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    September 2020


    From insideHPC

    VMware and Nvidia Partner on Hybrid Cloud Architecture

    VMware and Nvidia Partner on Hybrid Cloud Architecture

    VMware and Nvidia announced today what the companies called “a broad partnership” in support of an enterprise platform for AI and a new architecture for data center, cloud and edge using Nvidia DPUs (data processing units). The…

    Doug Black | September 29, 2020 at 03:50 PM

    From insideHPC

    Craig Chadwell Joins SoftIron as VP of Product

    Craig Chadwell Joins SoftIron as VP of Product

    London – September 29, 2020 – SoftIron Ltd., the leader in purpose-built and performance-optimized data center solutions, today announced the appointment of Craig Chadwell to the role of Vice President of Product to lead the …

    Doug Black | September 29, 2020 at 03:27 PM

    From insideHPC

    Hyperion Research: Covid-19 Driving Decline in HPC Server Revenues, But May Be Moderating

    Hyperion Research: Covid-19 Driving Decline in HPC Server Revenues, But May Be Moderating

    According to a newly released Hyperion Research Worldwide High Performance Technical Server QView, total worldwide technical server revenues were almost $3.1 billion in the second quarter of 2020, down 5.4 percent from almost…

    Doug Black | September 29, 2020 at 02:00 PM

    From insideHPC

    oneAPI Academic Center of Excellence Opened at Heidelberg University Computing Center for Hardware Heterogeneity

    oneAPI Academic Center of Excellence Opened at Heidelberg University Computing Center for Hardware Heterogeneity

    A oneAPI Academic Center of Excellence (CoE) is now established at the Heidelberg University Computing Center (URZ). The CoE will conduct research supporting the oneAPI industry initiative to create a uniform, open programming…

    Doug Black | September 29, 2020 at 12:10 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Drug Discovery When it Matters

    Drug Discovery When it Matters

     Also an interesting story about how collaboration can work.

    Can AI and Automation Deliver a COVID-19 Antiviral While It Still Matters? Researchers are betting that new tools can cut drug discovery from five years to six month…

    Franz Dill | September 29, 2020 at 11:39 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Palm Sized Robotics

    Palm Sized Robotics

    More in the space of miniature robotics, that could ultimately be brought together to do tasks.

    Video Friday: Bittle Is a Palm-Sized Robot Dog Now on Kickstarter

    Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos  By Evan Ackerman, …

    Franz Dill | September 29, 2020 at 10:11 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Materials Innovation at Argonne

    Materials Innovation at Argonne

     New looks at innovation with AI and HPC at Argonne.

    Automatic Database Creation for Materials Discovery: Innovation From Frustration

    Argonne National Laboratory  by John Spizzirri

    Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne…

    Franz Dill | September 29, 2020 at 09:28 AM

    From insideHPC

    HPC End User Survey: Intel Xeon Still Dominates but AMD EPYC Gaining

    HPC End User Survey: Intel Xeon Still Dominates but AMD EPYC Gaining

    Industry analyst firm Intersect360 has released partial results from an end-user survey identifying the top-rated processors, servers and cloud vendors, according to the HPC users surveyed by the firm. The top user-rated vendors…

    staff | September 28, 2020 at 04:26 PM

    From Schneier on Security

    Hacking a Coffee Maker

    Hacking a Coffee Maker

    As expected, IoT devices are filled with vulnerabilities:

    As a thought experiment, Martin Hron, a researcher at security company Avast, reverse engineered one of the older coffee makers to see what kinds of hacks he could do…

    Bruce Schneier | September 28, 2020 at 03:18 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Beyond 'Human as Backup'

    Beyond 'Human as Backup'

    Nice piece that discusses a common approach of 'Human as Backup' vs other human-in-the loop alternatives.  Makes me think.

    Rethinking human-AI interaction   08 Jun 2020   by Jessy Lin Blog

    Imagine 1977, sitting at the helm of one…

    Franz Dill | September 28, 2020 at 01:38 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Implications of Private Security Drones

    Implications of Private Security Drones

    Again, private security drones are a completely inevitable direction.

    Are Amazon’s flying security drones a threat to homeowner privacy?  by Tom Ryan in Retailwire.  With further analysis.

    Amazon’s smart security subsidiary, Ring…

    Franz Dill | September 28, 2020 at 01:18 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Hot areas for Encryption Innovation

    Hot areas for Encryption Innovation

    Broad look at current activity.

    4 hot areas for encryption innovation

    Researchers are making progress on a variety of approaches to strengthen encryption techniques and algorithms. Here are some of the hottest areas in cryptographic…

    Franz Dill | September 28, 2020 at 12:57 PM

    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    Catalyzing Computing Podcast Episode 27 – Global Security and Graph Analytics with Nadya Bliss (Part 1)

    Catalyzing Computing Podcast Episode 27 – Global Security and Graph Analytics with Nadya Bliss (Part 1)

    A new episode of the Computing Community Consortium‘s (CCC) podcast, Catalyzing Computing, is now available. In this episode, Khari Douglas interviews Dr. Nadya Bliss, the Executive Director of Arizona State’s Global Security…

    Khari Douglas | September 28, 2020 at 12:05 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Batteries Determining their own State

    Batteries Determining their own State

     Was of interest to us when we were making batteries.

    Commercial battery cells that can monitor their own chemical and thermal state  by Ingrid Fadelli , in TechExplore

    Battery technology can sometimes be unstable and volatile,…

    Franz Dill | September 28, 2020 at 09:50 AM

    From insideHPC

    Accelerate Your Applications with ROCm

    Accelerate Your Applications with ROCm

    In this sponsored post by our friends over at AMD, discuss how the ROCm platform is designed so that a wide range of developers can develop accelerated applications. An entire eco-system has been created, allowing developers …

    staff | September 28, 2020 at 09:00 AM

    From Computational Complexity

    A Quote from Testla which is very predictive in one way, and perhaps not in another way

     Nikola Testla, famous inventor, who lived 1856--1943 said the following:


    When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into

    a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real

    and rhythmic…

    gasarch | September 27, 2020 at 09:44 PM

    From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

    IBM Conference on the Informational Lens

    Some differences from the Computational Lens Chai Wah Wu, Jonathan Lenchner, Charles Bennett, and Yuhai Tu are the moderators for the four days of the First IBM Research Workshop on the Informational Lens. The virtual workshop…

    RJLipton+KWRegan | September 27, 2020 at 11:24 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    One Star Reviews

    One Star Reviews

    Good discussion of the process of manipulating reviewing on Amazon.  Have seen it a few times when scrolling about reviews Amazon

    Amazon's murky world of one-star reviews   By James Clayton in the BBC

    Amazon's marketplace is being…

    Franz Dill | September 27, 2020 at 09:49 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Airman and his Robot

    Airman and his Robot

     The future of an augmented and networked military.


    Tech. Sgt. ....  321st Contingency Response Squadron security team, patrols with a Ghost Robotics Vision 60 prototype at a simulated austere base during the Advanced Battle Management…

    Franz Dill | September 26, 2020 at 01:20 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Soft 3D Printing via NIST

    Soft 3D Printing via NIST

     All the examples I have seen up front are 'hard', seems a considerable update.

    NIST Scientists Get Soft on 3D Printing  By U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology  in ACM

    Standards and Technology researchers have developed…

    Franz Dill | September 26, 2020 at 12:31 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Rand: Predicting the Future

    Rand: Predicting the Future

    How Accurate Are Predictions for the Future? In the Rand Review, with some interesting links and some of Rands own contributions to the topic, the Delphi technique.    Procter had early connections to this group for forward looking…

    Franz Dill | September 26, 2020 at 10:04 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Carebots vs Doctors

    Carebots vs Doctors

    Just about to have my second remote Dr visit of the Pandemic era.  So the question is home for me.  Now this is just a phone remote visit, really just a conference call with no video.    I like my Dr, very empathetic.  They did…

    Franz Dill | September 26, 2020 at 09:43 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Self Erasing Chip

    Self Erasing Chip

    Some intriguing applications, could have used this for counterfeiting applications.  Expiring analysis applications.

    A Self-Erasing Chip for Security, Anti-Counterfeit Tech

    University of Michigan News

    September 24, 2020

    University…

    Franz Dill | September 25, 2020 at 02:46 PM

    From insideHPC

    AFWERX Announces Speakers for EngageSpace – Space Industry Event, Sept. 29-30, 2020

    AFWERX Announces Speakers for EngageSpace – Space Industry Event, Sept. 29-30, 2020

    Las Vegas, Sept. 21, 2020 – AFWERX, the U.S. Air Force’s innovation catalyst, announced its line-up of keynote speakers and panels for EngageSpace, the interactive collaboration event for the space industry two-day virtual event…

    Doug Black | September 25, 2020 at 02:14 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Ring Makes a Home Patrolling Drone

    Ring Makes a Home Patrolling Drone

    This could be a life and home changer.  Have seen some things that were similar.  Can this work in the messy environment of a home? 

    Ring made a security drone that flies around inside your home

    The Ring Always Home Cam can fly…

    Franz Dill | September 25, 2020 at 01:16 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Training Machines to see 3D in the Dark

    Training Machines to see 3D in the Dark

     A kind of enhanced sensory interaction.  Security an obvious application. Low light applications.

    How to Train a Machine to See 3D in the Dark

    Australian National University

    Researchers at the Australian National University (ANU)…

    Franz Dill | September 25, 2020 at 12:43 PM

    From insideHPC

    SC20 Announces Record Number of Teams for Annual Student Cluster Competition

    SC20 Announces Record Number of Teams for Annual Student Cluster Competition

    This year’s Student Cluster Competition at SC20 will include two firsts: it will involve the most number of teams (19) in the competition’s 14-year history, and it will for the first time be held completely virtually. “This year…

    staff | September 25, 2020 at 12:14 PM

    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    Applying Mathematics and Computer Science to Everyday Life – Anecdotes from Donald Knuth and Robert Tarjan

    Applying Mathematics and Computer Science to Everyday Life – Anecdotes from Donald Knuth and Robert Tarjan

    On day two of the Virtual Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) 2020, Robert Endre Tarjan and Donald Ervin Knuth engaged in a freewheeling conversation about mathematics, computer science, and art. Donald Knuth was the 1974 ACM A.M…

    Khari Douglas | September 25, 2020 at 12:01 PM

    From insideHPC

    U.S. Announces AI R&D Agreement with UK

    U.S. Announces AI R&D Agreement with UK

    The Trump Administration announced today that the United States and the United Kingdom signed a Declaration on Cooperation in Artificial Intelligence Research and Development intended “to drive technological breakthroughs, promote…

    staff | September 25, 2020 at 11:17 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Google Maps now Providing Pandemic Warnings

    Google Maps now Providing Pandemic Warnings

    I do wonder about the liability for giving information that leads to transmission? 

    COVID-19 Google Maps updates

    If your area is affected by COVID-19, you can use Google Maps to obtain relevant information on impacted places. Tip…

    Franz Dill | September 25, 2020 at 10:42 AM
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