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May 2019


From insideHPC

Video: Atos Partners with Google Cloud for HPC

Video: Atos Partners with Google Cloud for HPC

Today Atos announced that the Google Cloud has selected the company as an HPC services partner, expanding the global partnership with new services for enterprise customers. "Leveraging the skilled workforce, speed and scale of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dust Sized Brain Implants

Dust Sized Brain Implants

Lots of uses for the very small

Wireless Network Brings Dust-Sized Brain Implants a Step Closer
Engineers have designed a scheme to let thousands of brain implants talk at up to 10 megabits per second  By Samuel K. Moore

Wireless…


From Schneier on Security

International Spy Museum Reopens

International Spy Museum Reopens

The International Spy Museum has reopened in Washington, DC....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Edge: Rodney Brooks on Models of Brains

Edge: Rodney Brooks on Models of Brains

From the Edge, thoughts, podcast and transcript regarding Computation, machines and minds.

A Talk By Rodney A. Brooks [5.13.19]
Have we gotten into a cul-de-sac in trying to understand animals as machines from the combination of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Virtualitics Update

Virtualitics Update

Some time ago I mentioned I had taken a look at the immersive data visualization and analysis environment Virtualitics.  Have received an update of their work with demonstration videos and motivations that is worth a look:

Virtualitics…


From The Eponymous Pickle

China Tech Giants Known as the BATs

China Tech Giants Known as the BATs

New to me.  Video at the link.

Who are the Chinese tech giants know as the BATs?  :  BBC

Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google have become formidable tech giants. But China has come up with its own champions - Baidu, Alibaba…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Join My Meeting

Alexa Join My Meeting

Slightly surprising given Google's recent moves, will work with Google Suite and also MS Office, Skype, Zoom, Chime and others.  For a limited time open to all Alexa users,  but apparently later will revert to only subscribers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blockchain: Why, When and How? Link it to Process

Blockchain: Why, When and How? Link it to Process

Cautionary tale about Blockchains and all that in the TechRepublic.  With links to Gartner stats.  Fatigue only if it is not appropriately linked to real process and business goals.      If you have not developed a process map…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Setting up a ROCKPro64 (powerful single-card computer)

Setting up a ROCKPro64 (powerful single-card computer)

A few months ago, I ordered ROCKPro64. If you are familiar with the Raspberry Pi, then it is a bit of the same… an inexpensive computer that comes in the form of a single card. The ROCKPro64 differs from the Raspberry Pi in that…


From Schneier on Security

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

This is a current list of where and when I am scheduled to speak: I'm speaking on "Securing a World of Physically Capable Computers" at Oxford University on Monday, June 17, 2019. The list is maintained on this page....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Redesigns their Overall Shopping Experience

Google Redesigns their Overall Shopping Experience

They needed to, and the outcome is worth understanding.  Remove confusion, intelligently combine sources, frictionless ....

Making it easier to shop across Google    By Surojit Chattarjee  Vice President, Product Management, Shopping…


From insideHPC

Intel Xeon Scalable Processors Set Deep Learning Performance Record on ResNet-50

Intel Xeon Scalable Processors Set Deep Learning Performance Record on ResNet-50

Today Intel announced a deep learning performance record on image classification workloads. "Today, we have achieved leadership performance of 7878 images per second on ResNet-50 with our latest generation of Intel® Xeon® Scalable…


From insideHPC

Quadric.io to Build “Supercomputer for Edge Devices”

Quadric.io to Build “Supercomputer for Edge Devices”

Today chip startup Quadric.io announced plans to build the world’s first "supercomputer" specifically designed for the real-time needs of autonomous systems. "Instead of building a heterogeneous system with CPUs/GPUs/FPGAs & …


From insideHPC

EuroHPC – The EU Strategy in High Performance Computing

EuroHPC – The EU Strategy in High Performance Computing

Thomas Skordas from the European Commission gave this talk at EuroHPC Summit Week in Poland. "The EuroHPC Summit Week brings together relevant European supercomputing stakeholders and decision makers, allowing them to share on…


From insideHPC

Univa Powers ASIC Designs at eSilicon

Univa Powers ASIC Designs at eSilicon

Today Univa announced that eSilicon has selected Univa’s Grid Engine to help manage its complex FinFET ASIC and IP designs and scale its environment, as well as better manage its ever-increasing workload and demand for capacity…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Catalyzing Computing Podcast Episode 9 – Interview with Beth Mynatt Part 1

Catalyzing Computing Podcast Episode 9 – Interview with Beth Mynatt Part 1

A new episode of the Catalyzing Computing podcast is out now! In this episode Khari Douglas interviews Dr. Beth Mynatt, the Executive Director of Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology (IPaT), a College of Computing…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Internet, Dogs, and the ABC Conjecture

An inappropriate comment on the ABC conjecture Joseph Oesterlé and David Masser are famous for their independent discovery of the ABC conjecture. Today I want to point out an unfair comment about their discovery. On the Internet…


From insideHPC

Aerospace Moving Forward with Modeling and Simulation

Aerospace Moving Forward with Modeling and Simulation

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Gemma Church writes that the aerospace industry is stuck in the past – but it isn't due to a lack of new simulation and modeling techniques. "While there have been…


From Wild WebMink

OSI Board Evolution

OSI Board Evolution

I spent last week in New York at the annual new-inductees face-to-face Board meeting of the Open Source Initiative Board (pictured below – Christine Hall is also a member but was unable to join us). Having spent the last 11…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Clothes Folding Robot Closes

Clothes Folding Robot Closes

One of the ultimate examples for home chore completion was washing, drying, folding, ironing and putting away your laundry.    Well the company that had a demo doing that has folded (closed).    Implications for classic home

Is…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI and the Dark Web

AI and the Dark Web

Intriguing interactions.   Again a pointer towards looking for patterns of data and activity.

Artificial intelligence shines light on the dark web
by Kylie Foy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

To match users from different…


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

ACM-W Connections–May 2019

ACM-W Connections–May 2019

Letter from ACM-W Chair News from ACM-W Celebrations News from ACM-W Scholarships News from ACM-W Europe Welcome from the ACM-W Chair On April 12-13, ACM-W once again hosted a group of international guests to attend the 2019…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Echo Adds Home Security Feature

Amazon Echo Adds Home Security Feature

An unexpected security feature for the smart home.    No additional  hardware required.

Amazon’s Echo can now detect when someone is breaking into your home in Fastcompany

Amazon has announced that all Echo devices in the U.S.

Alexa…


From Schneier on Security

Cryptanalysis of SIMON-32/64

Cryptanalysis of SIMON-32/64

A weird paper was posted on the Cryptology ePrint Archive (working link is via the Wayback Machine), claiming an attack against the NSA-designed cipher SIMON. You can read some commentary about it here. Basically, the authors…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Request Comments on Draft: A 20-Year Community Roadmap for AI Research in the US

Request Comments on Draft: A 20-Year Community Roadmap for AI Research in the US

CCC Chair Mark D. Hill, CCC Vice Chair Liz Bradley, and CCC Director Ann Schwartz Drobnis provided significant contributions to this post. The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) requests comments by May 28, 2019 on a draft…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Shape Structuralizing for Design and More

Shape Structuralizing for Design and More

Liked this, especially as it could be connected to supply chains,  procurement, compliance ....


Smart software tool could pave the way for changing how things get designed, made, and supplied
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — If you don’t…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA DGX-2 Delivers Record Performance on STAC-A3 Benchmark

NVIDIA DGX-2 Delivers Record Performance on STAC-A3 Benchmark

Today NVIDIA announced record performance on STAC-A3, the financial services industry benchmark suite for backtesting trading algorithms to determine how strategies would have performed on historical data. "Using an NVIDIA DGX…


From insideHPC

Diagnose Network Problems Faster with Mellanox WJH Technology

Diagnose Network Problems Faster with Mellanox WJH Technology

Today Mellanox announced an advanced Network Telemetry technology that provides visibility into Data Plane Anomalies – for public cloud, private cloud and enterprise computing. "What Just Happened (WJH) is a new intelligent monitoring…


From insideHPC

Turkey Joins European HPC Joint Undertaking

Turkey Joins European HPC Joint Undertaking

The nation of Turkey has joined the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking. Established in November 2018, the joint initiative aims to develop a supercomputing ecosystem in Europe, building top-of-the-range machines…


From insideHPC

GCS in Germany Appoints Prof. Dr. Dieter Kranzlmüller as Chairman of the Board

GCS in Germany Appoints Prof. Dr. Dieter Kranzlmüller as Chairman of the Board

Today the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing in Germany announced the appointment of Prof. Dr. Dieter Kranzlmüller as its new Chair of the Board of Directors. "As we advance towards the exascale threshold of computing and an era…