We are pleased to announce today that we have  become a Microsoft partner in Azure Cloud.

In the past years, solutions based on cloud technologies have become widespread. Cloud technologies offer many advantages, but also have their tricky points. To ensure that we can continue to offer optimally tailored solutions for our customers, SCS has further expanded its competencies in cloud technologies.

We look forward to a good cooperation with Microsoft Switzerland.

Today, cryptocurrencies are mostly traded on centralized exchanges, which can handle very large bid volumes very quickly at low costs. However, the trader risks the total loss of his deposited tokens in case of a hacker attack or fraud of the operator.

Alternatively, decentralized exchanges are becoming increasingly popular. These consist of smart contracts that are available on different blockchains. The trader thus always retains sovereignty over his tokens. Unfortunately, decentralization comes at a painful price: fees increase rapidly as demand grows, and clearing takes at least a few seconds.

PolkaDEX combines the best of both worlds: Fast trade execution thanks to an off-chain matching engine combined with trusted execution to manage balances. This ensures that the exchange operator (or a hacker) cannot dispose of the credits at any time without a matching bid from the owner.

PolkaDEX and SCS are working together on this solution using SubstraTEE, the open source framework developed by SCS to develop publicly auditable solutions with trusted execution.

Raising awareness is the first step towards transformation, which is why we are committed to keep discussing diversity and inclusion at our company. We were pleased to welcome Séverine Chardonnens, the co-founder of the tech start-up IDUN Technologies to talk about her view on this topic.

For the first time the event was held online which unexpectedly created a very intimate environment with a touching keynote.

After introducing her company, Séverine tried to explain why technology might feel inclusive to her whereas exclusive for many others. She then gave a refreshingly personal insight on her upbringing and her family constellation which she thinks, have been crucial in forming her beliefs and choosing and building an environment which is diverse and inclusive. These values did not only influence her choice of studies but then later showed themselves within the company that she founded, leading to a team that couldn’t be more diverse.

“Differences should not be ignored; they should be embraced.” – we couldn’t agree more.

The next women in engineering event is planned for spring 2021, we will keep you posted!

(Unfortunately, this presentation is only available in German.)

Trotz erschwerter Umstände konnte der SCS Denkanstoss unter Einhaltung der aktuellen Vorgaben des Bundes im Auditorium des Technopark Zürich durchgeführt werden. Das zahlreiche Publikum hörte den eindrücklichen Ausführungen von Erwin Thoma aufmerksam zu. Es wurde klar, wie viel wir von der Natur und ihren „Handlungsweisen“ lernen können, sowohl für den unternehmerischen Alltag wie auch unser persönliches Leben.

 

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    We are very excited to announce that SCS has been awarded the prestigious ‘Solar Impulse Efficient Solution’ label. Since 2010, SCS aims at reducing electronic waste by performing retrofits of public infrastructure. Instead of always purchasing an entire new system, SCS’s services allow the upgrading and integration of new functions into an existing system, such as through new software and/or specific components, whilst retaining the majority of a system’s hardware. The solution has been applied to various city infrastructure, such as ticket vending machines, customer information systems and parking guidance systems.

    Solar Impulse Foundation – Retrofit for electronic infrastructure

     
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      AI at the edge

      (Unfortunately, this presentation is currently only available in German.)

      In naher Zukunft wird KI zu unserem Alltag gehören. So werden selbstoptimierende Maschinen, Spracherkennung sowie diagnostizierende Medizingeräte uns täglich unterstützen. Die zugrunde liegenden Algorithmen sind extrem leistungsfähig aber auch leistungshungrig. Was steckt wirklich hinter der KI? Wie kann diese «at the edge», also eingebettet im Endgerät laufen, ohne Daten in der Cloud zu rechnen? In diesem Talk erklären David Gschwend und Florentin Marty, wie Ingenieure von SCS für Ihre Kunden erfolgreich KI in eingebettete Systeme packen.

      Dieser Vortrag wurde am 9. Juni 2020 im Rahmen der Embedded Computing Conference 2020 mit dem “Audience Choice Award” ausgezeichnet.

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        We are excited to announce that our next network event for women in engineering is upcoming. We feel honored to have been able to recruit as a keynote speaker Sandy Oppliger. She is a career changer in the tech industry and was CEO of Bauknecht until recently. In her keynote “From Borneo to CEO”, she will talk about her unconventional career path from a traveler to an active and enthusiastic leader in the tech industry. We are looking forward to many questions and a lively exchange of ideas, just like last time. Of course, there will be an aperitif and hopefully many good conversations.

        We are addressing female students and professionals in computer science and electrical engineering, but we warmly welcome visitors from related fields, too.

         

        The event is hosted by Supercomputing Sisters from Supercomputing Systems and will take place at Technopark Zürich, Trakt Edison, 5th floor, on April 7th 2020 from 5-7pm. See SCS Get together – Women in Engineering

         

        Unfortunately, we had to cancel this event due to the current health situation.

        In case you are interested in similar events, register at info@scs.ch  and we keep you updated.

         

        Supercomputing Sisters

         

        PS: The keynote will be held in English.

        Together with our client, the Web3 Foundation, we’ve published a blog about our trusted off-chain computing platform SubstraTEE which improves confidentiality, scalability and interoperability of blockchain solutions:

        Have a TEE with Polkadot

        More technical detail and a live demo with private token transactions is given in the recording of our recent meetup:

        This project is open source and the code is available on GitHub

        “I had an offer for my dream job at that time, but in the end I decided not to take the job,” said Dr. Béatrice Conde-Petit at the SCS “Women in Engineering” event on November 5, 2019. She then took the opportunity to set up a new laboratory at Buhler Group as a Food Science & Technology expert.

        In her keynote speech, Béatrice Conde-Petit talked about molecular mechanisms of pizza dough, improving the shelf life of foods (e.g. bread), food safety (e.g. salmonella in spices), and future food production. While revealing episodes from her career Conde-Petit told us that she had been asked about her toolbox from a person outside her area. Since she didn’t have one, she developed her toolbox and used it in all projects, especially state diagrams. She also insisted at the ETH that she be allowed to analyse her research object “pizza dough” with other instruments. It is worth being persistent and linking methods from different areas.

        The transition from academia and research to the private sector had been a happy coincidence for her. She had already been a consultant with the Buhler Group and, after not responding to the call to Vienna as a professor, was asked whether she would set up a new laboratory at Buhler Group. This career step was a new challenge, which she took up with respect but also joy.

        The Buhler Group is a Swiss company founded in 1860 that is active worldwide in the sustainable food and feed industry, new technologies, and mobility. As Food Safety Officer, Conde-Petit was significantly in the driver seat to realize new innovations in food production. One example is a new technology for testing the quality of spices (e.g., salmonella). Today she is responsible for the “Future of Food Programs”. We currently consume 1.8 planets of resources worldwide. In the industrialized countries, the number is even higher. 1/3 of the energy consumed worldwide goes into food production and 70% of the water consumed comes from agriculture. In addition, 1/3 of the food produced goes to waste. This results in a food shortage on our planet in the medium term. We can counteract this by systematically changing the menu plan; for example with insects, algae, smaller amounts of animal protein and larger amounts of plants in our menu plan. In order to solve the food shortage and the food durability, the fermentation of food is also promising.

        Béatrice Conde-Petit filled the SCS Aula with a lot of energy and inspired the participants with her experience and with the exciting topic “Innovation for the food production of the future” and at the same time gave a personal insight into her career. She is a woman of action and continuously promotes young talents in her industry.

        She concluded her keynote by quoting Remo Largo: “The grass doesn’t grow faster when you pull it”. But we must be prepared to grab the ball when it is thrown at us, just as she accepted the position at Buhler Group.

        After a lively round of discussions, we had further inspiring discussions at an aperitif.

        We are all already looking forward to the next “SCS get together – Women in Engineering” event of SCS in spring 2020.

         

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          We are happy to invite you to our next networking event:
          On November 5th we welcome Dr. Béatrice Conde-Petit as Keynote Speaker. She is a food engineer and works as a food technology expert for the Bühler Group. Prior to that, she worked for 20 years as a researcher, lecturer, and industry consultant at ETH Zurich. In her keynote speech “From becoming an engineer to inspiring engineers,” she will talk about her inspiring career and, of course, we would be delighted if there were many questions and a lively exchange.

          Details can be found in the invitation (Einladung_Frauen im Engineering_From Becoming an Engineer). Please register by November 1st at the latest, so that we can organize enough snacks and drinks.

          We are looking forward to seeing you!

          Supercomputing Sisters
          Claudia Lorenz, Sabine Proll, Jasmin Smula, Susanne Suter