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    February 2020


    From Schneier on Security

    Crypto AG Was Owned by the CIA

    Crypto AG Was Owned by the CIA

    The Swiss cryptography firm Crypto AG sold equipment to governments and militaries around the world for decades after World War II. They were owned by the CIA: But what none of its customers ever knew was that Crypto AG was secretly…

    Bruce Schneier | February 11, 2020 at 11:42 AM

    From insideHPC

    Stepping up Qubit research at the DOE

    Stepping up Qubit research at the DOE

    To use quantum computers on a large scale, we need to improve the technology at their heart – qubits. Qubits are the quantum version of conventional computers’ most basic form of information, bits. The DOE’s Office of Science…

    Rich Brueckner | February 11, 2020 at 11:24 AM

    From insideHPC

    Postdoc Symposium at Berkeley Lab Looks to Exascale for Modeling and Simulation

    Postdoc Symposium at Berkeley Lab Looks to Exascale for Modeling and Simulation

    Twenty-two postdoctoral fellows from across the Computing Sciences Area shared the status of their current projects at the first CSA Postdoc Symposium, held January 30-31 at Berkeley Lab. Their presentations covered a broad range…

    Rich Brueckner | February 11, 2020 at 10:48 AM

    From insideHPC

    Podcast: Solving Multiphysics Problems at the Exascale Computing Project

    Podcast: Solving Multiphysics Problems at the Exascale Computing Project

    In this Let's Talk Exascale Podcast, Stuart Slattery and Damien Lebrun-Grandie from ORNL describe how they are readying algorithms for next-generation supercomputers at the Department of Energy. "The mathematical library development…

    staff | February 11, 2020 at 10:36 AM

    From insideHPC

    Exascale in Europe

    Exascale in Europe

    Europe has developed a strategy for exascale computing, through partnerships and collaboration of European HPC vendors, academic institutions and HPC centers. It aims to deliver exascale-class systems and place the continent …

    staff | February 11, 2020 at 10:11 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Why Don't People Use Voice to Buy?

    Why Don't People Use Voice to Buy?

     Good points made here about the buying use via smart speakers.   Privacy concerns and lack of screens hurt.    But it's also a matter of the speakers being unable to carry on a smart, contextual conversation about products. …

    Franz Dill | February 11, 2020 at 07:57 AM

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

    ACM Scholarship Winners!

    ACM Scholarship Winners!

    The ACM Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences program provides support for women students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. The student does not have to present a paper…

    Jen Goodall | February 11, 2020 at 07:49 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    More on Google Meena Chatbot: Making Contextual Sense

    More on Google Meena Chatbot: Making Contextual Sense

    More on the recently announced Google chatbot.  As I have said before, we often see intelligence in our day to day world as a conversation.   Person to person, person to machine,  person to assistant, even person to document.…

    Franz Dill | February 11, 2020 at 07:03 AM

    From [email protected]

    There is More Than One Way to Become a Good Programmer

    There is More Than One Way to Become a Good Programmer

    A recent Communications of the ACM article casts aspersions on the innovative concept of code academy, a fast-developing approach to teaching programming. The analysis in this article, based on my own experience developing a

    Bertrand Meyer | February 11, 2020 at 07:01 AM

    From [email protected]

    Talented Programmers Don't Tolerate Chaos

    Talented Programmers Don't Tolerate Chaos

    Talented programmers will strive to structure chaos and write perfect code.

    Yegor Bugayenko | February 11, 2020 at 03:19 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Algorithm to Improve Marketing

    Algorithm to Improve Marketing

    Seems something we have done for a while.  Is the algorithm more efficient? More numerical?  Note the claim for use of statistical methods and ML.

    Algorithm Analyzes Social Media Data to Help Brands Improve Marketng
    University
    February…

    Franz Dill | February 11, 2020 at 01:07 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Explaining Bioprinting

    Explaining Bioprinting

    From MIT's 'Audio Explaining' feature, well done.   Full audio at the link below.

    Audio explainer: Exploring the fields of bioprinting and biohybrid materials  MIT News Office

    The following audio excerpt and transcript features…

    Franz Dill | February 11, 2020 at 12:21 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Coronavirus Examination via AI

    Coronavirus Examination via AI

    No idea if there is any credibility in this, but the initial link is connected to the Lancet, a well known professional healthcare journal, Worth a close look. the latter in Forbes.

    Some intriguing items emerged reported Via O'Reilly…

    Franz Dill | February 10, 2020 at 03:23 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Testing Self-Driving Cars in Extreme Conditions

    Testing Self-Driving Cars in Extreme Conditions

    Extremes of data can be important.  Now how are they folded into the tests being proposed?

    Research Data Puts Self-Driving Cars to the Ultimate Test: Canadian Winter   By U of T News

    Driving in snowy conditions.

    A new dataset will…

    Franz Dill | February 10, 2020 at 01:16 PM

    From insideHPC

    University of Florida Accelerates BioTech Research with Qumulo

    University of Florida Accelerates BioTech Research with Qumulo

    The University of Florida has chosen Qumulo’s distributed file system for its scalable capacity, real-time data analytics, and industry-recognized commitment to customer care. "We wanted a storage solution that would not only…

    Rich Brueckner | February 10, 2020 at 12:30 PM

    From [email protected]

    Why IT Professionals Get A Bad Rap For Their Communications

    Why IT Professionals Get A Bad Rap For Their Communications

    Tips for improving business IT communications.

    Steve Hockey | February 10, 2020 at 12:27 PM

    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    2020 Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant Accepting Proposals

    2020 Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant Accepting Proposals

    The following is a blog from Meredith Ringel Morris, Sr. Principal Researcher & MSR Dissertation Grant Chair.  We are currently accepting proposals for the Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant through March 30, 2020. You can…

    Helen Wright | February 10, 2020 at 12:20 PM

    From insideHPC

    PASC20 talk to explore Data Landscapes to Rescue Species from Extinction

    PASC20 talk to explore Data Landscapes to Rescue Species from Extinction

    Today PASC20 announced that this year’s Public Lecture will be presented by Dalia Conde, Professor at the University of Southern Denmark and Director of Science at Species360. The lecture will focus on her team’s efforts in fighting…

    Rich Brueckner | February 10, 2020 at 11:45 AM

    From insideHPC

    Compute Canada’s Magic Castle: Terraforming the Cloud for HPC

    Compute Canada’s Magic Castle: Terraforming the Cloud for HPC

    Félix-Antoine Fortin from Compute Canada gave this talk at FOSDEM 2020. "Magic Castle uses the open-source software Terraform and HashiCorp Language (HCL) to define the virtual machines, volumes, and networks that are required…

    Rich Brueckner | February 10, 2020 at 11:07 AM

    From insideHPC

    Compendium of articles published on Numerical Algorithms for HPC Science

    Compendium of articles published on Numerical Algorithms for HPC Science

    The Royal Society Publishing has recently released a special compendium of articles based on a recent scientific discussion meeting with HPC Industry thought leaders. "This issue contains contributions from those who develop …

    Rich Brueckner | February 10, 2020 at 11:00 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Bots that Make the Wikipedia Work

    Bots that Make the Wikipedia Work

    Quite instructive and interesting look at behind the scenes at the WP.  I can see this same approach being used for some things we tried to do with enterprise level knowledge.   I note that often when I make a positive point

    Meet…

    Franz Dill | February 10, 2020 at 10:55 AM

    From insideHPC

    Stanford Student Program Gives Supercomputers a Second Life

    Stanford Student Program Gives Supercomputers a Second Life

    A novel program at Stanford is finding a second life for used HPC clusters, providing much-needed computational resources for research while giving undergraduate students a chance to learn valuable career skills. To learn more…

    Rich Brueckner | February 10, 2020 at 10:24 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    More Power in Chips at the Edge

    More Power in Chips at the Edge

    Move forward here, to learn and implement AI in edge applications of IOT,  Here a look at some progress with more to follow.

    ARM’s new edge AI chips promise IoT devices that won’t need the cloud
    The smart devices of the future
    By…

    Franz Dill | February 10, 2020 at 09:54 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Arena Scale VR

    Arena Scale VR

    Location based experiences.  Games, entertainment and beyond.    At large scale.   Will be be able to broadly participate in large scale games?  Considerable look at what is happening in this article.

    The Virtual Arena: The Standalone…

    Franz Dill | February 10, 2020 at 09:46 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Game Plan for Quantum Computing

    Game Plan for Quantum Computing

    Good thoughts on the new technology and its specific applications.

    A game plan for quantum computing
    February 2020 | Article  McKinsey
    By Alexandre Ménard, Ivan Ostojic, Mark Patel, and Daniel Volz
    A game plan for quantum computing…

    Franz Dill | February 10, 2020 at 09:21 AM

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

    ACM-W North America News

    ACM-W North America News

    ACM-W North America welcomes the newest ACM-W Student chapter, California State University at Chico! Shout out to Bryan Dixon (faculty sponsor), Tanya Bellen Bonilla (Chair), Paige Marie Jones (Vice Chair) and Maena Haroldson…

    Jen Goodall | February 10, 2020 at 07:49 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    Apple's Tracking-Prevention Feature in Safari has a Privacy Bug

    Apple's Tracking-Prevention Feature in Safari has a Privacy Bug

    Last month, engineers at Google published a very curious privacy bug in Apple's Safari web browser. Apple's Intelligent Tracking Prevention, a feature designed to reduce user tracking, has vulnerabilities that themselves allow…

    Bruce Schneier | February 10, 2020 at 07:06 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Why all Those Satellites?

    Why all Those Satellites?

    Been watching all those Starlink satellite launches.  60 per launch.  Being an observational astronomer ave been concerned about  throwing all that stuff into orbit.    Here is the motivation.

    Elon Musk Says He's About to Deliver…

    Franz Dill | February 9, 2020 at 01:54 PM

    From insideHPC

    KU Leuven in Belgium joins iRODS Consortium

    KU Leuven in Belgium joins iRODS Consortium

    The iRODS Consortium has welcomed KU Leuven as its newest Consortium member. As one of Europe’s oldest universities, Belgium’s KU Leuven boasts a long tradition of ground-breaking research and high quality education. With a new…

    staff | February 9, 2020 at 11:20 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Bayer's use of Digital Twins, Decision Science

    Bayer's use of Digital Twins, Decision Science

    Another example of AI and Digital Twins being used to construct virtual models at major enterprises.

    Bayer uses digital twins to reshape business strategy
    Bayer Crop Science has created 'virtual factories' to provide dynamic digital…

    Franz Dill | February 9, 2020 at 10:20 AM
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