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January 2019


From The Eponymous Pickle

Exoskeleton Enhancement Robotics

Exoskeleton Enhancement Robotics

Some useful solutions, with images at the link:

GEMS (Gait Enhancing and Motivating System)  in CNet

Helping you walk

 " .... While the Samsung Bot Air looks like a cutesy version of Wall-E, the Samsung GEMS looks more like an exoskeleton…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Feedback and Blacker Boxes

Feedback and Blacker Boxes

Thoughts on the topic of complexity and understanding the operational specifics of what we have done.

The Blacker the Box  By Michael Kaminsky

There has been a lot of discussion in the data science community about the use of black…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Everything Old Is New Again

Everything Old Is New Again

I try not to throw code away. I have punch cards in my attic that are over 40 years old. I also have a bunch of code from my university days on a magnetic tape (a DECtape) that I will probably never be able to recover. But ablog…


From My Biased Coin

ANALCO, SOSA, SODA post

ANALCO, SOSA, SODA post

I spent the last few days at SODA-ANALCO-ALENEX-SOSA in San Diego.  (Nice location choice, I'd say!)  Here's some news.

This will be the last ANALCO (Analytic Algorithms and Combinatorics).  Apparently submissions have been decreasing…


From insideHPC

IBM Weather System to Improve Forecasting Around the World

IBM Weather System to Improve Forecasting Around the World

Earlier this week, IBM unveiled a powerful new global weather forecasting system that will provide the most accurate local weather forecasts ever seen worldwide. The new IBM Global High-Resolution Atmospheric Forecasting System…


From insideHPC

Video: An Update on the European Processing Initiative

Video: An Update on the European Processing Initiative

In this talk from the 2018 HiPEAC event, Philippe Notton from Atos describes how the European Processor Initiative will help Europe achieve sovereignty in chips for advanced computing. "We expect to achieve unprecedented levels…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing Dark Energy Survey Data through 2021

Supercomputing Dark Energy Survey Data through 2021

Scientists’ effort to map a portion of the sky in unprecedented detail is coming to an end, but their work to learn more about the expansion of the universe has just begun. "Using the Dark Energy Camera, a 520-megapixel digital…


From The Eponymous Pickle

About Pypestream

About Pypestream

Took another look, follows some of my own ideas about linking process models to solution methods, like RPA and Deep Learning ....

About Pypestream:

Pypestream, the market’s most advanced conversational AI solution, elevates customer…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Creating Books from Wikipedia with Wiki-Book Bot

Creating Books from Wikipedia with Wiki-Book Bot

We tested a similar approach in-house, meant to combine public and internal knowledge.   There were of course gripes about both the reliability, completeness of the Wikipedia, and how well the internal sources had been maintained…


From insideHPC

R Systems brings HPC Cloud to SUPERNAP in Las Vegas

R Systems brings HPC Cloud to SUPERNAP in Las Vegas

Today R Systems announced the expansion of its data center and infrastructure capabilities HPC managed services into Switch’s Core Campus in Las Vegas. "Including Switch data centers as part of the offering for R Systems enables…


From Computational Complexity

Search versus Decision

Shockingly I've never done a post on search versus decision, one of the more interesting dualities in complexity. In short: Decision: Is there a needle in the haystack? Search: Find the needle.



In Satisfiability, or any other…


From Schneier on Security

EU Offering Bug Bounties on Critical Open-Source Software

EU Offering Bug Bounties on Critical Open-Source Software

The EU is offering "bug bounties on Free Software projects that the EU institutions rely on." Slashdot thread....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Echo Auto Ships to High Demand

Echo Auto Ships to High Demand

Apparently there is considerable interest and even demand to get the Echo Auto into cars.   Even though later model cars today can already be fitted with Alexa, Google or Siri capability at low additional cost.  There seems to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Long Term Vision for European Automotive Industry

Long Term Vision for European Automotive Industry

In McKinsey.  Not too much unexpected.  Useful view.

A long-term vision for the European automotive industry

Technological disruption is redefining mobility globally. How can Europe capitalize on its past successes to shape the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Telepresence for the Home with Assistant

Telepresence for the Home with Assistant

We examined a number of telepresence solutions for office environments,  trying to allow people to casually inhabit new environments,  office or business, or industrial, without going there.   With the user given the option of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Fingernail Sensor to Monitor Disease Progression

Fingernail Sensor to Monitor Disease Progression

New kinds of sensors, measurement and then prediction.

IBM Research Develops Fingernail Sensor to Monitor Disease Progression   in TechCrunch  By Frederic Lardinois

IBM Research has developed a small sensor that can help monitor…


From insideHPC

IBM rolls out Quantum Computer for Commercial Use

IBM rolls out Quantum Computer for Commercial Use

Today IBM unveiled IBM Q System One, the world's first integrated universal approximate quantum computing system designed for scientific and commercial use. "The IBM Q System One is a major step forward in the commercialization…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Go Could be $4 Billion Physical Retail

Amazon Go Could be $4 Billion Physical Retail

A push towards advanced checkout tech.

Report: Amazon Go could become $4 billion business
Analyst says cashierless retail concept “could be a game changer”
By Russell Redman  in Supermarket News

The sales opportunity for Amazon Go…


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Launching 6 Connected Products At CES

P&G Launching 6 Connected Products At CES

Good to see interesting moves here.

P&G Launching 6 Connected Products At CES by Chuck Martin  AI & IOT DAILY

Procter and Gamble is launching six new connected products at CES, the first time P&G is exhibiting at the annual tech…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Quantum Computing & Comic Books?

Quantum Computing & Comic Books?

The following is a special contribution to this blog by CCC Chair Mark D. Hill of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Quantum Computing (QC) is attracting considerable attention, including the National Quantum Initiative Act…


From insideHPC

Jülich Supercomputing Centre moves forward with 36 million euros of funding

Jülich Supercomputing Centre moves forward with 36 million euros of funding

Today the Jülich Supercomputing Centre in Germany announced 32.4 million euros in funding for continued research into such diverse areas as quantum computing and neuromorphic computing. "With the new JUWELS system, the research…


From insideHPC

Mellanox Powers New Hawk Supercomputer at HLRS with 200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand

Mellanox Powers New Hawk Supercomputer at HLRS with 200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand

Today Mellanox announced that its 200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand solutions were selected to accelerate a world-leading supercomputer at HLRS in Germany. The 5000-node supercomputer named “Hawk” will be built in 2019 and provide 24…


From insideHPC

Why you can save money by being left behind

Why you can save money by being left behind

In this special guest feature, Dr Rosemary Francis from Ellexus writes that Data Storage needs to be integral to your plans when moving HPC workloads to the Cloud. We can all admit to being pressured into investing in a new solution…


From Schneier on Security

Machine Learning to Detect Software Vulnerabilities

Machine Learning to Detect Software Vulnerabilities

No one doubts that artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) will transform cybersecurity. We just don't know how, or when. While the literature generally focuses on the different uses of AI by attackers and defenders…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intent, Devices and Marketing Funnels

Intent, Devices and Marketing Funnels

In Think with Google. Nothing is linear anymore.  Our devices can change our intent, based on changing context, anytime.    So how do we use this?

Intent and Marketing Funnels

How intent is redefining the marketing funnel     .…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon and Telenav

Amazon and Telenav

More new on how Amazon plans to place their systems n cars and connect retail channels. Broadening the idea of an assistant.

Amazon is getting more serious about Alexa in the car with Telenav deal
Megan Rose Dickey  @meganrosedickey…


From insideHPC

Call for Papers: High Performance Machine Learning Workshop (HPML2019) in Cyprus

Call for Papers: High Performance Machine Learning Workshop (HPML2019) in Cyprus

The 2nd High Performance Machine Learning Workshop (HPML2019) has issued their Call for Papers. The May 14 workshop will be collocated with CCGrid (19th IEEE/ACM International Symposium in Cluster, Cloud, and Grid Computing) …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Offices Getting Smarter

Offices Getting Smarter

We looked at this, not enough mentioned here about how direct assistance can be inserted.

Offices Grow 'Brains' as Companies Seek to Attract Smarter Workers 
Reuters  By Caroline Copley in Reuters

Property developers in Berlin,


From insideHPC

Huawei Unveils “Industry’s Highest-Performance ARM-based CPU”

Huawei Unveils “Industry’s Highest-Performance ARM-based CPU”

Today, Huawei announced "the industry's highest-performance ARM-based CPU." Called Kunpeng 920, the new CPU is designed to boost the development of computing in big data, distributed storage, and ARM-native application scenarios…


From insideHPC

Michael Feldman Joins The Next Platform as Senior Editor

Michael Feldman Joins The Next Platform as Senior Editor

Veteran HPC journalist Michael Feldman has departed TOP500.org to join The Next Platform as Senior Editor. Led by co-founders Nicole Hemsoth and Timothy Prickett Morgan, offers in-depth coverage of high-end computing at large…