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August 2019


From insideHPC

GigaIO Extends Next-Generation Network to Storage Systems

GigaIO Extends Next-Generation Network to Storage Systems

Today GigaIO introduced the FabreX implementation of Non-Volatile Memory Express over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) architecture, streamlining NVMe network communication and large-scale storage sharing with industry-leading low latency and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Case Against Mission Critical Machine Learning

Case Against Mission Critical Machine Learning

Good caution, like with any kind of automation.

A Case Against Mission-Critical Applications of Machine Learning
By CACM Staff     Communications of the ACM, August 2019, Vol. 62 No. 8, Page 9 10.1145/3332409

In their column "Learning…


From insideHPC

ServerCool CDUs are Cooling 10-Percent of Top100 Supercomputers

ServerCool CDUs are Cooling 10-Percent of Top100 Supercomputers

Today Nortek Air Solutions’ ServerCool division that its coolant distribution unit (CDU) technology is cooling dozens of the world’s most powerful and energy efficient supercomputers, according to the 2019 TOP500 and Green500…


From Schneier on Security

AT&T Employees Took Bribes to Unlock Smartphones

AT&T Employees Took Bribes to Unlock Smartphones

This wasn't a small operation: A Pakistani man bribed AT&T call-center employees to install malware and unauthorized hardware as part of a scheme to fraudulently unlock cell phones, according to the US Department of Justice.…


From insideHPC

Now Shipping: Leadership Performance with new 2nd Generation AMD EPYC Processors

Now Shipping: Leadership Performance with new 2nd Generation AMD EPYC Processors

Today AMD rolled out the 2nd Generation AMD EPYC family of processors that deliver performance leadership across a broad number of enterprise, cloud and HPC workloads. 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors feature up to 64 “Zen 2” cores…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Book Review: The Creativity Code

Book Review: The Creativity Code

I’ve been reading a lot about Artificial Intelligence (AI) this year. Several of them have been pretty scary. It was recommended that I take a look at “The Creativity Code: Art and Innovation in the Age of AI” by Marcus DuSautoy…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quantum Quitrit Teleportation Report

Quantum Quitrit Teleportation Report

Very impressive next steps.  Its implications still unclear.   If this works, we might be able to solve very difficult problems more quickly.  Note its still no where near 'beam me down' capability as yet.  Still following closely…


From insideHPC

Marvell Reduces Power Consumption with NVMe-oF Ethernet SSD Technology

Marvell Reduces Power Consumption with NVMe-oF Ethernet SSD Technology

Today Marvell announced an expansion of its revolutionary NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) portfolio. The breakthrough solutions include one powering the Toshiba Memory native NVMe-oF Ethernet solid state drive (SSD) with Marvell's…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sound Localization and Projection

Sound Localization and Projection

Not an entirely new idea, we worked with a group out of MIT in the 90s which was creating focused sound environments.     You could, for example create a localized sound in a store aisle that supported an advertising message,…


From Computational Complexity

Obstacles to improving Classical Factoring Algorithms

In Samuel Wagstaff's excellent book The Joy of Factoring (see here for a review) there is a discussion towards the end about why factoring algorithms have not made much progress recently. I

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From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

A 20-Year Community Roadmap for AI Research in the US is Released

A 20-Year Community Roadmap for AI Research in the US is Released

CCC Chair Mark D. Hill, CCC Vice-Chair Liz Bradley, and CCC Director Ann Schwartz Drobnis provided significant contributions to this post. The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is pleased to release the completed Artificial…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Automating Some Medical Decisions

AI Automating Some Medical Decisions

An example of machine learning for healthcare.   Here from voice monitoring and then connected to training datasets.  It does seem the amount of data involved is quite small.

Automating artificial intelligence for medical decision…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sensitivity of Binary Models

Sensitivity of Binary Models

Most interesting piece, admittedly technical, of a way to model sensitivity in boolean (0/1) circuits.  Also with some information about the combinatorics ( increasing number of solutions) for these kinds of problems.  In this…


From Schneier on Security

Brazilian Cell Phone Hack

Brazilian Cell Phone Hack

I know there's a lot of politics associated with this story, but concentrate on the cybersecurity aspect for a moment. The cell phones of a thousand Brazilians, including senior government officials, was hacked -- seemingly by…


From insideHPC

ISC High Performance: Fueling Innovation & Fostering Family for 33 Years

ISC High Performance: Fueling Innovation & Fostering Family for 33 Years

In this special guest feature, Elizabeth Leake from the STEM-Trek Nonprofit reflects on inclusivity at the recent ISC 2019 conference in Frankfurt. "A favorable experience means that attendees are more likely to return. And they…


From insideHPC

Providentia Worldwide Builds Intelligence into Summit Supercomputer Cooling

Providentia Worldwide Builds Intelligence into Summit Supercomputer Cooling

The world’s fastest supercomputer is sharing data with its cooling plant, reducing energy consumption and cost. "OLCF and technology consulting company Providentia Worldwide recently collaborated to develop an intelligence system…


From insideHPC

Announcing the 2019 ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science Fellowships

Announcing the 2019 ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science Fellowships

SIGHPC, in collaboration with Intel, has announced the six recipients of the ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science Fellowships for 2019. The fellowships are highly competitive, and are awarded after a rigorous merit…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Adding Concept Learning to Neural Networks

Adding Concept Learning to Neural Networks

Linking logic and deep learning,  a great idea.   Did it in the 80s to add analytics and learning to expert systems.   Still not enough support to make it work well.

Deep learning is about to get easier — and more widespread in…


From insideHPC

Moving HPC to the Cloud? Take our insideHPC Survey

Moving HPC to the Cloud? Take our insideHPC Survey

How big is the move to HPC in the Cloud? "A recent report from Hyperion Research indicate that as much as 10 percent of HPC workloads are already in cloud and that 70 percent of HPC centers are running some jobs in public clouds…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Plant Breeding Towards Goals

Plant Breeding Towards Goals

Goes along my agriculture and botany threads.    Some exiting things happening in this space.  Most recently my interests have been in horticultural innovation, but the applications are broad.

Professor Thomas Bjorkman studies…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ethics of AI in Asia

Ethics of AI in Asia

 How will this differ from Europe and the US?

Public and private actors in Asia are working to define regulatory frameworks, build a trusted AI ecosystem, and maintain harmony between humans and machines.
by MIT Technology Review…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Code It Up

So you think you have a proof that P=NP Randi 2014 documentary source James Randi is a magician who has challenged paranormal claims of all kinds. Today Ken and I want to make a suggestion to those who claim they have proved…


From insideHPC

Bright Reseller Raid Media Systems Targets German Supercomputing Market

Bright Reseller Raid Media Systems Targets German Supercomputing Market

Raid Media Systems has become the latest partner to sign up to the Bright Computing Reseller Program. As a reseller, Raid Media Systems has chosen to partner with Bright Computing in order to provide its customers with an easy…


From insideHPC

Professor Michela Taufer to Receive 2019 IBM Faculty Award

Professor Michela Taufer to Receive 2019 IBM Faculty Award

Professor Michela Taufer from the University of Tennessee has been selected to receive a 2019 IBM Faculty Award for $20,000 USD. This award is highly competitive and recognizes her leadership in High Performance Computing and…


From insideHPC

Quantum Annealing could help solve fundamental questions in nuclear physics

Quantum Annealing could help solve fundamental questions in nuclear physics

A new study led by a physicist at Berkeley Lab details how a quantum computing technique called “quantum annealing” can be used to solve problems relevant to fundamental questions in nuclear physics about the subatomic building…


From insideHPC

Xilinx Launches Alveo U50 FPGA Datacenter Accelerator Card

Xilinx Launches Alveo U50 FPGA Datacenter Accelerator Card

Today Xilinx launched the new Alveo U50 data center accelerator card, the industry’s first low profile adaptable accelerator with PCIe Gen 4 support. Designed for the datacenter, the Alveo U50 is uniquely designed to supercharge…


From insideHPC

Interactive Supercomputing with Jupyter and DASK

Interactive Supercomputing with Jupyter and DASK

Anderson Banihirwe from NCAR gave this talk at SciPy 2019. "This talk demonstrates how to use Dask and Jupyter on large high-performance computing (HPC) systems to scale and accelerate large interactive data analysis tasks --…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Makes AI Debugging Tool Open Source

Microsoft Makes AI Debugging Tool Open Source

And with similarities to Google's What-If tool, Microsoft has made its debugging tool open source.  Have not seen this one directly as yet,  but this is NOT a No-code solution, likely making it harder for management to understand…


From The Eponymous Pickle

US Quantum Initiative

US Quantum Initiative

Considerable detail at the link on this effort.

The Drive to Quantum Computing
By R. Colin Johnson 
July 30, 2019

 The U.S. National Quantum Initiative Act signed into law last December mandates a multi-billion-dollar, 10-year effort…


From Schneier on Security

Phone Farming for Ad Fraud

Phone Farming for Ad Fraud

Interesting article on people using banks of smartphones to commit ad fraud for profit. No one knows how prevalent ad fraud is on the Internet. I believe it is surprisingly high -- here's an article that places losses between…