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January 2019


From insideHPC

IBM rolls out Quantum Computer for Commercial Use

IBM rolls out Quantum Computer for Commercial Use

Today IBM unveiled IBM Q System One, the world's first integrated universal approximate quantum computing system designed for scientific and commercial use. "The IBM Q System One is a major step forward in the commercialization…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Go Could be $4 Billion Physical Retail

Amazon Go Could be $4 Billion Physical Retail

A push towards advanced checkout tech.

Report: Amazon Go could become $4 billion business
Analyst says cashierless retail concept “could be a game changer”
By Russell Redman  in Supermarket News

The sales opportunity for Amazon Go…


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Launching 6 Connected Products At CES

P&G Launching 6 Connected Products At CES

Good to see interesting moves here.

P&G Launching 6 Connected Products At CES by Chuck Martin  AI & IOT DAILY

Procter and Gamble is launching six new connected products at CES, the first time P&G is exhibiting at the annual tech…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Quantum Computing & Comic Books?

Quantum Computing & Comic Books?

The following is a special contribution to this blog by CCC Chair Mark D. Hill of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Quantum Computing (QC) is attracting considerable attention, including the National Quantum Initiative Act…


From insideHPC

Jülich Supercomputing Centre moves forward with 36 million euros of funding

Jülich Supercomputing Centre moves forward with 36 million euros of funding

Today the Jülich Supercomputing Centre in Germany announced 32.4 million euros in funding for continued research into such diverse areas as quantum computing and neuromorphic computing. "With the new JUWELS system, the research…


From insideHPC

Mellanox Powers New Hawk Supercomputer at HLRS with 200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand

Mellanox Powers New Hawk Supercomputer at HLRS with 200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand

Today Mellanox announced that its 200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand solutions were selected to accelerate a world-leading supercomputer at HLRS in Germany. The 5000-node supercomputer named “Hawk” will be built in 2019 and provide 24…


From insideHPC

Why you can save money by being left behind

Why you can save money by being left behind

In this special guest feature, Dr Rosemary Francis from Ellexus writes that Data Storage needs to be integral to your plans when moving HPC workloads to the Cloud. We can all admit to being pressured into investing in a new solution…


From Schneier on Security

Machine Learning to Detect Software Vulnerabilities

Machine Learning to Detect Software Vulnerabilities

No one doubts that artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) will transform cybersecurity. We just don't know how, or when. While the literature generally focuses on the different uses of AI by attackers and defenders…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intent, Devices and Marketing Funnels

Intent, Devices and Marketing Funnels

In Think with Google. Nothing is linear anymore.  Our devices can change our intent, based on changing context, anytime.    So how do we use this?

Intent and Marketing Funnels

How intent is redefining the marketing funnel     .…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon and Telenav

Amazon and Telenav

More new on how Amazon plans to place their systems n cars and connect retail channels. Broadening the idea of an assistant.

Amazon is getting more serious about Alexa in the car with Telenav deal
Megan Rose Dickey  @meganrosedickey…


From insideHPC

Call for Papers: High Performance Machine Learning Workshop (HPML2019) in Cyprus

Call for Papers: High Performance Machine Learning Workshop (HPML2019) in Cyprus

The 2nd High Performance Machine Learning Workshop (HPML2019) has issued their Call for Papers. The May 14 workshop will be collocated with CCGrid (19th IEEE/ACM International Symposium in Cluster, Cloud, and Grid Computing) …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Offices Getting Smarter

Offices Getting Smarter

We looked at this, not enough mentioned here about how direct assistance can be inserted.

Offices Grow 'Brains' as Companies Seek to Attract Smarter Workers 
Reuters  By Caroline Copley in Reuters

Property developers in Berlin,


From insideHPC

Huawei Unveils “Industry’s Highest-Performance ARM-based CPU”

Huawei Unveils “Industry’s Highest-Performance ARM-based CPU”

Today, Huawei announced "the industry's highest-performance ARM-based CPU." Called Kunpeng 920, the new CPU is designed to boost the development of computing in big data, distributed storage, and ARM-native application scenarios…


From insideHPC

Michael Feldman Joins The Next Platform as Senior Editor

Michael Feldman Joins The Next Platform as Senior Editor

Veteran HPC journalist Michael Feldman has departed TOP500.org to join The Next Platform as Senior Editor. Led by co-founders Nicole Hemsoth and Timothy Prickett Morgan, offers in-depth coverage of high-end computing at large…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger, Microsoft Create Futuristic Stores

Kroger, Microsoft Create Futuristic Stores

Making Shelves, store and consumer fulfillment smarter.

Kroger, Microsoft Create Futuristic Grocery Store. Amazon, Take Note

The supermarket chain and technology giant are using the cloud to make it faster to navigate the grocery…


From insideHPC

Video: Deploying Marvell’s ThunderX2 at Scale in HPC Market

Video: Deploying Marvell’s ThunderX2 at Scale in HPC Market

In this video from DDN booth at SC18, Larry Wikelius from Marvell presents: Deploying Marvell's ThunderX2 at Scale in HPC Market. "The ThunderX2 product family is the company's second-generation 64-bit ARMv8-A server processor…


From Schneier on Security

New Attack Against Electrum Bitcoin Wallets

New Attack Against Electrum Bitcoin Wallets

This is clever: How the attack works: Attacker added tens of malicious servers to the Electrum wallet network. Users of legitimate Electrum wallets initiate a Bitcoin transaction. If the transaction reaches one of the malicious…


From Computational Complexity

When is a kilogram not a kilogram?

A long long time ago the standards for meter's, kilograms, etc was an actual physical object.



Those days are long gone of course. For example, the meter is defined is the length of the path traveled by light in 1/299,792,458…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Predictions For 2019

The problem of predicting ‘when’ not just ‘what’ Cropped from Toronto Star source Isaac Asimov was a prolific writer of science fiction and nonfiction. Thirty-five years ago, on the eve of the year 1984, he noted that 35 years…


From [email protected]

The Ethical Responsibilities of the Student or End-User Programmer

The Ethical Responsibilities of the Student or End-User Programmer

If a student's program goes awry, who is responsible? How do we protect society and encourage people to learn about code? 


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amoeba Solves the TSP

Amoeba Solves the TSP


A classic, iconic problem, often mentioned in analytics texts.   Often use as a classic optimization problem that gets very hard, very fast for digital computers to solve.   Here an analog solution by primitive animals.

Amoeba…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Downloading the Wikipedia

Downloading the Wikipedia

Since I am always connected, and have been technical since you had to solder things together,  I was unaware you could do this.   The further question is why would I do this?  With smartphones,  laptops and voice assistants arrayed…


From insideHPC

Call for Papers: International Workshop on Performance Portable Programming models for Manycore or Accelerators

Call for Papers: International Workshop on Performance Portable Programming models for Manycore or Accelerators

The 4th International Workshop on Performance Portable Programming models for Manycore or Accelerators (P^3MA) has issued their Call for Papers. This workshop will provide a forum to bring together researchers and developers …


From insideHPC

Video: Reimagining the Datacenter Memory and Storage Hierarchy

Video: Reimagining the Datacenter Memory and Storage Hierarchy

In this video from DDN booth at SC18, Andrey Kudryavtsev from Intel presents: Reimagining the Data Centre Memory and Storage Hierarchy. "Intel Optane DC persistent memory represents a new class of memory and storage technology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Neutrogena scans Faces, Builds Masks

Neutrogena scans Faces,  Builds Masks

Clever idea,  using smartphone as a sensor, other applications?

Neutrogena app 3D scans your face to create perfect-fit sheet masks
Because there's no one-size-fits-all when it comes to faces.

By Rachel England, @rachel_england

At…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Use of Weather App Data

Use of Weather App Data

On the alleged gathering of data and how it is used.  Leads to further consideration about how the data is used now and in the future.   Future intent of data use?

L.A. Sues IBM's Weather Company over 'Deceptive' Weather Channel…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Connecting Smart Glasses to an Assistant

Connecting Smart Glasses to an Assistant

Now we have smart glasses (soon) connecting to an Assistant. To be shown at this weeks CES.   As the review suggests,  most likely interesting for narrow applications in the enterprise, where you really need hands-free, like

Vuzix…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (January 5th, 2019)

Science and Technology links (January 5th, 2019)

There are nearly 70,000 centenarians in Japan. China’s population fell by 2.5 million in 2018. Obesity is associated with increased senescent cell burden and neuropsychiatric disorders, including anxiety and depression. Clearing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Etherium Announces Open Plan to Cut Energy Use

Etherium Announces Open Plan to Cut Energy Use

How fundamental will this change be?  Mining to move beyond proof by work?

Ethereum Plans to Cut Its Absurd Energy Consumption by 99% 
IEEE Spectrum      By Peter Fairley

The Ethereum Foundation, and the broader open source movement…


From insideHPC

Video: Flying through the Universe with Supercomputing Power

Video: Flying through the Universe with Supercomputing Power

In this video from SC18, Mike Bernhardt from the Exascale Computing Project talked with Salman Habib of Argonne National Laboratory about cosmological computer modeling and simulation. Habib explained that the ExaSky project …