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IBM/Red Hat/Fedora: IBM Competitions, Red Hat Insights, Fedora Call for Participation

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  • Call for Code Daily: submission deadline, resources, and innovation

    The power of Call for Code® is in the global community that we have built around this major #TechforGood initiative. Whether it is the deployments that are underway across pivotal projects, developers leveraging the starter kits in the cloud, or ecosystem partners joining the fight, everyone has a story to tell. Call for Code Daily highlights all the amazing #TechforGood stories taking place around the world. Every day, you can count on us to share these stories with you. Check out the stories from the week of July 20th:

  • Submit your entries: NLC2CMD competition at NeurIPS 2020 is now open

    The NLC2CMD (English to Bash) Competition at NeurIPS 2020 is now officially open for entries. The event is comprised of two main parts: the NLC2CMD Competition for automatic translation of English to Bash, and the NLC2CMD Challenge for gathering data related to such translations.

    The NLC2CMD Competition solicits entries that can translate a given natural language utterance into a command to be executed on the Bash terminal shell. For example, “show me a list of all files” should produce something similar to “ls” as the predicted command. The competition features two tracks: The first is the accuracy track, which is measured in terms of whether the right utility (for example, “ls”) is predicted, along with the correct flags required for it to complete the required task. Full details of the metric used for evaluation in the accuracy track can be found here. The second track is the efficiency track — energy efficiency is increasingly an important consideration for AI and Machine Learning models, and the aim of this track is to encourage systems that are judicious in their energy consumption. The competition is hosted on the EvalAI platform.

  • Red Hat Insights: compliance

    In simple terms, compliance means adherence to rules or fulfillment of specifications. Accordingly, you need a guideline with a set of rules against which you can align your systems. The first step, therefore, is to create a compliance policy. Until you have done so, there is nothing to see in the Insights dashboard (see Fig. 1).

  • Fedora program update: 2020-30

    Here’s your report of what has happened in Fedora this week. The Nest With Fedora Call for Participation is now open.

    I have weekly office hours in #fedora-meeting-1. Drop by if you have any questions or comments about the schedule, Changes, elections, or anything else.

Timothy Prickett Morgan: Big Blue Should Start Believing...

  • Big Blue Should Start Believing In Big Iron Again

    IBM did its best to ride the X86 server wave, but the lack of profits – at least the way that Big Blue ran its manufacturing – compelled it to sell of its System x business to Lenovo more than five years ago, leaving it with a very profitable legacy System z mainframe business and an aspiration to take on the X86 base with its Power Systems. This was a tough row to hoe for the Power8 and Power9 systems, given the enormous price/performance advantages for raw compute that Intel Xeon and AMD Epyc processors enjoy. But in many cases, where memory and I/O bandwidth, or NUMA scalability, are the most important attributes of a system, then the Power Systems machine can hold its own perfectly well and even trounce X86 or Arm alternatives at the CPU and the system level. And the System z mainframe is still second to none as a batch processing I/O beast for online transactions and batch processing, hammering away at work at 98 percent or higher CPU utilization for years at a time without respite.

    The persistence of those System z mainframes underpins the very existence of Big Blue and its ability to capitalize on other waves of computing in the datacenter while at the same time bringing those capabilities back home to the mainframe base for those who are quite literally too addicted to their mainframe applications to ever think of giving them up. They can wrap new software layers around them, they can create adjunct applications that run beside them and in conjunction with them, but unplugging them is not only unthinkable but virtually impossible.

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  • Intel Elkhart Lake COM’s offer up to 3x 2.5GbE, SIL2 functional safety
  • E3K all-in-one wireless bio-sensing platform supports EMG, ECG, and EEG sensors (Crowdfunding)

    Over the year, The maker community has designed several platforms to monitor vital signs with boards like Healthy Pi v4 or HeartyPatch both of which are powered by an ESP32 WiFi & Bluetooth wireless SoC. WallySci has designed another all-in-one wireless bio-sensing platform, called E3K, that also happens to be powered by Espressif Systems ESP32 chip, and can be connected to an electromyography (EMG) sensor to capture muscle movements, an electrocardiography (ECG) sensor to measure heart activity, and/or an electroencephalography (EEG) sensor to capture brain activity. The board also has an extra connector to connect a 9-axis IMU to capture motion.

  • Coffee Lake system can expand via M.2, mini-PCIe, PCIe, and Xpansion

    MiTac’s fanless, rugged “MX1-10FEP” embedded computer has an 8th or 9th Gen Coffee Lake Core or Xeon CPU plus 3x SATA bays, 4x USB 3.1 Gen 2, 2x M.2, 2x mini-PCIe, and optional PCIe x16 and x1. MiTac recently introduced a Coffee Lake based MX1-10FEP computer that is also being distributed by ICP Germany. This month, ICP announced that the MX1-10FEP-D model with PCIe x16 and PCIe x1 slots has been tested and classified by Nvidia as “NGC Ready” for Nvidia GPU Cloud graphics boards such as the Nvidia T4 and Tesla P4. [...] The MX1-10FEP has an Intel C246 chipset and defaults to Windows 10 with Linux on request.

Wine 5.20 Released

The Wine development release 5.20 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
  - More work on the DSS cryptographic provider.
  - A number of fixes for windowless RichEdit.
  - Support for FLS callbacks.
  - Window resizing in the new console host.
  - Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:

You will find documentation on

You can also get the current source directly from the git
repository. Check for details.

Wine is available thanks to the work of many people. See the file
AUTHORS in the distribution for the complete list.
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