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March 2019


From The Eponymous Pickle

Turning us into Artists with AI

Turning us into Artists with AI

Have long wanted to have a system that would improve our sketching and doodling into art.  Or even just cleanws it up into a clear graphic sketch.  Something I supposedly learned in an early drafting class.  Even remember some…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Motor Babbling Generates Data for Walking

Motor Babbling Generates Data for Walking

Seeing some of these kinds of examples always makes me think of early AI work.  If we could design very good learners (and re-learners) we could start them like a human baby,  without knowledge,  put them in a context and just…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Humans Thinking Like Computers

Humans Thinking Like Computers

Its well known that humans can be tricked by images.   Computers too, and apparently sometimes in the same way.  What are the implications?   Can we have them check each other?    About images? About ethics?  In what contexts…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI and Patents in the WIPO

AI and Patents in the WIPO

In a meeting a few weeks ago I asked the question about how findings using AI methods were being protected,  and got a somewhat unclear answer.    This perhaps shows why. Here much more about what is happening in this space. …


From insideHPC

InfiniBand: To HDR and Beyond

InfiniBand: To HDR and Beyond

Ariel Almog from Mellanox gave this talk at the OpenFabrics Workshop in Austin. "Recently, deployment of 50 Gbps per lane (HDR) speed started and 100 Gbps per lane (EDR) which is a future technology is around the corner. The …


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC Specialist in Software Development at DKRZ

Job of the Week: HPC Specialist in Software Development at DKRZ

The German Climate Computing Centre (DKRZ) is seeking and HPC and Specialist in Software Development in our Job of the Week. "DKRZ is involved in numerous national and international projects in the field of high-performance computing…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (March 23rd 2019)

Science and Technology links (March 23rd 2019)

Half of American households subscribe to “Amazon Prime”, a “club membership” for Amazon customers with monthly fees. And about half of these subscribes buy something from Amazon every week. If you are counting, this seems toContinue…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Explainable AI

Explainable AI

Here some basic thoughts.  Not necessarily an easy thing,  we can't even fully explain what intelligent people do.

An introduction to explainable AI, and why we need it   By Patrick Ferris

Neural networks (and all of their subtypes)…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Securing IOT in the Quantum Age

Securing IOT in the Quantum Age

Its been long suggested that quantum computing may add new ways to break encryption.   MIT says they have a way to prevent that.

Securing the “internet of things” in the quantum age
Efficient chip enables low-power devices to run…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gmail Functions will Soon Stop in IFTTT

Gmail Functions will Soon Stop in IFTTT

This is very unfortunate, most of the functionality I used  in IFTTT sensed Gmail.   Apparently for security reasons?   It shows you how you cannot rely on other architectures in such systems.   Will follow to see if anything…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Debugging Student Code for Fun and Learning

Debugging Student Code for Fun and Learning

Students are really good at creating strange hard to solve bugs in their code. I am convinced that the code of a raw beginner can easily be harder to debug than that of a professional coder.

I had a couple of good ones today.The…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: New Research on Squid Camouflage

Friday Squid Blogging: New Research on Squid Camouflage

From the New York Times: Now, a paper published last week in Nature Communications suggests that their chromatophores, previously thought to be mainly pockets of pigment embedded in their skin, are also equipped with tiny reflectors…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ford to Build Autonomous Vehicles

Ford to Build Autonomous Vehicles

Perhaps an indication that such vehicles are not far away. Note the specifics of manufacture goals quoted in the article.

Ford to Build Factory in Michigan for Autonomous Vehicles 
CNBC  By Phil LeBeau

Ford Motor has announced plans…


From insideHPC

Video: Cray Announces First Exascale System

Video: Cray Announces First Exascale System

In this video, Cray CEO Pete Ungaro announces Aurora – Argonne National Laboratory’s forthcoming supercomputer and the United States’ first exascale system. Ungaro offers some insight on the technology, what makes exascale performance…


From insideHPC

NERSC taps NVIDIA compiler team for Perlmutter Supercomputer

NERSC taps NVIDIA compiler team for Perlmutter Supercomputer

NERSC has signed a contract with NVIDIA to enhance GPU compiler capabilities for Berkeley Lab’s next-generation Perlmutter supercomputer. "We are excited to work with NVIDIA to enable OpenMP GPU computing using their PGI compilers…


From BLOG@CACM

­Using Independent Technical Reviews to Ensure Project Success

­Using Independent Technical Reviews to Ensure Project Success

By using independent technical reviews, management can have a third party audit software and ensure the dev team stays on track.


From insideHPC

PASC19 Preview: Brueckner and Dr. Curfman-McInnes to Moderate Exascale Panel Discussion

PASC19 Preview: Brueckner and Dr. Curfman-McInnes to Moderate Exascale Panel Discussion

Today the PASC19 Conference announced that Dr. Lois Curfman McInnes from Argonne and Rich Brueckner from insideHPC will moderate a panel discussion with thought leaders focused on software challenges for Exascale and beyond. …


From insideHPC

How Mellanox SHARP technology speeds Ai workloads

How Mellanox SHARP technology speeds Ai workloads

Mellanox Scalable Hierarchical Aggregation and Reduction Protocol (SHARP) technology improves upon the performance of MPI operations by offloading collective operations from the CPU to the switch network, and by eliminating the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Electrolux Allies with Google in the Smart Home

Electrolux Allies with Google in the Smart Home

Smart homes move forward, the two major platforms continue to expand.    Now Swedish maker Electrolux is embedding assistants.   Many makers in the space are including both of the biggest home platforms, and even a hint they

Electrolux…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Computer Vision in Retail

Computer Vision in Retail

From the Platt Retail Institute, thoughts on further use of computer vision:

Computer Vision Is Here. Now What?
By George Shaw, CEO/CTO, Brain of the Store

By now, you have probably heard about computer vision and recent advances…


From Schneier on Security

Enigma, Typex, and Bombe Simulators

Enigma, Typex, and Bombe Simulators

GCHQ has put simulators for the Enigma, Typex, and Bombe on the Internet. News article....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Defense Agencies Move to AWS Cloud

Defense Agencies Move to AWS Cloud

Amazon wins another participant.

The Defense Health Agency joins a growing list of defense agencies moving their data to the commercial cloud.   in NextGov

The Defense Health Agency, which supports the delivery of health and medical…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Look at Future HoloLens Mixed Reality

A Look at Future HoloLens Mixed Reality

Good half hour Podcast interview about HoloLens-2 current and future on Twit-TV

Gives a good update of HoloLens at Microsoft and how they are now focusing its uses

Today's special guest engineering GM for mixed reality apps, Lorraine…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Detecting Potential Electrical Failures

Detecting Potential Electrical Failures

One plant maintenance context we examined was the potential of electrical failures.

Energy monitor can find electrical failures before they happen

Sensor can monitor wiring in a building or ship, and signal when repairs are needed…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

The Shortest Path To The Abel Prize

While melding topology, geometry, and analysis IAS page Karen Uhlenbeck is a mathematician who has won a number of awards in the past and has just now been announced as winner of the 2019 Abel Prize. Today Ken and I want to explain…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Great Innovative Idea: Viewport-Adaptive Navigable 360-Degree Video Delivery

Great Innovative Idea: Viewport-Adaptive Navigable 360-Degree Video Delivery

The following Great Innovative Idea is from Jacob Chakareski from the University of Alabama. Jacob published the “Viewport-adaptive Navigable 360-Degree Video Delivery” paper with Xavier Corbillon (IMT Atlantique), Alisa Devlic…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intelligent Display Scans Your Face

Intelligent Display Scans Your Face

Is this invasive?   Saw something like this years ago,  but with no implication of seeing who it was. Advertising based on iris movement and facial analysis to extract demographic information.   Iris scanning is known to be imprecise…


From insideHPC

UberCloud Publishes Compendium Of CFD Case Studies

UberCloud Publishes Compendium Of CFD Case Studies

If you are considering moving some of your HPC workload to the Cloud, nothing leads the way like a good set of case studies in your scientific domain. To this end, our good friends at the UberCloud have published their Compendium…


From insideHPC

ISC 2019 Keynote to focus on Algorithms of Life

ISC 2019 Keynote to focus on Algorithms of Life

Today the ISC 2019 conference announced that their keynote will be delivered by Professor Ivo Sbalzarini, who will speak to an audience of 3500 attendees about the pivotal role high performance computing plays in the field of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nulogy Case Study

Nulogy Case Study

Brought to my attention, aspects of the case study are of interest.    At this time no pieces in this blog are sponsored.   I do from time time get items that are of particular interest and I pass them along.

In SupplychainBrain…