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April 2021


From CERIAS Blog

50 Years, and Lessons (Not) Learned

50 Years, and Lessons (Not) Learned

Recently, I had cause to reflect on some of what I have done in my career. As one result, I posted a blog entry about how many programming languages I have learned.

As I was writing that up, it struck me that this is an anniversary…


From CERIAS Blog

50 Years, and Lessons (Not) Learned

50 Years, and Lessons (Not) Learned

Recently, I had cause to reflect on some of what I have done in my career. As one result, I posted a blog entry about how many programming languages I have learned.

As I was writing that up, it struck me that this is an anniversary…


From insideHPC

CEA-Leti Announces EU Project to Mimic Multi-Timescale Processing of Biological Neural Systems

CEA-Leti Announces EU Project to Mimic Multi-Timescale Processing of Biological Neural Systems

 GRENOBLE, France – April 20, 2021 – CEA-Leti announced today the launch of an EU project to develop a novel class of algorithms, devices and circuits that reproduce multi-timescale processing of biological neural systems. The…


From insideHPC

Altair’s Global HPC Summit 2021 May 11-12

Altair’s Global HPC Summit 2021 May 11-12

Altair (Nasdaq: ALTR) will hold its virtual Global HPC Summit on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 11-12 featuring HPC professionals and end users from a range of industries who will explore HPC workloads, tools and infrastructures,…


From Schneier on Security

When AIs Start Hacking

When AIs Start Hacking

If you don’t have enough to worry about already, consider a world where AIs are hackers.

Hacking is as old as humanity. We are creative problem solvers. We exploit loopholes, manipulate systems, and strive for more influence,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

MBRL Tuning for Partially Understood Environments

MBRL Tuning for Partially Understood Environments

Below is very technical,  but I do like some of the background statements such as 'solving tasks in a partially understood environment ...'.    And the idea of optimizing agents to resolve elements of understanding.  (Which exemplifies…


From insideHPC

FABULOS Project: From the Idea to Urban Autonomous Driving

FABULOS Project: From the Idea to Urban Autonomous Driving

Helsinki — April 20, 2021 — The three-year-long Horizon 2020 project FABULOS (Future Automated Bus Urban Level Operation System) has come to an end. For Sensible 4 the project meant growth and a framework for developing the software…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CIFellows Spotlight – Machine Learning for Storage and Execution Layers of Database Systems

CIFellows Spotlight – Machine Learning for Storage and Execution Layers of Database Systems

Ibrahim Sabek began his CIFellowship in September 2020 after receiving his PhD from the University of Minnesota in January 2020. Sabek is at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) working with Michael Cafarella, Principal…


From insideHPC

Xilinx Launches Kria System-on-Modules for Edge AI

Xilinx Launches Kria System-on-Modules for Edge AI

SAN JOSE, April 20, 2021 – Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) today introduced the Kria portfolio of adaptive system-on-modules (SOMs), production-ready small form factor  embedded boards that enable deployment in edge-based applications…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Database of World Management Practices

Database of World Management Practices

This came to my attention.   Could have been useful, depending on how precise the practices were detailed, in past modeling efforts.   This effort under way for 18 years! Now if we could have working process models of each organization…


From insideHPC

RapidAPI Raises $60M for Expansion of API Platform

RapidAPI Raises $60M for Expansion of API Platform

SAN FRANCISCO- April 21, 2021 – RapidAPI, an API platform that enables developers to manage thousands of APIs, announced today it has raised $60 million in its Series C funding round. The financing was led by Green Bay Ventures…


From insideHPC

Lenovo Introduces As-a-Service Solution for Hosted Desktops with Nutanix

Lenovo Introduces As-a-Service Solution for Hosted Desktops with Nutanix

April 20, 2021 – RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Today, Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) Infrastructure Solutions Group (ISG) with Nutanix announces an As-a-Service solution for hosted desktops to help IT decision makers in remote…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Facebook Research Allocates Ad Funding (without AI)

Facebook Research Allocates Ad Funding (without AI)

Struck me because we did something similar and also quite different for advertising fund allocation very early on.    We the results of integer optimization models with montecarlo simulation, constrained to advertising agreements…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Autonomous Driving from a Different Contextual View

Autonomous Driving from a Different Contextual View

From the most recent CACM Mag.   An Arab oriented view of the problem.  Instructional.

Autonomous Driving in the Face of Unconventional Odds   By Hesham M. Eraqi, Ibrahim Sobh

Communications of the ACM, April 2021, Vol. 64 No.Traffic…


From Schneier on Security

Biden Administration Imposes Sanctions on Russia for SolarWinds

Biden Administration Imposes Sanctions on Russia for SolarWinds

On April 15, the Biden administration both formally attributed the SolarWinds espionage campaign to the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), and imposed a series of sanctions designed to punish the country for the attack…


From insideHPC

Quantum Brilliance and Quantum-South Partner on Logistics Optimization

Quantum Brilliance and Quantum-South Partner on Logistics Optimization

Canberra, Australia and Montevideo, Uruguay, April 19, 2021 — Quantum Brilliance and Quantum-South today announced a partnership to jointly develop and market complementary products and technology in shipping logistics optimization…


From insideHPC

SDSC, Core Scientific in HPC Composable Partnership to Extend ‘Expanse’ Supercomputer

SDSC, Core Scientific in HPC Composable Partnership to Extend ‘Expanse’ Supercomputer

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego has announced a partnership with Core Scientific, an infrastructure and software solutions provider for artificial intelligence and blockchain, to offer HPC capabilities…


From insideHPC

May 1 Deadline ACM–IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship

May 1 Deadline ACM–IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship

Nominations are open (link to form is below) for the ACM–IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship, which honors exceptional PhD students throughout the world whose research focus is on high-performance computing applications…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

A trichotomy of intellectual activity

A trichotomy of intellectual activity

I like to separate intellectual work among three categories: Emulation: the reproduction or direct application of existing ideas. Most academic work and maybe most business work falls in this category. You seek the best ideas…


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

Scholarships Update

Scholarships Update

The pandemic is not over and we are all subject to its consequences. Travelling is still a dream these days. Who could foresee that the world would look so big again, after decades of having almost all corners of Earth within…


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

Welcome from the ACM-W Chair – April 2021

Welcome from the ACM-W Chair – April 2021

by Jodi Tims, ACM-W Chair “There is no such thing as a free lunch” – or so the saying goes.  In spring of 2012, I accepted the invitation of Gloria Townsend, then ACM-W Celebrations Chair, to attend an ACM-W luncheon at the close…


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

ACM-W Scholarships Looking Forward

ACM-W Scholarships Looking Forward

by Viviana Bono (chair of the ACM-W scholarship programme) The pandemic is not over and we are all subject to its consequences. Travelling is still a dream these days. Who could foresee that the world would look so big again,…


From Apophenia

The Muddled Speech of Numbers: Blood clots, COVID-19 vaccines, and statistical risk

The Muddled Speech of Numbers: Blood clots, COVID-19 vaccines, and statistical risk

Earlier this week, the CDC paused the roll-out of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccination after 6 women experienced serious blood clots. Their caution has merit, given that the FDA has been approving vaccinations in advance…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Catalyzing Computing Podcast, Episode 33 – Health Informatics with Katie Siek (Part 1)

Catalyzing Computing Podcast, Episode 33 – Health Informatics with Katie Siek (Part 1)

A new episode of the Computing Community Consortium‘s (CCC) official podcast, Catalyzing Computing, is now available. In this episode, Khari Douglas (CCC Senior Program Associate) interviews Dr. Katie Siek, a professor in Informatics…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Electrified Urban Transport

Electrified Urban Transport

Recall we experimented with Segways in our innovation center,  and observed them being used in locations like the grocery store 'Jungle Jims'.      Here more about typical  human transportation. But do consider that we now expect…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Army Studies Real Time Conversation

The Army Studies Real Time Conversation

Considerable, interesting piece on the topic. Leads to the open question about how we converse with our robot assistants.   And leads on to other kinds of hybrid, cooperative work.   And AI to provide useful information about…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hybrid Work Disrupting

Hybrid Work Disrupting

Microsoft writes on the Next Great Disruption, interesting stats and more, at the link;

The Next Great Disruption Is Hybrid Work—Are We Ready?

Over the past year, no area has undergone more rapid transformation than the way weOur…


From insideHPC

UK Intervenes in Nvidia Acquisition of Arm Ltd.

UK Intervenes in Nvidia Acquisition of Arm Ltd.

Even as Nvidia announced its new “Grace” Arm CPU for AI and HPC last week, the UK government this morning issued a “public interest intervention” notice that targets Nvidia’s proposed $40 billion acquisition of UK-based Arm Limited…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Laugh More, Lead Better

Laugh More, Lead Better

Recall some of our own experiments in humor-augmented management.   

Laugh more, lead better  in McKinsey

Naomi Bagdonas and Connor Diemand-Yauman, lecturers at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, hilariously explore the power…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Investing in Eco

Investing in Eco

How can more people become involved in Crypto?

Investing in Eco, Crypto

by Katie Haun and Arianna Simpson   in Andreessen Horowitz

One of the challenges in any new industry — crypto being no exception — is building things that are…

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