|July 19, 2010
Av 8, 5770
"E-Ring" (Employment Related Information and Networking Group) provides information, opportunities for networking, and emotional
support to those engaged in the job-seeking process. It is open to
all, free of charge, and provides speakers from local organization on
topics related to job-seeking and training. Last meeting took place on June 18th and featured Employers' Relation Coordinator for Vassar College, Susan Smith, will do a workshop on Interviewing Skills. The meeting for July will be on Friday, July 23 at 1.p.m. For further information, please contact Linda Tafapolsky, Psy.D., Director of Jewish Family Services at 845-471-9817 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
E-Ring is a program of Jewish Family Services, a division of the Jewish Federation of Dutchess County
|Israel Beyond the Conflict
IBM Israel is leading the way in building self-healing software.
If your computer gets sick, would you rather give it a full system overhaul or the equivalent of a digital Advil to relieve the symptoms? Onn Shehory and his team at Israel's IBM Haifa research facility have developed much more than a computerized analgesic. Say hello to the world's first self-healing software.
The project - called SHADOWS for "a Self Healing Approach for Developing cOmplex softWare Systems" - was proposed by Shehory and funded by the European Union 6th Framework Program, a technology initiative that invests in promising international endeavors. The idea was to emulate how the human body behaves and apply it to software.
"When you develop some sort of dysfunction, the body senses this and reacts automatically, It is essentially self-monitoring." SHADOWS does the same for computer systems. "It recognizes specific misbehaviors, classifies them into possible types of problems, and then for the serious ones, makes the appropriate adjustments," he says. This may include inserting new lines of codes before a program runs or moving around memory resources, to prevent the most common reasons for system crashes.
The need for self-healing software is clear: Computer systems are now ubiquitous, a part of everything from dishwashers to managing a countrywide electricity grid. The problem is that software systems are inherently buggy. Even utilizing software testing, reviews and other protective measures, "with millions of lines of code, it's too difficult to identify all the problems in advance," Shehory says.
Traditional approaches to fixing software have meant calling on engineers to sift through the code, locate the bug and repair it - a process that's akin to searching for a needle in a digital haystack. And yet, "we can't afford for systems to fail on critical missions... or even non-critical missions," exhorts Shehory.
Identifying problems from the get-go
SHADOWS doesn't go so far as to create self-aware artificial intelligence - no worries about a Terminator-style SkyNet attacking the planet. Nor is it specifically targeted at preventing terrorists from bringing down global networks. "It's not about security, it's about the robustness of the code," Shehory explains, although he suggests that since SHADOWS can identify problems as they start to brew, it may allow programmers to jump into action if they sense a cyber-attack is imminent.
The genesis of SHADOWS was a proposal IBM in Israel made to a European Union program that promotes collaboration in research and technology across Europe. Eight other partners joined IBM in the three-year, $5 million project - major universities including the University of Potsdam in Germany and the Brno University of Technology in the Czech Republic, and technology heavyweights such as Phillips Electronics of the Netherlands and the Spanish phone carrier Telefonica, which provided a case study on the use of the SHADOWS technology. The EU pays for 50 percent of the project with the IBM lab responsible for the other half.
Opportunities for Jewish Activities
Monday, July 19th - JFS Bereavement Group
Monday, July 19th - Adult Hebrew Classes at Schomre Israel
Tuesday, July 20th - "Mourning the loss of communities" video at Schomre Israel
Tuesday, July 20th - PJ Library Summer Storytelling
Tuesday, July 20th - TISHA B'AV
Wednesday, July 21st - JFS/JCCDC Lunch and Learn
Wednesday, July 21st - JFS Senior Answer Center
Thursday, July 22nd - Yiddish Group at the JCCDC. Call 471-0430 for more information
Thursday, July 22nd - Torah Study at Schomre Israel
Friday, July 23rd - E-Ring (Employment Resources and Information Group), a service of JFS
Monday, July 26th - JFS Bereavement Group
Monday, July 26th - Adult Hebrew Classes at Schomre Israel
Tuesday, July 27th - PJ Library Summer storytelling
Tuesday, July 27th - JFDC Board Meeting
Wednesday, July 28th - JFS/JCCDC Lunch and Learn
Wednesday, July 28th - JFS Senior Answer Center
Thursday, July 29th - Yiddish Group at the JCCDC
Thursday, July 29th - Torah Study at Schomre Israel
Monday, August 2nd - JFS Bereavement Group
Monday, August 2nd - Adult Hebrew Classes at Schomre Israel
Tuesday, August 3rd - PJ Library Summer storytelling
Wednesday, August 4th - JFS/JCCDC Lunch and Learn
Wednesday, August 4th - JFS Senior Answer Center
Thursday, August 5th - Yiddish Group at the JCCDC
Thursday, August 5th - Torah Study at Schomre Israel
Monday, August 9th - JFS Bereavement group
Monday, August 9th - Adult Hebrew Classes at Schomre Israel
Tuesday, August 10th - PJ Library Summer storytelling
Wednesday, August 11th - JFS Senior Answer Center
Wednesday, August 11th - JFS/JCCDC Lunch and Learn
Wednesday, August 11th - Hebrew Calligraphy class at Vassar Temple
Thursday, August 12th - Yiddish Group at the JCCDC
Thursday, August 12th - Torah Study at Schomre Israel
Sunday, August 15th - Jewish War Veterans Breakfast Meeting
Monday, August 16th - JFS Bereavement Group
Monday, August 16th - Adult Hebrew Classes at Schomre Israel
Wednesday, August 18th - JFS Senior Answer Center
Wednesday, August 18th - JFS/JCCDC Lunch and Learn
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