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July 2024


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Peru Trying to Protect its Squid Fisheries

Friday Squid Blogging: Peru Trying to Protect its Squid Fisheries

Peru is trying to protect its territorial waters from Chinese squid-fishing boats.

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From Schneier on Security

Brett Solomon on Digital Rights

Brett Solomon on Digital Rights

Brett Solomon is retiring from AccessNow after fifteen years as its Executive Director. He’s written a blog post about what he’s learned and what comes next.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Weekly Computing News: NERVE Center Summer Camp Welcomes Middle School Students to the Field of Robotics

CCC Weekly Computing News: NERVE Center Summer Camp Welcomes Middle School Students to the Field of Robotics

In this installment of CCC’s Weekly Computing News, we are sharing an exciting opportunity for middle school students to explore the diverse field of robotics. Summer camp introduces young students to the broad field of robotics…


From insideHPC

CoreWeave and Bloom Energy Partner on AI Data Center Power

CoreWeave and Bloom Energy Partner on AI Data Center Power

SAN JOSE, July 19, 2024 — Solid oxide fuel cell technology company Bloom Energy Corporation (NYSE: BE) and GPU cloud services company CoreWeave have formed a partnership to deploy Bloom’s  fuel cells for CoreWeave at a high-performance…


From insideHPC

WHPC Announces 20th International Women in HPC Workshop: Lightning Talk Submissions Aug. 16 Deadline

WHPC Announces 20th International Women in HPC Workshop: Lightning Talk Submissions Aug. 16 Deadline

Bicester, England, July, 2024 – The WHPC Executive Committee and Volunteers for SC24 have announced the launch of the 20th International Women in HPC Workshop: Diversity and Inclusion for All! As part of this all-day event, we…


From insideHPC

TSMC Reports Second Quarter YoY Revenue Jump of 40%, Income up 36%

TSMC Reports Second Quarter YoY Revenue Jump of 40%, Income up 36%

HSINCHU, Taiwan, R.O.C., Jul. 18, 2024 — TSMC (TWSE: 2330, NYSE: TSM) today announced consolidated revenue of NT$673.51 billion, net income of NT$247.85 billion, and diluted earnings per share of NT$9.56 (US$1.48 per ADR unit)…


From insideHPC

Full Circle: Cornelis Names Intel Veteran Lisa Spelman CEO

Full Circle: Cornelis Names Intel Veteran Lisa Spelman CEO

Interconnect company Cornelis Networks today said it has named Lisa Spelman its new CEO. Spelman joins the company from Intel, which made a major push into the HPC fabric market in 2015 with Omni-Path, which became the flagship…


From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Joyce Weisbecker: the first indie games developer?

Joyce Weisbecker: the first indie games developer?

Mary Ann Horton was transitioning to female at the time that she made one of her biggest contributions to our lives with a simple computer science idea with a big impact: a program that allowed binary email attachments.


From insideHPC

Exascale: Frontier Supercomputer Used in Molecular Dynamics Simulation of 2M Electrons

Exascale: Frontier  Supercomputer Used in Molecular Dynamics Simulation of 2M Electrons

The exascale- class Frontier supercomputer set a new standard for calculating the number of atoms in a molecular dynamics simulation 1,000 times greater in size and speed than previous simulations of its kind, according to Oak…


From Schneier on Security

Criminal Gang Physically Assaulting People for Their Cryptocurrency

Criminal Gang Physically Assaulting People for Their Cryptocurrency

This is pretty horrific:

…a group of men behind a violent crime spree designed to compel victims to hand over access to their cryptocurrency savings. That announcement and the criminal complaint laying out charges against St.…


From insideHPC

U.S. in Preliminary $400M Deal with GlobalWafers to Build 300mm Silicon Wafer Fabs

U.S. in Preliminary $400M Deal with GlobalWafers to Build 300mm Silicon Wafer Fabs

The U.S. Department of Commerce yesterday announced a proposed $400 million CHIPS + Science Act investment to build what the agency said would be the first domestic fab for 300mm silicon wafers and expand ....


The post U.S. in…


From Computational Complexity

The Story of Shor's Algorithm

The quantum factoring algorithm of Peter Shor (FOCS 1994, SIAM Review 1999) turns thirty this year. Before his algorithm, quantum computing lacked the killer app, something practical that quantum could do that seems hard for

Peter…


From insideHPC

Crusoe to Build 200MW AI Data Center, Then Expand at 1.2 GW Lancium Clean Campus

Crusoe to Build 200MW AI Data Center, Then Expand at 1.2 GW Lancium Clean Campus

SAN FRANCISCO and Abilene, TX  — July 18, 2024 — Crusoe Energy Systems LLC announced it is building a 200 MW data center at the Lancium Clean Campus outside Abilene, Texas. Crusoe, a vertically-integrated AI infrastructure company…


From insideHPC

Argonne Lab Unveils Upgraded Advanced Photon Source

Argonne Lab Unveils Upgraded Advanced Photon Source

The Advanced Photon Source (APS) Argonne National Laboratory has emerged from a year-long shutdown ready for its second act. “Together with Argonne's new exascale supercomputer, Aurora, the (APS) will empower scientists to make…


From The Noisy Channel

Is Search Trying Too Hard?

Is Search Trying Too Hard?

Last year, the emergence of ChatGPT and its ability to generate volumes from short prompts led me to speculate about the compressibility of thought. In a related vein, I have advocated for an approach to AI-powered search that…


From insideHPC

LightSolver Announces Management Changes

LightSolver Announces Management Changes

TEL AVIV, Israel – July 16, 2024 – Laser-based computing company LightSolver today announced the appointment of Amir Oz as Chief Operations Officer and Miki Sapir as Vice President of Product Management. The company said Oz and…


From insideHPC

Riverlane Partners with Atlantic Quantum on Error Correction

Riverlane Partners with Atlantic Quantum on Error Correction

July 17, 2024 — Quantum error correction technology company Riverland and Atlantic Quantum, a developer of scalable, fault-tolerant quantum computers, today announced a partnership to work on quantum error correction. The partnership…


From Schneier on Security

Cloudflare Reports that Almost 7% of All Internet Traffic Is Malicious

Cloudflare Reports that Almost 7% of All Internet Traffic Is Malicious

6.8%, to be precise.

From ZDNet:

However, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks continue to be cybercriminals’ weapon of choice, making up over 37% of all mitigated traffic. The scale of these attacks is staggering. In…


From insideHPC

Open Innovation AI and Nscale Partner for AI GPU Cloud Services

Open Innovation AI and Nscale Partner for AI GPU Cloud Services

July 16, 2024 — Open Innovation AI, a GPU orchestration platform, and Nscale, an AI cloud service provider, today announced a partnership designed to deliver AI Cloud services and AI workloads at scale. This alliance will combine…


From insideHPC

Chilldyne Launches Liquid Cooling Starter Kit AI in Data Centers

Chilldyne Launches Liquid Cooling Starter Kit AI in Data Centers

CARLSBAD, Calif., July 16, 2024 – Chilldyne, a provider of direct-to-chip liquid cooling solutions, has  released its data center liquid cooling starter kit designed to prepare data centers for the workloads being driven by AI…


From insideHPC

Quantum Computing: What You Need to Know to Get Started

Quantum Computing: What You Need to Know to Get Started

[SPONSORED GUEST ARTICLE]  Eviden’s approach to quantum computing involves developing a quantum emulator, Qaptiva™ solution, to focus on algorithm and application development for quantum processors. This allows industry and research…


From insideHPC

Micron Says its MRDIMMs Deliver up to 256GB Capacity at 40% Lower Latency

Micron Says its MRDIMMs Deliver up to 256GB Capacity at 40% Lower Latency

BOISE, Idaho, July 16, 2024 — Micron Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: MU), today announced it is now sampling its multiplexed rank dual inline memory module (MRDIMMs) designed for applications requiring more than 128GB of memory per…


From insideHPC

DOE and DARPA in Quantum Research Agreement

DOE and DARPA in Quantum Research Agreement

July 16, 2024 — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to coordinate efforts to move the needle on quantum computing. The MOU…


From insideHPC

SMART Global Holdings to Become Penguin Solutions

SMART Global Holdings to Become Penguin Solutions

NEW YORK – July 16, 2024 – Today, at its Nasdaq MarketSite Analyst Day event, SMART Global Holdings, Inc. (“SGH”) (NASDAQ: SGH) announced its intention to become Penguin Solutions, Inc. This rebranding is a continuation of the…


From insideHPC

DOE Announces AI for Science Roadmap

DOE Announces AI for Science Roadmap

Washington, DC, July 16, 2024 — The U.S. Department of Energy announced a roadmap for the Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence for Science, Security, and Technology (FASST) in which the agency and its 17 national labs “aims to…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Council Chair Nadya Bliss Discusses How Technology Can Be Manipulated to Cause Harm

CCC Council Chair Nadya Bliss Discusses How Technology Can Be Manipulated to Cause Harm

In a Q&A with Arizona State University News, CCC Chair Nadya Bliss spoke about national security challenges, where she shared her contributions to the “Addressing the Unforeseen Harms of Technology” white paper. “As technologists…


From insideHPC

Women in Networking at SC24: SCinet Chair Angie Asmus

Women in Networking at SC24: SCinet Chair Angie Asmus

The Women in Networking at SC, or WINS, program was created to celebrate and expand the opportunities for early- to mid-career women to participate in advancing technology through SCinet, the most powerful temporary computer …


From insideHPC

Women in HPC Issues Call for Lightning Talk Proposals at SC24 Workshop, Aug. 16 Deadline

Women in HPC Issues Call for Lightning Talk Proposals at SC24 Workshop, Aug. 16 Deadline

July 15, 2024 — Women in HPC has issued a call for submission for Lightning Talks at the WHPC workshop to be held at the SC24 supercomputing conference on Monday, Nov. 18 in Atlanta. Deadline for submissions is Friday, August…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Council Member Chandra Krintz Shares Takeaways from NSF Sustainable Computing Workshop

CCC Council Member Chandra Krintz Shares Takeaways from NSF Sustainable Computing Workshop

Last week, the National Science Foundation (NSF) released an early version of their final report for their workshop on Sustainable Computing for Sustainability. One of CCC’s council members Chandra Krintz was on the steering…


From Schneier on Security

Hacking Scientific Citations

Hacking Scientific Citations

Some scholars are inflating their reference counts by sneaking them into metadata:

Citations of scientific work abide by a standardized referencing system: Each reference explicitly mentions at least the title, authors’ names…

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