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April 2021


From The Eponymous Pickle

Belief Propagation Algorithm for Complex Networks

Belief Propagation Algorithm for Complex Networks

Quite new to me,   see my link to 'belief propagation' ... which points to MIT work on Kalman Filters.  taking a closer look.    We worked with SFI.  

Can the 'Belief Propagation' Algorithm Accurately Describe Complex Networked…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Test of Time

Time is the ultimate critic. What future generations think of us and our work ultimately determines our standing or lack of it— Stewart Stafford Bobby Kleinberg just reached out to those of us who post from time to time. He wanted…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ford Has Smarter Robtoics

Ford Has Smarter Robtoics

Some interesting advances mentioned.

Ford's Ever-Smarter Robots Are Speeding Up the Assembly Line By Wired

In 1913, Henry Ford revolutionized car-making with the first moving assembly line, an innovation that made piecing together…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Brain Like System Mimics Learning

Brain Like System Mimics Learning

Hmm, not sure of this, but interesting

 'Brain-Like Device' Mimics Human Learning in Major Computing Breakthrough

The Independent (U.K.), Anthony Cuthbertson, April 30, 2021

A device modeled after the human brain by researchers…


From insideHPC

Holistic Data Centre Design and Operation – Considerations for HPC

Holistic Data Centre Design and Operation – Considerations for HPC

From data centre infrastructure efficiency (DCIE) to power usage effectiveness (PUE) there are many considerations for data centre providers that impact the cost to build, operate and scale a facility. However, while many strive…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) Program Solicitation Webinar

Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) Program Solicitation Webinar

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is hosting a webinar on the Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) program solicitation (NSF 21-571) on May 4,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Does Mesh Presence and Shared Experiences

Microsoft Does Mesh Presence and Shared Experiences

Microsoft seem to finally be bringing out AR/Telepresence/Mixed Reality for broader applications.  Much more at the link.  With offers to developers and some existing applications at the link.    Worth a look.  Have now seenIntroducing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Procter Aims to Modernize TeleDentistry

Procter Aims to Modernize TeleDentistry

Seems a novel play: 

Grin Closes $14M Round With P&G, Triventures, and SpringRock Ventures To Modernize Teledentistry at Scale

Grin closes $14M round from P&G (NYSE: PG), Triventures, and SpringRock Ventures to modernize teledentistry…


From insideHPC

RMACC Open Symposium with CyberAmbassadors Workshop For Research Computing Facilitators

RMACC Open Symposium with CyberAmbassadors Workshop  For Research Computing Facilitators

BOULDER, CO. – A CyberAmbassadors workshop focusing on communication, teamwork and leadership tools designed for Research Computing Facilitators will open the 11th Annual Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium’s (RMACC)…


From insideHPC

Pinnacle Imaging Systems Announces Denali 3.0 Soft ISP & HDR Sensor Module for Xilinx Kria SOM Platform and Vision AI Starter Kit

Pinnacle Imaging Systems Announces Denali 3.0 Soft ISP & HDR Sensor Module for Xilinx Kria SOM Platform and Vision AI Starter Kit

San Francisco – April 20, 2021 – Today, Pinnacle Imaging Systems, a developer of Image Signal Processors (ISP) and High Dynamic Range (HDR) video solutions, announced it will offer its proprietary Denali 3.0 HDR ISP along with…


From insideHPC

Quantum Launches Video and Unstructured Data Solutions with StorNext Converged Architecture and Appliances

Quantum Launches Video and Unstructured Data Solutions with StorNext Converged Architecture and Appliances

SAN JOSE, Quantum Corporation (NASDAQ: QMCO) has announced a new StorNext architecture and line of StorNext appliances that simplify how organizations manage, store and protect their video content, imagery, and business critical…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Killing the Ad Cookie

Killing the Ad Cookie

Major players are talking about disabling the misused Cookie.  Still some argument about the method and implications.  And can we trust them to remove what drives their profits?

ACM NEWS

Apple and Google Are Killing the (Ad) Cookie…


From Schneier on Security

Serious MacOS Vulnerability Patched

Serious MacOS Vulnerability Patched

Apple just patched a MacOS vulnerability that bypassed malware checks.

The flaw is akin to a front entrance that’s barred and bolted effectively, but with a cat door at the bottom that you can easily toss a bomb through. Apple…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nuance and Microsoft Towards Healthcare

Nuance and Microsoft Towards Healthcare

An indication by Microsoft about their seriousness in delivering healthcare.

 Microsoft's Nuance Gambit Shows Healthcare Shaping Up as Next Tech Battleground

The Wall Street Journal, Rolfe Winkler; Aaron Tilley, April 14, 2021

Microsoft's…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon and Walmart Eyeing Further Garage and in Home Drop off.

Amazon and Walmart Eyeing Further Garage and in Home Drop off.

 I thought this approach had been limited, hearing little about it recently.   But apparently Amazon and Wal-Mart are thinking to expand it.   

Will Americans open their garages and homes to Amazon and Walmart?  by George Anderson…


From insideHPC

Atos UK and Ireland Named a Times Top 50 Employer for Women for 3rd Year

Atos UK and Ireland Named a Times Top 50 Employer for Women for 3rd Year

London – 29 April 2021 – Atos UK and Ireland has again been recognised as a leading employer of women by its inclusion in the Times Top 50 Employer for Women 2021. Run by the charity Business in the Community – The Prince’s Responsible…


From insideHPC

German Aerospace Center and Cambridge Quantum Partner to Use Quantum to Build Battery Simulations

German Aerospace Center and Cambridge Quantum Partner to Use Quantum to Build Battery Simulations

CAMBRIDGE, UK, April 29th, 2021 – Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) has partnered with the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luftund Raumfahrt; DLR) to explore how quantum computing could help create better simulation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Trust and Scientific Data Sharing

Trust and Scientific Data Sharing

A key point.  Its trust in various contexts as well, like misuse.    And data is an asset, a concept we also experimented with.  We also discovered that data value often emerged much later.  So what then is the basis of the sharing…


From insideHPC

IBM to Acquire Turbonomic AIOps for Hybrid Cloud

IBM to Acquire Turbonomic  AIOps for Hybrid Cloud

ARMONK, N.Y., April 29, 2021 — IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Turbonomic, an Application Resource Management (ARM) and Network Performance Management (NPM) software provider based in Boston. …


From The Eponymous Pickle

USAF Researchers Partner with Quantum Computing Company

USAF Researchers Partner with Quantum Computing Company

Had a short connect with the USAF regarding IP Development

ACM NEWS  Exclusive: Air Force Research Taps Quantum Computing   By Axios   April 29, 2021

U.S. Air Force researchers are partnering with a quantum computing company to…


From insideHPC

 infinityQube Announces Room Temperature ‘Quantum Analog Computing’ Using Established Chip Technologies

 infinityQube Announces Room Temperature ‘Quantum Analog Computing’ Using Established Chip Technologies

MONTREAL, April 29, 2021 — infinityQ Technology, Inc., a women-led, engineered and managed startup, today announced its new computer, infinityQube. The Montréal-based startup has coined its approach “quantum analog computing,…


From insideHPC

Molex Scales Deployments of High-Speed Interconnect for Hyperscale and Data Centers

Molex Scales Deployments of High-Speed Interconnect for Hyperscale and Data Centers

LISLE, IL – April 29, 2021 – Molex, a leading global connectivity and electronics solutions provider, is scaling global deployments of its high-speed copper and optical interconnects and modules to help customers better address…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ring Adds a Geofence

Ring Adds a Geofence

A geofence is a concept to integrate specific programmed reactions to changes in physical location.  Usually leaving some 'fence' or multidimensional area.  For example a geofence might be set to open a garage door when their…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Extended Reality to Support Innovation

Extended Reality to Support Innovation

Towards extended reality they say.  Ways to quickly formulate, test, record results, and use new data effectively would be most useful to support such apporaches. 

Researchers Develop First-of-Its-Kind Extended Reality Testbed…


From insideHPC

Supermicro AMD A+ Servers Meeting the HPC Challenge

Supermicro AMD A+ Servers Meeting the HPC Challenge

As a result of the high demand for HPC, we’re seeing private and public sector organizations pursue hardware solutions architected with innovative high performance and high efficiency server technology. Hardware vendors that …


From The Eponymous Pickle

EBook on Ensemble Learning

EBook on Ensemble Learning

I see that Jason Brownlee has a new book on Ensemble Learning,  a method  I recently mentioned here,  “Ensemble Learning Algorithms With Python“   at the link a considerable look at it. Have not examined it myself as yet.  

…so…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: On Squid Coloration

Friday Squid Blogging: On Squid Coloration

Nice excerpt from Martin Wallin’s book Squid.

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

Identifying People Through Lack of Cell Phone Use

Identifying People Through Lack of Cell Phone Use

In this entertaining story of French serial criminal Rédoine Faïd and his jailbreaking ways, there’s this bit about cell phone surveillance:

After Faïd’s helicopter breakout, 3,000 police officers took part in the manhunt. According…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Congrats to the New Members

If you know you are on the right track, if you have this inner knowledge, then nobody can turn you off no matter what they say—Barbara McClintock David Oxtoby is the president of AAAS. He just announced the 2021 new members.…


From insideHPC

LLNL, IBM and Red Hat to Explore Standardized Resource Management Interface for Cloud HPC

LLNL, IBM and Red Hat to Explore Standardized Resource Management Interface for Cloud HPC

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), IBM and Red Hat are combining to develop best practices for interfacing high-performance computing (HPC) schedulers and cloud orchestrators, an effort designed for supercomputers…

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