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October 2020


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI and Seismology

AI and Seismology

 An area we consulted on early and continue to follow.   Some comment here on why current, otherwise excellent pattern recognition techniques do not predict earthquakes.  Good update by CACM

AI Shakes up Seismology World

Commissioned…


From BLOG@CACM

What Everyone Knows and What No One Knows

What Everyone Knows and What No One Knows

Who cares about logic?


From insideHPC

Lenovo Offers Optimal Storage Platform for Intel DAOS

Lenovo Offers Optimal Storage Platform for Intel DAOS

In this sponsored post, our friends over at Lenovo and Intel highlight how Lenovo is doing some exciting stuff with Intel’s DAOS software. DAOS, or Distributed Asynchronous Object Storage, is a scale-out HPC storage stack that…


From Computational Complexity

50 Years of PBS

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) launched fifty years ago this month in the United States. The New York Times talks about its fifty reasons how the network mattered. I'll throw in my thoughts.

I was just slightly too oldas…


From insideHPC

NTU Singapore Scientists Develop ‘Mini-brains’ to Help Robots Recognize Pain and to Self-repair

NTU Singapore Scientists Develop ‘Mini-brains’ to Help Robots Recognize Pain and to Self-repair

Singapore, 15 Oct. 2020 — Using a brain-inspired approach, scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a way for robots to have the artificial intelligence (AI) to recognize pain…


From insideHPC

Cambridge Quantum Computing Announces Update to t|ket⟩ Quantum Software Development Kit (Q-SDK)

Cambridge Quantum Computing Announces Update to t|ket⟩ Quantum Software Development Kit (Q-SDK)

Oct. 15, 2020 – Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) today announced the latest version of t|ket〉(pronounced “ticket”), its high-performance quantum software development kit (Q-SDK), which now enables quantum circuit execution on…


From insideHPC

Sandia: Material in House Paint Could Spur ‘Technology Revolution’

Sandia: Material in House Paint Could Spur ‘Technology Revolution’

A new method to make non-volatile computer memory may have unlocked a problem been holding back machine learning and has the potential to revolutionize technologies like voice recognition, image processing and autonomous driving…


From The Eponymous Pickle

WalMart Competing with Geek Squad

WalMart Competing with Geek Squad

Done well and priced well could attract and engage many consumers.   

Has Walmart come up with an answer to Best Buy’s Geek Squad?  In Retailwire by George Anderson

Walmart is taking part in a pilot program to test the viability…


From insideHPC

NCSA’s Bill Gropp Voted IEEE CS 2022 President

NCSA’s Bill Gropp Voted IEEE CS 2022 President

Oct. 14, 2020 — The National Center for Supercomputing Application’s (NCSA) Director and Chief Scientist William “Bill” Gropp has been voted IEEE Computer Society 2021 president-elect and will serve as president in 2022. The …


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

What If We Asked Students To Write Textbooks?

What If We Asked Students To Write Textbooks?

A professor friend on Facebook posted that a student emailed him to say that they textbook the were using was “crap.” I suggested in jest that he asked the student to write a better one. That’s pretty tough since how do you write…


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

ACM India Celebration of Women in Computing AICWiC 2020

ACM India Celebration of Women in Computing AICWiC 2020

ACM India celebration of women in computing –a virtual event was organized by ACM-W India, ACM Nagpur Professional Chapter in association with ACM Nagpur Student Chapter of Yeshwantrao Chavan College of Engineering, Nagpur,…


From insideHPC

What May Come from Exascale? Improved Medicines, Longer-range Batteries, Better Control of 3D Parts, for Starters

What May Come from Exascale? Improved Medicines, Longer-range Batteries, Better Control of 3D Parts, for Starters

As Exascale Day (Oct. 18) approaches, we thought it appropriate to post a recent article from Scott Gibson of the Exascale Computing Project (ECP), an overview of the anticipated advances in scientific discovery enabled by exascale…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft says its AI can describe images 'as well as people do'

Microsoft says its AI can describe images 'as well as people do'

 Recall some portion of this claim being made, but had not heard much new from Microsoft,  Know sight impaired people who could use the capability.     We also worked on the general idea of  'captioning', which turns out to be…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Duplex Books Haircuts.

Google Duplex Books Haircuts.

Fascinated by 'booking' as a simplistic form of contextual conversational.   And it is interesting that Google Duplex took so long to get to this variant.  But is that significant?    I can see 'booking' being a script for many…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Improving Amateur CGI with iPhone AR

Improving Amateur CGI with iPhone AR

Quite an interesting thought ... positioning you in  your real world.

iPhone AR tech can improve amateur CGI
CamTrackAR uses iOS' AR know-how to make adding effects easier.

Daniel Cooper, @danielwcooper
Match Moving is the process…


From insideHPC

GCS Supports University Team deFAUlt in SC20 Student Cluster Competition

GCS Supports University Team deFAUlt in SC20 Student Cluster Competition

Berlin, Oct. 14, 2020 – The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) has announced it is repeating its role as sponsor of undergraduate students participating in the Student Cluster Competition at next month’s Supercomputing Conference…


From Schneier on Security

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

This is a current list of where and when I am scheduled to speak:

  • I’ll be speaking at Cyber Week Online, October 19-21, 2020.
  • I’ll be speaking at the IEEE Symposium on Technology and Society virtual conference, November 12-15…


    From insideHPC

    Exascale Day: Goodyear’s CTO Talks Exascale’s Anticipated Industrial Design Advantages

    Exascale Day: Goodyear’s CTO Talks Exascale’s Anticipated Industrial Design Advantages

    It’s Exascale Awareness Week, a lead-up to Exascale Day this Sunday, Oct. 18 (1018), and while we mainly hear about the anticipated benefits for scientific discovery from exascale-class computing, there is also the economic competitiveness…


    From insideHPC

    Sandia Labs Fellow Named to Quantum Computing Advisory Committee

    Sandia Labs Fellow Named to Quantum Computing Advisory Committee

    Albuquerque, NM, Oct. 13, 2020 — Sandia National Laboratories Fellow Gil Herrera has been appointed to the newly established U.S. National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee. Herrera is one of two committee members representing…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Ceiling Mounted Home Robotics

    Ceiling Mounted Home Robotics

     An areas we looked at closely to augment smart home studies.  Placing robot arms in key positions was a common solution to ambulatory examples. Note unpredictability of homes. Especially for eldercare applications.  Have not…


    From insideHPC

    UberCloud Announces Oct. 27-28-29 CAE Webinars on UberCloud/Azure

    UberCloud Announces Oct. 27-28-29 CAE Webinars on UberCloud/Azure

    Sunnyvale, CA, Oct. 12, 2020 – UberCloud will present this virtual event on October 27 (Americas), October 28 (EMEA) and October 29 (Asia), focusing on UberCloud’s novel CAE Simulation Platform on Azure. UberCloud is providing…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Reinforcement Training is Supervised Learning on Optimized data

    Reinforcement Training is Supervised Learning on Optimized data

     My long time background is in systems optimization.  Quite intriguing claims made that could be very useful.  Ultimately very technical.  .

    Reinforcement learning is supervised learning on optimized data  Ben Eysenbach and Aviral…


    From insideHPC

    Brookhaven’s Advanced Computing Lab Expands with DDN A3I Storage and Nvidia DGX-2

    Brookhaven’s Advanced Computing Lab Expands with DDN A3I Storage and Nvidia DGX-2

    High performance storage vendor DDN, provider of AI and data management software and hardware solutions, today announced Brookhaven National Laboratory has selected DDN’s A3I AI400X all-NVME flash appliance storage for fast optimum…


    From BLOG@CACM

    Agile Management of the Corona Crisis in the Start-Up Nation

    Agile Management of the Corona Crisis in the Start-Up Nation

    Is there an efficient management solution for this crisis?


    From Schneier on Security

    US Cyber Command and Microsoft Are Both Disrupting TrickBot

    US Cyber Command and Microsoft Are Both Disrupting TrickBot

    Earlier this month, we learned that someone is disrupting the TrickBot botnet network.

    Over the past 10 days, someone has been launching a series of coordinated attacks designed to disrupt Trickbot, an enormous collection of…


    From Schneier on Security

    2020 Workshop on Economics of Information Security

    2020 Workshop on Economics of Information Security

    The Workshop on Economics of Information Security will be online this year. Register here.


    From insideHPC

    PSSC Labs Announces CBeST Cluster Management Software Stack v5 Release with Red Hat Support

    PSSC Labs Announces CBeST Cluster Management Software Stack v5 Release with Red Hat Support

    Lake Forest, CA , Oct. 13, 2020 — PSSC Labs, a developer of high performance computing (HPC) and big data computing solutions, announces today that a new release of CBeST Cluster Management v 5.0 Software Stack will be available…


    From insideHPC

    Radio Free HPC: Liqid Gets Hot, NSF Billion for AI

    Radio Free HPC: Liqid Gets Hot, NSF Billion for AI

    We have our full staff for this show – first time in a long time. We start out with introductions….Henry still lives in a survivalist compound in Las Cruces, NM, Jessi is still on crutches, and Shahin is still living in the smokie…


    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    CCC/NAE Workshop Report- The Role of Robotics in Infectious Disease Crises

    CCC/NAE Workshop Report- The Role of Robotics in Infectious Disease Crises

    In an effort to prepare for the next pandemic and perhaps aid in the current one, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC), along with the National Academy of Engineering, hosted a virtual workshop entitled Role of Robotics in…


    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    CCC/NAE Workshop Report- The Role of Robotics in Infectious Disease Crises

    CCC/NAE Workshop Report- The Role of Robotics in Infectious Disease Crises

    In an effort to prepare for the next pandemic and perhaps aid in the current one, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC), along with the National Academy of Engineering, hosted a virtual workshop entitled Role of Robotics in…

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