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September 2020


From Schneier on Security

Detecting Deep Fakes with a Heartbeat

Detecting Deep Fakes with a Heartbeat

Researchers can detect deep fakes because they don’t convincingly mimic human blood circulation in the face:

In particular, video of a person’s face contains subtle shifts in color that result from pulses in blood circulation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Brought to my Attention: Gluu

Brought to my Attention: Gluu

Gluu  Infinite scale. Complete Privacy.

Build your mission-critical service for SSO, 2FA and access management with GluModern Authentication for Digital Enterprise.   Since 2009, organizations around the world have trusted Gluu…


From The Eponymous Pickle

D-Wave Does 5000 Quantum Qubits

D-Wave Does 5000 Quantum Qubits

Recall we talked to D-Wave early on and followed them for a long time.  see many previous posts.

D-Wave’s 5,000-qubit quantum computing platform handles 1 million variable  By Emil Protalinski  @EPro in Venturebeat

D-Wave today…


From insideHPC

Los Alamos Announces Details of New HPE Crossroads Supercomputer

Los Alamos Announces Details of New HPE Crossroads Supercomputer

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., Sept. 30, 2020—The Alliance for Computing at Extreme Scale (ACES), a partnership between Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories, announced the details of a $105 million contract awarded…


From insideHPC

New Cloud Computing Infrastructure for European Research at CEA’s TGCC

New Cloud Computing Infrastructure for European Research at CEA’s TGCC

September 2020 – The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) deployed new computing and storage resources and services in its TGCC computing centre, for the benefit of research communities in Europe. Aside…


From insideHPC

Rescale Launches Intelligent Control Plane for Hybrid and Multi-Cloud Big Compute

Rescale Launches Intelligent Control Plane for Hybrid and Multi-Cloud Big Compute

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 30, 2020 — Rescale Inc., the leader in enterprise big compute, announced the availability of the industry’s first hybrid and multi-cloud intelligent control plane to deliver new levels of performance, architectural…


From insideHPC

AI Chipmaker Hailo Launches M.2 and Mini PCIe AI Modules for Edge Devices

AI Chipmaker Hailo Launches M.2 and Mini PCIe AI Modules for Edge Devices

Tel Aviv, Israel, Sept. 30, 2020 – AI chipmaker Hailo announced today the launch of its M.2 and Mini PCIe high-performance AI acceleration modules for empowering edge devices. Integrating the Hailo-8 processor, the modules can…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Distinguished Lecture: Enabling the quantum revolution- pioneering advances to achieve quantum computing & impact at scale

NSF Distinguished Lecture: Enabling the quantum revolution- pioneering advances to achieve quantum computing & impact at scale

Krysta Svore, Microsoft, will present “Enabling the quantum revolution- pioneering advances to achieve quantum computing & impact at scale,” part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Computer & Information Science & Engineering…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Distinguished Lecture: Enabling the quantum revolution- pioneering advances to achieve quantum computing & impact at scale

NSF Distinguished Lecture: Enabling the quantum revolution- pioneering advances to achieve quantum computing & impact at scale

Krysta Svore, Microsoft, will present “Enabling the quantum revolution- pioneering advances to achieve quantum computing & impact at scale,” part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Computer & Information Science & Engineering…


From insideHPC

Registration for the ASC20-21 Student Supercomputer Challenge Now Open

Registration for the ASC20-21 Student Supercomputer Challenge Now Open

 Beijing, China, Sep. 28, 2020 – The ASC, concerned for the health and safety of all ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge participants during the COVID-19 pandemic, has announced the merger of 2020-2021 ASC Student Supercomputer…


From insideHPC

Intel Partners with Lightbits Labs for Disaggregated Storage

Intel Partners with Lightbits Labs for Disaggregated Storage

Santa Clara, Calif., Sept. 29, 2020 – Intel Corp. and Lightbits Labs today announced an agreement to propel development of disaggregated storage solutions to solve the challenges of today’s data center operators who are craving…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analyics and Data Scence Convergiing

Analyics and Data Scence Convergiing

I would say that good analytics also requires just the same care about data use and results curation.  It has always been that way.  Automating aspects of analytics requires more training for decision makers.   Otherwise good…


From insideHPC

Omni-Path HPC Interconnect Reemerges as Intel Spin-out with $20M Investment Round from Intel Capital, Others

Omni-Path HPC Interconnect Reemerges as Intel Spin-out with $20M Investment Round from Intel Capital, Others

Left for dead last year, Intel’s Omni-Path Architecture (OPA) high performance fabric may come back to life with a Series A $20 million venture round involving Intel Capital, Downing Ventures and Chestnut Street Ventures that…


From Putting People First

Rethinking human-AI interaction

Rethinking human-AI interaction

This essay by AI specialist Jessy Lin explores some of the possibilities to rethink how humans and “intelligent” machines interact today.


From Putting People First

[Essay] Helsinki Design Lab ten years later

[Essay] Helsinki Design Lab ten years later

A survey of Helsinki Design Lab’s activities 2008–2013, with reflections on the three “bets” that the Lab made and their relevance today.


From Putting People First

[Paper] Foresight and Design: New Support for Strategic Decision Making

[Paper] Foresight and Design: New Support for Strategic Decision Making

Integrating design with foresight enables decision makers to contend with changes coming from the world (inbound change) and changes the organization creates to influence the world (outbound change; strategy).


From Putting People First

[Paper] Active consumer participation in smart energy systems

[Paper] Active consumer participation in smart energy systems

Designing energy services with a human-centered approach will allow us to rely on consumers not only as executors of changes in energy consumption, but also as providers of data.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Numenta Research Meeting: A Look at GPT-3

Numenta Research Meeting: A Look at GPT-3

 Also a talk on GPT-3 of interest  ...

Numenta Research Meeting: “Steve Omohundro on GPT-3”    by omohundro  On July 1, 2020, Steve Omohundro gave a talk on GPT-3 and it's implications for artificial intelligence to Numenta's[…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Omohundro on AI

Omohundro on AI

Steve Omohundro was interviewed for the Universal Pictures documentary film “We Need to Talk About AI” which was released in the United States on May 18, 2020. It explores the impact of AI in an even-handed way and features James…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chatbots Chatting

Chatbots Chatting

Now seen this a number of times, never very impressive.

AI News  What happens when Google’s chatty bot chats with a chatbot?

Google Duplex impressed and scared the world in equal parts when it was unveiled, and now we’ve seen how…


From insideHPC

VMware and Nvidia Partner on Hybrid Cloud Architecture

VMware and Nvidia Partner on Hybrid Cloud Architecture

VMware and Nvidia announced today what the companies called “a broad partnership” in support of an enterprise platform for AI and a new architecture for data center, cloud and edge using Nvidia DPUs (data processing units). The…


From insideHPC

Craig Chadwell Joins SoftIron as VP of Product

Craig Chadwell Joins SoftIron as VP of Product

London – September 29, 2020 – SoftIron Ltd., the leader in purpose-built and performance-optimized data center solutions, today announced the appointment of Craig Chadwell to the role of Vice President of Product to lead the …


From insideHPC

Hyperion Research: Covid-19 Driving Decline in HPC Server Revenues, But May Be Moderating

Hyperion Research: Covid-19 Driving Decline in HPC Server Revenues, But May Be Moderating

According to a newly released Hyperion Research Worldwide High Performance Technical Server QView, total worldwide technical server revenues were almost $3.1 billion in the second quarter of 2020, down 5.4 percent from almost…


From insideHPC

oneAPI Academic Center of Excellence Opened at Heidelberg University Computing Center for Hardware Heterogeneity

oneAPI Academic Center of Excellence Opened at Heidelberg University Computing Center for Hardware Heterogeneity

A oneAPI Academic Center of Excellence (CoE) is now established at the Heidelberg University Computing Center (URZ). The CoE will conduct research supporting the oneAPI industry initiative to create a uniform, open programming…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Drug Discovery When it Matters

Drug Discovery When it Matters

 Also an interesting story about how collaboration can work.

Can AI and Automation Deliver a COVID-19 Antiviral While It Still Matters? Researchers are betting that new tools can cut drug discovery from five years to six month…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Palm Sized Robotics

Palm Sized Robotics

More in the space of miniature robotics, that could ultimately be brought together to do tasks.

Video Friday: Bittle Is a Palm-Sized Robot Dog Now on Kickstarter

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos  By Evan Ackerman, …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Materials Innovation at Argonne

Materials Innovation at Argonne

 New looks at innovation with AI and HPC at Argonne.

Automatic Database Creation for Materials Discovery: Innovation From Frustration

Argonne National Laboratory  by John Spizzirri

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne…


From insideHPC

HPC End User Survey: Intel Xeon Still Dominates but AMD EPYC Gaining

HPC End User Survey: Intel Xeon Still Dominates but AMD EPYC Gaining

Industry analyst firm Intersect360 has released partial results from an end-user survey identifying the top-rated processors, servers and cloud vendors, according to the HPC users surveyed by the firm. The top user-rated vendors…


From Schneier on Security

Negotiating with Ransomware Gangs

Negotiating with Ransomware Gangs

Really interesting conversation with someone who negotiates with ransomware gangs:

For now, it seems that paying ransomware, while obviously risky and empowering/encouraging ransomware attackers, can perhaps be comported so as…


From Schneier on Security

Hacking a Coffee Maker

Hacking a Coffee Maker

As expected, IoT devices are filled with vulnerabilities:

As a thought experiment, Martin Hron, a researcher at security company Avast, reverse engineered one of the older coffee makers to see what kinds of hacks he could do…

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