Katia Moskvitch, IBM Research Editorial Lead

From HPC Consortium’s success to National Strategic Computing Reserve

Founded in March 2020 just as the pandemic’s wave was starting to wash over the world, the Consortium has brought together 43 members with supercomputing resources. Private and public enterprises, academia, government and technology companies, many of whom are typically rivals. “It is simply unprecedented,” said Dario Gil, Senior Vice President and Director of IBM Research, one of the founding organizations. “The outcomes we’ve achieved, the lessons we’ve learned, and the next steps we have to pursue are all the result of the collective efforts of these Consortium’s community.” The next step? Creating the National Strategic Computing Reserve to help the world be better prepared for future global emergencies.

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COVID-19 HPC Consortium one year on: Getting ready for the next crisis

Today, we honor the one-year anniversary of the formation of the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium, a ground-breaking public-private initiative that gives researchers around the globe unprecedented access to the world’s most powerful computing resources. The Consortium brings together 43 organizations from around the world, uniting academia, government, and technology companies – many of whom are typically rivals - to tackle COVID-19, sharing their knowledge in ways not possible if they were acting alone.

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IBM boosts material discovery to make gadgets more sustainable

PAGs play a vital role in the manufacturing of computer chips. They are also one of several classes of chemical compounds that have recently come under enhanced scrutiny from environmental regulators. Researchers have been racing to create more sustainable ones – but the traditional process of discovering new materials is too slow, too costly, and too risky. So IBM researchers have turned to AI for help – and created new PAGs much, much faster, paving the way to the era of Accelerated Discovery.

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How the world’s first smartwatch inspired cutting-edge AI 

Between 2000 and 2001, IBM Research made headlines when it launched an internet-enabled designer watch running Linux, an open-source operating system. Dubbed WatchPad, its aim was to demonstrate the capabilities of the then-novel OS for mobile and embedded devices.

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Coders worldwide help computers understand natural language

The competition, called NLC2CMD for ‘Natural Language to Command,’ ran as part of the NeurIPS 2020 program until December – and this Saturday, we’ll finally see what the winners have come up with.

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IBM and MIT researchers find a new way to prevent deep learning hacks

Deep learning may have revolutionized AI – boosting progress in computer vision and natural language processing and impacting nearly every industry. But even deep learning isn’t immune to hacking.

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New IBM-MIT system brings AI to microcontrollers – paving the way to ‘smarter’ IoT

Enter microcontrollers of the future – the simplest, very small computers. They run on batteries for months or years and control the functions of the systems embedded in our home appliances and other electronics.

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COVID-19 HPC Consortium Calls for More Proposals from Researchers Worldwide

Researchers globally have been using the world’s fastest computers thanks to the COVID-19 HPC Consortium for nearly two months now – but there is still supercomputing capacity, and the partnership is calling for more proposals. “There is real hunger on the free resource providers side for good projects,” said Jim Brase, Program Leader at Lawrence […]

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AI for AI set to make it easy to create machine learning algorithms

AI for AI is a novel approach of designing, training and optimizing machine learning models automatically. With AI for AI, anyone could soon build machine learning pipelines from raw data directly, without writing complex code and performing tedious tuning and optimization, to then automate complicated, labor-intensive tasks. Several IBM papers selected for the AAAI-20 conference in New York demonstrate the value of AI for AI and different approaches to it in great detail.

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Top Brazilian Bank Pilots Privacy Encryption Quantum Computers Can’t Break

More than 5,000 publicly disclosed data breaches and billions of personal records exposed. Hacking attacks and deliberate data exfiltration by insiders leading to leaks of sensitive financial, medical and government information. That’s only in 2019, globally — despite the data often being encrypted. But one of the top banks in Brazil wants to avoid such […]

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Take the Whisky test: How IBM tech can help root out fake Scotch

With the festive season just days away, it’s not just turkey and cranberry sauce flying off the supermarket shelves. It’s also champagne, wine, gin… and, of course, whisky. And it better be genuine. IBM researchers are working on technologies to help you make sure the whisky you buy is indeed what it says on the […]

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