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March 2019


From insideHPC

Report: NREL Economic Impact Tops $1 Billion

Report: NREL Economic Impact Tops $1 Billion

What are the economic benefits of HPC? A new study by the University of Colorado Boulder's Leeds School of Business indicates that the economic impact of NREL amounted to more than $1.1 billion nationwide, while the impact on…


From [email protected]

Want Kids to Love Math and Science? Don't Use Those Words

Want Kids to Love Math and Science? Don't Use Those Words

At Mindbenders, we want kids to put down their textbooks and learn by creating and doing.


From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

UASG Elects New Chair and Vice Chairs

UASG Elects New Chair and Vice Chairs

Leadership to Continue the Group’s Work in Ensuring the Universal Acceptance of All Domain Names 15 MARCH 2019 – The Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) elects new Chair and three new Vice Chairs as its leadership team…


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

ACM-W Connections–March 2019

ACM-W Connections–March 2019

Letter from ACM-W Chair News from ACM-W Celebrations News from ACM-W Student Chapters News from ACM-W Professional Chapters News from ACM-W Scholarships News from ACM-W Europe Welcome from the ACM-W Chair Each year ACM presents…


From Schneier on Security

DARPA Is Developing an Open-Source Voting System

DARPA Is Developing an Open-Source Voting System

This sounds like a good development: ...a new $10 million contract the Defense Department's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched to design and build a secure voting system that it hopes will be impervious…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machine Learning Tracks Moving Cells

Machine Learning Tracks Moving Cells

Intriguing kind of application.  See the image at the link for a visual description of the idea. 

Machine Learning Tracks Moving Cells
by Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University in RDMag

Usiigaci,

Both…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Infographic Time Line of 30 Years of the Web

Infographic Time Line of 30 Years of the Web

Nicely done infographic visual by AppInstitute.  Interesting given I have lived through all this, which events I can remember, and which not.

History of the Web Timeline Infographic: Celebrating 30 Years of the World Wide Web
Posted…


From insideHPC

Submer SmartPodX Platform launches for OCP Immersion Cooling

Submer SmartPodX Platform launches for OCP Immersion Cooling

Today the European Submer startup announced that their latest SmartPod Immersion Cooling System conforms to both standard server formats and to Open Compute Project (OCP) specifications for high-performance, supercomputing, and…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

[email protected] – Socio-technical Cybersecurity: It’s All About People

CCC@AAAS2019 – Socio-technical Cybersecurity: It’s All About People

How does social science and government policy affect technology? That was the main question the Socio-technical Cybersecurity: It’s All About People scientific session attempted to answer at this year’s American Association for…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Laying out the Look of Deep Learnig

Laying out the Look of Deep Learnig

A dive into the Math of Deep learning,   not very deep,  more like structural look, reminds me of lots of books I read back in the 90s, which laid out  the structural architecture of neural networks,  detailed their computational…


From insideHPC

In a boon for HPC, Founding Members Sign SKA Observatory Treaty

In a boon for HPC, Founding Members Sign SKA Observatory Treaty

Earlier this week, countries involved in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project came together in Rome to sign an international treaty establishing the intergovernmental organization that will oversee the delivery of the world…


From insideHPC

Calista Redmond named CEO of RISC-V Foundation

Calista Redmond named CEO of RISC-V Foundation

Today the RISC-V Foundation announced that Calista Redmond has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective immediately. I’ve always understood the potential short- and long-term impact of the RISC-V license-free ISA…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Awards I Wish We Didn’t Need

Awards I Wish We Didn’t Need

Last week my school was told we had earned the College Board’s Female Diversity award for both Advanced Placement Computer Science A and Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles based on how many female students we hadWe…


From insideHPC

Swiss HPC Conference to Focus on Intersecting Interests, Industries, and Initiatives

Swiss HPC Conference to Focus on Intersecting Interests, Industries, and Initiatives

Coming up in April, AI and HPC practitioners share passions for cutting-edge technology and breakthrough R&D in Lugano, Switzerland at the tenth annual Swiss Conference and HPCXXL User Group. The joint sessions take place at …


From Computational Complexity

Captain Einstein

If the president of the United States uses "complexity" in a tweet, I can't leave it alone.



Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly. Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT. I see it all the…


From insideHPC

Building the business case for Hybrid HPC Cloud

Building the business case for Hybrid HPC Cloud

HPC hybrid cloudOver the past two years, we’ve seen a dramatic acceleration in cloud adoption for HPC. Intuitively cloud computing makes sense — it enables organizations to rent rather than buy expensive HPC hardware, deploy solutions faster…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Autonomous Ships Move Forward

Autonomous Ships Move Forward

Yet larger examples of autonomy in the supply chain.

How Europe's Busiest Port is Helping Make Autonomous Ships a Reality 
NBC News
By Linda Givetash

Dutch startup Captain AI is developing autonomous ships to replace traditional


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ford Researching Autonomous Taxis

Ford Researching Autonomous Taxis

Its likely that taxi and delivery services will commonly launch before consumer use, so do expect more of this.

Ford to expand autonomous-car research in race to launch robo-taxi service  By Trevor Mogg in Digitaltrends

The Future…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Web We Wanted at 30: By Tim Berners-Lee

The Web We Wanted at 30: By Tim Berners-Lee

Have seen a number of interviews with Tim Berners-Lee out on the Web turning 30, and how it has differed from expectations.  Agree too, early saw it as an internal, efficiency thing for knowledge linking and sharing, and certainly…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Age and the productivity of professors

Age and the productivity of professors

Professors tend to earn more as they become older. Woolley believes that professor’s contributions take a sharp turn downward after a certain point. If this is correct and professors retire at an increasingly older age, we have…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Fintech Reality

Fintech Reality

On Fintech, hype or promise?

Wharton's Itay Goldstein and Andrew Karolyi from Cornell discuss a new research intitiative that aims to clarify where the actual promise lies regarding fintech.

Three years ago, the editors at a top…


From insideHPC

New Study: Algorithms based on deep neural networks can be applied to quantum physics

New Study: Algorithms based on deep neural networks can be applied to quantum physics

A computer science research group from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has mathematically proven that artificial intelligence (AI) can help us understand currently unreachable quantum physics phenomena. The results have been…


From [email protected]

Why is Privacy So Hard?

Why is Privacy So Hard?

Why is privacy so hard? Why is it, after so much negative press about it, are we still being constantly tracked on the web and on our smartphones? Why is it, after so many years of bad incidents and high profile data breaches…


From insideHPC

Video: Benchmarking Performance with Quantum Volume

Video: Benchmarking Performance with Quantum Volume

"At the 2019 American Physical Society March Meeting, IBM unveiled a new scientific milestone, announcing its highest quantum volume to date. Quantum Volume is a measurement, a procedure developed by IBM, that determines how …


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Code 8.7: Using Computation Science and AI to End Modern Slavery

Code 8.7: Using Computation Science and AI to End Modern Slavery

On February 19-20, 2019 the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) co-sponsored the Code 8.7: Using Computation Science and AI to End Modern Slavery with the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research, The Alan Turing…


From insideHPC

Any better than Clever Hans? Putting AI systems to the test

Any better than Clever Hans? Putting AI systems to the test

As Machine Learning advances, how will we know that these systems are making the right decisions? In this story from the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, researchers are looking at the learning strategies of today's Ai systems…


From insideHPC

Tachyum Chip Startup gets $17 Million Capital Infusion from Slovak Government

Tachyum Chip Startup gets $17 Million Capital Infusion from Slovak Government

Today chip startup Tachyum announced that it has received capital from the Slovak government of almost $17 million dollars to help build a new R&D center within the country. This funding will assist in the final development phase…


From insideHPC

Video: The Game Changing Post-K Supercomputer for HPC, Big Data, and Ai

Video: The Game Changing Post-K Supercomputer for HPC, Big Data, and Ai

Satoshi Matsuoka from RIKEN gave this talk at the Rice Oil & Gas Conference. "Rather than to focus on double precision flops that are of lesser utility, rather Post-K, especially its Arm64fx processor and the Tofu-D network is…


From Schneier on Security

Judging Facebook's Privacy Shift

Judging Facebook's Privacy Shift

Facebook is making a new and stronger commitment to privacy. Last month, the company hired three of its most vociferous critics and installed them in senior technical positions. And on Wednesday, Mark Zuckerberg wrote that the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the Future of Knowledge Management

On the Future of Knowledge Management

Good non-technical piece in Forbes on elements of knowledge management that are addressed by taxonomies and ontologies.

Taxonomies, Ontologies and Machine Learning: The Future of Knowledge Management By Kurt Cagle in Cognitive…