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    February 2020


    From Schneier on Security

    Policy vs Technology

    Policy vs Technology

    Sometime around 1993 or 1994, during the first Crypto Wars, I was part of a group of cryptography experts that went to Washington to advocate for strong encryption. Matt Blaze and Ron Rivest were with me; I don't remember who…

    Bruce Schneier | February 21, 2020 at 06:54 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Superforecasting Short Course from The Edge

    Superforecasting Short Course from The Edge

    Quite interesting, free, have followed the concept for some time, but have yet to apply it.  Videos embedded at the link.   Good to see this followup.  Is enough said about embedded risk analysis?  Following.

    A Short Course in…

    Franz Dill | February 21, 2020 at 01:37 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Marketing Automation

    Marketing Automation

    Been thinking the topic late.  Goals,  risks,  Results?

    Automation Maturity Still Woeful?  
    Howard Sewell in Customerthink

    Almost 5 years ago, our agency conducted a survey to determine whether B2B companies were getting maximum…

    Franz Dill | February 20, 2020 at 04:01 PM

    From Schneier on Security

    Internet of Things Candle

    Internet of Things Candle

    There's a Kickstarter for an actual candle, with real fire, that you can control over the Internet. What could possibly go wrong?...

    Bruce Schneier | February 20, 2020 at 03:23 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Coronavirus Influences P&G China Business

    Coronavirus Influences P&G China Business

    My former employer reports.   Would seem now that the prediction of epidemics and their influence needs to be added to supply chain demand. 

    Some in-store demand has shifted to the Internet, but delivery capability is limited,…

    Franz Dill | February 20, 2020 at 01:41 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Personalization of Cyberattacks

    Personalization of Cyberattacks

    Disconcerting news in this

    The New Attack Surface is Your Life   in Andreessen Horowitz
    by Martin Casado  a 19 minute talk and supporting Deck, Notes

    From business email compromise to SIM ports, cyberattacks have shifted from networks…

    Franz Dill | February 20, 2020 at 12:01 PM

    From insideHPC

    Swiss Conference & HPCXXL User Group Events Return to Lugano

    Swiss Conference & HPCXXL User Group Events Return to Lugano

    The Swiss National Supercomputing Centre will host the 11th annual Swiss Conference and bi-annual HPCXXL Winter Meeting April 6-9 in Lugano, Switzerland. "Explore the domains and disciplines driving change and progress at an …

    Rich Brueckner | February 20, 2020 at 11:56 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Advances in Event-Based Cameras

    Advances in Event-Based Cameras

    This was brought to my attention based on a project we addressed some time ago, the term 'event based camera'  was brought up as a potential solution.  To address the significant monitoring of lab work.    Here advances in the…

    Franz Dill | February 20, 2020 at 11:34 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Microsoft Defender Expands

    Microsoft Defender Expands

    Been a user of Defender for some time now, as long as it has been available..  It seems to work,   at least in the fact that no malware has gotten through recently, that I know about.   Good to have multiple capabilities at work…

    Franz Dill | February 20, 2020 at 11:14 AM

    From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

    P=NP: A Story

    The P=NP story without symbols. [ The Movie ] Dr. Strangelove is the classic 1964 movie about the potential for nuclear war between the US and the Soviet Union during the cold war. The film was directed by Stanley Kubrick and…

    rjlipton | February 20, 2020 at 11:12 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Autonomous Cars and the Drive Thru

    Autonomous Cars and the Drive Thru

    A considerable discussion and walk-through example of the potential interactions of drive thrus and autonomous cars.  With detailed consideration of the business implications.    Had given this some thought before as how the

    AI…

    Franz Dill | February 20, 2020 at 11:03 AM

    From insideHPC

    HLRS Inaugurates Hawk Supercomputer from HPE

    HLRS Inaugurates Hawk Supercomputer from HPE

    HLRS officially dedicated their new Hawk supercomputer computer this week at a ceremony in Stuttgart, Germany. With a peak performance of approximately 26 Petaflops, Hawk is an HPE Apollo 9000 System and is among the fastest …

    Rich Brueckner | February 20, 2020 at 10:54 AM

    From insideHPC

    Podcast: Preparing for HPC & AI Convergence in the Enterprise

    Podcast: Preparing for HPC & AI Convergence in the Enterprise

    In this interview, Dr. Meyer discusses AMAX’s focus on appliances for storage, cloud, and hyper-scale integration. Dr. Meyer goes into more depth about why training in AI is now moving to deploying models at the edge, and why…

    Rich Brueckner | February 20, 2020 at 10:11 AM

    From insideHPC

    CUDA-Python and RAPIDS for blazing fast scientific computing

    CUDA-Python and RAPIDS for blazing fast scientific computing

    Abe Stern from NVIDIA gave this talk at the ECSS Symposium. "We will introduce Numba and RAPIDS for GPU programming in Python. Numba allows us to write just-in-time compiled CUDA code in Python, giving us easy access to the power…

    Rich Brueckner | February 20, 2020 at 09:59 AM

    From insideHPC

    Cooling unit saves water at Sandia supercomputing center

    Cooling unit saves water at Sandia supercomputing center

    A new high efficiency cooling unit installed on the roof of Sandia National Laboratories’ supercomputer center saved 554,000 gallons of water during its first six months of operation last year, says David J. Martinez, engineering…

    Rich Brueckner | February 20, 2020 at 03:15 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Self Checkout is Harder than it Should be

    Self Checkout is Harder than it Should be

    More on the use of the automated checkout process and related issues, with links to a survey and review:

    Shoppers have a love/hate relationship with self-checkouts    by Tom Ryan in Retailwire

    Consumers are increasingly favoring…

    Franz Dill | February 19, 2020 at 02:14 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Faster Lab Results with Phone to Lab Chip Connect

    Faster Lab Results with Phone to Lab Chip Connect

    Faster lab test results for infectious diseases.

    UC Smartphone Lab Delivers Test Results in 'Spit' Second
    University of Cincinnati
    Michael Miller

    Researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) have developed a portable lab device…

    Franz Dill | February 19, 2020 at 01:50 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    New Combinatorial Optimization Algorithm

    New Combinatorial Optimization Algorithm

    Combinatorics are of particular interest to me, are part of any kind of complex process choice problem.  Note the use of annealing, being used in some quantum methods.  Here a new advance, examining.

    Optimization Algorithm Sets…

    Franz Dill | February 19, 2020 at 01:41 PM

    From insideHPC

    HPC User Forum to Explore AI-HPDA Use In Banking and Investment Firms

    HPC User Forum to Explore AI-HPDA Use In Banking and Investment Firms

    Today Hyperion Research announced high-profile speakers from major banking and investment firms will highlight the agenda at the next HPC User Forum. Thomas Thurston, CTO of WR Hambrecht Ventures, and Brad Spiers, executive director…

    Rich Brueckner | February 19, 2020 at 01:40 PM

    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    Great Innovative Idea: Towards Geocoding Spatial Expressions

    Great Innovative Idea: Towards Geocoding Spatial Expressions

    The following Great Innovative Idea is from Hussein S. Al-Olimat from The Ohio Center of Excellence in Knowledge-Enabled Computing (Kno.e.sis) at the Wright State University. Dr. Al-Olimat along with his coauthors Valerie L.…

    Helen Wright | February 19, 2020 at 01:15 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    EU Rules for AI

    EU Rules for AI

    Will be interesting to see how such regulations evolve.

    Fear of Big Brother Guides EU Rules on AI
    Agence France-Presse
    February 17, 2020

    The artificial intelligence (AI) policy unveiled by the European Union (EU) this week urges

    Franz Dill | February 19, 2020 at 12:40 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Classification with Naive Bayes

    Classification with Naive Bayes

    Good piece, behind a paywall but worth a look.  Technical.

    Comparing a variety of Naive Bayes classification algorithms
    Comprehensive list of formulas for text classification
    Pavel Horbonos (Midvel Corp)

    Naive Bayes algorithm is

    Franz Dill | February 19, 2020 at 11:35 AM

    From insideHPC

    Podcast: Tracking the Coronavirus with HPC

    Podcast: Tracking the Coronavirus with HPC

    In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at how supercomputing can help predict and track the progress of the Covid-19 virus. "Shahin also wonders about the economic effect on the tech business as inventories dry up while…

    staff | February 19, 2020 at 11:30 AM

    From insideHPC

    LBNL Breaks New Ground in Data Center Optimization

    LBNL Breaks New Ground in Data Center Optimization

    Berkeley Lab has been at the forefront of efforts to design, build, and optimize energy-efficient hyperscale data centers. “In the march to exascale computing, there are real questions about the hard limits you run up against…

    Rich Brueckner | February 19, 2020 at 10:52 AM

    From insideHPC

    GE Research Leverages World’s Top Supercomputer to Boost Jet Engine Efficiency

    GE Research Leverages World’s Top Supercomputer to Boost Jet Engine Efficiency

    GE Research has been awarded access to the world’s #1-ranked supercomputer to discover new ways to optimize the efficiency of jet engines and power generation equipment. Michal Osusky, the project’s leader from GE Research’s …

    Rich Brueckner | February 19, 2020 at 10:34 AM

    From insideHPC

    Video: From Brains to Agents and Back

    Video: From Brains to Agents and Back

    Jane Wang from DeepMind gave this talk NeurIPS 2019. "Building on the connection between biological and artificial reinforcement learning, our workshop will bring together leading and emergent researchers from Neuroscience, Psychology…

    Rich Brueckner | February 19, 2020 at 10:00 AM

    From insideHPC

    Intel Horse Ridge Chip Addresses Key Barriers to Quantum Scalability

    Intel Horse Ridge Chip Addresses Key Barriers to Quantum Scalability

    At the International Solid-State Circuits Conference this week, Intel presented a research paper demonstrating the technical details and experimental results of its new Horse Ridge cryogenic quantum computing control chip. The…

    staff | February 19, 2020 at 03:19 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Reinforcement Learning Improvements

    Reinforcement Learning Improvements

    Very interesting item.   Quite technical.  I like the hint of using pools or teams of agents to solve reinforcement problems.   Brings to mind the idea of process design and bringing multiple resources to bear.    Can it be more…

    Franz Dill | February 18, 2020 at 02:26 PM

    From insideHPC

    UberCloud Publishes Compendium Of Case Studies in Life Sciences

    UberCloud Publishes Compendium Of Case Studies in Life Sciences

    If you are considering moving some of your HPC workload to the Cloud, nothing leads the way like a good set of case studies in your scientific domain. To this end, our good friends at the UberCloud have published a compendium…

    staff | February 18, 2020 at 12:00 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Robot Comedy for Data?

    Robot Comedy for Data?

    Ultimately we will have to be able do a better job of getting data based on reactions to proposals.  Is standup comedy using robots a model of how to get this kind of data? 

    What's the Deal With Robot Comedy?
    How to teach a robot…

    Franz Dill | February 18, 2020 at 11:52 AM
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