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September 2019


From insideHPC

Podcast: ECP Team Achieves Huge Performance Gain on Materials Simulation Code

Podcast: ECP Team Achieves Huge Performance Gain on Materials Simulation Code

The Exascale Atomistics for Accuracy, Length, and Time (EXAALT) project within the US Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has made a big step forward by delivering a five-fold performance advance in addressing…


From insideHPC

CSC Finland powers AI to help predict hybrid nanoparticle structures

CSC Finland powers AI to help predict hybrid nanoparticle structures

Researchers in Finland have achieved a significant step forward in predicting atomic structures of hybrid nanoparticles. The work was carried out using supercomputing resources at CSC and the Barcelona supercomputing center, …


From insideHPC

Supercomputing and the Scientist: How HPC and Analytics are transforming experimental science

Supercomputing and the Scientist: How HPC and Analytics are transforming experimental science

In this video from DataTech19, Debbie Bard from NERSC presents: Supercomputing and the scientist: How HPC and large-scale data analytics are transforming experimental science. "Debbie Bard leads the Data Science Engagement Group…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Shipping Containers as IoT

Shipping Containers as IoT

Used to deal with lots of shipping containers that contained valuable perishable items.  So saw the need for this early on.     Tests were already underway then, and makes sense that they have progressed.  See also the Maersk…


From insideHPC

Thermoplastic Connectors Grow in Popularity Along with Liquid Cooling

Thermoplastic Connectors Grow in Popularity Along with Liquid Cooling

thermoplastic connectorsAs liquid cooling becomes more and more prevalent, new technology and types of connectors are becoming water cooler topics for those in the data and computing industries. According to a new report from CPC, long-term, leak-free…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blockchain Testing to Secure Power Grid

Blockchain Testing to Secure Power Grid

Interesting example of how to use chains for securing data.  Here it appears primarily IOT examples.

US Energy Department Funds Trial of Factom Blockchain to Secure Power Grid in CoinDesk

Factom, one of the earliest companies to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

McCormick Uses AI to Test Spices

McCormick Uses AI to Test Spices

Been impressed with what McCormick has done in emerging tech spaces.

McCormick using AI to test recipes

McCormick has been using artificial intelligence to develop recipes that tap into its 40 years of data, said CEO Lawrence Kurzius…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

This is a great program for high school girls interested in technology. I have had several students get awards at the state level and they all say it has been a good thing for them.


Hello Educators! Applications for the NCWITWhen…


From Schneier on Security

The Doghouse: Crown Sterling

The Doghouse: Crown Sterling

A decade ago, the Doghouse was a regular feature in both my email newsletter Crypto-Gram and my blog. In it, I would call out particularly egregious -- and amusing -- examples of cryptographic "snake oil." I dropped it both because…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Six Sigma Out of Fashion?

Six Sigma Out of Fashion?

We did training using Six Sigma in its early days.    We joined with GE regionally to do advanced training with them.    Though in later connects with GE the term was not mentioned.  Agile was more in fashion.   It had been a…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quantum Computing and Verifiable Knowledge

Quantum Computing and Verifiable Knowledge

Another little piece of the puzzle, how will quantum computing be fundamentally be different than the computing we have known for so long?

Quantum Information Theory

Computer Scientists Expand the Frontier of Verifiable Knowledge…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Upcoming NSF Funding Opportunities

Upcoming NSF Funding Opportunities

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has a number of upcoming funding opportunities. Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering  (CDS&E) (PD 12-8084) Full Proposal Window: September 30, 2019 Advanced computational…


From The Eponymous Pickle

W. Daniel Hillis on Intelligent Emergences

W. Daniel Hillis on Intelligent Emergences

Continued looks at Intelligence in The Edge, here from W. Daniell Hillis

Emergences

My perspective is closest to George Dyson's. I liked his introducing himself as being interested in intelligence in the wild. I will copy George…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing Post-Wildfire Water Availability

Supercomputing Post-Wildfire Water Availability

A new study by scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) uses a numerical model of an important watershed in California to shed light on how wildfires can affect large-scale hydrological processes, such…


From insideHPC

Call for Papers: ISC 2020 in Frankfurt

Call for Papers: ISC 2020 in Frankfurt

The ISC 2020 conference has issued its Call for Papers. The event takes place June 21-25, 2020 in Frankfurt, Germany. "The ISC research paper sessions provide world-class opportunities for engineers and scientists in academia…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Combining RPA and AI: Automationhero

Combining RPA and AI:  Automationhero

Brought to my attention, the basic claim is good, once you understand your process well enough you should be able to do both.    The effective definition of both methods is key.

AI that works for you.

Combining RPA and AI for next…


From The Noisy Channel

Dances with HiPPOs

Dances with HiPPOs

Decision making, especially at technology companies, is supposed to be data-driven. Unfortunately, even in this wondrous age of science, decisions often depends on what Avinash Kaushik and Ronny Kohavi call the Highest Paid Person…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Inside TACC’s Frontera Supercomputer

Podcast: Inside TACC’s Frontera Supercomputer

In this Intel Chip Chat podcast, Dan Stanzione from TACC discusses the architecture and capabilities of Frontera, TACC’s newest HPC cluster. "Frontera’s architecture includes 8,000 servers, each powered by 2nd Generation Intel…


From insideHPC

The ABCI Supercomputer: World’s First Open AI Computing Infrastructure

The ABCI Supercomputer: World’s First Open AI Computing Infrastructure

Shinichiro Takizawa from AIST gave this talk at the MVAPICH User Group. "ABCI is the world's first large-scale Open AI Computing Infrastructure, constructed and operated by AIST, Japan. It delivers 19.9 petaflops of HPL performance…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

The Scratch Course For Teachers

The Scratch Course For Teachers

This looks like a valuable free professional development course for teachers interested in incorporating Scratch into their curriculum.


"The Scratch Course" is a free, six week, online workshop style course for teachers interested…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Scoop and Conversaton Analytics

On Scoop and Conversaton Analytics

Remembering having this idea for interacting with people conversationally on a chatbot, but the technology was not even close then.   And then also using the conversation to route to the write human or machine resource.  It was…


From insideHPC

7 Ways HPC Software Developers Can Benefit from Intel Software Investments

7 Ways HPC Software Developers Can Benefit from Intel Software Investments

Intel SoftwareIntel has long focused on supporting HPC software. But, as the years have gone by, much has changed — and the company's offerings have grown and evolved. A chapter from a recent edition of Parallel Universe Magazine, from this…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Can AI Answer Toughest HR Questions?

Can AI Answer Toughest HR Questions?

A Podcast addressing tough questions, research from Wharton:


Can Artificial Intelligence Help Answer HR’s Toughest Questions?
Aug 30, 2019 Human Resources Podcasts Research  North America using AI in human resources

MIC LISTEN TO…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Self-Play Is Key?

Self-play and Ramsey numbers [ Talking about worst case ] Avrim Blum is the CAO for TTIC. That is he is the Chief Academic Officer at the Toyota Technological Institute of Chicago. Avrim has and continues to make key contributions…


From Schneier on Security

Credit Card Privacy

Credit Card Privacy

Good article in the Washington Post on all the surveillance associated with credit card use....


From My Biased Coin

Happy New Academic Year: Teaching Randomized Algorithms

Happy New Academic Year:  Teaching Randomized Algorithms

It seems I haven't written on this blog for a while.

Today was the start of a new semester.  I'll be teaching Randomized Algorithms and Probabilistic Analysis, using the new edition of my book with Eli Upfal as a base, and throwing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ethereum in Google BigQuery

Ethereum in Google BigQuery

Just brought to my attention, implications should be interesting in the ability to test blockchain applications and their data.  Note in particular the possibility of testing smart contract applications with large amounts of

Ethereum…


From insideHPC

Mellanox Rolls Out New LinkX 200G & 400G Cables & Transceivers

Mellanox Rolls Out New LinkX 200G & 400G Cables & Transceivers

Today Mellanox announced new LinkX 100/200/400G cables and transceivers at the China International Optoelectronic Expo (CIOE) September 4th in Shenzhen, China and the European Convention for Optical Communications (ECOC) Sept…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Landscape of Conversational AI Platforms

Landscape of Conversational AI Platforms

In the recent Analytics Magazine from Informs, thoughtful look at this area:

The landscape of conversational AI platforms
How to choose the right platform for your business.
By Abe Raher

Vijay Ramakrishnan (photo, right) is the technical…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Making Threat Intelligence Actionable

Making Threat Intelligence Actionable

Worked with Recorded Future Early on.   One of my jobs was to translate threats to execs.   Here is the last piece of their threat intelligence outline for executives.  Really the most essential part, how do you communicate threats…