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March 2019


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Launches Blockchain Testing Service

IBM Launches Blockchain Testing Service

In a further indication that major computing services companies believe in its usefulness.  In particular when they can be delivered securely.

Secure blockchain technology and the connected infrastructure

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From The Eponymous Pickle

New Visual Shopping Design from Google

New Visual Shopping Design from Google

In the Google Blog,  new ways to visually shop, with a number of impressive visual examples:

Connecting you to visual shoppers with new ad formats on Google Images
By Surojit Chatterjee  Vice President, Product Management, Shopping…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

New White House Science Head Bullish on Information Technology Research

New White House Science Head Bullish on Information Technology Research

The following blog post is from CCC Chair Mark D. Hill of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kelvin Droegemeier recently gave his first speech as the Head of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) at…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Doubles Quantum Speed, But Reveals Key Issues

IBM Doubles Quantum Speed, But Reveals Key Issues

Performance aspect is interesting,  but the inherent noisiness of quantum is troubling.   The notion that quantum switches could act at a distance, as was presented to me, made me wonder how such noise could be dealt with.  Had…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Talks Finding, Sharing Open Data

Google Talks Finding, Sharing Open Data

Good talk on the issues,  perhaps not enough on protecting the data, defining its ownership  responsibly.

Doing our part to share open data responsibly
Daphne Luong  Director, Software Engineering
Charina Chou  Global Policy Lead…


From insideHPC

Agenda Posted for Dell EMC Community Event in Austin

Agenda Posted for Dell EMC Community Event in Austin

The Dell EMC Community Meeting has published their preliminary speaker agenda. The event takes place March 25-27 in Austin, Texas. The Dell HPC Community is a worldwide technical forum that facilitates the exchange of ideas among…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Serious Games, AI and Training?

Serious Games, AI and Training?

So can we train via AI in complex world environments, and can those environments be mapped into the real world to become 'Serious'?   Open AI takes a look.

OpenAI Launches Neural MMO to Train AI in Complex, Open-World Environments…


From insideHPC

Call for Submissions: HPC Innovation Excellence Awards

Call for Submissions: HPC Innovation Excellence Awards

Today Hyperion Research today invited members of the worldwide high performance computing community to submit entries for the next round of HPC Innovation Excellence Awards. "The program's main goals are to showcase scientific…


From insideHPC

Video: Why InfiniBand is the Way Forward for Ai and Exascale

Video: Why InfiniBand is the Way Forward for Ai and Exascale

 In this video, Gilad Shainer from the InfiniBand Trade Association describes how InfiniBand offers the optimal interconnect technology for Ai, HPC, and Exascale. Transcript: insideHPC: Hi, I’m Rich with insideHPC. We’re here…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Should our kids use pencils or keyboards?

Should our kids use pencils or keyboards?

In Montreal, most kids have to write on paper using a pencil. They have paper dictionaries. My kids have spent an enormous amount of time learning to write in cursive using pencils, and no time at all (in school) learning toContinue…


From insideHPC

Exploring Today’s AI Resources — A Portal to a Growing Sector

Exploring Today’s AI Resources — A Portal to a Growing Sector

AI resourcesWhen Accenture Federal Services researched how current AI technologies could be used by the U.S. federal government, Accenture documented nearly 100 use cases for AI adoption. Artificial intelligence is making a difference to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Explaining Facts over Knowledge Graphs

Explaining Facts over Knowledge Graphs

Considering this.   Always thinking how we can best translate to more understandable forms.  Both for human understanding, machine use, the establishment of context, and relationship to goals ...

ExFaKT: a framework for explaining…


From insideHPC

Podcast: The sinking of the Itanic, a respectful farewell

Podcast: The sinking of the Itanic, a respectful farewell

n this podcast, the Radio Free HPC says goodbye to Intel’s Itanium processor. "After years of futility, Intel has finally put a stake in the heart of their Itanium processor. The final shipment will take place in 2021. The boys…


From Schneier on Security

Cybersecurity for the Public Interest

Cybersecurity for the Public Interest

The Crypto Wars have been waging off-and-on for a quarter-century. On one side is law enforcement, which wants to be able to break encryption, to access devices and communications of terrorists and criminals. On the other are…


From Computational Complexity

How are there 20 copies of my new book through other booksellers and why are they so highly priced

(This is about my book PROBLEMS WITH A POINT: exploring Math and computer science

by Gasarch and Kruskal, here. This post is NOT a plug.)



I often see weird pricing on amazon but don't have enough inside information to explain…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Insert Spreadsheet by Photograph

Insert Spreadsheet by Photograph

Would be a nice thing to be able to do at times, especially for test data.

Import Excel data just by photographing a spreadsheet
The feature is available in the updated Microsoft Excel app for Android.

AJ Dellinger, @ajdell

Microsoft…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Catalyzing Computing Episode 4 – What is Thermodynamic Computing? Part 2

Catalyzing Computing Episode 4 – What is Thermodynamic Computing? Part 2

Last week I shared my interview with Thermodynamic Computing workshop organizers, Tom Conte (Georgia Tech) and Todd Hylton (UC San Diego) and workshop participant Christof Teuscher in What is Thermodynamic Computing? Part 1.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Automation Anywhere Debuts Free RPA Version

Automation Anywhere Debuts Free RPA Version

Good opportunity for introduction!    We did this without such a system years ago, looking forward to a closer look.

Automation Anywhere debuts free version of its robotic process automation suite  By Mike Wheatley in Siliconangle…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Accenture Circular Supply Chain

Accenture Circular Supply Chain

Another example of transparency and reliance on shared data.    Especially for small players.   Involvement of Mastercard and Accenture would indicate some belief in the value of the system.

Accenture builds sustainable trade …


From insideHPC

XSEDE teams with Aristotle Cloud Federation to implement clouds on U.S. campuses

XSEDE teams with Aristotle Cloud Federation to implement clouds on U.S. campuses

Two NSF-funded projects have joined forces to help university systems administrators implement cloud computing systems on their campuses. "Combining the consulting strengths of the XSEDE Cyberinfrastructure Resource Integration…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Remember The Ladies–And Act

Remember The Ladies–And Act

In March of 1776, Abigail Adams wrote to her husband who would be the second US president “I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And, by the way, in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for…


From insideHPC

A Look Ahead at Disruptive Technologies for HPC

A Look Ahead at Disruptive Technologies for HPC

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Robert Roe looks at technology that could disrupt the HPC ecosystem. "As the HPC industry reaches the end of technology scaling based on Moore’s Law, system designers…


From insideHPC

Alan D. George Named Interim Director of Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

Alan D. George Named Interim Director of Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

Dr. Alan D. George has been named the interim director of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC). "Dr. George succeeds Nick Nystrom, PhD, who has served as interim director of the PSC since 2017. Dr. Nystrom will return full…


From insideHPC

How to Design Scalable HPC, Deep Learning and Cloud Middleware for Exascale Systems

How to Design Scalable HPC, Deep Learning and Cloud Middleware for Exascale Systems

DK Panda from Ohio State University gave this talk at the Stanford HPC Conference. "This talk will focus on challenges in designing HPC, Deep Learning, and HPC Cloud middleware for Exascale systems with millions of processors…


From Schneier on Security

The Latest in Creepy Spyware

The Latest in Creepy Spyware

The Nest home alarm system shipped with a secret microphone, which -- according to the company -- was only an accidental secret: On Tuesday, a Google spokesperson told Business Insider the company had made an "error." "The on…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Procurement Operating Models

Procurement Operating Models

A need for more bots exploring and maintaining the current and predictive possibilities?  Risk analyses always attached and considered.

A Next-generation Operating Model for source-to-pay   By Samir Khushalani and Edward Woodcock…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Illusory Truth Effect

Illusory Truth Effect

Brought back to my attention by a Wired article on Viral scares now  floating about the internet, and when it makes sense to respond to them.    Made me reexamine this kind of 'bias' again.  The bias towards believing the familiar…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Guardbot

Guardbot

What looks to be an impressive spherical robot, suitable for all terrain applications, including water.
 To me looks to be best for applications like security, tacking and surveillance in open areas.  Not fenced or environments…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Better to Design for Multiple Senses

Better to Design for Multiple Senses

Nice piece in ArsTechnica which makes the point that we should be designing interactive interfaces for multiple senses, not just for the limitations of one latest, easiest one.     And beyond that we should be consider the power…


From insideHPC

Big Compute Podcast Looks at HPC in the Cloud for Academia

Big Compute Podcast Looks at HPC in the Cloud for Academia

In this Big Compute podcast, host Gabriel Broner from Rescale interviews Marek Michalewicz about the challenges of HPC in the Cloud for Academia. "ICM UW is a leading data science facility in Central Europe. High performance …