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November 2019


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Lasers Can be Used to ‘Speak’ to Your Smart Assistant

Lasers Can be Used to ‘Speak’ to Your Smart Assistant

Hackers can use lasers to silently “speak” to any computer that receives voice commands, these include smartphones, Amazon Echo speakers, Google Homes, and Facebook’s Portal video chat devices. Former Computing Community Consortium…


From insideHPC

IonQ Joins Azure Quantum Ecosystem

IonQ Joins Azure Quantum Ecosystem

This week IonQ launched the new Azure Quantum ecosystem in partnership with Microsoft at the annual Ignite conference. Azure Quantum is a full-stack, open cloud ecosystem that will make IonQ’s quantum computers, based on trapped…


From insideHPC

Lifebit Launches Federated Genomics Cloud Operating System for Accelerated Discovery

Lifebit Launches Federated Genomics Cloud Operating System for Accelerated Discovery

Lifebit CloudOS solves the major barrier faced by the genomics sector: data is often siloed and distributed, inaccessible for multiple parties to analyze. Without the ability to perform analyses across this distributed data the…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA Tops MLPerf AI Inference Benchmarks

NVIDIA Tops MLPerf AI Inference Benchmarks

Today NVIDIA posted the fastest results on new benchmarks measuring the performance of AI inference workloads in data centers and at the edge — building on the company’s equally strong position in recent benchmarks measuring …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Estimating from Small samples

Estimating from Small samples

 A common example we touched often on in consulting within the enterprise.  Though the new methods have made this ever more crucial.

Estimating from small random samples— Understanding the underlying probabilities at play!
By Vinodh…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Full Rundown of SC19 Events in Denver

Podcast: Full Rundown of SC19 Events in Denver

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team reviews the full list of events leading up to SC19 in Denver. "There's a lot that happens before the exhibit floor opens on Monday night. Our old pal Rich Brueckner from insideHPC joins…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bixby Views and Touch

Bixby Views and Touch

Saw Bixby early on, was not impressed.   Is it now emerging?  Touch it says will be included, which I did not see.

Bixby Views is What Every Voice Developer Wants and Reinforces Samsung’s Biggest Differentiator
  By Bret Kensella…


From insideHPC

Data Center Transformation: Why a Workload-Driven and Scalable Architecture Matters

Data Center Transformation: Why a Workload-Driven and Scalable Architecture Matters

In this new whitepaper from our friends over at QCT we take a look at the important topic of deep learning for Natural Language Processing (NLP)


The post Data Center Transformation: Why a Workload-Driven and Scalable Architecture…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

AI-assisted Programming

AI-assisted Programming

As I said in yesterday’s blog post,Microsoft has been running their big MSIgnite event this week and making all sorts of announcements. One interesting announcement what improvements to what they call Visual Studio IntelliCode…


From Schneier on Security

Eavesdropping on SMS Messages inside Telco Networks

Eavesdropping on SMS Messages inside Telco Networks

Fireeye reports on a Chinese-sponsored espionage effort to eavesdrop on text messages: FireEye Mandiant recently discovered a new malware family used by APT41 (a Chinese APT group) that is designed to monitor and save SMS traffic…


From Putting People First

User-Centred Design and Humanitarian Adaptiveness

User-Centred Design and Humanitarian Adaptiveness

User-Centred Design and Humanitarian Adaptiveness by Sofya Bourne ALNAP April 2019, 60 pages Gathering and acting on feedback from affected communities is a key means to identify potential triggers for change during the design…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Brick and Mortar Making a Comeback

Brick and Mortar Making a Comeback

I have my doubts,  but there will always be specialty examples, new kinds of channels.

Brick-and-Mortar Stores Are Making a Comeback in HBS Working Knowledge

Left for dead alongside the retail highway, physical stores are suddenly…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cardboard VR is Open Sourced

Cardboard VR is Open Sourced

Played with Cardboard VR early on.  Surprised a bit that Google has backed off the idea, an indication that they don't believe the process is currently viable?  They are still keeping a finger in the process.

Google open-sources…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Why Tokens Matter

Why Tokens Matter

Whats a token?  Why should we use it as a means of payment.  How does it change how we do business?Is it inevitable we will tokenize?     Dr Rijmenam writes about it.

Why Tokens Matter and How to Clarify a Path Towards Tokenisation…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Policymakers Stress Urgent Need for U.S. Leadership in AI at National Security Commission on AI Conference; Schumer Proposes $100 billion in Research and Education Funding

Policymakers Stress Urgent Need for U.S. Leadership in AI at National Security Commission on AI Conference; Schumer Proposes $100 billion in Research and Education Funding

Significant contributions were provided by CRA Director of Government Affairs Peter Harsha and CCC Director Ann Schwartz Drobnis.   Yesterday at a conference of the National Security Commission on AI (NSCAI) in DC, a bipartisan…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA Launches $399 Jetson Xavier NX for AI at the Edge

NVIDIA Launches $399 Jetson Xavier NX for AI at the Edge

Today NVIDIA introduced Jetson Xavier NX, "the world’s smallest, most powerful AI supercomputer for robotic and embedded computing devices at the edge. "With a compact form factor smaller than the size of a credit card, the energy…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tableau Conference Nov 13-15

Tableau Conference Nov 13-15

Particularly interested in seeing how they are integrating with Salesforce, providing new AI methods,  New kinds of data handling, Better visualization and prescriptive methods for decision makers.  I will be there. 

Via DSC:

Tableau…


From insideHPC

MLPerf Releases Over 500 Inference Benchmarks

MLPerf Releases Over 500 Inference Benchmarks

Today the MLPerf consortium released over 500 inference benchmark results from 14 organizations. "Having independent benchmarks help customers understand and evaluate hardware products in a comparable light. MLPerf is helping…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Touchless plus Tactile Interaction

Touchless plus Tactile Interaction

Quite unusual combination, can it greatly improve interaction in new ways?

Intuitive in the Virtual Reality
Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf
By Simon Schmitt, Press Release

Researchers at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf


From insideHPC

Advania Data Centers to build sustainable HPC datacenter in Sweden

Advania Data Centers to build sustainable HPC datacenter in Sweden

Advania and Stockholm Exergi have joined in partnership for the construction of a new HPC data center in Stockholm, Sweden. ADC will lease land in Stockholm Data Parks to build the data center, and the heat generated by computing…


From insideHPC

Interview: Advancing HPC in the UK in the Age of Brexit

Interview: Advancing HPC in the UK in the Age of Brexit

In this special guest feature, Robert Roe from Scientific Computing World interviews Mark Parsons on the strategy for HPC in the UK. "We are not part of EuroHPC, so we are not going to have access to the exascale systems that…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Visual Studio Online–Possibilities for Education?

Visual Studio Online–Possibilities for Education?

Microsoft has been running their big MSIgnite event this week and making all sorts of announcements.  One of them was a cloud-based development environment called Visual Studio Online.

OK, that looks interesting and I will probably…


From insideHPC

TMGcore Teams with Dell EMC on Immersion Cooled Datacenter Platform

TMGcore Teams with Dell EMC on Immersion Cooled Datacenter Platform

Today datacenter solution provider TMGcore announced it has developed a first-of-its-kind data center platform that utilizes immersion cooling and is ready to house ​Dell EMC​ PowerEdge C4140 servers. "Traditionally, data center…


From insideHPC

Building Oracle Cloud Infrastructure with Bare-Metal

Building Oracle Cloud Infrastructure with Bare-Metal

In this video, Taylor Newill from Oracle describes how the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure delivers high performance for HPC applications. "From the beginning, Oracle built their bare-metal cloud with a simple goal in mind: deliver…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Applause for Automated AI Testing and More

Applause for Automated AI Testing and More

Was just pointed to Applause, a means to  expert-crowdsource and manage complex projects.    We had similar capabilities in the enterprise.  Interesting that these methods are popping up.  I would suggest there are also interesting…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supply Chain: IBM adds Assistant Based Methods

Supply Chain: IBM adds Assistant Based Methods

Combining Assistant oriented methods and algorithmic prescriptive solutions makes much more sense.   One way to combine human and autonomous solutions effectively.  Our work in the enterprise did exactly this.

Strengthening links…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Da Vinci's Robot Lions

Da Vinci's Robot Lions

Have a long time interest in Leonardo Da Vinci, and came upon some of his work in 'Robotics'.  He was a person well ahead of his time with the concept, but sadly had little of the technology to support it.  Will we soon be in…


From Schneier on Security

Details of an Airbnb Fraud

Details of an Airbnb Fraud

This is a fascinating article about a bait-and-switch Airbnb fraud. The article focuses on one particular group of scammers and how they operate, using the fact that Airbnb as a company doesn't do much to combat fraud on its…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots in the Boardroom

Robots in the Boardroom

A place we experimented with, see a number of tags below for more.

Research by HBS, with a number of related topics, some examples:

Robots in the Boardroom    by Sean Silverthorne HBSWK

Understanding cloud technology was the No.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

US Patent Office to Leverage AI

US Patent Office to Leverage AI

US Patent office to use AI Methods

Patent Office Seeks Help From AI   By The Wall Street Journal

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is expanding its use of artificial intelligence.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

The…