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September 2021


From insideHPC

Toolkit Delivers 4D Visualization, Addresses Data Volume Challenges in Exascale

Toolkit Delivers 4D Visualization, Addresses Data Volume Challenges in Exascale

The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has announced that a team of researchers has developed the Feature Tracking Kit (FTK), which uses simplicial spacetime meshing to simplify, scale, and deliver novel feature-tracking algorithms…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Threats to Experimental Design

Threats  to Experimental Design

A method for Analyzing Experimental Design of models.   Below an intro, then more.  Worth examining. 

PlanAlyzer: Assessing Threats to the Validity of Online Experiments

By Emma Tosch, Eytan Bakshy, Emery D. Berger, David D. Jensen…


From Schneier on Security

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

This is a current list of where and when I am scheduled to speak:

  • I’m keynoting CIISec Live—an all-online event—September 15-16, 2021.
  • I’m speaking at the Infosecurity Magazine EMEA Autumn Online Summit on September 21, 2021…


    From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

    Texas-Sized Problems

    Mathematical edges to edgy laws Cropped from Lex Fridman podcast Scott Aaronson is one of the top researchers in complexity theory and especially in quantum computing. He is famous for more than his research, he is famous also…


    From insideHPC

    Registration Opens for Oct. 1 HPC4EI National Manufacturing Day

    Registration Opens for Oct. 1 HPC4EI National Manufacturing Day

    Sept. 13, 2021 — Registration is free and open to the public for HPC4EI Manufacturing Day, Friday, Oct. 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET, and will feature Pamela Isom, director of the Artificial Intelligence and Technology Office…


    From insideHPC

    Exascale Computing Project Tabs Brookhaven’s Chandrasekaran PI of SOLLVE Project

    Exascale Computing Project Tabs Brookhaven’s Chandrasekaran PI of SOLLVE Project

    Sept. 13, 2021 — The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has named Sunita Chandrasekaran of Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) as principal investigator of the SOLLVE project. SOLLVE is advancing…


    From insideHPC

    NCAR Official to Discuss New Supercomputer Friday at Univ. of Wyoming

    NCAR Official to Discuss New Supercomputer Friday at Univ. of Wyoming

    September 13, 2021 — A top director with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is coming to the University of Wyoming to discuss the capabilities and uses of a new supercomputer that will be installed in the NCAR…


    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    Marconi Society Webinar “The Issues That Keep Us Up at Night” Wednesday, 9/15 at 11AM ET

    Marconi Society Webinar “The Issues That Keep Us Up at Night” Wednesday, 9/15 at 11AM ET

    The Marconi Society, a nonprofit chaired by Vint Cerf and dedicated to bridging the digital divide, is offering a complimentary webinar called The Issues That Keep Us Up at Night, which will take place on September 15 at 11 a…


    From insideHPC

    The State of Quantum Computing Today: Market Sizing, CAGR Projections, Buyer Expectations

    The State of Quantum Computing Today: Market Sizing, CAGR Projections, Buyer Expectations

    Though embryonic, the quantum computing industry is coming into clearer focus, taking on the earmarks of a viable entity on the computing landscape – earmarks that have progressed beyond the possibilities, promises and potential…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Augmented Reality Innovation

    Augmented Reality Innovation

     Had not heard of this use of extended reality to promote innovation, consider the breadth of possibilities.

    Researchers Develop First-of-Its-Kind Extended Reality Testbed to Speed Virtual, Augmented Reality Innovation    By University…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Soft Robot Worms

    Soft Robot Worms

     Consider applications with tight fitting spatial sensors and manipulaton. 

    Stretchy Robot Worms Could Inch Their Way into Tech Applications

    University of Glasgow (U.K.),  September 6, 2021

    Engineers at the U.K.'s University of…


    From insideHPC

    Cadence Supports Intelligent SoC Development with On-Device Tensilica AI Platform

    Cadence Supports Intelligent SoC Development with On-Device Tensilica AI Platform

    SAN JOSE, Calif., September 13, 2021—Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CDNS) today unveiled its Tensilica AI Platform for  AI SoC development, including three supporting product families optimized for varying data and on-device…


    From insideHPC

    CoolIT Systems Names New CFO

    CoolIT Systems Names New CFO

    Calgary, Alberta. September 13, 2021 – CoolIT Systems, maker of scalable liquid cooling technology for desktop and data centers systems, announced that Adam Schader has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer. With over…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Podcast: Portrait of the Post-Pandemic Grocery Shopper

    Podcast: Portrait of the Post-Pandemic Grocery Shopper

     I still shop in store, not sure I have noticed a real difference.  Worth a listen.

    Podcast | A Portrait of the Post-Pandemic Grocery Shopper

    In SupplyChainBrain  

    What is this creature whom we call “the post-pandemic grocery shopper…


    From insideHPC

    Delivering on the Promise of Hybrid Multi Cloud for HPC

    Delivering on the Promise of Hybrid Multi Cloud for HPC

    [Sponsored Post] HPC cloud usage is expanding across all industry sectors with a strong desire from customers for a flexible hybrid model that can be deployed in a multi-cloud scenario. With the acquisition of Nimbix and the …


    From Schneier on Security

    Designing Contact-Tracing Apps

    Designing Contact-Tracing Apps

    Susan Landau wrote an essay on the privacy, efficacy, and equity of contract-tracing smartphone apps.

    Also see her excellent book on the topic.


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Robotic Remote Cafe

    Robotic Remote Cafe

    New approaches for remote work. 

     At Japanese Robot Cafe, Staff Serve Customers While Working From Home

    South China Morning Post, August 20, 2021

    The Dawn Cafe in Tokyo's Nihonbashi district is staffed by robot waiters serving diners…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    GRAND Decodes Data Universally?

    GRAND Decodes Data Universally?

    Implications for general cryptography?      Trying to get a reading. 

    Universal System Decodes Any Type of Data Sent Across a Network By MIT News,  September 10, 2021  in CACM

    Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology…


    From Computational Complexity

    Review of A Blog Book based on the Less Wrong Blog

     There is a blog called lesswrong. Many people contribute to it (how many people must contribute to a website before it stops being called a blog and starts being called... Not sure what?). The theme is rationality. They (not…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Fusion Energy Closer

    Fusion Energy Closer

     Followed the basic concepts for years,  are we closer? 

    Fusion energy nears reality thanks to an ultra-powerful magnet

    The technology could be key to practical fusion power plants.

    By J. Fingas @jonfingas

    Fusion energy just had…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    AI Writing its own Code: Codex

    AI Writing its own Code:   Codex

     More on the Codex approach. How long until such methods take over most coding?   Sooner than we think I believe    Most useful to make sure coding approaches are as safe as possible.   Is that better than human coding?   Ultimately…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    UK Regulator says Yes to Drones

    UK Regulator says Yes to Drones

     Broadening use of drones for delivery. 

    U.K. Regulator Gives Green Light to Delivery Drone Trials

    Financial Times, Philip Georgiadis, April 19, 2021

    The U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has authorized a trial in which drone…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Recorded Future Quote on Russian State Connections

    Recorded Future Quote on Russian State Connections

    Recorded Future Writes

    Insikt Group

    Editor’s Note: The following post is an excerpt of a full report. To read the entire analysis, click here to download the report as a PDF.

    This report examines the unspoken connections between…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Mining Financial Data Without Actually Seeing It Can Detect Fraud

    Mining Financial Data Without Actually Seeing It Can Detect Fraud

    Quite interesting.  

     Mining Financial Data Without Actually Seeing It Can Detect Fraud  By Arnout Jaspers, Commissioned by CACM Staff, September 9, 2021

    Large-scale data sharing is a potential goldmine for research, health, and…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Triple Qubit Entanglement

    Triple Qubit Entanglement

    Enticing piece ... implications?   Had only heard of two bit entanglements.   examining. 

     Quantum Computing: Triple Qubit Entanglement Achieved in Research Breakthrough

    By Francisco Pires 3 days ago

    Another step on the road towards…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Container Shipping as an IOT

    Container Shipping as an IOT

     A look at container shipping.   Not too different than we did a decade ago, except in the specific use of the data generated and logged. 

    Container shipping goes digital—4 ways port authorities and terminal operators boost throughput…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    LIDAR and Digital Twins

    LIDAR and Digital Twins

    Good thoughts on this aspect of constructing a model.

    Using Drone LiDAR and Photogrammetry to Create a Digital Twin 

    Thompson Engineering used the mdLiDAR1000HR and mdMapper1000DG to survey the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park…


    From Daniel Lemire's Blog

    Random identifiers are poorly compressible

    Random identifiers are poorly compressible

    It is common in data engineering to find that we have too much data. Thus engineers commonly seek compression routines. At the same time, random identifiers are handy. Maybe you have many users or transactions and you want to…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    IBM and Watson, on Again

    IBM and Watson, on Again

    It would seem that IBM has been talking less about Watson/AI of late, especially in the business space. But here indications of new features and emphasis.  Had not heard of Intelepeer.  Which sounds like some sort of chat and…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    US Takes Stance in Patents by an Computer Using AI

    US Takes Stance in Patents by an Computer Using AI

    In a previous effort I took a look at intellectual property law as used by the USAF.  What is noted here are initial rulings by US courts.  These, as it mentions, are being appealed.  Note that an oath has to be taken by a human…