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    January 2022


    From insideHPC

    Meta Announces AI Research SuperCluster: 16,000 GPUs, 1 Exabyte of Storage, 5 ExaFLOPS of Compute

    Meta Announces AI Research SuperCluster: 16,000 GPUs, 1 Exabyte of Storage, 5 ExaFLOPS of Compute

    Meta, formerly Facebook, announced it has designed and built what it calls the AI Research SuperCluster (RSC), “the fastest AI supercomputers running today and will be the fastest AI supercomputer in the world when it’s fully…

    Doug Black | January 24, 2022 at 05:33 PM

    From [email protected]

    Reflection Pre-learning in Computer Science Courses

    Reflection Pre-learning in Computer Science Courses

    Our experience with reflection pre-learning in a MOOC on computational thinking that we developed and currently teach.

    Noa Ragonis and Orit Hazzan | January 24, 2022 at 12:53 PM

    From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

    Cheating In Chess

    Colonel Stok: Do you play chess? Harry Palmer: Yes, but I prefer a game with a better chance of cheating.—Funeral in Berlin Ken Regan is well known to us all, and is the co-author of this blog. He is in the Department of Computer…

    RJLipton+KWRegan | January 24, 2022 at 12:44 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Digital Pen Helping People Learn to Write

    Digital Pen Helping People Learn to Write

     AI and learning physical writing.  Like the interplay interplay of the old and new skills.

    Artificial intelligence: Digital pen helps people learn to write

    by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

    A smart digital pen that helps people…

    Franz Dill | January 24, 2022 at 12:17 PM

    From [email protected]

    The Calculating Machine from the Concentration Camp

    The Calculating Machine from the Concentration Camp

    The story of Viennese engineer Curt Herzstark and the world's smallest mechanical calculating machine, the Curta.

    Herbert Bruderer | January 24, 2022 at 11:42 AM

    From insideHPC

    Hyperion Research: ‘Exceptional’ Global HPC Growth in 2021

    Hyperion Research: ‘Exceptional’ Global HPC Growth in 2021

    Although many vendor-reported figures for the fourth quarter aren’t available yet, high performance computing (HPC) market analyst firm Hyperion Research said “it’s clear 2021 will be an exceptionally strong growth year for the…

    Doug Black | January 24, 2022 at 11:23 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Blood Clot Screw

    Blood Clot Screw

     Like the  implied visualization

    The microrobot has a helical structure like a propeller. Corkscrew-Shaped Robot Swims Through Blood Vessels to Clear Blockages

    New Scientist, Alex Wilkins, January 10, 2021

    Researchers at the Chinese…

    Franz Dill | January 24, 2022 at 09:26 AM

    From [email protected]

    Superhero Secret Identities Aren't Possible with Today's Computing Technologies

    Superhero Secret Identities Aren't Possible with Today's Computing Technologies

    In comic books, most superheroes have a secret identity, usually to protect their friends and family from retribution. However, today’s computer technology would make it impossible for a superhero to maintain their secret identity…

    Jason Hong | January 24, 2022 at 09:12 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Eliminating some Quantum Computations

    Eliminating some Quantum Computations

    Fascinating piece, with it seems big implications, see the full thing in QuantaMag pointed to below.  Look forward to see the implications in such futuristic machines.

    Computer Scientists Eliminate Pesky Quantum Computations

    By…

    Franz Dill | January 23, 2022 at 09:00 PM

    From Computational Complexity

    Personal Reflections on Dick Lipton in honor of his 1000th blog/75th bday.

     Is it an irony that Lipton's 1000th post and 75th bday are close together? No. Its a coincidence. People use irony/paradox/coincidence interchangeably. Hearing people make that mistake makes me literally want to strangle them…

    gasarch | January 23, 2022 at 03:28 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Monitizing Personal Data

    Monitizing Personal Data

     Repeated after reading, well done.   Did a big project on related questions and how they drove decisions.

    Monetizing Your Personal DataBy Keith Kirkpatrick

    Communications of the ACM, January 2022, Vol. 65 No. 1, Pages 17-19,…

    Franz Dill | January 23, 2022 at 12:19 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Can or Will AI Destroy Education?

    Can or Will AI Destroy Education?

    Not till it can become very adaptive to many contexts.  Replacing if it does better than teachers perhaps.

    Many contexts are at play. Selective humans are still the most adaptive teachers. Great Question.

    Will AI Destroy Education…

    Franz Dill | January 23, 2022 at 12:06 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Lower Cost, complexity Recording Brain Activity

    Lower Cost, complexity Recording Brain Activity

     Recording a test subject’s brain activity. Device Developed for Easier Link Between Brain, Computer, Body

    Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Russia), January 19, 2022  in SkolTech

    A customizable brain activity recording…

    Franz Dill | January 23, 2022 at 08:14 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Amazon Palm Scans Clothing Checkouts

    Amazon Palm Scans Clothing Checkouts

     ACM TECHNEWS

    Amazon looks further in the complexity of checkout, aims to be seamless. 

    Amazon Opening 30,000-Sq.-Ft. Store with QR Codes, Palm-Scanning Checkout

    By The Washington Post, January 21, 2022 in CACM

    Amazon will open a…

    Franz Dill | January 22, 2022 at 09:01 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Wharton on the Economy this Year

    Wharton on the Economy this Year

    Where are we going?  

    What’s Ahead for the U.S. Economy in 2022

    LISTEN TO THE PODCAST:

    Wharton’s Jeremy Siegel speaks with Wharton Business Daily on SiriusXM about what’s ahead for the U.S. economy and the stock market in 2022.

    Podcast…

    Franz Dill | January 22, 2022 at 08:13 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    The Great Resignation: How to Combat the Knowledge Drain Effect

    The Great Resignation: How to Combat the Knowledge Drain Effect

     Not too different from other kinds of knowledge loss, though accelerated.  Tried many efforts to address this, rarely effective ..... '

    The Great Resignation: How to Combat the Knowledge Drain Effect

    One of the greatest threats…

    Franz Dill | January 22, 2022 at 12:28 AM

    From Daniel Lemire's Blog

    SWAR explained: parsing eight digits

    SWAR explained: parsing eight digits

    It is common to want to parse long strings of digits into integer values. Because it is a common task, we want to optimize it as much as possible. In the blog post, Quickly parsing eight digits, I presented a very quick way to…

    Daniel Lemire | January 21, 2022 at 05:51 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Reliability of Contract Tracing

    Reliability of Contract Tracing

    Related to above, considerable piece brief intro below.

    How Reliable Is Smartphone-Based Electronic Contact Tracing for COVID-19?

    By Philipp H. Kindt, Trinad Chakraborty, Samarjit Chakraborty

    Communications of the ACM, January 2022…

    Franz Dill | January 21, 2022 at 10:52 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Clip Detects COVID

    Clip Detects COVID

    Intriguing concept, Complete  capabilities and how it is meant to integrate with consumer's behavior and status is unclear.

    Yale researcher teams develops wearable clip to detect COVID

    The clip is intended to complement at-home…

    Franz Dill | January 21, 2022 at 10:38 AM

    From [email protected]

    Common Mistakes When Building BI Dashboards

    Common Mistakes When Building BI Dashboards

    Business Intelligence is not only about reporting; you should be telling a story through data.

    Alex Williams | January 21, 2022 at 09:22 AM

    From insideHPC

    Quantum: Atom Computing Raises $60M Series B Funding

    Quantum: Atom Computing Raises $60M Series B Funding

    January 20, 2022 — Berkeley, CA — Atom Computing, maker of a quantum computer made of nuclear-spin qubits from optically-trapped neutral atoms, today announced closure of a $60M Series B round. Third Point Ventures led the round…

    Doug Black | January 20, 2022 at 04:29 PM

    From insideHPC

    @HPCpodcast: Zettascale Is Coming – But What About Exascale?

    @HPCpodcast: Zettascale Is Coming – But What About Exascale?

    After SC21, Patrick Kennedy at Serve the Home got a scoop when he met with Raja Koduri, SVP/GM of Intel’s Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics (AXG) Group, to discuss Intel’s zettascale projections and plans, anticipating…

    staff | January 20, 2022 at 04:16 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Meta Jumps into NFTs

    Meta Jumps into NFTs

    NFTs getting a further indication of reality.  A deepening of generalized asset fungification?

    Meta reportedly plans to bring NFTs into Facebook and InstagramBY KYT DOTSON  in SliconAngle

    Meta Platforms Inc., formerly Facebook…

    Franz Dill | January 20, 2022 at 04:07 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Opening Genomics Data to All

    Opening Genomics Data to All

    Boon to future research by opening data. 

    Cloud-Based Platform Opens Genomics Data to All

    By Johns Hopkins University, January 19, 2022

    A team co-led by a Johns Hopkins University computer scientist has created a cloud-based platform…

    Franz Dill | January 20, 2022 at 03:51 PM

    From insideHPC

    ORNL: Updated Exascale Earth Simulation Model Delivers 2X Speed

    ORNL: Updated Exascale Earth Simulation Model Delivers 2X Speed

      Oak Ridge National Laboratory announced today that a new version of the Energy Exascale Earth System Model, or E3SM, is two times faster than an earlier version released in 2018. Earth system models have weather-scale resolution…

    staff | January 20, 2022 at 03:50 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Fully Autonomous Tractors

    Fully Autonomous Tractors

    More examples of autonomy in use.

    John Deere debuts fully autonomous tractor at CES

    BY DUNCAN RILEY  in SiliconAngle

    Agricultural hardware maker John Deere today debuted a fully autonomous tractor at the 2022 Consumer Electronics…

    Franz Dill | January 20, 2022 at 03:24 PM

    From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

    Dinner! Drinks! Denominators!

    Mathematics is only a systematic effort of solving puzzles posed by nature—Shakuntala Devi. source—note MoMath cap Peter Winkler is featured in the current issue of the New Yorker magazine. Peter is a famous Dartmouth mathematics…

    rjlipton | January 20, 2022 at 12:30 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    On the EU Digital Services Act

    On the EU Digital Services Act

    What will it cover and what are the implications?

    EXPLAINER: How sweeping EU rules would curb tech companies  in TechExplore  by Kelvin Chan

    Online companies would have to ramp up efforts to keep harmful content off their platforms…

    Franz Dill | January 20, 2022 at 10:35 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    How Fast Can Quantum Computers Process Information?

    How Fast Can Quantum Computers Process Information?

    Fundamental question.   Always thinking back to the complexity question being posed.  

    How Fast Can Quantum Computers Process Information?

    By The Jerusalem Post, December 29, 2021

    Physicists at Germany's University of Bonn and the…

    Franz Dill | January 20, 2022 at 10:19 AM

    From insideHPC

    Quantum in the News: IBM Touts ‘Entanglement Forging’ Simulation; Multiverse Launches Quantum-based Stock Valuations

    Quantum in the News: IBM Touts ‘Entanglement Forging’ Simulation; Multiverse Launches Quantum-based Stock Valuations

    Quantum is in the news this week, with IBM today announcing new research on its “entanglement forging” simulation method and Multiverse Computing launching  a quantum-based method for financial institutions to calculate the fair…

    staff | January 19, 2022 at 06:32 PM
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