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November 2019


From The Eponymous Pickle

Applause for Automated AI Testing and More

Applause for Automated AI Testing and More

Was just pointed to Applause, a means to  expert-crowdsource and manage complex projects.    We had similar capabilities in the enterprise.  Interesting that these methods are popping up.  I would suggest there are also interesting…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supply Chain: IBM adds Assistant Based Methods

Supply Chain: IBM adds Assistant Based Methods

Combining Assistant oriented methods and algorithmic prescriptive solutions makes much more sense.   One way to combine human and autonomous solutions effectively.  Our work in the enterprise did exactly this.

Strengthening links…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Da Vinci's Robot Lions

Da Vinci's Robot Lions

Have a long time interest in Leonardo Da Vinci, and came upon some of his work in 'Robotics'.  He was a person well ahead of his time with the concept, but sadly had little of the technology to support it.  Will we soon be in…


From Schneier on Security

Details of an Airbnb Fraud

Details of an Airbnb Fraud

This is a fascinating article about a bait-and-switch Airbnb fraud. The article focuses on one particular group of scammers and how they operate, using the fact that Airbnb as a company doesn't do much to combat fraud on its…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots in the Boardroom

Robots in the Boardroom

A place we experimented with, see a number of tags below for more.

Research by HBS, with a number of related topics, some examples:

Robots in the Boardroom    by Sean Silverthorne HBSWK

Understanding cloud technology was the No.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

US Patent Office to Leverage AI

US Patent Office to Leverage AI

US Patent office to use AI Methods

Patent Office Seeks Help From AI   By The Wall Street Journal

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is expanding its use of artificial intelligence.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

The…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Adding a (predictable) branch to existing code can increase branch mispredictions

Adding a (predictable) branch to existing code can increase branch mispredictions

Software is full of “branches”. They often take the form of if-then clauses in code. Modern processors try to predict the result of branches often long before evaluating them. Hard-to-predict branches are a challenge performance…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bridging the AI Gaps

Bridging the AI Gaps

There are AI gaps, huge gaps.  Just like my very modern, effective, correct and powerful smartphone.  With special purpose Apps, loaded up and many more available.  Even some very good sensors.  Is full of gaps.  I am meant to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hitching a Ride

Hitching a Ride


An interesting idea.

Delivery Drones Could Land on Public Transport to Extend Their Range
New Scientist
Edd Gent
October 31, 2019

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a computer program that plans deliveries by getting…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Building a Better Blockchain

Building a Better Blockchain

Thoughtful piece.

These Researchers Are Trying to Build a Better Blockchain in Wired
By Gregory Barber 

Blockchain tech enables systems where no one is in charge, and keeps them secure. But it's compute-intensive and slow, a hurdle…


From insideHPC

AMD to Power Cray Shasta Supercomputer coming to AWE in the UK

AMD to Power Cray Shasta Supercomputer coming to AWE in the UK

Today Cray announced that the United Kingdom’s Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) has selected the Cray Shasta supercomputer to support security and defence of the U.K. Called Vulcan, AWE’s new machine powered by AMD EPYC processors…


From insideHPC

Students Encouraged to Enter Math Modeling Challenge for Scholarships

Students Encouraged to Enter Math Modeling Challenge for Scholarships

Juniors and seniors throughout the United States seeking a transformative high school experience and the chance to win thousands of dollars in scholarships for college are invited to register for the MathWorks Math Modeling (M3)…


From insideHPC

New ImmersionFAQ site to Dispel Misconceptions about Datacenter Immersive Cooling

New ImmersionFAQ site to Dispel Misconceptions about Datacenter Immersive Cooling

Today GRC and Asperitas launched ImmersionFAQ.com, a new website with FAQs and facts about immersion cooling. “The newly developed vendor agnostic website is a key tool for operators looking to educate themselves on immersion…


From insideHPC

Xilinx Alveo Accelerators Power Real-Time AI-based Intrusion Detection Service

Xilinx Alveo Accelerators Power Real-Time AI-based Intrusion Detection Service

Today Xilinx announced that SK Telecom has adopted Xilinx Alveo Datacenter Accelerator cards to power a real-time AI-based physical intrusion and theft detection service. SK Telecom’s AI inference accelerator (AIX) implemented…


From insideHPC

Hardware & Software Platforms for HPC, AI and ML

Hardware & Software Platforms for HPC, AI and ML

Gunter Roeth from NVIDIA gave this talk at the UK HPC Conference. "Today, NVIDIA’s tensor core GPU sits at the core of most AI, ML and HPC applications, and NVIDIA software surrounds every level of such a modern application, …


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Defense Innovation Board Final Report on AI Ethics Principles

Defense Innovation Board Final Report on AI Ethics Principles

Contributions to this post were provided by CCC Chair Mark D. Hill from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and CCC Executive Committee Member Nadya Bliss from Arizona State University. The leadership of the Department of Defense…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Listening for Indicators of Failure

Listening for Indicators of Failure

Not an uncommon thing that is done by human engineers responsible for maintenance.  Now proposed to be more autonomous.

'Listening' to Engine Blades to Stop Failures, Disasters   By Purdue University News

This new method can measure…


From Schneier on Security

Obfuscation as a Privacy Tool

Obfuscation as a Privacy Tool

This essay discusses the futility of opting out of surveillance, and suggests data obfuscation as an alternative. We can apply obfuscation in our own lives by using practices and technologies that make use of it, including: The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Whats a 5G World Look Like

Whats a 5G World Look Like

Useful examples of where the new technology will be relevant:

A First Look at What a 5G-Enabled World Looks Like, Courtesy of Samsung and IBM
 Written by: Steve Canepa

Built on the IBM Cloud, the new platform created in partnership…


From Putting People First

[Report] Shaping Choices in the Digital World

[Report] Shaping Choices in the Digital World

Shaping Choices in the Digital World From dark patterns to data protection: the influence of ux/ui design on user empowerment Jean Lessi (Publication Director); Gwendal Le Grand (Editor); Régis Chatellier, Geoffrey Delcroix, …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Navigating via

Navigating via

More work on Robot navigation.   But where do the clues come from?  We already navigate from things like addresses.  But to get there precisely may need more than that.    And the hint that this will also require some common

MIT…


From insideHPC

Steve Tuecke from Globus passes away

Steve Tuecke from Globus passes away

It is with tremendous sadness that we share the news of the death of our dear friend and colleague Steve Tuecke on November 2, 2019. "Steve was also a consummate architect of organizations. Argonne’s Distributed Systems Lab, …


From insideHPC

Video: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for HPC

Video: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for HPC

In this video, Vinay Kumar from Oracle describes how the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure delivers high performance for HPC applications. "Oracle offers on-demand HPC infrastructure, suitable for any HPC workload, based on the most…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Artificial Networks Shed Light on Human Face Recognition

Artificial Networks Shed Light on Human Face Recognition

From what we know how the brain works to artificial neural nets (ANN), which we know are very simplistic neural models, then back to the actual operation of the brain?

Artificial Networks Shed Light on Human Face Recognition Weizmann…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cognitive Automation

Cognitive Automation

Augmentation is the near term approach here, but I expect augmentation to become more automated over time.    Checking, validation and  Numbers presented here are interesting, dependent much on the specific kind of tasks that…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Thermodynamic Computing Workshop Report Released

Thermodynamic Computing Workshop Report Released

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) recently released the Thermodynamic Computing workshop report, the output of the CCC’s January 2019 visioning workshop of the same name. The workshop was organized by Tom Conte (Georgia…


From insideHPC

PSI Researchers Using Comet Supercomputer for Flu Forecasting Models

PSI Researchers Using Comet Supercomputer for Flu Forecasting Models

Researchers at Predictive Science, Inc. are using the the Comet Supercomputer at SDSC for Flu Forecasting Models. "These calculations fall under the category of ‘embarrassingly parallel’, which means we can run each model, for…


From insideHPC

Penguin Computing to Showcase HPC Solutions at SC19

Penguin Computing to Showcase HPC Solutions at SC19

Today Penguin Computing announced plans for showcasing its innovative HPC solutions at SC19 in Denver. After a year of growth, Penguin Computing is bringing innovative technology demos and presentations to the show to offer expertise…


From insideHPC

European Processor Initiative Reaches Important Milestones in First Year

European Processor Initiative Reaches Important Milestones in First Year

The European Processor Initiative (EPI) has announced the completion of important milestones in its first year. "The first-generation chip family, named Rhea, will include Arm ZEUS architecture general purpose cores and prototypes…


From insideHPC

Arm HPC User Group Returns to Denver Nov. 18

Arm HPC User Group Returns to Denver Nov. 18

The Arm HPC team invites you to our 5th Annual Arm HPC User Group (AHUG) session at SC19. The all-day event takes place on Monday, Nov. 18 at the Curtis Hotel in Denver. "We have a full day agenda of strategic partners and end…