Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Told by an idiot ...

Out, Out, brief candle!

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage

And then is heard no more: it is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing. Macbeth Act V, Scene V

Well, the worst debate in history is now history with Biden looking pale and weak and Trump looking robust and insane. To yours truly, Shakespeare's quote sums it up because America is nearing its end if nothing of consequence is done. It's that bad and people know it. A complete reset is needed, beginning with term limits for all three branches and a complete redo of the tax code as endless years of the corruption of Mitch McConnell and significant others, combined with the ever increasing impact of inequality ginned up by the tax code, is killing this nation 24/7.

What does the worst debate in American history look like? It looks like the debate that took place on Tuesday night between President Donald Trump and the former Vice-President Joe Biden. It was a joke, a mess, a disaster. A “shit show,” a “dumpster fire,” a national humiliation. No matter how bad you thought the debate would be, it was worse. Way worse. Trump shouted, he bullied, he hectored, he lied, and he interrupted, over and over again.

But it's not just Trump, it's the system. As George Carlin in The Real Owners said, The real owners own this fucking place. Politicians don't matter, the MIC, banks and the big corporations do and they want this disastrous state of affairs to run forever because in the end, it's all about their money. Always has been, always will be. A revolution is needed, let's hope it's peaceful but they never really are, just ask the French about this.

To be continued.


The Arstechina quote says it all regarding AI, the open ended tech evolving faster than thought possible due to the rise of neural nets, the analog front end of AI but to make the code work on all platforms, an abstraction layer accepted by all must be created and now it's happening as we speak.

URZ will focus its research and programming efforts on a fundamental high-performance computing (HPC) challenge where modern computers utilize different types of hardware for different calculations. Accelerators, including graphics processing units (GPUs) and field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), are used in combination with general compute processors (CPUs). Using different types of hardware make computers very powerful and provide versatility for a wide range of situations and workloads. Hardware heterogeneity, however, complicates software development for these computers, especially when specialized components from a variety of vendors are used in tandem.

One major reason for this complication is that many accelerated compute architectures require their own programming models. Therefore, software developers need to learn and use a different—and sometimes proprietary—language for each processing unit in a heterogeneous system, which increases complexity and limits flexibility.

oneAP's cross-architecture language Data Parallel C++ (DPC++), based on Khronos Groups' SYCL standard for heterogeneous programming in C++, overcomes these challenges with its single, unified open development model for performant and productive heterogeneous programming and cross-vendor support.

Why this is important.

URZ's collaboration on the oneAPI standard looks like it will be a good start toward fulfilling Intel's promises that oneAPI will be about all hardware, not just Intel's. The development efforts will be led by Aksel Alpay, who is specifically trying to bring AMD (Radeon) GPU support to oneAPI.

To fully understand this, we need to dive a little deeper into oneAPI's underlying technologies. OneAPI is built on top of Intel's Data Parallel C++ (DPC++), which is itself built atop C++ and Khronos SYCL code abstraction layer standards. Alpay is himself the founding developer of the hipSYCL implementation of the SYCL standard, and his work already explicitly supports multiple CPUs, Nvidia GPUs via CUDA, and AMD GPUs via ROCm. creating his exquisite paintings.

AI ... will be everywhere. The question to ask is, what kind of AI will it be.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Early Fall 2020


Mirror Smooth

Stay Puff CU

Purple Flower

Surface Tension

Reflection 2Step

WASP 189

Getting broiled is an understatement for the Wasp 189 system.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Variation 2Step

As suspected, Black Holes wobble a bit. :)

And the beat goes on ...

Nature at it's finest :)

Nature at it's finest, courtesy the Hubbell.

Yes indeed.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

It's all about the teams

It's all about the teams. Something I see 24./7 with my 2 SEAL brothers who I love dearly. :)

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Put a fork in it, it's done ...

This surreal image from hell is just the beginning of a hells scape destined to change the world for the worst for hundreds of years as global warming is already baked in no matter what we do in the near term. With this in mind, the notion of an Elysium comes to mind here as the acceleration of this existential nightmare reminds us that we did it to ourselves.

Last but not least ... the cost factor as it's only to go up.

A pyroCbs portrait.

Said disclaimer is the action of the Trump administration whereby any information pertaining to climate change is prohibited. Said page exists only because of some brave scientists taking action to preserve critical information we the public should know about. For yours truly, this is why Trump must go.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Autocracy: Rules for Survival

A wakeup call by Masha Gessen ...

  1. Rule #1: Believe the autocrat. He means what he says. 
  2. Rule #2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
  3. Rule #3: Institutions will not save you. It took Putin a year to take over the Russian media and four years to dismantle its electoral system; the judiciary collapsed unnoticed. 
  4. Rule #4: Be outraged. If you follow Rule #1 and believe what the autocrat-elect is saying, you will not be surprised. 
  5. Rule #5: Don’t make compromises. Like Ted Cruz, who made the journey from calling Trump “utterly amoral” and a “pathological liar” to endorsing him in late September to praising his win as an “amazing victory for the American worker,” Republican politicians have fallen into line. 
  6. Rule #6: Remember the future. Nothing lasts forever. Donald Trump certainly will not, and Trumpism, to the extent that it is centered on Trump’s persona, will not either. Failure to imagine the future may have lost the Democrats this election. They offered no vision of the future to counterbalance Trump’s all-too-familiar white-populist vision of an imaginary past.  
Truer words never spoken.