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May 2020


From The Eponymous Pickle

McKinsey on Next Steps of Crisis

McKinsey on Next Steps of Crisis

From McKinsey

Getting ahead of the next stage of the coronavirus crisis

First the virus, now the economic fallout—you need to launch your plan-ahead team... "


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apple and Google will not Allow Use of Location Tracking in Tracing System.

Apple and Google will not Allow Use of Location Tracking in Tracing System.

Does seem to be a minimal embedded restriction to Location Privacy.

Apple, Google Ban Use of Location Tracking in Contact Tracing Apps
By Reuters
May 12, 2020

Can contact tracing apps be trusted? 
Apple and Google will not allow the…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

2020 Knuth Prize is awarded to Cynthia Dwork

2020 Knuth Prize is awarded to Cynthia Dwork

The Donald E. Knuth Prize is awarded yearly for outstanding contributions to the foundations of computer science over an extended period of time. This year the Donald E. Knuth Prize will be awarded to former Computing Community…


From insideHPC

OFA and Gen-Z Consortium to advance industry standardization of open-source fabric management

OFA and Gen-Z Consortium to advance industry standardization of open-source fabric management

The OFA and Gen-Z Consortium recently entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement to advance the industry standardization of open-source fabric management. "Potential activities outlined in the agreement include joint…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Streamlined Data Science through Jupyter Lab and Jupyter Enterprise Gateway

Podcast: Streamlined Data Science through Jupyter Lab and Jupyter Enterprise Gateway

"Jupyter is a free, open-source, interactive web tool known as a computational notebook, which researchers can use to combine software code, computational output, explanatory text and multimedia resources in a single document…


From insideHPC

Novel Liquid Cooling Technologies for HPC

Novel Liquid Cooling Technologies for HPC

In this special guest feature, Robert Roe from Scientific Computing World writes that increasingly power-hungry and high-density processors are driving the growth of liquid and immersion cooling technology. "We know that CPUs…


From insideHPC

New Gordon Bell Special Prize announced for HPC-Based COVID-19 Research

New Gordon Bell Special Prize announced for HPC-Based COVID-19 Research

Today ACM announced the inception of the ACM Gordon Bell Special Prize for HPC-Based COVID-19 Research. The new award will be presented in 2020 and 2021 and will recognize outstanding research achievements that use high performance…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI and Spatial Biology

AI and Spatial Biology

A term I had not hear before,  though the work on protein folding might be included?   Also sounds somewhat like process mapping, applied to genes and protein activity.   With visual hints to bring in the human researchers to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intel Using Federated Learning to Preserve Privacy of Brain Tumor Training Data

Intel Using Federated Learning to Preserve Privacy of Brain Tumor Training Data

The importance of such a method, is noted, and also the ability to use 'Federated learning'  to preserve the privacy of the large amount of data being used to train the method.  See Google's efforts on this at the tag below.

Intel…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Blockchain to Offer Smart Contract Options

IBM Blockchain to Offer Smart Contract Options

This was the kind of direction we were looking at recently, and had indications that IBM was playing in the space.

IBM Blockchain to Offer Decentralized Smart Contract Option  in Coindesk

IBM is implementing the Hyperledger Fabric…


From Schneier on Security

Attack Against PC Thunderbolt Port

Attack Against PC Thunderbolt Port

The attack requires physical access to the computer, but it's pretty devastating: On Thunderbolt-enabled Windows or Linux PCs manufactured before 2019, his technique can bypass the login screen of a sleeping or locked computer…


From insideHPC

Time-lapse Video: Installing an Immersion Cooling System at Zelendata Centar in Serbia

Time-lapse Video: Installing an Immersion Cooling System at Zelendata Centar in Serbia

In this time-lapse video, technicians install a 336U high-density ICEraQ immersion cooling system from GRC at Zelendata Centar in Serbia. "Only three days were required to completely prep, install, and test two ICEraQ Quads —…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Catalyzing Computing Podcast Episode 21 – Ice Cores and Chaos Theory with Liz Bradley (Part 1)

Catalyzing Computing Podcast Episode 21 – Ice Cores and Chaos Theory with Liz Bradley (Part 1)

A new episode of the Computing Community Consortium‘s (CCC) podcast, Catalyzing Computing, is now available. In this episode Khari Douglas interviews Dr. Liz Bradley, the current Vice-chair of the CCC Council. Bradley has been…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Paper on the Future of the Intelligent, Graphic Application

Paper on the Future of the Intelligent, Graphic Application

In the past have liked Neo4j papers on this and related topics of graph analytics and intelligence.  Reading and may review here further.   9 pages, generally non-technical and descriptive.

White Paper
Neo4j White Paper: The Future…


From insideHPC

Adaptive Computing frees up Cloud HPC for researchers fighting COVID-19

Adaptive Computing frees up Cloud HPC for researchers fighting COVID-19

Adaptive Computing is now making HPC access available for anyone working on COVID-19 related projects. Adaptive’s NODUS Cloud OS solution makes it simple to scale computing resources to your workloads and run compute intensive…


From Schneier on Security

Another California Data Privacy Law

Another California Data Privacy Law

The California Consumer Privacy Act is a lesson in missed opportunities. It was passed in haste, to stop a ballot initiative that would have been even more restrictive: In September 2017, Alastair Mactaggart and Mary Ross proposed…


From insideHPC

Inspur InCloud OpenStack Sets Records on New SPEC Cloud Tests

Inspur InCloud OpenStack Sets Records on New SPEC Cloud Tests

The Inspur InCloud OpenStack has set new records for four key indicators in the latest SPEC Cloud IaaS test to lead the world in technology performance, scalability, application instances, and provisioning time. "The test results…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Predictions and Approaches for Impacted Industries

Predictions and Approaches for Impacted Industries

Very nicely done survey of problems and potential solutions, details at the link.  Now that we have bought into the problem, we need to find good and quick solutions to reset.  Subscribe to his blog there are as well.  Via Walter…


From insideHPC

Azure HPC Cache: File caching for high performance computing

Azure HPC Cache: File caching for high performance computing

In this video, Scott Jeschonek from Microsoft describes the performance advantages of Azure HPC Cache. "Whether you are rendering a movie scene, searching for variants in a genome, or running machine learning against a data set…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart Using AI for Delivery

Wal-Mart Using AI for Delivery

Interesting example, more at the link.    That the methods are 'AI' rather than just optimization is specified, but not the actual methods being used (at the link).  The very definition in these cases can be difficult.   Does…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sweat and Electronic Skin

Sweat and Electronic Skin

More sensor examples and sources of data for monitoring and analysis.

Electronic Skin Powered by Sweat Can Monitor Health, Serve as Human-Machine Interface
Caltech News

By Emily Velasco
April 22, 2020

California Institute of Technology…


From insideHPC

ICHEC to develop quantum circuit simulation tools for Europe’s largest supercomputers

ICHEC to develop quantum circuit simulation tools for Europe’s largest supercomputers

Today the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) announced that it is leading a novel quantum simulation project in collaboration with partners at the Leibniz Supercomputing centre (LRZ) to develop quantum simulation tools…


From Computational Complexity

And the winners are ....

The Computational Complexity Conference has announced the accepted papers for the 2020 now virtual conference. Check them out!






Speaking of the complexity conference, my former PhD student Dieter van Melkebeek will receive …


From insideHPC

Using AI to Identify Brain Tumors with Federated Learning

Using AI to Identify Brain Tumors with Federated Learning

Researchers at Intel Labs and the Perelman School of Medicine are using privacy-preserving technique called federated learning to train AI models that identify brain tumors. With federated learning, research institutions can …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Extreme Microbial

Extreme Microbial

Being used now in food processing application, where it is very successful, has not yet been tested for Covid.  Possible applications for use of space and process decontamination.   Following up,

Extreme Microbial Technologies…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger Tests Frontline Workers

Kroger Tests Frontline Workers

Working on testing in the supply chain.

Kroger launches COVID-19 testing for frontline workers
Free tests come as company ramps up expansion of drive-thru testing sites
Russell Redman 1 | May 04, 2020

The Kroger Co. has begun offering…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Consistency and P=NP

Can we at least show that is consistent? [ From personal page ] Jan Krajicek is an expert on linking computational complexity and mathematical logic. He has authored four books on this area including the often cited text Bounded…


From insideHPC

Australian Supercomputers to help fight COVID-19

Australian Supercomputers to help fight COVID-19

NCI Australia and the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre are supporting the Australian and international research community undertaking COVID-19 research through provision of streamlined, prioritized and expedited access to computation…


From insideHPC

Video: Machine Learning for Weather Forecasts

Video: Machine Learning for Weather Forecasts

Peter Dueben from ECMWF gave this talk at the Stanford HPC Conference. "I will present recent studies that use deep learning to learn the equations of motion of the atmosphere, to emulate model components of weather forecast …


From The Eponymous Pickle

ACM on Contract Tracing Software

ACM on Contract Tracing Software

Good here to see what aspects of the applications are being emphasized.  Includes link to entire detailed document.

ACM Europe TPC Statement on Principles, Practices for COVID-19 Contact Tracing Applications
ACM
May 5, 2020

The Europe…

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