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July 2019


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

CSTA 2019 Day 3

CSTA 2019 Day 3

So I missed the opening keynote which I am sure was amazing but I spent the time catching up with a good friend who I see too rarely. Time well spend. Leigh Ann Delyser from CS for All sometimes talks about the CS community as…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nestle Open Blockchain Pilot

Nestle Open Blockchain Pilot

Always impressed by Nestle's efforts in tech,    Note the consumer facing direction.  Again another example of seriousness in CPG, Retail and Supply Chain.  Here transparency to consumer seems to be the goal. 

Nestle Embarks …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart and the Workforce of the Future

Wal-Mart and the Workforce of the Future

In HBS Working Knowledge, interesting view of changes in the workplace once it is digitized and moves towards automation.     With Wal-Mart as example.

Walmart's Workforce of the Future     by Julia Hanna
A case study by William…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Children's Intelligence in Connections and Flexibility

Children's Intelligence in Connections and Flexibility

I have a very young granddaughter, so I am alert to  examples of intelligence and how it can come about.  It is an old AI model,  if you could build a very flexible learning model, with the correct sensors to understand its environment…


From insideHPC

Google Cloud and NVIDIA Set New Training Records on MLPerf v0.6 Benchmark

Google Cloud and NVIDIA Set New Training Records on MLPerf v0.6 Benchmark

Today the MLPerf effort released results for MLPerf Training v0.6, the second round of results from their machine learning training performance benchmark suite. MLPerf is a consortium of over 40 companies and researchers from…


From insideHPC

David Bader to Lead New Institute for Data Science at NJIT

David Bader to Lead New Institute for Data Science at NJIT

Professor David Bader will lead the new Institute for Data Science at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Focused on cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and development in all areas pertinent to digital data, the institute…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Authorship Patterns via Machine Learning

Authorship Patterns via Machine Learning

Although this about music, I like it as an example of pattern recognition, and useful as an exampled.  I note that the link is to the Financial Times, which has a strict pay-wall.   But the example stands as a useful example

Abstract…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Explainable AI from Kyndi is Funded

Explainable AI from Kyndi is Funded

Quite a claim, like the components I see mentioned.  More explanation, logic, graphs, semantics ....  we explored and used them all,  is it enough for required transparency?  And how will such AI and explanation be maintained…


From insideHPC

The Challenges of Updating Scientific Codes for New HPC Architectures

The Challenges of Updating Scientific Codes for New HPC Architectures

In this video from PASC19 in Zurich, Benedikt Riedel from the University of Wisconsin describes the challenges researchers face when it comes to updating their scientific codes for new HPC architectures. After that he describes…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing Potential Impacts of a Major Quake by Building Location and Size

Supercomputing Potential Impacts of a Major Quake by Building Location and Size

National lab researchers from Lawrence Livermore and Berkeley Lab are using supercomputers to quantify earthquake hazard and risk across the Bay Area. Their work is focused on the impact of high-frequency ground motion on thousands…


From insideHPC

NEC Embraces Open Source Frameworks for SX-Aurora Vector Computing

NEC Embraces Open Source Frameworks for SX-Aurora Vector Computing

In this video from ISC 2019, Dr. Erich Focht from NEC Deutschland GmbH describes how the company is embracing open source frameworks for the SX-Aurora TSUBASA Vector Supercomputer. "Until now, with the existing server processing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tricks for Complex Machine Learning

Tricks for Complex Machine Learning

Always new and interesting ideas from DSC,  here is an example, join their group:

7 Simple Tricks to Handle Complex Machine Learning Issues
Posted by Vincent Granville 

We propose simple solutions to important problems that all



From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Analytics and Private Equity

Data Analytics and Private Equity

From the Wharton Customer Analytics Conference.

In [email protected]:

Data Analytics Is (Slowly) Transforming Private Equity
Jul 08, 2019 North America 

Data analytics is one of the hottest areas in business these days. Companies…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Alexa to give NHS Advice in UK

Amazon Alexa to give NHS Advice in UK

Concern still exists about privacy.

Amazon Alexa will now be giving out health advice to UK citizens
The UK’s National Health Service hopes that its partnership with Amazon could help to reduce demand on its services.

The news:

In…


From Schneier on Security

Details of the Cloud Hopper Attacks

Details of the Cloud Hopper Attacks

Reuters has a long article on the Chinese government APT attack called Cloud Hopper. It was much bigger than originally reported. The hacking campaign, known as "Cloud Hopper," was the subject of a U.S. indictment in December…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

CSTA 2019 Day 2

CSTA 2019  Day 2

I’m always skeptical about celebrity keynotes at education conferences so my expectations for Natasha Singer from the New York Times.were not high. I was pleasantly surprised though. She gave me a lot to think about when teaching…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Parsing JSON using SIMD instructions on the Apple A12 processor

Parsing JSON using SIMD instructions on the Apple A12 processor

Most modern processors have “SIMD instructions“. These instructions operate over wide registers, doing many operations at once. For example, you can easy subtract 16 values from 16 other values in a single SIMD instruction. It…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Blue Sky Ideas- AAAI-20 Senior Member Presentation Track Open

Blue Sky Ideas- AAAI-20 Senior Member Presentation Track Open

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is sponsoring a Blue Sky Ideas Track at the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-20) in February 2020 in New York through their Senior Member Presentation Track…


From insideHPC

Call for Submissions: Deep Learning on Supercomputers Workshop at SC19

Call for Submissions: Deep Learning on Supercomputers Workshop at SC19

The Deep Learning (DL) on Supercomputers workshop has issued its Call for Submissions. Now in its third year, the workshop will be held with the SC19 conference in Denver on Nov 17. "This third workshop in the Deep Learning on…


From insideHPC

IQM Startup in Finland Developing Fault-tolerant Quantum Processor

IQM Startup in Finland Developing Fault-tolerant Quantum Processor

A new startup called IQM in Finland aims to drive disruptive advancements in quantum computing. A spinout from Aalto University and the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, IQM is developing high-speed quantum processors…


From The Eponymous Pickle

L'Oreal Digital Marketing

L'Oreal Digital Marketing

A view into what L'Oreal is doing at the link.

Marketing 3.0: How L’Oréal is embracing new marketing codes
De-siloing, in-sourcing, “mutual upskilling”: L’Oréal’s digital chief on how the beauty giant is reacting to market disruption…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Uber Does Blockchain in Health Startup

Uber Does Blockchain in Health Startup

 Another indication that Blockchain is spreading to digital industry.

Uber Subsidiary Grants Ethereum Startup Access To Entire American Fleet

Michael del Castillo and Forbes  Staff
Crypto & Blockchain in Forbes.

Ride-sharing giant…


From insideHPC

Argonne Team Breaks Record with 2.9 Petabytes Globus Data Transfer

Argonne Team Breaks Record with 2.9 Petabytes Globus Data Transfer

Today the Globus research data management service announced the largest single file transfer in its history: a team led by Argonne National Laboratory scientists moved 2.9 petabytes of data as part of a research project involving…


From insideHPC

Modular Supercomputing Moves Forward in Europe

Modular Supercomputing Moves Forward in Europe

In this video from ISC 2019, Thomas Lippert from the Jülich Supercomputing Centre describes how modular supercomputing is paving the way forward for HPC in Europe. "The Modular Supercomputer Architecture (MSA) is an innovative…


From [email protected]

Leonardo's Self-driving Car

Leonardo's Self-driving Car

Leonardo da Vinci, who died 500 years ago, had already designed a self-driving car.


From insideHPC

HPE to Build Bridges-2 Supercomputer at PSC

HPE to Build Bridges-2 Supercomputer at PSC

NSF is funding $10 Million for a new supercomputer at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), a joint research center of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. We designed Bridges-2 to drive discoveries…


From The Noisy Channel

I discuss it a bit in this post: https://queryunderstanding.com/query-expansion-2d68d47cf9c8

I discuss it a bit in this post: https://queryunderstanding.com/query-expansion-2d68d47cf9c8

I discuss it a bit in this post: https://queryunderstanding.com/query-expansion-2d68d47cf9c8


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pocket-able Drone Announced

Pocket-able Drone Announced

 Was struck by this Indiegogo prototype of AirPix, a mini drone that can be used for tracking, selfies, etc.    Note that this is a funding site, with all of the usual cautions, that is,  there is no guarantee it wil ever be

 …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Industrial Automation Dynamics

Industrial Automation Dynamics

 Capturing value in machinery and industrial automation as market dynamics change

Shifting growth patterns and digitization are reshaping the sector. A strategic response can help machinery and industrial automation companies

Sent…


From The Eponymous Pickle

RFID Paper Embeds several Types of Tags

RFID Paper Embeds several Types of Tags

Interesting, flexible application of RFID embedded paper.

In RFID Journal

RFID Paper Turns the Page on Label and Card Printing
ISBC's new standard paper, with embedded NFC, HF or UHF tags, can be designed, ordered and printed according…