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February 2019


From The Eponymous Pickle

Experiments with Quantum Computers

Experiments with Quantum Computers

Technical piece.  We are starting to tease out how we might utilize quantum effects in computers.    We saw some examples we might use in combinatorial analytic problems, for example supply chain optimization.   Waiting to get…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Vine Trades Free product for Data

Amazon Vine Trades Free product for Data

Link contains pointers to other articles mentioned.   I would think that Vine will provide a good platform, especially for new and novel products.  And result in new kinds of curated behavioral data.  Gets back to data as an

Is…


From The Eponymous Pickle

UpComing Webinar on Knowledge Graphs

UpComing Webinar on Knowledge Graphs

Its important to link knowledge with other forms of semantic databases.   As we use these methods they become easier to link and maintain to AI style applications.   We used TopQuadrant, I will attend.

WEBINAR: What are Knowledge…


From insideHPC

BGFS File System Shows Momentum in Asia with Pacific Teck

BGFS File System Shows Momentum in Asia with Pacific Teck

Today ThinkParQ announced its Platinum Partnership with Pacific Teck in APAC. Founded in 2013, Pacific Teck brings cutting edge technology products from around the world to the APAC region and since 2017, Pacific Teck has been…


From insideHPC

Video: Reproducible Science with Containers on HPC through Singularity

Video: Reproducible Science with Containers on HPC through Singularity

Eduardo Arango from Sylabs gave this talk at FOSDEM'19. "Singularity is the most widely used container solution in high-performance computing. Enterprise users interested in AI, Deep Learning, compute drive analytics, and IOT…


From insideHPC

WekaIO Beats Big Systems on the IO-500 10 Node Challenge

WekaIO Beats Big Systems on the IO-500 10 Node Challenge

Today WekaIO announced record performance on the IO-500 10 Node Challenge benchmark. The Virtual Institute for I/O has placed WekaIO Matrix in first place on the IO-500 10 Node Challenge list, beating out massive supercomputer…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Council Member Jen Rexford Receives CRA-E Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award

CCC Council Member Jen Rexford Receives CRA-E Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award

The following is from the CRA Bulletin. Congrats, Jen! The Education Committee of the Computing Research Association (CRA-E) is proud to announce two recipients of the 2019 CRA-E Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award…


From Schneier on Security

Using Gmail "Dot Addresses" to Commit Fraud

Using Gmail "Dot Addresses" to Commit Fraud

In Gmail addresses, the dots don't matter. The account "[email protected]" maps to the exact same address as "[email protected]" and "[email protected]" -- and so on. (Note: I own none of those addresses…


From insideHPC

SC19 Chair Michela Taufer Selected to Receive 2019 IBM Faculty Award

SC19 Chair Michela Taufer Selected to Receive 2019 IBM Faculty Award

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


From insideHPC

Agenda Posted for Stanford HPC Conference Next Week

Agenda Posted for Stanford HPC Conference Next Week

The HPC Ai Advisory Council has posted the Agenda for the Stanford HPC Conference. The event takes place Feb. 14-15 in Palo Alto. "Focused on contributing to making the world a better place, our only US-based conference draws…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nuance Project Pathfinder

Nuance Project Pathfinder

Back to still the biggest problem for assistant AI.   How do we create and manage context rich, memory enabled conversations between people and machines?  Here the claim it is not best done by developing all possible scripts,…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

An Old But Cool Result

Solving a type of Fermat Equation Leo Moser was a mathematician who worked on a very varied set of problems. He for example raised a question about “worms,” and invented a notation for huge numbers. Today I want to talk about…


From The Eponymous Pickle

FBI Trying Amazon Face Matching Software from Amazon

FBI Trying Amazon Face Matching Software from Amazon

Inevitable that such measures will be used by law enforcement and governments.    Or it will only be being used by criminal organizations.  Bias and privacy will have to be considered.  What will the legal considerations for

The…


From Schneier on Security

Major Zcash Vulnerability Fixed

Major Zcash Vulnerability Fixed

Zcash just fixed a vulnerability that would have allowed "infinite counterfeit" Zcash. Like all the other blockchain vulnerabilities and updates, this demonstrates the ridiculousness of the notion that code can replace people…


From The Eponymous Pickle

25 ways of Looking at AI

25 ways of Looking at AI

Possible Minds: 25 Ways of Looking at AI  in The Edge
Pre-Order Now   (At the Edge Link) 
Edited by John Brockman  

"Intelligences born and intelligences made have a lot to offer each other. For that beneficial blend to occur, the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Wants to Search Blockchains

Google Wants to Search Blockchains

Searchability means being able to measure, understand and ultimately regulate what is going on inside a blockchain.  Have talked to Washington regulatory compliance bureaucrats, and they are worried about blockchains.   Google…


From insideHPC

The convergence of HPC and BigData: What does it mean for HPC sysadmins?

The convergence of HPC and BigData: What does it mean for HPC sysadmins?

Damien Francois gave this talk at FOSDEM'19. "The world of HPC and the world of BigData are slowly, but surely, converging. The HPC world realizes that there are more to data storage than just files and that 'self-service' ideas…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Recap of the CCC’s Thermodynamic Computing Workshop

Recap of the CCC’s Thermodynamic Computing Workshop

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) recently hosted a visioning workshop on Thermodynamic Computing in Honolulu, Hawaii in order to establish a community of like-minded visionaries; craft a statement of research needs; and…


From insideHPC

EGI Federation Reaches 1,000,000 Cores

EGI Federation Reaches 1,000,000 Cores

Today the European EGI Federation announced that it has reached 1,000,000 million cores of high-throughput compute capacity for research. Headquartered in the Netherlands, EGI is a federation of almost 300 data centers worldwide…


From insideHPC

RAID Inc. Becomes Preferred Lustre Reseller for DDN Whamcloud

RAID Inc. Becomes Preferred Lustre Reseller for DDN Whamcloud

Today DDN announced that RAID Inc. has been named a preferred reseller of DDN’s distribution of Lustre. "As the primary developer, maintainer and technical support provider for Lustre software, DDN implements solutions for extreme…


From insideHPC

Atos to Deploy Quantum Learning Machine at STFC Hartree Centre

Atos to Deploy Quantum Learning Machine at STFC Hartree Centre

Today Atos announced that the Hartree Centre will soon become the home of the first Atos Quantum Learning Machine in the UK. "We’re thrilled to be enabling UK companies to explore and prepare for the future of quantum computing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Facial Recognition for Pharma Convenience

Facial Recognition for Pharma Convenience

We tested the idea of putting up different marketing messages depending on observed age/gender/demographic/weather , etc .  Which appears to be similar to this Walgreens test.    So a person is not identified, but rather their…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IKEA to Save the Smart Home

IKEA to Save the Smart Home

Am a long time follower and customer of IKEA.  And in particular how they have used technology in marketing and supply chain.    Studied their use of augmented reality.  Now they appear to be pushing the smart home, the following…


From The Eponymous Pickle

McCormick and IBM Work on New Spice Blends

McCormick and IBM Work on New Spice Blends

We also worked on blending for tastes, new and old.  Using AI and expert systems methods.  With multiple consumer preference, manufacturing and supply chain goals. Notably for years in the coffee industry, but also later in other…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Most People Overlook AI Despite Flawless Advice

Most People Overlook AI Despite Flawless Advice

Implications for humans working with AI assistants?

Most People Overlook AI Despite Flawless Advice 
U.S. Army Research Laboratory

U.S. Army researchers and colleagues at the University of California, Santa Barbara have found a


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger Edge Digital Shelves Found Influential

Kroger Edge Digital Shelves Found Influential

More on recent Kroger work in Digital Shelves, in Progressive Grocer.  Still on my list to visit these stores.

Test Shoppers Find Kroger's New Digital Shelves 'Influential' on Purchase Decisions

"... A test using eight secret shoppers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Determining if Superbowl Ads Behaviorally Compelling

Determining if Superbowl Ads Behaviorally Compelling

During our neuromarketing experiments we analyzed how ads worked to influence people to buy.    Here ImmersionNeuro has new ideas on how they operate.  Check out their site for current ads.

Exclusive: Your brain is lying to you…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang to Keynote World’s Premier AI Conference

NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang to Keynote World’s Premier AI Conference

NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang will deliver the opening keynote address at the 10th annual GPU Technology Conference, being held March 17-21, in San Jose, Calif. "If you’re interested in AI, there’s no better place in the…


From insideHPC

Video: TensorFlow for HPC?

Video: TensorFlow for HPC?

In this podcast, Peter Braam looks at how TensorFlow framework could be used to accelerate high performance computing. "Google has developed TensorFlow, a truly complete platform for ML. The performance of the platform is amazing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI and Industrial IoT

AI and Industrial IoT

Nice overview example, similar things happening at GE.

AI Transforms Industrial IoT    Posted by Ronald van Loon  from DSC

If you’ve been studying artificial intelligence and its growth, you’ll know that the industry is well past…