back to article Wanna use your Nvidia GPU for acceleration but put off by CUDA? OpenAI has a Python-based alternative

If you’ve always wanted to program your Nvidia GPU to accelerate machine learning, image processing, and other workloads, but find Nv's CUDA too daunting or too much of a faff to learn, you’re in luck. OpenAI late last month released Triton, a Python-based environment that tries to help developers write and compile code to run …

  1. Jimmy2Cows Silver badge

    The idea that ShotSpotter 'alters' or 'fabricates' evidence in any way is an outrageous lie

    The idea that ShotSpotter missed a real gunshot resulting in a murder couldn't possibly damage company and software reputation in any way now, could it? What about past convictions based on similar "evidence"... could they be in jeopardy? Wouldn't half make the cities, cops and company look bad if those all started to unravel.

    Hey, Feds! Dig into these guys. Dig deep.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: The idea that ShotSpotter 'alters' or 'fabricates' evidence in any way is an outrageous lie

      All detection schemes are probabilistic - they will have false positives and false negatives.

      In certain domains the technology can make it very low. But this does not mean the technology is never used.

      The question is does it meet the minimum threshold to be usable/beneficial.

      Certainly such information is important when considered as evidence in a court of law. I believe DNA matches are still presented with the probability.

      In this case, ShotSpotter did nothing to bias or alter the outcome. What the cops and the public prosecutor did to manipulate or knowingly mislead with that information is indeed a recurring theme of the US justice system, and not a rare enough occurrence in the UK either.

      How much is hubris, incompetence or willful obstruction of justice by the cops and the prosecution is quite possibly irrelevant, as a miscarriage of justice does not see the difference.

      1. John Robson Silver badge

        Re: The idea that ShotSpotter 'alters' or 'fabricates' evidence in any way is an outrageous lie

        One in a million chance of a random member of the public having DNA matching this sample.

        Unfortunately 10 million people pass through this space each day, so we’d expect ten matches…

        1. bazza Silver badge

          Re: The idea that ShotSpotter 'alters' or 'fabricates' evidence in any way is an outrageous lie

          UK courts prohibit juries being presented with probabilities. They're rounded up to a 1 or 0, and presented as fact.

          So if the prevailing Court rules say "1 in a million = dead cert", the fact that 10 million passed that way is never a matter presented to or considered by the jury.

      2. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

        Re: The idea that ShotSpotter 'alters' or 'fabricates' evidence in any way is an outrageous lie

        In this case, ShotSpotter did nothing to bias or alter the outcome.

        And your evidence for this is what? The claim from ShotSpotter? Yes, that's very convincing.

        One of the many problems with the US justice system is that it is increasingly being infiltrated with black-box proprietary algorithms. Defendants have claimed this violates their due-process and Sixth Amendment (right to confront witnesses) rights – correctly, in my opinion.

        The vendors of these systems need to be compelled to make all of the relevant information, including hardware designs, source code, test results, and actual data, available to the defense and whatever experts it wishes to employ. If not, then it shouldn't be admissible. If that's a problem for the continued commercial success of those vendors, tough. They decided to get into the conviction business.

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  3. MikeLivingstone

    Using GPUs is painful

    NVIDIA has a hopeless ecosystem and essentially unprogrammable hardware. Don't waste money on GPUs for AI workloads, the memory aspects are a nightmare. You are way better off looking at some of the new AI startups with AI specific hardware and PyTorch support. Ignore NVIDIA, they don't make AI platforms, they just loosely join GPUs with wet string.

    1. bazza Silver badge

      Re: Using GPUs is painful

      I'm quite interested in how AMD's APUs pan out in the real world, with their unified memory address space between CPU and GPU. Ever given those shot?

  4. Pirate Dave Silver badge
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    Apple watch

    Why was the Apple watch heart-monitor story tacked on to the end of the shotspotter story?

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