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September 2016


From Putting People First

The Adaptive Reuse Toolkit

The Adaptive Reuse Toolkit

adaptivereuseThe Adaptive Reuse Toolkit How Cities Can Turn their Industrial Legacy into Infrastructure for Innovation and Growth by Matteo Robiglio Policy Paper, September 2016 The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) All over…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hololens and Lowes

Hololens and Lowes

I was reminded today of Lowes and Hololens via Ignite A natural use case in the design and evaluation realm.
Microsoft HoloLens and Lowes, working to redefine your next home renovation
By Scott Erickson / General Manager, Microsoft…


From Computational Complexity

Give a second order statement true in (R,+) but false in (Q,+) or show there isn't one

Here is a logic question I will ask today and answer next week. Feel free to leave comments with

the answer- you may come up with a different proof than me and that would be great!



Our lang will have the usual logic symbols,…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing Experts Lend Expertise to Address STEM Gender Gap

Supercomputing Experts Lend Expertise to Address STEM Gender Gap

Trish Damkroger, Acting Associate Director for Computation at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and a senior member of the SC16 leadership team.Men still outnumber women in STEM training and employment, and engineering leaders are working to bring awareness to that diversity gap and the opportunities it presents. SC16 is calling upon all organizations to look at the …


From insideHPC

Supercomputing Plant Polymers for Biofuels

Supercomputing Plant Polymers for Biofuels

plant-biofuel_simA huge barrier in converting cellulose polymers to biofuel lies in removing other biomass polymers that subvert this chemical process. To overcome this hurdle, large-scale computational simulations are picking apart lignin, one…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Can Swift code call C code without overhead?

Can Swift code call C code without overhead?

Swift is the latest hot new language from Apple. It is becoming the standard programming language on Apple systems. I complained in a previous post that Swift 3.0 has only about half of Javas speed in tests that I care about…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Myths About Machine Learning

Myths About Machine Learning

A number of useful points are embedded here. Useful to know these objections, since they will be brought up by thoughtful management. I am not sure I would call all of these 'myths'. They all have elements of caution and truth…


From insideHPC

Video: Analysis of SSDs on SGI UV 300

Video: Analysis of SSDs on SGI UV 300

uv300Nikos Trikoupis from the City University of New York gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Austin. "We focus on measuring the aggregate throughput delivered by 12 Intel SSD DC P3700 for NVMe cards installed on the SGI UV 300…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tom Davenport on the Four Eras of Analytics

Tom Davenport on the Four Eras of Analytics

Tom Davenport gave this talk to our Columbia University Adjunct group for the School of Professional Studies, recording below. He also mentions me and some of our work at P&G. I verified the link works, but not sure how long…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Purdue Exploratory Systems Lab

Purdue Exploratory Systems Lab

Purdue's Exploratory Systems Lab.

Talk Given Today: Mohammad Sadoghi ExpoDB: An Exploratory Data Science Platform ... " ... Insight is lost in islands of data ... "

Slides. Recorded talk will be here.


From insideHPC

Penguin Computing Adds Remote Desktop Collaboration to Scyld Cloud Workstation

Penguin Computing Adds Remote Desktop Collaboration to Scyld Cloud Workstation

cloud computingToday Penguin Computing announced Scyld Cloud Workstation 3.0, a 3D-accelerated remote desktop solution which provides true multi-user remote desktop collaboration for cloud-based Linux and Windows desktops. "Unlike other remote…


From insideHPC

SC16 Plenary Session to Focus on HPC and Precision Medicine

SC16 Plenary Session to Focus on HPC and Precision Medicine

SC16SC16 will continue its HPC Matters Plenary session series this year with a panel discussion on HPC and Precision Medicine. "The success of all of these research programs hinge on harnessing the power of HPC to analyze volumes…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Worlds Largest Technology Companies Create Historic Partnership on AI

Worlds Largest Technology Companies Create Historic Partnership on AI

This is a guest blog post byGreg Hager,Computing Community Consortium(CCC) Past Chair and Professor in theDepartment of Computer ScienceatJohns Hopkins University, with contributions from Eric Horvitz the Technical Fellow…


From insideHPC

Accelerating Finite Element Analysis with Intel Xeon Phi

Accelerating Finite Element Analysis with Intel Xeon Phi

feaWith the introduction of the Intel Scalable System Framework, the Intel Xeon Phi processor can speed up Finite Element Analysis significantly. Using highly tuned math libraries such as the Intel Math Kernel Library (Intel MKL)…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Electronic Tongue Tastes Wine

Electronic Tongue Tastes Wine

An area we explored on the coffee blending business. Was still very primitive in capabilities at the time. Some advances are seen here. How can resulting data be connected to blending or manufacturing data? In New Scientist…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reinforcement Learning for Process Intelligence

Reinforcement Learning for Process Intelligence

Nvidia blog writes about deep learning and reinforcement learning with examples. Once again, I like considering the approach because it can have similarities to real world process. See previous notes on the topic.


From The Eponymous Pickle

A New Partnership on AI

A New Partnership on AI

Newly formed, The Partnership on AI: (could use a snappier name)

" ... Established to study and formulate best practices on AI technologies, to advance the publics understanding of AI, and to serve as an open platform for discussion…


From Schneier on Security

The Cost of Cyberattacks Is Less than You Might Think

The Cost of Cyberattacks Is Less than You Might Think

Interesting research from Sasha Romanosky at RAND: Abstract: In 2013, the US President signed an executive order designed to help secure the nation's critical infrastructure from cyberattacks. As part of that order, he directed…


From Writing

An Introduction to Terraform

An Introduction to Terraform

In Part 1 of the Comprehensive Guide to Terraform series, we explained why we picked Terraform as our IAC tool of choice and not Chef, Puppet, Ansible, SaltStack, or CloudFormation. Today, we are releasing Part 2 of the series…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Heat Mapping in Brick and Mortar

Heat Mapping in Brick and Mortar

An approach we used widely in our laboratory. A kind of augmented pictured reality to show changes in context that is very effective. Good to animate in the time dimension. Discussion. In Retailwire:

Could heat mapping…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ohio Supercomputing Center

Ohio Supercomputing Center

I was reminded of the Ohio Supercomputing Center, and their blog.

Notable is AweSim:

Manufacturing modeling and data analytics collaboration: What does the future hold?By Robert Graybill on Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 8:30am

For…


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Still Loves Facebook

P&G Still Loves Facebook

In Adage:

P&G, GM and Facebook Agree: Big Is Beautiful By Jack Neff.

Facebook has drawn unwanted scrutiny of late over how it counts video viewership and the usefulness of its ad targeting, but a Town Hall panel discussion with…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machine Learning and Customer Loyalty

Machine Learning and Customer Loyalty

Integrating data and linking it to real business process is always key:

How Data Integration and MachineLearning Improve Customer Loyalty - Part 1 and Part 2ByBob Hayes

In this Big Data world, a major goal for businesses is…


From insideHPC

E4 Computer Engineering Rolls Out GPU-accelerated OpenPOWER server

E4 Computer Engineering Rolls Out GPU-accelerated OpenPOWER server

e4Today Italys E4 Computer Engineering announced generalavailability of the E4OP206, a GPU-accelerated OpenPOWER system designed to propel deep learning, artificial intelligence, high performance data analytics and other data …


From insideHPC

Nvidia Releases Cuda 8

Nvidia Releases Cuda 8

Today Nvidia announced the general availability of CUDA 8 toolkit for GPU developers. "A crucial goal for CUDA 8 is to provide support for the powerful new Pascal architecture, the first incarnation of which was launched at GTC…


From insideHPC

Allinea Adds CUDA 8 Support for GPU Developers

Allinea Adds CUDA 8 Support for GPU Developers

allineademoToday Allinea Software announces availability of its new software release, version 6.1, which offers full support for programming parallel code on the Pascal GPU architecture, CUDA 8 from Nvidia. "The addition of Allinea tools…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Announces New Program Solicitation in Smart and Connected Communities

NSF Announces New Program Solicitation in Smart and Connected Communities

As part of the White Houses expansion of the Smart Cities Initiative, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced a new program solicitation on Smart and Connected Communities. The following Dear Colleague Letter from…


From insideHPC

Video: Nvidia Unveils ARM-Powered SoC with Volta GPU

Video: Nvidia Unveils ARM-Powered SoC with Volta GPU

xavierToday at GTC Europe, Nvidia unveiled Xavier, an all-new SoC based on the company's next-gen Volta GPU, which will be the processor in future self-driving cars. According to Huang, the ARM-based Xavier will feature unprecedented…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Sorting already sorted arrays is much faster?

Sorting already sorted arrays is much faster?

If you are reading a random textbook on computer science, it is probably going to tell you all about how good sorting algorithms take linearithmic time. To arrive at this result, they count the number of operations. Thats aContinue…


From insideHPC

Mellanox Roll Out New Innova IPsec 10/40G Ethernet Adapters

Mellanox Roll Out New Innova IPsec 10/40G Ethernet Adapters

"Our customers are looking for a highly integrated server adapter that solves their pressing need for network performance, efficiency and security, said Gilad Shainer, vice president of marketing, Mellanox Technologies. The Innova…

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