Radio Free HPC Says Goodbye to Net Neutrality

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In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the FCC’s move to abolish Net Neutrality regulations put in place during the Obama administration. Dan thinks this is a good move to remove unnecessary regulations, but rest of the crew is worried about where this will lead the future of the Internet.

Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication. For instance, under these principles, internet service providers are unable to intentionally block, slow down or charge money for specific websites and online content.

After that, we do our Catch of the Week:

  • Dan notes that Lenovo’s new SuperMUC-NG supercomputer coming to LRZ Germany will sport nearly 27 Petaflops of computing power.
  • Rich points us a presentation about the “GPU Killer” TPU2 processor that Google developed for processing AI workloads.
  • Shahin reiterates that we really need a set of different names for FLOPS with varying precision, as they are not all created equal.
    • He also notes there are dozens of chips in the works that are looking to take advantage of the hot AI market.
    • IBM announced their new IBM Q network with JP Morgan for research into industrial applications for quantum computing.
    • We now have new buzzwords: Y to Q (years to quantum), quantum supremacy, and quantum-safe cryptography.
  • Henry points us to yet another hacker story about a security hole in DirectTV boxes.

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