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    July 2020


    From insideHPC

    The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: Ryan Quick on Putting Together the ‘Prometheus Fire’ where HPC, Hyperscale and AI Converge

    The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: Ryan Quick on Putting Together the ‘Prometheus Fire’ where HPC, Hyperscale and AI Converge

    Ryan Quick works at the crossroads of advanced technology innovation, where hyperscale, HPC and AI come together. A principal and co-founder of boutique consulting firm Providentia Worldwide, which implements systems solutions…

    staff | July 15, 2020 at 03:48 PM

    From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

    Thoughts on Virtual Conferences - CSTA 2020

    Thoughts on Virtual Conferences - CSTA 2020

    The first online CSTA Conference is now about 24 hours behind me. I was fortunate to experience it both as an attendee and a presenter. After mulling it over a bit I have to say it was a much better experience than I expected…

    Alfred Thompson | July 15, 2020 at 03:29 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Avatarin for Healthcare Robotics

    Avatarin for Healthcare Robotics

    We visited Japan in the 90s to talk robotics in retail.  Ended up mainly seeing eldercare and related home solutions.   Impressed, but did not see that many really implemented.   Is this changing now?  Will Pandemic add to new…

    Franz Dill | July 15, 2020 at 02:03 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Home Robotics with a Reaching Tele-Assistant

    Home Robotics with a Reaching Tele-Assistant

    What looks like a minimalist robot, but with a great reach.  Evidently primarily for tele-operation. And thinking about it, reach is a big component of convenience in a home, say for assisting a disabled person.  Unclear if it…

    Franz Dill | July 15, 2020 at 01:17 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Thinking Decentralized Dependent Decision Problems

    Thinking Decentralized Dependent Decision Problems

    Struck me as quite interesting, how do we make societal decisions?  Can we learn the right information to support the right decisions?   You can usually state sub problems in a way that they can optimized based on goals and constraints…

    Franz Dill | July 15, 2020 at 11:57 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    NSA on Securing VPNs

    NSA on Securing VPNs

    The NSA's Central Security Service -- that's the part that's supposed to work on defense -- has released two documents (a full and an abridged version) on securing virtual private networks. Some of it is basic, but it contains…

    Bruce Schneier | July 15, 2020 at 10:29 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Samsung Talks Mobile Holograms and Digital Twins

    Samsung Talks Mobile Holograms and Digital Twins

    Piece in Venturebeat talks 6G and says it will fundamentally enable tech like holograms and Digital Twins.   Note the date, 2028 is a long way out to predict.    And the two technologies are very different.    Digital Twins,

    Samsung…

    Franz Dill | July 15, 2020 at 09:39 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Amazon Trys a Re-Emergence of the Smart Cart

    Amazon Trys a Re-Emergence of the Smart Cart

    We looked at many applications of the smart shopping cart for work in our innovation centers.  The idea seemed to fade then, after 2010,  and none of them succeeded in real practice.  Now surprisingly, Amazon, which has been …

    Franz Dill | July 15, 2020 at 09:18 AM

    From insideHPC

    Radio Free HPC: The Persistence of Memory

    Radio Free HPC: The Persistence of Memory

    In this episode, we drill down on what Intel is doing with their cool Optane memory tech, shooting for speeds that remind you of memory, sizes that look like storage, and costs that make it look like a deal, with real byte-addressable…

    staff | July 15, 2020 at 08:14 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Algorithms for Optimized Supply Chain

    Algorithms for Optimized Supply Chain

    An area we spent lots of time in, Fraunhofer provides an introduction. Combinations of available solutions that can be quickly chosen from can be a key approach.

    Algorithms for optimized supply chains
    Cost-effective ways to minimize…

    Franz Dill | July 15, 2020 at 07:37 AM

    From insideHPC

    2020 OpenFabrics Alliance Workshop Video Gallery

    2020 OpenFabrics Alliance Workshop Video Gallery

    Welcome to the 2020 OpenFabrics Workshop video gallery. The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) is focused on accelerating development of high performance fabrics. The annual OFA Workshop, held in virtual format this year, is a premier…

    staff | July 14, 2020 at 07:17 PM

    From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

    CSTA Online Conference 2020–Day Two

    CSTA Online Conference 2020–Day Two

    The first thing I did this morning was to prepare for my presentation. I may have made some last minute changes to my presentation deck.

    The first thing I attended was a Birds of a Feather session called White Teachers as Anti…

    Alfred Thompson | July 14, 2020 at 04:36 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Google Cloud and Procter&Gamble Analytics

    Google Cloud and Procter&Gamble Analytics

    Using the Google Cloud,  aiming at personalized experiences.

    Google Cloud Helps Power More Personalized Experience for Procter & Gamble Consumers in PRNewswire CISION

    SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Google Cloud…

    Franz Dill | July 14, 2020 at 04:27 PM

    From insideHPC

    Flatiron Institute Expands beyond 1000 Nodes with Bright Computing Cluster Management Software

    Flatiron Institute Expands beyond 1000 Nodes with Bright Computing Cluster Management Software

    The Flatiron Institute, New York, a community of scientists using modern computational tools to advance the basic sciences, is deploying a 320-node addition to its research cluster that will be managed by cluster management software…

    staff | July 14, 2020 at 02:06 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    AI Enables Efficiencies in Quantum Information Processing.

    AI Enables Efficiencies in Quantum Information Processing.

    Good general introduction.  Impressed by the approach being worked on.

    AI Enables Efficiencies in Quantum Information Processing
    U.S. Army Research Laboratory
    July 8, 2020

    Researchers from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development…

    Franz Dill | July 14, 2020 at 12:21 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Maintaining the Measures

    Maintaining the Measures

    Like the general thought, measures are important, but what is driving and changing the measures?  Another example of maintaining the model in use.  Changes will happen.

    Modern IT KPIs emphasize cloud, DevOps and user experience…

    Franz Dill | July 14, 2020 at 11:56 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    On Automated Machine Learning

    On Automated Machine Learning

    Emphasizing the automated, inevitable that such method will be more broadly integrated with general IT analytics.  But will also require automated updating of their use in context.

    AutoML: Not A Magic Bullet, But A Powerful Business…

    Franz Dill | July 14, 2020 at 11:04 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Reverse Engineering of 3D-Printed Parts by Machine Learning

    Reverse Engineering of 3D-Printed Parts by Machine Learning

    A new caution regarding how machine learning can lead to extraction of IP.

    Reverse Engineering of 3D-Printed Parts by Machine Learning Reveals Security Vulnerabilities
    NYU Tandon School of Engineering
    July 1, 2020

    Researchers at

    Franz Dill | July 14, 2020 at 09:20 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Too Many Security Tools?

    Too Many Security Tools?

    Intriguing thought, though the actual result, 8 percent, seems it might be within the noise of measurement.   Work recording the institute name, which I had not heard of.

    Too many security tools weaken enterprise incident response…

    Franz Dill | July 14, 2020 at 09:09 AM

    From insideHPC

    Dell Technologies HPC Community Interview: Bob Wisniewski, Intel’s Chief HPC Architect, Talks Aurora, oneAPI

    Dell Technologies HPC Community Interview: Bob Wisniewski, Intel’s Chief HPC Architect, Talks Aurora, oneAPI

    Intel is the prime vendor for the first US exascale supercomputer, the Aurora system, scheduled for delivery in 2021 at Argonne National Lab. The late Rich Brueckner of insideHPC caught up with Intel’s senior principal engineer…

    staff | July 14, 2020 at 08:48 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    Enigma Machine for Sale

    Enigma Machine for Sale

    A four-rotor Enigma machine -- with rotors -- is up for auction....

    Bruce Schneier | July 14, 2020 at 07:17 AM

    From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

    CSTA 2020 Conference Online–Day One

    CSTA 2020 Conference Online–Day One

    Day one of the online CSTA 2020 conference has been today. I’m blogging this as the day goes on and posting it at the end of the day. We started with welcome remarks and some tutorial about using the Hopin conference platform…

    Alfred Thompson | July 13, 2020 at 07:01 PM

    From insideHPC

    Entries Open for Hyperion Research HPC Innovation Excellence Awards

    Entries Open for Hyperion Research HPC Innovation Excellence Awards

    Industry analyst firm Hyperion Research announced today that it and the HPC User Forum Steering Committee are accepting submissions for the 16th round of the HPC Innovation Excellence Awards. The program started in 2011 and has…

    staff | July 13, 2020 at 02:53 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Robotic Food Butchers

    Robotic Food Butchers

    The first steps in large scale replacement of human labor?

    Tyson Turns to Robot Butchers, Spurred by Coronavirus Outbreaks
    The Wall Street Journal
    Jacob Bunge; Jesse Newman

    Engineers and scientists at meatpacking company Tyson Foods…

    Franz Dill | July 13, 2020 at 01:37 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Robots Manipulating Cables

    Robots Manipulating Cables

    Been at times responsible for cable rooms, and know of the messiness in manipulating cable.  Never thought of this being solved by robotics. In fact thought of it as a particularly difficult thing to do that way.   This particular…

    Franz Dill | July 13, 2020 at 01:25 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    The Shifting Terrain of Scientific Inquiry

    The Shifting Terrain of Scientific Inquiry

    Scientific inquiry, in The Edge

    The Shifting Terrain of Scientific Inquiry
    A Conversation with David Kaiser

    Most historians of science, certainly these days, consider themselves historians. That means we use historical methods of…

    Franz Dill | July 13, 2020 at 01:04 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Google Pushes Text Fragment Links

    Google Pushes Text Fragment Links

    Taking a look at this as a possible means for capturing contextual insights.

    Google pushes “text fragment links” with new Chrome extension
    New feature can deep-link to specific text on a Web page, with highlighting.   ...

    Ron Amadeo…

    Franz Dill | July 13, 2020 at 12:53 PM

    From insideHPC

    Google’s Dr. Patrick Flick Wins ACM SIGHPC Doctoral Dissertation Award

    Google’s Dr. Patrick Flick Wins ACM SIGHPC Doctoral Dissertation Award

    Dr. Patrick Flick, a software engineer at Google who earned his PhD in computational science from Georgia Tech in 2019, has won the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing (ACM…

    staff | July 13, 2020 at 12:36 PM

    From insideHPC

    Industrial Servers Ramp Up AI for Robotic Arms

    Industrial Servers Ramp Up AI for Robotic Arms

    Ramping up AI technology holds the key to deploying robotic arms at-scale. This case study "Industrial Servers Ramp Up AI for Robotic Arms" from our friends over at Advantech explores the benefits of augmenting robotic arms with…

    staff | July 13, 2020 at 09:00 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    A Peek into the Fake Review Marketplace

    A Peek into the Fake Review Marketplace

    A personal account of someone who was paid to buy products on Amazon and leave fake reviews. Fake reviews are one of the problems that everyone knows about, and no one knows what to do about -- so we all try to pretend doesn't…

    Bruce Schneier | July 13, 2020 at 07:21 AM
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