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September 2020


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Decoding Emotions?

AI Decoding Emotions?

A problem we spent much time on, depends on what you expect from such a classification.    Much like: could you hire a human 'expert' to do this?   Training and background?  Implications and risk of error?    What sensors are…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

What Role Can Computing Play in Battling the COVID-19 Pandemic?

What Role Can Computing Play in Battling the COVID-19 Pandemic?

How can computing technology impact global health, particularly with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic? Shwetak Patel, 2018 ACM Prize in Computing winner and Computing Community Consortium (CCC) council member, addressed this…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

What Role Can Computing Play in Battling the COVID-19 Pandemic?

What Role Can Computing Play in Battling the COVID-19 Pandemic?

How can computing technology impact global health, particularly with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic? Shwetak Patel, 2018 ACM Prize in Computing winner and Computing Community Consortium (CCC) council member, addressed this…


From insideHPC

Get Your HPC Cluster Productive Faster

Get Your HPC Cluster Productive Faster

AI and hpcIn this sponsored post from our friends over at Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT), we see that by simplifying the deployment process from weeks or longer to days and preparing pre-built software packages, organizations can become…


From Computational Complexity

Remembering 2000

FOCS 2000 took place in Redondo Beach, just south of Los Angeles, November 12-14. Certainly some great results such as the Reingold-Vadhan-Wigderson Zig-Zag Graph Product Expander construction that would lead to Omer Reingold's…


From insideHPC

Fujitsu to Ship 649 TFLOPS System with Fugaku Technology to Canon for ‘No-prototype’ Product Development

Fujitsu to Ship 649 TFLOPS System with Fugaku Technology to Canon for ‘No-prototype’ Product Development

Technology from the world’s No. 1 supercomputer, Fugaku, located at the Riken Center for Computational Science in Japan, is making its way into the commercial sphere. Fujitsu Ltd. today announced that Canon, Inc., has ordered…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bouncing Balls and Quantum Computing

Bouncing Balls and Quantum Computing

Of interest: 

Bouncing Balls and Quantum Computing: A lighthearted method for calculating π is analogous  to a fundamental algorithm for quantum computing.

By Don Monroe  in Communications of the ACM, Oct 2020    p 10-12

Full article…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

How expensive is integer-overflow trapping in C++?

How expensive is integer-overflow trapping in C++?

Integers in programming languages have a valid range but arithmetic operations can result in values that exceed such ranges. For example, adding two large integers can result in an integer that cannot be represented in the integer…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Architecture Innovation Accelerates Artificial Intelligence

Architecture Innovation Accelerates Artificial Intelligence

As part of the first day of the Virtual Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) David A. Patterson, who won the 2017 ACM A.M Turing Award “for pioneering a systematic, quantitative approach to the design and evaluation of computer architectures…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Architecture Innovation Accelerates Artificial Intelligence

Architecture Innovation Accelerates Artificial Intelligence

As part of the first day of the Virtual Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) David A. Patterson, who won the 2017 ACM A.M Turing Award “for pioneering a systematic, quantitative approach to the design and evaluation of computer architectures…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Participation Washing?

Participation Washing?

Stated term was new to me,  but a important in any kind of data that is crowd sourced.  Should always be a consideration.  A fix?  Not that either.

Participation-washing could be the next dangerous fad in machine learning
ManyMona…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Double Episode, Including: IBM Power10 Chip

Radio Free HPC Double Episode, Including: IBM Power10 Chip

We’re finally starting to cut into our product backlog and, as a first, we’re presenting our special road trip double episode where Jessi and Dan traveled to the House of Henry, buried deeply in Las Cruces, New Mexico. We visit…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Advances in Splitting Water into Hydrogen/Oxygen efficiently

Advances in Splitting Water into Hydrogen/Oxygen efficiently

This could be a very big deal, considerable details at the link.  Had a job in a chem lab long ago that looked at this problem. 

Researchers develop a solar tech that splits water into hydrogen and oxygen with record efficiency…


From insideHPC

MemVerge Says Memory Machine Offers Big Memory That’s DRAM-Fast and Highly Available

MemVerge Says Memory Machine Offers Big Memory That’s DRAM-Fast and Highly Available

Big Memory software specialist MemVerge today announced GA of Memory Machine software that, used with Intel Optane persistent memory, “fundamentally changes in-memory computing infrastructure,” according to the company. MemVerge…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Security Risk Analytics from IBM

Security Risk Analytics from IBM

Rarely carefully done in the enterprise, glad to see IBM doing this.   Historically we worked with IBM on large scale problems, and don't remember them bringing this up often, so this is a good direction.  Note the connection…


From insideHPC

NCMAS 2021 Call for Australia Supercomputer Access Open Until Oct. 26

NCMAS 2021 Call for Australia Supercomputer Access Open Until Oct. 26

The call for time on Australia’s largest supercomputers opens today and will remain open until 26 October 2020. The National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme (NCMAS) is the allocation scheme for access to Australian national…


From insideHPC

Granulate Says gCenter Panel Platform Boosts Server Power, Cuts Costs

Granulate Says gCenter Panel Platform Boosts Server Power, Cuts Costs

Tel Aviv, Israel – Sept. 23, 2020 – Today, Granulate announced for the first time the general availability of what the company said is a real-time continuous optimization solution for server workload performance and gCenter panel…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mimicking the Sense of Touch

Mimicking the Sense of Touch

We examined how consumers interacted with product in retail.

Glove-Like Device Mimics Sense of Touch  University of New South Wales Sydney Newsroom,   Caroline Tang

A soft wearable device developed by engineers at the University…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Research Teaches AI How People Move with Internet Videos

Research Teaches AI How People Move with Internet Videos

New ideas continuing to emerge.   Here in how video can be enhanced, utilized. 

Research Teaches AI How People Move with Internet VideosThe Michigan Engineer News Center

The project enables neural networks to model how people are…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Puzzle Reviews by a Puzzle Writer

Not puzzling reviews Princeton University Press page Jason Rosenhouse is professor in the Department of Mathematics at James Madison University. His research focuses on algebraic graph theory and analytic number theory involving…


From insideHPC

Quantum: UChicago Researchers Show Qubits Retaining Information for Hours or Longer — ‘An Eternity’

Quantum: UChicago Researchers Show Qubits Retaining Information for Hours or Longer — ‘An Eternity’

Touting major potential implications for quantum computing, researchers at the University of Chicago have released a study in which they demonstrated control of “quantum memories of silicon carbide,” the ability to control individual…


From Schneier on Security

Documented Death from a Ransomware Attack

Documented Death from a Ransomware Attack

A Dusseldorf woman died when a ransomware attack against a hospital forced her to be taken to a different hospital in another city.

I think this is the first documented case of a cyberattack causing a fatality. UK hospitals had…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Licenses OpenAI’s GPT-3 Language Model

Microsoft Licenses OpenAI’s GPT-3 Language Model

Exclusively.  Now this is very good and somewhat unexpected.   Thinking of ways it might be used within the context of work needs in Teams.    Say for example constructing documents that describe the agreements made a meeting…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More on Endpoint Security

More on Endpoint Security

More on this topic by Cisco, see the other parts of this pointed to. Note its particular relevance for remote work.

Why Endpoint Security Matters in Protecting Remote Workers – Part 2    By Pat Correia

As attack surfaces expand…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of Work by Microsoft Teams

Future of Work by Microsoft Teams

Nice to see Microsoft Teams expanding their capabilities.   Have now used Teams now many times, like it. Now lets see more assistance built in.

Microsoft aims to enable the future of work with new Teams features and devices  By…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Europeans Would Consider Augmentation

Europeans Would Consider Augmentation

Depends on what you mean by augmentation,   we already pay for lots of it already.   Health vs intelligence, vs requested assistance?    Inevitable if properly demonstrated.

Majority of Europeans Would Consider Human Augmentation…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

A General-Audience Talk: How Computing May Change Our World

A General-Audience Talk: How Computing May Change Our World

While the Computing Research Association’s Computing Community Consortium (CCC) works to catalyze the computing community for the public good, we have rarely prepare talks suitable for the non-computer-scientist public. Fortunately…


From insideHPC

Graphcore Launches Global Partner Program

Graphcore Launches Global Partner Program

BRISTOL, England, Sept. 22, 2020 — Graphcore has announced the launch of its Elite Partner Program, a global network of channel partners helping to fulfil customer demand for the company’s AI compute platform, the IPU-M2000 and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

When Bots Negotiate, Will Human's Deceive?

When Bots Negotiate,  Will Human's Deceive?

Interesting piece that approaches the meaning of 'cooperation'.   

When bots do the negotiating, humans more likely to engage in deceptive techniques  by University of Southern California

 Recently computer scientists at USC Institute…


From Schneier on Security

On Executive Order 12333

On Executive Order 12333

Mark Jaycox has written a long article on the US Executive Order 12333: “No Oversight, No Limits, No Worries: A Primer on Presidential Spying and Executive Order 12,333“:

Abstract: Executive Order 12,333 (“EO 12333”) is a 1980s…