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June 2021


From The Eponymous Pickle

Fintech AI Applications

Fintech AI Applications

AI and influence on financial moves, large and small.

How AI is Helping Mastercard, Siemens, John Deere   By AI Trends Staff 

AI is having an impact in business, government and healthcare. But nowhere is it having more impact than…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Compressing JSON: gzip vs zstd

Compressing JSON: gzip vs zstd

JSON is the de facto standard for exchanging data on the Internet. It is relatively simple text format inspired by JavaScript. I say “relatively simple” because you can read and understand the entire JSON specification in minutes…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Council Members Rotating Off

CCC Council Members Rotating Off

Today marks the end of the following Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council member’s time on the Council. We would like to highlight them once again and thank them for their exceptional dedication and service to the CCC…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Interaction of Law, Software, Evidence, Compliance

Interaction of Law, Software, Evidence, Compliance

 When software acts as evidence.   And also when it further acts in conjunction with compliance-required  data.    Brought up as part of a study of compliance-based systems, and integration of smart contract concepts. 

The article…


From insideHPC

insideHPC’s ISC Video Lineup: Experts Talk ISC Highlights, ‘HPC Shark Tank’ and Our Vendor Interviews

insideHPC’s ISC Video Lineup: Experts Talk ISC Highlights, ‘HPC Shark Tank’ and Our Vendor Interviews

insideHPC offers a rich lineup of video events and interviews for virtual ISC 2021, including off-hours events designed to enlighten and entertain along with a host of vendor interviews with HPC companies. Today at 2 pm Eastern…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IKEA Robotic Furniture Assembly

IKEA Robotic Furniture Assembly

 Had heard a previous overview of this, if this could be done effectively would likely increase sales.  As I understand it still a proposal, tell me if otherwise.

Need help building IKEA furniture? This robot can lend a hand Caitlin…


From BLOG@CACM

Understanding NoSQL Database Types: Key Value   

Understanding NoSQL Database Types: Key Value   

Of all non-relationals, the key-value store is by far the most popular due to its extreme simplicity.


From insideHPC

insideHPC Guide to HPC Fusion Computing Model – A Reference Architecture for Liberating Data (Part 2)

insideHPC Guide to HPC Fusion Computing Model – A Reference Architecture for Liberating Data (Part 2)

This insideHPC technology guide, "insideHPC Guide to HPC Fusion Computing Model – A Reference Architecture for Liberating Data," discusses how organizations need to adopt a Fusion Computing Model to meet the needs of processing…


From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

GitHub Pilot Identifies Most Relevant Coding Libraries for the Universal Acceptance of Domain Names and Email Addresses

GitHub Pilot Identifies Most Relevant Coding Libraries for the Universal Acceptance of Domain Names and Email Addresses

By Mark W. Datysgeld, Director at Governance Primer, UASG Member  In partnership with the Governance Primer and the Brazilian Association of Software Companies (ABES), the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) completed …


From insideHPC

At Virtual ISC: Ayar Labs and Optical I/O – Data at the Speed of Light

At Virtual ISC: Ayar Labs and Optical I/O – Data at the Speed of Light

At Virtual ISC we chatted with Ayar Lab’s Hugo Saleh, VP of business development and marketing, about what he calls the coming revolution in HPC (and other compute- and data-intensive market segments) brought on by optical I/O…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machine Learning Giving Smarter Driving Advice

Machine Learning Giving Smarter Driving Advice

 Interesting how this is guided assistance, based on multiple goals.   Makes me recall using process maps to also drive goals.

Home/News/Using ML to Build Maps That Give Smarter Driving Advice/Full Text

ACM TECHNEWS

Using ML toBy…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Scaling and Fame

Scaling the pandemic is different from scaling the US budget Sydney Morning Herald interview source Terence Tao is now “properly” famous. He was cited earlier this month in the NYT science section for help in explaining large…


From insideHPC

Ayar Labs Establishes UK Subsidiary, Adds to Executive Team

Ayar Labs Establishes UK Subsidiary, Adds to Executive Team

SANTA CLARA, Calif. & LONDON — In order to address the UK and European market demand for in-package Optical I/O, Ayar Labs has established an international subsidiary with Ayar Labs UK Ltd. Optical I/O has emerged as a key technology…


From insideHPC

Rigetti Launches Scalable Multi-chip Quantum Processor

Rigetti Launches Scalable Multi-chip Quantum Processor

BERKELEY, Calif.— June 29, 2021 — Rigetti Computing, a full-stack quantum computing company, announced today it is launching what it said is the world’s first multi-chip quantum processor. The processor incorporates a proprietary…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF DCL: Opportunities for Collaboration between CISE and SBE Researchers

NSF DCL: Opportunities for Collaboration between CISE and SBE Researchers

The computer and information science and engineering (CISE) fields can benefit greatly from collaborations with the social, behavioral, and economic science (SBE) fields. Systems that make our lives easier—such as autonomous…


From The Eponymous Pickle

DHS Offers ML Funding

DHS Offers ML Funding

Examples of funding out there.   Note detection and classification examples.  Fast and relatively simple applications. Interesting Opportunities.

DHS Awards $2M for Small Businesses to Develop Machine Learning Tech   By U.S. Department…


From Schneier on Security

Risks of Evidentiary Software

Risks of Evidentiary Software

Over at Lawfare, Susan Landau has an excellent essay on the risks posed by software used to collect evidence (a Breathalyzer is probably the most obvious example).

Bugs and vulnerabilities can lead to inaccurate evidence, but…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pose Detecting Carpet for Health Monitoring

Pose Detecting Carpet for Health Monitoring

 Quite a remarkable set of hardware and AI software out of MIT to detect human 'poses'.  See an image at the link to see what this looks like and how it can be applied.   To detect health states by ML matching to proper states…


From insideHPC

Atos: 10 New HPC Entries in Top500 Supercomputer List

Atos: 10 New HPC Entries in Top500 Supercomputer List

Paris — June 29, 2021 — Atos today announces that 10 new supercomputers, based on its BullSequana X high-performance infrastructure, are in the TOP500 global supercomputing ranking. This makes a total of 36 Atos supercomputers…


From insideHPC

Quantum Errors Not Random, Tied to Cosmic Rays, Researchers Say

Quantum Errors Not Random, Tied to Cosmic Rays, Researchers Say

Research by a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) physicist and a group of collaborators is shedding light on one of the major challenges to realizing the potential of quantum computing — error correction. In a new …


From insideHPC

At Virtual ISC: Atos Talks Its New ‘ThinkAI’ Offering

At Virtual ISC: Atos Talks Its New ‘ThinkAI’ Offering

At virtual ISC, we interviewed Atos’ Eric Eppe, head of Solution Marketing, HPC, AI & Quantum Solution Marketing & Portfolio; and Cédric Bourrasset, AI Distinguished Expert, HPC & AI Sales Operation, to discuss Atos progress …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Food & Beverage Consumer Research and Prospective Marketing

Food & Beverage Consumer Research and Prospective Marketing

 Mady new kinds of prospective marketing enabled by AI methods that 

How PepsiCo uses AI to create products consumers don’t know they want  in Venturebeat

By Sage Lazzaro  @sagelazzaro

If you imagine how a food and beverage company…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blinkist for Speeding up Content Acquisition

Blinkist for Speeding up Content Acquisition

This brought to mind some work I was involved with at the University of Pennsylvania's Language Laboratory.   We worked with more efficient ways to deliver books and reading material, and one of the experiments was to compress…


From insideHPC

At Virtual ISC: Getting Caught up with Gilad Shainer and Nvidia’s ‘Data Center on a Chip’

At Virtual ISC: Getting Caught up with Gilad Shainer and Nvidia’s ‘Data Center on a Chip’

At virtual ISC 2021, we sat down with Gilad Shainer, Nvidia’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and a long time figure – with a background at high performance networking complany Mellanox, acquired two years ago by Nvidia – …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Banning Surveillance Based Advertising?

Banning Surveillance Based Advertising?

 Bruce Schneier talks about the Norwegian Consumer report on the topic.  He quotes the intro below. Which is a good   Its worth looking at the comments in his post, due to the breadth of thoughtful people commenting.    For me…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dell Releases Open Source Suite Omnia

Dell Releases Open Source Suite Omnia

 This was new to me, lots more detail at the link. I like the combination of AI, analytics and process workload,  which is the way it should be.  

Dell releases open source suite Omnia to manage AI, analytics workloads

By KyleDell…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon's Ring Will Ask Police to Publicly Request User Videos

Amazon's Ring Will Ask Police to Publicly Request User Videos

Making things as hard for police as you can. 

Amazon's Ring Will Ask Police to Publicly Request User Videos

By Bloomberg,  June 7, 2021

Starting this week, law enforcement agencies seeking videos from Ring Internet-connected doorbells…


From The Eponymous Pickle

UK Adopts Alan Turing Note

UK Adopts Alan Turing Note

Bravo

New 50-pound British Banknote Honors Computer Pioneer Alan Turing

By Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (Netherlands)

The Bank of England this week will release a new 50-pound banknote bearing an image of computer pioneer Alan…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA and Partners Launch HGX A100 Systems for Industrial AI and HPC

NVIDIA and Partners Launch HGX A100 Systems for Industrial AI and HPC

NVIDIA today announced a revamp of its NVIDIA HGX AI supercomputing platform with new technologies that fuse AI with high performance computing, designed to make supercomputing more useful to a growing number of industries. To…


From insideHPC

Argonne Researchers Use AI to Optimize Material Coating for Making Microprocessors

Argonne Researchers Use AI to Optimize Material Coating for Making Microprocessors

To make computer chips, technologists around the world rely on atomic layer deposition (ALD), which can create films as fine as one atom thick. Businesses commonly use ALD to make semiconductor devices, but it also has applications…

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