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September 2021


From insideHPC

Qumulo Launches Recover Q Ransomware Defense

Qumulo Launches Recover Q Ransomware Defense

SEATTLE – Sept. 22, 2021 – Qumulo, maker of enterprise file data management across hybrid cloud environments, today unveiled Qumulo Recover Q, a business continuity and disaster recovery solution that bolsters existing strategies…


From insideHPC

Why HPE Cray EX Is the Supercomputer of Choice at Leading Weather Centers

Why HPE Cray EX Is the Supercomputer of Choice at Leading Weather Centers

For decades, compute resources used for weather forecasting have tracked with advances in state-of-the-art supercomputing. Which is to say that the weather segment demands systems with the greatest data ingest and storage capacity…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Fast do Algorithms Improve?

How Fast do Algorithms Improve?

 Could be a way to track where effort should be expended.     Matching quality and value of solutions to effort.

How Quickly Do Algorithms Improve?

MIT News, Rachel Gordon, September 20, 2021

Massachusetts Institute of Technology…


From Schneier on Security

ROT8000

ROT8000

ROT8000 is the Unicode equivalent of ROT13. What’s clever about it is that normal English looks like Chinese, and not like ciphertext (to a typical Westerner, that is).


From insideHPC

Hitachi Vantara Tackles Cloud Cost Paradox with New Cloud FinOps Services

Hitachi Vantara Tackles Cloud Cost Paradox with New Cloud FinOps Services

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – September 23, 2021 – Hitachi Vantara, the digital infrastructure, data management and analytics, and digital solutions subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today introduced Hitachi’s Cloud FinOps Services…


From Computational Complexity

Why Conferences?

An undergrad thesis from North Carolina State University tries to tackle the question as to why computer science has used conferences as its main and most prestigious publication venues. The author Elijah Bouma-Sims gives a synopsis…


From insideHPC

CoolIT Systems Reports 43% YTD HPC Growth

CoolIT Systems Reports 43% YTD HPC Growth

Calgary, Alberta. September 22, 2021 – Privately held CoolIT Systems, maker of scalable liquid cooling technology for desktop and data centers, today reported 43 percent YTD revenue growth in HPC markets. CoolIT Systems said …


From insideHPC

DOE Funds $17.5M for 3 ORNL-led Quantum Research Projects

DOE Funds $17.5M for 3 ORNL-led Quantum Research Projects

September 22, 2021 — Of the $61 million recently announced by the U.S. Department of Energy for quantum information science studies, $17.5 million will fund research at DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. These projects will…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Conversational AI and Healthcare Chatbots

Conversational AI and Healthcare Chatbots

Used Eliza.  Still need to see better studies of chatbots in complete and varying contexts.  And comparison to having a professional available.  And also compared to professional in the room where they can watch reactions toConversational…


From insideHPC

Dihuni OptiReady CognitX DL Servers and Workstations Powered by NVIDIA Ampere Architecture-based GPUs

Dihuni OptiReady CognitX DL Servers and Workstations Powered by NVIDIA Ampere Architecture-based GPUs

MCLEAN, Va., Sept. 21, 2021 — Dihuni, an  artificial intelligence (AI), data center and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions company, today announced increased adoption of its Dihuni OptiReady CognitX Deep Learning server and workstation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reservoir Computing from Ohio State

Reservoir Computing from Ohio State

OK, mostly new to me, sounds useful. Following up. 

Scientists Develop the Next Generation of Reservoir Computing

By Ohio State University, September 22, 2021

Researchers have found a way to make reservoir computing, a machine learning…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Designing a Quantum Computer

Designing a Quantum Computer

 in ACM TECHNEWS  Implications? 

Quantum Computer Helps Design Better Quantum Computer  By New Scientist, September 22, 2021

Researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China in Shanghai used a quantum computer to…


From insideHPC

MLCommons Releases MLPerf Inference v1.1 Results 

MLCommons Releases MLPerf Inference v1.1 Results 

San Francisco – September 22, 2021 – Today, MLCommons, an open engineering consortium, released new results for MLPerf Inference v1.1, the organization’s machine learning inference performance benchmark suite. MLPerf Inference…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Beware Food and Architecture

Beware Food and Architecture

 In ZDNet: 

FBI warns of ransomware attacks targeting food and agriculture sector  ... 

In addition to the May attack on JBS, the FBI listed dozens of ransomware incidents that have taken place over the last six months targeting…


From Schneier on Security

FBI Had the REvil Decryption Key

FBI Had the REvil Decryption Key

The Washington Post reports that the FBI had a decryption key for the REvil ransomware, but didn’t pass it along to victims because it would have disrupted an ongoing operation.

The key was obtained through access to the servers…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Qubits and Quibbles

Qubits and Quibbles

Khari Douglas will be covering the 8th Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) on the CCC blog all week. Stay tuned and check out the HLF blog for more coverage of the event.  On the opening day of the 8th Heidelberg Laureate Forum, Scott…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Podcast: Future of the Office

Podcast: Future of the Office

 How well did working at home really accomplish things? 

What’s the Future of the Office?

Wharton’s Peter Cappelli talks about his new book, ‘Future of the Office: Work from Home, Remote Work, and the Hard Choices We All Face.’


From The Eponymous Pickle

Unlimited Digital Sensing

Unlimited Digital Sensing

Not following this yet, but intriguing suggestion ...

Unlimited Digital Sensing Unleashed for Imaging, Audio, Driverless Cars

Imperial College London (U.K.), Caroline Brogan, September 17, 2021

A new method devised by researchers…


From insideHPC

NNSA in $40M Deal for 40PFLOPS of Dell HPC Clusters

NNSA in $40M Deal for 40PFLOPS of Dell HPC Clusters

Sept. 21, 2001 — The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA’s) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) announced the awarding of a subcontract to Dell Technologies for additional supercomputing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

3D Printing Gas Sensors

3D Printing Gas Sensors

New sensor capability. Small, cheap, monitoring for the smart home and elsewhere.

Scientists 3D-Print Microscopic Gas Sensors

Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), September 15, 2021

Scientists at Ireland’s Trinity College Dublin, the…


From insideHPC

LLNL Reports on Inaugural ML for Industry Forum

LLNL Reports on Inaugural ML for Industry Forum

LLNL held its first-ever Machine Learning for Industry Forum (ML4I) on Aug. 10-12. Co-hosted by the Lab’s High Performance Computing Innovation Center (HPCIC) and Data Science Institute (DSI), the virtual event brought together…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Spot Robot Dog Gets an Upgrade

Spot Robot Dog Gets an Upgrade

Considerable look from Venturebeat on the Boston Dynamics Robot Spot:

Boston Dynamics has just released the latest update for its famous quadruped robot Spot, giving it better capability to make inspections and collect data without…


From insideHPC

Call for participation: HPC PRACE Winter School

Call for participation: HPC PRACE Winter School

The Inter University Computing Centre (IUCC) in Israel and Amazon Web Services have joined forces to train researchers and research software engineers (RSEs) in the use of AWS for high performance computing (HPC) at the PRACE…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Now we are Cooking with Lasers

Now we are Cooking with Lasers

 A long time amateur chef

Now We're Cooking With Lasers   By Columbia Engineering, September 20, 2021

Researchers at Columbia Engineering have digitized food creation and cooking processes, using 3D printing technology to tailor…


From insideHPC

Rose Technology Raises $5.5M Seed Round

Rose Technology Raises $5.5M Seed Round

NEW YORK, Sept. 21, 2021 — Rose Technology, founded by data scientist and former global macro investor Alexander Campbell, raises $5.5m to change the way data-driven companies collect, analyze, and generate revenue from data.…


From insideHPC

Analytical Biosciences Named Finalist in IDC’s Best in Future of Digital Infrastructure North America Awards

Analytical Biosciences Named Finalist in IDC’s Best in Future of Digital Infrastructure North America Awards

SAN FRANCISCO – Analytical Biosciences today announced it has been named a finalist in the inaugural IDC Future Enterprise Best in Future of Digital Infrastructure North America Awards in the Cloud-Centric Computing category.…


From Schneier on Security

Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services Hack

Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services Hack

Apparently, a nation-state hacked Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services.

Not sure why Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services is of any interest to a nation-state, but that’s probably just my failure of…


From insideHPC

NEC and Aramco Enter Into HPC R&D Collaboration for Joint Application

NEC and Aramco Enter Into HPC R&D Collaboration for Joint Application

Düsseldorf, 20 September, 2021 – NEC Deutschland GmbH announced a collaboration with Aramco Europe with the aim of joint development and optimization of various applications for resource exploration and seismic imaging. Aramco…


From insideHPC

TACC’s Stampede2 HPC Simulations Reveal How Cells Regulate Themselves

TACC’s Stampede2 HPC Simulations Reveal How Cells Regulate Themselves

Supercomputer simulations run on the Stampede2 system of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) have helped scientists studying how cells work understand the way in which protein molecules in a sense dance with a partner …


From insideHPC

Pawsey Offers 1st Look at ‘Setonix’ $48M HPE Cray EX Supercomputer

Pawsey Offers 1st Look at ‘Setonix’ $48M HPE Cray EX Supercomputer

Perth, Australia — The first phase of what the Pawsey Supcomputer Centre said will be the fastest public research supercomputer in the Southern Hemisphere has been unveiled at its new home at the Pawsey Centre in Western Australia…