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November 2021


From insideHPC

Nov. 4 Chicago Quantum Summit to Focus on Quantum Ecosystems

Nov. 4 Chicago Quantum Summit to Focus on Quantum Ecosystems

CHICAGO — Experts in quantum science and technology from around the globe will gather tomorrow, November 4, both virtually and in person, for the fourth annual Chicago Quantum Summit. The event, hosted by the Chicago Quantum …


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Best Practices on Using the Cloud for Computing Research

Best Practices on Using the Cloud for Computing Research

In July 2021, the Computing Research Association’s (CRA) newly formed Industry Committee (CRA-I) launched a series of 75-minute virtual roundtables to initiate discussion on the various areas of interest of CRA-I’s computing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Edge Computing and Healthcare

Edge Computing and Healthcare

Many applications and emerging possibilities.

How Edge Computing is Transforming Healthcare

By Vanessa Braunstein

When analyzing healthcare and life science data from a distance, bandwidth congestion, network reliability, and latency…


From Computational Complexity

A Complexity View of Machine Learning?

Complexity is at its best when it models new technologies so we can study it in a principled way. Quantum computing comes to mind as a good relatively recent example. With machine learning playing an every growing role in computing…


From insideHPC

DOE to Provide $10M for Climate and Earth System Modeling Research

DOE to Provide $10M for Climate and Earth System Modeling Research

Nov. 2, 2021 — Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced plans to provide $10 million for new grants to universities, other academic institutions, non-profit organizations, for profit organizations, and other federal…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Stop spending so much time being trolled by billionaire corporations!

Stop spending so much time being trolled by billionaire corporations!

As a kid, my parents would open the television set, and we would get to watch whatever the state television decided we would watch. It was a push model. Some experts pick the content you need and they deliver it to you. You have…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Words vs Images?

Words vs Images?

Considering Worth

Not Worth a Thousand Words     By Bertrand Meyer October 12, 2021

Three minutes into my talk at my first meeting of the IFIP working group on programming methodology (WG2.3), Edsger Dijkstra raised his hand --…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Businesses Offerred OpenAI By Microsoft.

Businesses Offerred OpenAI By Microsoft.

Microsoft built an API for its use.   Seems it needs some cautions due to liability.

Microsoft is giving businesses access to OpenAI’s powerful AI language model GPT-3

A promising and problematic AI tool

By James Vincent  Nov 2,…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Upcoming NSF CISE Proposal Deadlines: Small Businesses

Upcoming NSF CISE Proposal Deadlines: Small Businesses

Proposals for Phase I and Phase II of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Computer and Information Science and Engineering’s (CISE) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)…


From insideHPC

Registration Open for Hyperion Research HPC Market Update Nov. 15 During SC21

Registration Open for Hyperion Research HPC Market Update Nov. 15 During SC21

Registration is now open for Hyperion Research’s annual HPC market update (virtual) session, held in conjunction with the SC21 conference. The event will take place Monday, Nov. 15 from 9-10:15 am Central Time (US) and is free…


From insideHPC

IBM and NeuReality in AI Inference Platforms Partnership

IBM and NeuReality in AI Inference Platforms Partnership

Nov. 2, 2021 — IBM (NYSE: IBM) and NeuReality, an Israeli AI systems and semiconductor company, said they will develop a high-performance AI inference platforms designed to deliver cost and power consumption improvements for …


From Putting People First

Systemic design toolkit

Systemic design toolkit

Free to download systemic design toolkit


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Quantum Trick or Treat

Are crazy quantum walks fact or fiction? NOAA src Lesley Smith is a climate researcher at the University of Colorado’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. She is also associated to the National Oceanic…


From insideHPC

DOE’s HPC for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) Fall Solicitation

DOE’s HPC for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) Fall Solicitation

Nov. 1, 2021 — The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation Initiative will issue a fall 2021 solicitation in November 2021. Here’s more about the HPC4EI initiative. Additional NOI details…


From insideHPC

TACC Deploys Dell HPC System ‘Lonestar6’

TACC Deploys Dell HPC System ‘Lonestar6’

Lonestar6, a Dell Technologies HPC system designed and deployed by the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin, is intended to perform about 3 quadrillion mathematical operations per second…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mixed Reality in China

Mixed Reality in China

Considerable piece in the CACM, below the intro.

The Present and Future of Mixed Reality in China   in CACM

By Guofeng Zhang, Xiaowei Zhou, Feng Tian, Hongbin Zha, Yongtian Wang, Hujun Bao

Communications of the ACM, November 2021…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More Need for Common Sense

More Need for Common Sense

Good piece in Wired on the need for 'common sense'  reasoning to bring human Intelligence to AI.  Even a mention of CYC, and the years of work it has used to include human ideas.    But I have not heard any cases where it, or…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Third National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource (NAIRR) Task Force Meeting and CCC Response to the NAIRR Implementation Plan

Third National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource (NAIRR) Task Force Meeting and CCC Response to the NAIRR Implementation Plan

The National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Resource (NAIRR) Task Force convened its third virtual public meeting to further develop a vision and implementation plan for the NAIRR. Computing Community Consortium (CCC)…


From insideHPC

ML Startup MindsDB Raises $7.6M Seed Funding;  Partners with Snowflake, SingleStore and Datastax

ML Startup MindsDB Raises $7.6M Seed Funding;  Partners with Snowflake, SingleStore and Datastax

San Francisco – November 1, 2021 – MindsDB, the open-source machine learning (ML) startup that brings ML to the database, today announced an investment from Walden Catalyst Ventures, closing out MindsDB’s total seed round to …


From The Noisy Channel

What is Content Understanding?

What is Content Understanding?

There’s a lot of writing about search — especially about ranking and relevance. And recently there’s been an increased focus on the particular challenges of query understanding. But, surprisingly, there hasn’t been much discussion…


From BLOG@CACM

Reinforcing Computer Science Education

Reinforcing Computer Science Education

What do computer science students need to know to be successful in industry?


From insideHPC

2021 HPC Bounceback Hurt by Supply Chain, Pandemic: Intersect360 Research to Hold Nov. 5 Market Forecast Webinar

2021 HPC Bounceback Hurt by Supply Chain, Pandemic: Intersect360 Research to Hold Nov. 5 Market Forecast Webinar

SUNNYVALE, CA—October 29, 2021— HPC and hyperscale analyst firm Intersect360 Research will share the latest updates and information about the worldwide HPC market at its annual pre-Supercomputing webinar Friday, November 5 at…


From insideHPC

Intel, Winning Health and AMAX Jointly Optimize AI-aided Medical System to Empower Smart Healthcare

Intel, Winning Health and AMAX Jointly Optimize AI-aided Medical System to Empower Smart Healthcare

[Sponsored Post] As one of main application fields, the medical and healthcare industry has a soaring demand for AI technology and is increasing investment in it. To promote “healthcare + AI” and help to build a smart healthcare…


From Putting People First

UK Design Council report on systemic design

UK Design Council report on systemic design

"System-Shifting Design: An Evolving Practice Explored" explores what ‘next practice’ around systemic design looks like, and how the design system itself might need to change to allow more designers to do things differently. 


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Overtakes Apple

Microsoft Overtakes Apple

Microsoft overtakes Apple as most valuable U.S. company after stock’s best month since 2015

Apple shares sold off Friday after sales miss, while Microsoft’s stock continued to gain after strong holiday forecast earlier in theRead…

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