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November 2021


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…


From BLOG@CACM

Hybrid Models for Legacy Modernization in Digital Transformation Programs

Hybrid Models for Legacy Modernization in Digital Transformation Programs

There is now a greater need to move away from legacy technologies than ever before.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Thinking Streaming Data

Thinking Streaming Data

What is a Streaming Data    In Venturebeat  By Peter Wayner .... 

Well joined the team a long time ago, so had to pause here at the question,  could imagine what it meant, despite having worked with many.   But OK ...a stream"…


From insideHPC

IBM Cloud Selects AMD EPYCs for Compute-Intensive Workloads

IBM Cloud Selects AMD EPYCs for Compute-Intensive Workloads

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Nov. 10, 2021 — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) announced today that IBM Cloud has chosen 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors to expand its bare metal service offerings designed to power customers’ demanding workloads and solutions…


From insideHPC

HPE to Build Weather Supercomputer for Denmark, Iceland, Ireland and The Netherlands

HPE to Build Weather Supercomputer for Denmark, Iceland, Ireland and The Netherlands

Building on its UK Met Office win, one of the largest supercomputer deals of the past year, Hewlett Packard Enterprise today announced that it is building a supercomputer for the United Weather Centres – West (UWC-West), a collaboration…


From insideHPC

Argonne Selects Altair Workload Manager for Polaris, Aurora

Argonne Selects Altair Workload Manager for Polaris, Aurora

Simulation software company Altair has announced that Argonne National Laboratory will utilize Altair PBS Professional workload manager across the organization’s HPC systems at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF)…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Neural Network Representations

Neural Network Representations

Interesting, technical.  See link for useful supporting visuals.

How should we compare neural network representations?

Frances Ding and Jacob Steinhardt    Nov 8, 2021  Berkeley 

Cross-posted from Bounded Regret.  

To understandFigure…


From insideHPC

Azure: HBv3 VMs for HPC up to 80% Faster with AMD Milan-X CPUs

Azure: HBv3 VMs for HPC up to 80% Faster with AMD Milan-X CPUs

Microsoft Azure has announced that a preview is now live for Azure HBv3 virtual machines powered by 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors with AMD 3D V-cache, codenamed “Milan-X.” The processors significantly improve the performance, scaling…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

OSTP RFI – Public and Private Sector Uses of Biometric Technologies

OSTP RFI – Public and Private Sector Uses of Biometric Technologies

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) put out a Request for Information (RFI) on uses of biometric technologies in the public and private sector. Concerns are growing with the increasing number of applications and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Optimizing Robots with Evolution

Optimizing Robots with Evolution

Home/News/A Novel Way to Optimize Robots/Full Text

ACM NEWS

A Novel Way to Optimize Robots

By The Economist   November 3, 2021

It might sound obvious that if you want to improve a robot's software, you should improve its software…


From The Noisy Channel

Content Classification

Content Classification

The most fundamental form of holistic content understanding is classification. Content classification maps a piece of content — that is, an entry in the search index — to one or more elements of a predefined set of categories…


From insideHPC

Inspur and Samsung Announce Joint Open Storage Solution for OCP

Inspur and Samsung Announce Joint Open Storage Solution for OCP

SAN JOSE, November 9, 2021 – At this week’s OCP Global Summit in San Jose Inspur and Samsung will jointly launch the Poseidon V2 E3.x reference system.  This product adopted composable architecture to maximize the benefits of…


From insideHPC

Supermicro Adds to Portfolio of Edge-to-Cloud AI Systems

Supermicro Adds to Portfolio of Edge-to-Cloud AI Systems

San Jose, November 9, 2021 – Super Micro Computer, Inc. (SMCI), maker of enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions, and green computing technology, announces the enhancement of its portfolio of artificial intelligence…