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July 2021


From insideHPC

DOE Funds $28M for Scientific Supercomputing Research Projects

DOE Funds $28M for Scientific Supercomputing Research Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $28 million in funding for five research projects to develop software designed to better leverage DOE supercomputers in fields such as quantum information science and chemical…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital Version of the Euro?

Digital Version of the Euro?

Complementing the existing monetary system.   Considering security too.  

ECB Starts Work on Digital Version of the Euro

CNBC,Silvia Amaro, July 14, 2021

The European Central Bank (ECB) has launched an initiative to produce a digital…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chatbot explains Apps

Chatbot explains Apps

Intriguing idea.  Could a similar means explain potential security issues with an App or system?  Or its uses in context.  I like the idea of explanatory analyses available for complex systems.  Could have used them to deliver…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Time to Prepare Retail for Post Pandemic

Time to Prepare Retail for Post Pandemic

Below piece relates to the previous post in this blog, about technology shifts in the new era. Costs based on labor usage and consumer expectations, are driving new tech.

Time To Prepare Smart Retail For The Post-Pandemic Era …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart Tests Exclusively Self-Checkout Store

Wal-Mart Tests Exclusively Self-Checkout Store

A reaction by Wal-Mart to getting fewer employees back post-pandemic?  A natural thing to test in new contexts.

Not much detail here:

Walmart is testing a completely self-checkout store  in Retailwire

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS

A Walmart…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Notes on Day Three of #CSTA2021

Notes on Day Three of #CSTA2021

No morning help desk duty for me today so I watches the whole “Morning Java” session. For those of you not at CSTA, Moring Java was an introduction to the day with our conference chairs and guests. Today.Michelle Lippoli, Senior…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CRA Launches Opportunity Board to Assist with Post Doc and Mentor Matching

CRA Launches Opportunity Board to Assist with Post Doc and Mentor Matching

The CRA is excited to announce the launch of an Opportunity Board to enable recent new PhD graduates and members of the community that are looking for postdocs to connect. This is a continuation of the Opportunity Board used…


From insideHPC

PPPL Picked for Public-private Fusion Partnerships

PPPL Picked for Public-private Fusion Partnerships

July 15, 2021 — Advanced capabilities ranging from the innovative use of artificial intelligence (AI) to state-of-the-art computer codes have won the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL)…


From insideHPC

DOE’s Office of Science Accepting Applications for Spring 2022 Undergraduate Internships

DOE’s Office of Science Accepting Applications for Spring 2022 Undergraduate Internships

July 16, 2021 — Applications are currently being accepted for the Spring 2022 term of two undergraduate internship programs offered by the DOE Office of Science: the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program…


From insideHPC

Report: Intel Weighing Acquisition of GlobalFoundries

Report: Intel Weighing Acquisition of GlobalFoundries

New Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger’s vow earlier this year to move the company into the foundry business – making chips not just for itself but also for others – may take the form of acquiring GlobalFoundries in a deal that could be…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quantum Computing Coming. What Can it do?

Quantum Computing Coming. What Can it do?

Good overview in the HBR.  Emerging investments.  Emphasizes combinatorics, as has been seen since the beginning.

Quantum Computing Is Coming. What Can It Do?   by Francesco Bova, Avi Goldfarb, and Roger Melko

Summary.   Digital…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Error Correction in Quantum Computers

Error Correction in Quantum Computers

Semi technical look at the question.   If this works could be a major advance.

Google Demonstrates Vital Step towards Large-scale Quantum Computers  By New Scientist

Google has shown that its Sycamore quantum computer can detect…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Summer Reading from the Edge

Summer Reading from the Edge

Edge.org

Been a while since I have read things from 'The Edge'. Followed for years.  Here that have provided 10+ articles from their archive.  Starting notable with one about 'mirror neurons' and limitation earning.

Summer Reading…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Backed Aurora to go Public

Amazon Backed Aurora to go Public

Been some time since I had seen this updated

Amazon-backed autonomous vehicle startup Aurora to go public via SPAC merger    BY MARIA DEUTSCHER

Autonomous vehicle startup Aurora Innovation Inc. today announced plans to go public…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Notes on Day Two of #CSTA2021

Notes on Day Two of #CSTA2021

Today started, for me, with help desk duty. While I was there no one needed any help which I suppose says good thi8ngs about the HopIn platform CSTA is using. The other committee member on duty, the amazing Myra Deister, andFirst…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Encrypts Doorbells

Amazon Encrypts Doorbells

 Long Awaited, we are just a bit more secure,  deserves it.

Amazon rolls out encryption for Ring doorbells  in ZDNet

Privacy advocates have been asking for Amazon to encrypt its popular Ring doorbells audio and video traffic, and…


From insideHPC

Quantum Computing Experts Explore Tech’s Sustainability in Documentary

Quantum Computing Experts Explore Tech’s Sustainability in Documentary

London – July 15, 2021– In a new documentary to be released later this month – Quantum Technology | Our Sustainable Future from The Quantum Daily – and developed in partnership with Oxford Instruments Nanoscience – quantum technology…


From insideHPC

D-Wave, Los Alamos Isolate Emergent Magnetic Monopoles Using Quantum-annealing Computer

D-Wave, Los Alamos Isolate Emergent Magnetic Monopoles Using Quantum-annealing Computer

Using a D-Wave quantum-annealing computer as a testbed, scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have shown that it is possible to isolate so-called emergent magnetic monopoles, a class of quasiparticles, creating a new approach…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Matterport and Facebook AI Collaborate on 3D Spaces

Matterport and Facebook AI Collaborate on 3D Spaces

Impressive efforts, including mention of staging digital twin simulations with scanned 3D Data.

Matter and Facebook AI Collaborate on Worlds Largest Dataset of 3D Spaces

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Matterport, the spatial data company“Until…


From insideHPC

Quantum Computing Inc. Lists Shares on Nasdaq Exchange

Quantum Computing Inc. Lists Shares on Nasdaq Exchange

LEESBURG, Va., July 14, 2021 — Quantum Computing Inc. (the “company” or “QCI”) (OTCQB: QUBT) (Nasdaq: QUBT), focused on bridging classical HPC and quantum computing, has listed its shares to the Nasdaq Capital Market. With the…


From insideHPC

Registration Now Open for SC21

Registration Now Open for SC21

SC21 (November 14-19) has announced that registration (both on-site and online) is now open for this year’s conference, to be held for the first time in St. Louis. “We understand there may be unforeseeable events related to COVID…


From insideHPC

Digital Twin Consortium and Object Management Group to Discuss Space Mission IT Challenges at IEEE Conference

Digital Twin Consortium and Object Management Group to Discuss Space Mission IT Challenges at IEEE Conference

Boston – July 15, 2021 – Digital Twin Consortium and Object Management Group (OMG) announced they will present mini-workshops during the 8th IEEE International Conference on Space Mission Challenges for Information Technology…


From insideHPC

DARPA Announces Teams Qualifying for Subterranean Challenge Virtual Competition Finals

DARPA Announces Teams Qualifying for Subterranean Challenge Virtual Competition Finals

Twelve teams have qualified for the DARPA Subterranean (SubT) Challenge Virtual Competition Final Event, to be held September 21-24, where $1.5-million of prizes are at stake. Their algorithms will guide virtual versions of real…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Aims to Make Low-Code Easier

Microsoft Aims to Make Low-Code Easier

Been examining some of the evolving Low and No code options for delivering coded logic Here Microsoft's aims in the space.

Microsoft to make coding 'in plain English' easier with PowerFx and GPT-3 AI model

Microsoft's integration…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Day One–#CSTA2021

Day One–#CSTA2021

Today was the first day of the Computer Science Teachers Association conference. All online of course. It was a pretty cool day. I got myself set up with a two monitor system, headphones, and a notepad for notes. Being on the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI driven with Analogies

AI driven with Analogies

We Followed Melanie Mitchell's work, Especially with regard to Analogies. A Good direction,  working with advertising we liked the idea of their use, but the approaches was not mature enough, in particular natural language methods…


From insideHPC

HPC in the News: Data Management Automation and Faster Processor Gates; Intel and TSMC in Arizona, Europe

HPC in the News: Data Management Automation and Faster Processor Gates; Intel and TSMC in Arizona, Europe

internet connection safeThe everlasting rat’s nest that is scientific computing data management, the permanent quest for more advanced-level processing power, and investments in new fabs for advanced chips are HPC topics in the news this week. Taking…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Emergency and Crisis Software Development?

Emergency and Crisis Software Development?

 ACM writes about fast, even emergency software development.   We had something like that at the start of the pandemic.  How (and how well) was it done. How could it be done better.  How could this be applied say to emergencies…


From insideHPC

Platform9 Unveils First Managed KubeVirt Solution to Unify Virtual Machines and Kubernetes Stacks 

Platform9 Unveils First Managed KubeVirt Solution to Unify Virtual Machines and Kubernetes Stacks 

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, July 13, 2021 — Platform9, maker of open-source, private, edge and hybrid cloud-native technologies that offers enterprises an  SaaS management plane for Kubernetes, today announced the launch of Platform9…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Faster sorted array unions by reducing branches

Faster sorted array unions by reducing branches

When designing an index, a database or a search engine, you frequently need to compute the union of two sorted sets. When I am not using fancy low-level instructions, I have most commonly computed the union of two sorted sets…

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