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    August 2019


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    IBM Develops Could Services for Quantum Computers

    IBM Develops Could Services for Quantum Computers

    More on the use and interaction of quantum computing with current needs, like secure cryptography.  Is likely to increasingly become an important issue.  Note the offer of a Quantum Risk Assessment.

    From PRNewswire via Cision:

    Franz Dill | August 24, 2019 at 01:00 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    Friday Squid Blogging: Vulnerabilities in Squid Server

    Friday Squid Blogging: Vulnerabilities in Squid Server

    It's always nice when I can combine squid and security: Multiple versions of the Squid web proxy cache server built with Basic Authentication features are currently vulnerable to code execution and denial-of-service (DoS) attacks…

    Bruce Schneier | August 23, 2019 at 07:19 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Battery-Free Sensors Underwater with Piezoelectricity

    Battery-Free Sensors Underwater with Piezoelectricity

    Another example of new ways to add power sources.   I recall piezoelectric methods being suggested as gained from customers walking across a floor.  Harvesting electric power.   Too low power in that case, it turned out.   But…

    Franz Dill | August 23, 2019 at 02:31 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Russian Fedor Robot Assistant in the ISS

    Russian Fedor Robot Assistant in the ISS

    Much in the press this week.    Looks to be of real value based on the description. Unclear here if this is voice driven and other specifics.  Note it is communicating its activities, will be checking on that. Note also the previous…

    Franz Dill | August 23, 2019 at 01:07 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Alexa with Skill Flow Creation. And Beyond?

    Alexa with Skill Flow Creation.  And Beyond?

    Alexa Dev announces a way to create skill flow for games, stories.  When I saw this I thought, could this also be used to develop skills based on business process flow?  Thinking that. Your thoughts?  If I think so I will make…

    Franz Dill | August 23, 2019 at 12:41 PM

    From insideHPC

    White Paper: Basement Supercomputer beats Amazon EC2 on Cost and Performance

    White Paper: Basement Supercomputer beats Amazon EC2 on Cost and Performance

    The good folks at Basement Supercomputing have published a white paper comparing one of the company's on-prem Limulus personal HPC appliance to Amazon EC2 Cloud instances. The economics are quite interesting. "In this careful…

    staff | August 23, 2019 at 11:47 AM

    From insideHPC

    IBM Cloud to Provide Quantum-safe Cryptography in 2020

    IBM Cloud to Provide Quantum-safe Cryptography in 2020

    Quantum Computing holds tremendous promise, but it could also put today's cryptographic-based security systems at risk. Enter IBM, who just announced plans to provide quantum-safe cryptography services on the IBM public cloud…

    staff | August 23, 2019 at 11:14 AM

    From insideHPC

    Video: Three Perspectives on Message Passing

    Video: Three Perspectives on Message Passing

    Robert Harrison from Brookhaven gave this talk at the MVAPICH User Group. "MADNESS, TESSE/EPEXA, and MolSSI are three quite different large and long-lived projects that provide different perspectives and driving needs for the…

    Rich Brueckner | August 23, 2019 at 10:28 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    An Analysis of IOTA

    An Analysis of IOTA

    Mentioned I was looking at the blockchain IOTA sometime back, was just pointed to this analysis that I had missed:   Has pointers to much more:

    Analysis of IOTA   By Marvin Neuefeind in Medium

     One of the most popular coins, which…

    Franz Dill | August 23, 2019 at 10:24 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Visions of the Future, Then and Now

    Visions of the Future, Then and Now

    Quite a considerable look at how future has been predicted, why were they so accurate? what sources can we look at today?    As a futurist myself, always seeking sources.   Read it:

    Futurology: How a group of visionaries predicted…

    Franz Dill | August 23, 2019 at 09:28 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Blockchain for Hotel Commissions

    Blockchain for Hotel Commissions

    Another indication of IBM working strongly in this space.  Had not heard this particular kind of application before.  And also new to the hospitality space.

    Travelport, IBM Collaborate on Blockchain for Hotel Commissions

    Travelport…

    Franz Dill | August 23, 2019 at 09:16 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    License Plate "NULL"

    License Plate "NULL"

    There was a DefCon talk by someone with the vanity plate "NULL." The California system assigned him every ticket with no license plate: $12,000. Although the initial $12,000-worth of fines were removed, the private company that…

    Bruce Schneier | August 23, 2019 at 07:19 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Ultimate ID: Facial Recognition?

    Ultimate ID: Facial Recognition?

    Where you would expect it, but the results are still less than perfect.  And where it is mostly likely to be spoofed for direct fraud. 

    Facial Recognition Making Its Way in Banking    By AI Trends Staff

    Facial recognition technology…

    Franz Dill | August 22, 2019 at 07:17 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Good Data Science Examples

    Good Data Science Examples

    A number of good inspirational  examples.  Needs more tech details, but still useful.

    Remarkable Applications of Data Science
    Posted by Sudhanshu Ahuja in DSC

    We are living in a time of slow yet steady insurgence of data science…

    Franz Dill | August 22, 2019 at 07:03 PM

    From insideHPC

    Podcast: Reducing Complexity with Cluster Management from Bright Computing

    Podcast: Reducing Complexity with Cluster Management from Bright Computing

    In this Conversations in the Cloud podcast, Lee Carter from Bright Computing offers comprehensive software for deploying, managing, and monitoring clustered infrastructure, in the data center or the cloud. "Looking forward, Lee…

    staff | August 22, 2019 at 02:11 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Webinar: Driving Business Outcomes with AI

    Webinar: Driving Business Outcomes with AI


    Leaders in the area of machine learning and AI talk goals and workflow:

    On-Demand Webinar

    Enterprises understand that driving business outcomes with machine learning and AI will soon become a critical driver for success. Yet, many…

    Franz Dill | August 22, 2019 at 01:46 PM

    From insideHPC

    Silence the Critics: Take our Quick Survey on HPC Cloud

    Silence the Critics: Take our Quick Survey on HPC Cloud

    A recent report from Hyperion Research indicate that as much as 10 percent of HPC workloads are already in cloud and that 70 percent of HPC centers are running some jobs in public clouds. Are these numbers indicative of what …

    Rich Brueckner | August 22, 2019 at 12:37 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    What will Quantum Computing Mean?

    What will Quantum Computing Mean?

    A largely non-technical view of what Quantum Computing will mean.  Our own minor investigations looked at how very complex combinatorial problems (problems with many, many solutions) that might then be solved with these methods…

    Franz Dill | August 22, 2019 at 11:48 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Contract Languages of Distributed Ledgers

    Contract Languages of Distributed Ledgers

    Quite worthwhile piece in the 'smart contract'  blockchain space,  in Financial industry,  examining:

    In ACM Queue: 

    Databases
      Download PDF version of this article PDF August 19, 2019
    Volume 17, issue 3
    Case Study
    DAML: The Contract…

    Franz Dill | August 22, 2019 at 11:34 AM

    From insideHPC

    How the European Processor Initiative is Leveraging RISC-V for the Future of Supercomputing

    How the European Processor Initiative is Leveraging RISC-V for the Future of Supercomputing

    In this special guest feature, Calista Redmond writes that the European Processor Initiative is designing an HPC accelerator based on RISC-V. "The accelerator will be designed for high throughput and power efficiency within the…

    staff | August 22, 2019 at 11:28 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Google Building more Private Web: Privacy Sandbox

    Google Building more Private Web: Privacy Sandbox

    Google talks about its approaches to a more private, yet financially sustainable Web.

    Building a more private web    By Justin Schuh  Director, Chrome Engineering
    Published Aug 22, 2019

    Privacy is paramount to us, in everything

    Technology…

    Franz Dill | August 22, 2019 at 11:21 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Shape of Data Implies its Uses

    Shape of Data Implies its Uses

    Recall hearing about this approach in training we took.    Making it easier to connect key data to analytics.   Shape constraint languages.

    Graph Database ‘Shapes’ Data   By George Leopold in Datanami

    A semantic graph database

    Franz…

    Franz Dill | August 22, 2019 at 11:11 AM

    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    CCC Response to NITRD RFI “Information on Update to Strategic Computing Objectives”

    CCC Response to NITRD RFI “Information on Update to Strategic Computing Objectives”

    The following post was contributed by CCC Director,  Ann Schwartz Drobnis.  The Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) National Coordination Office (NCO), on behalf of Federal agencies and the…

    Helen Wright | August 22, 2019 at 11:11 AM

    From insideHPC

    Aitken Supercomputer from HPE to Support NASA Moon Missions

    Aitken Supercomputer from HPE to Support NASA Moon Missions

    A new HPE supercomputer at NASA’s Ames Research Center will run modeling and simulation workloads for lunar landings. The 3.69 Petaflop "Aitken" system is a custom-designed supercomputer will support modeling and simulations …

    Rich Brueckner | August 22, 2019 at 11:04 AM

    From insideHPC

    Containerized Convergence of Big Data and Big Compute

    Containerized Convergence of Big Data and Big Compute

    Christian Kniep gave this talk at HPCKP'19. "This talk will dissect the convergence by refreshing the audiences’ memory on what containerization is about, segueing into why AI/ML workloads are leading to fully fledged HPC applications…

    Rich Brueckner | August 22, 2019 at 10:28 AM

    From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

    What I Want from Computer Science Education Professional Development

    What I Want from Computer Science Education Professional Development

    The CSTA 2020 Call for Proposals is out and as usual it has me thinking.   Two questions come to mind. One is, what can/should I propose to present? The other question is what do I want to learn? I think I have been to everyI…

    Alfred Thompson | August 22, 2019 at 09:50 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Crowd Sources Autonomous Vehicle Training

    Crowd Sources Autonomous Vehicle Training

    From Ideaconnection, offer of sale or licensing of  a US patent:

    Crowd-sourced Autonomous Vehicle Training

    Definitions: When driving, human drivers encounter non-events (expected events like traffic lights turning red) as well

    Events…

    Franz Dill | August 22, 2019 at 09:12 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    Modifying a Tesla to Become a Surveillance Platform

    Modifying a Tesla to Become a Surveillance Platform

    From DefCon: At the Defcon hacker conference today, security researcher Truman Kain debuted what he calls the Surveillance Detection Scout. The DIY computer fits into the middle console of a Tesla Model S or Model 3, plugs into…

    Bruce Schneier | August 22, 2019 at 06:21 AM

    From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

    Vicki Davis Interviews Alfred Thompson

    Vicki Davis Interviews Alfred Thompson

    Over the summer Vicki Davis interviewed me for her Ten Minute Podcast. Vicki and I have been friends for a number of years and it is always a pleasure to talk with her. We talked about a number of things including Project-based…

    Alfred Thompson | August 21, 2019 at 05:36 PM

    From insideHPC

    Video: Xilinx Unveils World’s Largest FPGA

    Video: Xilinx Unveils World’s Largest FPGA

    Today Xilinx announced the expansion of its 16 nanometer (nm) Virtex UltraScale+ family to now include the world’s largest FPGA — the Virtex UltraScale+ VU19P. With 35 billion transistors, the VU19P provides the highest logic…

    staff | August 21, 2019 at 01:02 PM
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