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October 2018


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital and Your Business

Digital and Your Business

A bit too much of an infographic, but makes its point.  Its about the business, the process, what it produces in context over time.   Its the economics.   In McKinsey"

"... Want to better understand what digital is doing to your…


From insideHPC

IBM Multicloud Manager to Create Harmonized Systems

IBM Multicloud Manager to Create Harmonized Systems

IBM’s Multicloud Manager provides an operations console for companies as they increasingly incorporate public and private cloud capabilities with existing on-premises business systems. "With its open source approach to managing…


From insideHPC

Great Lakes Supercomputer from Dell EMC Coming to University of Michigan

Great Lakes Supercomputer from Dell EMC Coming to University of Michigan

Today the University of Michigan announced their new $4.8 million Great Lakes computing cluster. A Dell EMC system, the new supercomputer will serve researchers across campus. "Great Lakes will also be the first cluster in the…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Validating UTF-8 bytes (Java edition)

Validating UTF-8 bytes (Java edition)

Strings are just made of bytes. We send and receive bytes over the network all the time. If you know that the bytes you are receiving form a string, then chances are good that it is encoded as UTF-8. Sadly not all streams ofContinue…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Future of Drone Natives

A Future of Drone Natives

My recent involvement with looking at near and long term applications of drones made me note this.  The term 'Drone Native' struck me.   Describing some near or long term future where drones will be cheap and common enough that…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Blue Sky Ideas Conference Track at ISWC 2018

Blue Sky Ideas Conference Track at ISWC 2018

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) recently sponsored a Blue Sky Ideas Conference Track at the 17th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC), October 8-12, 2018 in Monterey, CA. ISWC is the international forum for the…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Nobel-prize winner Rommer on innovation and higher education

Nobel-prize winner Rommer on innovation and higher education

Rommer was one of the the winners of the Nobel prize in economics this year (2018). He wrote about higher education and innovation. One of his proposals is the introduction of more generous scholarships for students in science…


From The Eponymous Pickle

LG Comes Up with a Smart Sofa

LG Comes Up with a Smart Sofa

The concept is new to me, but why can't the sofa be a hub like a frig?  Can it capture the consumer  imagination the smart speaker has? Will use Google assistant or LG Signature App for 'intelligence'.

LG’s Colosseo smart sofa…


From The Eponymous Pickle

VDMbee a Value Management Platform

VDMbee a Value Management Platform

Some time ago I wrote about VDML, the Value Delivery Modeling Language.   Just today got a note from  Theodoor Von Donge  about how they are using and extending it.  Below I bought his comment to the top, so its gets more exposure…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Beyond Musical Improvisation

Beyond Musical Improvisation

Have always mused that improvisation should exist beyond music.   Business process extension that lead to better results?  Creative extension of the basic?  Note AI connection.   Real time aspects for business?  Here an example…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Lossy Text Compression Project

Lossy Text Compression Project

My motto has long been "steal from the best" at least when it comes to teaching resources. Today I found a good project from Code.org. I'm using their Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles curriculum and we are currently…


From Schneier on Security

Privacy for Tigers

Privacy for Tigers

Ross Anderson has some new work: As mobile phone masts went up across the world's jungles, savannas and mountains, so did poaching. Wildlife crime syndicates can not only coordinate better but can mine growing public data sets…


From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Enterprise Benefits of Internationalized Domain Names

Enterprise Benefits of Internationalized Domain Names

By Dr. Ajay Data, Founder and CEO, XgenPlus Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) enable people around the world to use domain names in local languages and scripts (such as Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Devanagari, Gujarati and …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Patents for Anomaly Detection

Patents for Anomaly Detection

 There are many ways to do this kind of anomaly detection.  Done them for years.  Anomaly detection alone is not new or patentable, but perhaps as a larger process?

Anodot Gains Patents for Anomaly Detection By George Leopold

Anodot…


From The Eponymous Pickle

TruStar and Enclave Defense

TruStar and Enclave Defense

Newly brought to my attention by a piece in Recorded Future.  More pieces to follow.

Connective Defense is Here

TruSTAR’s intelligence platform uses Enclaves to streamline collaboration and provide enrichment from all of your trusted…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Content Generation for Workforce Training Workshop- Call for White Papers

CCC Content Generation for Workforce Training Workshop- Call for White Papers

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) will hold a visioning workshop in Atlanta, GA on March 14-15, 2019 to discuss and articulate research visions for authoring rich media content for new workforce training. The workshop…


From Schneier on Security

How DNA Databases Violate Everyone's Privacy

How DNA Databases Violate Everyone's Privacy

If you're an American of European descent, there's a 60% you can be uniquely identified by public information in DNA databases. This is not information that you have made public; this is information your relatives have made public…


From insideHPC

Video: MIT Makes Billion-Dollar Bet on Ai and Machine Learning

Video: MIT Makes Billion-Dollar Bet on Ai and Machine Learning

Today MIT announced a new $1 billion commitment to address the global opportunities and challenges presented by the prevalence of computing and the rise of artificial intelligence. The initiative marks the single largest investment…


From BLOG@CACM

Mystery Dating of the World-famous 'Millionaire' Calculating Machine Solved

Mystery Dating of the World-famous 'Millionaire' Calculating Machine Solved

Regarding the discovery of new documents about the H.W. Egli AG (Zurich) company in the Museum für Kommunikation, Berne, Switzerland.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simulation for Autonomous Cars

Simulation for Autonomous Cars

Like the idea of simulation for difficult, rare or dangerous scenarios.   Of course we naturally do this  already when thinking:  "What would we do if?".   Automated simulation has existed for a long time, allowing us rigorously…


From insideHPC

ExaFLOW Project takes on High-order CFD

ExaFLOW Project takes on High-order CFD

After three years of working on key algorithmic challenges in CFD, the European ExaFLOW Project it touting a series of industry milestones. With three flagship runs, ExaFLOW has managed to work on different specific CFD use cases…


From insideHPC

The Rising AI Tide in HPC – Are You Ready?

The Rising AI Tide in HPC – Are You Ready?

LiCOThis guest article from Dr. Bhushan Desam, Lenovo’s Director, Global Artificial Intelligence Business covers how new HPC tools like Lenovo's LiCO (Lenovo Intelligent Computing Orchestration) are working to address the growing…


From insideHPC

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Advanced Parallel HPC for AI Applications

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Advanced Parallel HPC for AI Applications

Elsevier publishers have launched their Call for Papers on their Special Issue on Advances on Parallel and High Performance Computing for AI Applications. "Clusters of computers and accelerators (e.g. GPUs) are routinely used…


From insideHPC

Video: Graphical User Interfaces for HPC

Video: Graphical User Interfaces for HPC

Mark Dawson gave this talk at the Supercomputing Wales Swansea Symposium 2018. "Supercomputing Wales is funded to provide university research teams access to powerful computing facilities to undertake high-profile science and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Facebook has a Portal

Facebook has a Portal

More Detail on Facebook's Portal, will it compete with assistants?

Creepy or convenient? Facebook’s new Portal smart display follows you around the room

Get ready, folks, for a screened smart speaker from…Facebook?

Yep, you read…


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

ACM-W Connections – October 2018

ACM-W Connections – October 2018

Letter from ACM-W Chair News from ACM-W Student Chapters ACM SIGGRAPH CARES News from ACM-W Europe Welcome from the ACM-W Chair  The new year is off to a fast start for the Student Chapters project.  This month’s report introduces…


From Computational Complexity

Practical consequences of RH ?

When it seemed like Riemann Hypothesis (RH) might be solved (see Lipton-Regan blog entry on RH  here and what it points to for more info) I had the following email exchange with Ajeet Gary (not Gary Ajeet, though I will keep


From The Eponymous Pickle

For Seeking Alternative Software

For Seeking Alternative Software

Sometimes you can't use the obvious software for a project.  Or don't know of alternatives.   Because you are building a cheap prototype under a budget, or you are a student, or you just want to see another example of how something…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Assistant Re-designed

Google Assistant Re-designed

As more assistants get the ability to provide images easily.   Or show images on phones or displays when needed.

The Google Assistant gets more visual    By Frederic Lardinois   @fredericl in Techcrunch

Google  today is launching…


From insideHPC

ESCAPE-2 Project to develop algorithms for weather and climate prediction at exascale

ESCAPE-2 Project to develop algorithms for weather and climate prediction at exascale

Today ECMWF launched the ESCAPE-2 project on energy-efficient scalable algorithms for weather and climate prediction at exascale. "It brings together 12 partners, including national meteorological and hydrological services, HPC…

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