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September 2018


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Doug Bergman–Amazing Computer Science Educator Revisited

Doug Bergman–Amazing Computer Science Educator Revisited

About five years ago I interviewed Doug Bergman for my occasional series of interviews with computer science teachers.  Doug is constantly doing new things so I thought it was time to interview him again.

How would you describe…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Buyer Readiness vs Buyer Knowledge

Buyer Readiness vs Buyer Knowledge

Had missed previous writing by Gartner on this.

Buyer Readiness Does Not Mean Buyer Knowledge   by Hank Barnes  

We’ve talked about buyer readiness at Gartner for a long time.  Our feeling is that there are 4 stages of readiness…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Disruption in the Era of Advanced Analytics

Disruption in the Era of Advanced Analytics

Reasonable view,   should we be scanning companies to determine where this is likely?

Rasmus Wegener: Disruption in the Era of Advanced Analytics
Bain Partner Rasmus Wegener shares three patterns that can signal when an industry…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Is your 2-year-old smarter than your computer?

Is your 2-year-old smarter than your computer?

Is your 2-year-old smarter than your computer? Yes, simply because she is human. While she might not know how to read or do simple addition, she has the uniquely human ability to rationalize. She can take a small piece of information…


From insideHPC

Rescale Partners Program to Deliver Big Compute to Enterprise Customers

Rescale Partners Program to Deliver Big Compute to Enterprise Customers

Last week, Rescale announced the launch of its Powered by Rescale program with IBM as its first partner. "With the Powered by Rescale program, partners can deliver their product and/or service to customers as part of an end-to…


From Schneier on Security

Evidence for the Security of PKCS #1 Digital Signatures

Evidence for the Security of PKCS #1 Digital Signatures

This is interesting research: "On the Security of the PKCS#1 v1.5 Signature Scheme": Abstract: The RSA PKCS#1 v1.5 signature algorithm is the most widely used digital signature scheme in practice. Its two main strengths are its…


From insideHPC

Video: End to End Needs for Autonomous Vehicles

Video: End to End Needs for Autonomous Vehicles

Norm Marks from NVIDIA gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. "Fueled by advances in artificial intelligence, cars are getting smart enough to begin to drive themselves. But autonomous vehicles will do more than change how we …


From Computational Complexity

Lance and Bill go to Dagstuhl: The Riemann Edition

Lance: Welcome to our typecast directly from Dagstuhl in Southwestern Germany for the 2018 edition of the seminar on Algebraic Methods in Computation Complexity. Say hi Bill.



Bill: Hi Bill. So Lance are you disappointed we didn't…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart Pushes Food Safety Blockchain

Wal-Mart Pushes Food Safety Blockchain

Wal-Mart bets on food safety blockchain.     Another indication that the solution has valid applications for assured supply chain applications. 

Walmart is betting on the blockchain to improve food safety
Ron Miller@ron_millerTechCrunch…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machine Learning Tackles Simultaneous Speech and Object Recognition

Machine Learning Tackles Simultaneous Speech and Object Recognition

Could lead to at least greater efficiency for assistants.  Note the data involved. 

Machine-Learning System Tackles Speech and Object Recognition, All at Once     MIT News  by Rob Matheson

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute…


From insideHPC

Mellanox InfiniBand to Power Eagle Supercomputer coming to NREL

Mellanox InfiniBand to Power Eagle Supercomputer coming to NREL

Today Mellanox announced that InfiniBand has been chosen to accelerate the new Eagle supercomputer at NREL. The pending 8 Petaflop system will consist of more than 2100 nodes and deliver 3 times the performance compared to NREL…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

HLF 2018 Begins, there’s already some controversy!

HLF 2018 Begins, there’s already some controversy!

The 6th Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) has begun! Two hundred young researchers from 60 different countries have come to Heidelberg to learn from 33 Laureates. The event kicked off last night with a welcoming ceremony and dinner…


From insideHPC

Video: Use of HPC for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at Ford

Video: Use of HPC for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at Ford

Bryan Goodman from Ford gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Detroit. "The Ford GDI&A – situated in greater Detroit, Palo Alto, Chennai and Shanghai – is a growing team committed to enable Ford to see our business, know our…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robotic Skins

Robotic Skins

Continued developments in robotics, here in how they appear and interact with us.

These “Robotic Skins” Turn Everyday Objects Into Robots
A team at Yale University has developed flexible robotic sheets that can make just about

These…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Talks to Brent Gorda on the Future of ARM HPC

Radio Free HPC Talks to Brent Gorda on the Future of ARM HPC

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team catches up with Brent Gorda to discuss the future of ARM in HPC. "Brent Gorda leads the HPC business for Arm. Prior to this recent role, he spent a year consulting (HPC/Quantum/AI) and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

SAS: Be Digital

SAS: Be Digital

In SAS Voices:

Don't just do digital. Be digital.  
By Stephanie DiRico on SAS Voices September  

Tricia Wang, PhD, inspires Analytics Experience attendees to get to know their customers digitally.

If you were to ask Tricia Wang,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nestle and Fresh Thinking

Nestle and Fresh Thinking

Have long followed Nestle approaches in CPG.

How Nestle infuses fresh thinking to strengthen its brands   (Nestle USA)

Nestle says its strength in coffees is part of its overall strategy for future growth, even as consumers' food…


From Schneier on Security

New Variants of Cold-Boot Attack

New Variants of Cold-Boot Attack

If someone has physical access to your shut-down computer, they can probably break the hard-drive's encryption. This is a "cold boot" attack, and one we thought solved. We have not: To carry out the attack, the F-Secure researchers…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Preview of the Atiyah Talk

Why the Riemann hypothesis is hard and some other observations. ICM 2018 “Matchmaking” source Michael Atiyah, as we previously posted, claims to have a proof that the Riemann Hypothesis (RH) is true. In the second half of a 9…


From The Eponymous Pickle

RPA is the Next Evolution of Big Data?

RPA is the Next Evolution of Big Data?

Good piece that makes an interesting point.  Yes, Big data is about analytics and data.  And RPA uses both data and analytics.   But to be clear RPA does not have to be about robots.  Not usually  the mechanical kind that we

Is…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Elements of Conversational UI

Elements of Conversational UI

Good  overview of what Conversational UI Means. Not enough about the most important challenges involved. 

Conversational UI is our Future  Via DSC

in Packt Publishing  
Conversational user interface (UI) is changing the way that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

China Robots Automate

China Robots Automate

 In ABS-CBN:

Robot wars: China shows off automated doctors, teachers and combat stars

BEIJING -- Robots that can diagnose diseases, play badminton and wow audiences with their musical skills are among the machines China hopes could…


From insideHPC

Microsoft Previews Avere vFXT for Azure

Microsoft Previews Avere vFXT for Azure

Over at the Microsoft Blog, Rebecca Thompson writes that Avere vFXT software for Azure delivers new possibilities for running HPC workloads in the cloud. "With this new software solution, you can now easily connect on-premises…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Progress in the Quest for Intelligence

Progress in the Quest for Intelligence

Continuing to watch this effort at MIT:  The Quest for Intelligence  I note that the original introduction made much about it being based on the Brain, but now its less so.  Will continue to follow.    Have long been a student…


From insideHPC

Video: Tackling Energy Storage Challenges at America’s National Labs

Video: Tackling Energy Storage Challenges at America’s National Labs

In this video, researchers use NERSC supercomputers to discover new battery materials. "The DOE's InnovationXLab Energy Storage Summit took place September 18-19, 2018 at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Silicon Valley…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dynamically Determining the Safest Way Home

Dynamically Determining the Safest Way Home

I recall we did something similar, but aimed at the supply chain.   Like calculating the least risky path for trucks to travel after a natural disaster.   Not really that hard analytically, but it is dependent on rapidly changing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More Picking at Work

More Picking at Work

Considerable advances of late in automating key parts of agriculture.

Pepper-Picking Robot Demonstrates Its Skills in Greenhouse Labor Automation 
CORDIS

A team of European Union-funded researchers have developed a sweet pepper-harvesting…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Overview of an Internet of Medical Things

Overview of an Internet of Medical Things

Future of medicine is conecting professionals, sensors, people, solutions.

Internet of Medical Things (IoMT): Future of the medical world   By Hemendra Singh in CustomerThink

IoMT stands for Internet of Medical Things. It is the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Qubic Protocol for IOTa's Oracles, Smart Contracts

Qubic Protocol for IOTa's Oracles, Smart Contracts

Have been examining the concept and implementations of Smart Contracts.  Qubic is the version of such a protocol for the IOTA  'Blockchain'  (Actually not a chain but a DAG: Directed-Acyclic-Graph architecture)

" ... Qubic is

The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Designing the Dashboards

Google Designing the Dashboards

The car will increasingly be a new channel for information.

Nissan will invite Google into its cars’ dashboards starting in 2021
By Ronan Glon in Digitaltrends

Nissan and its major partners, Renault and Mitsubishi, have turned to…