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January 2020


From Schneier on Security

5G Security

5G Security

The security risks inherent in Chinese-made 5G networking equipment are easy to understand. Because the companies that make the equipment are subservient to the Chinese government, they could be forced to include backdoors in…


From insideHPC

Spanish Supercomputing Network serves up record computing hours for Science

Spanish Supercomputing Network serves up record computing hours for Science

The Spanish Supercomputing Network (RES) closed the year 2019 with a record in the number of processor hours allocated to Spanish researchers in different areas of knowledge such as: Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences, Biomedicine…


From Computational Complexity

What would you do if you showed P=NP? I would reread Factor Man by Matt Ginsberg

Lance has often said (and also in this) that if P=NP that would be great for the world: much more efficient ways to build things, science could be done better, etc, and that is much more important than that modern crypto would…


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

ACM-W Connections–January 2020

ACM-W Connections–January 2020

Welcome from the ACM-W Chair ACM-W is kicking off 2020 with lots of exciting news! It with great pleasure that I announce the official establishment of ACM-W Asia-Pacific.  Following a successful workshop in Chengdu, China last…


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

ACM Celebrations in North America

ACM Celebrations in North America

er the last two months, three Celebrations were held in three countries of North America reaching over 1,000 students!


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

ACM-W Rising Star Award Recipient: Vivienne Sze

ACM-W Rising Star Award Recipient: Vivienne Sze

ACM-W would like to announce Dr. Vivienne Sze as the winner of the inaugural ACM-W Rising Star Award.


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

The First ACM-W Professional Chapter in Turkey: ACM-W Ankara

The First ACM-W Professional Chapter in Turkey: ACM-W Ankara

As the first professional ACM-W chapter established in Turkey, ACM-W Ankara will organize events and also act as an umbrella organization for the existing ACM and ACM-W student chapters in the country.


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

Elena Ferrari and Wendy Mackay awarded ACM Fellowship

Elena Ferrari and Wendy Mackay awarded ACM Fellowship

In December 2019, Prof. Elena Ferrari (University of Insubria) and Prof. Wendy Mackay (Inria -Saclay) were awarded ACM Fellowships, the two women from Europe to be recognised as ACM fellows.


From insideHPC

Podcast: Will the ExaSky Project be First to Reach Exascale?

Podcast: Will the ExaSky Project be First to Reach Exascale?

In this Lets Talk Exascale podcast, Katrin Heitmann from Argonne describes how the ExaSky project may be one of the first applications to reach exascale levels of performance. "Our current challenge problem is designed to run…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Next Generation Smart Contracts

On Next Generation Smart Contracts

Some introductory information about smart contracts

See also Ricardian Contracts:   "... a method of recording a document as a contract at law, and linking it securely to other systems, such as accounting, for the contract as …


From BLOG@CACM

The Internet at 50

The Internet at 50

A personalized take on three things we have to celebrate about the Internet today.


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Having Fun With Computer Science

Having Fun With Computer Science

There is no question that there are a lot of ways to have fun with computer science. Some of them are inexpensive. Some of them cost a lot of money. You can do a lot for a little bit of money. But some interesting things cost…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing Planet Formation at SDSC

Supercomputing Planet Formation at SDSC

Researchers are using a novel approach to solving the mysteries of planet formation with the help of the Comet supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center on the UC San Diego campus. The modeling enabled scientists at…


From insideHPC

TMGcore teams with FSG as Certified OTTO Ready Electrical Contractor

TMGcore teams with FSG as Certified OTTO Ready Electrical Contractor

Today TMGcore announced that Facility Solutions Group (FSG) will be the first OTTO-Ready Electrical Contractor. OTTO is a line of highly efficient, high density, modular two-phase immersion cooled data center platforms with a…


From The Eponymous Pickle

5G Tests Underwhelm

5G Tests Underwhelm

Some interesting first views of 5G.   As in most cases a 'killer app' experience is needed to sell the increased cost of hardware quickly, but it will sell as a natural update. 

5G Underwhelms in Its First Big Test    By The Wall…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Humanizing Assistants a kind of Privacy Invasion?

Humanizing Assistants a kind of Privacy Invasion?

From a retail perspective, with further expert comment.

Does humanizing virtual assistants undermine consumer privacy?    by Tom Ryan in Retailwire

A university study finds people increasingly attributing lifelike qualities to

“These…


From insideHPC

Call for Papers: MSST 2020 Mass Storage Conference in Santa Clara

Call for Papers: MSST 2020 Mass Storage Conference in Santa Clara

The MSST 2020 Mass Storage Conference has issued its Call for Papers. The event will be held May 4-8, 2020 at Santa Clara University, with the Research Track taking place May 7 and 8. "The conference focuses on current challenges…


From insideHPC

Video: The Parallel Computing Revolution Is Only Half Over

Video: The Parallel Computing Revolution Is Only Half Over

In this video from ATPESC 2019, Rob Schreiber from Cerebras Systems looks back at historical computing advancements, Moore's Law, and what happens next. "A recent report by OpenAI showed that, between 2012 and 2018, the compute…


From Schneier on Security

Artificial Personas and Public Discourse

Artificial Personas and Public Discourse

Presidential-campaign season is officially, officially, upon us now, which means it's time to confront the weird and insidious ways in which technology is warping politics. One of the biggest threats on the horizon: Artificial…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart Going More Robotic

Wal-Mart Going More Robotic

Note in particular the emphasis on out of stocks.

Walmart Expands Its Robotic Workforce to 650 Additional Stores
Shelf-scanning devices aim to help reduce out-of-stock items that collectively cost retailers a trillion dollars a…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sharing with a Core Scientific Data Model

Sharing with a Core Scientific Data Model

With data getting more complex, and havig to include many aspects of context-specific metadata, sharing it efficiently can be messy.  In our experience the integration of needed metadata can be problematic.

Simplifying How Scientists…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Improving AI via Deep Learning and Process

Improving AI via Deep Learning and Process

Thoughts on how machine learning will improve.  I agree that in particular hybrid models that bring in process logic, extensions of  RPA methods,  and  simulation models of the 'twin' form will also become more important.

Deep…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Project Loon

Google Project Loon

Was recently reminded of Google's project to deliver internet access to remote Earth locations.  Proposed as early as 2008.  Now spun off, but still active.    Consider the opportunity to provide engaging capabilities and intelligence…


From insideHPC

Atos Supercomputer to enhance weather forecasting at ECMWF

Atos Supercomputer to enhance weather forecasting at ECMWF

Today Atos announced an €80 million contract with the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) to supply its for a BullSequana XH2000 supercomputer. As one of the most powerful meteorological supercomputers …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Leadership for Reskilling, Relearning

Leadership for Reskilling, Relearning

Been a long time proponent of continuous learning and re-skilling aimed at continuously changing tech and goals.  This blog is one aspect of that effort.   Below McKinsey podcast talks about the need and efforts involved, as

Redefining…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Our Thoughts on P=NP

The Clay prize anniversary is soon. SME keynote lecture source Evelyn Lamb is a mathematician who is also a journalist. She has a blog called Roots of Unity on the Scientific American blog network. Also impressive is that she…


From insideHPC

Los Alamos National Laboratory joins IBM Q Network for quantum computing

Los Alamos National Laboratory joins IBM Q Network for quantum computing

Today Los Alamos National Laboratory announced that it is joining the cloud-based IBM Q Network as part of the Laboratory’s research initiative into quantum computing, including developing quantum computing algorithms, conducting…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD: Instant Infrastructure for AI Leadership

NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD: Instant Infrastructure for AI Leadership

Darrin Johnson from NVIDIA gave this talk at the DDN User Group. "The NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD is a first-of-its-kind artificial intelligence (AI) supercomputing infrastructure that delivers groundbreaking performance, deploys in …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Warrant Canaries are Here

Warrant Canaries are Here

A term that was new to me .... I remember well the notion of the 'canary in the coal mine', the canary tells us by dying, that something has happened.  Now the idea is broadened technically to indicate a simple signal that something…


From The Eponymous Pickle

What Amazon Alexa Announced ot CES

What Amazon Alexa Announced ot CES

A number of interesting things announced about Alexa at the just completed CES.  Hard to understand what is serious investment and what is not.   Like to see more 'intelligent' moves and business applications..  Some stats and…

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