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July 2021


From insideHPC

Drop in Intel Earnings Expected Today

Drop in Intel Earnings Expected Today

Pat Gelsinger’s got one foot on a tiger, the other on an aircraft carrier – one side is a rough, volatile ride; the other plows a course set years ago, hard to change direction. Intel’s new CEO has been pulled in different, difficult…


From Putting People First

The Incompatibility of Nudge and Co-Design as Tools for Policymaking

The Incompatibility of Nudge and Co-Design as Tools for Policymaking

The use of nudge theory to inform policy interventions in response to COVID-19 has re-opened debates over the politically paternalistic nature of governing by ‘nudges’ and has given momentum to calls to include the more participatory…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Announcing the 2021 Computing Innovation Fellows

Announcing the 2021 Computing Innovation Fellows

This past spring, the Computing Research Association (CRA) and its Computing Community Consortium (CCC) announced funding for a cohort of Computing Innovation Fellows (CIFellows) for 2021, with strong support from the National…


From insideHPC

Cambridge Quantum: Algorithm Solves Combinatorial Optimisation Problems Faster

Cambridge Quantum: Algorithm Solves Combinatorial Optimisation Problems Faster

Cambridge, UK, July 22, 2021 – In a development the company said “is likely to set a new industry standard,” scientists at Cambridge Quantum (CQ) have developed a new algorithm for solving combinatorial optimisation problems …


From insideHPC

Registration Open for LLNL-sponsored Industrial ML Forum

Registration Open for LLNL-sponsored Industrial ML Forum

Registration is open through July 29 for the first Machine Learning for Industry Forum (ML4I), a three-day virtual event starting Tuesday, Aug. 10. The event is sponsored by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s High Performance…


From insideHPC

The Whole World Is Watching: ORNL’s Bernholdt & Programming Environment Team Prepare for Frontier and Exascale

The Whole World Is Watching: ORNL’s Bernholdt & Programming Environment Team Prepare for Frontier and Exascale

The world’s fastest supercomputer comes with some assembly required. Frontier, the nation’s first exascale computing system, won’t come together as a whole until all pieces arrive at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Algorithm Helping Demystifying Networks

Algorithm Helping Demystifying Networks

Interesting, but don't understand it directly.  But thinking it. Boolean models are easy.

Algorithm May Help Scientists Demystify Complex Networks  By Penn State News,  July 21, 2021

( note the PSU article does it better)

A newPennsylvania…


From Schneier on Security

Nasty Printer Driver Vulnerability

Nasty Printer Driver Vulnerability

From SentinelLabs, a critical vulnerability in HP printer drivers:

Researchers have released technical details on a high-severity privilege-escalation flaw in HP printer drivers (also used by Samsung and Xerox), which impacts…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hard-Rock Mining

Hard-Rock Mining

 


Once consulted in this space.  McKinsey talks the underlying economic processes of mining.

Digging deeper: Trends in underground hard-rock mining for gold and base metals

July 13, 2021 | Commentary

While underground mining methods…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of Brain Computer Interfaces

Future of Brain Computer Interfaces

Back to the classic problem of machine human interfaces.

Scientists Warn of 'Bleak Cyborg Future' From Brain-Computer Interfaces

By SciTechDaily, July 20, 2021

Surpassing the biological limitations of the brain and using one's mind…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pentagon Hacks Itself

Pentagon Hacks Itself

A former employer of mine tests a by now classic approach.  Note aiming at AI efforts here in particular.  

The Pentagon Is Bolstering Its AI Systems—by Hacking Itself

By Wired, July 21, 2021

Intelligence as a way to outfox, outmaneuver…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sero! Concept Mapping: Free Trial

Sero!  Concept Mapping:  Free Trial

Mentioned here many times here before, the concept mapping tool Sero!

The Evidence Basis for Concept Mapping: 50 Years and Still Growing

More research-backed reasons to use CM in the classroom

Concept maps' early signs of promise…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More Novel Drone Use

More Novel Drone Use

Makes one wonder though, how secure are these drones?

As Spain's Beaches Fill Up, Seaside Resort Sends in Drones

Reuters, Horaci Garcia, July 15, 2021

Officials in the town of Sitges in northeastern Spain are using drones for real…


From insideHPC

DOE Funds $13M for Adapting Scientific Software to Run on Exascale Supercomputers

DOE Funds $13M for Adapting Scientific Software to Run on Exascale Supercomputers

July 21, 2021 — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced more than $13 million for five advanced-computing projects across nine states, including $4.4 million to U.S. universities. The projects will focus on adapting…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Joking Chatbots Help Learning?

Joking Chatbots Help Learning?

 Brought the below up before, here is more detail. Humor is powerful, but how do we harness it? Need a good way.  Thoughts?  See my Humor link.

Joke-Cracking Chatbots Boost Learning Levels

By Paul Marks, Commissioned by CACM Staff…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI and Media Buying

AI and Media Buying

 Early on considered this option.  Key was to also include options available, risks in choices, knowledge from previous choices. 

How custom algorithms will shape the future of media buying

By John Wittesaele | July 14, 2021   …


From insideHPC

Kubernetes Data Services Company ionir Names Mike Wall CEO

Kubernetes Data Services Company ionir Names Mike Wall CEO

NEW YORK — July 21, 2021 — ionir, a microservices-based Kubernetes Data Services provider, today announced Mike Wall as CEO. The move comes as the company experiences rapid growth in North America and globally, accelerated by…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Using AI to Detect Gravitational Waves

Using AI to Detect Gravitational Waves

Gravitational waves, ‘ripples’ in space-time caused by some of the most violent and energetic processes in the Universe, were first predicted by Albert Einstein in 1916 in his general theory of relativity. Proof of their existence…


From insideHPC

Quobyte Releases Hadoop Native Driver for Analytics, ML, Streaming and Real-time Applications

Quobyte Releases Hadoop Native Driver for Analytics, ML, Streaming and Real-time Applications

SANTA CLARA, CA, July 21, 2021 — Quobyte Inc., a developer of scale-out software-defined storage (SDS), today announced availability of its Hadoop Driver. Quobyte’s new native driver for Hadoop addresses the limitations of the…


From insideHPC

Aliro Quantum Wins U.S. Air Force Contracts for Quantum Network Simulation and Control

Aliro Quantum Wins U.S. Air Force Contracts for Quantum Network Simulation and Control

BOSTON — July 21, 2021 – Aliro Quantum today announced it has secured several contracts through AFWERX, a program from the U.S. Air Force focused on expanding technology, talent, and transition partnerships for rapid and affordable…


From insideHPC

Spectra Logic and StorMagic Announce Active Archive Repository for Video Surveillance, Digital Evidence Management and Media and Entertainment

Spectra Logic and StorMagic Announce Active Archive Repository for Video Surveillance, Digital Evidence Management and Media and Entertainment

BOULDER, Colo. – July 21, 2021  – Spectra Logic, a global leader in data storage and data management solutions, today announced a partnership with StorMagic, a company that simplifies storage and security from the edge to the…


From insideHPC

Exascale Computing Project’s CEED to Hold Virtual Annual Meeting Aug. 3-4

Exascale Computing Project’s CEED to Hold Virtual Annual Meeting Aug. 3-4

The Exascale Computing Project‘s (ECP) Center for Efficient Exascale Discretizations (CEED) will hold a virtual annual meeting highlighting progress on high-order methods and applications on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 3-4. If…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tracking Human Mobility

Tracking Human Mobility

A somewhat unusual look at different kinds of mobility and how it relates to pandemic challenges.

App Tracks Human Mobility, COVID-19

University of Miami, Deserae E. del Campo,  June 14, 2021

The COVID-19 vs. Human Mobility Web…


From insideHPC

NERSC Honors 8 Early Career Scientists with Annual HPC Achievement Awards

NERSC Honors 8 Early Career Scientists with Annual HPC Achievement Awards

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) recently announced the recipients of its annual High Performance Computing Achievement Awards, recognizing eight early-career scientists who have made significant…


From insideHPC

Atom Computing Unveils 1st-Gen Quantum System; Names New CEO after Closing $15M Series A Round

Atom Computing Unveils 1st-Gen Quantum System; Names New CEO after Closing $15M Series A Round

July 21, 2021 — Berkeley, CA — Atom Computing, a fast-growing quantum computing start-up announces its transition into the next phase of growth after closing $15M in Series A funding. Atom Computing is the first company to build…


From insideHPC

Quantum Software Developer Classiq Technologies Forms Advisory Board

Quantum Software Developer Classiq Technologies Forms Advisory Board

‍Tel-Aviv, ISRAEL — July 20, 2021 — Quantum computing software developer Classiq Technologies announced today that two leading researchers in quantum computing – Prof. Tal Mor and Prof. Robert Wille – are joining its newly-formed…


From insideHPC

Energy Secretary Recognizes Los Alamos Project Management for Exascale Class Computer Cooling Project

Energy Secretary Recognizes Los Alamos Project Management for Exascale Class Computer Cooling Project

The team responsible for managing the Exascale Class Computing Cooling Equipment (ECCCE) project at Los Alamos National Laboratory was recognized by the Secretary of Energy with an Achievement Award last week. Construction of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Strategy to Understand Machine Learning and Deep Learning

A Strategy to Understand Machine Learning and Deep Learning

Below, Ajit Jaokar puts together an Excellent introductory newsletter post (here one of many, join his newsletter for much more)     To get all the text and all illustrations, and commentary by him and others,  click throughNEWSLETTER…


From insideHPC

Double-precision CPUs vs. Single-precision GPUs; HPL vs. HPL-AI Benchmarks; Traditional vs. AI Supercomputers

Double-precision CPUs vs. Single-precision GPUs; HPL vs. HPL-AI Benchmarks; Traditional vs. AI Supercomputers

If you’ve wondered why GPUs are faster than CPUs, in part it’s because they’re asked to do less – or, to be more precise, to be less precise. Next question: OK, so if GPUs are faster than CPUs, why aren’t GPUs  the mainstream…


From Schneier on Security

NSO Group Hacked

NSO Group Hacked

NSO Group, the Israeli cyberweapons arms manufacturer behind the Pegasus spyware — used by authoritarian regimes around the world to spy on dissidents, journalists, human rights workers, and others — was hacked. Or, at least,…