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October 2019


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Hobgoblins in Our Equations

With consequences for physics Britannica source Paul Painlevé was a French mathematician who specialized in classical mechanics. He is known for a conjecture in 1895 about anomalies in Isaac Newton’s equations that was proved…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Being Paid for Your Data

Being Paid for Your Data

More and better data means better training.   Better results.   And better adaption to future knowledge.   Still not perfect results, and the risk involved in that imperfection must be considered.  Payment or the means to use…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More on McD's Knows What You Want

More on McD's Knows What You Want

More on the McDonald's drive through idea.   Less friction, more sales.  Note plan to roll to all drive-throughs. Looking forward to see it in action.

McDonald’s drive-thru AI knows what you want before you orde by Matthew Stern…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Disinformation is (Unfortunately) Here to Stay

Disinformation is (Unfortunately) Here to Stay

We live in a new world. A world where information can spread fast and without any regard to accuracy. Our challenge as individual citizens is to somehow identify the disinformation from the actual information. Kate Starbird and…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Parsing numbers in C++: streams, strtod, from_chars

Parsing numbers in C++: streams, strtod, from_chars

When programming, we often want to convert strings (e.g., “1.0e2”) into numbers (e.g., 100). In C++, we have many options. In a previous post, I reported that it is an expensive process when using the standard approach (streams)…


From Computational Complexity

Statistics to Scare

So how do you parse the following paragraph from Monday's NYT Evening Breifing.


A study in JAMA Pediatrics this year found that the average Halloween resulted in four additional pedestrian deaths compared with other nights. …


From insideHPC

Spectra Logic Protects Genome Data for Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Spectra Logic Protects Genome Data for Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Today Spectra Logic announced that the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation has chosen the Spectra NAS solution for management of its extensive library of research data. "The IT group set out to procure a solution that could …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Predictions in Science

Predictions in Science

Could you crowdsource validity within science?

Individual predictions might not tell us much, but group predictions are useful.   in Arstechnica

Last year, a huge group of researchers collaborated to try to replicate the results…


From insideHPC

Dell EMC to Deploy World’s Largest Industrial Supercomputer at Eni

Dell EMC to Deploy World’s Largest Industrial Supercomputer at Eni

Today Eni announced plans to deploy the world's largest industrial supercomputer at its Green Data Center in Italy. Called "HPC5," the new system from Dell EMC will triple the computing power of their existing HPC4 system. The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Numbers Being Transformations

Numbers Being Transformations

Claimed success or sometimes not.  Rarely seen the actual numbers discussed.    Metrics are important.

The numbers behind successful transformations   By Kevin Laczkowski, Tao Tan, and Matthias Winter

“What gets measured,” Peter…


From insideHPC

Quantum Computing: The Why and How

Quantum Computing: The Why and How

Jonathan Baker from the University of Chicago gave this talk at the Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing. "Jonathan is studying quantum architectures, specifically how to map quantum algorithms more efficiently…


From insideHPC

How PRACE Brings HPC to Industry

How PRACE Brings HPC to Industry

In this special guest feature, Robert Roe from Scientific Computing World speaks with Lee Margetts, chair of PRACE’s industrial advisory committee, about its work to increase the engagement of industrial HPC users. "When we started…


From The Eponymous Pickle

4 Keys to AI Success

4 Keys to AI Success

Good, completely non technical piece in the Cisco Blog. Needs much filling out but starts the conversation.

AI and the 4 Keys to its Success: Diving Deeper
By Anthony McKinney, Cisco Blog
October 31, 2019 - 0 Comments

Like the internet…


From insideHPC

A Liquid Cooling Petascale Supercomputing Site and GROMACS Workload Optimization Benchmark

A Liquid Cooling Petascale Supercomputing Site and GROMACS Workload Optimization Benchmark

hpe scalable storageAccelerated computing have been viewed as revolutionary breakthrough technologies for AI and HPC workloads. Significant accelerated computing power from GPUs paired with CPUs is the major contributor. Our friends over at Quanta…


From Schneier on Security

A Broken Random Number Generator in AMD Microcode

A Broken Random Number Generator in AMD Microcode

Interesting story. I always recommend using a random number generator like Fortuna, even if you're using a hardware random source. It's just safer....


From The Eponymous Pickle

QR Codes Have Considerable Value

QR Codes Have Considerable Value

Someone recently mentioned to me, in a discussion of brand package identification, that QR Codes had disappeared.   I knew that was not the case, but did not have a good set of examples.  And then came this.  Here a very extensive…


From insideHPC

GCS Student Team preps for SC19 Student Cluster Competition

GCS Student Team preps for SC19 Student Cluster Competition

The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) will once again sponsor some of Germany’s brightest collegiate minds at the SC19 Student Cluster Competition. Team “deFAUlt" is one of four European teams entering the student competition…


From insideHPC

Parker Hannifin to Showcase Liquid Cooling Solutions at SC19

Parker Hannifin to Showcase Liquid Cooling Solutions at SC19

Parker Hannifin will showcase their latest quick connect couplings for liquid cooling at SC19 in Denver. "Recognized as the largest manufacturer of quick couplings in the world, Parker couplings incorporate non-spill valving,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wind Energy Kites

Wind Energy Kites

Intriguing approach for wind energy production, in IEEE Spectrum.

Alphabet’s Makani Tests Wind Energy Kites in the North Sea
The flyers are just one of several airborne wind energy technologies that could shape the future of wind…


From insideHPC

TMGcore and Vertiv Collaborate on Self-Contained Data Center Platform

TMGcore and Vertiv Collaborate on Self-Contained Data Center Platform

Today TMGcore announced today a partnership with Vertiv to help develop its new self-contained data center platform that requires an average of 80 percent less power to cool than traditional infrastructure. Vertiv’s critical …


From The Eponymous Pickle

People-Centered Design Principles for AI

People-Centered Design Principles for AI

I attended the following, and I think the following links will work for you, but will test.

Watch your webinar on demand!

MIT Sloan Management Review

 ....  “People-Centered Design Principles for AI Implementation.” You can access…


From insideHPC

New Cray ClusterStor E1000 to Power Exascale Workloads

New Cray ClusterStor E1000 to Power Exascale Workloads

Today Cray unveiled its Cray ClusterStor E1000 system, an entirely new parallel storage platform for the Exascale Era. "As the external high performance storage system for the first three U.S. exascale systems, Cray ClusterStor…


From Schneier on Security

WhatsApp Sues NSO Group

WhatsApp Sues NSO Group

WhatsApp is suing the Israeli cyberweapons arms manufacturer NSO Group in California court: WhatsApp's lawsuit, filed in a California court on Tuesday, has demanded a permanent injunction blocking NSO from attempting to access…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Inventing the Future with AI for Science

Podcast: Inventing the Future with AI for Science

In this Sound of Science podcast, researchers from ORNL dispel some of those myths and discuss how AI is transforming cancer research, manufacturing and plant biology. "Artificial intelligence is no longer just a subject of science…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Michael Goodkin on Getting Answers Faster

Michael Goodkin on Getting Answers Faster

Recent reading inspires some thoughts.

Struck me that such methods what we are doing today.  Is faster always better?  And may be further advanced by technologies like 5G.   Depends on the risk involved and how it is managed.

The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Brain Scans Will Identify You

Brain Scans Will Identify You

Not unexpected, with that much data.   But can it be done externally?  Methods are evolving in many kinds of biometrics.

Someday a Computer May Use Brain Scans to Identify You
The New York Times   By Gina Kolata

Mayo Clinic investigators…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Notes and Introduction to Extreme Classification

Notes and Introduction to Extreme Classification

Notes on. 
Extreme Classification   By Manik Varma  (Abstract)
Communications of the ACM, November 2019, Vol. 62 No. 11, Pages 44-45
10.1145/3355628

What would you do if you had the super-power to accurately answer, in a few milliseconds…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Talk Tomorrow: On the need of an Ethical AI Due Diligence

Talk Tomorrow: On the need of an Ethical AI Due Diligence

CSIG:   Cognitive Systems Group Talk
Speaker: Roberto Zicari, Goethe University
Talk:       On the need of an ethical AI Due Diligence
Time:     October 31, 2019    11:30 ET



Zoom meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/7371462221
Zoom Callin…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Talk: Sports Summary Highlight Video Construction Using AI

Talk: Sports Summary Highlight Video Construction Using AI

You can now find the recording from Stephen Hammer's excellent Oct 24th talk on improving the fan experience:    "Sports Summary Highlight Videos using AI"

Slides:    http://cognitive-science.info/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/csig_Sports__AI_Hammer_v1…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Program Webinar on November 7th

NSF National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Program Webinar on November 7th

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) new solicitation, titled National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes: Accelerating Research, Transforming Society, and Growing the American Workforce, has a program webinar…

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