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May 2018


From The Eponymous Pickle

Adversarial AI Toolbox

Adversarial AI Toolbox

Todays  Cognitive Systems Institute Talk:

IBM: Research Scientist: Irina-Maria Nicolae  on “Adversarial AI & Adversarial AI Toolbox IBM

Talk Description: Following the recent adoption of deep neural networks (DNN) in a wide range…


From Schneier on Security

1834: The First Cyberattack

1834: The First Cyberattack

Tom Standage has a great story of the first cyberattack against a telegraph network. The Blanc brothers traded government bonds at the exchange in the city of Bordeaux, where information about market movements took several days…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

A Jitterbug-like Tablet for Older Adults?

A Jitterbug-like Tablet for Older Adults?

The computers, smartphones, and tablets that we use every day are becoming more advanced. Older adults who have cognitive or physical disabilities might have trouble using such devices. Technology should not just be for the young…


From insideHPC

GPUs Power Performance Breakthrough on TempoQuest Weather Prediction Software

GPUs Power Performance Breakthrough on TempoQuest Weather Prediction Software

Today TempoQuest announced that it has achieved a breakthrough 700% acceleration of the weather community’s Weather Research Forecast (WRF) model used extensively for real-time forecasting and weather research throughout the …


From insideHPC

Supercomputers Unlocking Mysteries of the Subatomic World

Supercomputers Unlocking Mysteries of the Subatomic World

Researchers are using supercomputers to better understand the mysteries of the subatomic world. "A team led by scientists in the Nuclear Science Division at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Announces Graph Database

Amazon Announces Graph Database

Amazon continues to bring out advanced tools for AWS, with useful examples of their practical use, at low trial and initial testing cost.  I particularly like the examples given here about how and why you would use graph databases…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simple Sales Conversations with Considerable Profit

Simple Sales Conversations with Considerable Profit

If we consider a conversation to be of multiple interactions,  and using multiple channels, the object of the seller is to maximize your returns, over this and often future interactions.   Conversations might include marketing…


From Computational Complexity

Seventh Grade Math Contest

I stumbled upon an old blog post on the Lesswrong weblog that quotes several famous mathematicians  on the connections, or lack thereof, between mathematics competitions and mathematics research. Let me tell you how a seventh…


From insideHPC

AMD EPYC Coming to Cisco UCS Rack Servers

AMD EPYC Coming to Cisco UCS Rack Servers

Over at the AMD Blog, Scot Aylor writes that the company's EPYC processors are coming to Cisco's popular UCS server platform. "The new, density-optimized Cisco UCS C4200 Series Rack Server Chassis and the Cisco UCS C125 M5 Rack…


From insideHPC

Brain Research: A Pathfinder for Future HPC

Brain Research: A Pathfinder for Future HPC

Dirk Pleiter from the Jülich Supercomputing Centre gave this talk at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference. "One of the biggest and most exiting scientific challenge requiring HPC is to decode the human brain. Many of the research…


From insideHPC

How Deep Learning Tech Can Contribute to Success

How Deep Learning Tech Can Contribute to Success

deep learningFrameworks, applications, libraries and toolkits—journeying through the world of deep learning can be daunting. If you’re trying to decide whether or not to begin a machine or deep learning project, there are several points that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wired Predicts

Wired Predicts

Wired Predictions for Bots, Blockchains, CrispR and more ..

SOMETIMES THE FUTURE shows up so fast it hits us in the face, like a brick wall in a VR headset. Other times the miraculous promises of technology—the rearrange­ment



From The Eponymous Pickle

Blockchain for Advertising?

Blockchain for Advertising?

Let's Try to See Clearly on Blockchain for Advertising  

Blockchain is simply too slow to work for the real-time aspects of our programmatic trading world, Jaisimha Muthegere writes.

By Jaisimha Muthegere in Adage

The release of…


From XRDS

Automated Spelling Correction – The Basics of How it Works

Automated Spelling Correction – The Basics of How it Works

In this post, I am going to talk about automated spelling correction. Let’s say you are writing a document on your computer, and instead of typing “morning”, you accidentally type “mornig”. If you have automated spelling correction…


From [email protected]

The Goal of Software Testing

The Goal of Software Testing

Finding errors is not the same strategy as making sure that a product works.


From insideHPC

Video: Beyond the Trolley Problem – Ethics in AI

Video: Beyond the Trolley Problem – Ethics in AI

In this video from Intel AI DevCon 2018, Genevieve Bell from Intel examines the nature of ethics, how and why they might apply in a world of Artificial Intelligence technologies and emergent cyber-physical systems.


The post Video…


From insideHPC

Supermicro Unveils 2 Petaflop SuperServer Based on New NVIDIA HGX-2

Supermicro Unveils 2 Petaflop SuperServer Based on New NVIDIA HGX-2

Today Supermicro announced the company is among the first to adopt the NVIDIA HGX-2 cloud server platform to develop the world’s most powerful systems for artificial intelligence and high-performance computing. "To help address…


From insideHPC

Feeding the World: Dell EMC Powers AI at Aerofarms

Feeding the World: Dell EMC Powers AI at Aerofarms

In this video from the Dell EMC HPC Community Meeting, Michael Fernandez from Aerofarms describes how the company uses AI technologies to grow better indoor crops. "24-7, AeroFarms collects millions of data points from farms …


From insideHPC

A New Building Block for HPC & AI: NVIDIA HGX-2 Cloud Reference Platform

A New Building Block for HPC & AI: NVIDIA HGX-2 Cloud Reference Platform

Today NVIDIA introduced the NVIDIA HGX-2, a powerful cloud-server reference platform, the HGX-2 provides companies with unprecedented versatility to meet the requirements of applications that combine HPC with AI. "The HGX-2 cloud…


From [email protected]

Until the Craze Fades

Until the Craze Fades

Too much, perhaps, of a good thing?


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft now More Valuable than Google

Microsoft now More Valuable than Google

Surprising perhaps, but the value of basic business efficiency is driving.

Microsoft is now more valuable than Google
Third most valuable company behind Apple and Amazon ..... "
By Tom Warren  @tomwarren   in TheVerge


From The Eponymous Pickle

Individually Zapping Weeds

Individually Zapping Weeds

Its even suggested that these AI driven,  weed recognizing machines are being scaled down for home use.   The snide comment about feeling for the pesticide company (really more about herbicides) should also be copied to starving…


From Schneier on Security

Numbers Stations

Numbers Stations

On numbers stations....


From insideHPC

Call for Papers: LDAV 2018 – Large Data Analysis and Visualization

Call for Papers: LDAV 2018 – Large Data Analysis and Visualization

The LDAV 2018 conference on Large Data Analysis and Visualization has issued its Call for Papers. Held in conjunction with IEEE VIS 2018, the event takes place October 21 in Berlin. "The 8th IEEE Large Scale Data Analysis and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

DeepLens Camera for Video Learning with AWS

DeepLens Camera for Video Learning with AWS

Received:

"... AWS DeepLens is a new way to learn machine learning

AWS DeepLens is the world’s first deep learning enabled video camera. Designed from the ground-up for developers, it provides tangible, hands-on learning with tutorials…


From Computational Complexity

Why is someone emailing me an offer to apply to be chair?

I recently go the following email (I blocked out identifying information of who send it and what college is involved. I doubt I needed to legally but... you never know.) I include my comments on the email in cap letters.



I am…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) Community Updates

Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) Community Updates

Check out the following updates from the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) Attend the Tech Jam Update (June 20-22, Portland, Oregon, USA) Register here  More than 20 action clusters working with municipal governments will present…


From insideHPC

Microsoft turns AI loose on new documents from JFK Investigation

Microsoft turns AI loose on new documents from JFK Investigation

In this video, researchers apply Microsoft Cognitive Search to find clues in newly released documents on the JFK assassination. "Late last year the US government released more than 34,000 pages related to the assassination of…


From insideHPC

Mellanox Launches Ground-Breaking Open Hyper-Scalable Enterprise Framework

Mellanox Launches Ground-Breaking Open Hyper-Scalable Enterprise Framework

Today Mellanox announced the Mellanox Hyper-scalable Enterprise Framework, the industry’s first truly scalable, open framework for private cloud and enterprise data centers. "With the advent of open platforms and open networking…


From insideHPC

Leadership Computing for Europe and the Path to Exascale Computing

Leadership Computing for Europe and the Path to Exascale Computing

Thomas Schulthess from CSCS gave this talk at the GPU Technology Conference. "With over 5000 GPU-accelerated nodes, Piz Daint has been Europes leading supercomputing systems since 2013, and is currently one of the most performant…

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