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June 2019


From insideHPC

Univa Powers Intel Select Solutions for HPC & AI Converged Clusters

Univa Powers Intel Select Solutions for HPC & AI Converged Clusters

Today Univa announced that the company is participating in the Intel Select Solution for HPC and AI Converged Clusters. "By giving our customers a path to take this next step, Intel has likewise put a lot of work into developing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More on Amazon Air Drone

More on Amazon Air Drone

 More technical details.   Not much yet about the underlying process.  That is which type orders, in which locations and what decisions will be made to decide which deliveries will be made this way.  As I  also mentioned, will…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots Predict Human Movement

Robots Predict Human Movement

Relatively simple but useful idea.   Imagine too its premise being used to predict the interaction of people and drones in a swarm performing tasks?  Or determining nearby resources?

Algorithm tells robots where nearby humans
A…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CS for Social Good White Paper Competition

CS for Social Good White Paper Competition

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC), in conjunction with Schmidt Futures, will sponsor and administer a white paper competition on the future of “CS for Social Good,” in order to harness CS to address societal challenges…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supercharging Innovation With Process

Supercharging Innovation With Process

Like the approach, and its use for products and processes.   We did it every day.   But I would add innovation should be used with a specific process to address these needs.  Sometime people think that innovation should be non…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Join the Online #CSed Conversations

Join the Online #CSed Conversations

At it’s best, social computing is a conversation that moves in a positive direction. The more people who participate the better the conversation and the more benefit for everyone involved. For computer science teachers, who are…


From insideHPC

High Performance Computing in the World of Artificial Intelligence

High Performance Computing in the World of Artificial Intelligence

In this special guest feature, Thierry Pellegrino from Dell EMC writes that data analytics powered by HPC & AI solutions are delivering new insights for research and the enterprise. "HPC is clearly no longer reserved for large…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Looks at the coming wave of 40+ Different AI Chips

Radio Free HPC Looks at the coming wave of 40+ Different AI Chips

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC Team asks, “What are we going to do with 40+ AI chips?” One such chip, Graphcore, is touted as “the most complex processor” ever at some 20 billion transistors. The VC-backed company out of…


From insideHPC

Supermicro steps up with NVIDIA EGX for AI on the Edge

Supermicro steps up with NVIDIA EGX for AI on the Edge

Today Supermicro announced support for the NVIDIA EGX platform, allowing customers to rapidly develop AI applications in their Edge networks. "Enhancing our GPU servers and advanced platforms optimized for AI at the Edge technology…


From insideHPC

Penguin Computing Breaks STAC-M3 Performance Records with WekaIO

Penguin Computing Breaks STAC-M3 Performance Records with WekaIO

cloud computingToday Penguin Computing and WekaIO announced record performance on the STAC-M3 Benchmark. The STAC-M3 Antuco and Kanaga Benchmark Suites are the industry standard for testing solutions that enable high-speed analytics on time…


From Schneier on Security

Workshop on the Economics of Information Security

Workshop on the Economics of Information Security

Last week, I hosted the eighteenth Workshop on the Economics of Information Security at Harvard. Ross Anderson liveblogged the talks....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Glasses and Face Recognition

Smart Glasses and Face  Recognition

Could happen quickly.  Cloaking technology to follow?   Future implications?

Facial recognition smart glasses could make public surveillance discreet and ubiquitous  A new product from UAE firm NNTC shows where this tech is headed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Will Driverless Cars Change Airlines?

How Will Driverless Cars Change Airlines?

This will happen,  how long it will take to become significant remains a question.  But every kind of mobility will be effected. Good piece on the topic.  Effects on the airlines?  Some straightforward models of demand and behavior…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Net-Zero Graphs

A new class of undirected graphs with quantum relevance Cropped from source Gustav Kirchoff was a German physicist active in the mid-1800s. He is known for many things, especially for his “Laws” governing voltage and current…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dynamic Gmail to be Available July 2

Dynamic Gmail to be Available July 2

Dynamic Email announced:

Gmail’s ‘dynamic email’ will be available to everyone July 2nd.
RSVP to an event or fill out a survey without leaving your inbox.
 Amrita Khalid, @askhalid in Engadget  ... "


Take action and stay up-to-date…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Reads Emotions by Voice

Amazon Reads Emotions by Voice

We tested early models of 'emotion glasses' to detect emotion in interactions with consumer products.

Amazon's rumored wearable device reads your emotions by listening to your voice  Open the pod bay doors, Alexa.     By Michael…


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

2018 Scholarship Winners

2018 Scholarship Winners

In 2018, ACM-W scholarship winners, including undergraduate students and Ph.D. students, attended conference such as WSDM in Los Angeles, ISWC in Singapore, and more. (more …)


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Duplex Calls are often From Humans

Google Duplex Calls are often From Humans

Much akin to our own attempts at putting people and/or humans in a conversational path, and looking for signals in the interaction to determine when you should shift from one kind of agent to the other.

I assume almost always

I…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Open Source Intelligence

On Open Source Intelligence

Forms of intelligence addressing risk and threat.

What Is Open Source Intelligence and How Is it Used?
By The Recorded Future Team on February 19, 2019

Key Takeaways

Open source intelligence is derived from data and information that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IOTA Partners with Avery Dennison Manufacturing

IOTA Partners with Avery Dennison Manufacturing

Been intrigued by some of IOTa's unique method of consensus, using a Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG).  No Mining.  Looks to be another assured tracking play in the supply chain.

IOTA Now Partners With Luxury Giant, Surges By 20%
Directed…


From insideHPC

Nominations Open for Woman Leader in Technical Computing Award

Nominations Open for Woman Leader in Technical Computing Award

Nominations are now open for the second biennial Emerging Woman Leader in Technical Computing Award. The award, which is presented in odd-numbered years at the annual SC conference, was launched to address the relative lack of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Salesforce to Acquire Tableau

Salesforce to Acquire Tableau

Worked with Tableau from the very beginning.   Seen impressive things from both companies.  Indications from both for linking to learning AI.

Salesforce is buying data visualization company Tableau for $15.7B in all-stock deal


From insideHPC

Future MareNostrum 5 Supercomputer at BSC to host Made-in-Europe Technologies

Future MareNostrum 5 Supercomputer at BSC to host Made-in-Europe Technologies

Today the Barcelona Supercomputing Center announced plans to host EuroHPC processor technologies within its future Mare Norstrom 5 supercomputer. "Offering an heterogenous architecture, probably based on two big clusters with…


From insideHPC

Altair HyperWorks 2019 product development platform Speeds Time-to-Market

Altair HyperWorks 2019 product development platform Speeds Time-to-Market

Today Altair released HyperWorks 2019, the latest version of its simulation- and AI-driven product development platform. "Our development focus for HyperWorks 2019 was to increase solve speed and functionality across our solutions…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Catalyzing Computing Podcast Episode 11 – Federal Funding for Science with Peter Harsha

Catalyzing Computing Podcast Episode 11 – Federal Funding for Science with Peter Harsha

A new episode of the Catalyzing Computing podcast is now available. In this episode Khari Douglas sits down with Peter Harsha, the Director of Government affairs for the Computing Research Association (CRA), to discuss the federal…


From insideHPC

NEC Delivers HPC Cluster to RWTH Aachen University in Germany

NEC Delivers HPC Cluster to RWTH Aachen University in Germany

Today NEC announced that RWTH Aachen University in Germany has started operations of a new HPC cluster. Called CLAIX-2018 the system augments the university's existing CLAIX-2016 installation. "RWTH Aachen is one of the most …


From insideHPC

The Convergence of HPC and AI Workloads Requires Flexibility and Performance

The Convergence of HPC and AI Workloads Requires Flexibility and Performance

Finding the best solution to meet the requirements for intertwined HPC and AI workloads requires us tolook at the overall platform benefits versus the benefits of individual technologies. With exascale on the horizon, the blending…


From Schneier on Security

Employment Scam

Employment Scam

Interesting story of an old-school remote-deposit capture fraud scam, wrapped up in a fake employment scam. Slashdot thread....


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Change the Programming Language, Change the Course

Change the Programming Language, Change the Course

A recent Facebook post suggested changing the language for Advanced Placement Computer Science A (what some of us annoy others by calling AP Java). This comes up regularly with lots of people suggesting their favorite language…


From [email protected]

A Design Perspective on Computational Thinking

A Design Perspective on Computational Thinking

Maybe we can just design away the need to teach computational thinking