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July 2019


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

New NIST Report on Consideration for Managing Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity and Privacy Risks

New NIST Report on Consideration for Managing Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity and Privacy Risks

I recently linked my child’s smart robot toy to the Internet. Did I feel a little strange about it? Yes. But was giving the robot the ability to play “Baby Shark” and dance to it while making my child laugh, worth it the risk…


From insideHPC

Realize the Massive Potential of Your AI Infrastructure with Bright Computing and NVIDIA

Realize the Massive Potential of Your AI Infrastructure with Bright Computing and NVIDIA

"As organizations continue to leverage GPUs for HPC applications and also host AI workloads on existing HPC clusters, a growing trend is to add DGX servers to these clusters alongside traditional CPU-based Linux servers. Because…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tiny Motor Does Tasks, Create Subunits for Construction

Tiny Motor Does Tasks, Create Subunits for Construction

We had talks with aneil Gershenfeld in the early days of 3D printing.   Like much the idea of such devices creating others.  Being 'subunits'  like amino acids.   See his books and related writing.

Tiny motor can “walk” to carry…


From insideHPC

Combining Big Data and HPC in a GRIDScalar Environment at BSF

Combining Big Data and HPC in a GRIDScalar Environment at BSF

Dr. Stephen Shenk from BSF gave this talk at the DDN User Group. "The talk will give an overview of recent activities in Digitalization of BASF’s Research & Development. It will focus in particular on how Big Data and HPC workflows…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger to Create Digital HQ in CIncinnati

Kroger to Create Digital HQ in CIncinnati

More Kroger plans locally for digital expansion.

Kroger Co. will create a digital headquarters in downtown Cincinnati.
By Erin Caproni  – Digital Producer, Cincinnati Business Courier

The Cincinnati-based grocer (NYSE: KR) received…


From insideHPC

Baidu Collaborates on Intel Nervana Neural Network Processor for Training

Baidu Collaborates on Intel Nervana Neural Network Processor for Training

Intel is collaborating with Baidu on development of the new Intel Nervana Neural Network Processor for training (NNP-T). The two companies will team up on hardware and software design for the new custom accelerator for "training…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Genetic Algorithms Revisited

Genetic Algorithms Revisited

We used Genetic Algorithms a few times,  but turned out it was rarely useful for the kind of marketing and supply chain problems we encountered.    Often because the problems contained much metadata complexity that was hard to…


From insideHPC

FPGAs and the Road to Reprogrammable HPC

FPGAs and the Road to Reprogrammable HPC

FPGAsIn this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Robert Roe writes that FPGAs provide an early insight into possibile architectural specialization options for HPC and machine learning. "Architectural specialization…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Mathematics of Gerrymandering

Can theory help? [ art: Bill Hennessy ] John Roberts is the Chief Justice of the United States. Today I will discuss the recent Supreme Court decision on gerrymandering. The 5-4 decision in Rucho v. Common Cause takes the courts…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI for Manufacturing Specializing Design

AI for Manufacturing Specializing Design

Manufacturing design example.  Details at the link. 

AI-designed heat pumps consume less energy
by Laure-Anne Pessina, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Techxplore

 "... At EPFL's Laboratory for Applied Mechanical Design…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the Science of Breakthroughs

On the Science of Breakthroughs

Saw a number of cases of this in the enterprise.   Ownership often misplaced.

The Science of Breakthroughs: What Holds Some Ideas Back?

 Podcast and discussion transcript

Wharton's Anoop Menon discusses his research on why some

Why…


From Schneier on Security

Digital License Plates

Digital License Plates

They're a thing: Developers say digital plates utilize "advanced telematics" -- to collect tolls, pay for parking and send out Amber Alerts when a child is abducted. They also help recover stolen vehicles by changing the display…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

A fast 16-bit random number generator?

A fast 16-bit random number generator?

In software, we often need to generate random numbers. Commonly, we use pseudo-random number generators. A simple generator is wyhash. It is a multiplication followed by an XOR: uint64_t wyhash64_x; uint64_t wyhash64() { wyhash64_x…


From Computational Complexity

Local Kid Makes History

The blogosphere is blowing up over Hao Huang's just posted proof of the sensitivity conjecture, what was one of the more frustrating open questions in complexity.

Huang, an assistant professor in the math department at Emory…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Khari Douglas is now Senior Program Associate for Engagement!

Khari Douglas is now Senior Program Associate for Engagement!

Khari Douglas, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Program Associate, was recently promoted to Senior Program Associate! Khari has worked on a number of projects while at CCC, including organizing and running visioning workshops…


From insideHPC

Rigetti Computing Named Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum

Rigetti Computing Named Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum

Today Rigetti Computing announced that the company has been named as one of the World Economic Forum’s “Technology Pioneers”. Rigetti Computing was founded in 2013 by Chad Rigetti, and has made its quantum computers available…


From insideHPC

SC19 Announces Lineup of Invited Speakers

SC19 Announces Lineup of Invited Speakers

"Complementing the SC19 conference theme, “HPC is Now!”, the SC19 Invited Talks program brings together 12 leading researchers whose talks will highlight the translational impact of HPC in all areas of science and society. These…


From insideHPC

Accelerating Time to Results for AI at Samsung UK

Accelerating Time to Results for AI at Samsung UK

Crispin Keable from Atos gave this talk at the DDN User Group in Frankfurt. "To provide a user-centric ecosystem, Samsung aims to build an AI platform under a common architecture that will not only scale quickly but also provide…


From insideHPC

D-Wave Announces Largest-Ever Quantum Cloud-Access Contract

D-Wave Announces Largest-Ever Quantum Cloud-Access Contract

Today D-Wave Systems announced largest-ever global quantum cloud contract with Sigma-i, a company in Japan formed to optimize the world with quantum computing technologies. Sigma-i will offer quantum consulting services and access…


From Schneier on Security

Google Releases Basic Homomorphic Encryption Tool

Google Releases Basic Homomorphic Encryption Tool

Google has released an open-source cryptographic tool: Private Join and Compute. From a Wired article: Private Join and Compute uses a 1970s methodology known as "commutative encryption" to allow data in the data sets to be encrypted…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Free Update of Online Encyclopedia of Statistical Science

Free Update of Online Encyclopedia of Statistical Science

An excellent and considerable online free resource for data science, analytics and statistics.    Covering over 600 methods and concepts.  Many visualizations of concepts.

You will be asked to join Data Science Central (DSC) which…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Insect Robotics

Insect Robotics

For some time Harvard has been the nexus for small robotics.  For small, swarming or sensor tasks.

Unleashed, Robo-Insect Takes Flight 
The New York Times
Knvul Sheikh
June 26, 2019

Researchers at Harvard University have developed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Assistants Need Connections

Assistants Need Connections

A fundamental idea, the ability to use skills to build up other skills.  Reminds me of object oriented programming.  Will this work usefully at the right level of abstraction?

Amazon makes skill connections for Alexa apps generally…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simulating the Ledger in Context

Simulating the Ledger in Context

Simulation has always been a favorite tool.   Create a space that includes the context and metadata of an environment for some need.  Then build a means to explore it.  The exploration can be exploration combinatorially.    Or…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Still Creating Jobs

AI Still Creating Jobs

Some good details here:

Is AI killing jobs? Actually, it added 3x more than it replaced in 2018
By Lydia Dishman in FastCompany

An oft-cited McKinsey report that predicted 30% of all workers may be displaced by technology and another…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mobile Productivity Sensing

Mobile Productivity Sensing

Inevitable perhaps,  but is it Big Brother or will it be interpreted that way?

Can mobile sensing tools boost worker productivity?    in Retailwire by Tom Ryan with discussion

Using smartphones, fitness bracelets and a custom app…


From insideHPC

Summit Supercomputer Triples Performance Record on new HPL-AI Benchmark

Summit Supercomputer Triples Performance Record on new HPL-AI Benchmark

"Using HPL-AI, a new approach to benchmarking AI supercomputers, Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Summit system has achieved unprecedented performance levels of 445 petaflops or nearly half an exaflops. That compares with the …


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Cameras for Theft

AI Cameras for Theft

Again likely to be adopted commonly, if at least for liability.  We saw it in European future stores a decade ago.

Walmart uses AI camera tech to track checkout theft at 1,000 stores
It might help cut losses, but it raises privacy…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing Asteroid Impacts for Planetary Defenses

Supercomputing Asteroid Impacts for Planetary Defenses

In support of NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office, researchers are creating 3-D models and using one of NASA’s most powerful supercomputers to produce simulations of hypothetical asteroid impact scenarios. "Asteroid …


From Schneier on Security

Yubico Security Keys with a Crypto Flaw

Yubico Security Keys with a Crypto Flaw

Wow, is this an embarrassing bug: Yubico is recalling a line of security keys used by the U.S. government due to a firmware flaw. The company issued a security advisory today that warned of an issue in YubiKey FIPS Series devices…