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April 2020


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supply Chain Best Practices after Crises.

Supply Chain Best Practices after Crises.

Good overview in APQC regarding management after and during crisis.

Keys to Maintaining Best Practices in Supply Chain After a Crisis

As one-third of 2020 is behind us, what’s next for supply chains? What are the keys to maintaining…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chrome Extension for Browsing Etherium

Chrome Extension for Browsing Etherium


Unusual application for browser userstanding ot ethereum blockchain.

Unstoppable Domains Chrome Extension Lets Users Browse Ethereum-Based Sites

Unstoppable Domains, a censorship-resistant web developer, has released a Google Chrome…


From The Eponymous Pickle

What Virus crisis Means for Business

What Virus crisis Means for Business

Another short thoughtful piece on this topic, with some short 'answers' and links.    Worthwhile to spur possible work  ...

What the COVID-19 Crisis Means for Businesses
How can organizations and individuals adapt? What Kellogg…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI in Banking

AI in Banking

Useful survey of AI uses in Banking..Notable use of BPM.

Barclays Innovating in use of AI in Banking

Barclays Bank is emerging as an innovator in the use of AI in financial services. The UK bank, ranked 20th on the S&P Global’s…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Getting Computing from Datacenter Walls into Live Cell Walls

Getting Computing from Datacenter Walls into Live Cell Walls

The following is a guest post from Karin Strauss from Microsoft Research and Luis Ceze from the University of Washington. The ability to automate computation has fueled the IT industry for a long time. Since the Babbage machine…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

For case-insensitive string comparisons, avoid char-by-char functions

For case-insensitive string comparisons, avoid char-by-char functions

Sometimes wew need to compare strings in a case-insensitive manner. For example, you might want ‘abc’ and ‘ABC’ to be considered. It is a well-defined problem for ASCII strings. In C/C++, there are basically two common approaches…


From Schneier on Security

Securing Internet Videoconferencing Apps: Zoom and Others

Securing Internet Videoconferencing Apps: Zoom and Others

The NSA just published a survey of video conferencing apps. So did Mozilla. Zoom is on the good list, with some caveats. The company has done a lot of work addressing previous security concerns. It still has a bit to go on end…


From insideHPC

2nd Gen AMD EPYC Processors Power Oracle Cloud E3 Platform

2nd Gen AMD EPYC Processors Power Oracle Cloud E3 Platform

Today, AMD announced that 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors are powering the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute E3 platform, bringing a new level of high-performance computing to Oracle Cloud. "The Oracle Cloud E3 Platform enables…


From insideHPC

Nor-Tech Collaborates with Intel on HPC for Healthcare

Nor-Tech Collaborates with Intel on HPC for Healthcare

Nor-Tech is collaborating with Intel to offer HPC technology for healthcare organizations. This technology delivers powerful performance and fast results. Nor-Tech’s HPC clusters and workstations integrated with Intel Xeon Scalable…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Council Member Jennifer Rexford Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

CCC Council Member Jennifer Rexford Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences announced yesterday the election of 120 members and 26 international members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. They will be inducted at the…


From insideHPC

Video: Preparing to program Aurora at Exascale – Early experiences and future directions

Video: Preparing to program Aurora at Exascale – Early experiences and future directions

Hal Finkel from Argonne gave this talk at IWOCL / SYCLcon 2020. "Argonne National Laboratory’s Leadership Computing Facility will be home to Aurora, our first exascale supercomputer. This presentation will summarize the experiences…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Smart Assistant: Josh.ai

New Smart Assistant: Josh.ai

A new offering in the space, has been a while since seeing that.     Is it a time when people will want to invest in bew infrastructure?

Smart Home Voice Assistant Startup Josh.AI Closes $11M Funding Round   By Eric Hal Schwartz…


From insideHPC

French supercomputers help European scientists fight COVID19

French supercomputers help European scientists fight COVID19

Two of the most powerful supercomputers in France, Joliot-Curie at CEA and Occigen at CINES are providing urgent computing access to large computer resources to European research teams involved in the fight against COVID-19. …


From insideHPC

Rambus Launches 800G MACsec Multi-Channel Engine

Rambus Launches 800G MACsec Multi-Channel Engine

Today Rambus  announced its 800G MACsec (Media Access Control security) solution for next-generation networking infrastructure. The 800G MACsec solution delivers hardware-based, point-to-point security for 800 Gigabit Ethernet…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Piloting Robots with Muscle Signals

Piloting Robots with Muscle Signals

More in free handed control and piloting, here with muscle signals.

Lead author Joseph DelPreto controls a  Muscle Signals Can Pilot a Robot
MIT News
By Rachel Gordon

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Computer…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Fairness and Machine Learning

Fairness and Machine Learning

Contributions to this post were provided by Alexandra Chouldechova (Carnegie Mellon University), Sampath Kannan (University of Pennsylvania), and Aaron Roth (University of Pennsylvania).  The Computing Community Consortium held…


From Schneier on Security

How Did Facebook Beat a Federal Wiretap Demand?

How Did Facebook Beat a Federal Wiretap Demand?

This is interesting: Facebook Inc. in 2018 beat back federal prosecutors seeking to wiretap its encrypted Messenger app. Now the American Civil Liberties Union is seeking to find out how. The entire proceeding was confidential…


From The Eponymous Pickle

US Patent Office Says AI Cannot be an Inventor

US Patent Office Says AI Cannot be an Inventor

Relates to some work underway.

US patent office rules that artificial intelligence cannot be a legal inventor
Only ‘natural persons’ need apply     By Jon Porter@JonPorty in TheVerge

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Spack Helps Automate Deployment of Supercomputer Software

Podcast: Spack Helps Automate Deployment of Supercomputer Software

In this Let's Talk Exascale podcast, Todd Gamblin from LLNL describes how the Spack flexible package manager helps automate the deployment of software on supercomputer systems. "After many hours building software on Lawrence …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Facebook Blender Chatbot Does Open Source

Facebook Blender Chatbot Does Open Source

Anything that can make a chatbot more conversational, and have the ability to use and update context
continually is good. 

Facebook releases its 'Blender' chatbot as an open-source project
It could help tomorrow's AI converse more…


From insideHPC

Supermicro Powers Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Virtualization

Supermicro Powers Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Virtualization

Today Supermicro introduced multiple systems tailored to work with a leading open, hyperconverged software offering, Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure. Supermicro collaborated with Red Hat to develop advanced configurations…


From insideHPC

Video: Major Market Shifts in IT

Video: Major Market Shifts in IT

Shahin Khan from OrionX gave this talk at the Stanford HPC Conference. "We will discuss the digital infrastructure of the future enterprise and the state of these trends. OrionX works with clients on the impact of Digital Transformation…


From insideHPC

Atos engages in the fight against Covid-19

Atos engages in the fight against Covid-19

Atos reports that the company is bringing its technology leadership, skills and innovation resources to the global fight against Covid-19. Through several direct and partner-led initiatives across the globe, Atos is engaged on…


From insideHPC

Transforming Private 5G Networks

Transforming Private 5G Networks

The high bandwidth and low latency of 5G  is truly transformational for the enterprise. Private 5G networks will enable business to offer new services through connected devices on the Edge and entirely new revenue streams. "Advantech…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Allocating Scarce Medical Resources

Allocating Scarce Medical Resources

Article asks:

How Should We Allocate Scarce Medical Resources?  in the HBR
by Max H. Bazerman , Regan Bernhard , Joshua Greene , Karen Huang and Netta Barak-Corren ....

We made similar analyses, but included more formal risk analyses…


From Computational Complexity

A Guest Blog on the Pandemic's affect on disability students

I asked my Grad Ramsey Theory class to email me about whatever thoughts they have on the pandemic that they want to share with the world, with the intend of making some of them into a blog post. I thought there would be several…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rethinking PCs and smartphones in a Pandemic World

Rethinking PCs and smartphones in a Pandemic World

Mobility and more, powerful tools and some loss of privacy.     Other implications for their use.

Rethinking PCs and smartphones in a post-COVID-19 world in Computerworld

We are still early into the COVID-19 disruption, but I have…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Informs Analytics Conference is Virtual

Informs Analytics Conference is Virtual

I remind people that the Informs conference in May is now free and virtual.  Have been a long time member, always good value to offer, attend and join!  .  More detailed information at the link:

The INFORMS Business Analytics

Join…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google and Microsoft Chase Zoom

Google and Microsoft Chase Zoom

Like to see the competition.  I see that many people today are using several options.

Google and Microsoft Chase After Zoon with new features and Free Services

The race to respond to Zoom’s popularity is well and truly on
By Tom…


From Putting People First

Imagining the world after coronavirus, part 5

Imagining the world after coronavirus, part 5

Fifth edition of features and articles on what may lie ahead.

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