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May 2020


From The Eponymous Pickle

Automating Threat Detection

Automating Threat Detection

Recorded Future talks about thread detection and response.   Recall we tessted some of their methods and wrote about them here in their early days.  Worth a look.   Much more at the link.

Automating Threat Detection and Response…


From insideHPC

Atos Launches First Supercomputer Equipped with NVIDIA A100 GPU

Atos Launches First Supercomputer Equipped with NVIDIA A100 GPU

Today Atos announced its new BullSequana X2415, the first supercomputer in Europe to integrate NVIDIA’s Ampere next-generation graphics processing unit architecture, the NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPU. This new supercomputer blade…


From insideHPC

Lenovo to deploy 17 Petaflop supercomputer at KIT in Germany

Lenovo to deploy 17 Petaflop supercomputer at KIT in Germany

Today Lenovo announced a contract for a 17 petaflop supercomputer at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany. Called HoreKa, the system will come online this Fall and will be handed over to the scientific communities…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

What is your School IT Department’s Mission?

What is your School IT Department’s Mission?

My school ran a pair of online awards events yesterday. We had almost 850 people on the day time Zoom meeting and around 500 on the evening one. These are both on a par with our events in the building in previous years. But that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sony AI Intelligent Image Sensors

Sony AI Intelligent Image Sensors

What appears to be a considerable means of creating IOT intelligence based on such chips.

Sony Says It Created World’s First Image Sensor With Built-in AI
By Takashi Mochizuki and Vlad Savov in Bloomberg
May 14, 2020, 3:00 AM  

Sony…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Can Personality Determine How we Interact with Future AI?

Can Personality Determine How we Interact with Future AI?

Very thoughtful piece in DSC.  I am suspicious of using the Myers-Briggs model here.  Read the complete article there, and join DSC for much more.

Could your personality decide how you can collaborate with AI in future jobs?
Posted…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Brands Winning in The Smart Home: Webinar

Brands Winning in The Smart Home: Webinar

Of interest, will be attending, register at the link.

Webinar:May 21, 1PM ET    How top brands win the smart home
Integration strategies from iRobot, LIFX, and Ring 

In this webinar you will learn:

How smart home companies decide…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sensors Hacking for Neural Net Activity

Sensors Hacking for Neural Net Activity

Thinking this. Another use of sensors to examine activity, and potentially determine 'secrets'.

Preventing AI From Divulging Its Own Secrets
IEEE Spectrum
Jeremy Hsu

North Carolina State University (NC State) researchers have demonstrated…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Computing Innovation Fellows Program 2020

Computing Innovation Fellows Program 2020

The Computing Research Association (CRA) and Computing Community Consortium (CCC) are pleased to announce a new Computing Innovation Fellows (CIFellows) Program for 2020. This program recognizes the significant disruption to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Airports Testing Thermal Cameras

Airports Testing Thermal Cameras

Inevitable to see this general screening, for liability and more ...

Airports are testing thermal cameras and other technology to screen travelers for COVID-19  by Hugo Martín in TechxPlore

Airports equipped with full-body scanners…


From insideHPC

Supermicro steps up with NVIDIA A100 GPU-Powered Systems

Supermicro steps up with NVIDIA A100 GPU-Powered Systems

Today Supermicro announced two new AI systems based on NVIDIA A100 GPUs. NVIDIA A100 is the first elastic, multi-instance GPU that unifies training, inference, HPC, and analytics. "Optimized for AI and machine learning, Supermicro…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Maintain Your Learning, the World is Chainging

Maintain Your Learning, the World is Chainging

This gets to my most often rant.   Was making it long before recent events.    Make sure your AI/ML methods include provision for continued ongoing maintenance.  The world continues to shift under your feet.

Our weird behavior…


From Computational Complexity

Awesome Video from Women In Theory!

Below is an awesome video made by WIT (Women In Theory) on May 10, 2020 to celebrate the women in our field and in place of the Women in Theory Workshop that was supposed to take place


@Simons in June. ENJOY:














From insideHPC

Video: NVIDIA Launches Ampere Data Center GPU

Video: NVIDIA Launches Ampere Data Center GPU

In this video, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang announces the first GPU based on the NVIDIA Ampere architecture, the NVIDIA A100. Their fastest GPU ever is in now in full production and shipping to customers worldwide. “NVIDIA A100 GPU…


From insideHPC

How HPC is aiding the fight against COVID-19

How HPC is aiding the fight against COVID-19

In this special guest feature, Dr. Rosemary Francis writes that HPC is playing a massive part in the fight against Covid-19 through modeling, genomics, and drug discovery. "Thanks to the work in labs and HPC centres around the…


From insideHPC

New NVIDIA DGX A100 Packs Record 5 Petaflops of AI Performance for Training, Inference, and Data Analytics

New NVIDIA DGX A100 Packs Record 5 Petaflops of AI Performance for Training, Inference, and Data Analytics

Today NVIDIA unveiled the NVIDIA DGX A100 AI system, delivering 5 petaflops of AI performance and consolidating the power and capabilities of an entire data center into a single flexible platform. "DGX A100 systems integrate …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Enterprise Blockchains are Hackable

Enterprise Blockchains are Hackable

I have heard it in presentations that blockchains provide a hack proof environment since they are walled-off.  This article suggests its not the case, especially depending ow you define the 'hack', for example  if it is  Denial…


From Schneier on Security

US Government Exposes North Korean Malware

US Government Exposes North Korean Malware

US Cyber Command has uploaded North Korean malware samples to the VirusTotal aggregation repository, adding to the malware samples it uploaded in February. The first of the new malware variants, COPPERHEDGE, is described as a…


From insideHPC

Atos delivers Quantum Learning Machine to Japan

Atos delivers Quantum Learning Machine to Japan

Today Atos announced that it has sold its Atos Quantum Learning Machine (QLM), the world’s highest-performing commercially available quantum simulator, through its APAC distributor Intelligent Wave Inc. (IWI), in Japan. This …


From BLOG@CACM

The World's Largest Commercial Cylindrical Slide Rule has a Scale Length of 24m

The World's Largest Commercial Cylindrical Slide Rule has a Scale Length of 24m

The world's largest mass-produced cylindrical slide rules come from Loga-Calculator AG in Zurich/Uster, Switzerland.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Women in Theory Presents – I Will Survive

Women in Theory Presents – I Will Survive

The following is a guest blog from CCC Chair Mark D. Hill.  In these troubled times of COVID-19, it is especially helpful to remember a joie de vivre. The Women of (Computer Science) Theory (WIT) convincingly demonstrate this…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Stressed, not Broken Food Supply Chain

Stressed, not Broken Food Supply Chain

Good piece in Supermarket News.  Been following closely, and my observations are that though the shelves are less full, and variety may have been hit, there is still lots to buy..

Supply chain is not broken — but it’s definitely…


From insideHPC

MemVerge Introduces Big Memory Computing

MemVerge Introduces Big Memory Computing

Today MemVerge introduced Big Memory Computing. This new category is sparking a revolution in data center architecture where all applications will run in memory. Big Memory Computing is the combination of DRAM, persistent memory…


From insideHPC

TMGcore teams with OnPoint Warranty for OTTO Immersive Cooling Platform

TMGcore teams with OnPoint Warranty for OTTO Immersive Cooling Platform

Today TMGcore announced it has partnered with OnPoint Warranty Solutions, a warranty administrator, to construct and administer its OTTO data center platform warranty program. "TMGcore’s key focus is on building our technology…


From insideHPC

AMD Rolls out Radeon Pro VII Workstation Graphics Card

AMD Rolls out Radeon Pro VII Workstation Graphics Card

Today announced the AMD Radeon Pro VII workstation graphics card for broadcast and engineering professionals, delivering exceptional graphics and computational performance, as well as innovative features. The new graphics card…


From insideHPC

Quantum StorNext Makes Cloud Content More Accessible, Speeds Data Retrieval

Quantum StorNext Makes Cloud Content More Accessible, Speeds Data Retrieval

Today Quantum Corp. announced new advancements for its StorNext file system and data management software designed to make cloud content more accessible, with significantly improved read and write speeds for any cloud and object…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Methods of Text Summarization

Methods of Text Summarization

Ultimately a powerful concept.    We examined its use with group meetings and focus groups, to gather important topic information, a kind of more focused crowdsourcing of information.   Often aimed at specific goals.  Also was…


From insideHPC

Video: The Future of Quantum Computing with IBM

Video: The Future of Quantum Computing with IBM

In this video, Dario Gil from IBM shares results from the IBM Quantum Challenge and describes how you can access and program quantum computers on the IBM Cloud today. "Those working in the Challenge joined all those who regularly…


From Schneier on Security

New U.S. Electronic Warfare Platform

New U.S. Electronic Warfare Platform

The Army is developing a new electronic warfare pod capable of being put on drones and on trucks. ...the Silent Crow pod is now the leading contender for the flying flagship of the Army's rebuilt electronic warfare force. Army…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the Future of Machine Learning Engineers

On the Future of Machine Learning Engineers

Agreed, and it will be rolled into data management, statistical and simulation methods.   And will be converting to automated methods.

Machine Learning Engineers Will Not Exist In 10 Years.     By Towards Data Science

The role

Machine…