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June 2024


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Can Robots Be Mentors For Children?

Can Robots Be Mentors For Children?

In today’s rapidly advancing technological landscape, robots are seen as a potential tool for childhood education and development. From educational resources to companionship, experts such as roboticist Henrik Christensen believe…


From insideHPC

HPC News Bytes 20240624: GPU Price War?, Rectangular Chip Packaging, AI for Science Assistant, Big HPC-AI Systems Keep Coming

HPC News Bytes 20240624: GPU Price War?, Rectangular Chip Packaging, AI for Science Assistant, Big HPC-AI Systems Keep Coming

Good first-Monday-of-summer morning to you! Here’s a rapid (6:35) run-though recent HPC-AI news, including: GPU price war in the offing?; the big chip companies consider rectangular chip wafer design; formulating advanced genAI…


From The Noisy Channel

Is Similarity Objective?

Is Similarity Objective?

Some search problems have binary answers. We often frame these problems in terms of matching or equivalence. A simplistic formulation of relevance is that a canonicalized representation of the query intent equals or matches a…


From Computational Complexity

Soliciting open problems in honore of Luca T for my Open Problems Column

As you all know Luca Trevisan, a Giant in our field, passed away at the too-young age of 52. See Lance's post on Luca HERE. 

As the editor of the SIGACT News Open Problems Column I am putting together an open problems column in…


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

Welcome to our new ACM-W Rising Star Committee Chair!

Welcome to our new ACM-W Rising Star Committee Chair!

Silvia is Full Professor at the Department of Computer Science of Universitat Politècnica de València in Spain. She is also Director of the Master’s Degree in Software Systems Engineering and Technology at UPV, a program awarded…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Performance tip: avoid unnecessary copies

Performance tip: avoid unnecessary copies

Copying data in software is cheap, but it is not at all free. As you start optimizing your code, you might find that copies become a performance bottleneck. Let me be clear that copies really are cheap. It is often more performant…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Advice To First Timers at #ISTE24 or #CSTA2024

Advice To First Timers at #ISTE24 or #CSTA2024

Summer conference season is coming up. ISTE starts this weekend (without me) and CSTA (with me) is in July. Over the years I have been to scores of conferences and I have learned a few things. I thought I might share some ofComfortable…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Nebula

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Nebula

Beautiful astronomical photo.


From insideHPC

GENCI to be Site of 2nd EuroHPC Exascale HPC System

GENCI to be Site of 2nd EuroHPC Exascale HPC System

The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking has signed a hosting agreement with the French national research organization GENCI for its next exascale supercomputer, called Alice Recoque, which will be operated by CEA, a French research agency…


From insideHPC

Wave Photonics Secures £4.5M Investment Round

Wave Photonics Secures £4.5M Investment Round

June 20, 2024 — Wave Photonics, a Cambridge-based start-up, has received £4.5 million to develop on-chip photonics designs for quantum technologies, sensors, and data center applications. The UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund…


From insideHPC

IQM Quantum Opens Data Center in Germany

IQM Quantum Opens Data Center in Germany

Munich, 21st June 2024 – IQM Quantum Computers today announced the opening of its first quantum data center in Munich to support industry applications, with plans to place up to 12 quantum computers in the data center that, at…


From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Coordinate conundrum puzzles and vector graphics

Coordinate conundrum puzzles and vector graphics

by Paul Curzon, Queen Mary University of London One way computers store images is as a set of points (as coordinates) that make up lines and shapes. This is the basis for the kind of computer graphics called Vector Graphics.Continue…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Validating gigabytes of Unicode strings per second… in C#?

Validating gigabytes of Unicode strings per second… in C#?

We have been working on a fast library to validate and transcode Unicode and other formats such as base64 in C++: simdutf. We wondered: could we achieve the same good results in C#? Microsoft’s .NET framework has made great strides…


From insideHPC

Classiq Teams with BMW Group and Nvidia for Quantum Applicability in Electrical Systems

Classiq Teams with BMW Group and Nvidia for Quantum Applicability in Electrical Systems

TEL AVIV | June 20, 2024 — Classiq today announced a collaboration with NVIDIA and the BMW Group to optimize mechatronic systems. The initiative is focused on solving a complex computational challenge to find the optimal architecture…


From insideHPC

WEKA Grows IP Portfolio to More Than 100 Patents 

WEKA Grows IP Portfolio to More Than 100 Patents 

CAMPBELL, Calif., June 20, 2024 – WekaIO, the AI-native data platform company, today announced its IP portfolio has been awarded more than 100 patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The company was …


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Robotics Meets Workforce Shortage

Robotics Meets Workforce Shortage

In recent years, industries have been struggling with a significant challenge: a shortage of skilled labor. This issue spans various fields, from manufacturing to healthcare, and is increased by factors such as demographic shifts…


From Computational Complexity

Luca Trevisan (1971-2024)

Complexity theorist Luca Trevisan lost his battle to cancer yesterday in Milan at the age of 52. A terrible loss for our community and our hearts go out to his family.  

The community will honor Trevisan's life and legacy 12:30…


From Schneier on Security

Recovering Public Keys from Signatures

Recovering Public Keys from Signatures

Interesting summary of various ways to derive the public key from digitally signed files.

Normally, with a signature scheme, you have the public key and want to know whether a given signature is valid. But what if we instead…


From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Aged 11-16? Share your views on Computing education in England.

Aged 11-16? Share your views on Computing education in England.

Deadline tomorrow for the Young People's Advisory Group on Computer Science - have your say on how computing is taught in England.


From Schneier on Security

New Blog Moderation Policy

New Blog Moderation Policy

There has been a lot of toxicity in the comments section of this blog. Recently, we’re having to delete more and more comments. Not just spam and off-topic comments, but also sniping and personal attacks. It’s gotten so bad that…


From insideHPC

ACM Announces Awards in AI, Graph Processing, OS Software and Internet Privacy

ACM Announces Awards in AI, Graph Processing, OS Software and Internet Privacy

New York, June 18, 2024 – ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, today announced the recipients of four technical awards. They are: David Blei, Columbia University, receives the ACM – AAAI Allen Newell Award. Blei is recognized…


From Yoshua Bengio

The International Scientific Report on the Safety of Advanced AI

The International Scientific Report on the Safety of Advanced AI

In November 2023, I’ve been given the responsibility to chair the International Scientific Report on the Safety of Advanced AI as part of an international…

L’article The International Scientific Report on the Safety of Advanced…


From insideHPC

Pasqal Delivers 100+ Qubit Quantum Processing Unit to GENCI and CEA

Pasqal Delivers 100+ Qubit Quantum Processing Unit to GENCI and CEA

Paris, June 19, 2024 – A 100+ qubit quantum processing unit (QPU), acquired by GENCI (Grand Équipement National de Calcul Intensif), was delivered at TGCC, the CEA computing centre, the three organizations have announced. As …


From insideHPC

June 21 Call for Proposals Deadline for OCP Global Summit and Future Technologies Symposium

June 21 Call for Proposals Deadline for OCP Global Summit and Future Technologies Symposium

The 2024 OCP Global Summit (and co-located Future Technologies Symposium) call for proposals opened on May 13 and will close this Friday, June 21 at 5 pm PT. Click here for more information. The OCP Global Summit will take place…


From Computational Complexity

Rethinking Hueristica

I've argued that more and more we seem to live in an Optiland, a computational utopia where through recent developments in optimization and learning we can solve the NP-problems that come up in practice and yet cryptography remains…


From Schneier on Security

The Hacking of Culture and the Creation of Socio-Technical Debt

The Hacking of Culture and the Creation of Socio-Technical Debt

Culture is increasingly mediated through algorithms. These algorithms have splintered the organization of culture, a result of states and tech companies vying for influence over mass audiences. One byproduct of this splintering…


From insideHPC

Nvidia AI Computing by HPE Portfolio Announced for Generative AI

Nvidia AI Computing by HPE Portfolio Announced for Generative AI

On a day that Nvidia climbed over Microsoft as the most valuable U.S. company measured by stock valuation, Nvidia and Hewlett Packard Enterprise today announced Nvidia AI Computing by HPE, a portfolio of co-developed AI solutions…


From insideHPC

HPE and Danfoss Partner on Data Center Energy Consumption

HPE and Danfoss Partner on Data Center Energy Consumption

Las Vegas – June 18, 2024 –  Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) and Danfoss today announced a collaboration to deliver HPE IT Sustainability Services – Data Center Heat Recovery, an off-the shelf heat recovery module, helping…


From insideHPC

Penguin Solutions: OriginAI Expanded for AI Factory Deployments up to 16,000 GPUs

Penguin Solutions: OriginAI Expanded for AI Factory Deployments up to 16,000 GPUs

Penguin Solutions today announced the expansion of its OriginAI offering to include validated, pre-defined AI architectures incorporating NVIDIA technology. It includes Penguin’s cluster management software and managed services…


From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Like science & tech? Maybe thinking about careers in it? Come to our FREE online Science Festival on Monday (24th June)

Like science & tech? Maybe thinking about careers in it? Come to our FREE online Science Festival on Monday (24th June)

There's a free online science festival on Monday 24th for people interested in medical / dentistry careers but two of the talks are specifically about technology.

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