Radio Free HPC Looks at a Controversy in the Irish Supercomputing List

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In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at a controversy stirred up by the recent Irish Supercomputing List.

The 9th Irish Supercomputer List was released this week. For the first time, Ireland has four computers ranked on the Top500 and Ireland is now ranked number one globally in terms of number of TOP500 supercomputers per capita.

Controversy: Since the publication of the List, a third party called the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) has expressed concerns that the press release issued by the Irish Supercomputing List is misleading. You can read their opinion here.

After that, we do our Catch of the Week:

  • Henry (with a certain measure of glee) points us to the story of the Root password security hole in Mac OS High Sierra. Why should Windows have all the fun?
  • Shahin reports that Amazon continues to add things like bare metal and other improvements to AWS. This week they introduced a Deep Learning camera for developers that comes preloaded with a Deep Lens environment for object recognition and machine learning. While this is a step in the right direction, Shahin thinks that there will be insufficient data going forward to train all the AI systems we want.

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