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    January 2020


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Stats on Alexa Skills

    Stats on Alexa Skills

    Decrease in skill increase.  Lots of other interesting skills, in particular by language. Now lets get the quality and intelligence up

    New Alexa Skill Data Show New U.S. Skills Launched in 2019 Fall to Lowest Level Since 2016
    Bret…

    Franz Dill | January 17, 2020 at 07:18 PM

    From Schneier on Security

    Friday Squid Blogging: Giant Squid Genome Analyzed

    Friday Squid Blogging: Giant Squid Genome Analyzed

    This is fantastic work: In total, the researchers identified approximately 2.7 billion DNA base pairs, which is around 90 percent the size of the human genome. There's nothing particularly special about that size, especially…

    Bruce Schneier | January 17, 2020 at 05:19 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    AR Contact Lens: Prototype

    AR Contact Lens:  Prototype

    If the QR Contact lens finally here in prototype.   Has been talked about for some time.   Ultimate kind of wearable.

    Tech Start-up Develops AR Contact Lenses
    Financial Times
    Patrick McGee

    Start-up Mojo Vision is developing augmented…

    Franz Dill | January 17, 2020 at 04:58 PM

    From [email protected]

    Not So Good After All? Don't Let 'Altruism' Kill Your Company

    Not So Good After All? Don't Let 'Altruism' Kill Your Company

    Altruism is often heralded as a panacea for management challenges, but it could actually be a death sentence for your team and projects. Here's why. 

    Yegor Bugayenko | January 17, 2020 at 12:34 PM

    From insideHPC

    Groq Hardware Now Available on Nimbix Cloud for AI Workloads

    Groq Hardware Now Available on Nimbix Cloud for AI Workloads

    Today Groq announced that the company's tensor processing hardware is now available on the Nimbix Cloud for select partners. The Groq processor is designed specifically for the performance requirements of computer vision, machine…

    Rich Brueckner | January 17, 2020 at 12:13 PM

    From insideHPC

    Podcast: Sciencetown Investigates Extreme Computing at SC19

    Podcast: Sciencetown Investigates Extreme Computing at SC19

    In this Sciencetown podcast, we follow experts from around the world to the epicenter of supercomputing - the annual, North American supercomputing conference or SC19. We ask them to weigh in on how the future of computers, artificial…

    staff | January 17, 2020 at 11:58 AM

    From Daniel Lemire's Blog

    Allocating large blocks of memory: bare-metal C++ speeds

    Allocating large blocks of memory: bare-metal C++ speeds

    In a previous post, I benchmarked the allocation of large blocks of memory using idiomatic C++. I got a depressing result: the speed could be lower than 2 GB/s. For comparison, the disk in my laptop has greater bandwidth. Methodologically…

    Daniel Lemire | January 17, 2020 at 11:52 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Be Hopeful about the Future

    Be Hopeful about the Future

    Good thoughts here, with the usual cautions coming from this source.

    Pessimism dematerialized: Four reasons to be hopeful about the future

    In More from Less, MIT Sloan School of Management’s Andrew McAfee argues that the “four

    by…

    Franz Dill | January 17, 2020 at 11:46 AM

    From insideHPC

    Meet the Future at the Supercomputing Frontiers Europe 2020 Conference

    Meet the Future at the Supercomputing Frontiers Europe 2020 Conference

    Supercomputing Frontiers Europe 2020 is a platform for the thought leaders from both academia and industry to interact and discuss the visionary ideas, the most important global trends and substantial innovations in supercomputing…

    Rich Brueckner | January 17, 2020 at 11:40 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    AI for Pizza?

    AI for Pizza?

    Not unexpected.... classic examples of looking for patterns, then creating efficiency based predictions.  Use that to provide the right profitable incentives.  Has always been a good place to star,  even before AI.

    AI… for Pizza…

    Franz Dill | January 17, 2020 at 11:22 AM

    From insideHPC

    Supercomputing the Mysteries of Boron Carbide

    Supercomputing the Mysteries of Boron Carbide

    Researchers at the University of Florida are using XSEDE supercomputers to unlock the mysteries of boron carbide, one of the hardest materials on earth. The material is also very lightweight, which explains why it has been used…

    Rich Brueckner | January 17, 2020 at 10:49 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    A Theory of Computing

    A Theory of Computing

    Looks to be of interest, both technical and philosophical.  Undergrad view at least, but could inspire people to think about where all this emerging tech and hype is going once again.  The word 'Theory' scares many people,  but…

    Franz Dill | January 17, 2020 at 09:34 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Virtual Agents

    Virtual Agents

    A broader take than chatbots, more addressed to solving specific customer service issues.    We used the term in loose combination with agent-models to deliver goal-specific assistants.     Was always important to have very specific…

    Franz Dill | January 17, 2020 at 09:17 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Seeing in Higher Dimensions

    Seeing in Higher Dimensions

    'Seeing' is constructing useful models about spaces from sensors to understand and navigate them.   Predict current and future states. A good studey of the idea.

    An Idea From Physics Helps AI See in Higher Dimensions
    The laws of…

    Franz Dill | January 17, 2020 at 09:02 AM

    From insideHPC

    200G HDR InfiniBand to Accelerate Weather Forecasting at ECMWF

    200G HDR InfiniBand to Accelerate Weather Forecasting at ECMWF

    Today Mellanox announced that 200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand has been selected by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) to accelerate their new world-leading supercomputer, based on Atos’ latest BullSequana…

    staff | January 17, 2020 at 04:29 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    US Treasury Tracking Federal Grants

    US Treasury Tracking Federal Grants

    Novel look to track and verify activity on grants.  Testing an innovation.

    US Treasury Department testing blockchain tech for tracking federal grants in TheBlockCrypto

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury, which manages government…

    Franz Dill | January 16, 2020 at 02:25 PM

    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    CCC Program Associate Position Open

    CCC Program Associate Position Open

    The Computing Research Association (CRA) seeks a highly motivated individual to serve as a Program Associate for the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) subcommittee. The program associate works closely with the CCC Director…

    Helen Wright | January 16, 2020 at 01:26 PM

    From insideHPC

    Exxact Teams with Panasas for Turnkey HPC Storage Clusters

    Exxact Teams with Panasas for Turnkey HPC Storage Clusters

    Today Exxact Corporation announced the company is joining the Panasas Accelerate Channel Partner Program. Exxact will become a key distributor and integrator for the Panasas ActiveStor Ultra product line, providing installation…

    staff | January 16, 2020 at 12:44 PM

    From insideHPC

    ScaleMP and AMD Benchmark Best-in-Class Large-System Performance on SPEC CPU 2017

    ScaleMP and AMD Benchmark Best-in-Class Large-System Performance on SPEC CPU 2017

    Today ScaleMP announced that it has accomplished best-ever recorded results for the SPEC CPU 2017 benchmark for any system size of four processors and higher. ScaleMP’s results for 32-, 24- and 16-processor systems are now holding…

    staff | January 16, 2020 at 11:31 AM

    From insideHPC

    2020 Predictions from Radio Free HPC

    2020 Predictions from Radio Free HPC

    In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team lays out their tech predictions for 2020. "Henry predicts that we’ll see a RISC-V based supercomputer on the TOP500 list by the end of 2020 – gutsy call on that. This is a double down …

    Rich Brueckner | January 16, 2020 at 11:06 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    Securing Tiffany's Move

    Securing Tiffany's Move

    Story of how Tiffany & Company moved all of its inventory from one store to another. Short summary: careful auditing and a lot of police....

    Bruce Schneier | January 16, 2020 at 11:01 AM

    From insideHPC

    Video: FPGAs and Machine Learning

    Video: FPGAs and Machine Learning

    James Moawad and Greg Nash from Intel gave this talk at ATPESC 2019. "FPGAs are a natural choice for implementing neural networks as they can handle different algorithms in computing, logic, and memory resources in the same device…

    Rich Brueckner | January 16, 2020 at 10:44 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Codemakers vs Codebreakers

    Codemakers vs Codebreakers

    Abstract below.   Amazing how much ew are now tied to cryptography, and the question is not resolved.   With the emergence of quantum it may become more complex yet. Abstract:

    Technical Perspective: Was Edgar Allan Poe Wrong After…

    Franz Dill | January 16, 2020 at 09:29 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Advances for 500 million Google Assistants

    Advances for 500 million Google Assistants

    Seems like good ideas.   Felt that Google was falling behind, even though it AI capabilities seem deep.   I want to be impressed by integrated AI.  To be shown things that are really useful when finding, using and manipulating…

    Franz Dill | January 16, 2020 at 09:28 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Qualcomm Self Driving Chips

    Qualcomm Self Driving Chips

    More indications that the winter is not that chill, AI being embedded in chips for general use/.  This did not happen during the last winter. 

    Qualcomm Announces Chips .... 

    Qualcomm, which also makes modems and other technologies…

    Franz Dill | January 16, 2020 at 09:27 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    On the Cusp of an AI Winter?

    On the Cusp of an AI Winter?

    We have done lots of new things like better language skills and pattern recognition.  But we have fallen back on delivering real process intelligence.    Circa 1990, the last 'winter' created a stall that lasted some 20 years…

    Franz Dill | January 16, 2020 at 08:39 AM

    From insideHPC

    WekaIO Accelerates 5 Million Genomes Project at Genomics England

    WekaIO Accelerates 5 Million Genomes Project at Genomics England

    Today WekaIO announced that Genomics England (GEL) has selected the Weka File System (WekaFS) to accelerate genomics research for the 5 Million Genomes Project. "We needed a modern storage solution that could scale to 100s petabytes…

    Rich Brueckner | January 16, 2020 at 03:02 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Bosch Deploys AI to Prevent Attacks on Car Electronics

    Bosch Deploys AI to Prevent Attacks on Car Electronics

    Shielding car electronics attacks. Note the application to data coming from car systems.

    Bosch Deploys AI to Prevent Attacks on Car Electronics
    By The Wall Street Journal
    January 13, 2020

    German engineering company Robert Bosch GmbH…

    Franz Dill | January 15, 2020 at 05:40 PM

    From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

    Halting Is Poly-Time Quantum Provable

    How does this intersect David Deutsch’s thoughts in 1985? Composite crop from homepages Zhengfeng Ji, Anand Natarajan, Thomas Vidick, John Wright, and Henry Yuen (JNVWY) have just posted a paper titled . The title means that…

    KWRegan | January 15, 2020 at 04:24 PM

    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    NSF’s Big Ideas

    NSF’s Big Ideas

    The following is a letter to the community from Erwin Gianchandani (Acting Assistant Director) and JD Kundu (Acting Deputy Assistant Director) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate of Computer & Information Science…

    Helen Wright | January 15, 2020 at 01:43 PM
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