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June 2019


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Duplex Calls are often From Humans

Google Duplex Calls are often From Humans

Much akin to our own attempts at putting people and/or humans in a conversational path, and looking for signals in the interaction to determine when you should shift from one kind of agent to the other.

I assume almost always

I…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Open Source Intelligence

On Open Source Intelligence

Forms of intelligence addressing risk and threat.

What Is Open Source Intelligence and How Is it Used?
By The Recorded Future Team on February 19, 2019

Key Takeaways

Open source intelligence is derived from data and information that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IOTA Partners with Avery Dennison Manufacturing

IOTA Partners with Avery Dennison Manufacturing

Been intrigued by some of IOTa's unique method of consensus, using a Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG).  No Mining.  Looks to be another assured tracking play in the supply chain.

IOTA Now Partners With Luxury Giant, Surges By 20%
Directed…


From insideHPC

Nominations Open for Woman Leader in Technical Computing Award

Nominations Open for Woman Leader in Technical Computing Award

Nominations are now open for the second biennial Emerging Woman Leader in Technical Computing Award. The award, which is presented in odd-numbered years at the annual SC conference, was launched to address the relative lack of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Salesforce to Acquire Tableau

Salesforce to Acquire Tableau

Worked with Tableau from the very beginning.   Seen impressive things from both companies.  Indications from both for linking to learning AI.

Salesforce is buying data visualization company Tableau for $15.7B in all-stock deal


From insideHPC

Future MareNostrum 5 Supercomputer at BSC to host Made-in-Europe Technologies

Future MareNostrum 5 Supercomputer at BSC to host Made-in-Europe Technologies

Today the Barcelona Supercomputing Center announced plans to host EuroHPC processor technologies within its future Mare Norstrom 5 supercomputer. "Offering an heterogenous architecture, probably based on two big clusters with…


From insideHPC

Altair HyperWorks 2019 product development platform Speeds Time-to-Market

Altair HyperWorks 2019 product development platform Speeds Time-to-Market

Today Altair released HyperWorks 2019, the latest version of its simulation- and AI-driven product development platform. "Our development focus for HyperWorks 2019 was to increase solve speed and functionality across our solutions…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Catalyzing Computing Podcast Episode 11 – Federal Funding for Science with Peter Harsha

Catalyzing Computing Podcast Episode 11 – Federal Funding for Science with Peter Harsha

A new episode of the Catalyzing Computing podcast is now available. In this episode Khari Douglas sits down with Peter Harsha, the Director of Government affairs for the Computing Research Association (CRA), to discuss the federal…


From insideHPC

NEC Delivers HPC Cluster to RWTH Aachen University in Germany

NEC Delivers HPC Cluster to RWTH Aachen University in Germany

Today NEC announced that RWTH Aachen University in Germany has started operations of a new HPC cluster. Called CLAIX-2018 the system augments the university's existing CLAIX-2016 installation. "RWTH Aachen is one of the most …


From insideHPC

The Convergence of HPC and AI Workloads Requires Flexibility and Performance

The Convergence of HPC and AI Workloads Requires Flexibility and Performance

Finding the best solution to meet the requirements for intertwined HPC and AI workloads requires us tolook at the overall platform benefits versus the benefits of individual technologies. With exascale on the horizon, the blending…


From Schneier on Security

Employment Scam

Employment Scam

Interesting story of an old-school remote-deposit capture fraud scam, wrapped up in a fake employment scam. Slashdot thread....


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Change the Programming Language, Change the Course

Change the Programming Language, Change the Course

A recent Facebook post suggested changing the language for Advanced Placement Computer Science A (what some of us annoy others by calling AP Java). This comes up regularly with lots of people suggesting their favorite language…


From [email protected]

A Design Perspective on Computational Thinking

A Design Perspective on Computational Thinking

Maybe we can just design away the need to teach computational thinking


From insideHPC

Simplifying NVIDIA GPU Driver Deployment on Red Hat Linux

Simplifying NVIDIA GPU Driver Deployment on Red Hat Linux

Over at the NVIDIA blog, Pramod Ramarao writes that NVIDIA and Red Hat have worked closely to improve the user experience when installing and updating NVIDIA software on RHEL, including GPU drivers and CUDA. "The NVIDIA / Red…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Netflix: A Fast Growing Threat

Netflix: A Fast Growing Threat

Former colleague Bob Herbold talks about fast-growing early innovator Netflix:

Bob's Gutsy Leadership Blog
Netflix: Underestimating a Fast-Growing Threat?

Netflix has always been the innovator who was way out in front of the current…


From insideHPC

RDMA, Scalable MPI-3 RMA, and Next-Generation Post-RDMA Interconnects

RDMA, Scalable MPI-3 RMA, and Next-Generation Post-RDMA Interconnects

Torsten Hoefler from ETH Zurich gave this talk at the Swiss HPC Conference. "Network cards contain rather powerful processors optimized for data movement and limiting the functionality to remote direct memory access seems unnecessarily…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Growth Modeling

Growth Modeling

Good piece by Vincent Granville on growth modeling in DSC.  Non technical.  Intro below with details at the link.

Growth Modeling for Business Managers and Executives
Posted by Vincent Granville  in DSC

You don't need a sophisticated…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Is the Future Tailored Chat?

Is the Future Tailored Chat?

Its already chat, but its a form of sloppy chat with only minimal help. 

Is the Future Chat?
Google sees Gmail as key to its collaboration plans
‘We are not going to live in a world where everyone abandons email and moves all of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tracking Transparency

Tracking Transparency

IOS starts to practice transparency in tracking.   May not change your behavior, but interesting in its breadth and depth of the practice in Apps.   A kind of data you can use?

iOS 13 will show locations where apps have tracked…


From The Eponymous Pickle

People First AI Strategy

People First AI Strategy

Considerable article that is a transcript of a conversation with  Soumitra Dutta, professor of operations, technology, and information management at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business on how decisions need to be made

Why…


From Computational Complexity

Ray Miller, one of our founders, Passes away at the age of 90

Ray Miller, one of the founders of our field, passed away recently at the age of 90.



He has associations with both GA Tech and The University of Maryland, so both Lance and I have a connection to him. As does Dick Lipton who…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (June 7th 2019)

Science and Technology links (June 7th 2019)

There is a new drug reaching phase-3 clinical trials (the last phase) for knee osteoarthritis. It seems to be able to regrow cartilage. Bank of America analysts predict that human lifespan will soon reach 100 years old. If that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Scout Robot will Crawl Sidewalks

Amazon Scout Robot will Crawl Sidewalks

And if you can't fly a package in on a drone, you can crawl along the sidewalk to make delivery with a robot that looks like a picnic ice chest.  Amazon is trying them all.   Will they need clearance?  Good details at the link…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Raymond Edward Miller Just Passed Away

Miller just passed away at 90 [ GIT ] Ray Miller just passed away. He had been a researcher and leader at IBM Research, Georgia Tech, and University of Maryland. At all he did important research and also was a leader: a group…


From insideHPC

Report: Machine Learning Workloads Bolstering HPC Market

Report: Machine Learning Workloads Bolstering HPC Market

Intersect360 Research has completed its market sizing and new five-year forecast for the High Performance Computing industry. “AI workloads are sweeping through all types of enterprises and research, which is affecting both the…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Systems Automation Engineer at PSC

Job of the Week: Systems Automation Engineer at PSC

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is seeking a Systems Automation Engineer in our Job of the Week. "In this role, you will primarily be responsible for developing and maintaining software tooling to enable scalable administration…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart InHome Delivery

Wal-Mart InHome Delivery

Reminds me of to the to car delivery of items by Amazon.   Have not heard if that is still active.  Received lots of attention this week,  gets Wal-Mart attention as forward thinking. but probably has very narrow application.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Speeding Up Blockchain

Speeding Up Blockchain

Speed becomes very important when we need to quickly apply in real time.  Note the permissioned vs Permissionless distinction here.

Speeding Up Blockchain to Meet Real-World Speeds and Needs
University of Waterloo News

Researchers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Recommending Deep Learning for Your Company

Recommending Deep Learning for Your Company

Useful outline.  With cautions.

Should You Be Recommending Deep Learning Solutions in Your Company?    Posted by William Vorhies 

Summary:  If you are guiding your company’s digital journey, to what extent should you be advising…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Underwater Street-View

Underwater Street-View

Been a long time follower of underwater live cameras.   A number of coastal communities support them.  Maintaining them is often a problem though, the ones I track are often down.   Have examined the use of them to track fish…