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May 2022


From The Eponymous Pickle

A view of Industry 4.0

A view of Industry 4.0

 Manufacturing pulls together all the tech, data and process, a good read.

McKinsey Talks Industry 4.0 and More

Digital transformations are notoriously difficult to scale up across manufacturing networks, but when implemented successfully…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Stone Could hold the key to Quantum Computing?

A Stone Could hold the key to Quantum Computing?

Completely New to me. 

An Ancient Namibian Stone Could Hold The Key to Unlocking Quantum Computers?

DAVID NIELD 19 APRIL 2022  in ScienceAlert

One of the ways we can fully realize the potential of quantum computers is by basingScientists…


From Putting People First

Behavioral science driven public policy “led astray”

Behavioral science driven public policy “led astray”

Many behavioral scientists propose and test interventions that attack policy problems by seeking to change individual behavior (adopting an “i-frame”) rather than the system in which they operate (an “s-frame”). Such i-frame…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Security Now on Future Open Source

Security Now on Future Open Source

This week a  very good podcast session in TWIT:Security Now:  https://twit.tv/shows/security-now/episodes/869?autostart=false  Regarding the future of security, especially on Open source. 

For full text https://www.grc.com/sn/SN…


From insideHPC

@HPCpodcast: Jack Dongarra Talks Turing Award, the TOP500 and the Past and Future of Supercomputing

@HPCpodcast: Jack Dongarra Talks Turing Award, the TOP500 and the Past and Future of Supercomputing

At @HPCpodcast we’ve been fortunate to host some highly distinguished computer scientists and HPC thinkers, people who have shaped supercomputing as the technology has advanced human knowledge and taken on the world’s most vexing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chip Scans Possible

Chip Scans Possible

Chips scans possible to reveal designs

X-Ray Tech Reveals Chip Design    in IEEE

No trade secret or hardware trojan can hide from ptychographic X-ray laminography

By  ANTHONY F.J. LEVI GABRIEL AEPPLI30 APR 2022  

HEN YOU’RE BAKING…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Optimized Face Recognition

Optimized Face Recognition

 Advances in recognition.

An Optimized Solution for Face Recognition

MIT News.Jennifer Michalowski, April 6, 2022

Neuroscientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) found that a deep neural network taught to identify…


From insideHPC

Hyperion Research Announces Special June HPC User Forum: Exascale at Oak Ridge

Hyperion Research Announces Special June HPC User Forum: Exascale at Oak Ridge

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 5, 2022 — HPC industry analyst firm Hyperion Research today announced a special HPC User Forum to be held June 21-22, 2022 hosted onsite by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kraft Heinz Tech Investment

Kraft Heinz Tech Investment

Useful examples here. 

Kraft Heinz’s Latest Tech Investments Tackle Control Tower and Digital Twins

Lisa Johnston Senior Editor

The Kraft Heinz Company is investing heavily in its supply chain resiliency as part of the next step…


From insideHPC

Nominations Open for SC 2025 General Chair and Steering Committee Openings

Nominations Open for SC 2025 General Chair and Steering Committee Openings

May 4, 2022 — The SC Steering Committee is seeking future leaders for the SC Conference Series. Nominations for the SC25 general chair are now open and will close on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. To enter a nomination, send an email…


From insideHPC

Post-Exascale Fabric: NNSA Awards Cornelis Networks $18M for High Performance Network R&D

Post-Exascale Fabric: NNSA Awards Cornelis Networks $18M for High Performance Network R&D

Those who gave up for dead Intel's Omni-Path fabric, which Intel began working on 2012 and stopped supporting seven years later, may want to re-think that. Cornelis Networks, the company breathing life into Omni-Path since 2020…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Platforms vs Users

Platforms vs Users

 Obviously, but worth a thought:

Platforms Need to Work with Their Users – Not Against Them

by Ethan Bueno de Mesquita and Andrew Hall, May 04, 2022  in HBR.org

As online platforms have become dominant, many have leveraged their…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Etna Volcanology with Fiber Optic Cables

Etna Volcanology with Fiber Optic Cables

Fraunhofer work on Etna Sensors

 Scientists Spy on Mount Etna with Fiber-Optic Cables

Wired, Matt Simon, April 8, 2022

Scientists at the German Research Center for Geosciences at the Technical University of Berlin, working with…


From Computational Complexity

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs


I don't mention it that often in this blog, but I fell in love with opera in the 90's and watch as much as I can, often fitting opera into my travels or vice-versa. Rarely do the tech world and operas collide but they did so(R)evolution…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robotic Library Inventory

Robotic Library Inventory

Inventory taking and misplaced items.

Robot Takes Stock of Books at Akita Public Library

The Asahi Shimbun (Japan)

Tsutomu Yamatani, April 12, 2022

The loan and return procedures at the Omonogawa Library in Yokote, Akita Prefecture…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Sedgewick to Emeritus Status

Retire from your job, but never retire your mind. Bob Sedgewick is becoming an emeritus professor: When Faculty transfer to emeritus status and retain a professional connection with Princeton, they are expected to conduct their…


From Putting People First

Privacy is a collective concern

Privacy is a collective concern

It’s easy to assume that because some data is “personal”, protecting it is a private matter. But privacy is both a personal and a collective affair, because data is rarely used on an individual basis, writes Carissa Véliz in…


From Putting People First

Radical user-centricity, a key RegTech success factor

Radical user-centricity, a key RegTech success factor

One of the key success factors of Regulatory Technology ("RegTech") is a commitment to radical user-centricity, according to a new white paper by the World Economic Forum.


From insideHPC

Tachyum Prodigy FPGA Running Applications in Linux Interactive Mode

Tachyum Prodigy FPGA Running Applications in Linux Interactive Mode

LAS VEGAS — May 3, 2022 –Tachyum Inc. today announced  it is running applications in Linux interactive mode on Prodigy FPGA hardware with SMP (Symmetric Multi-Processing) Linux and the floating-point unit enabled on the FPGA …


From insideHPC

Composable Memory within CXL 2.0 Protocol Shown by Liqid, Samsung, Tanzanite

Composable Memory within CXL 2.0 Protocol Shown by Liqid, Samsung, Tanzanite

The Compute Express Link (CXL) Consortium is chasing the utopian tech dream, now being realized in an increasing number of high performance servers, of a high-speed, open-interface interconnect that enables the heterogenous Babel…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Metals Use and Availability: Nickel

Metals Use and Availability: Nickel

 Brought to my attention in another study.  Am a follower of materials use and supply chain of need and  availability.   Here as it related to electric vehicles (EVs).

The perfect storm increasing the cost of a crucial metal  …


From insideHPC

DOE’s Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program Selects 80 U.S. Graduate Students

DOE’s Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program Selects 80 U.S. Graduate Students

May 3, 2022 — The Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science has selected 80 graduate students representing 27 states for the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program’s 2021 Solicitation 2 cycle. Through…


From insideHPC

Sustainable Data Center Technology Company Asperitas in CEO Transition

Sustainable Data Center Technology Company Asperitas in CEO Transition

Amsterdam – May 3, 2022 – Immersion cooling specialist Asperitas announced Ronald Monster is stepping into the position of CEO following a milestone with a new investor and prepares the award-winning company for a prosperous …


From insideHPC

NSF-funded Computer Program Receives $150,000 in Improvement Funding

NSF-funded Computer Program Receives $150,000 in Improvement Funding

Work of a computer program to improve predictions of the physical behavior of industrially important materials, designed with leadership from Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, has been awarded $150,000 through the National Science…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Thoughts of Mining Asteroids

Thoughts of Mining Asteroids

Was also involved in an analysis of making this possible.  Still difficult thing to do if we cannot easily determine the value of resources there.      Not too much different from mining the earth or ocean, though the risks and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Neural Nets Speed Simulations

Neural Nets Speed Simulations

 Very interesting piece, Often the speed of complex simulations can be key. Below an introductory text, makes a good case.  More at the link.

Neural Networks Learn to Speed Up Simulations  By Chris Edwards

Communications of the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

VR Relieving Pain

VR Relieving Pain

Recall this being studied some time ago.  Seeking study.

Can VR Help Ease Chronic Pain?

Virtual reality has emerged as a tool to treat chronic pain and is gaining popularity.

The New York Times Magazine, From ACM TechNews | MayVirtual…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Clearview and Facial Recognition.

Clearview and Facial Recognition.

 Remain intrigued by facial recognition. consider the similarity of its emergence to fingerprint techniques.  A comparison is useful. Can having enough data ultimately remove error? 

Why Facial Recognition Technology Has an Uncertain…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Investing in Robotics and Logistics

Amazon Investing in Robotics and Logistics

 Makes considerable Sense.

Amazon Plans to Invest $1 Billion in Logistics and Robotics Companies

April 21, 2022 Bloomberg

Amazon.com Inc. says it plans to invest $1 billion in companies developing technologies in logistics, supply…


From insideHPC

Proposals Open to Research Community for ALCF AI Testbed’s Cerebras and SambaNova Systems

Proposals Open to Research Community for ALCF AI Testbed’s Cerebras and SambaNova Systems

Proposals are now being accepted by the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility for access to its AI Testbed, a collection of advanced artificial intelligence accelerators available for science. Researchers interested in using …