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March 2021


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apple Doing Mixed Reality

Apple Doing Mixed Reality

 A bit of a surprise, not much in the space as yet, but certainly, a place where their AI will be quite useful. Business oriented or consumer? 

Apple mixed-reality headset will reportedly launch in ‘the next several months’  By…


From insideHPC

Super-connected HPC: Superfacility Links National Lab Research Sites

Super-connected HPC: Superfacility Links National Lab Research Sites

By Mike May, on behalf of DEIXIS: Computational Science at the National Laboratories High performance computing (HPC) is only as valuable as the science it produces. To that end, a National Energy Research Scientific Computing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Privacy with FLoC

Google Privacy with FLoC

Here is how Google is thinking the demise of cookie tracking and how it will handle tracking and maintain privacy. 

Privacy, sustainability and the importance of “and”   from the Google Blog.

Marshall Vale  Product Manager, Privacy…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Map Your Customer Journey

Map Your Customer Journey

Always found the idea useful, even if not formally done.  And especially if you are including technological links.     Or perhaps a form of 'Digital-Customer-Twin' idea that might adapt to multiple products, needs, wants?   5…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Releases Additional Quadrennial Papers on Smart Technologies for Older Adults and the Integration of Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing with AI and IoT

CCC Releases Additional Quadrennial Papers on Smart Technologies for Older Adults and the Integration of Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing with AI and IoT

In October 2020, the Computing Research Association (CRA) and the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) released more than a dozen white papers exploring areas and issues around computing research with the potential to address…


From insideHPC

Compiler Pioneers Aho, Ullman Win ACM’s Turing Award

Compiler Pioneers Aho, Ullman Win ACM’s Turing Award

Sometimes referred to as the “Nobel Prize of computing,” the A.M. Turing Award this year will go to Alfred Vaino Aho and Jeffrey David Ullman, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) announced today. Aho is the Lawrence…


From insideHPC

SIAM Announces Class of 2021 Fellows

SIAM Announces Class of 2021 Fellows

Philadelphia — March 31, 2021 — Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) has announced the 2021 Class of SIAM Fellows. These distinguished members were nominated for their exemplary research as well as outstanding…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Learning from Big Mistakes

Learning from Big Mistakes

How about linking it to after action reviews?   Move closer to the process and the results.

How to Learn from the Big Mistake You Almost Make  by Kristen Senz

A brush with disaster can lead to important innovations, but only if…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Is Reinforcement Learning the Next Big Thing?

Is Reinforcement Learning the Next Big Thing?

Moving forward but not there yet.  What specifically will it take? 

Reinforcement learning: The next great AI tech moving from the lab to the real world

M M Hassan Mahmud, Digital Catapult in VentureBeat    March 28, 2021 10:20…


From The Eponymous Pickle

FLoC vs SWAN Tests Cookies for Browse Tracking

FLoC vs SWAN Tests Cookies for Browse Tracking

 Which have the higher potential for misuse? 

Online advertisers take on Google with their own third-party cookie alternative

Google has "FLoC"; these advertisers propose "SWAN."

D. Hardawar    @devindra  March 31st, 2021  in Engadget…


From insideHPC

Cloud HPC Platform Nimbix Offers Hybrid Software and Services on Kubernetes Infrastructures

Cloud HPC Platform Nimbix Offers Hybrid Software and Services on Kubernetes Infrastructures

High performance computing cloud platform Nimbix today announced availability of Nimbix Cloud Everywhere, a single pane of glass to HPC and supercomputing applications converged with Kubernetes across HPC infrastructures. The…


From insideHPC

Granulate Collaborates with Intel to Improve Java-Based Performance with Granulate Intel Agent for Real-Time Continuous Optimization

Granulate Collaborates with Intel to Improve Java-Based Performance with Granulate Intel Agent for Real-Time Continuous Optimization

Tel Aviv, March 31, 2021 – Granulate, an autonomous real-time computing workload optimization company, today announced a collaboration with Intel to show new Java-based performance results, with significant improvement of 2nd…


From insideHPC

Megaport Launches Megaport Virtual Edge, On-demand NFV Service for Branch-to-Cloud Connectivity with Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Interconnect

Megaport Launches Megaport Virtual Edge, On-demand NFV Service for Branch-to-Cloud Connectivity with Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Interconnect

Brisbane, Australia – 31 March 2021 – Megaport Limited (ASX: MP1) (“Megaport”), a Network as a Service (NaaS) provider, today announced Megaport Virtual Edge (MVE), an on-demand vendor-neutral Network Function Virtualization …


From insideHPC

Arm Unveils First New Architecture in a Decade – Armv9

Arm Unveils First New Architecture in a Decade – Armv9

Arm’s ambition to take on the x86 CPUs in HPC, AI and specialized computing workloads took expression today with the introduction of Armv9, the first new Arm architecture in a decade. The launch comes on the heals of AMD’s March…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

All The News That Fits We Print

The New York Times is a great newspaper: it is also No Fun—Molly Ivins The Gray Lady, as the New York Times is usually called, believes in her real slogan: All the news that’s fit to print. This slogan started about 115 years…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Changed but Sticky Grocery Habits

Changed but Sticky Grocery Habits

 Grocer habits changed for good?  

COVID Buyer Habit Index Quantifies Stickiness of New Consumer Behaviors

Data and tech company finds fresh seafood, wine and baking ingredients among most habit-forming

Marian Zboraj in ProressiveGrocer…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CIFellows Spotlight: Escalation and De-escalation in Expressions of Dissent – A Social Informatics Approach

CIFellows Spotlight: Escalation and De-escalation in Expressions of Dissent – A Social Informatics Approach

Richard Canevez began his CIFellowship in January 2021 after receiving his PhD from Pennsylvania State University this past October. Canevez is currently at the University of Hawaii at Manoa under the mentorship of Professor…


From insideHPC

PLDA Joins ETP4HPC to Share High Speed Interconnect IP with European HPC Ecosystem

PLDA Joins ETP4HPC to Share High Speed Interconnect IP with European HPC Ecosystem

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France — PLDA, the leading developer of high-speed interconnect silicon IP, is joining ETP4HPC, an association that gathers leading European players in high performance computing technologies. ETP4HPC – the European…


From insideHPC

Panasas Joins Financial Services Industry’s STAC Benchmark Council

Panasas Joins Financial Services Industry’s STAC Benchmark Council

SUNNYVALE, CA –Panasas, a high performance computing (HPC) data storage solutions company, announced today that the company has joined the STAC Benchmark Council. The council is comprised of more than 400 financial institutions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mixed Integer Programming

Mixed Integer Programming

In our enterprise, Mixed integer Programming (MIP) was one of the most widely used and powerful techniques, long before AI.   But there are lots of tricks to make it really applicable.   Its still very useful.   Here a useful…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI and IOT Use Cases

AI and IOT Use Cases

 Via link from O'Reilly.   Obvious perhaps but work thinking through the reasons why again.  As noted security is a particular concern for IOT.

AI and IoT – 5 use cases where it’s gathering pace  in TechHQ

While IoT sensors detect…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Facebook Wants Watch like Controllers for AR Glasses

Facebook Wants Watch like Controllers for AR Glasses

 Is Facebook aiming to take us long and deep with augmented reality controlled from our watches?    I still think there is something missing to make the idea universal.

Facebook reveals new watch-like controllers for its future…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quantum Developer Certification

Quantum Developer Certification

More seriousness in this space.

IBM launches its first quantum developer certification in TechCrunch

While quantum computing may still be in its infancy, most pundits in the industry will tell you that now is the time to learn


From Schneier on Security

System Update: New Android Malware

System Update: New Android Malware

Researchers have discovered a new Android app called “System Update” that is a sophisticated Remote-Access Trojan (RAT). From a news article:

The broad range of data that this sneaky little bastard is capable of stealing is pretty…


From insideHPC

Penguin Computing Announces DeepData Storage with Red Hat Ceph Storage and Seagate

Penguin Computing Announces DeepData Storage with Red Hat Ceph Storage and Seagate

Fremont, CA – March 30, 2021 – Penguin Computing, Inc., a high-performance computing (HPC), artificial intelligence (AI) and enterprise data center solutions company, today announced it has collaborated with Red Hat and Seagate…


From insideHPC

3 National Labs Join ATOM Consortium for Drug Discovery

3 National Labs Join ATOM Consortium for Drug Discovery

MARCH 29, 2021 — The Accelerating Therapeutics for Opportunities in Medicine (ATOM) consortium today announced the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne, Brookhaven and Oak Ridge national laboratories are joining the consortium…


From insideHPC

Korean Search Engine Provider Naver Selects DDN Storage for AI Services

Korean Search Engine Provider Naver Selects DDN Storage for AI Services

CHATSWORTH, Calif., March 29, 2021 — DDN, the artificial intelligence (AI) and multicloud data management company, today announced that Korea’s NAVER corporation has selected DDN A3I AI400X systems as its choice of storage solution…


From insideHPC

Peptone Scales Protein Engineering System with Nvidia and Verne Global

Peptone Scales Protein Engineering System with Nvidia and Verne Global

March 30, 2021 – Molecular computational physics company Peptone, focused on protein drug discovery and engineering tools, has installed an Nvidia DGX A100 system at Verne Global’s HPC-optimized data center campus in Keflavik…


From insideHPC

Innovium Launches Open Source Hyperscale-like Networking

Innovium Launches Open Source Hyperscale-like Networking

Innovium, Inc., a provider of networking switch solutions for cloud and edge data centers, today announced Innovium TERACertified switch solutions that the company said delivers up to 2X or more TCO network advantage over alternatives…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Online Art

Online Art

For those of you interested in online art collections, I am a follower, here is a newly established free, online displayed collection from the Louvre:   Below link takes you through to more detail and to the collection. 

ABOUT…

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