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September 2020


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Expected to See Antitrust

Google Expected to See Antitrust

Antitrust looms, what will the implications be?  Google does lots of very good work, don't what to see it reduced. 

Google Just Got Very Bad News and It Could Change the Way You Use the Internet The Department of Justice is expected…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quantum Physics To Protect Data Over Standard Telecom Networks

Quantum Physics To Protect Data Over Standard Telecom Networks

Brought to my attention:

Quantum Breakthrough to Protect Data over Standard Telecom Networks

In an exclusive interview with Fortune,  Quantum Xchange’s CEO John Prisco discusses the technique of quantum key distribution (QKD) to…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture: Former CRA Board Member Moshe Y. Vardi on Lessons from COVID-19

NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture: Former CRA Board Member Moshe Y. Vardi on Lessons from COVID-19

Former CRA Board Member, Moshe Vardi from Rice University will present “Lessons from COVID-19: Efficiency vs Resilience,” as part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Distinguished…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Calamari vs. Squid

Friday Squid Blogging: Calamari vs. Squid

St. Louis Magazine answers the important question: “Is there a difference between calamari and squid?” Short answer: no.

As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven’t…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Lidar Becomng a Business

Lidar Becomng a Business

Advanced sensors growing up and competing, good direction.  We examined this very early on for shelf inventory.

Lidar Is Finally Becoming a Real Business
The success of lidar companies was unclear until this summer, when three

FOR…


From insideHPC

The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: ORNL Distinguished Scientist Travis Humble on Coupling Classical and Quantum Computing

The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: ORNL Distinguished Scientist Travis Humble on Coupling Classical and Quantum Computing

Oak Ridge National Lab’s Travis Humble has worked at the headwaters of quantum computing research for years. In this interview, he talks about his particular areas of interest, including integration of quantum computing with …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Walmart Rolls + Ads and Marketing

Walmart Rolls + Ads and Marketing

How different will this be in communicating value to the consumer?

Walmart Launches Walmart+ Ad Campaign
By Bridget Goldschmidt - 09/10/2020 

Still from an ad in Walmart's "A New Kind of Membership" campaign promoting the retailer's…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Working with Interactive Articles

Working with Interactive Articles


About Interactive Articles.  We talked this, but never really did it. Articles were always static, and the users of the articles were responsible for working with them to determine how they applied.   Like the mention of Engelbart…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Hybrid Versus Remote Teaching

Which is best for students? Cropped from Wikipedia src Moshe Vardi holds multiple professorships at Rice University. He is also the Senior Editor of Communications of the ACM. His is therefore a voice to be reckoned with in the…


From insideHPC

Genomics England Expands Genomic Sequencing with Quantum ActiveScale Object Storage

Genomics England Expands Genomic Sequencing with Quantum ActiveScale Object Storage

SAN JOSE — Sept. 10, 2020 — Quantum Corp. (NASDAQ: QMCO) today announced that Genomics England has expanded their Quantum ActiveScale object storage solution as part of an integrated environment designed to store, protect, and…


From insideHPC

Combustion Pioneer Jacqueline Chen Named Department of Energy Fellow

Combustion Pioneer Jacqueline Chen Named Department of Energy Fellow

Jacqueline Chen, whose work on fundamental turbulence-chemistry interactions in combustion helped advance the design of automotive, gas turbine and jet engines, was selected by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science as …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Walmart+ Revealed

Walmart+ Revealed


 https://www.vox.com/recode/2020/7/7/21314767/walmart-plus-grocery-delivery-amazon-prime-membership-loyalty-program-walmart



Amazon may have a 15-year head start, but Walmart is close to finally unveiling its own membership program…


From insideHPC

ScienceLogic Named Top AIOps Provider by EMA

ScienceLogic Named Top AIOps Provider by EMA

Reston, VA – Sept. 10, 2020 – ScienceLogic, provider of monitoring solutions for multi-cloud management and hybrid IT infrastructure, has been recognized for AIOps leadership in Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) AIOps Radar…


From The Noisy Channel

Learning from Friction to Improve the Search Experience

Learning from Friction to Improve the Search Experience

When we design search applications, we aspire to make the user experience frictionless. A search engine should “just work”, enabling searchers to easily express their intent and responding with exactly the results searchers need…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Beyond Multiple Choice 2020: Assessment

Beyond Multiple Choice 2020: Assessment

Of interest, have two  projects underway that will have key assessment aspects.  Its measurement, the most important aspect of any data.

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From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Parsing floats in C++: benchmarking strtod vs. from_chars

Parsing floats in C++: benchmarking strtod vs. from_chars

Programmers often need to convert a string into a floating-point numbers. For example, you might get the string “3.1416” and you would like to get the resulting value as floating-point type. In C/C++, the standard way is theContinue…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Moving AI to the Edge

Moving AI to the Edge

Nicely put,  mostly non technical overview of what it means to have AI move to the Edge.  Ssing it in places like the Smart Home.  Favorite topic of mine.  Needs more discussion of security .... more to follow on that.

From cloud…


From insideHPC

Teradata Expands Data Science Collaboration Capabilities

Teradata Expands Data Science Collaboration Capabilities

Cloud data analytics specialist Teradata has released collaborative features to its Vantage platform designed to reduce the friction between data scientists, business analysts, data engineers and business managers – some of whom…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Computational Models Help Translate Drugs From Animal Studies

Computational Models Help Translate Drugs From Animal Studies

Could be a considerable development.    We need better drug development methods now.  And expect considerable pushback here too.

Computational Model Could Improve Success in Translating Drugs From Animal Studies to Humans
Purdue…


From insideHPC

Rescale Announces Appointments to its Executive Ranks

Rescale Announces Appointments to its Executive Ranks

San Francisco, Sept. 10, 2020 — Rescale Inc., the leader in enterprise big compute, today announced the appointment of two new senior executives, underscoring the company’s commitment to accelerate global science and engineering…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Upcoming Talk: How Will the AI Genie Behave?

Upcoming Talk:   How Will the AI Genie Behave?

Upcoming sponsored by UC, online talk.

You are all cordially invited to the following 29th Arnoff-Schloss lecture, which will be on Zoom on Friday, September 18th, 2020, from 3:30PM to 4:30PM. Please register at https://us02web…


From Computational Complexity

When are both x^2+3y and y^2+3y both squares, and a more general question

 In my last post (see here) I asked two math questions. In this post I discuss one of them. (I will discuss the other one later, probably Monday Sept 14.)


For which positive naturals x,y are x^2+3y and y^2+3x both squares?

I found…


From insideHPC

Intelligent Fabrics for the Next Wave of AI Innovation

Intelligent Fabrics for the Next Wave of AI Innovation

In this sponsored post, our friend John Spiers, Chief Strategy Officer at Liqid, discusses how resource utilization and the soaring costs surrounding it are a constant push and pull issue for IT Departments. Now with the emergence…


From Putting People First

[Book] The Innovation Delusion

[Book] The Innovation Delusion

The authors offer a compelling plan for how we can shift our focus away from the pursuit of growth at all costs, and back toward neglected activities like maintenance, care, and upkeep.


From Putting People First

[Book] Slow computing

[Book] Slow computing

Slow Computing: Why We Need Balanced Digital Livesby Rob Kitchin and Alistair FraserBristol University PressSeptember 2020 – 224 pages Digital technologies should be making life easier. And to a large degree they are, transforming…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IFTTT Pro Announced

IFTTT Pro Announced

Just received today, always liked IFTTT, used it some, the advances look interesting

Today we’re launching IFTTT Prohttps://ifttt.com/pro  a subscription designed to help you build advanced Applets that go way beyond IF THIS…


From insideHPC

Videos, Slides from MUG ’20 Now Available

Videos, Slides from MUG ’20 Now Available

The MVAPICH User Group Meeting (MUG ’20), built around an implementation of the MPI standard developed by Ohio State University, has posted videos and slides from presentations on a variety of topics at its recent annual conference…


From insideHPC

Quantum Makes LTO-9 Tape Drives Available for Scalar Tape Libraries

Quantum Makes LTO-9 Tape Drives Available for Scalar Tape Libraries

SAN JOSE — Sept. 9, 2020 — Quantum Corp. (NASDAQ: QMCO), a global leader in unstructured data and video solutions, today announced that LTO Ultrium format generation 9 technology will be available in its Scalar i6 and Scalar …


From insideHPC

Woman-led Team to Research Human-AI Collaboration in U.S. Army Intelligence Work

Woman-led Team to Research Human-AI Collaboration in U.S. Army Intelligence Work

The Army Research Office is funding a $617,000 grant for a multi-institutional, majority-female research team for technology-enhanced intelligence analysis led by Dr. Susannah B.F. Paletz, research professor at the University…


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

ACM-W Leadership Vision

ACM-W Leadership Vision

Wednesday, August 26 at 3:00 PM ET/12:00 PM PT, featuring Jodi Tims, Reyyan Ayfer, Amelia Cole, and Bushra Anjum [video]