Jun 23

A prerequisite for a degree in Computer Science often involves having to take a class called Discrete Mathematics. I, a bit of a computer science guru, never took that class. Recently a computer science student asked me for help and I found, on the subject in question, that I couldn't help. So, I started doing some self-study and found the book for the class to be horrendous. Rather than providing a nice base for programmers, it covered discrete math from a theoretical standpoint. Following up, asking other students about the class, the feedback I got was of general confusion with the subject and no real connection to their programming. In short, it was mistargeted. So, I took the class myself, found it interesting, but the students were right. So, I bring you my attempt at targeting Discrete Mathematics to the computer science student. Enjoy.

A Programmer's Discrete Mathematics

Aug 22

Although I support some notion of Univeral Health Care, my interest is not that of an ideologue, but instead I focus on how it financially could be done. In this page I look at an alternative means of bringing it online, not via a federal-based approach, but instead via at first a confederation of states, largely to show to all states how it can be made to work fairly and from there get the needed citizen buy-in. You'll find that here. And also see below the related post called "The Search For A Single-Payer Bill". Enjoy, and let me know what you think.

Sep 21

Not that I am any kind of an AI expert, but I had recently learned of newly developed processors that include AI-specific hardware enhancements and decided to figure out what they had actually done and how it fit in.  As you can see from previous posts below, I am in the habit of occasionally providing for the web site The Next Platform deep dives on some of the higher-level concepts which these folks address.  What I learned was interesting enough that I thought I could explain via such an article.  That article DOING THE MATH ON CPU NATIVE AI INFERENCE  was just published today. Enjoy.

Aug 21

This, another article on The Next Platform, is pretty esoteric but it is also my idea of a fun investigation into computer architecture. Enjoy.

The Power Of Power10’s Memory Inception Clustering (nextplatform.com)

Aug 21

I’ve been thinking that I’ve been becoming technically well past my prime. Perhaps not. As an adjunct professor at WSU in computer science, I’d been worried about whether the Zoom infrastructure would be able to take on the load of all of us suddenly showing up to keep our education – and indeed much of our economy – infrastructure flowing. So, I did some research to find out how it is that they pulled it off and in the process got an article on the subject published. Here it is. Enjoy.

Thought Experiment: How Did Zoom’s Infrastructure Keep Us Connected? (nextplatform.com)

May 19

After quite some time (since 01/2017), I again have had the pleasure of having an article published in the web site The Next Platform. This one, as was true for a number of the preceding articles, deals with the use of a persistent memory attached directly to the processor chips in much the same way is RAM has been for years. That introduces a number of changes required in software, in this case within the kernel of operating systems.

You can find this article at https://www.nextplatform.com/2019/05/20/those-without-persistent-memory-are-fated-to-repeat-it/


Jul 18

As you will see in the page with link provided below, I happen to be part of a team at a local university which mentors math students in something similar to a study hall. What's interesting about it is that the concepts used there and outlined in the referenced page have what appears to be a means of improving productivity throughout our school systems. Read on. I'll let you see the opportunity for yourself.

Retired Professionals Improving Productivity in Education


Feb 18

A good friend of mine suggested after reading my previous post that that was interesting and all, but what we really needed was an outline on what should/would go into a Single-Payer bill. That is, what would Single-Payer really be. A sat on that for way too long, but it began to dawn on me that even those who are pushing Single-Payer haven't thought that through to much. Part of the problem is that, although Single-Payer can be feasible in a number of different forms, there really are a lot of variations on that theme. It happens that the devil is in the details. It also struck me that, even though there are a lot of folks backing Single-Payer, a lot more would provide their buy-in if their interests were supported. So, not only do we need some description of what Single-Payer could be, but we need to start a nation-wide discussion concerning what we want from it. Presumptuous, I know, but we need to start what should be a completely non-partisan process of creating Single-Payer somewhere.

Creating a Single-Payer Bill



Apr 17

I will admit to being politically what someone might call fiscally conservative. Still, when someone suggests an alternative solution like single-payer healthcare coverage to our current health care dilemma, I am willing to look into it. So, me, along with a few others, thought we'd attempt to outline the essentials of what was learned, and attempt to do it in a politically nonpartisan manner. We are sponsored by no one. I hope you will find it enlightening. I should add, as you read through this page - and the links found therein - we worked only to provide information in context; the decision is ultimately yours.

Enjoy.... A Layman's Study of Single-Payer

Jan 17

Normally when I write a new article it is because I found the underlying concepts of something new to be interesting. This time around I thought I'd make an attempt to more clearly explain something that has been around for quite a while, but at the same time seems to scare folks. That is simply how to program in a way that uses more of the many processors available in even the most inexpensive systems. Here is that set of articles: