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    February 2019


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Advanced Surveillance at Parkland

    Advanced Surveillance at Parkland

    Accuracy and invasiveness are being questioned.  Back to the transparency of algorithms involved.

    Parkland School Turns to Experimental Surveillance Software That Can Flag Students as Threats 
    The Washington Post   By Drew Harwell…

    Franz Dill | February 16, 2019 at 01:00 AM

    From Putting People First

    [Book] The Next Billion Users: Digital Life Beyond the West

    [Book] The Next Billion Users: Digital Life Beyond the West

    The Next Billion Users: Digital Life Beyond the West by Payal Arora Harvard University Press, 2019 280 pages A digital anthropologist examines the online lives of millions of people in China, India, Brazil, and across the Middle…

    Experientia | February 15, 2019 at 09:20 PM

    From Schneier on Security

    Friday Squid Blogging: Sharp-Eared Enope Squid

    Friday Squid Blogging: Sharp-Eared Enope Squid

    Beautiful photo of a three-inch-long squid. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. Read my blog posting guidelines here....

    Bruce Schneier | February 15, 2019 at 05:24 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Baidu Launches Blockchain with Smart Contracts

    Baidu Launches Blockchain with Smart Contracts

    Quite intriguing notion of what this is, and the method by which it reaches consensus.   The Smart Contract or DDE (decentralized application) would appear to be a generalized template approach that could implement agreements…

    Franz Dill | February 15, 2019 at 02:35 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    JP Morgan Declares a Cryptocurrency?

    JP Morgan Declares a Cryptocurrency?

    In what seemed like a considerable endorsement, of the kind that puts your money where your hype may be,  JP Morgan yesterday declared it was setting up to test its own cryptocurrency, called a JPM Coin.   Or did it?   MIT Tech…

    Franz Dill | February 15, 2019 at 02:18 PM

    From insideHPC

    EuroHPC Takes First Steps Towards Exascale

    EuroHPC Takes First Steps Towards Exascale

    The European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) has launched its first calls for expressions of interest, to select the sites that will host the Joint Undertaking’s first supercomputers (petascale and precursor…

    staff | February 15, 2019 at 01:53 PM

    From insideHPC

    Podcast: Modernizing the Electric Grid with HPC

    Podcast: Modernizing the Electric Grid with HPC

    In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at how Lawrence Livermore National Lab is working to simulate and help modernize the electric grid. They discuss how the ‘new grid’ will need to be two-way, both delivering and accepting…

    staff | February 15, 2019 at 12:31 PM

    From insideHPC

    HPC Boosts Art and Design at Virginia Tech

    HPC Boosts Art and Design at Virginia Tech

    Students at Virginia Tech are using HPC for their creative work to build robust project portfolios. "The School of Visual Arts in Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies offers an advanced rendering class for…

    staff | February 15, 2019 at 12:21 PM

    From insideHPC

    Exascale Computing Project updates Extreme-Scale Scientific Software Stack

    Exascale Computing Project updates Extreme-Scale Scientific Software Stack

    Exascale computing is only a few years away. Today the Exascale Computing Project (ECP) put out the second release of their Extreme-Scale Scientific Software Stack. The E4S Release 0.2 includes a subset of ECP ST software products…

    Rich Brueckner | February 15, 2019 at 12:13 PM

    From insideHPC

    XTREME-Stargate: The New Era of HPC Cloud Platforms

    XTREME-Stargate: The New Era of HPC Cloud Platforms

    IaaS platformIn this video from the 2019 Stanford HPC Conference, Naoki Shibata from XTREME-D presents: XTREME-Stargate: The New Era of HPC Cloud Platforms. "XTREME-D is an award-winning, funded Japanese startup whose mission is to make HPC…

    Rich Brueckner | February 15, 2019 at 11:49 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Knowledge Graphs and Governance Webinar

    Knowledge Graphs and Governance Webinar

    Will be attending.   Ultimately a crucial next step for AI and integration of Semantic data with enterprise data and metadata.

    From TopQuadrant:

    Join us for a webinar on February 21, 2019 at 11:30 AM ET.

    Why are knowledge graphs…

    Franz Dill | February 15, 2019 at 10:20 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Edge AI

    Edge AI

    Being able to process AI functions on the 'Edge', will make it increasingly useful and visible.  Some details about the challenge.

    Exploring Artificial Intelligence at the Edge  By Bruce Kornfeld in DataNami

    As the adoption of

    Edge…

    Franz Dill | February 15, 2019 at 09:58 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Resolution Limits for Image Analysis

    Resolution Limits for Image Analysis

    Brought to my attention for a particular healthcare application.  Technical.  Comments?

     Resolution limit of image analysis algorithms

    By Edward A. K. Cohen, Anish V. Abraham, Sreevidhya Ramakrishnan & Raimund J. Ober   in Nature…

    Franz Dill | February 15, 2019 at 09:55 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    Reconstructing SIGSALY

    Reconstructing SIGSALY

    Lessons learned in reconstructing the World War II-era SIGSALY voice encryption system....

    Bruce Schneier | February 15, 2019 at 07:33 AM

    From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

    Minecraft Curriculum for Teaching Computer Science

    Minecraft Curriculum for Teaching Computer Science

    I'm not a Minecraft person. I've had the demos. I know that some kids really get into it but … Well, some teachers love it as much as the students. For them it’s probably a great thing if there was some curriculum to use with…

    Alfred Thompson | February 15, 2019 at 06:58 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Interpreter Mode on Google Home

    Interpreter Mode on Google Home

    Have now been using bilingual mode on a Google Home for some time.  It works well, even picks up many expressions on the edge of slang.    Now I see in the following article that you can turn on a translator mode, whether you…

    Franz Dill | February 15, 2019 at 01:11 AM

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

    ACM-W Connections–February 2019

    ACM-W Connections–February 2019

    Letter from ACM-W Chair News from ACM-W Celebrations News from ACM-W Student Chapters News from ACM-W Professional Chapters News from ACM-W Scholarships News from ACM-W Europe A big “Thank You!” to those who participated in the…

    Jen Goodall | February 14, 2019 at 04:45 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Blockchains From a Distributed Computing Perspective

    Blockchains From a Distributed Computing Perspective

    The underlying idea of blockchains is not new, and this paper makes the point.   An introduction to those who want to understand  its relationship to other  forms of computational distributed architecture.   Thoughtful, not overly…

    Franz Dill | February 14, 2019 at 03:36 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Being Recognized Everywhere

    Being Recognized Everywhere

    Good piece about this   Another example of the implications of the inevitable.   Voice, not as often mentioned is also a dimension of this.

    Being Recognized Everywhere   By Logan Kugler 
    Communications of the ACM, February 2019…

    Franz Dill | February 14, 2019 at 12:05 PM

    From insideHPC

    Interview: Why HPC is the Right Tool for Physics

    Interview: Why HPC is the Right Tool for Physics

    Over at the SC19 Blog, Charity Plata continues the HPC is Now series of interviews with Enrico Rinaldi, a physicist and special postdoctoral fellow with the Riken BNL Research Center. This month, Rinaldi discusses why HPC is …

    staff | February 14, 2019 at 11:51 AM

    From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

    US Department of Education Needs CS Experts as Reviewers

    US Department of Education Needs CS Experts as Reviewers

    I recieved this from Pat Yongpradit of Code.org and thought I should share it.

    The US Department of Education has announced the EIR grant competition for FY 2019. This year EIR incorporates an exclusive priority for computer science…

    Alfred Thompson | February 14, 2019 at 11:33 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Vuzix Smart Glasses Again

    Vuzix Smart Glasses Again

    Been intriqued by this, mentioned it several times, for a couple of years now,  especially how it claims to eventually integrate with assistant systems like Alexa.   Would like to see that and how it extends the interface.   Engadget…

    Franz Dill | February 14, 2019 at 10:06 AM

    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    Computing Community Consortium at AAAS 2019

    Computing Community Consortium at AAAS 2019

    The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is proud to be a part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2019 Annual Meeting this weekend, February 14-17, 2019 in Washington, DC. CCC Executive Council…

    Helen Wright | February 14, 2019 at 10:03 AM

    From insideHPC

    Gordon Bell Prize Highlights the Impact of Ai

    Gordon Bell Prize Highlights the Impact of Ai

    In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Robert Roe reports on the Gordon Bell Prize finalists for 2018. "The finalist’s research ranges from AI to mixed precision workloads, with some taking advantage of…

    staff | February 14, 2019 at 10:00 AM

    From insideHPC

    The Inaugural Singularity User Group Meeting: Registration Open Now

    The Inaugural Singularity User Group Meeting: Registration Open Now

    Singularity User Group MeetingThe San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and Sylabs have teamed up to bring the Community its first ever meeting of the Singularity User Group (SUG). Singularity has become what it is today through the engagement of users, developers…

    staff | February 14, 2019 at 09:39 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Doing Pre Data Science

    Doing Pre Data Science

    Nicely put piece,  that I have passed it along before to others,  worth considering again.   Especially good as it includes the business parts more explicitly than you typically.   Prework is a good idea.  But also make sure

    How…

    Franz Dill | February 14, 2019 at 09:39 AM

    From Daniel Lemire's Blog

    My iPad Pro experiment: almost two years later

    My iPad Pro experiment: almost two years later

    Soon after the first iPad Pro came out, I bought one and started using it daily. The experiment is ongoing and I thought it was time to reflect upon it further. Before I begin, I need to clarify my goals. When I started thisContinue…

    Daniel Lemire | February 14, 2019 at 09:34 AM

    From insideHPC

    Custom Atos Supercomputer to Speed Genome Analysis at CNAG-CRG in Barcelona

    Custom Atos Supercomputer to Speed Genome Analysis at CNAG-CRG in Barcelona

    Atos will soon deploy a Bull supercomputer at the Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico (CNAG-CRG) in Barcelona for large-scale DNA sequencing and analysis. To support the vast process and calculation demands needed for this analysis…

    staff | February 14, 2019 at 09:34 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Kroger Pay Launching

    Kroger Pay Launching

    Seems like a very late launch, Kroger is linking its loyalty card with smartphone based systems.  Starting in Columbus Ohio.  From the Kroger company:

    Kroger Pay FAQs
    What is Kroger Pay?

    Kroger Pay is a new, fast, safe way to pay…

    Franz Dill | February 14, 2019 at 09:30 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    USB Cable with Embedded Wi-Fi Controller

    USB Cable with Embedded Wi-Fi Controller

    It's only a prototype, but this USB cable has an embedded Wi-Fi controller. Whoever controls that Wi-Fi connection can remotely execute commands on the attached computer....

    Bruce Schneier | February 14, 2019 at 07:53 AM
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