Sign In

Communications of the ACM

Blogs Archive


Archives

The blog archive provides access to past blog postings from Communications of the ACM and other sources by date.

May 2019


From insideHPC

Video: Shaping the Future of Finance with HPC

Video: Shaping the Future of Finance with HPC

In this video, Mao Ye from the University of Illinois describes how his high performance computing computing is shaping the future of Finance. "Ye's research lies at the intersection of big data, high-performance computing and…


From insideHPC

CoolIT Systems Launches Liquid Cooling Solution for Intel Server System S9200WK

CoolIT Systems Launches Liquid Cooling Solution for Intel Server System S9200WK

Today CoolIT Systems announced an integrated liquid cooling solution to support the Intel Server System S9200WK. "The Intel Server System S9200WK uses CoolIT’s innovative Rack DLC coldplate solution, featuring patented Split-Flow…


From insideHPC

AMD to Power Exascale Cray System at ORNL

AMD to Power Exascale Cray System at ORNL

Today AMD announced a new exascale-class supercomputer to be delivered to ORNL in 2021. Built by Cray, the “Frontier” system is expected to deliver more than 1.5 exaFLOPS of processing performance on AMD CPU and GPU processors…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Self Reporting Data

Self Reporting Data

Have been involved in several projects where this considerably effected the accuracy of results of the model constructed.   Personal data is often misreported.    Hardly hidden, but rather behavioral expected misstatements. 

Everybody…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Qualitities of Effective Bots

Qualitities of Effective Bots

Nicely done, list at the link is a good start when considering a Chatbot option for customer service.

Few important qualities of highly effective bots     By Juned Ahsan -   in CustomerThink

Bots are gaining popularity because

As…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analytics at the Edge

Analytics at the Edge

Some introduction thoughts.  Analytics (Or AI) should have as an option the ability to execute close to the edge (the delivery point) of its implementation.   This is not always necessary,  but should clearly be an option.

Data…


From Schneier on Security

Locked Computers

Locked Computers

This short video explains why computers regularly came with physical locks in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The one thing the video doesn't talk about is RAM theft. When RAM was expensive, stealing it was a problem....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Voice Tech Drives Faster Smart Home Adoption

Voice Tech Drives Faster Smart Home Adoption

Clearly the case, with some motivation and stats:

 Voice Technology Is The Key To Faster Smart Home Adoption 
By Meenakshi Tiwari, Forecast Analyst in Forrester

Smart speakers continue to sell like hotcakes and create ripples of…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

The Network Coding Conjecture Is Powerful

More hard Boolean functions Peyman Afshani, Casper Freksen, Lior Kamma, and Kasper Larsen (AFKL) have a recent paper which we just discussed. Today Ken and I will update our discussion. Their paper assumes the network coding…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Works Better with Windows 10

Alexa Works Better with Windows 10

Indications that Windows is increasing it cooperation with Alexa in latest adjustments to make the Windows 10 PC work like a voice activated speaker.  Note this allows direct competition with Cortana for music and basic assistance…


From Computational Complexity

Thoughts on the recent Jeopardy streak (SPOILERS)

James Holzhauer  has won 22 consecutive games of Jeopardy and has made around 1.6 million dollars. Nice work if you can get it. Here are some thoughts no this



1) Before James H the records for number of consecutive games was…


From Schneier on Security

First Physical Retaliation for a Cyberattack

First Physical Retaliation for a Cyberattack

Israel has acknowledged that its recent airstrikes against Hamas were a real-time response to an ongoing cyberattack. From Twitter: CLEARED FOR RELEASE: We thwarted an attempted Hamas cyber offensive against Israeli targets.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Implementing Guidelines for AI

Implementing Guidelines for AI

Good thoughts by fellow CACM blogger Ryan Carrier, with links to lots of practical things underway.

 Implementing Guidelines for Governance, Oversight of AI, and Automation   By Ryan Carrier 
Communications of the ACM, May 2019…


From insideHPC

OSS rolls out GPUltima Rugged Rack-Scale AI Solution

OSS rolls out GPUltima Rugged Rack-Scale AI Solution

Today One Stop Systems announced plans to demonstrate its award winning AI on the Fly system platforms at the Sea-Air-Space 2019 conference in Maryland. The company’s AI-system platforms accelerate autonomous vehicles, record…


From insideHPC

DDN Moves Closer to the Edge with Nexenta Acquisition

DDN Moves Closer to the Edge with Nexenta Acquisition

Today DDN announced its intent to acquire Nexenta, the market leader in Software Defined Storage for 5G and Internet of Things (IoT). “Our clients benefit from the flexibility and performance of Nexenta’s robust SDS solutions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Bots Fit in the AR/VR Space

How Bots Fit in the AR/VR Space

Finally got to see this talk, given late last year:

How Bots Fit in the AR/VR Space  By Anamita Guha   Slides     Talk

Lead Product Manager, IBM Watson Developer Offerings AI & AR/VR

[email protected]    @anamitag

Background info…


From insideHPC

Jülich installs first Cluster Module for DEEP-EST Exascale Project

Jülich installs first Cluster Module for DEEP-EST Exascale Project

Researchers at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre have installed the first-ever Cluster Module from MEGWARE as part of the European DEEP-EST project for Exascale computing. The Cluster Module consist of a single rack with 50 Intel…


From insideHPC

Video: How to Scale from Workstation through Cloud to HPC in Cryo-EM Processing

Video: How to Scale from Workstation through Cloud to HPC in Cryo-EM Processing

Lance Wilson from Monash University gave this talk at the GPU Technology Conference. "Learn how high-resolution imaging is revolutionizing science and dramatically changing how we process, analyze, and visualize at this new scale…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tensorflow 2.0

Tensorflow 2.0

Introduction to the announcement, not too technical.

Now TensorFlow 2.0 and its high-level APIs (via TF Dev Summit '19)
With TensorFlow 2.0, we are consolidating our APIs and integrating Keras across the TensorFlow ecosystem. In…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Commercial Drones Very Popular

Commercial Drones Very Popular

Very popular, you see their evidence everywhere.  How soon will the sky fill up?  Some statistics.

Commercial drones are way more popular than the FAA expected
Expected growth: 44 percent. Actual growth: 170 percent.

By Holly Brockwell…


From insideHPC

‘AI on the Fly’: Moving AI Compute and Storage to the Data Source

‘AI on the Fly’: Moving AI Compute and Storage to the Data Source

AI computeThe impact of AI is just starting to be realized across a broad spectrum of industries. Tim Miller, Vice President Strategic Development at One Stop Systems (OSS), highlights a new approach — 'AI on the Fly' — where specialized…


From Schneier on Security

Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft

Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft

I don't have a lot of good news for you. The truth is there's nothing we can do to protect our data from being stolen by cybercriminals and others. Ten years ago, I could have given you all sorts of advice about using encryption…


From The Eponymous Pickle

ONNX: Open Neural Network Exchange Format

ONNX: Open Neural Network Exchange Format

I was just exposed to this.   I will post an introductory presentation on this here when it shortly becomes available.   Great idea.   Their site has lots more:

Open Neural Network Exchange Format
The New Open Ecosystem for Interchangeable…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Linear Algebra for Large-Scale Machine Learning

Linear Algebra for Large-Scale Machine Learning

Technical paper on machine learning and linear algebra.  Looks to have considerable promise for faster training and retraining systems by using compression techniques and then operating on the compressed data.  I often mention…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Fast.ai Students Show Us How to De-Crapify

Fast.ai Students Show Us How to De-Crapify

Some very intriguing image and video filtering and improvement results, with lots of images and audio.   Join their newsletter.

From  Fast.AI
Deep learning is transforming the world. We are making deep learning easier to use and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Conversational AI

Conversational AI

Conversation is the ultimate kind of collaboration.  It establishes, augments, supports and delivers intelligence.

The Impact and Ethics of Conversational Artificial Intelligence in InfoQ by Gillian Armstrong


Takeaways
As we use…


From insideHPC

XSEDE Teams with Cal State for Advanced Computing Training

XSEDE Teams with Cal State for Advanced Computing Training

The need for more young people in STEM careers in a growing concern for the HPC community. Along these lines, more than 70 undergraduate and graduate students participated in the recent XSEDE/DIRECT-STEM training workshops at…


From insideHPC

Video: Intel HPC Platform and Memory Technologies

Video: Intel HPC Platform and Memory Technologies

Dr. Jean-Laurent Philippe from Intel gave this talk at the Swiss HPC Conference. "Intel continues to deliver performance leadership with the introduction of the 56-core, 12 memory channel Intel Xeon Platinum 9200. This processor…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Examples of AI Adoption

Examples of AI Adoption

Nice thoughts on this.

Three surveys of AI adoption reveal key advice from more mature practices in O'Reilly
An overview of emerging trends, known hurdles, and best practices in artificial intelligence.  By Ben Lorica, Paco Nathan…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Science Maps Supply Chains of Every US City

Data Science Maps Supply Chains of Every US City

Now here is something that could be quite useful and the data used for other applications. Use predictively.  Extend it outside the US.  Examining.   Lets continue to keep it up to date.  Somehow have not been hearing the term…