomm won't have to offer patent licenses to rivals, for now
A court…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pfizer Using Mutiple Data Sources for Shopper Insight

Pfizer Using Mutiple Data Sources for Shopper Insight

Makes sense to get multiple sources, at very least to check the accuracy of predictions.  And inthis case because shoppers usually go to many places, tracking their behavior completely may require that.  But in practice than

Pfizer…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simple Statistics Types in one Picture

Simple Statistics Types in one Picture

A good, nontechnical infographic that describes commonly used simple statistics.  Just enough to use with non-technical management and decision makers.  Make sure to follow up with examples from your own data to make the usage…


From insideHPC

Video: PCI Express 6.0 Specification to Reach 64 GigaTransfers/sec

Video: PCI Express 6.0 Specification to Reach 64 GigaTransfers/sec

In this video, PCI-SIG President and Board Member, Al Yanes, shares and overview of PCI Express 5.0 and 6.0 specifications. “With the PCIe 6.0 specification, PCI-SIG aims to answer the demands of such hot markets as Artificial…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (August 24th 2019)

Science and Technology links (August 24th 2019)

The net contribution of the Amazon ecosystem to the world’s oxygen is effectively zero. Furthermore, there is a lot of oxygen in the air and it would be excessively difficult to lower or increase the ratio. In effect, we areContinue…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Supercomputing Applications Specialist at CSIRO

Job of the Week: Supercomputing Applications Specialist at CSIRO

Pawsey’s Supercomputing Team is responsible for providing the infrastructure to fulfill the needs of the Australian research community and to engage with that community to make best use of the infrastructure. You will be part…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bold Bridge Advisors

Bold Bridge Advisors

New Affiliation:  Bold Bridge Advisors







Bold Bridge Advisors 

Values:
1. Clarify WHY, WHO, SO WHAT, before technology and solutions are defined.
2. Seek and speak truth, even when it hurts.
3. Assuming nothing. Listen, analyze, reframe…


From Putting People First

[Book] The Costs of Connection

[Book] The Costs of Connection

The Costs of Connection: How Data Is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating It for Capitalism by Nick Couldry and Ulises A. Mejias Stanford University Press August 2019, 352 pages Just about any social need is now met with an…


From Putting People First

End user perceptions of smart home device data practices and risks

End user perceptions of smart home device data practices and risks

“I don’t own the data”: End User Perceptions of Smart Home Device Data Practices and Risks Madiha Tabassum, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Tomasz Kosinski, Chalmers University of Technology; Heather Lipford, University…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Develops Could Services for Quantum Computers

IBM Develops Could Services for Quantum Computers

More on the use and interaction of quantum computing with current needs, like secure cryptography.  Is likely to increasingly become an important issue.  Note the offer of a Quantum Risk Assessment.

From PRNewswire via Cision:


From Putting People First

Digital service teams in government

Digital service teams in government

Digital service teams in government Ines Mergel, Professor of Public Administration, University of Konstanz, Germany Government Information Quarterly August 2019 National governments are setting up digital service teams (DST)…