computing

Once again, cybersecurity is in the news. And, as usual, any cybersecurity news is bad news. This time is a little different from previous occurrences, as the latest announcement concerns a hardware bug in virtually all of the chips that act as central processors (CPUs) in computers, tablets, phones and other smart devices. This bug has been present in CPU chips manufactured for at least the past 20 years! The impact is that this bug can bypass the barriers between… More »

The face of consumer products is ever-changing. These are no longer the simple items of the past like a Tickle Me Elmo or a Sega system. They are wearable trackers that report your health stats and interconnected video game consoles.

The new issue of FIFE Notes, a bimonthly newsletter for distributed computing at Fermilab, is available at: http://fife.fnal.gov. Articles include: “Interpreting efficiency plots on FIFEMON,” “g-2 optimizes DAQ with GPUs on the OSG” and “CVMFS as a software distribution source.”

Everyone who uses a computer, especially a laptop, should periodically check the safety, integrity and charge rate of their computer batteries.

There will be a Computing Techniques Seminar, “Steerable Message Passing Neural Networks on Graphs and their Applications” on Thursday, November 30, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall Curia II (WH2SW). The seminar will be given by Shubhendu Trivedi of the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago (University of Chicago). Abstract: The case of supervised learning over graphs—i.e., where each datapoint is a graph—is an increasingly important problem. The usual approach to this problem is to embed each graph into… More »