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March 2020


From insideHPC

Video: OSS Showcases AI on Fly at GTC Digital

Video: OSS Showcases AI on Fly at GTC Digital

In this video, Jaan Mannik from One Stop Systems gives a tour of the company's virtual booth at GTC Digital. "OSS is the leader in specialized high-performance computers for vertical markets requiring the fastest processing and…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC @ AAAS 2020 – Using Computing to Sustainably Feed a Growing Population

CCC @ AAAS 2020 – Using Computing to Sustainably Feed a Growing Population

As the global population continues to grow, and climate change and pollution lead to environmental degradation, ensuring the future of agriculture and food production becomes increasingly imperative. What role can computing research…


From insideHPC

Supermicro Accelerates AI and Deep Learning with NGC-Ready Servers

Supermicro Accelerates AI and Deep Learning with NGC-Ready Servers

Today Supermicro announced the industry’s broadest portfolio of validated NGC-Ready systems optimized to accelerate AI and deep learning applications. Supermicro is highlighting many of these systems today at the Supermicro GPU…


From insideHPC

Call for Papers: Workshop on Resiliency in High Performance Computing

Call for Papers: Workshop on Resiliency in High Performance Computing

The 13th Workshop on Resiliency in High Performance Computing has issued its Call for Papers. The event takes place August 24 - 28 in Warsaw, Poland in conjunction with Euro-Par 2020. "Resilience is a critical challenge as high…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Approach of Running Simulations to Train Analyses

The Approach of Running Simulations to Train Analyses

We did versions of the same thing to get data that would create more detailed and thus useful models of industrial scenarios.    Especially useful if it hard to get enough running-sensing examples.      One value of all simulations…


From insideHPC

Video: The Cray Shasta Architecture for the Exascale Era

Video: The Cray Shasta Architecture for the Exascale Era

Steve Scott from HPE gave this talk at the Rice Oil & Gas Conference. "With the announcement of multiple exascale systems, we’re now entering the Exascale Era, marked by several important trends. This talk provides an overview…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Scaling AI Training

Scaling AI Training

Scaling training costs.  Technical.

Google open-sources framework that reduces AI training costs by up to 80%   By Kyle Wiggers

Google researchers recently published a paper describing a framework — SEED RL — that scales AI model…


From Schneier on Security

Internet Voting in Puerto Rico

Internet Voting in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is considered allowing for Internet voting. I have joined a group of security experts in a letter opposing the bill. Cybersecurity experts agree that under current technology, no practically proven method exists to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Teaching AI to be Better at Second-Guessing

Teaching AI to be Better at Second-Guessing

Intent is a element of context that humans frequently use in adapting to conversation.

How humans are teaching AI to become better at second-guessing
by Lachlan Gilbert, University of New South Wales

One of the holy grails in the…


From insideHPC

Czech supercomputers at IT4Innovations ready to combat coronavirus

Czech supercomputers at IT4Innovations ready to combat coronavirus

The IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center at VSB – Technical University of Ostrava has offered its users from academic institutions priority access to its computational resources to solve problems regarding COVID-19 disease…


From insideHPC

PolarisQB and Fujitsu Launch Drug Discovery Platform

PolarisQB and Fujitsu Launch Drug Discovery Platform

Polarisqb has partnered with Fujitsu to create a ground-breaking drug discovery platform combining quantum-inspired technology, machine learning, hybrid quantum mechanics and molecular mechanics simulations (QM/MM). This new …


From Computational Complexity

What do do while ``stuck'' at home/Other thoughts on the virus

Lance had a great post on what to do while you are stuck at home, which is of course relevant to whats happening now. Lance's post is here.



I will add to it, and then have other comments.



1) In our current electronic society…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Crowdsourcing Creativity

Crowdsourcing Creativity

Spent much time on broad the idea, like the direction of the process.

Crowdsourcing Plot Lines to Help the Creative Process

Penn State News
Jessica Hallman
March 13, 2020

Researchers at the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State)…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Partners for Coronavirus Research

IBM Partners for Coronavirus Research

Interesting directions for collaborating on technology.

IBM Partners with White House to Direct Supercomputing Power for Coronavirus Research
CNN
Clare Duffy
March 22, 2020

IBM will help coordinate an initiative to supply more than…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI and Big Data

AI and Big Data

A frequent question I have received, is what is the difference between Big Data and AI?  My answer is DB is a means of using much more available data to perform analytical methods.  While AI uses a particular set of machine learning…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

White House Announces New Partnership to Unleash U.S. Supercomputing Resources to Fight COVID-19

White House Announces New Partnership to Unleash U.S. Supercomputing Resources to Fight COVID-19

From the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy for immediate release. Today, The White House announced the launch of the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium to provide COVID-19 researchers worldwide with…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teaching From Home–Day 6

Teaching From Home–Day 6

Boring post title I know. But I am not really concerned about attracting eyes in these crazy time. Over the weekend I found out that my international students (two from China and one from South Korea) are heading home. I sure…


From insideHPC

GTC Digital Kicks off Tuesday with Free Registration

GTC Digital Kicks off Tuesday with Free Registration

GTC Digital begins this week as virtual event with free registration. While the annual GPU Technology Conference typically packs hundreds of hours of talks, presentations and conversations into a five-day event in San Jose, NVIDIA's…


From Putting People First

Imaging the world after coronavirus, part 2

Imaging the world after coronavirus, part 2

Here are some more features and articles on what my lie ahead.


From insideHPC

AiMOS Supercomputer at Rensselaer to Battle COVID-19

AiMOS Supercomputer at Rensselaer to Battle COVID-19

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is enlisting AiMOS, one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. Rensselaer is reaching out to the research community, including government…


From insideHPC

Efficient AI Computing for the Planet

Efficient AI Computing for the Planet

In this keynote talk from the 2020 HiPEAC conference, Alesssandro Cremonesi from STMicroelectronics describes how artificial intelligence (AI) is the central nervous system of an increasingly connected world. He sets out both…


From insideHPC

Is Your Storage Infrastructure Ready for the Coming AI Wave?

Is Your Storage Infrastructure Ready for the Coming AI Wave?

In this new whitepaper from our friends over at Panasas, we take a look at whether your storage infrastructure is ready for the robust requirements in support of AI workloads. AI promises to not only create entirely new industries…


From Schneier on Security

Hacking Voice Assistants with Ultrasonic Waves

Hacking Voice Assistants with Ultrasonic Waves

I previously wrote about hacking voice assistants with lasers. Turns you can do much the same thing with ultrasonic waves: Voice assistants -- the demo targeted Siri, Google Assistant, and Bixby -- are designed to respond when…


From insideHPC

IBM & DOE Launch COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium

IBM & DOE Launch COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium

Today, IBM, in collaboration with the DOE, launched the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium. "The consortium bring together an unprecedented amount of supercomputing power—16 systems with more than 330 petaflops, 775…


From insideHPC

Free Registration: Supercomputing Frontiers Europe Conference this Week

Free Registration: Supercomputing Frontiers Europe Conference this Week

Today the organizers of Supercomputing Frontiers Europe 2020 announced that it has waived registration for their virtual conference this week. "Over twenty outstanding keynote and invited speakers at Supercomputing Frontiers …


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI at the Edge

AI at the Edge

Some useful thoughts about the use of AI in devices, enabled by faster ubiquitous connections like 5G.

AI at the Edge Enabling a New Generation of Apps, Smart Devices   By AI Trends Staff

Enabling an edge-computing architecture…


From insideHPC

NOAA seeks proposals to help develop world’s best weather forecast model

NOAA seeks proposals to help develop world’s best weather forecast model

NOAA is seeking a technology partner to help design and build the Earth Prediction Innovation Center (EPIC). This extramural center will accelerate scientific research and engineering to create the world’s most accurate and reliable…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Fractal Uncertainty and Quantum

Fractal Uncertainty and Quantum

Intriguing but technical view:

Finding solutions amidst fractal uncertainty and quantum chaos
Math professor Semyon Dyatlov explores the relationship between classical and quantum physics.

Jonathan Mingle | MIT News correspondent…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Star-Free Regular Languages and Logic

Part 1 of a two-part series Daniel Winton is a graduate student in mathematics at Buffalo. He did an independent study with me last semester on descriptive complexity. Today we begin a two-part series written by Daniel on a foundational…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Multi-Agent VR for Task Application?

Multi-Agent VR for Task Application?

Might this be useful for simulating multi-agent complex, interactive tasks in VR?    We encountered such problems when assigning multiple people to do a job and they needed to be informed of the location, status, actions ... …