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July 2021


From insideHPC

Argonne-led Team of Scientists Use AI to Detect Gravitational Waves

Argonne-led Team of Scientists Use AI to Detect Gravitational Waves

JULY 6, 2021 — When gravitational waves were first detected in 2015 by the advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), they sent a ripple through the scientific community, as they confirmed another of…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Disrupting Operations of Illicit Supply Networks (D-ISN) Program

NSF Disrupting Operations of Illicit Supply Networks (D-ISN) Program

The following National Science Foundation (NSF) Disrupting Operations of Illicit Supply Networks (D-ISN) program has an upcoming deadline of July 28, 2021, and might be of interest to those in our computer science research community…


From The Eponymous Pickle

For Those Seeking Chatbot ROI

For Those Seeking Chatbot ROI

Good general piece on approaches and the ROI of Chatbots.  Could be a good place to start.  From the Alexa Blog, but  appears to be regularly applicable ... 

 Chatbot ROI: What You Need to Know and Expect

Chatbots have become an…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Automated Vertical Farming

Automated Vertical Farming

General description without details, but interesting application.   Was involved with some farming applications and it seems some of these can be readily automated with such systems.  Note posts regarding 'agriculture' here.

Robots…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA Claims Install of UK’s Top Supercomputer, for Research in AI and Healthcare

NVIDIA Claims Install of UK’s Top Supercomputer, for Research in AI and Healthcare

Announced last October, NVIDIA today launched Cambridge-1, calling it the United Kingdom’s most powerful supercomputer. Enabling scientists and healthcare experts to use the combination of AI and simulation to accelerate the …


From insideHPC

Qumulo Expands Cloud Q Offering with Qumulo on Azure as a Service

Qumulo Expands Cloud Q Offering with Qumulo on Azure as a Service

July 07, 2021, SEATTLE — Qumulo, provider of solutions focused on enterprise unstructured data management across hybrid-cloud environments, today announced Qumulo on Azure as a Service (QaaS), a petabyte-scale file data management…


From insideHPC

Jean-Marc Denis Joins SiPearl as CSO

Jean-Marc Denis Joins SiPearl as CSO

Maisons-Laffitte, France, 6 July 2021 – SiPearl, the designer of the microprocessor for the European exascale supercomputer, announced the appointment of Jean-Marc Denis as chief strategy officer. Previously, he was head of strategy…


From insideHPC

Atos Launches Digital Collaboration Initiative: ‘Atos Digital Hub’

Atos Launches Digital Collaboration Initiative: ‘Atos Digital Hub’

Paris, July 7, 2021 – At its annual “Atos Technology Days” event, Atos today announced an initiative, “Atos Digital Hub,” whose primary objective is to the building of ecosystem platforms. Based on the observation that data is…


From BLOG@CACM

10 Tips for Implementing Executable Exams

10 Tips for Implementing Executable Exams

The focus is on executable exams for an Introduction to Computer Science course.


From The Eponymous Pickle

NVIDIA Pretrained Models

NVIDIA Pretrained Models

Elements of Pretrained models.  Have not used this approach before, worth understanding its application. 

Jun 24, 2021

Fast-Track Production AI with Pretrained Models and Transfer Learning Toolkit 3.0  By Joanne Chang

Tags: Computer…


From Computational Complexity

Would you take this bet (Part 1) ?

 I am going to present a well known paradox (I didn't know it until last week, but the source I read said it was well known) and ask your opinion in this post, and reveal my thoughts in my next post.

I don't want you to go toHere…


From insideHPC

Oxford Quantum Circuits Claims UK’s First Quantum Computing as-a-Service

Oxford Quantum Circuits Claims UK’s First Quantum Computing as-a-Service

Startup Oxford Quantum Circuits (OQC) has launched what it said is the UK’s first commercially available quantum computing-as-a-Service. OQC said its proprietary quantum technology will be available to enterprises via its private…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Which VPN are Secure?

Which VPN are Secure?

Useful look provided.  Who do we trust?

Which VPN Providers Really Take Privacy Seriously in 2021?

June 14, 2021 by Ernesto Van der Sar  in Torrentfreak

HOME > TECHNOLOGY > VPN PROVIDERS >

Choosing the right VPN can be a tricky endeavor…


From BLOG@CACM

20 Years of 'Software Engineering for Innovative Internet Applications'

20 Years of 'Software Engineering for Innovative Internet Applications'

Addressing the question: Why is software engineering part of the undergraduate computer science curriculum?


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Visions in Theoretical Computer Science Workshop Report: A Report on the TCS Visioning Workshop 2020

Visions in Theoretical Computer Science Workshop Report: A Report on the TCS Visioning Workshop 2020

Roughly every ten years the Theoretical Computer Science (TCS) community comes together for a visioning workshop to discuss recent accomplishments and new challenges in the field of TCS. The workshop acts as an opportunity for…


From insideHPC

insideHPC Guide to HPC Fusion Computing Model – A Reference Architecture for Liberating Data (Part 3)

insideHPC Guide to HPC Fusion Computing Model – A Reference Architecture for Liberating Data (Part 3)

This insideHPC technology guide, “insideHPC Guide to HPC Fusion Computing Model – A Reference Architecture for Liberating Data,” discusses how organizations need to adopt a Fusion Computing Model to meet the needs of processing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Indoor Spy Drones: Always Home Cam

Indoor Spy Drones:  Always Home Cam

Not quite understanding this, except for unusual purposes, say maybe recording meetings or filming demonstrations?   There are lots of people filming things on Youtube these days, say a cooking demo.    Seen previous examples…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data and Analytics for Better Decisions

Data and Analytics for Better Decisions

From MIT Sloan, SAS, some thoughts on decisions for analytics.  I link to items I have read and liked.  All accessible from top link.

Data and Analytics for Better Decisions

Stepping up to business challenges and opportunities1…


From insideHPC

DARPA Announces Research Teams to Develop Intelligent Event-Based Imagers

DARPA Announces Research Teams to Develop Intelligent Event-Based Imagers

July 2, 2021 — DARPA today announced that three teams of researchers led by Raytheon, BAE Systems, and Northrop Grumman have been selected to develop event-based infrared (IR) camera technologies under the Fast Event-based Neuromorphic…


From Schneier on Security

Vulnerability in the Kaspersky Password Manager

Vulnerability in the Kaspersky Password Manager

A vulnerability (just patched) in the random number generator used in the Kaspersky Password Manager resulted in easily guessable passwords:

The password generator included in Kaspersky Password Manager had several problems.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Battling Retail Out-Of-Stocks

AI Battling Retail Out-Of-Stocks

I recall a related  approach suggested in the enterprise, but the right kind of data lacking,  then the right data applied.  Sounds like a fix found here?  

Can AI solve e-grocery’s erratic out-of-stock substitutions?  by Tom …


From Putting People First

The role of UX: 2020 benchmark study report and analysis

The role of UX: 2020 benchmark study report and analysis

UXmatters and the UX research consultancy User Fountain recently teamed up to survey UX professionals around the world on the role of User Experience within their organization. The Role of UX: 2020 Benchmark Study explores UX…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Retailwire Research on Retail Digital Transformation.

Retailwire Research on Retail Digital Transformation.

Always interesting regarding retail research activities.

Retailwire: Research    https://www.retailwire.com/  

Our recently released study, "The Beating Heart of Digital Transformation," confirms that retail planning, analytics…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cloud Computing Under Attack

Cloud Computing Under Attack

Thoughts on vulnerability of the cloud. 

Russia’s Hacking Success Shows How Vulnerable the Cloud Is

The cloud is everywhere. It’s critical to computing. And it’s under attack.

By Bruce Schneier, a fellow and lecturer at the Harvard…


From Schneier on Security

Stealing Xbox Codes

Stealing Xbox Codes

Detailed story of Volodymyr Kvashuk, a Microsoft insider who noticed a bug in the company’s internal systems that allowed him to create unlimited Xbox gift cards, and stole $10.1 million before he was caught.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Channeling the Inner Voice of Robots

Channeling the Inner Voice of Robots

Like consciousness or a cognitive infrastructure that feeds into our decisions and broad behavior like a consciousness?     If it produces better measure of decisions, why not.   Consciosness, inner voice 

Channeling the Inner…


From The Eponymous Pickle

What is Slam?

What is Slam?

Below just an outline, but something I am investigating,  detail the link.

The definitive guide to SLAM & mobile mapping

SLAM 101   ....  How does SLAM work  ....

How does it work, and what does it mean for mobile 3D mapping?

SLAM…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mondelez Does Low-Code, No-Code Development

Mondelez Does Low-Code, No-Code Development

I think this is ultimately the approach we will be taking.   Not quite here yet, but it will be too risky to have individual developers do most coding work. 

Mondelez Takes a Low-Code, No-Code Approach to Development

Snack food…


From The Eponymous Pickle

FBI Running Encrypted Phones

FBI Running  Encrypted Phones

Bruce Schneier posted about the FBI effort to create an encrypted phone App.  And makes interesting points about trust and security.    Just read, worth considering

FBI/AFP-Run Encrypted Phone     Bruce Schneier

For three years…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Taking Over Gadgets

AI Taking Over Gadgets

Now lets make them as secure as possible.    And the AI does not have to be created on the edge, it can  be encrypted and fed to devices.    We will see both.  

How AI Is Taking Over Our Gadgets   By The Wall Street Journal. July…