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    January 2020


    From insideHPC

    IBM Doubles Quantum Volume with 28 Qubit Raleigh System

    IBM Doubles Quantum Volume with 28 Qubit Raleigh System

    All qubits are not created equal. Over at the IBM Blog, Jerry Chow and Jay Gambetta write that the company's new Raleigh 28-qubit quantum computer has achieved the company’s goal of doubling its Quantum Volume. The development…

    Rich Brueckner | January 9, 2020 at 11:50 AM

    From insideHPC

    New Achronix Bittware FPGA Accelerator Speeds Cloud, AI, and Machine Learning

    New Achronix Bittware FPGA Accelerator Speeds Cloud, AI, and Machine Learning

    In October Bittware and Achronix announced a strategic collaboration with Achronix to introduce the S7t-VG6 PCIe accelerator product – a PCIe card sporting the new Achronix 7nm Speedster7t FPGA. This new generation of accelerator…

    staff | January 9, 2020 at 10:11 AM

    From insideHPC

    Podcast: Software Deployment and Continuous Integration for Exascale

    Podcast: Software Deployment and Continuous Integration for Exascale

    In this Let’s Talk Exascale podcast,  Ryan Adamson from Oak Ridge National Laboratory describes how his role at the Exascale Computing Project revolves around software deployment and continuous integration at DOE facilities. …

    Rich Brueckner | January 9, 2020 at 09:58 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Finding Future Buyers

    Finding Future Buyers

    Predicting future customers.  Or categories of users.

    How IBM uses AI to help Harley-Davidson find future riders

    Harley-Davidson also used IBM tech for its new electric LiveWire motorcycle.

    Harley-Davidson is using artificial intelligence…

    Franz Dill | January 9, 2020 at 09:48 AM

    From insideHPC

    Technologies for Energy Efficient Supercomputing

    Technologies for Energy Efficient Supercomputing

    In this special guest feature, Robert Roe from Scientific Computing World writes that it is not always clear which HPC technology provides the most energy-efficient solution for a given application. "You need to understand your…

    staff | January 9, 2020 at 09:44 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Data Valuation Perspectives

    Data Valuation Perspectives

    Have had several journeys into the valuation of data and its treatment as an asset (or liability).  Another article on the topic has come up in The Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research Blog that is worth looking at, in particular…

    Franz Dill | January 9, 2020 at 12:34 AM

    From Computational Complexity

    Silicon Valley Ethics

    Spoiler Alert: This post has details from the final episodes of the HBO television series Silicon Valley



    A few times I've gotten emails from people claiming they have shown P = NP and asking whether they should keep their algorithm…

    Lance Fortnow | January 8, 2020 at 08:35 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    The Classic ID Badge Soon to Disappear?

    The Classic ID Badge Soon to Disappear?

    Makes sense, but will probably be pushed back on if it uses facial recognition, and also based on how the scanned information is used, beyond just identification.  In our own study of security in a major government facility,

    Office…

    Franz Dill | January 8, 2020 at 02:09 PM

    From Daniel Lemire's Blog

    How I teach database design

    How I teach database design

    Most software runs on top of databases. These databases are organized logically, with a schema, that is a formal description. You have entities (your user), attributes (your user’s name) and relationships between them. Typical…

    Daniel Lemire | January 8, 2020 at 01:59 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Dementia Vaccine?

    Dementia Vaccine?

    Via a loose connection I have with IdeaConnection.

    Novel dementia vaccine on track for human trials within two years   By Rich Haridy

    (But note in the comments there are some seemingly legit issues with the health science involved)…

    Franz Dill | January 8, 2020 at 01:43 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Walmart vs Amazon in India

    Walmart vs Amazon in India

    Some acquisitions seem to indicate new activity in India. Follow ModernRetail for more.

    ‘The last untapped retail behemoth’: India is the next battleground for Walmart and Amazon  By Anna Hensel  in ModernRetail .... '

    Franz Dill | January 8, 2020 at 01:17 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Bosch Face Reco Keeps Drivers Attention and Entertained

    Bosch Face Reco Keeps Drivers Attention and Entertained

    Clever general idea.  A demonstration for now.  How broadly might it be deployed?  Something as simple as detecting when you a start looking 'down', and providing a beep of the kind now used for lane encroachment would be a good…

    Franz Dill | January 8, 2020 at 12:27 PM

    From insideHPC

    WekaIO Named Major Player in File-Based Storage by IDC MarketScape

    WekaIO Named Major Player in File-Based Storage by IDC MarketScape

    IDC MarketScape has recognized WekaIO as a Major Player in this sector. According to the IDC MarketScape 2019, IDC believes that file-based storage (FBS) will continue to evolve to address the needs of traditional and next-generation…

    staff | January 8, 2020 at 12:25 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    P&G Rolls out CES Products

    P&G Rolls out CES Products

    First time I have seen Procter do this at a major tech show.   But are not really serious about selling charmin roll delivering robots in the smart home.. They still have Tide chatbots for addressing stains as skills in Alexa…

    Franz Dill | January 8, 2020 at 12:15 PM

    From insideHPC

    Delta Partners with IBM to Explore Quantum Computing

    Delta Partners with IBM to Explore Quantum Computing

    Today IBM and Delta Air Lines announced a multi-year collaborative effort to explore the potential capabilities of quantum computing to transform experiences for customers and employees. "Delta joins more than 100 clients already…

    Rich Brueckner | January 8, 2020 at 11:03 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    New SHA-1 Attack

    New SHA-1 Attack

    There's a new, practical, collision attack against SHA-1: In this paper, we report the first practical implementation of this attack, and its impact on real-world security with a PGP/GnuPG impersonation attack. We managed to…

    Bruce Schneier | January 8, 2020 at 10:38 AM

    From insideHPC

    Groq AI Chip Benchmarks Leading Performance on ResNet-50 Inference

    Groq AI Chip Benchmarks Leading Performance on ResNet-50 Inference

    Today AI chip startup Groq announced that their new Tensor processor has achieved 21,700 inferences per second (IPS) for ResNet-50 v2 inference. Groq’s level of inference performance exceeds that of other commercially available…

    Rich Brueckner | January 8, 2020 at 10:19 AM

    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    Computing Research Community Responds to HUD’s Implementation of the Fair Housing Act’s Disparate Impact Standard

    Computing Research Community Responds to HUD’s Implementation of the Fair Housing Act’s Disparate Impact Standard

    The following blog post is from Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Vice Chair Elizabeth Bradley (University of Colorado Boulder) and CCC Executive Council member Suresh Venkatasubramanian (University of Utah). Algorithmic bias…

    Helen Wright | January 8, 2020 at 10:15 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    AI Trends

    AI Trends

    In O'Reilly:   A good,  non technical look at AI trends to follow this year.  

    8 AI trends we’re watching in 2020
    Roger Magoulas looks at developments in automation, hardware, tools, model development, and more that will shape

    By…

    Franz Dill | January 8, 2020 at 10:14 AM

    From insideHPC

    Simulating the Earth’s mysterious mantle

    Simulating the Earth’s mysterious mantle

    Scientists are taking advantage of an $2.5 million NSF grant to develop a new framework for integrated geodynamic models that simulate the Earth's molten core. "Most physical phenomena can be described by partial differential…

    staff | January 8, 2020 at 10:00 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    A Smart Property System: Kognition.ai

    A Smart Property System:   Kognition.ai

    Brought to my attention.    How many ways does this description apply?   What is meant by property and using it autonomously?   What is 'Smart Property'?    (Developing)

    Enterprise-wide smart property solutionsKognition.ai

    Reduce…

    Franz Dill | January 8, 2020 at 03:10 AM

    From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

    No Password Encryption

    Who can remember passwords anyway? Real Bernie Sanders reaction source Larry David is an American comedian. He was the lead writer and producer of the Seinfeld TV series. During the previous and current election cycles he has…

    RJLipton+KWRegan | January 8, 2020 at 12:31 AM

    From insideHPC

    Podcast: The Overhype and Underestimation of Quantum Computing

    Podcast: The Overhype and Underestimation of Quantum Computing

    In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at how Quantum Computing is overhyped and underestimated at the same time. "The episode starts out with Henry being cranky. It also ends with Henry being cranky. But between those…

    Rich Brueckner | January 7, 2020 at 05:42 PM

    From insideHPC

    Atos to deploy AMD-powered AION Supercomputer at the University of Luxembourg

    Atos to deploy AMD-powered AION Supercomputer at the University of Luxembourg

    Today Atos announced a 4-year contract to supply its BullSequana XH2000 supercomputer to the University of Luxembourg. "The BullSequana XH2000 supercomputer will give researchers 1.5 times more computing capacity with a theoretical…

    staff | January 7, 2020 at 12:08 PM

    From insideHPC

    Hyperion Research Expands Analyst Team

    Hyperion Research Expands Analyst Team

    Today Hyperion Research announced that the company is staffing up with two new analysts for continuing growth and new business opportunities. The analyst firm provides thought leadership and practical guidance for users, vendors…

    Rich Brueckner | January 7, 2020 at 11:53 AM

    From insideHPC

    Dr. Alice-Agnes Gabriel from LMU wins Ada Lovelace Award for HPC

    Dr. Alice-Agnes Gabriel from LMU wins Ada Lovelace Award for HPC

    Dr. Alice-Agnes Gabriel from LMU is the winner of the 2020 PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC for her outstanding contributions to HPC in Europe. "Dr. Alice-Agnes Gabriel uses numerical simulations coupled to experimental observations…

    Rich Brueckner | January 7, 2020 at 11:18 AM

    From Putting People First

    Experientia launches a training program on “Behavioral Design & Cultural Transformation” within the Cottino Social Impact Campus

    Experientia launches a training program on “Behavioral Design & Cultural Transformation” within the Cottino Social Impact Campus

    Experientia is offering a new behavioral design training program within the new Cottino Social Impact Campus, the first center in Europe dedicated to impact education. The “Behavioral Design & Cultural Transformation” course…

    Experientia | January 7, 2020 at 11:09 AM

    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    Nominations Sought for New CCC Council Members

    Nominations Sought for New CCC Council Members

    The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is charged with catalyzing and empowering the U.S. computing research community to articulate and advance major research directions for the field. Established in 2006 through a cooperative…

    Helen Wright | January 7, 2020 at 10:52 AM

    From Putting People First

    Experientia lancia un programma di formazione su “Design comportamentale e trasformazione delle culture” entro il Cottino Social Impact Campus

    Experientia lancia un programma di formazione su “Design comportamentale e trasformazione delle culture” entro il Cottino Social Impact Campus

    Experientia lancerà un nuovissimo programma di formazione su “Design comportamentale e trasformazione delle culture” all’interno del Cottino Social Impact Campus, primo centro in Europa dedicato all’impact education, con un nuovo…

    Experientia | January 7, 2020 at 10:46 AM

    From insideHPC

    Altair PBS Works Steps Up to Exascale and the Cloud

    Altair PBS Works Steps Up to Exascale and the Cloud

    In this video from SC19, Sam Mahalingam from Altair describes how the company is enhancing PBS Works software to ease the migration of HPC workloads to the Cloud. "Argonne National Laboratory has teamed with Altair to implement…

    Rich Brueckner | January 7, 2020 at 10:40 AM
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