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January 2022


From The Eponymous Pickle

Software Designed Microwave Cooking

Software Designed Microwave Cooking

 As a long time amateur cook and with interest in it as a process and how it might be automated this is quite interesting.   

Software-Defined Cooking Using a Microwave Oven

By Haojian Jin, Jingxian Wang, Swarun Kumar, Jason Hong…


From insideHPC

@HPCpodcast: The Recent Rush of Quantum News – Tech Advances, Partnerships, Investments

@HPCpodcast: The Recent Rush of Quantum News – Tech Advances, Partnerships, Investments

http://orionx.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/009@HPCPodcast_Quantum-Computing-Status-Investments_20220125.mp3 A recent rush of quantum news is the topic of the latest episode of @HPCpodcast, including the melding of quantum and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Teaching in Person and Online

Teaching in Person and Online

 Been reading the book below, so far looks very good and to the point in these times.  Have not finished, but good so far.  The technical specifics may get out of date, but the rest should hold up. 

The Hybrid Teacher, Using Technology…


From insideHPC

Object Storage Company MinIO Closes $103M Series B Round

Object Storage Company MinIO Closes $103M Series B Round

PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 26, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MinIO Inc., creators of the MinIO multi-cloud object storage suite, announced today that it has raised $103 million in Series B funding at a $1 billion valuation. The investment…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Testing the Meaning of Digital Darkness

Testing the Meaning of Digital Darkness

Perhaps a good case study to understand the implications of complete digital darkness, how should we address this and what are the capabilities that need to be provided, in what order. 

Tonga Faces Weeks of Digital Darkness
By…


From insideHPC

Hyperion Research Announces Winners of HPC Innovation Excellence Awards

Hyperion Research Announces Winners of HPC Innovation Excellence Awards

Hyperion Research today announced the 17th round of recipients of the HPC Innovation Excellence Award. The award winners are: National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Better wildfire models save property and life. Refined…


From The Eponymous Pickle

MIT Reveals new Quantum Computing Language: Twist

MIT Reveals new Quantum Computing Language: Twist

 A Language for Quantum Computing

ACM NEWS

A New Language for Quantum Computing, By MIT News

January 25, 2022

Time crystals. Microwaves. Diamonds. What do these three disparate things have in common? 

Quantum computing. Unlike traditional…


From insideHPC

DOE Office of Science Awards 95M Hours of HPC Time for Science, Academia and Industry

DOE Office of Science Awards 95M Hours of HPC Time for Science, Academia and Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science announced today that 45 projects were awarded a total of 95 million hours of computing time on some of the world’s most powerful supercomputers as part…


From Computational Complexity

A Failure to Communicate

The screenwriter Aaron Sorkin wrote an article on prioritizing "Truth over Accuracy". He tells stories from his movies The Social Network and Being the Ricardos, of where he moves away from accuracy to get to the truth of a situation…


From insideHPC

Agnostiq Launches Orchestration Platform for Quantum and HPC

Agnostiq Launches Orchestration Platform for Quantum and HPC

Toronto — January 26, 2022 — Agnostiq, Inc., a quantum computing SaaS startup, announced Covalent, an open-source workflow orchestration platform designed specifically for quantum computing and HPC technologies. Covalent aims…


From insideHPC

Atos and Verizon Team on 5G Edge Analytics

Atos and Verizon Team on 5G Edge Analytics

New York and Paris — January 26, 2022 – Verizon Business and Atos today announce a partnership to power IoT solutions with private 5G multi-access edge computing for businesses, government and communities worldwide. The 5G edge…


From insideHPC

Lenovo Unveils TruScale HPC as a Service  

Lenovo Unveils TruScale HPC as a Service  

Lenovo today unveiled its TruScale High Performance Computing as a Service (HPCaaS), designed to deliver the power of supercomputing through a cloud-like experience. The offering is built to be a flexible, on-premises service…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Killing Off FloC

Google Killing Off FloC

 Notable  How does this change the interaction with consumer, their privacy and 

Google Kills Off FLoC, Replaces It With Topics

By TechCrunch, January 25, 2022

FLoC (Federated Learning of Cohorts), Google's controversial project…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robotic Eldercare Advances

Robotic Eldercare Advances

Saw a number of examples of this being done in visits to Japan, were impressive.   Aimed to support Japan's aging population.

Robots Rise to Meet the Challenge of Caring for Older Adults

Nature, Neil Savage, January 19, 2022

Robotic…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

A List of Most Theory Blogs

The list doesn’t destroy culture; it creates it. Wherever you look in cultural history, you will find lists—Umberto Eco Luca Trevisan, Stefan Schmid, James Lee, Scott Aaronson, Michael Mitzenmacher, Omer Reingold, Lance Fortnow…


From insideHPC

Intersect360 Research White Paper: Microsoft Azure Delivers HPC Now And Into The Future With AMD

Intersect360 Research White Paper: Microsoft Azure Delivers HPC Now And Into The Future With AMD

[SPONSORED POST] Highlighted in this white paper by Intersect360 Research, the fastest growing provider of HPC cloud solutions has been Microsoft Azure. Azure’s momentum is based on completeness of services and solutions for …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ransomware: Insurance Might Pay

Ransomware: Insurance Might Pay

And of course will foreign plays admit guilt for hostile actions?  And surely insurance premiums will increase. 

Via Schneier, with further comments:

The insurance company Ace American has to pay for the losses:

On 6th DecemberMerck…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Qualcomm for Autonomous Cars

Qualcomm for Autonomous Cars

More moves in automating features in vehicles.

Qualcomm wants to make it easier to build semi-autonomous cars

Snapdragon Ride Vision is open and scales to more cars., By Jon Fingas in Engadget

Qualcomm believes it can widen theSnapdragon…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chefs Using AI

Chefs Using AI

 We looked at some early work done by IBM using Watson in this area.  May have mentioned it here.

AI: Why chefs are turning to artificial intelligence  By Michael Dempsey  in the BBC

Technology of Business reporter

Nicolas Maire…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Writing The Wordle Clone

Writing The Wordle Clone

Kelly Powers posted a Wordle project document on the AP CS A Teachers Facebook page. It’s solid as one would expect from Kelly who is just awesome. It inspired me to write my own Wordle clone to better understand what is involved…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Can AlphaZero Solving Problems and Rule Variations

Can AlphaZero Solving Problems and Rule Variations

 Sharing variations of a problem.   All problems have variations, which specify their context, can this give us a hint for other solutions?

Reimagining Chess with AlphaZero

By Nenad Tomašev, Ulrich Paquet, Demis Hassabis, Vladimir…


From The Eponymous Pickle

3D Map of Universe

3D Map of Universe

 Durham University Fiber-Optics Help Largest 3D Map of Universe

BBC News, January 13, 2022

Researchers at the U.K.'s Durham University built a component that helped an international team of scientists produce the largest-ever three…


From insideHPC

Report: Nvidia Walking away from Arm Deal

Report: Nvidia Walking away from Arm Deal

A published article by Bloomberg cites unnamed sources who say Nvidia may be about to throw in the towel on its attempted acquisition of Arm Ltd. In a story headlined “Nvidia Quietly Prepares to Abandon $40 Billion Arm Bid,” …


From insideHPC

Classiq and ColdQuanta Partner on 100-Qubit Quantum Circuits 

Classiq and ColdQuanta Partner on 100-Qubit Quantum Circuits 

BOULDER, Colo. & TEL-AVIV — ColdQuanta, maker of cold atom quantum technology, and Classiq, provider of a software platform for Quantum Algorithm Design, today announced a partnership to make 100-qubit quantum circuits a reality…


From Putting People First

A Balanced Place: IKEA’s Life at Home Report 2021

A Balanced Place: IKEA’s Life at Home Report 2021

Global research released by IKEA Retail (Ingka Group) reveals the vital role that home has played in meeting people’s mental wellbeing needs during the pandemic.


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…


From BLOG@CACM

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.


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…


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…


From BLOG@CACM

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.