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January 2020


From insideHPC

Groq Hardware Now Available on Nimbix Cloud for AI Workloads

Groq Hardware Now Available on Nimbix Cloud for AI Workloads

Today Groq announced that the company's tensor processing hardware is now available on the Nimbix Cloud for select partners. The Groq processor is designed specifically for the performance requirements of computer vision, machine…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Sciencetown Investigates Extreme Computing at SC19

Podcast: Sciencetown Investigates Extreme Computing at SC19

In this Sciencetown podcast, we follow experts from around the world to the epicenter of supercomputing - the annual, North American supercomputing conference or SC19. We ask them to weigh in on how the future of computers, artificial…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Allocating large blocks of memory: bare-metal C++ speeds

Allocating large blocks of memory: bare-metal C++ speeds

In a previous post, I benchmarked the allocation of large blocks of memory using idiomatic C++. I got a depressing result: the speed could be lower than 2 GB/s. For comparison, the disk in my laptop has greater bandwidth. Methodologically…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Be Hopeful about the Future

Be Hopeful about the Future

Good thoughts here, with the usual cautions coming from this source.

Pessimism dematerialized: Four reasons to be hopeful about the future

In More from Less, MIT Sloan School of Management’s Andrew McAfee argues that the “four

by…


From insideHPC

Meet the Future at the Supercomputing Frontiers Europe 2020 Conference

Meet the Future at the Supercomputing Frontiers Europe 2020 Conference

Supercomputing Frontiers Europe 2020 is a platform for the thought leaders from both academia and industry to interact and discuss the visionary ideas, the most important global trends and substantial innovations in supercomputing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI for Pizza?

AI for Pizza?

Not unexpected.... classic examples of looking for patterns, then creating efficiency based predictions.  Use that to provide the right profitable incentives.  Has always been a good place to star,  even before AI.

AI… for Pizza…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing the Mysteries of Boron Carbide

Supercomputing the Mysteries of Boron Carbide

Researchers at the University of Florida are using XSEDE supercomputers to unlock the mysteries of boron carbide, one of the hardest materials on earth. The material is also very lightweight, which explains why it has been used…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Theory of Computing

A Theory of Computing

Looks to be of interest, both technical and philosophical.  Undergrad view at least, but could inspire people to think about where all this emerging tech and hype is going once again.  The word 'Theory' scares many people,  but…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Virtual Agents

Virtual Agents

A broader take than chatbots, more addressed to solving specific customer service issues.    We used the term in loose combination with agent-models to deliver goal-specific assistants.     Was always important to have very specific…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Seeing in Higher Dimensions

Seeing in Higher Dimensions

'Seeing' is constructing useful models about spaces from sensors to understand and navigate them.   Predict current and future states. A good studey of the idea.

An Idea From Physics Helps AI See in Higher Dimensions
The laws of…


From insideHPC

200G HDR InfiniBand to Accelerate Weather Forecasting at ECMWF

200G HDR InfiniBand to Accelerate Weather Forecasting at ECMWF

Today Mellanox announced that 200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand has been selected by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) to accelerate their new world-leading supercomputer, based on Atos’ latest BullSequana…


From The Eponymous Pickle

US Treasury Tracking Federal Grants

US Treasury Tracking Federal Grants

Novel look to track and verify activity on grants.  Testing an innovation.

US Treasury Department testing blockchain tech for tracking federal grants in TheBlockCrypto

The U.S. Department of the Treasury, which manages government…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Program Associate Position Open

CCC Program Associate Position Open

The Computing Research Association (CRA) seeks a highly motivated individual to serve as a Program Associate for the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) subcommittee. The program associate works closely with the CCC Director…


From insideHPC

Exxact Teams with Panasas for Turnkey HPC Storage Clusters

Exxact Teams with Panasas for Turnkey HPC Storage Clusters

Today Exxact Corporation announced the company is joining the Panasas Accelerate Channel Partner Program. Exxact will become a key distributor and integrator for the Panasas ActiveStor Ultra product line, providing installation…


From insideHPC

ScaleMP and AMD Benchmark Best-in-Class Large-System Performance on SPEC CPU 2017

ScaleMP and AMD Benchmark Best-in-Class Large-System Performance on SPEC CPU 2017

Today ScaleMP announced that it has accomplished best-ever recorded results for the SPEC CPU 2017 benchmark for any system size of four processors and higher. ScaleMP’s results for 32-, 24- and 16-processor systems are now holding…


From insideHPC

2020 Predictions from Radio Free HPC

2020 Predictions from Radio Free HPC

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team lays out their tech predictions for 2020. "Henry predicts that we’ll see a RISC-V based supercomputer on the TOP500 list by the end of 2020 – gutsy call on that. This is a double down …


From Schneier on Security

Securing Tiffany's Move

Securing Tiffany's Move

Story of how Tiffany & Company moved all of its inventory from one store to another. Short summary: careful auditing and a lot of police....


From insideHPC

Video: FPGAs and Machine Learning

Video: FPGAs and Machine Learning

James Moawad and Greg Nash from Intel gave this talk at ATPESC 2019. "FPGAs are a natural choice for implementing neural networks as they can handle different algorithms in computing, logic, and memory resources in the same device…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Codemakers vs Codebreakers

Codemakers vs Codebreakers

Abstract below.   Amazing how much ew are now tied to cryptography, and the question is not resolved.   With the emergence of quantum it may become more complex yet. Abstract:

Technical Perspective: Was Edgar Allan Poe Wrong After…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Advances for 500 million Google Assistants

Advances for 500 million Google Assistants

Seems like good ideas.   Felt that Google was falling behind, even though it AI capabilities seem deep.   I want to be impressed by integrated AI.  To be shown things that are really useful when finding, using and manipulating…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Qualcomm Self Driving Chips

Qualcomm Self Driving Chips

More indications that the winter is not that chill, AI being embedded in chips for general use/.  This did not happen during the last winter. 

Qualcomm Announces Chips .... 

Qualcomm, which also makes modems and other technologies…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the Cusp of an AI Winter?

On the Cusp of an AI Winter?

We have done lots of new things like better language skills and pattern recognition.  But we have fallen back on delivering real process intelligence.    Circa 1990, the last 'winter' created a stall that lasted some 20 years…


From insideHPC

WekaIO Accelerates 5 Million Genomes Project at Genomics England

WekaIO Accelerates 5 Million Genomes Project at Genomics England

Today WekaIO announced that Genomics England (GEL) has selected the Weka File System (WekaFS) to accelerate genomics research for the 5 Million Genomes Project. "We needed a modern storage solution that could scale to 100s petabytes…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bosch Deploys AI to Prevent Attacks on Car Electronics

Bosch Deploys AI to Prevent Attacks on Car Electronics

Shielding car electronics attacks. Note the application to data coming from car systems.

Bosch Deploys AI to Prevent Attacks on Car Electronics
By The Wall Street Journal
January 13, 2020

German engineering company Robert Bosch GmbH…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Halting Is Poly-Time Quantum Provable

How does this intersect David Deutsch’s thoughts in 1985? Composite crop from homepages Zhengfeng Ji, Anand Natarajan, Thomas Vidick, John Wright, and Henry Yuen (JNVWY) have just posted a paper titled . The title means that…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF’s Big Ideas

NSF’s Big Ideas

The following is a letter to the community from Erwin Gianchandani (Acting Assistant Director) and JD Kundu (Acting Deputy Assistant Director) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate of Computer & Information Science…


From insideHPC

Apply Now for ISC Travel Grant and Student Volunteer Programs

Apply Now for ISC Travel Grant and Student Volunteer Programs

Early career researchers and university students are encouraged to take advantage of the ISC Travel Grant and the ISC Student Volunteer programs. The programs are intended to enable these participants to attend the ISC 2020 conference…


From insideHPC

Reducing the risk of blood clots by supercomputing turbulent flow

Reducing the risk of blood clots by supercomputing turbulent flow

People with mechanical heart valves need blood thinners on a daily basis, because they have a higher risk of blood clots and stroke. With the help of the Piz Daint supercomputer, researchers at the University of Bern have identified…


From insideHPC

Jack Dongarra to Receive 2020 IEEE Computer Pioneer Award

Jack Dongarra to Receive 2020 IEEE Computer Pioneer Award

Dr. Jack Dongarra from the University of Tennessee has been named to receive the IEEE Computer Society’s 2020 Computer Pioneer Award. "The award is given for significant contributions to early concepts and developments in the…


From insideHPC

Deep Learning State of the Art in 2020

Deep Learning State of the Art in 2020

Lex Fridman gave this talk as part of the MIT Deep Learning series. "This lecture is on the most recent research and developments in deep learning, and hopes for 2020. This is not intended to be a list of SOTA benchmark results…

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