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February 2017


From The Eponymous Pickle

On CPG Supersized Deals

On CPG Supersized Deals

Having read about the proposed merger deal between Unilever and Kraft Heinz, and as the owner of CPG options, this article in Strategy-Business was of interest.   Where is CPG going?

Megadeals in Consumer Packaged Goods
How supersized…


From insideHPC

Call for Exhibitors: PASC17 in Lugano

Call for Exhibitors: PASC17 in Lugano

Industry and academic institutions are invited to showcase their R&D at PASC17, an interdisciplinary event in high performance computing that brings together domain science, applied mathematics and computer science. The event…


From insideHPC

Addison Snell Presents: HPC Computing Trends

Addison Snell Presents: HPC Computing Trends

Addison Snell presented this deck at the Stanford HPC Conference. "Intersect360 Research returns with an annual deep dive into the trends, technologies and usage models that will be propelling the HPC community through 2017 and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

My Friend Cayla Doll Banned

My Friend Cayla Doll Banned

The 'My Friend Cayla' doll was previously mentioned with regard to US COPPA law.  Possible implications for other attentive listening assistants?    In Engadget: 

" ... German watchdog group the Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Block Chain for Food Safety

Block Chain for Food Safety

In Progressive Grocer:   Previously mentioned.

PG Web Extra: Walmart Adopts Blockchain Technology
Mega-retailer aims to improve fresh food safety, security  By Jenny McTaggart


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: The Strawberry Squid's Lopsided Eyes

Friday Squid Blogging: The Strawberry Squid's Lopsided Eyes

The evolutionary reasons why the strawberry squid has two different eyes. Additional articles. Original paper. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered..…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Snapshots of Digital Transformation

Snapshots of Digital Transformation

Instructive.  In McKinsey: 

Three snapshots of digital transformation
Financial services, food retailing, and pharma are reinventing themselves in different ways.

As companies grapple with the different dimensions of digitization…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tom Davenport Writings

Tom Davenport Writings

Had a chat with author Tom Davenport, we have long been in touch in the Analytics and AI spaces.  Here is a link to his recent writing.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Home Adds Big Retail Connects

Google Home Adds Big Retail Connects

 Are the assistant's major goal to directly sell?    Or prepare a new kind of channel for sales?  How will this evolve?   Discussion.

Will Costco, Kohl’s, Target, et al give Google Home an edge over Amazon’s Echo?  by George Anderson…


From insideHPC

Earlham Institute Moves HPC Workloads to Iceland

Earlham Institute Moves HPC Workloads to Iceland

In this video, Dr Tim Stitt from the Earlham Institute describes why moving their HPC workload to Iceland made economic sense. Through the Verne Global datacenter, the Earlham Institute will have access to one of the world’s …


From insideHPC

Asperitas Startup Brings Immersive Cooling to Datacenters

Asperitas Startup Brings Immersive Cooling to Datacenters

Today Dutch startup Asperitas rolled out Immersed Computing cooling technology for datacenters. "The company's first market ready solution, the AIC24, 'the first water-cooled oil-immersion system which relies on natural convection…


From insideHPC

DDN and Lustre to Power TSUBAME3.0 Supercomputer

DDN and Lustre to Power TSUBAME3.0 Supercomputer

"The IO infrastructure of TSUBAME3.0 combines fast in-node NVMe SSDs and a large, fast, Lustre-based system from DDN. The 15.9PB Lustre* parallel file system, composed of three of DDN’s high-end ES14KX storage appliances, is …


From insideHPC

Pascal GPUs to Accelerate TSUBAME 3.0 Supercomputer at Tokyo Tech

Pascal GPUs to Accelerate TSUBAME 3.0 Supercomputer at Tokyo Tech

"TSUBAME3.0 is expected to deliver more than two times the performance of its predecessor, TSUBAME2.5," writes Marc Hamilton from Nvidia. "It will use Pascal-based Tesla P100 GPUs, which are nearly three times as efficient as…


From The Eponymous Pickle

An Advisory Hub for Health Care

An Advisory Hub for Health Care

An idea that we discussed in some detail,  regarding advisory systems in health care.   Using popular advisory systems?  I like very much the idea of leveraging and especially sharing data among participants.  Regulatory issues…


From insideHPC

Video: The Era of Self-Tuning Servers

Video: The Era of Self-Tuning Servers

"Servers today have hundreds of knobs that can be tuned for performance and energy efficiency. While some of these knobs can have a dramatic effect on these metrics, manually tuning them is a tedious task. It is very labor intensive…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Fingerprinting Techniques

New Fingerprinting Techniques

In CIO Today: 

" .... The new tech makes it possible to establish a unique online fingerprint based not on browser features but on features of a user's operating system and computer hardware, according to a new study by researchers…


From Schneier on Security

IoT Attack Against a University Network

IoT Attack Against a University Network

Verizon's Data Brief Digest 2017 describes an attack against an unnamed university by attackers who hacked a variety of IoT devices and had them spam network targets and slow them down: Analysis of the university firewall identified…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

You’re Teaching the Wrong Programming Language

You’re Teaching the Wrong Programming Language

No, really you are. If someone hasn’t told you this yet it’s probably because too few people know what programming language you are teaching. Of course someone probably thinks you are teaching the right language. After all you…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Thoughts on my new laptop (Dell XPS 13 with Windows 10)

Thoughts on my new laptop (Dell XPS 13 with Windows 10)

I love computers. Unlike many people, who stick to one brand and one operating system, I like to use many different systems. I own several game consoles, several types of tablets and so forth. My primary laptop for many years…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Enabling Voice Control in Simple IoT

Enabling Voice Control in Simple IoT

From MIT News  in CACM

" ... In anticipation of the age of voice-controlled electronics, MIT researchers have built a low-power chip specialized for automatic speech recognition. Whereas a cellphone running speech-recognition

In…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC White Paper- Safety, Security, and Privacy Threats Posed by Accelerating Trends in the Internet of Things

CCC White Paper- Safety, Security, and Privacy Threats Posed by Accelerating Trends in the Internet of Things

CCC Executive Council Member Ben Zorn from Microsoft Research contributed to this post.  The Internet of Things (IoT) is already transforming industries, cities, and homes. The economic value of this transformation across all…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Addressing the Flaws of Innovation

Addressing the Flaws of Innovation

Thoughtful piece in the Cisco blog,  on how do we define and address the flaws in innovation.   Have attended many, many brainstorming sessions.  It was never hard to get ideas,  but usually problematic to really refine these…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Whats Next for Home Assistants?

Whats Next for Home Assistants?

Good thoughts, especially linking to email and phone calls. I would add also better ways to support ongoing learning and tracking of conversations.   Also the ability to differentiate and personalize conversations between different…


From insideHPC

Exxon Mobil Joins NCSA Private Sector Program

Exxon Mobil Joins NCSA Private Sector Program

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) announced today that Exxon Mobil has signed on as the center's newest Private Sector Partner. "We're looking forward to building a strong, productive relationship with…


From insideHPC

Call for Panels: SC17 in Denver

Call for Panels: SC17 in Denver

SC17 has issued its Call for Panel Sessions. The conference takes place Nov. 12-17 in Denver. "As in past years, panels at SC17 will be some of the most heavily attended events of the Conference. Panels will bring together the…


From Schneier on Security

Duqu Malware Techniques Used by Cybercriminals

Duqu Malware Techniques Used by Cybercriminals

Duqu 2.0 is a really impressive piece of malware, related to Stuxnet and probably written by the NSA. One of its security features is that it stays resident in its host's memory without ever writing persistent files to the system's…


From insideHPC

Deep Learning & HPC: New Challenges for Large Scale Computing

Deep Learning & HPC: New Challenges for Large Scale Computing

"In recent years, major breakthroughs were achieved in different fields using deep learning. From image segmentation, speech recognition or self-driving cars, deep learning is everywhere. Performance of image classification, …


From insideHPC

ISC 2017 Distinguished Talks to Focus on Data Analytics in Manufacturing & Science

ISC 2017 Distinguished Talks to Focus on Data Analytics in Manufacturing & Science

Today ISC 2017 announced that it's Distinguished Talk series will focus on Data Analytics in manufacturing and scientific applications. One of the Distinguished Talks will be given by Dr. Sabine Jeschke from the Cybernetics Lab…


From The Noisy Channel

Query Rewriting: An Overview

Query Rewriting: An Overview

Thus far, we’ve focused on query understanding at the character and token level. It’s time move up the stack, on to entities and the query…


From insideHPC

Six Steps Towards Better Performance on Intel Xeon Phi

Six Steps Towards Better Performance on Intel Xeon Phi

"As with all new technology, developers will have to create processes in order to modernize applications to take advantage of any new feature. Rather than randomly trying to improve the performance of an application, it is wise…

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