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January 2021


From The Eponymous Pickle

Researchers Propose Compiler for Homomorphic Encryption

Researchers Propose Compiler for Homomorphic Encryption

 Still with some technical barriers.  See below for some details.  Links to more.

Researchers propose Porcupine, a compiler for homomorphic encryption

Kyle Wiggers  @Kyle_L_Wiggers  January 22, 2021 

Homomorphic encryption (HE)Realizing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

L'Oreal and Social Selling Platform

L'Oreal and Social Selling Platform

 A Social Selling Platform: Replika

L’Oreal Invests in Social Selling Platform as Part of E-Com Strategy    By CGT Staff 

As part of its acceleration strategy in e-commerce, L’Oreal announced a minority investment in US-American…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft and SAP Extend Partnership

Microsoft and SAP Extend Partnership

Had worked in the enterprise extensively with SAP and MS, so this is interesting.  Note in particular this opens SAP to consumer facing products like Teams, a first.

Microsoft and SAP have announced an extension of their existing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machines Understanding Language

Machines Understanding Language

Skeptical here, but taking a look.  In particular how this is measured. If generally true, this would be a very big thing.    But why can I now quickly confuse alexa, google home, or Siri.   Is it because understanding bare language…


From Computational Complexity

Alan Selman (1941-2021)

From a 1994 Dagstuhl Workshop. Selman is the one wearing a cap.
Alan Selman, one of the early leaders in structural complexity and the co-founder and first chair of what is now the Computational Complexity Conference, passed…


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

This month it is my pleasure to introduce Sarah McRoberts, ACM-W Communications Committee Chair to bring her personal greeting.  Sarah has been driving our social media efforts since joining the leadership team.  She defended…


From The Eponymous Pickle

CERN Making 3D Parts for the Collider

CERN Making 3D Parts for the Collider

Do consider the differences in scale. Just this week started to wear a small part made for my face mask.

How 3D Printing Is Helping CERN Scientists Upgrade the World's Largest Machine  By ZDNet in ACM

The accelerator is a 27-kilometer…


From insideHPC

Supermicro Unveils Nvidia GPU Server Test Drive Program with Channel Partners

Supermicro Unveils Nvidia GPU Server Test Drive Program with Channel Partners

San Jose — Supermicro, an enterprise computing, storage, networking and green computing technology company, released details on a new GPU test-drive program. Called STEP (Supermicro Test drive Engagement with Partners), the program…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dormio: Interfacing with Dreams

Dormio: Interfacing with Dreams

Project, reexamining.   An idea long put aside.

MIT   Dormio: Interfacing with Dreams

By Oscar Rosello   Project Contact:  Adam Haar Horowitz  Project Website  http://www.adamjhh.com/  

Inspiration:

Sleep is a forgotten country of…


From Computational Complexity

Presidential Quiz: Three ways to take it

 Every four years around the time of the inaugural I post a presidential Quiz! I do that today, and I will post the answers on Monday.  I am tempted to joke that I am posting it AFTER Joltin Joe gets sworn in just in case something…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Science Advisor

Resources for a new term from our vantage point Crop from Broad Institute src Eric Lander has been appointed director of the US Office of Science and Technology Policy, a post newly elevated to Cabinet status. He is thus the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Increase of Vishing Corporations

Increase of Vishing Corporations

Corporations and security. 

FBI warns of vishing attacks stealing corporate accounts,  By Sergiu Gatlan 

FBI warns of vishing attacks stealing corporate accounts

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued a notification…


From insideHPC

Reading the Intel Tea Leaves: Pat Gelsinger’s HPC Paradox

Reading the Intel Tea Leaves: Pat Gelsinger’s HPC Paradox

As he takes charge of Intel, CEO Pat Gelsinger faces a paradox: his new company is both troubled and a revenue geyser; if Intel is to continue its historical growth rates, he’ll need the skills of a corporate turnaround artist…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intangible Assets

Intangible Assets

 Intro below on a collection of thoughts and links on intangible assets.  Recall we also struggled with the definition of 'intangible'. when we defined data assets. Much more a the link.

The Intangible Asset Revolution  by Irving…


From insideHPC

$1.5 M in State HPC Funding for Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and Collaborators

$1.5 M in State HPC Funding for Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and Collaborators

Jan. 21, 2021 – The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has funded the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and collaborators with $1.5 million in two separate awards. The state’s 2020-21 budget includes a line item for $500,000 to fund…


From The Eponymous Pickle

NASA Tests Robotics

NASA Tests Robotics

Space is a god place to try out assistive robotics

NASA Readies Astrobee Flying Robots for Serious Space Science

UPI, Paul Brinkmann, in CACM

New Astrobee flying robots are being prepared by U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration…


From insideHPC

University of Glasgow Partners with Oxford Instruments NanoScience on Quantum Computing 

University of Glasgow Partners with Oxford Instruments NanoScience on Quantum Computing 

Jan. 21, 2021 — Today, the University of Glasgow, active in quantum technology development and home of the Quantum Circuits Group, announced it’s using Oxford Instruments’ next generation Cryofree refrigerator, Proteox, as part…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Teeth for Interfaces

Teeth for Interfaces

 A different kind of interaction.

Finally, Apps to Sink Your Teeth Into

By Paul Marks, Commissioned by CACM Staff,  January 12, 2021

Engineers exploring human-computer interaction have found yet another part of the body for ourThere…


From insideHPC

Modern HPC and Big Data Design Strategies for Data Centers – Part 4

Modern HPC and Big Data Design Strategies for Data Centers – Part 4

This insideHPC Special Research Report, “Modern HPC and Big Data Design Strategies for Data Centers,” provides an overview of what to consider when selecting an infrastructure capable of meeting the new workload processing needs…


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

ACM-W Rising Star Award Recipient: Munmun De Choudhury

ACM-W Rising Star Award Recipient: Munmun De Choudhury

ACM-W would like to announce Dr. Munmun De Choudhury as this year’s recipient of the ACM-W Rising Star Award. The ACM-W Rising Star Award recognizes a woman whose early-career research has had a significant impact on the computing…


From Schneier on Security

SVR Attacks on Microsoft 365

SVR Attacks on Microsoft 365

FireEye is reporting the current known tactics that the SVR used to compromise Microsoft 365 cloud data as part of its SolarWinds operation:

Mandiant has observed UNC2452 and other threat actors moving laterally to the Microsoft…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Videogames as the Future of Work

Videogames as the Future of Work

Something we examined briefly.  Can we convert work into game?   Some people already do in their heads, is that workable?  Key drivers?

Are Videogames the Future of Remote Work?

The Wall Street Journal

Christopher Mims

The startup…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Cataogs vs Discovery

Data Cataogs vs Discovery

Depends... Internally controlled vs externally, other ...   Metadata also a key component. Governance too.

Data Catalogs Are Dead; Long Live Data Discovery  in Towardsdatascience

Why we need to rethink our approach to metadataBy…


From insideHPC

HPE Selects DigiPlex for Hosting HPC Infrastructure

HPE Selects DigiPlex for Hosting HPC Infrastructure

Oslo, Norway — DigiPlex, the Nordic data centres provider, has signed an agreement with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to host AI and High-Performance Computing (HPC) technology in its Stockholm data center. The DigiPlex Stockholm…


From insideHPC

The Dell Technologies HPC Community Interviews: Flavio Villannustre Talks Open Source Analytics at LexisNexis

The Dell Technologies HPC Community Interviews: Flavio Villannustre Talks Open Source Analytics at LexisNexis

Open source champion Flavio Villanustre is vice president of technology and chief information security officer for LexisNexis Risk Solutions, which is a global developer provider of big data and analytics solutions to help manage…


From The Eponymous Pickle

GM and Microsoft Partner on Self-Driving Cars

GM and Microsoft Partner on Self-Driving Cars

 Quite some competition in the space.

Microsoft partners with GM to make self-driving cars a reality  By Tristan Greene, in TNW

Driverless car startup Cruise, a GM subsidiary, today announced the finalization of a two-billion dollar…


From insideHPC

Nimbix Brings HPC-as-a-Service to Government-Approved Clouds

Nimbix Brings HPC-as-a-Service to Government-Approved Clouds

Dallas – Nimbix, the high performance computing (HPC) cloud platform provider, has announced support for government-approved cloud infrastructures supporting FedRAMP, FIPS 140-2, ITAR, CJJS, and other compliance regimes using…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microscanner Mirrors Sensing Environment

Microscanner Mirrors Sensing Environment

 Sensing your context is very broadly useful.

Microscanner Mirrors Replace Human Vision

By Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (Germany)

A microscanner mirror for LiDAR systems enables the three-dimensional scanning of a vehicle's surroundings…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Getting Work Done During Sleep

Getting Work Done During Sleep

 Have mentioned here a number of times my involvement in related research.   Its covered in many posts.

MIT Just Discovered You Can Get Work Done Even While Asleep, And, of course, there's an app for that.

By Geoffrey James  in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quantum Communications with Drones

Quantum Communications with Drones

 More on quantum secure communications.

Quantum communication demonstrated by two hovering drones  By Luke Dormehl, January 19, 2021  in DigitalTrends 

The groundwork is being laid for the quantum internet — up in the air. Recently…