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March 2017


From Schneier on Security

Second WikiLeaks Dump of CIA Documents

Second WikiLeaks Dump of CIA Documents

There are more CIA documents up on WikiLeaks. It seems to be mostly MacOS and iOS. News article....


From The Eponymous Pickle

More WalMart and Amazon by the Numbers

More WalMart and Amazon by the Numbers

Insightful numbers and visuals:

Supply Chain News: Walmart and Amazon by the Numbers 2017 Part 2
More Analysis from Our Annual Review of the World's Two Most Important Retailers    By Dan Gilmore ...  " 



From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC System Administrator at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Job of the Week: HPC System Administrator at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach is seeking a High Performance Computing System Administrator in our Job of the Week. "The HPC Specialist is responsible for technical systems management, administration, and…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Artificial Intelligence (AI) For Social Good

Artificial Intelligence (AI) For Social Good

The organizing committee for the AI for Social Good Workshop has released their workshop report called Artificial Intelligence for Social Good. The Computing Community Consortium (CCC), along with the White House Office of Science…


From insideHPC

Intel Aligns its AI Efforts into a Single Organization

Intel Aligns its AI Efforts into a Single Organization

"Intel sees the huge potential in AI and are moving mountains to take full advantage of it," said Patrick Moorhead from Moor Insights & Strategy. "They have acquired Altera, Nervana Systems and other IP, need to connect to their…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Council Member Cynthia Dwork is One of the Recipients of the 2017 Gödel Prize

CCC Council Member Cynthia Dwork is One of the Recipients of the 2017 Gödel Prize

The Gödel Prize for outstanding papers in the area of theoretical computer science is sponsored jointly by the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS) and the Association for Computing Machinery, Special…


From insideHPC

Panel Discussion on How Europe Can Attain World Leadership in HPC

Panel Discussion on How Europe Can Attain World Leadership in HPC

"HPC is moving towards its next frontier - more than 100 times faster than the fastest machines currently available in Europe," said Andrus Ansip, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market. "But not all…


From insideHPC

Megware to Install CooLMUC 3 Supercomputer at LRZ in Germany

Megware to Install CooLMUC 3 Supercomputer at LRZ in Germany

"The new CooLMUC 3 system outperforms its predecessors in a number of respects, including its key feature of cooling in thermally insulated racks all compute and login nodes, power supply units, and Omni-Path switches directly…


From Schneier on Security

Hackers Threaten to Erase Apple Customer Data

Hackers Threaten to Erase Apple Customer Data

Turkish hackers are threatening to erase millions of iCloud user accounts unless Apple pays a ransom. This is a weird story, and I'm skeptical of some of the details. Presumably Apple has decided that it's smarter to spend the…


From insideHPC

Intel MKL and Intel TBB Working Together for Performance

Intel MKL and Intel TBB Working Together for Performance

When used in a TBB environment, Intel has demonstrated a many-fold performance improvement over the same parallelized code using Intel MKL in an OpenMP environment. Intel TBB-enabled Intel MKL is ideal when there is heavy threading…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Embedded Blog Links

On Embedded Blog Links

I was reminded by a recent query that links that are embedded in posts in this blog may not always work. The history of this blog goes back to 2005, and so especially older post links may have gone stale.  Sometimes I fix these…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Miller Tries Voice/Push Button Beer Ordering

Miller Tries Voice/Push Button Beer Ordering

Voice and push-button ordering expands ...

In Adage:  Push-Button Beer Ordering? Miller Lite Gives It a Try   By E.J. Schultz.

" ....  MillerCoors is giving lazy beer drinkers another excuse to stay put: The option to order beer…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

ACM and CSTA Announce Cutler-Bell Prize Student Winners

ACM and CSTA Announce Cutler-Bell Prize Student Winners

Make no mistake I think the Cutler-Bell Prize is an outstanding award. I love that it recognizes early computer scientists (high school students!) for outstanding achievement.

This year's winners appear (based on the names) to…


From Computational Complexity

The Dagstuhl Family

This week I'm at the Dagstuhl workshop on Computational Complexity of Discrete Problems. As you long time readers know Dagstuhl is a German center that hosts weekly computer science workshops. I've been coming to Dagstuhl


From insideHPC

ISC 2017 Adds STEM Student Day

ISC 2017 Adds STEM Student Day

Today ISC 2017 announced the inclusion of the STEM Student Day & Gala at this year’s conference. Taking place June 21 in Frankfurt, the new program aims to connect the next generation of regional and international STEM practitioners…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Machine Learning is Used at Google

How Machine Learning is Used at Google

Video via O'Reilly:

Machine learning at Google
Rob Craft shares some of the ways machine learning is being used inside of Google. ...  



From Schneier on Security

NSA Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper Competition

NSA Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper Competition

Every year, the NSA has a competition for the best cybersecurity paper. Winners get to go to the NSA to pick up the award. (Warning: you will almost certainly be fingerprinted while you're there.) Submission guidelines and nomination…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nest Protect Expands on IFTTT

Nest Protect Expands on IFTTT

Today an update of IFTTT capabilities for interacting with Nest-Protect sensor devices in the home. IFTTT lets you add layers of simple intelligence to the smart home (or business) based on streams of information from the an

Plan…


From insideHPC

Andrew Ng Leaving Baidu for Next Chapter in AI

Andrew Ng Leaving Baidu for Next Chapter in AI

"As the founding lead of the Google Brain project, and more recently through my role at Baidu, I have played a role in the transformation of two leading technology companies into “AI companies.” But AI’s potential is far bigger…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Announces Big Data Spokes Solicitation for 2018

NSF Announces Big Data Spokes Solicitation for 2018

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently announced a new program solicitation for the Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications (BD Spokes). The original award gave $10…


From insideHPC

1.5 Petaflop Supercomputer coming to IIT-Kharagpur in India

1.5 Petaflop Supercomputer coming to IIT-Kharagpur in India

Today the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur announced that it will be the first academic institution to open a supercomputing facility under India's National Supercomputing Mission (NSM). This will provide large computational…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Retail Implications for Alexa on iPhone

Retail Implications for Alexa on iPhone

Seems it just increases choice and lets competition play out. May well drive Siri to more shopping options as well.  Asking for trivia does not pay out.   I would bet that Amazon knows more now about how to make voice channel…


From insideHPC

Penguin Computing Adds Omni-Path and Lustre to its HPC Cloud

Penguin Computing Adds Omni-Path and Lustre to its HPC Cloud

cloud computingToday Penguin Computing announced a significant expansion of their Penguin Computing On-Demand (POD) High Performance Computing Cloud. The new offering includes the latest Intel Xeon processorss, Lustre, and Intel Omni-Path. …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rallying Around Common Goals

Rallying Around Common Goals

A most important topic,  even more so today in our heavily interacting world.   Focus.

Podcast:   In Knowledge@Wharton
Meaningful Work: What Leaders Can Learn from NASA and the Space Race  ... 

New Wharton research looks at how



From insideHPC

Scalable Informatics Closes Down their Shop

Scalable Informatics Closes Down their Shop

We are sad to report that HPC vendor Scalable Informatics has gone out of business. Headed up by CEO Joe Landman, Scalable Informatics spent the last 12 years building 'Simply Faster" software-defined storage and compute solutions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Maps Location Sharing

Google Maps Location Sharing

Google Maps Location Sharing is being rolled out.  Google had a service like this some time ago, that allowed you to very selectively share your instantaneous location among trusted 'friends and family'.   We examined it forin…


From insideHPC

Will the White House Budget Affect HPC? How to Gain Market Share in an Uncertain Market

Will the White House Budget Affect HPC? How to Gain Market Share in an Uncertain Market

"Marketing is important in good times, but it can be even more important in bad times. If you have the means to invest in marketing, then do it now. Invest, because there will be many others who will hold onto funds until there…


From Schneier on Security

New Paper on Encryption Workarounds

New Paper on Encryption Workarounds

I have written a paper with Orin Kerr on encryption workarounds. Our goal wasn't to make any policy recommendations. (That was a good thing, since we probably don't agree on any.) Our goal was to present a taxonomy of different…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Powers Prime Now with Alexa Voice

Amazon Powers Prime Now with Alexa Voice

Still wondering how broadly this will increase shopping volume, and the degree to a which voice channel convenience will influence this.   Essentially provides two hour delivery in 30 US markets via voice.

In Chain Store Age: 


From The Eponymous Pickle

Customer Engagement in the Cognitive Era

Customer Engagement in the Cognitive Era

Watson Customer Engagement  

Watson Marketing. Watson Commerce. Watson Supply Chain
Every touchpoint is an opportunity to engage customers. Are you ready? Watson Customer Engagement offerings deliver a broad range of capabilities…

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