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October 2021


From insideHPC

DARPA Program Aims to Build Quantum-inspired Solvers

DARPA Program Aims to Build Quantum-inspired Solvers

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Quantum-Inspired Classical Computing (QuICC) program seeks to leverage lessons learned from benchmarking quantum algorithms to develop QI solvers for a range of complex …


From insideHPC

Let’s Talk Exascale: Chandrasekaran on Teaching Supercomputing and Leading ECP’s SOLLVE Project

Let’s Talk Exascale: Chandrasekaran on Teaching Supercomputing and Leading ECP’s SOLLVE Project

In this episode of the Exascale Computing Project’s Let’s Talk Exascale, the ECP’s Scott Gibson interviewed Sunita Chandrasekaran, the new principal investigator of the ECP SOLLVE (Scaling OpenMP With LLVm for Exascale Performance…


From insideHPC

SoftIron Names Kenneth Van Alstyne CTO

SoftIron Names Kenneth Van Alstyne CTO

Richmond, VA – October 5th, 2021 – SoftIron Ltd., maker of purpose-built data infrastructure solutions, today announced the appointment of Kenneth Van Alstyne to the position of Chief Technology Officer. Van Alstyne will be tasked…


From insideHPC

Quantum Computing Inc. Announces ‘Domain-Wall’ Encoding Findings

Quantum Computing Inc. Announces ‘Domain-Wall’ Encoding Findings

LEESBURG, Va., October 5, 2021 — Quantum Computing Inc. (Nasdaq: QUBT), a company focused on bridging classical and quantum computing, today announced research that provides evidence that “domain-wall” encoding — a method for…


From insideHPC

D-Wave’s Cross-platform Offering to Cover Annealing and Gate-model Quantum Computers

D-Wave’s Cross-platform Offering to Cover Annealing and Gate-model Quantum Computers

BURNABY, B.C. — October 5, 2021 – Quantum computing systems and software company D-Wave Systems Inc. today said at its annual user conference, Qubits, it has released a performance update to its Advantage quantum system, a new…


From The Eponymous Pickle

UC Center for Business Analytics Data Science Symposium

UC Center for Business Analytics Data Science Symposium

UC Center for Business Analytics

Data Science Symposium 2021 will be a virtual event on Tuesday, October 12 from 12:00 PM - 2:45 PM.  There will be three speakers from Coterie Insurance, McDonald's, and the University of Cincinnati…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Saving Capitalism

Saving Capitalism

A podcast of interest,  based on my employers of the past,  plan to listen to.

First He Saved Unilever. Now He Wants to Save Capitalism.

HBR IdeaCast

Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever, led a dazzling career in consumer goods,“Net…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deep Learning for Material Design

Deep Learning for Material Design

 Notice the advanced methods being used, like genetic algorithms to improve training.  Use for materials.  Material design continues to be a strong area of use.   See my 'materials' tag.  Technical.

Deep Learning Framework toKAIST…


From insideHPC

Akridata Launches Edge Data Platform for ‘Data-Centric AI’

Akridata Launches Edge Data Platform for ‘Data-Centric AI’

SILICON VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 5, 2021 – Akridata, which calls itself a category-maker in Data-Centric AI, today announced the launch of the Akridata Edge Data Platform, which creates and manages smart data pipelines and AI workflows…


From insideHPC

Quantum Corp. Launches Long-Term Archiving with Object Storage Services

Quantum Corp. Launches Long-Term Archiving with Object Storage Services

SAN JOSE, October 5, 2021 — Quantum Corporation (NASDAQ: QMCO) today announced two breakthrough innovations aimed at organizations generating, storing, and managing huge amounts of data. Quantum is introducing ActiveScale Cold…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Common Sense is Hard

Common Sense is Hard

A key consideration .... 

An AI expert explains why it’s hard to give computers something you take for granted: Common sense

August 17, 2021 8.09am EDT, Author, Mayank Kejriwal

Research Assistant Professor of Industrial & Systems…


From insideHPC

HPE’s HPC and AI Solutions for the Energy Industry: Driving the Transition from Fossil Fuels to a Renewables Future

HPE’s HPC and AI Solutions for the Energy Industry: Driving the Transition from Fossil Fuels to a Renewables Future

{SPONSORED CONTENT]   The oil & gas industry has been a high-rev engine driving HPC growth for more than 40 years. It’s a sector with insatiable demand for supercomputing processing power and high performance, high capacity data…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Neuro Rights Laws

Neuro Rights Laws

 First I had heard it stated this way.    May also effect things like 'neuromarketing'? 

In the Face of Neurotechnology Advances, Chile Passes 'Neuro Rights' Law

By Agence France-Presse, October 1, 2021

Chile has become the first…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital Nomads Surging

Digital Nomads Surging

A look at studies of the surge.

The Number of Digital Nomads Surged Again in 2021  

The pandemic-driven seismic shift to remote led to continued strong growth in the number of American digital nomads in 2021.  By Steve King

The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Thoughts on the Great Resignation

Thoughts on the Great Resignation

Quitting vs Keeping

With So Many People Quitting, Don’t Overlook Those Who Stay

by Debbie Cohen and Kate Roeske-Zummer,  October 01, 2021  in  HBR

Summary.   The marketplace for talent has shifted. You need to think of your employees…


From Putting People First

People Going Full Circle – Free Experientia report

People Going Full Circle – Free Experientia report

Download free Experientia report on the role of consumer behavior in making food purchasing and product packaging more sustainable.


From Putting People First

Le persone che chiudono il cerchio – Rapporto gratuito di Experientia

Le persone che chiudono il cerchio – Rapporto gratuito di Experientia

Rapporto gratuito di Experientia sul ruolo del comportamento dei consumatori nel rendere più sostenibile l’acquisto degli alimenti e il packaging dei prodotti.


From Putting People First

Digital for Care – Free Experientia report

Digital for Care – Free Experientia report

Download free Experientia report on key trends and design challenges in home and remote care when patient and caregivers use online platforms and on-body health devices


From Putting People First

Digital for Care – Rapporto gratuito di Experientia

Digital for Care – Rapporto gratuito di Experientia

Rapporto gratuito su tendenze chiave e sfide di design nell'assistenza a domicilio e a distanza quando il paziente e i caregiver usano piattaforme online e dispositivi per la salute.


From The Eponymous Pickle

McKinsey has some How To's on what They Call Cyber Resilience:

McKinsey has some How To's on what They Call Cyber Resilience:

McKinsey comes up with some good ideas about the process of being cyber smart.  Here are all the headings,  click through for much more.

How to be cyber smart

October 3, 2021  The pandemic amped up all things digital and accelerated…


From Computational Complexity

How have computers changed society? Harry Lewis (with co-authors) have a book out on that.

 (Disclosure - Harry Lewis was my PhD advisor.)


It seems like just a few weeks ago I I blogged about a book of Harry Lewis's that was recently available (see here).  And now I am blogging about another one. Writing two books in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Graph Aware Machine Learning

Graph Aware Machine Learning

New to me.  But makes sense to use to add the knowledge inherent in a graph used to represent its application as in a Semantic Ontology.  Looking forward to consider that. 

Cognitive Analytics: Graph Aware Machine Learning   by…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Working in virtual reality

Working in virtual reality

Inspired by a post by Paul Tomlinson, I wrote my last blog post entirely in virtual reality (VR). You put on goggles and see a virtual version of your computer screen wherever you would like. Otherwise, everything around youContinue…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (October 3rd 2021)

Science and Technology links (October 3rd 2021)

Most people were able to cure their diabetes by losing weight in a clinical trial. Video games improve intelligence over many years, while socializing has no effect. To go to Mars safely, time is of the essence because astronauts…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Self Healing Materials

Self Healing Materials

 Impressive direction introduced here, ultimately linked to healing,  'intelligent' materials.

Imperial College London researchers have created 3D building blocks that can heal themselves in response to damage.

The engineered living…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Active, Self-Healing Cybersecurity

Active, Self-Healing Cybersecurity

 Ideal, intelligent, but like AI, how generally practical today? 

On Active, Self-Healing Cybersecurity

ACM NEWS, Active Defenders

By David Geer, Commissioned by CACM Staff, September 30, 2021

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

OpenAI Codex Turns Written Language Into Computer Code

OpenAI Codex Turns Written Language Into Computer Code

 How different than LoCode?

OpenAI's Codex Turns Written Language Into Computer Code

By Axios, August 11, 2021

OpenAI is releasing an improved version of its Codex AI model that can read written instructions in conversational language…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Word-aligned Bloom filters

Word-aligned Bloom filters

Programmers often need to ‘filter out’ data. Suppose that you are given a database of users where only a small percentage are ‘paying customers’ (say 5% or less). You can write an SQL query to check whether a given user is indeed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Toilets, Again

Smart Toilets, Again

 During a visit to Japan in the 80s we saw related work being done.   Not sure where that went, but was a collaboration with a university.  And as a toilet tissue maker we also made a connection.  The word Smart Toilet was used…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Death Due to Ransomware?

Death Due to Ransomware?

Out of Schneier: 

The Wall Street Journal is reporting on a baby’s death at an Alabama hospital in 2019, which they argue was a direct result of the ransomware attack the hospital was undergoing. ... '

Discussion of where the negligence…