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    September 2019


    From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

    Separating Words: Decoding a Paper

    A clever trick on combining automata John Robson has worked on various problems including what is still the best result on separating words—the topic we discussed the other day. Ken first knew him for his proof than checkers…

    rjlipton | September 16, 2019 at 05:26 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Computing Power and a Quest for Intelligence

    Computing Power and a Quest for Intelligence

    Interesting piece in MIT news today on their work with IBM and Google to receive a supercomputer,  and get Google Cloud Credits, and the implications of how these will be used in a 'Quest for Intelligence'.   Thoughtful points…

    Franz Dill | September 16, 2019 at 02:32 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Including Smart Sensors in Building Design

    Including Smart Sensors in Building Design

    Pointing to new studies about smart building architectural design.

    Using smart sensor technology in building design in TechXplore   by San Diego State University

    Have lights turned on automatically when you walk into a room? Does…

    Franz Dill | September 16, 2019 at 12:12 PM

    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    CCC Workshop Report Released: Identifying Research Challenges in Post Quantum Cryptography Migration and Cryptographic Agility

    CCC Workshop Report Released:  Identifying Research Challenges in Post Quantum Cryptography Migration and Cryptographic Agility

    David Ott (VMware Research) and Chris Peikert (University of Michigan) provided contributions to this post.  On January 31-February 1, 2019, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) held a workshop in Washington, D.C. to discuss…

    Helen Wright | September 16, 2019 at 12:05 PM

    From insideHPC

    Podcast: Extreme Power and Cooling Efficiency at DownUnder Geosolutions

    Podcast: Extreme Power and Cooling Efficiency at DownUnder Geosolutions

    In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at an interesting presentation on Power and Cooling by Stuart Midgley from DownUnder Geosolutions. Their 250 Petaflop “Bubba” supercomputer uses immersive cooling for extreme density…

    staff | September 16, 2019 at 11:48 AM

    From insideHPC

    Call for Submissions: ISC 2020 Contributed Program

    Call for Submissions: ISC 2020 Contributed Program

    ISC 2020 has issued it Call for Submissions for its Contributed Program. The conference takes place June 21-25, 2020, in Frankfurt, Germany and will be attended by over 3,700 attendees and 160 exhibitors. The event will continue…

    staff | September 16, 2019 at 11:27 AM

    From insideHPC

    ExaNeSt Project Successfully Builds Prototype for Exascale

    ExaNeSt Project Successfully Builds Prototype for Exascale

    In this video, researchers describe the results from the ExaNeSt project. "The prototype is now successfully built, demonstrating energy efficiency in a High-Performance Computing (HPC) testbed: the energy consumed for solving…

    Rich Brueckner | September 16, 2019 at 11:05 AM

    From insideHPC

    Video: The SX Aurora TSUBASA (Vector Engine)

    Video: The SX Aurora TSUBASA (Vector Engine)

    Deepak Pathania from NEC gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. "The NEC Vector Engine Processor was developed using 16 nm FinFET process technology for extreme high performance and low power consumption. The Vecor Engine Processor…

    Rich Brueckner | September 16, 2019 at 10:27 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Exposure in a Supply Chain

    Exposure in a Supply Chain

    Interesting examination of a massive supply chain and its exposure to threats.   Seems any complex supply chain should have this done, and repeated as contexts change.

    Here are 3 key players in Apple’s massive supply chain
    By Ethan…

    Franz Dill | September 16, 2019 at 09:49 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    AI Reproduce-ability Crisis

    AI Reproduce-ability Crisis

    Science requires enough information to reproduce a result that is claimed.   But does not mean that a result cannot be consistently useful even if not formally 'reproduced',   And what then does 'reproducing'  mean?  It will

    Notable…

    Franz Dill | September 16, 2019 at 09:19 AM

    From Computational Complexity

    this paper from 2015 cracks Diffie-Hellman. What to tell the students?

    I am teaching cryptography this semester for the second time (I taught it in Fall 2019) and will soon tell the students about the paper from 2015:

    Imperfect Forward Secrecy: How Diffie-Hellman Fails in Practice. There are 14

    GASARCH | September 16, 2019 at 09:10 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    New Wifi Standard 6 Released.

    New Wifi Standard 6 Released.

    Detailed piece.  Apple mentioned Wi-Fi 6 being supported in the latest phones.   Claims to be faster, and be more efficient for multiple users on a single network, promising for the smart home.   But you will need to get new

    Faster…

    Franz Dill | September 16, 2019 at 08:22 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Autonomous Planning in Food Retail

    Autonomous Planning in Food Retail

    Advanced Planning using machine learning techniques are suggested for procurement.   We always had advanced planning, its just how well you could integrate it with predictions of demand, and in particular unusual elements of

    The…

    Franz Dill | September 16, 2019 at 08:05 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    Another Side Channel in Intel Chips

    Another Side Channel in Intel Chips

    Not that serious, but interesting: In late 2011, Intel introduced a performance enhancement to its line of server processors that allowed network cards and other peripherals to connect directly to a CPU's last-level cache, rather…

    Bruce Schneier | September 16, 2019 at 07:39 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Building Knowledge Graphs

    Building Knowledge Graphs

    Have been looking at means of continuously and coherently connecting company data sources to analytical and AI methods.    Most recently have looked at the idea of 'Knowledge Graphs'.   Of interest, an upcoming webinar by Neo4j…

    Franz Dill | September 15, 2019 at 06:48 PM

    From Apophenia

    Facing the Great Reckoning Head-On

    Facing the Great Reckoning Head-On

    I was recently honored by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Alongside Oakland Privacy and William Gibson, I received a 2019 Barlow/Pioneer Award. I was asked to give a speech. As I reflected on what got me to this place, I…

    zephoria | September 15, 2019 at 06:12 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Verizon says 5G Will be Available Everywhere Mobile is

    Verizon says 5G Will be Available Everywhere Mobile is

    Not fully understanding this.  I assume your hardware will have to deal with it, and recent announcements by major players have not mentioned it.    Implications?

    Verizon will launch home 5G everywhere mobile service is available…

    Franz Dill | September 15, 2019 at 04:33 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Certainty is Unusual

    Certainty is Unusual

    Jason Brownlee does his usual good job of explaining important concepts.   Here largely non technical.  And this is perhaps the most important.  Often the hardest to explain to decision makers, despite the fact that they deal…

    Franz Dill | September 15, 2019 at 03:47 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Cooperation is Central Issue of Our Time

    Cooperation is Central Issue of Our Time

    It really has been the central issue of all time. Its just now we have to cooperate with so many people/things.   Or at least have the opportunity to.   And we now have have to cooperate with some some new things, that threaten…

    Franz Dill | September 15, 2019 at 01:01 PM

    From insideHPC

    Deep Learning at scale for the construction of galaxy catalogs

    Deep Learning at scale for the construction of galaxy catalogs

    A team of scientists is now applying the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and high-performance supercomputers to accelerate efforts to analyze the increasingly massive datasets produced by ongoing and future cosmological…

    staff | September 15, 2019 at 12:05 PM

    From insideHPC

    Computational Evaluation of Cloud HPC with a Global Atmospheric Model

    Computational Evaluation of Cloud HPC with a Global Atmospheric Model

    Daniel Arevalo from DeVine Consulting gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. "Prompted by DoD priorities for modernization, cost savings, and redundancy, this project compared the performance of the NAVGEM on an in-house Cray …

    Rich Brueckner | September 15, 2019 at 11:48 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Coaching with AI

    Coaching with AI

    Late to noting this, but thought it was interesting.  How might this be more broadly delivered?

    2019 U.S. Open gets new 'coach' with IBM's A.I. technology   in Yahoo Finance

    The Coach Advisor technology is said to be a "game-changer"…

    Franz Dill | September 15, 2019 at 09:32 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Generating Text for All

    Generating Text for All

    Should we delight or be worried?

    The world’s most freakishly realistic text-generating A.I. just got gamified  By Luke Dormehl  in DigitalTrends

    What would an adventure game designed by the world’s most dangerous A.I. look like…

    Franz Dill | September 15, 2019 at 08:55 AM

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

    ACM-W Connections–September 2019

    ACM-W Connections–September 2019

    Welcome from the ACM-W Chair September marks the beginning of a new year of programming for ACM-W and this one promises to be an exciting one.  Our organization is growing and changing, reaching ever more widely across the globe…

    Jen Goodall | September 14, 2019 at 08:44 PM

    From Schneier on Security

    Upcoming Speaking Engagements

    Upcoming Speaking Engagements

    This is a current list of where and when I am scheduled to speak: I'm speaking at University College London on September 23, 2019. I'm speaking at World's Top 50 Innovators 2019 at the Royal Society in London on September 24,…

    Bruce Schneier | September 14, 2019 at 07:16 PM

    From Daniel Lemire's Blog

    Science and Technology links (September 14th 2019)

    Science and Technology links (September 14th 2019)

    Streaming music makes up 80% of the revenue of the music industry. Revenue is up 18% for the first six months of 2019. This follows a record year in 2018 when the music industry reached its highest revenues in 10 years. Though…

    Daniel Lemire | September 14, 2019 at 01:53 PM

    From Daniel Lemire's Blog

    Speeding up independent binary searches by interleaving them

    Speeding up independent binary searches by interleaving them

    Given a long list of sorted values, how do you find the location of a particular value? A simple strategy is to first look at the middle of the list. If your value is larger than the middle value, look at the last half of the…

    Daniel Lemire | September 14, 2019 at 01:30 PM

    From insideHPC

    NVIDIA Powers Rosie Supercomputer at MSOE

    NVIDIA Powers Rosie Supercomputer at MSOE

    An NVIDIA GPU-powered supercomputer named "Rosie" is at the heart of a new computational science facility at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. "Housed in a glass-walled area within the newly constructed four-story Diercks …

    staff | September 14, 2019 at 12:23 PM

    From insideHPC

    Job of the Week: Software Developer/SLURM System Administrator at Adaptive Computing

    Job of the Week: Software Developer/SLURM System Administrator at Adaptive Computing

    Adaptive Computing is seeking a Software Developer/SLURM System Administrator in our Job of the Week. The position is located in the Naples, Florida. "This is an excellent opportunity to be part of the core team in a rapidly …

    Rich Brueckner | September 14, 2019 at 11:49 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Hardening Encryption for Quantum Computing

    Hardening Encryption for Quantum Computing

    Our own early look at QC aimed at very highly combinatorial problems, and some believe this will also provide methods to break encryption.     Now there are efforts underway to solve this problem.  I note all the claims made

    Companies…

    Franz Dill | September 14, 2019 at 10:55 AM
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