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September 2019


From insideHPC

Immersive Cooling from Submer Technologies coming to EU Joint Research Center in Italy

Immersive Cooling from Submer Technologies coming to EU Joint Research Center in Italy

In a collaborative effort with Airbus, Submer Technologies and 2CRSi are providing supercomputer-speed processing in high-density clusters to support real-time workloads for advanced Artificial Intelligence (AR) cybersecurity…


From Putting People First

AI’s social sciences deficit

AI’s social sciences deficit

To create less harmful technologies and ignite positive social change, AI engineers need to enlist ideas and expertise from a broad range of social science disciplines, including those embracing qualitative methods, say Mona …


From Schneier on Security

On Chinese "Spy Trains"

On Chinese "Spy Trains"

The trade war with China has reached a new industry: subway cars. Congress is considering legislation that would prevent the world's largest train maker, the Chinese-owned CRRC Corporation, from competing on new contracts in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Preview Alexa Smart Glasses

Preview Alexa Smart Glasses

Smart glasses, available by invitation only.   Seems still an uncertain effort.  Like most of these efforts to date like this seem quite narrowly targeted  Would need skills for visual analysis and interaction.   For now does…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Boston Dynamics Spot Robot Dog Goes on Sale

Boston Dynamics Spot Robot Dog Goes on Sale

You can now sign up for one of the Boston Dynamics Spot Robot Dogs,  still in the early adopter program.  Not really publicly available,  but Boston Dynamics will work with you to design specific applications.

A kind of semi-autonomous…


From insideHPC

Mellanox Announces Support for SONiC Open Source Network Operating System

Mellanox Announces Support for SONiC Open Source Network Operating System

Today Mellanox announced ASIC-to-Protocol (A2P) customer support solutions for the SONiC Network Operating System (NOS) on Mellanox Spectrum switches. “Every week we hear from more customers who want to combine the power of SONiC…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Apply by Oct. 8 for the 2020-2021 AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute in Artificial Intelligence!

Apply by Oct. 8 for the 2020-2021 AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute in Artificial Intelligence!

There’s less than two weeks left to apply for the 2020-2021 cohort of AAAS Leshner Leadership Fellows! This program convenes mid-career scientists who demonstrate leadership in their research careers and in promoting meaningful…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Protecting Industrial Control

Protecting Industrial Control

Probably one of the most important things we can do well.  When involved in this space in the 80s, things were far less connected, so both the threats and remedies are far more possible.   Here an overview of SCADA.  And add

Protecting…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alibaba AI Chip

Alibaba AI Chip

As expected, new chips to do learning and delivery of e-commerce and related AI tasks.   Note mention of 5G ... 

Alibaba unveils new AI chip aimed at speeding up e-commerce and cloud computing tasks in scmp.com

The chip’s launch…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Can We Trust Autonomous Systems and Seeing the Classics at the Technik Museum Speyer

Can We Trust Autonomous Systems and Seeing the Classics at the Technik Museum Speyer

In Tuesday’s opening lecture at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), Joseph Sifakis, 2007 Turing Award winner, discussed whether we can trust autonomous systems and considered the interplay between the trustworthiness of the…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

If Statement Programming Projects

If Statement Programming Projects

Over the years I have used a number of projects to give students practice using if statements – especially those that involved nesting or checking lots of values. Currently I am using:

Hurricanes – user enters a wind speed and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

ACM Talk on Recommender Systems

ACM Talk on Recommender Systems

Of interest, the topic is broadly addressed:

Register now for the next free ACM Webinar, "Recommender Systems: Beyond Machine Learning" presented on Tuesday, October 8, at 4pm ET by Joseph A. Konstan, Distinguished McKnight University…


From insideHPC

Study finds On-Premise Systems Critical to Enterprise AI

Study finds On-Premise Systems Critical to Enterprise AI

Today Cray released the findings of its industry report on the State of Enterprise AI Adoption 2019, which reveals that performance, data locality and security are the top considerations for choosing an AI infrastructure. "The…


From insideHPC

OSC Doubles Down on IBM HPC Storage

OSC Doubles Down on IBM HPC Storage

The Ohio Supercomputer Center is working with IBM to expand the center’s HPC storage capacity by 8.6 petabytes. Slated for completion in December, the new storage system will expand capacity for scratch and project storage, but…


From insideHPC

HPE Completes Acquisition of Cray

HPE Completes Acquisition of Cray

Today HPE today announced it has completed the acquisition of supercomputing leader Cray Inc., earlier than the original target date. “Cray and HPE have a shared vision for the new exascale era, and by joining forces, we’re offering…


From insideHPC

How the Results of Summit and Sierra are Influencing Exascale

How the Results of Summit and Sierra are Influencing Exascale

Al Geist from ORNL gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. "Two DOE national laboratories are now home to the fastest supercomputers in the world, according to the TOP500 List, a semiannual ranking of the world’s fastest computing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quantum Sensing on a Chip

Quantum Sensing on a Chip

Though I have a physics background, and a bit of interaction with a company doing 'quantum' work, still having trouble with the long range capabilities here.  And a sensor, entangled with what?  More at the link.

Quantum sensing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Collaboration with People, Smart Machines, Expanding

Collaboration with People, Smart Machines, Expanding

Especially I think as we get comfortable with assistants being part of teams to solve problems, get things done.  True purely social will evolve as well, but their negative implications are starting to be understood as well,

Gartner…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Next in the Digital Living Room

Next in the Digital Living Room

A general, non technical view, with some useful points.

What’s Next for the Digital Living Room?  in Knowledge@Wharton

Fifteen years ago, Microsoft, Sony, Dell and HP were some of the leading companies jostling for supremacy in…


From Schneier on Security

Ineffective Package Tracking Facilitates Fraud

Ineffective Package Tracking Facilitates Fraud

This article discusses an e-commerce fraud technique in the UK. Because the Royal Mail only tracks packages to the postcode -- and not to the address - it's possible to commit a variety of different frauds. Tracking systems that…


From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Meet UASG Vice Chair Dušan Stojičević

Meet UASG Vice Chair Dušan Stojičević

Hello, my name is Душан Стојичевић. If you can’t read Serbian, how about Dušan Stojičević. Still having issues with pronouncing my name? Let’s try Dusan Stojicevic. Even when it’s written without any diacritics (accents marks…


From insideHPC

LANL to Acquire Next-Gen D-Wave Quantum Computer with Lower Noise

LANL to Acquire Next-Gen D-Wave Quantum Computer with Lower Noise

Today D-Wave Systems announced that Los Alamos National Laboratory has signed a contract to upgrade to the company's next-generation "Advantage" quantum system. Available in 2020, the Advantage platform will deliver significant…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Enlists Companies to Enhance Voice

Amazon Enlists Companies to Enhance Voice

Of interest, it came to mind early on in the enterprise that such AI assistants needed to work together, with the same long-in and access to the same semantic databases, Knowledge Graphs.   Sharing skills and specialized capabilities…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Assistant Comes to More Chromebooks

Google Assistant Comes to More Chromebooks

I have had a Google Assistant in my smart home suite since their inception.   Connected to several home sensors.   Good especially for multilingual and multi sentence continued interaction ... but like all such systems, needs…


From insideHPC

Microway Deploys NVIDIA DGX POD-based AI Supercomputer at MSOE

Microway Deploys NVIDIA DGX POD-based AI Supercomputer at MSOE

Microway recently deployed an NVIDIA DGX POD-based supercomputer for education and applied research at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). Called "Rosie," the supercomputer forms the centerpiece of the university’s new…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Healing a Supply Chain with Machine Learning

Healing a Supply Chain with Machine Learning

Some instructive thoughts about direction.  Finding patterns in anything can be a first step to its improvement.

How machine learning can heal a supply chain   By Polly Mitchell-Guthrie

" ..... Machine learning opportunities in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

US Funds Three States for Car Research

US Funds Three  States for Car Research

I see Ohio is included, will look to see what it might take to be involved.  Or at least see where the results are to be published for review.

U.S. Gives 3 States Grants for Self-Driving Car Research
in CNet   By Sean Szymkowski…


From insideHPC

A New World of Simulation for Oil & Gas

A New World of Simulation for Oil & Gas

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Gemma Church writes that the Oil and Gas market aims to use more simulation to ensure sound decision making s the world makes better use of renewable energy. "Oil…


From insideHPC

HPE Teams with GRC for Immersion Cooling

HPE Teams with GRC for Immersion Cooling

Today GRC announced an OEM partnership agreement with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to integrate its ICEraQ liquid-immersion cooling system with HPE servers. “You can easily support the high-density HPE equipment with a GRC system…


From insideHPC

2nd Generation AMD EPYC Processors: The New Standard for the Modern Data Center

2nd Generation AMD EPYC Processors: The New Standard for the Modern Data Center

Andy Parma from AMD gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. "2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors are a new breed of server processors which sets a higher standard for data centers. Groundbreaking design makes AMD EPYC #1 in performance…