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November 2021


From insideHPC

Inspur: Growing Strength in HPC and AI

Inspur: Growing Strength in HPC and AI

It’s been a good year for Inspur, as the company’s Global AI and HPC Director, Vangel Bojaxhi, explains in this SC21 interview. He shares updated market research numbers showing Inspur’s strong position in the global HPC and …


From insideHPC

Cornelis Networks Talks High Speed Fabrics for Heterogeneous HPC-AI

Cornelis Networks Talks High Speed Fabrics for Heterogeneous HPC-AI

We caught up with Phil Murphy, CEO of fabrics technology company Cornelis Networks, which has one of the most interesting vendor histories in the HPC community. Extending back to the 1990s and carrying forward extensive interconnect…


From Computational Complexity

When did Computer Science Theory Get so Hard?

 I posted on When did Math get so hard? a commenter pointed out that one can also ask 


When did Computer Science Theory Get so Hard?

For the Math-question I could only speculate. For CS- I WAS THERE! When I was in Grad School one…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Map of Knowlwdge

Map of Knowlwdge

Comic map view of the topic:, made me think.

Data, information, knowledge, insight, wisdom, and Conspiracy Theory  in Language Log

November 13, 2021 @ 5:02 pm · Filed by Victor Mair under Language and art, Language and philosophy…


From The Eponymous Pickle

DARPA Subterranean Challenge

DARPA Subterranean Challenge

Have followed several of these ... The specifics of addressing the complexity of the context is the most interesting thing.    How do such systems solve the challenge of that complexity? 

Robot Teams Win DARPA Subterranean Challenge…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

POPL 2022—Et Tu, Brute?

Some things just cannot wait. Men must stand up now for women’s equality— Rick Goings Kathleen Booth, Cicely Popplewell, Grace Hopper, and Jean Sammet were four pioneers of the field of Programming Languages. They are credited…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (Novembre 13rd 2021)

Science and Technology links (Novembre 13rd 2021)

Pacific rougheye rockfish can live hundreds of years while other rockfish barely live past ten years. Female condors can reproduce without males. The phenomenon is known as parthenogenesis and it occurs in birds such as chickens…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of New, Bigger Graphics

Future of New, Bigger Graphics

 Future of New, Bigger Graphics

and a short simplified video look


From The Eponymous Pickle

Biological Signals

Biological Signals

Machine Sensing, again an area we examined for product manufacturing process control.

Making Sense With Biology By Samuel Greengard  Commissioned by CACM Staff

November 11, 2021

Machine-based sensing has advanced remarkably in recent…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Need of Authentication

Need of Authentication

Key security component is doing this well.

Why Strong Digital Identity Authentication Is More Important Than Ever

OCTOBER 27, 2021 • THE RECORDED FUTURE TEAM

79% of organizations experienced an identity-related breach within the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

3D Printed Bridges

3D Printed Bridges

Continuing to expand uses.

3D-Printed Bridges Promise Smarter, Greener Transit Links

The Wall Street Journal, Daniel Michaels, November 3, 2021

Three-dimensionally (3D)-printed bridges have been erected in the Netherlands, China…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tufte Course

Tufte Course

Edward Tufte Online Course

Edward Tufte   edwardtufte.com

Practical examples are from everywhere: science, social science, music, business and more.

More information

In the enterprise we scheduled a number of these Tufte courses,…


From BLOG@CACM

What Should be Done About Facebook?

What Should be Done About Facebook?

The recent release of the Facebook papers by a whistleblower has confirmed that leaders at the company have long known about problems facilitated by their social media, including disinformation, misinformation, hate speech, depression…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Checking simple equations or inequalities with z3

Checking simple equations or inequalities with z3

When programming, you sometimes need to make sure that a given formula is correct. Of course, you can rely on your mastery of high-school mathematics, but human beings, in general, are terrible at formal mathematics. Thankfully…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

OSTP Announces Public Events in November to Engage the American Public in National Policymaking about AI and Equity

OSTP Announces Public Events in November to Engage the American Public  in National Policymaking about AI and Equity

The White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) is launching a series of listening sessions and events to involve the American public in the development of a Bill of Rights for an Automated Society. With the growing influence…


From insideHPC

ALCF Deploys Testbed to Advance AI for Science

ALCF Deploys  Testbed to Advance AI for Science

The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) is building a testbed comprised of advanced artificial intelligence (AI) platforms. Designed to explore the possibilities of high-performance computing (HPC) architectures, the…


From insideHPC

DDN Launches AI Innovation Lab with NVIDIA in Singapore

DDN Launches AI Innovation Lab with NVIDIA in Singapore

CHATSWORTH, Calif. – Nov. 11, 2021 – DDN, the artificial intelligence (AI) and multi-cloud data management company, today announced that it has joined with NVIDIA to establish an AI Innovation Lab in Singapore to drive innovation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Adds NLP to Watson Discovery

IBM Adds NLP to Watson Discovery

 In our early looks at Watson, precisely what we wanted to add to Discovery to make it useful.  For better links directly to business decision makers.   This cou d be key for novel uses, Show me some examples.

IBM to Add New Natural…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Sheds Light on How Brain Processes Language

AI Sheds Light on How Brain Processes Language

Closer looks at the Brains intelligence towards biomimicry.

 Surprisingly Smart Artificial Intelligence Sheds Light on How the Brain Processes Language

By SciTechDaily, November 5, 2021

Neuroscientists find the internal workings…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Net Zero Emissions and Nuclear Power

Net Zero Emissions and Nuclear Power

 Some energy challenges and stats. 

Duke Energy CEO: Net-zero emissions can’t be achieved without nuclear power

By Akiko Fujita

As one of the country’s largest energy holding companies, Duke Energy (DUK) is on a mission to slash…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Critical Assessment of 250 luxury, Premium, and Lifestyle Retail Brands.

A Critical Assessment of 250 luxury, Premium, and Lifestyle Retail Brands.

Comparative measures for the pandemic.

 A Critical Assessment of 250 Luxury, Premium, and lifestyle Retail Brands. in RetailWire

Last year we saw a decade of retail innovation roll out in just months. Has the industry been able…


From insideHPC

SC21: Three HPC Thought Leaders’ Planning Suggestions for the Hybrid Conference

SC21: Three HPC Thought Leaders’ Planning Suggestions for the Hybrid Conference

SC21, the biggest HPC confab of the year, is next week, and making the most of the hybrid conference calls for good time management. As an assist to both in-person and virtual attendees we spoke with three industry thought leaders…


From Computational Complexity

20 Years of Algorithmic Game Theory

Twenty years ago DIMACS hosted a Workshop on Computational Issues in Game Theory and Mechanism Design. This wasn't the very beginning of algorithmic game theory, but it was quite the coming out party. From the announcement

The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Trojan Source Code

Trojan Source Code

Technical notes for a new security discovery:

In a long ago employment we needed to do encoding that required us to remove some text from stored data, and we discovered a way to do that using specialized unicode encoding.  Mostly…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analytical Gaming for Coast Guard

Analytical Gaming for Coast Guard

Interesting example intro of using gaming

Analytical Gaming Could Help the U.S. Coast Guard Address Key Challenges

COMMENTARY

(RealClearDefense)  by Scott Savitz and Abbie Tingstad  from RAND

November 8, 2021

Wargames can provideA…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Upcoming BPC Plan Working Session Date Change

Upcoming BPC Plan Working Session Date Change

The BPCnet Resource Portal is an initiative by the Computing Research Association with support from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). CISE is committed…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NITRD 30th Anniversary Commemoration

NITRD 30th Anniversary Commemoration

Join us on Thursday, December 2, 2021, at 12pm EST for a special virtual event marking the 30th anniversary of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program. For three decades, the NITRD program…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Managing Cultural and Process Improvements with AI

Managing Cultural and Process Improvements with AI

Seeking Truth from Data, Interesting thoughts.

Managing Cultural and Process Improvements with AI

Published on November 9, 2021. Sam Ransbotham

Professor at Boston College; AI Editor at MIT Sloan Management Review; Host of "Me,For…


From The Eponymous Pickle

3D Printed Bridges

3D Printed Bridges

Quite remarkable thought

3D-Printed Bridges Promise Smarter, Greener Transit Links

The Wall Street Journal. Daniel Michaels. November 3, 2021

Three-dimensionally (3D)-printed bridges have been erected in the Netherlands, China,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pamela McCorDuck Dies

Pamela McCorDuck Dies

 We met with and used some of her  books in training exercises in the early days of AI:

Pamela McCorduck, Historian of AI, Dies at 80

The New York Times, Richard Sandomir, November 4, 2021

Pamela McCorduck, who authored a history…