Software program – Intway Don Bass http://intwaydonbass.com/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 09:30:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://intwaydonbass.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-29T192438.893-150x150.png Software program – Intway Don Bass http://intwaydonbass.com/ 32 32 Biotech startups join AWS and other partners in open source project to help design new proteins – GeekWire https://intwaydonbass.com/biotech-startups-join-aws-and-other-partners-in-open-source-project-to-help-design-new-proteins-geekwire/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 09:30:00 +0000 https://intwaydonbass.com/biotech-startups-join-aws-and-other-partners-in-open-source-project-to-help-design-new-proteins-geekwire/ Experimentally determined structure of a bacterial protein, compared to structures produced by AlphaFold2 and OpenFold. (OpenFold Image) Three Seattle biotech companies are joining forces to support the development of open source protein design and folding software. The project, called OpenFold, brings together Cyrus Biotechnology, Outpace Bio and Arzeda, startups developing new proteins that can be […]]]>
Experimentally determined structure of a bacterial protein, compared to structures produced by AlphaFold2 and OpenFold. (OpenFold Image)

Three Seattle biotech companies are joining forces to support the development of open source protein design and folding software.

The project, called OpenFold, brings together Cyrus Biotechnology, Outpace Bio and Arzeda, startups developing new proteins that can be used as drugs or in industrial applications.

“It doesn’t make sense for all of us to duplicate the same work,” Cyrus CEO Lucas Nivon told GeekWire. “Especially if it doesn’t give any company a competitive advantage.”

The three companies are joined by Prescient Design, an accelerator within Genentech, and the lab of Mohammed AlQuraishi, assistant professor of systems biology at Columbia University. The project is supported by Amazon Web Services for free, and other companies and organizations are considering joining, Nivon said.

The consortium improves AlphaFold, a machine learning tool developed by Alphabet’s DeepMind that predicts how proteins fold into three-dimensional shapes.

Protein is the building blocks of the body and the basis of many treatments. Exploitation of this software promises to accelerate the development of new drugs, enzymes and biomaterials.

DeepMind released a public version of its tool last July, and since then several groups have improved it. AlQuraishi and his team recently released a version, called OpenFold, that incorporates updated formation datasets of known three-dimensional protein structures. OpenFold even slightly outperforms DeepMind’s most recent open version of AlphaFold, AlQuraishi said. in a tweet.

It’s now easy to update OpenFold with new data, add different kinds of features, and fine-tune the tool. Specific areas of interest could include antibody design, small molecule prediction, and understanding protein movement and alternative conformations.

Nivon likens the new consortium to Linux, an open-source project that enables new software to be built. He anticipates that some of the new tools will be open source and other proprietary.

The focus is on AlphaFold, not a similar tool built by the University of Washington’s Institute for Protein Design, which created Cyrus, Outpace, and Arzeda.

“So far, the accuracy we’re seeing with AlphaFold so far is unmatched,” Nivon said. His team, however, relies on other software from IPD for their designs. And the release of IPD’s tool prompted DeepMind to release a public version at the same time.

Both tools stunned the scientific community with their speed and accuracy in predicting protein shapes, and won Science magazine’s prestigious Breakthrough of the Year award last winter.

DeepMind is not a member of the consortium but created Isomorphic Labs, a startup to leverage its software for drug discovery.

OpenFold is a project of the nonprofit Open Molecular Software Foundation and is supported by Amazon through its AWS Open Data Sponsorship Program, which also hosts OpenFreeEnergy and Open Forcefield to support drug design efforts.

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ECS Wins $49 Million Army Network Transformation Contract https://intwaydonbass.com/ecs-wins-49-million-army-network-transformation-contract/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 16:28:48 +0000 https://intwaydonbass.com/ecs-wins-49-million-army-network-transformation-contract/ John Heneghan, ECS ECS was awarded a 5-year contract with the US Army worth $49 million to support its network transformation strategy. “We look forward to partnering with the Army to modernize and strengthen its tactical networks. ECS currently supports the deployment of the Army Endpoint Security Solutions (AESS) program, integrating, testing, accrediting and fielding […]]]>
John Heneghan, ECS

ECS was awarded a 5-year contract with the US Army worth $49 million to support its network transformation strategy.

“We look forward to partnering with the Army to modernize and strengthen its tactical networks. ECS currently supports the deployment of the Army Endpoint Security Solutions (AESS) program, integrating, testing, accrediting and fielding solutions that protect up to 800,000 endpoints,” said John Heneghan, President of ECS.

“This wealth of experience will help inform our low-risk methodology in support of the Army Network Transformation Initiative.”

The Army’s Network Transformation Strategy aims to provide units around the world with an easy-to-use, mobile and hardened tactical network. Under this contract, ECS will provide software licensing, engineering, training, and laboratory services to support the security software product lifecycle.

“With this contract award, ECS has the opportunity to help the Army achieve multiple mission objectives while advancing the broader strategy of transforming its tactical networks,” said Mark Maglin, vice president of the department. defense cybersecurity at ECS.

“With our experience in providing SSEA for the enterprise, we are ready to leverage our expertise in software engineering and cybersecurity disciplines to help the military achieve a unified network, increased visibility and improved cybersecurity posture.”

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Senior Epidemiologist – Kenya | ReliefWeb https://intwaydonbass.com/senior-epidemiologist-kenya-reliefweb/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 09:41:28 +0000 https://intwaydonbass.com/senior-epidemiologist-kenya-reliefweb/ The University of Manitoba (UoM) and Partners for Health and Development in Africa (PHDA) are seeking a qualified candidate for a Senior Epidemiologist position as part of their project entitled Strengthening the Effectiveness of the HIV Prevention Response to Kenya. Through this project, UoM and PHDA are supporting the National AIDS Control Council (NACC) and […]]]>

The University of Manitoba (UoM) and Partners for Health and Development in Africa (PHDA) are seeking a qualified candidate for a Senior Epidemiologist position as part of their project entitled Strengthening the Effectiveness of the HIV Prevention Response to Kenya. Through this project, UoM and PHDA are supporting the National AIDS Control Council (NACC) and the National AIDS and STI Control Program (NASCOP) to strengthen strategic information to guide the response of HIV prevention in the country. The role of the incumbent will be to help both institutions develop integrated and harmonious systems that strengthen data collection at multiple levels and sectors. The strategic information generated enables data and evidence-based management of the HIV epidemic while directing complex epidemiological studies and nationwide surveillance activities.

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • Lead the analysis and interpretation of HIV data at national and county levels to better inform the development of comprehensive HIV prevention measurement frameworks for the country;
  • Support the development, implementation and review of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) frameworks, systems and procedures to track national and county level HIV program investments;
  • Support the development, implementation and review of knowledge management frameworks, systems and procedures to improve the translation of evidence into locally relevant policies and strategies;
  • Provide technical expertise in developing appropriate mechanisms to bring together research and innovations and produce strategic products to advance the HIV response;
  • Facilitate capacity building of national and county level staff to conduct epidemic assessments and use program data to improve measurement of key national and county level indicators for HIV prevention;
  • Support the use of existing data systems such as the HIV Implementing Partner Online Reporting System, Community AIDS Program Reporting System, Maisha Certification System, National Data Warehouse data, the Kenya Health Information System within the two institutions to ensure that the generation and use of data is effective;
  • Support the development of protocols and tools required for the collection of high quality data to monitor the national HIV prevention program;
  • Lead the development and implementation of scientific research programs and capacity building, including; design and implementation of surveillance and surveys related to HIV prevention; develop analysis plans and provide interpretation and reporting of results as required, and coordinate dissemination of monitoring results; and
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Required qualities :

  • At least a master’s degree in public health, data science or statistics from a recognized institution.
  • A Ph.D. in epidemiology or equivalent qualifications from a recognized institution.
  • At least 10 years of relevant work experience.
  • High level understanding of the structure and functions of the response to the HIV epidemic in Kenya.
  • Technical knowledge in managing large datasets from program, survey and surveillance data.
  • Proficiency and experience with statistical analysis software such as SAS, STATA or SPSS and working knowledge of GIS software;
  • Technical expertise and experience in digital health and data visualization would be an added advantage.

Skills and Attributes

  • Experience in developing prevention cascades and working in collaboration with different stakeholders – governmental and non-governmental;
  • Strong interpersonal skills to work with teams with various areas of expertise to achieve project objectives;
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex epidemiological information to non-technical people;
  • Articulate and able to communicate clearly and professionally with staff and stakeholders;
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and understanding of social and political ethical issues surrounding HIV infections and population-based programs;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, manage high volume workflow, meet deadlines with minimal supervision, as well as lead and work collaboratively with others; and
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Kiswahili.

How to register

Applications from qualified and interested Kenyan candidates should be emailed to recruitment@phdaf.org Applications should consist of an updated CV including the names of three professional referees with current daytime telephone contact and a cover letter indicating the position applied for in the subject heading and the expected salary.

All nominations must be received no later than July 4, 2022.

Partner for Health and Development in Africa (PHDA) is an equal opportunity employer.

Only selected candidates will be contacted

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Security issue in smart hot tub software exposes user data https://intwaydonbass.com/security-issue-in-smart-hot-tub-software-exposes-user-data/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 00:52:32 +0000 https://intwaydonbass.com/security-issue-in-smart-hot-tub-software-exposes-user-data/ A researcher has discovered a security issue in the software used by smart hot tubs – hot tubs that connect to the internet, or as a wag put ita “spa crime machine” – which exposes user data. Detailed by security researcher EatonWorks on Monday, the security issue was discovered in software used in models produced […]]]>

A researcher has discovered a security issue in the software used by smart hot tubs – hot tubs that connect to the internet, or as a wag put ita “spa crime machine” – which exposes user data.

Detailed by security researcher EatonWorks on Monday, the security issue was discovered in software used in models produced by Jacuzzi Brands LLC, a leading manufacturer of hot tubs and hot tubs. The company’s smart hot tubs offer a “SmartTub” feature to allow users to connect to the hot tub remotely.

SmartTub consists of two elements: a module inside the bathtub with cellular data reception which can access and control the jacuzzi and an Android and iOS application. The tub is always connected to a central server and provides status updates and lists of commands such as turning on lights and jets, adjusting water temperature, and other features. The service also integrates with Alexa, Google Assistant, Google Wear OS, and Apple Watch.

The security issues first surfaced when Eaton, who appears to live online under a single name, tried to log into SmartTub using a password manager, but was directed to the wrong one. website saying he was not allowed to enter. “Just before this message appeared, I saw a header and a table flash briefly on my screen,” Eaton wrote. “I was surprised to find it was an admin panel full of user data.”

After discovering the data, Eaton then attempted to circumvent the restrictions and gain access using a program called Fiddler to intercept and modify a code telling the website that he was an administrator. The bypass was successful, with the amount of data found described as staggering. “I could see the details of each spa, see its owner, and even remove its ownership,” Eaton explained.

Fortunately, Eaton is an ethical hacker and did not steal or manipulate the discovered data. Jacuzzi Brands was first notified of the security issue in early December, and the issue was finally resolved on June 4. Eaton describes ongoing communication issues with the company, including no response to their emails, even though they eventually took action to resolve the issue.

“It was sort of a standard IoT hack and we can expect hundreds of thousands of them in the coming decade,” said Roger Grimes, data-driven defense evangelist at the security awareness training company KnowBe4 Inc., at SiliconANGLE. “The ultimate problem was a poorly secured admin console website where admin credentials could be bypassed. This is a very common type of vulnerability and if the website had been subjected to any type of security code review or penetration test would have been detected and could have been fixed before people’s data was compromised.

Grimes added that the most concerning part was the time it took for the bug to be resolved by the affected vendor.

“He contacts them again and again, gets delayed, ignored, and tries again,” Grimes says. “It shouldn’t be that hard for a bug finder to report a bug and get that vendor to acknowledge the bug, thank and compensate the bug finder, and get the bug fixed. There will always be bugs. It’s how the provider responds when they’re reported that matters the most in the long run.

Image: Jacuzzi Brands

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Local DACA grantee ready for dream IT job | Western Colorado https://intwaydonbass.com/local-daca-grantee-ready-for-dream-it-job-western-colorado/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 13:21:23 +0000 https://intwaydonbass.com/local-daca-grantee-ready-for-dream-it-job-western-colorado/ Country the United States of AmericaUS Virgin IslandsU.S. Minor Outlying IslandsCanadaMexico, United Mexican StatesBahamas, Commonwealth ofCuba, Republic ofDominican RepublicHaiti, Republic ofJamaicaAfghanistanAlbania, People’s Socialist Republic ofAlgeria, People’s Democratic Republic ofAmerican SamoaAndorra, Principality ofAngola, Republic ofAnguillaAntarctica (the territory south of 60 degrees S)Antigua and BarbudaArgentina, Argentine RepublicArmeniaArubaAustralia, Commonwealth ofAustria, Republic ofAzerbaijan, Republic ofBahrain, Kingdom ofBangladesh, People’s Republic […]]]>

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Closed-source or open-source hardware drivers: why it matters https://intwaydonbass.com/closed-source-or-open-source-hardware-drivers-why-it-matters/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 17:00:00 +0000 https://intwaydonbass.com/closed-source-or-open-source-hardware-drivers-why-it-matters/ Computer device drivers allow your operating system to tell the hardware inside your computer and the peripherals you have plugged in what to do. Like applications and operating systems, these hardware drivers may consist of freely available source code hidden behind binary blogs and a lengthy End User License Agreement. So what are the differences […]]]>

Computer device drivers allow your operating system to tell the hardware inside your computer and the peripherals you have plugged in what to do.

Like applications and operating systems, these hardware drivers may consist of freely available source code hidden behind binary blogs and a lengthy End User License Agreement.

So what are the differences between closed and open source hardware drivers? Also, how do these differences affect you?


What is a hardware driver?

Hardware drivers exist to allow your computer’s software to communicate with the hardware. Sometimes they are built into your computer’s operating system. Other times you have to download and install the drivers yourself.

Many drivers for Microsoft Windows are available for download. Older PC devices often came with CD-ROMs containing the drivers needed to run your hardware. Hardware means everything from a USB microphone to a graphics card for gaming.

In Linux, drivers are often built into the operating system, with its pros and cons. Most of the time when you plug in a new device, it just works. This is especially the case with older hardware that has had time to work its way into the Linux kernel. But sometimes, especially with newer devices, your computer won’t recognize the new device, and Linux-compatible drivers are less likely to be available for download online.

Why Many Pilots Are Proprietary

A computer component or external device may seem like a mostly physical product, but the software that powers the device often makes one product more appealing than another. Many companies view the code that powers this software as their competitive advantage over other companies.

Instead of making this code publicly available, they only allow those outside the company or certain contractors to see the code. The code is considered proprietary information. The resulting software is proprietary software, also known as closed-source software.

The competition between AMD and NVIDIA is one of the fiercest when it comes to computer hardware. NVIDIA has long had an advantage over its rivals and is less inclined to provide open source hardware drivers. The code contained in these pilots could arguably allow an existing competitor to catch up or facilitate the entry of a new company into the field without developing code from scratch.


Proprietary operating systems have proprietary drivers

It is also necessary here to address the elephant in the room. Microsoft Windows is the most widely used desktop operating system in the world. Windows consists of closed source code.

Hardware drivers integrate with the operating system at such a low level. Since Windows 8, Windows computers can only run signed drivers. This means that the drivers must be certified by Microsoft, and since Windows is proprietary, those drivers must be too.

Perhaps less surprisingly, Apple also certifies drivers on macOS. But at the kernel level, macOS is based on various open source technologies. macOS also uses the open-source system CUPS to manage printers. But if you install a driver, it’s probably proprietary.

Google’s Chrome OS is a bit of an exception here. Chrome OS is technically proprietary, but it’s built on an open source foundation. Since Chrome OS uses the Linux kernel, it uses both the open source drivers and the closed binary blobs that come with the kernel. But if you need to run additional hardware that isn’t supported by default, that’s not really what Chrome OS is for.

What is the need for open pilots?

This means that the issue of open source versus open source drivers has a big impact on Linux users. Here, the preference is the opposite of other desktop operating systems. No company develops and ships Linux, so there is no single company to certify drivers. Linux development is widespread among people all over the world, with some working as volunteers and others as employees for various companies. It works best for everyone when the driver source code is available.

The benefits of open source drivers mirror many of the benefits of open source software in general.

  • Simplified software collaboration: Many people can develop software together when there is no single company that controls the source code.
  • Software you can trust: Without access to source code, you don’t actually know what a program does.
  • Greater confidentiality: It’s rare for open source software to track what you do, because it’s easy for someone to redistribute another copy of the software without the tracking.
  • Software longevity: When a company loses interest in a program or device, it often stops distributing it. The open source code allows anyone else to continue to make the software available.


On Linux, when a driver is open source, there’s a better chance that everything just works. Your hardware will also likely contain fewer bugs.

For example, Linux users can expect smoother desktop animations using Intel integrated graphics than with an NVIDIA graphics card, since Linux graphics developers do not have access to the internal workings of the NVIDIA chip to solve all bugs. Quirks can appear in unexpected places, such as when shutting down a laptop to put it to sleep. Therefore, Linux users who want a smoother experience but still need a powerful graphics card may end up preferring AMD, a company that provides more open source drivers.

If Linux were more widely used on desktop computers, you would probably see more pressure on companies to release open drivers. In Linux, open source code is more of a competitive advantage, a feature that many users give weight to when making purchasing decisions. But with Linux users representing such a small percentage of all computer users, the question of whether to make a driver open source almost never arises. On Windows and macOS, an open source driver will not be certified.


Open Source or Proprietary: Which to Use?

On most computers, you have no choice. On Windows and macOS, your drivers are proprietary. On Chrome OS, whether your drivers are open or closed, this knowledge is largely unknown and irrelevant to your experience.

But if you are using Linux, this question is important. Unless you need the extra horsepower that a proprietary driver can provide, such as with games, hardware with open source drivers often provides a better experience. And these drivers better align with the larger philosophy and features that set Linux apart from other operating systems.

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Software Developer and NSWC Division Scientist Dahlgren is a recipient of the Distinguished Community Service Award for STEM Advocacy https://intwaydonbass.com/software-developer-and-nswc-division-scientist-dahlgren-is-a-recipient-of-the-distinguished-community-service-award-for-stem-advocacy/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 20:21:44 +0000 https://intwaydonbass.com/software-developer-and-nswc-division-scientist-dahlgren-is-a-recipient-of-the-distinguished-community-service-award-for-stem-advocacy/ DAHLGREN, Virginia – Inspiration can come from many places. For Jacoby Smith, the inspiration came in the form of a computer course and a discovered talent for teaching. He followed his innate passion for science and math into a career at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) and became involved in inspiring young […]]]>

Inspiration can come from many places. For Jacoby Smith, the inspiration came in the form of a computer course and a discovered talent for teaching. He followed his innate passion for science and math into a career at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) and became involved in inspiring young minds to explore STEM fields.

Smith has always shown immense respect for the teaching profession, in part because his mother was a schoolteacher. “When I was in school, I had wonderful teachers who really motivated and encouraged me to pursue my interests in science and math,” Smith said. “I only had one computer class, but I really enjoyed learning all the key concepts and applications.”

Smith understands the importance and impact of STEM-related fields in real-world endeavours. As a software developer and scientist for Dahlgren’s Strategic and Information Systems Department, he supports the Tomahawk Tactical Weapons Control System program by developing new system capabilities, maintaining system operations, analyzing data from the fleet and providing solution-based processes. “I write and test code, investigate and fix bugs, and help plan future features for the Missile Manager component of the Tomahawk program,” Smith said. He is also part of a departmental team that oversees new hires and interns, helping to acclimate them to the dynamic and technical work environment of the Dahlgren workforce.

When school administrators presented the opportunity to virtually teach an advanced computer science course to students at Stafford High School, Smith knew it was a chance to give back to his community and agreed to share his thoughts. technical knowledge, experience and skills with the 25 to 30 students in the upper class. .

“As a native of Fredericksburg, I attended Stafford County Public Schools, and it was a great way to get involved in STEM programs and help students explore more of the core concepts of science. ‘computing,” Smith said.

While attending Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, Smith worked as a teaching assistant, teaching college courses related to computer science. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics in 2020, joining the NSWCDD workforce soon after.

With encouragement and support from department and branch leadership, Smith began teaching computer science at Stafford High School, devoting countless hours to creating and integrating an accelerated curriculum for these students.

In addition to performing his duties as a software developer and scientist, Smith also thrived on providing top quality education to his students. Although the class attended virtually due to COVID-19 protocol, Smith ensured student preparation for exams. “I embarked on this project without any predefined lesson plans or lesson studies, but managed to develop my curriculum that I knew would cover all the key concepts,” Smith said. “It was important for me to provide these students with the technical knowledge necessary to progress in computer science.”

Although Smith no longer teaches computer science classes for local school districts, he remains involved by acting as a consultant in the development of science and math curricula.

NSWCDD command and senior management selected Smith as one of seven recipients of the Distinguished Community Service Award for his contributions, effort, and dedication to providing computer education and working with local school officials to advance STEM initiatives.

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New NEVI Formula Program Information Available https://intwaydonbass.com/new-nevi-formula-program-information-available/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 04:44:40 +0000 https://intwaydonbass.com/new-nevi-formula-program-information-available/ The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on proposed minimum standards and requirements for projects funded under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) formula program and construction of publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations funded under Title 23, United States Code. The FHWA has also released […]]]>

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on proposed minimum standards and requirements for projects funded under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) formula program and construction of publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations funded under Title 23, United States Code. The FHWA has also released additional resources to help states complete their deployment plans and access funding from the NEVI Formula program to create a national network of electric vehicle chargers. These resources include new questions and answers about the NEVI formula program and an exception template to help states, especially rural states, evaluate the best locations for charging stations when it is not possible to provide charging stations at required 50 mile intervals.

Charging stations should contain a minimum number and type of chargers capable of meeting the charging needs of drivers. In addition, FHWA’s proposed rules would require consistency in the installation, operation, and maintenance of NEVI Formula Program projects to provide the traveling public with reliable expectations of their charging experience. The proposed rule would further specify the required minimum density of supplied chargers, payment methods and requirements for customer support services.

Other proposed requirements seek to create a seamless national network of EV charging infrastructure that could communicate and operate on the same software platforms from state to state; address traffic control devices and on-site signage; data submission requirements to help create a public electric vehicle charging database; and network connectivity requirements to enable secure remote monitoring, diagnostics, control and updates.

The proposed rule is expected to be published in the Federal Register soon. A signed copy of the document submitted to the Federal Register for publication is available on the FHWA website.

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SNIA Summit on Persistent Memory and Computing Storage Part 1 https://intwaydonbass.com/snia-summit-on-persistent-memory-and-computing-storage-part-1/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 21:47:12 +0000 https://intwaydonbass.com/snia-summit-on-persistent-memory-and-computing-storage-part-1/ Persistence Getty SNIA held its Persistent Memory and Computational Storage Summit, virtual this year, like last year. The Summit explored some of the latest developments in these areas. Let’s explore some of the ideas from this virtual conference from day one. Dr. Yang Seok, vice president of the Memory Solutions Lab at Samsung, talked about […]]]>

SNIA held its Persistent Memory and Computational Storage Summit, virtual this year, like last year. The Summit explored some of the latest developments in these areas. Let’s explore some of the ideas from this virtual conference from day one.

Dr. Yang Seok, vice president of the Memory Solutions Lab at Samsung, talked about the company’s SmartSSD. He argued that computing storage devices, which offload processing from processors, can reduce power consumption and thus provide a green computing alternative. He pointed out that the energy consumption of data centers has remained stable at around 1% since 2010 (in 2020 it was 200-250 TWh per year) due to technological innovations. Nevertheless, there is a difficult step to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from data centers by 53% between 2020 and 2030.

Computer storage SSDs (CSDs) can be used to offload data from a CPU to free up the CPU for other tasks or to speed up local processes closer to the stored data. This local processing is done with less power than a CPU, can be used for data reduction operations in the storage device (to enable higher storage capacities and more efficient storage, to avoid data movement and can be part of a virtualization environment CSDs appear to be competitive and use less power for I/O-intensive tasks In addition, the computing power of CSDs increases with the number of CSDs used.

Samsung has announced its first SmartSSD in 2020 and announces that its next generation will be available soon, see figure below. The next generation will allow for greater customization of what the CSD’s processor can do, allowing its use in more applications and possibly saving power for many processing tasks.

Stephen Bates from Eidetic and Kim Malone from Intel talked about the new standard developments for NVMe computing. One such addition to the command set for calculation programs is the calculation namespace. An entity within an NVMe subsystem that is capable of running one or more programs, may have asymmetric access to subsystem memory, and may support a subset of all types possible programs. The conceptual image below gives an idea of ​​how it works.

Both device-defined and downloadable programs are supported. Device-defined programs are fixed programs provided by the manufacturer or various features implemented by the device that can be called programs such as compression or decryption. Downloadable programs are loaded into the Computer Programs namespace by the host.

Andy Rudoff from Intel provided an update on persistent memory. He talked about developments along a timeline. He said that in 2019 Intel Optane Pmem was generally available. The image below shows Intel’s approach to connecting to the memory bus with Optane Pmem.

Note that Direct Memory Access (DAX) is key to this use of Optane PMem. The following image shows a timeline of PMem-related developments since 2012.

Andy reviewed several customer use cases for Intel’s Optane PMem, including

g Oracle Exadata with PMem access via RDMA, Tencent Cloud and Baidu. He also discusses future PMem directions, especially paired with CXL. These include accelerating AI/ML and data-centric applications with temporal caching and persistent metadata storage.

Jinpyo Kim from VMware and Michael Mesnier from Intel Labs talked about computing storage in a virtualized environment, in collaboration with MinIO. Some of the uses shown included cleaning data (reading data and detecting accumulated errors) from a MinIO storage stack and a Linux file system. They found that doing this computation near stored data was 50% to 18 times more scalable, depending on the speed of the link (the process is read-intensive). VMware, in prototype research with UC Irvine, did a project on near storage log analysis and found an order of magnitude better query performance compared to using software alone – this capability is ported on a Samsung SmartSSD.

VMware also used NGD computing storage devices to run a Greenplum MPP database. They have done a lot of work on virtualizing CSD (they call it vCSD) on vSphere/vSAN, which makes it easier to share hardware accelerators and migrate a vCSD between compatible hosts. CSDs can be used to de-aggregate cloud-native applications and offload storage-intensive functions. The figure below shows collaborative efforts to use CSDs between MinIO, VMware, and Intel.

Meta’s Chris Petersen talked about AI memory at Meta. Meta uses AI for many applications and at scale, from the data center to the edge. Since AI workloads evolve so rapidly, they require more vertical integration, from software requirements to hardware design. A considerable portion of capacity requires high BW accelerator memory, but inference has most of its capacity at low bandwidth compared to training. Additionally, inference has a tight latency requirement. They found that a level of memory beyond HBM and DRAM can be leveraged, especially for inference.

They found that for software defined memory backed by SSDs, they had to use SCM (SSD Optane) SSDs. The use of faster SSDs (SCM) has reduced the need to scale up and therefore reduce power. The figure below shows Meta’s view of memory levels required for AI applications, showing that higher CXL latency, performance and more memory/storage capacity will be required. to achieve optimized performance, cost and efficiency.

Arthur Sainio and Pekon Gupta of SMART Modular Technologies discussed the use of NVDIMM-N in DDR5 and CXL compatible applications. These NVDIMM-Ns include a battery backup that allows the module’s DRAM memory to be written back to flash memory in the event of a power outage. This technology is also developed for the CXL application with an NV-XMM specification of devices that have an integrated power source for backup power and operate with the standard programming model for CXL Type-3 devices. The figure below shows the form factors of these devices.

In addition to these discussions, David Eggleston of Intuitive Cognitive Consulting moderated a panel discussion with the day’s speakers and there was a Birds of a Feather session on computer storage at the end of the day moderated by Scott Shadley of NGD and AMD’s Jason Molgaard.

Samsung, Intel, Eideticom, VMware, meta and SMART Modular gave insightful presentations on persistent memory and computational storage on day one of the SNIA 2022 Persistent Memory and Computational Storage Summit.

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> US Department of Defense > Contract https://intwaydonbass.com/us-department-of-defense-contract/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 21:26:08 +0000 https://intwaydonbass.com/us-department-of-defense-contract/ AVIATION Vangarde LLC, Clearfield, Utah, secured a cap of $45,500,000, indefinite delivery/quantity contract for special assignments. The contract provides for system administration, desktop engineering, network and server support, contractor program management, content and configuration management, software development, administration and development of BMC solutions, Oracle architecture database support, Structured Query Language database administration and development, and […]]]>

AVIATION

Vangarde LLC, Clearfield, Utah, secured a cap of $45,500,000, indefinite delivery/quantity contract for special assignments. The contract provides for system administration, desktop engineering, network and server support, contractor program management, content and configuration management, software development, administration and development of BMC solutions, Oracle architecture database support, Structured Query Language database administration and development, and information technology software. support for testing. Work will be performed at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and is expected to be completed by March 26, 2030. This price is the result of a competitive acquisition and 11 bids were received. FY2022 O&M funds in the amount of $2,500 will be committed at time of award. Air Force Sustainment Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is contract activity (FA8201-22-D-0017).

ARMY

Lockheed Martin Corp., Grand Prairie, Texas has received an amendment for $32,979,835 (P00034) for contract W31P4Q-19-C-0077 to recapitalize the multiple launch rocket system in the M270A2 configuration. Work will be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas; New Boston, Texas; and Camden, Arkansas, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2026. FY2022 Foreign Military Sales funds (UK) in the amount of $32,979,835 were committed at the time of the allocation. The US Army Contracts Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

Torch Technologies Inc., Huntsville, Alabama, has been awarded an amendment for $14,215,323 (P00045) for contract W31P4Q-21-F-0038 for engineering services for the Aviation and Missile Center. Bids were solicited via the Internet and three were received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of June 9, 2023. U.S. Army Contracts Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama is the contract activity.

LS Black Constructors LLC, Saint Paul, Minnesota, has been awarded a fixed price contract in the amount of $11,964,433 for the new construction of the Transitional Training Brigade Headquarters at Fort McCoy. Tenders were solicited via the Internet and two were received. The work will be performed at Fort McCoy, Wis., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 1, 2023. Military Construction For fiscal year 2022, Army Reserve funds in the amount of $11,964,433 were incurred at the time of grant. US Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville, Kentucky, is the subcontracted activity (W912QR-22-C-0025).

MARINE

Lockheed Martin Corp., Missile and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, is awarded an order for $31,993,851 at cost plus fixed costs (N0001922F0010) against a previously issued base order agreement (N0001919G0011). This order provides for the development, integration and testing of the AGM-158C-2 Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) in support of the delivery of a Combined Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) Missile, LRASM and joint air-to-ground ranged (JASSM) strike capability for the Navy. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida (90%); and Troy, Alabama (10%), and is expected to be completed in July 2024. award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Insitu Inc., Bingen, Washington, receives a firm price change of $15,762,976 (P00004) for an order (N0001921F0854) against a previously issued base order agreement (N0001921G0007). This modification adds the ability to increase situational awareness with respect to the electronic warfare payload capability spectrum and operating environment. In addition, this amendment exercises an option to provide continued unmanned aircraft system intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance data collection support services for the Department of Defense, other government agencies, and operations. domestic and overseas emergencies. The work will be performed in Bingen, Washington (20%); and various undisclosed locations outside of the continental United States (80%), and is expected to be completed in October 2023. FY2022 Operations and Maintenance Funds (Navy) in the amount of $15 $762,976 will be incurred upon grant, all of which will expire at the end of the fiscal year. The Naval Air System Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Lyon Shipyard Inc.,* Norfolk, Va., is awarded a firm price contract of $13,489,440 to provide the management, engineering, procurement, production, testing and quality assurance necessary to plan, prepare and perform all maintenance, repair, and modification work necessary to complete the provision of berthing phased maintenance aboard USNS Narragansett (TSV-4). Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va., and is expected to be completed by April 2023. FY2022 Operations and Maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $13,489,440 will be committed upon of the award, of which $13,489,440 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively secured as a reserved small business through the beta.sam.gov website with two bids received. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center, Norfolk, Va., is the subcontracted activity.

Venturedyne Ltd., Pewaukee, Wisconsin, has been awarded a five-year firm-price, $9,995,971, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract for environmental conditioning test chambers in support of the Energetic/Explosive Materials Division of Marine. Work will be performed in Holland, Michigan, and is expected to be completed by June 2027. Fiscal 2022 capital improvement program funding of $447,700 will be committed on the first work order at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is awarded on a sole source basis in accordance with 10 US Code 3204(a)(1) — only one responsible source will satisfy agency requirements. The Indian Head Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head, Maryland, is the contract business (N00174-22–D-0008).

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Virginia, is awarded a $9,182,160 fixed-term, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N0003922C0009) for program support services. This contract will provide program management, administrative support, acquisition management, contract management, business and financial management, logistics, cyber and engineering management support services for the program office. maritime surveillance systems. Research, Development, Test and Evaluation for FY2022 (Navy); Fiscal Year 2022 Operation and Maintenance (Navy); and funds from Foreign Military Sales are used to fund this award. The contract includes a one-year base period and four one-year option periods. The option periods, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to approximately $49,477,627. Work will be performed in San Diego, California. Work is expected to be completed in June 2023. If the options are exercised, work could continue until June 2027. This action is the result of a justification and approval that authorizes a sole-source award under of 10 US Code 2304(c)( 1) — a single responsible source (Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation subpart 6.302-1). Naval Information Warfare System Command, San Diego, Calif., awarded the contract on behalf of the Navy’s Program Executive Office for Underwater Warfare Systems, Maritime Surveillance Systems.

Solpac Construction Inc., doing business as Soltek Pacific Construction Co., San Diego, CA, receives an order for $7,990,000 (N6247322F4109) for a firm fixed price modification of previously awarded contract N62473-18-D- 5855. This modification is a planned option that involves the modification and remodeling of Building 3 North Clinic by upgrading the installation with seismic absorbers throughout the building structure at Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California. The work will be performed in San Diego, California and is expected to be completed by April 2024. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $20,970,000. Defense Health Program funds for fiscal year 2022 in the amount of $7,990,000 are committed to this scholarship and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Southwest, San Diego, Calif., is the subcontracted activity.

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

American Water Operations & Maintenance LLC, Camden, New Jersey, has been awarded a $25,220,160 Amendment (P00028) to Contract (SP0600-19-C-8325) for Water and Wastewater Utilities at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. This is a fixed price contract with economic price adjustment. The performance location is Texas, with a performance completion date of May 31, 2070. Using military service is the Air Force. Assignment type is Air Force Operations and Maintenance funds for fiscal year 2019 through 2070. Subcontracted activity is Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

L3Harris Aviation Products, Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been awarded a maximum firm fixed price contract of $13,000,000, cost plus fixed charges, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity for the production and repair of Chinook helicopter spare parts Army CH-47. This was a sole-source acquisition using 10 US Code 2304(c)(1) justification, as set forth in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a five-year base contract with a five-year option period. The performance completion date is June 8, 2027. Military service usage is the military. The assignment type is Army Working Capital Funds in fiscal year 2022 through 2026. The contracted activity is Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland (SPRBL1-22-D- 0009).

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