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February 2020


From The Eponymous Pickle

Replacing Data Scientists With AutoML?

Replacing Data Scientists With AutoML?

Excerpt from a current KDNuggets article, which links further to a poll that asks the questions of practitioners.  My answer is yes. AutoML will replace the current needs for data science analysis.  Within a decade.  Of course…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Extraterrestrial Protein Found

Extraterrestrial Protein Found

Proteins found in an existential source for the first time.   With differences from terrestial proteins.

For the first time, scientists found a complete protein molecule in a meteorite — and they’re pretty sure it didn’t comeFuturism…


From The Eponymous Pickle

'Autonomous' Translation at Hand?

'Autonomous' Translation at Hand?

A number of mobile devices how have  instantaneous translation, so we have the promise of using them in any multilingual environment.   I have a Google assistant that will translate phrases.    How is this done?  Are we there…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Supercomputing Applications Specialist at CSIRO

Job of the Week: Supercomputing Applications Specialist at CSIRO

CSIRO in Australia is seeking a Supercomputing Applications Specialist in our Job of the Week. "Working within the Services team, you will work collaboratively with researchers to assist them in exploiting the vast opportunities…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Technological Advances

Technological Advances

Technology Review put out their annual review of tech that will be important in the coming year. Not just the tech areas, but how they will be specifically used.  Most definitions are obvious, some are developed.   More detail…


From insideHPC

HPE to Build Supercomputer for MWA Telescope in Australia

HPE to Build Supercomputer for MWA Telescope in Australia

HPE has been selected by the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in Perth to deliver a new $2 million compute cluster that will support one of the Square Kilometre Array precursor projects in Australia, the Murchison Widefield Array…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (February 29th 2020)

Science and Technology links (February 29th 2020)

No one really understands how planes fly. This puts a dent in the model whereas inventions follows theory. Physician salaries and diagnostic tests account for 4% of GDP in the US. A supplement (NMN) available to human beingsContinue…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Goodbye Freeman Dyson

Goodbye Freeman Dyson

Physicist, mathematician and well known writer Freeman Dyson has passed away.   Followed his work for years.   A 
powerful, widely thinking, iconoclastic mind.

Freeman Dyson: 1923 - 2020

Most recently see his work in The Edge:

And…


From The Eponymous Pickle

China Digital Currency and Virus

China Digital Currency and Virus

Origin of this comments makes this interesting, a means of regulating otherwise hard to control financial results coming from less controllable events like epidemics?

Coronavirus outbreak could accelerate China's digital currency…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Eggs

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Eggs

Cool photo. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. Read my blog posting guidelines here....


From Schneier on Security

Humble Bundle's 2020 Cybersecurity Books

Humble Bundle's 2020 Cybersecurity Books

For years, Humble Bundle has been selling great books at a "pay what you can afford" model. This month, they're featuring as many as nineteen cybersecurity books for as little as $1, including four of mine. These are digital…


From BLOG@CACM

Getting a Program Right (2)

Getting a Program Right (2)

Trying to fix a binary search attempt.


From Schneier on Security

Deep Learning to Find Malicious Email Attachments

Deep Learning to Find Malicious Email Attachments

Google presented its system of using deep-learning techniques to identify malicious email attachments: At the RSA security conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, Google's security and anti-abuse research lead Elie Bursztein…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Hutter Prize

The Hutter Prize

Just informed of this work, via a podcast referenced below.  Still aiming to make some further sense of this in general.  Technical.

The Hutter Prize Site
Being able to compress well is closely related to intelligence as explained…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Reductions and Jokes

Plus a teaching idea that’s no joke? Cropped from Maths History source Emil Post was the first to use the formal notion of reduction between problems. We discussed Post’s wonderful work and its relevance to complexity earlier…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tackling Flu with Virus Simulations

Tackling Flu with Virus Simulations

We worked with the San Diego Supercomputer center.  Quite a global challenge is emerging here and the emerging approaches will be good to track for reapplications.   Whats the best process for future reapplications?

Researchers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI and Aerospace

AI and Aerospace

Model based systems engineering is along time approach in this space. we did much of i in the enterprise.  AI/machine learning can be used to focus subtasks with broader process or resource implications. 

Modeling and simulation…


From insideHPC

Arista Acquires Big Switch Networks

Arista Acquires Big Switch Networks

Arista Networks has completed its acquisition of Big Switch Networks, a network monitoring and Software Defined Networking pioneer. "Arista Networks provides a complete and visionary cloud networking suite, with rich capabilities…


From insideHPC

Azure HBv2 Virtual Machines eclipse 80,000 cores for MPI HPC

Azure HBv2 Virtual Machines eclipse 80,000 cores for MPI HPC

Today Microsoft announced general availability of Azure HBv2-series Virtual Machines designed to deliver leadership-class performance, message passing interface (MPI) scalability, and cost efficiency for a variety of real-world…


From insideHPC

Argonne Publishes AI for Science Report

Argonne Publishes AI for Science Report

Argonne National Lab has published a comprehensive AI for Science Report based on a series of Town Hall meetings held in 2019. Hosted by Argonne, Oak Ridge, and Berkeley National Laboratories, the four town hall meetings were…


From insideHPC

Video: Rigetti Computing Hardware Roadmap for Quantum Computing

Video: Rigetti Computing Hardware Roadmap for Quantum Computing

In this video from Rigetti Advantage 2020, Andrew Bestwick, Rigetti's Director of Quantum Device Architecture, shares how the company's quantum computing hardware has been scaling. "Scale and fidelity are two important ingredients…


From Putting People First

The future of digital democracy

The future of digital democracy

The Brussels-based digital participation platform CitizenLab asked 12 digital democracy experts to share their predictions on the future of digital democracy


From insideHPC

Supermicro speeds X11 Systems with New 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

Supermicro speeds X11 Systems with New 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

Today Supermicro announced fully optimized support on the industry's broadest portfolio of X11 server and storage systems for the latest 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors. This announcement parallels Intel's launch…


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Launches Brand that kills some Coronaviruses

P&G Launches Brand that kills some Coronaviruses

A surface cleaner, and its unclear if it is useful for the particular kind of virus involved.   The article talks about that later.  Overall NOT a claim for efficacy.  It is good to see companies looking at the possibilities.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Next Level of Police Enabling Technology

Next Level of Police Enabling Technology

Obvious next step.   I see this is being done with our local police nearby, will look into this and see if I can get a demonstration.

Axon Rolls Out the Next Level of Police Technology: Live-Streaming Body Cameras   The Washington…


From insideHPC

TMGcore selects Solvay’s Galden PFPE fluid for OTTO data center platform

TMGcore selects Solvay’s Galden PFPE fluid for OTTO data center platform

Today TMGcore announced it has partnered with Solvay to explore liquid immersion solutions for use in cooling data center platforms and servers. In addition, TMGcore’s latest data center platform that features two-phase liquid…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Using Google Earth on More Browsers

Using Google Earth on More Browsers

In its earlier days we built some training systems that used Google Earth as a hack for backgrounds to show how we manufactured, shipped and sold goods worldwide.  But they would only run on some  browsers.  Google has expanded…


From insideHPC

How the Titan Supercomputer was Recycled

How the Titan Supercomputer was Recycled

In this special guest feature, Coury Turczyn from ORNL tells the untold story of what happens to high end supercomputers like Titan after they have been decommissioned. "Thankfully, it did not include a trip to the landfill. …


From insideHPC

Q-CTRL Releases Control Tools for Improving Quantum Hardware Performance

Q-CTRL Releases Control Tools for Improving Quantum Hardware Performance

Today quantum startup Q-CTRL announced the Beta release of its professional-grade BOULDER OPAL software tools for the quantum computing market. "BOULDER OPAL is an advanced Python-based toolkit for developers and R&D teams using…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots as our Bosses

Robots as our Bosses

Does not necessarily mean there will soon be android devices wandering the aisles of your workplace.  And most workplaces are measured by goals attained.  Measured and analyzed digitally.  But the complete systemization of that…

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