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February 2021


From insideHPC

Katana Graph Secures $28.5 Million Series A Financing Round Led by Intel Capital

Katana Graph Secures $28.5 Million Series A Financing Round Led by Intel Capital

AUSTIN, TX – February 24, 2021 – Katana Graph, the high-performance scale-out graph processing, AI and analytics company, announced today that it has completed a $28.5 million Series A financing round led by Intel Capital with…


From insideHPC

SiPearl and Open-Silicon Research Team to Accelerate Custom Silicon for HPC

SiPearl and Open-Silicon Research Team to Accelerate Custom Silicon for HPC

MAISONS-LAFFITTE, France — SiPearl, designer of high-performance, energy-efficient microprocessor for the European exascale supercomputer and Open-Silicon Research, the India-based entity of OpenFive, a leading provider of custom…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Schank Academy

Schank Academy

 I had mentioned reading some comments by Roger Schank.   Also noted he now has an 'academy', Emphases in Cyber Security, Software Development and Data Analytics.  Always liked his fresh approaches, even criticisms of  our efforts…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Metalens: Zoom-able Lenses without Moving Parts

Metalens: Zoom-able Lenses without Moving Parts

Continued advances in lenses,  leading to more capabilities in computational sensors.  Continue to be amazed by abilities to take pictures on phones, and capture in real time information about the world and react to it.   Advances…


From insideHPC

10 Questions to Ask When Starting With AI – Part 3

10 Questions to Ask When Starting With AI – Part 3

In this insideHPC Guide, “10 Questions to Ask When Starting With AI,” our friends over at WEKA offer 10 important questions to ask when starting with AI, specifically planning for success beyond the initial stages of a project…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Worldwide Web as We Know Ending?

Worldwide Web as We Know Ending?

 Certainly changing.  What drives such changes, more legislation, which are likely to produce yet more and likely less creative participants.   It was lack of govt oversight that drove that creativity.  

The worldwide web as we…


From insideHPC

5 Cloud Risk To-do’s

5 Cloud Risk To-do’s

Suggestions from Tim Mercer, founder of IBOXG, which provides technology services and solutions to government agencies and corporations.  Cybersecurity breaches have become all too common, putting public health, individuals’ private…


From insideHPC

Samsung Begins Mass Production of Data Center SSD for Hyperscale Environments

Samsung Begins Mass Production of Data Center SSD for Hyperscale Environments

SEOUL — Feb. 24, 2021 — Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced it has begun mass producing its most advanced line of data center SSDs, the PM9A3 E1.S. The new PM9A3 fully complies with the Open Compute Project (OCP) NVMe…


From insideHPC

CrownBio and JSR Life Sciences Partner with Cambridge Quantum Computing to Leverage Quantum Machine Learning for Novel Cancer Treatment Biomarker Discovery 

CrownBio and JSR Life Sciences Partner with Cambridge Quantum Computing to Leverage Quantum Machine Learning for Novel Cancer Treatment Biomarker Discovery 

SUNNYVALE, CA and CAMBRIDGE, UK, February 24, 2021 – Crown Bioscience (CrownBio), JSR Life Sciences and Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) today announced a partnership agreement to explore the application of quantum technology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quantum Computer Solves Simulation

Quantum Computer Solves Simulation

Recall our previous mentions of D-Wave Quantum Methods.

A quantum computer just solved a decades-old problem three million times faster than a classical computer   

Using a method called quantum annealing, D-Wave's researchersBy…


From insideHPC

Atos Boosts Supercomputing Power for Spanish State Meteorological Agency AEMET

Atos Boosts Supercomputing Power for Spanish State Meteorological Agency AEMET

Paris and Madrid, February 23, 2021 – Atos announced it has been selected by the Spanish State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) to supply and install its computing and storage technology, through the tender “Contracting of Supply…


From insideHPC

DDN Global Leader in Intelligent Infrastructure and Technology Announces Record Breaking Revenue of $400 Million in 2020

DDN Global Leader in Intelligent Infrastructure and Technology Announces Record Breaking Revenue of $400 Million in 2020

CHATSWORTH, Calif. – Feb. 23, 2021 – DDN, the artificial intelligence (AI) and multicloud data management solutions company, today announced record-breaking annual revenue of $400 million and its highest ever profitability in…


From insideHPC

Chenbro Unveils Update to Open-Bay Product Line with New Server Chassis Models

Chenbro Unveils Update to Open-Bay Product Line with New Server Chassis Models

Taipei, Taiwan, Feb 23, 2021 – Rackmount server and storage manufacturer, Chenbro (TWSE: 8210), has announced a new line of updates to its open-bay server chassis products. Joining Chenbro’s existing open-bay products, the new…


From insideHPC

NAG Delivers Machine Learning Guidance via New Azure HPC + AI Collaboration Centre

NAG Delivers Machine Learning Guidance via New Azure HPC + AI Collaboration Centre

23 February 2021 – Oxford, UK: The Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) will provide machine learning guidance to Microsoft Azure users via the new Azure HPC & AI Collaboration Centre. In partnership with NVIDIA, this new centre …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Upcoming Voice AI with Clouds: Podcast

Upcoming Voice AI with Clouds: Podcast

Of interest, the future of Voice nd AI.   Will be following.

Voice Talks Rises to the Clouds for February 25 Episode by Eric Hal Schwartz in Voicebot.ai

Modev’s VOICE Talks Presented by Google Assistant will peer into the future…


From insideHPC

Hyperion HPC User Study: Demand for Sim-Analytics Systems, a Throughput Boom, AMD GPUs and FPGAs on the Move and Other Findings

Hyperion HPC User Study: Demand for Sim-Analytics Systems, a Throughput Boom, AMD GPUs and FPGAs on the Move and Other Findings

Industry analyst firm Hyperion Research has completed its latest study of high performance computing buyers and users, it’s first since 2017, and the report reveals a quickly evolving and innovating industry in which, among other…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Cloud Access for NSF CISE Research

Cloud Access for NSF CISE Research

An increasing number of National Science Foundation (NSF) Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) solicitations, including the CISE Core Programs (for which SMALL Projects do not have a submission deadline), are…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pin Screens to the Walls

Pin Screens to the Walls

Is it the future of display to have information pinned on the wall.  Or floating in space?

Qualcomm’s new AR ‘Smart Viewer’ lets you pin virtual screens to your walls

Lenovo adopted the design for its ThinkReality glasses

By Adi…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM and AI. An Abandonment of Watson?

IBM and AI.  An Abandonment of Watson?

 I see that our interesting correspondent and critic from before the first AI winter, Roger Schank, has posted a note strongly criticizing IBM on AI and cognitive claims.  Below an excerpt, link through to more: 

They are not …


From insideHPC

Xilinx Alveo Platform for Networking and AI Video Analytics

Xilinx Alveo Platform for Networking and AI Video Analytics

SAN JOSE, Feb. 23, 2021 – Addressing the demands of the modern data center, Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) today announced a range of new data center products and solutions, including a new family of Alveo SmartNICs, Smart World…


From insideHPC

RISC-V International Unveils Fast Track Architecture Extension Process and Ratifies ZiHintPause Extension

RISC-V International Unveils Fast Track Architecture Extension Process and Ratifies ZiHintPause Extension

Zurich – Feb. 23, 2021 – RISC-V International, a non-profit corporation controlled by its members to drive the adoption and implementation of the free and open RISC-V instruction set architecture (ISA), unveiled its Fast Track…


From insideHPC

Semtech to Enable 50Gbps PAM4 Front Haul 5G Wireless Deployment with 5G Front Haul Tri-Edge CDR IC Solution

Semtech to Enable 50Gbps PAM4 Front Haul 5G Wireless Deployment with 5G Front Haul Tri-Edge CDR IC Solution

CAMARILLO, CA, Feb. 23, 2021 –Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC), supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, today announced sampling of a new solution (GN2255), Semtech’s Tri…


From insideHPC

AIOps Company ScienceLogic Raises $105M from Goldman Sachs, Intel Capital and NewView Capital

AIOps Company ScienceLogic Raises $105M from Goldman Sachs, Intel Capital and NewView Capital

Reston, Virginia – February 23, 2021 – ScienceLogic, provider of AI-driven monitoring solutions for hybrid cloud management, announced today that it has raised $105 million in growth financing. Silver Lake Waterman led the company…


From Computational Complexity

Good Names and Bad Names of Game Shows and theorems

 In my post on Alex Trebek, see here, I noted that Jeopardy! is not a good name for the game show since it doesn't tell you much about the show. Perhaps Answers and Questions is a better name.

The following game shows have names…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Parsing Floating-point Numbers Really Fast in C#

Parsing Floating-point Numbers Really Fast in C#

Programmers often write out numbers as strings (e.g., 3.1416) and they want to read back the numbers from the string. If you read and write JSON or CSV files, you do this work all of the time. Previously, we showed that we could…


From Schneier on Security

The Problem with Treating Data as a Commodity

The Problem with Treating Data as a Commodity

Excellent Brookings paper: “Why data ownership is the wrong approach to protecting privacy.”

From the introduction:

Treating data like it is property fails to recognize either the value that varieties of personal information…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Linux and Open Source Go to Mars

Linux and Open Source Go to Mars

Big follower of astronomy and astronautics.   Connections to modern computing are also of continued interest.   The latest efforts to Mars are instructive.  What else can be done to support the capability for modern, long distance…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Big Quantum Win was a Mistake

Microsoft Big Quantum Win was a Mistake

Interesting,  recall the announcement then, mostly technical points are made here, but worth noting.   Not clear then hw this will effect Microsoft's work in the space, if at all. 

Microsoft’s Big Win in Quantum Computing Was …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Modernizing Data Dashboards.

Modernizing Data Dashboards.

Good thoughts, somewhat obvious, but still useful tips about the ideas involved. 

Modernizing Data Dashboards. Posted by Technovert Solutions on February 21, 2021  in DSC. 

Modernizing is critical to apply the latest technologies…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Great Innovative Idea: Using Computer Modeling to Effectively Prioritize and Distribute the COVID-19 Vaccine

Great Innovative Idea: Using Computer Modeling to Effectively Prioritize and Distribute the COVID-19 Vaccine

The following Great Innovative Idea is from Daniel Larremore, Assistant Professor at University of Colorado Boulder Computer Science Department and the BioFrontier Institute, where he leads Larremore Lab. In addition, he holds…