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September 2021


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Define Learn To Code

Define Learn To Code

I saw an interesting question today on Twitter:


From insideHPC

SC21 Updates Safety Protocol for On-site Attendees

SC21 Updates Safety Protocol for On-site Attendees

SC21 has issued an update about on-site safety protocols at its annual conference, to be held November 14–19, 2021 in St. Louis. Following are highlights of their statement released today: Proof of Vaccination: SC21 will require…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Manish Gupta Talk on Human Inspired AI

Manish Gupta Talk on Human Inspired AI

Looks to be a good talk: 

Reminder: October 6 Talk, "Human Inspired Artificial Intelligence" with ACM Fellow and Director of Google Research India Manish Gupta

If you haven't done so yet, register now for the next free ACM TechTalk…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hardening your VPN

Hardening your VPN

 Just posted, as usual these often get interesting comments.

Via Schneier:     Hardening Your VPN    

The NSA and CISA have released a document on how to harden your VPN .... 


From insideHPC

CATALOG Secures $35M in Series B Funding, DNA-Based Computation Expected Next Year

CATALOG Secures $35M in Series B Funding, DNA-Based Computation Expected Next Year

Boston, Sept. 30, 2021 — CATALOG, a startup developing automated DNA-based digital data storage, announced it secured $35 million in Series B funding led by Hanwha Impact. This funding will spur the development of a computing…


From insideHPC

A Look Inside the US’s 1st Exascale Supercomputer Facility

A Look Inside the US’s 1st Exascale Supercomputer Facility

Preparing for the nation’s first exascale system, the upcoming HPE Cray EX Frontier “Frontier” system at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has been a colossal undertaking. Since the spring…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Baby Face, Identity and Health Monitoring

Baby Face, Identity and Health Monitoring

Baby face and health monitoring. 

Baby Detector Software in Digital Camera Rivals ECG

By University of South Australia, August 27, 2021

University of South Australia (UniSA) scientists have developed computer vision-based baby detector…


From insideHPC

Intel Launches 2nd Loihi Neuromorphic Chip, LANL Investigating ‘Trade-offs’ Between Quantum and Neuromorphic Computing

Intel Launches 2nd Loihi Neuromorphic Chip, LANL Investigating ‘Trade-offs’ Between Quantum and Neuromorphic Computing

Intel today released an update on its neuromorphic computing strategy, introducing Loihi 2, its second-generation neuromorphic research chip, and Lava, an open-source software framework for developing “neuro-inspired” applications…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Safety Thoughts lead to Analysis

Safety Thoughts lead to Analysis

 The mentioned of simple linear optimization is interesting. 

When Accidents Happen, Drones Weigh Their Options

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Debra Levey Larson, September 21, 2021

Gauging unmanned aerial vehicles'…


From insideHPC

Hyperion Research Invites Submissions for HPC Innovation Excellence Awards

Hyperion Research Invites Submissions for HPC Innovation Excellence Awards

St. Paul, Minn., Sept. 30, 2021 – Hyperion Research and the HPC User Forum Steering Committee are now accepting submissions for the 18th round of the HPC Innovation Excellence Awards. The program started in 2011 and has recognized…


From Computational Complexity

Being the Chair

If you have Netflix and interested in the academic world, I recommend The Chair, a six-episode dramatic series starring Sandra Oh as a new English department chair at a "lower tier ivy league university". The series takes many…


From insideHPC

Google Cloud’s N2D Virtual Machines to Use AMD EPYC 7003 Chips

Google Cloud’s N2D Virtual Machines to Use AMD EPYC 7003 Chips

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 30, 2021 — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced Google Cloud is expanding its use of AMD EPYC processors with the preview of N2D Virtual Machines (VMs) powered by AMD EPYC 7003 Series processors. Utilizing…


From insideHPC

Serverfarm Launches ‘Future of Data Centers’ Podcast

Serverfarm Launches ‘Future of Data Centers’ Podcast

LOS ANGELES – Sept. 30, 2021 – Serverfarm, the data center developer and operator, announces the launch of its second Future of Data Centers podcast series on International Podcast Day. Held annually on September 30, International…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cyber Security in Oil and Gas

Cyber Security in Oil and Gas

 Already broadly attacked, examples below. 

Oil and Gas Companies Must Act Now on Cybersecurity      Via Siemens

August 13, 2021, Oil and Gas Companies Must Act Now on Cybersecurity

The World Economic Forum’s Cyber Resilience in…


From insideHPC

Building the GPU-accelerated Datacenter

Building the GPU-accelerated Datacenter

[Sponsored Post] To learn about GPU-accelerated datacenters, join the upcoming live webinar from Thinkmate and PNY. You'll hear about the future of the datacenter, why the GPU is crucial, the technology behind GPU acceleration…


From insideHPC

MicroSys Partners with AI Chipmaker Hailo on Embedded AI Platform

MicroSys Partners with AI Chipmaker Hailo on Embedded AI Platform

Munich and Tel Aviv, September 30, 2021 – MicroSys Electronics announced today its partnership with artificial intelligence chipmaker Hailo to launch its miriac AIP-LX2160A embedded platform, hosting up to 5 integrated Hailo-8…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Baby Steps

You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step—Martin Luther King, Jr. Still from her IHES lecture Maryna Viazovska was the first person to prove an exact bound on sphere packing in a dimension higher than…


From insideHPC

Deadline for XSEDE Undergraduate Program Is Oct. 29

Deadline for XSEDE Undergraduate Program Is Oct. 29

An XSEDE-wide effort is underway to expand the community by recruiting and enabling a diverse group of students who have the skills — or are interested in acquiring the skills — to participate in the work of XSEDE. The name of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Expanding Chinese Courier Robotics

Expanding Chinese Courier Robotics

Makes sense.   We need more to fulfill logistics. Note recognition of the need for collaboration.

Pandemic Pushes Chinese Tech Giants to Roll Out More Courier Robots  By Reuters

September 29, 2021

Chinese technology giants Alibaba…


From insideHPC

NSF Funds $1.8M for Univ. of Michigan Research for Room Temperature, Controllable Quantum Nanomaterials

NSF Funds $1.8M for Univ. of Michigan Research for Room Temperature, Controllable Quantum Nanomaterials

An effort to create quantum semiconductors that operate at room temperature has been awarded $1.8 million by the National Science Foundation. The success of the University of Michigan team could lead to the integration of quantum…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA’s Huang to Unveil AI Technologies, Products at Virtual GTC, Nov. 8-11

NVIDIA’s Huang to Unveil AI Technologies, Products  at Virtual GTC, Nov. 8-11

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 29, 2021 — NVIDIA today announced that it will host a global, virtual GTC from Nov. 8-11, featuring a keynote by NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang and talks from AI research and industry leaders. …


From insideHPC

Quantum Appoints Data Scientist Emily White to Board of Directors

Quantum Appoints Data Scientist Emily White to Board of Directors

SAN JOSE, Calif. — September 29, 2021— Quantum Corporation (NASDAQ: QMCO) today announced that Emily White has joined the company’s Board of Directors. White’s extensive experience in data science and analytics will be instrumental…


From BLOG@CACM

Students are Interested in People, and Teachers Value Multiple Languages: ICER 2021 Pointers

Students are Interested in People, and Teachers Value Multiple Languages: ICER 2021 Pointers

A couple of excellent papers from the International Computing Education Research conference.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Beyond Seti, Can AI get us There?

Beyond Seti,  Can AI get us There?

 A number of good questions are asked. 

AI Calling ET: How Artificial Intelligence Supports the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

By Karen Emslie,  Commissioned by CACM Staff,  September 28, 2021

Back in 1977, astronomer Jerry Ehman…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Why do Digital Twins Matter?

Why do Digital Twins Matter?

Am a  long term practitioner in simulation systems,  now looking to understand how Digital Twins fit into the mix and can be better linked to broader context.    Here is another piece by Ajit Jaokar

#Artificial Intelligence #23…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon also Poses an Indoor Drone Camera

Amazon also Poses an Indoor Drone Camera

See also that Amazon/Ring has announced an indoor camera drone for security applications.    Announced at a much cheaper price than their rolling robot   You have to wonder how well a flying camera device will interact with other…


From insideHPC

AMD Targets HPC-AI for 30x CPU-GPU Energy Efficiency Boost by 2025

AMD Targets HPC-AI for 30x CPU-GPU Energy Efficiency Boost by 2025

AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced a goal to deliver a 30x increase in energy efficiency for AMD EPYC CPUs and AMD Instinct GPU accelerators used in artificial intelligence (AI) training and high performance computing (HPC) applications…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cheap Sensors for Smarter Farmers

Cheap Sensors for Smarter Farmers

More details of operational information for agriculture. 

Cheap Sensors for Smarter Farmers  Two IoT sensors from this year's ARPA-E Summit can help farmers make better decisions By KAREN KWON 

Demonstrating that we are truly living…


From insideHPC

Cambridge Quantum Open Sources TKET Software Development Toolkit

Cambridge Quantum Open Sources TKET Software Development Toolkit

Cambridge, UK, September 29, 2021 – Cambridge Quantum (CQ) announced that the latest version (v.0.15) of TKET (pronounced “ticket”), its hardware-agnostic quantum software development kit, is now open-source and available. Open…


From insideHPC

RENCI Named Partner in NSF Institute’s $15M Imageomics Effort

RENCI Named Partner in NSF Institute’s $15M Imageomics Effort

Sept. 29, 2021 — RENCI,  the Renaissance Computing Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has been named as a partner in a new effort to use images of living organisms as the basis for understanding biological…

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