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    January 2020


    From insideHPC

    Apply Now for ISC Travel Grant and Student Volunteer Programs

    Apply Now for ISC Travel Grant and Student Volunteer Programs

    Early career researchers and university students are encouraged to take advantage of the ISC Travel Grant and the ISC Student Volunteer programs. The programs are intended to enable these participants to attend the ISC 2020 conference…

    Rich Brueckner | January 15, 2020 at 12:15 PM

    From insideHPC

    Reducing the risk of blood clots by supercomputing turbulent flow

    Reducing the risk of blood clots by supercomputing turbulent flow

    People with mechanical heart valves need blood thinners on a daily basis, because they have a higher risk of blood clots and stroke. With the help of the Piz Daint supercomputer, researchers at the University of Bern have identified…

    Rich Brueckner | January 15, 2020 at 11:43 AM

    From insideHPC

    Jack Dongarra to Receive 2020 IEEE Computer Pioneer Award

    Jack Dongarra to Receive 2020 IEEE Computer Pioneer Award

    Dr. Jack Dongarra from the University of Tennessee has been named to receive the IEEE Computer Society’s 2020 Computer Pioneer Award. "The award is given for significant contributions to early concepts and developments in the…

    Rich Brueckner | January 15, 2020 at 11:21 AM

    From insideHPC

    Deep Learning State of the Art in 2020

    Deep Learning State of the Art in 2020

    Lex Fridman gave this talk as part of the MIT Deep Learning series. "This lecture is on the most recent research and developments in deep learning, and hopes for 2020. This is not intended to be a list of SOTA benchmark results…

    staff | January 15, 2020 at 11:08 AM

    From insideHPC

    Advanced simulation tools for Vortex Bladeless wind power

    Advanced simulation tools for Vortex Bladeless wind power

    Vortex Bladeless presented the company’s design for a new wind energy technology. One of the key characteristics of this system is the reduction of mechanical elements that can be worn by friction. The company developed the technology…

    staff | January 15, 2020 at 10:45 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Digital Twins and Innovation

    Digital Twins and Innovation

    Not sure I quite agree with the premise.  These are simulations,  and we often in practice we fed them with data from real operations.     Such simulations were always approximations of the real world, usually in a useful context…

    Franz Dill | January 15, 2020 at 09:49 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Future of Computer Tech?

    Future of Computer Tech?

    Points again to the 'Brain as a computing model' conundrum.   We have lots of brains we can study, observe, dissect.   But we still don't know their operational specs.   Algorithms 'work', because their input and output are simple…

    Franz Dill | January 15, 2020 at 08:37 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Why do People Buy Products Unrelated to Search?

    Why do People Buy Products Unrelated to Search?

    In Amazon/Science an interesting study.

    Why do customers buy seemingly irrelevant products?
    Analysis points to better algorithms for product discovery.
    By Liane Lewin-Eytan

    Product search algorithms, like the ones that help customers…

    Franz Dill | January 15, 2020 at 07:51 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    Critical Windows Vulnerability Discovered by NSA

    Critical Windows Vulnerability Discovered by NSA

    Yesterday's Microsoft Windows patches included a fix for a critical vulnerability in the system's crypto library. A spoofing vulnerability exists in the way Windows CryptoAPI (Crypt32.dll) validates Elliptic Curve Cryptography…

    Bruce Schneier | January 15, 2020 at 07:38 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Notices that you are Being Tracked Offline

    Notices that you are Being Tracked Offline

    A space we spend much time exploring.    But as in all related spaces, how much attention will people play to this new fine print?

    Now Stores Must Tell You How They're Tracking Your Every Move   in Wired

    California's new privacy…

    Franz Dill | January 15, 2020 at 07:33 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Google Turns IPhones into Security Keys

    Google Turns IPhones into Security Keys

    Nice approach.    What not have this done in al the common forms of phones.   Isn't any phone a unique 'key'?

    Google turns iPhones into 2FA security keys — good news in an election year     Paul Sawers @PSAWERS in Venturebeat.…

    Franz Dill | January 15, 2020 at 07:23 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    How the Internet Spans the Globe

    How the Internet Spans the Globe

    Part of the power of the internet was the fact that there were multiple ways to get from A to B,   but this article makes it seem more vulnerable.  The stats are interesting.   My old wrong impression was that it was mostly transmitted…

    Franz Dill | January 15, 2020 at 06:46 AM

    From Computational Complexity

    Quantum Provers to Infinity and Beyond

    The Internets are buzzing about the new paper MIP* = RE by Zhengfeng Ji, Anand Natarajan, Thomas Vidick, John Wright and Henry Yuan. See posts by Scott, Boaz, not to mention a wonderful backstory by Vidick himself and a tweet…

    Lance Fortnow | January 14, 2020 at 06:41 PM

    From My Biased Coin

    ITCS 2020, Reflections

    ITCS 2020, Reflections

    I've spent Sunday/Monday at ITCS, or Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science, where I am giving a talk on this paper on Scheduling with Prediction and the Price of Misprediction (LIPIcs page) (which is one of several recent…

    Michael Mitzenmacher | January 14, 2020 at 03:27 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 Indiana University Bloomington on January 30, 2020. I'll be at RSA Conference 2020 in San Francisco. On Wednesday, February 26, at 2:50 PM, I'll…

    Bruce Schneier | January 14, 2020 at 02:00 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    P&G Reveals Toothbrush with Alexa Speaker

    P&G Reveals Toothbrush with Alexa Speaker

    If you wondered what a toothbrush would say to you.

    P&G unveils $230 toothbrush with Alexa speaker
    Procter & Gamble Co. plans to begin selling a $230 electric toothbrush that includes a voice-controlled Alexa smart speaker built…

    Franz Dill | January 14, 2020 at 01:44 PM

    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    White House Proposes U.S. AI Regulatory Principles

    White House Proposes U.S. AI Regulatory Principles

    The following is a recent press release from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. They proposed 10 principles to guide federal regulation of AI technologies and applications.  These draft principles will soon…

    Helen Wright | January 14, 2020 at 01:29 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Oracle Ebook

    Oracle Ebook

    Just taking a look at this:

    Ebook via Retailwire

    Building Your Business Around Your Customers, Not Channels
    How to Calculate the Real Cost of an Ecommerce Solution
    Download Ebook Now

    Today more than ever, it's all about the customer…

    Franz Dill | January 14, 2020 at 01:13 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Apple App Store Generates $1 Billion a Week

    Apple App Store Generates $1 Billion a Week

    An amazing number for the Apple store.

    Apple’s App Store generates a billion dollars a week
    We’re more willing than ever to buy digital products, and that’s good for Apple

    On average, Apple generated over a billion dollars a week…

    Franz Dill | January 14, 2020 at 12:23 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Panasonic Cloud Analytics for Safety

    Panasonic Cloud Analytics for Safety

    Digital 'Seatbelt' combines safety data.  A clever play for this problem.  Also data for future development of safety methods and devices.   "a central nervous system for connected cars'"

    Panasonic Cloud Analytics Will Give Cars…

    Franz Dill | January 14, 2020 at 12:20 PM

    From insideHPC

    GIGABYTE and Incooling to Develop Two-Phase Liquid Cooled Servers for High Frequency Trading

    GIGABYTE and Incooling to Develop Two-Phase Liquid Cooled Servers for High Frequency Trading

    Incooling has adopted GIGABYTE’s overclockable R161 Series server platform as the test-bed and prototype model for a new class of two-phase liquid cooled overclockable servers designed for the high frequency trading market. "Incooling's…

    staff | January 14, 2020 at 11:48 AM

    From Daniel Lemire's Blog

    How fast can you allocate a large block of memory in C++?

    How fast can you allocate a large block of memory in C++?

    In C++, the most basic memory allocation code is just a call to the new operator: char *buf = new char[s]; According to a textbook interpretation, we just allocated s bytes. If you benchmark this line of code, you might findContinue…

    Daniel Lemire | January 14, 2020 at 11:42 AM

    From insideHPC

    2020 HiPEAC Conference to Showcase European Computing Technologies

    2020 HiPEAC Conference to Showcase European Computing Technologies

    The 2020 HiPEAC conference will kick off next week in Bologna to showcase the innovative made-in-Europe technologies driving computing systems from the edge to the cloud. This year, the conference will dive into radical new developments…

    staff | January 14, 2020 at 11:33 AM

    From insideHPC

    Call for Abstracts: 19th Workshop on High Performance Computing in Meteorology

    Call for Abstracts: 19th Workshop on High Performance Computing in Meteorology

    The 19th Workshop on High Performance Computing in Meteorology has issued its Call for Abstracts. With a theme entitled "Towards Exascale Computing in Numerical Weather Prediction, the event takes place September 14-18 in Bologna…

    Rich Brueckner | January 14, 2020 at 11:15 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    5G Security

    5G Security

    The security risks inherent in Chinese-made 5G networking equipment are easy to understand. Because the companies that make the equipment are subservient to the Chinese government, they could be forced to include backdoors in…

    Bruce Schneier | January 14, 2020 at 08:42 AM

    From insideHPC

    Spanish Supercomputing Network serves up record computing hours for Science

    Spanish Supercomputing Network serves up record computing hours for Science

    The Spanish Supercomputing Network (RES) closed the year 2019 with a record in the number of processor hours allocated to Spanish researchers in different areas of knowledge such as: Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences, Biomedicine…

    Rich Brueckner | January 14, 2020 at 04:22 AM

    From Computational Complexity

    What would you do if you showed P=NP? I would reread Factor Man by Matt Ginsberg

    Lance has often said (and also in this) that if P=NP that would be great for the world: much more efficient ways to build things, science could be done better, etc, and that is much more important than that modern crypto would…

    GASARCH | January 13, 2020 at 08:28 PM

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

    ACM-W Connections–January 2020

    ACM-W Connections–January 2020

    Welcome from the ACM-W Chair ACM-W is kicking off 2020 with lots of exciting news! It with great pleasure that I announce the official establishment of ACM-W Asia-Pacific.  Following a successful workshop in Chengdu, China last…

    Jen Goodall | January 13, 2020 at 07:10 PM

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

    ACM Celebrations in North America

    ACM Celebrations in North America

    er the last two months, three Celebrations were held in three countries of North America reaching over 1,000 students!

    Jen Goodall | January 13, 2020 at 06:59 PM

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

    ACM-W Rising Star Award Recipient: Vivienne Sze

    ACM-W Rising Star Award Recipient: Vivienne Sze

    ACM-W would like to announce Dr. Vivienne Sze as the winner of the inaugural ACM-W Rising Star Award.

    Jen Goodall | January 13, 2020 at 06:55 PM
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