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June 2021


From insideHPC

How DOE Scientists Disrupted COVID-19

How DOE Scientists Disrupted COVID-19

In early 2020, when the novel coronavirus was gaining momentum but had not yet been named a pandemic, computational chemist Marti Head of Oak Ridge National Laboratory – along with scientists and researchers around the globe …


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Exploring the Ternary Operator

Exploring the Ternary Operator

I’ve never had a lot of use for the ternary operator. Until recently, I think I under appreciated it. I Don’t recall ever using it in professional development though that may be largely related to using languages that didn’tIn…


From insideHPC

XTREME-D Announces Technical Alliance with Fujitsu

XTREME-D Announces Technical Alliance with Fujitsu

Palo Alto, California, June 10, 2021 – Japanese HPC Cloud company XTREME-D today announced the formation of a technical alliance with Fujitsu Limited to conduct verification tests of Fujitsu’s PRIMEHPC FX700 on XTREME-D’s high…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tracking Seabirds with Drones

Tracking Seabirds with Drones

Interesting environmental capability with links to monitoring seabird colonies with drones.

Keeping a Closer Eye on Seabirds with Drones

Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment, June 8, 2021

Using drones and artificial…


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

ACM-W Scholarships Update

ACM-W Scholarships Update

Attending conferences in person allows young and upcoming researchers to make meaningful human connections leading to strong collaborations, sometimes life-long ones, and to aspire to be more than they might otherwise do.


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

How does remote work affect early-career women in computing?

How does remote work affect early-career women in computing?

A recent survey of early-career computing professionals found that although many people benefit from the flexibility of remote work, many groups, particularly women and minorities, face challenges while working remotely.


From insideHPC

Xilinx Acquires Programming Tools Vendor Silexica

Xilinx Acquires Programming Tools Vendor Silexica

SAN JOSE, June 10, 2021 – Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX), the adaptive computing company, today announced that it has acquired Silexica, a privately-held provider of C/C++ programming and analysis tools. Silexica’s SLX FPGA tool…


From Schneier on Security

FBI/AFP-Run Encrypted Phone

FBI/AFP-Run Encrypted Phone

For three years, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Australian Federal Police owned and operated a commercial encrypted phone app, called AN0M, that was used by organized crime around the world. Of course, the police…


From insideHPC

GRC Designates August Data Center Liquid Immersion Cooling

GRC Designates August Data Center Liquid Immersion Cooling

AUSTIN – June 10, 2021 – With the summer months quickly approaching and data center managers increasing efforts to keep their operations cool, GRC (Green Revolution Cooling), the leader in single-phase data center liquid immersion…


From insideHPC

US Launches National AI Research Resource Task Force

US Launches National AI Research Resource Task Force

June 10, 2021 — The U.S. National Science Foundation and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy today announced the formation of the National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource Task Force. As directed …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Speakers and secure environments.

Smart Speakers and secure environments.

Have often had this objection to smart speakers brought. Here a possible solution.

 Less Nosy Smart Speakers

The Michigan Engineer News Center, Gabe Cherry, June 8, 2021

University of Michigan (U-M) researchers have designed a device…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource Task Force

National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource Task Force

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Office of Science and Technology Policy announced the government, academic, and private sector representatives who will serve on the National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource…


From The Eponymous Pickle

EU Deciding to Widen the Idea of a Vaccination Wallet

EU Deciding to Widen the Idea of a Vaccination Wallet

 The EU has decided to widen the notion of a smartphone enabled 'passport' for vaccines to a more general wallet that would hold other kinds of ID credentials. Like drivers licenses, access permissions, diplomas and drug prescriptions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI of Autonomous Cars also Useful for Conventional Autos

AI of Autonomous Cars also Useful for Conventional Autos

As you might expect, for example automatic lane holding and parking capabilities are already well known.  My guess to is that such autonomous solutions will be useful in many places.  A good related piece: 

AI of Autonomous Cars…


From Computational Complexity

The Future of Faculty Hiring

Faculty hiring in computer science is a process long due for an overhaul. The pandemic certainly changed some of the dynamics moving most of the interviews online and saving a ton of money and time. Will this be the start ofA…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Proposes Advanced AI Chip Design

Google Proposes Advanced AI Chip Design

 Google Proposes an advanced AI chip that is itself improved  by AI over time.   Impressive idea. 

 Google used reinforcement learning to design next-gen AI accelerator chips  By Kyle Wiggers, @Kyle_L_Wiggers, June 9, 2021 8:00…


From insideHPC

Argonne Claims 1st Full-core Pin-resolved Nuclear Reactor Model

Argonne Claims 1st Full-core Pin-resolved Nuclear Reactor Model

Understanding the physical behavior inside an operating nuclear reactor can be done only with simulations on a supercomputer due to the high-pressure, high-temperature, and radioactive environment inside a reactor core. The whirls…


From The Eponymous Pickle

National Strategic Computing Reserve

National Strategic  Computing Reserve

 Good proposal, with strong initial emphasis on security. 

The U.S. Needs a National Strategic Computing Reserve

By Scientific American,  June 9, 2021

Last spring, as the world was coming to grips with the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists…


From insideHPC

CW-WDM MSA Consortium Releases Spec for Multi-Wavelength Optical Laser Sources

CW-WDM MSA Consortium Releases Spec for Multi-Wavelength Optical Laser Sources

SANTA CLARA, Calif., –The CW-WDM MSA (Continuous-Wave Wavelength Division Multiplexing Multi-Source Agreement) Group, dedicated to defining and promoting specifications for multi-wavelength advanced integrated optics, today announced…


From insideHPC

Ayar Labs Demos Terabit Optical Link for Co-Packaged Optics and Chip-to-Chip Connectivity

Ayar Labs Demos Terabit Optical Link for Co-Packaged Optics and Chip-to-Chip Connectivity

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Ayar Labs announced today that it has successfully demonstrated what is said is the industry’s first terabit per second Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) optical link with its TeraPHY optical I/O chiplet…


From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Supporting a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Internet Through Email Address Internationalization (EAI) – How Coremail and THNIC Made it a Reality

Supporting a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Internet Through Email Address Internationalization (EAI) – How Coremail and THNIC Made it a Reality

Since the first online message was sent in 1971, email has evolved to become a mainstay in how we communicate. However, while people around the globe have been adopting and integrating email into their daily lives for nearly …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Voice-assisted AI is Becoming smarter, but Consumers have Higher expectations

Voice-assisted AI is Becoming smarter, but Consumers have Higher expectations

I see here is a post by a former school of mine ...   Some reasonable thoughts. 

Voice-assisted AI is becoming smarter, but consumers have higher expectations  by University of Florida

When Huan Chen started researching how consumers…


From insideHPC

Anderson and Kochanski Share 2021 Howes Award

Anderson and Kochanski Share 2021 Howes Award

AMES, IOWA – A mathematician who has advanced wave-scattering calculations and a researcher who has modeled the complex interactions driving snow formations will share the 2021 Frederick A. Howes Scholar in Computational Science…


From The Eponymous Pickle

EU COVID-19 'Digital Pass' Gateway System Goes Live

EU COVID-19 'Digital Pass' Gateway System Goes Live

Following this aspect of construction, delivery and use of passport systems.

EU COVID-19 'Digital Pass' Gateway System Goes Live      By TechCrunch, June 8, 2021

The gateway system for the EU's "digital pass" for verifying COVID…


From insideHPC

Honeywell Quantum Solutions and Cambridge Quantum Computing Will Combine

Honeywell Quantum Solutions and Cambridge Quantum Computing Will Combine

CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 8, 2021 — Honeywell announced today that Honeywell Quantum Solutions (HQS) and Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) will combine to form what the companies said will be the largest, most advanced standalone…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Super Productive 3D Bioprinter Speeding Drug Development

Super Productive 3D Bioprinter Speeding Drug Development

Another example.  Have now heard many such claims regarding drug development. How many are being used effectively? Here is another. 

Super Productive 3D Bioprinter Could Speed Drug Development

UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CIFellows Spotlight – Activating Urban Space through Interactive and Augmented Reality Interfaces

CIFellows Spotlight – Activating Urban Space through Interactive and Augmented Reality Interfaces

Minka Stoyanova began her CIFellowship in January 2021 after receiving her PhD from City University of Hong Kong in October 2019. Stoyanova is at University of Colorado Boulder working with Reece Auguiste, Associate Professor…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More on Amazon Sidewalk

More on Amazon Sidewalk

This continues to generate controversy, here from CNet and ACM:

Amazon Sidewalk: What to know before sharing your home's bandwidth

By CNet  June 9, 2021

June 8 marked the launch of Amazon Sidewalk, a new feature that promises to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Automating Excel with Python

Automating Excel with Python

 Nice idea.  In fact can think of several application examples where we were appending to capabilities of existing spreadsheets.   One a much used, almost historical example.  Could have led to quicker prototypes at least.  Pre…


From insideHPC

Rasgo Raises $25M to Deliver the Feature Store for Cloud Native Databases and Introduce New Data Science Capabilities

Rasgo Raises $25M to Deliver the Feature Store for Cloud Native Databases and Introduce New Data Science Capabilities

June 22, 2021, New York – Rasgo Intelligence, the feature store that is transforming how data scientists engineer, collaborate on, and operationalize Machine Learning (ML)features, announced today a $20M Series A investment round…

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