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April 2019


From insideHPC

Call for Papers: EuroMPI Conference in Zurich

Call for Papers: EuroMPI Conference in Zurich

The EuroMPI conference has issued its Call for Papers. The event takes place September 10-13 in Zurich, Switzerland. "The EuroMPI conference is since 1994 the preeminent meeting for users, developers and researchers to interact…


From insideHPC

Univa Launches HPC Cloud Migration News Portal

Univa Launches HPC Cloud Migration News Portal

Today Univa launched a HPC Cloud Migration, a new portal for news, events, and resources centered around High Performance Computing. "The high-performance computing industry is at an exciting growth stage, fueled by new application…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Catalyzing Computing Podcast Episode 7 – Interview with Keith Marzullo Part 2

Catalyzing Computing Podcast Episode 7 – Interview with Keith Marzullo Part 2

Part 2 of the Catalyzing Computing podcast with Keith Marzullo is out now! In this episode, Khari Douglas interviews CCC Council Member Dr. Keith Marzullo, who became the Dean of the College of Information Studies (also known…


From insideHPC

Fujitsu to Productize Post-K Supercomputer Technologies

Fujitsu to Productize Post-K Supercomputer Technologies

Today Fujitsu announced that it has completed the design of Post-K supercomputer for deployment at RIKEN in Japan. While full-production of the full machine is not scheduled until 2021-2022, Fujitsu disclosed plans to productize…


From Schneier on Security

China Spying on Undersea Internet Cables

China Spying on Undersea Internet Cables

Supply chain security is an insurmountably hard problem. The recent focus is on Chinese 5G equipment, but the problem is much broader. This opinion piece looks at undersea communications cables: But now the Chinese conglomerate…


From Computational Complexity

Good article, terrible headline

About a month ago (after my P NP poll appeared) I got email from Jacob Aron asking me some questions about it. One thing he was excited about was that the number of people who thought P vs NP would be solved in the next decade…


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

ACM-W Connections–April 2019

ACM-W Connections–April 2019

Letter from ACM-W Chair News from ACM-W Celebrations News from ACM-W Student Chapters News from ACM-W Professional Chapters News from ACM-W Scholarships News from ACM-W Europe News from ACM-India Welcome from the ACM-W Chair…


From insideHPC

Panel Discussion: Metadata and Archiving at Scale

Panel Discussion: Metadata and Archiving at Scale

In this video from the HPC User Forum, Henry Newman from Seagate Government Solutions leads a panel discussion on Metadata and Archiving at Scale. "Metadata is the key to keeping track of all this unstructured scientific data…


From insideHPC

Wave Computing Launches TritonAI 64 Platform for High-Speed Inferencing

Wave Computing Launches TritonAI 64 Platform for High-Speed Inferencing

Today AI startup Wave Computing announced its new TritonAI 64 platform, which integrates a triad of powerful technologies into a single, future-proof intellectual property (IP) licensable solution. Wave’s TritonAI 64 platform…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cyber Agriculture

Cyber Agriculture

My own strong interest and background in botany makes me consider this closely, consider the implications.  In particular have been experimenting with basil flavors for years.   While the smells of basils can be considerable,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Case Study for a Global AI

Case Study for a Global AI

Considerable case study, contains lots of good things to consider,  but not enough about the goals involved.  Good details but not enough of them.   Its a global brand, so how much do we need to consider varying languages and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Better Way to Multiply

A Better Way to Multiply

Useful for cryptography and methods that require fast hashing on IOT edge applications?

Mathematicians Discover the Perfect Way to Multiply  in Quanta Magazine

By chopping up large numbers into smaller ones, researchers have rewritten…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Consumers Breaking with Legacy Brands

Consumers Breaking with Legacy Brands

Still nostalgia equity is a powerful thing for many brands.

Nostalgia Is Not Enough: Why Consumers Abandon Legacy Brands
Mar 25, 2019 Strategic Management  North America

Earlier this month, Sears ended a nine-decade presence in

The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Comparison of Analytic Methods

Comparison of Analytic Methods

Becasue I often work with different kinds of practitioners, I often get questions like:  How is this different from statistical methods, from Operations Research .... ?  I was trained in earlier methods that often had the same…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (April 13th 2019)

Science and Technology links (April 13th 2019)

There is little evidence that digital screens are harmful to teenager’s mental health. If there is an effect, it is small. Cotton bags must be reused thousands of times before they match the environmental performance of plastic…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Computational Scientist at UT Southwestern Medical Center

Job of the Week: Computational Scientist at UT Southwestern Medical Center

The UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas is seeking a Computational Scientist in our Job of the Week. "The Computational Scientist will support faculty and students in adapting computational strategies to the specific features…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Enterprises go HPC at GPU Technology Conference

Podcast: Enterprises go HPC at GPU Technology Conference

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at news from the GPU Technology Conference. "Dan has been attending GTC since well before it became the big and important conference that it is today. We get a quick update on what…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots Sorting Trash

Robots Sorting Trash

An excellent example of robot use.  Its a classic example of solving a messy problem that can change the economics of a difficult problem.  How well would it work?

MIT’s bot sifts through trash to do your recycling for you in …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Best Data Science Youtube Channels

Best Data Science Youtube Channels

Good resources, did  quick scan and there are some useful things there,  somewhat varied in quality,  but there are gems.

4 of the Best Data Science YouTube Channels in Medium
Go to the profile of #ODSC - Open Data Science

There…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Natural Language and Intent with Ambiguity

Natural Language and Intent with Ambiguity

Good simple explanation from Tableau on Intent.   Have used the concept now in several projects, and of course there is ambiguity, beyond dictionary-definition,  in the use of many terms within a company.   The ambiguity in context…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data vs Democracy?

Data vs Democracy?

Interesting view ...

Who needs democracy when you have data?

Here’s how China rules using data, AI, and internet surveillance.
by Christina Larson in Technology Review

"... In 1955, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov published a…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Value of Inefficiency

The Value of Inefficiency

I like the general thought.     Pure efficiency can make us miss things.   Its why  had second thoughts about optimization methods,  they could rarely be implemented directly, and their methods where often   did not give you

Edward…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Detecting Illegal Squid Fishing with Satellite Imagery

Friday Squid Blogging: Detecting Illegal Squid Fishing with Satellite Imagery

Interesting. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. Read my blog posting guidelines here....


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Code 8.7: How We Can Advance Collaborative Problem Solving

Code 8.7: How We Can Advance Collaborative Problem Solving

The following blog is reposted from the Delta 8.7 website. You can view the original post here. Contributions by:  James Cockayne  | Project Director – Delta 8.7 Nadya Bliss  | Director, the Global Security Initiative at Arizona…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IOTA Zeus for Retail Payment

IOTA Zeus for Retail Payment

A somewhat unexpected application for the novel IOTA 'blockchain' approach.  Following.

Zeux App Enables Use of IOTA For Cryptocurrency Payments at Retail Stores
By Gabriel M

The crypto payments startup Zeux has recently affirmed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Augmenting Quantum D-Wave Quantum Annealing

Augmenting Quantum D-Wave Quantum Annealing

Mentioned before we connected with D-Wave Quantum Computing early on.   Have posted many items about their work.    Their annealing approach still has great potential for some difficult kinds of combinatorial problems.  Note

A…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Extended Reality is for Employees for Now

Extended Reality is for Employees for Now

Based on what we have seen form Microsoft and other players, VR and XR seem to be best for things the require a hands-free concept,  which accept he oddness of wearing some unusual and expensive head gear.   Do expect some exceptions…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Why are unrolled loops faster?

Why are unrolled loops faster?

A common optimization in software is to “unroll loops”. It is best explained with an example. Suppose that you want to compute the scalar product between two arrays: sum = 0; for (i = 0; i < length; i++) sum += x[i] * y[i]; An…


From Schneier on Security

Maliciously Tampering with Medical Imagery

Maliciously Tampering with Medical Imagery

In what I am sure is only a first in many similar demonstrations, researchers are able to add or remove cancer signs from CT scans. The results easily fool radiologists. I don't think the medical device industry has thought at…


From insideHPC

AMD Powers Corona Cluster for HPC Analytics at Livermore

AMD Powers Corona Cluster for HPC Analytics at Livermore

Lawrence Livermore National Lab has deployed a 170-node HPC cluster from Penguin Computing. Based on AMD EPYC processors and Radeon Instinct GPUs, the new Corona cluster will be used to support the NNSA Advanced Simulation and…

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