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February 2016


From The Eponymous Pickle

SAP Testing Data Viz at Superbowl

SAP Testing Data Viz at Superbowl

In InformationWeek:  SAP Uses Super Bowl 50 To Test Data Visualization, UX ... SAP's Fan Energy Zone in San Francisco's Super Bowl 50 celebrations is a giant test case in how users create, share, and process data in real-time


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Knitting Pattern

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Knitting Pattern

Surprisingly realistic for a knitted stuffed animal....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft to buy Swiftkey

Microsoft to buy Swiftkey

In Fortune:  When I first read this, I remembered seeing Swiftkey demonstrated.  Though I never had it on one of my own devices, the aha came quickly.  Quickly matching key patterns to retrieve used words.  Now where else could


From insideHPC

Video: Altera’s Stratix 10 – 14nm FPGA Targeting 1GHz Performance

Video: Altera’s Stratix 10 – 14nm FPGA Targeting 1GHz Performance

altera2In this video from the 2015 Hot Chips Conference, Mike Hutton from Altera presents: Stratix 10 Altera’s 14nm FPGA Targeting 1GHz Performance. "Stratix 10 FPGAs and SoCs deliver breakthrough advantages in performance, power


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hidden Science Behind Superbowl Ads. Neuroscience?

Hidden Science Behind Superbowl Ads.  Neuroscience?

In Adage:  Lots about behavioral science to understand top ads, but no mention of neuroscience. Consumer behavior is different than neural behavior.   Recall that in past years I have mentioned some of the neuromarketing techniques


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Information Technologist at ICER at Michigan State

Job of the Week: Information Technologist at ICER at Michigan State

ICER at Michigan State is seeking an Information Technologist in our Job of the Week. "As a joint appointment between Michigan State University’s Information Technology Services and the Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research, the


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hololens Competition

Hololens Competition

Always want to see real commercial and industrial applications of augmented (now being called mixed reality) applications.   Here the results of an App competition.  Still a bit disappointing, more art than industry.   What gets


From The Eponymous Pickle

Brains Showing Way to Machine Learning

Brains Showing Way to Machine Learning

In Technology Review.  Taking more hints from nature.  Although I disagree that its a complete way to do computer programming.   People still make sequential decision processes. Better Brain Imaging Could Show Computers a Smarter


From The Eponymous Pickle

Making and Flying Complex Devices

Making and Flying Complex Devices

A new jet engine takes a certification flight. Article in GE's Bikeshop.  My new experiences show how complex the development, delivery and use of a jet engines can be.   New kinds of analytics and data management are essential


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Microsoft Research Open Source Challenge

Microsoft Research Open Source Challenge

Now this is interesting. Not often you think of Microsoft and Open Source in the same sentence. Although it does seem to be happening more and more often. This looks like it is for university students. An internship at Microsoft


From The Eponymous Pickle

Understanding API Ecosystems

Understanding API Ecosystems

In the CACM:  Revealing the API Ecosystem and Enterprise Strategy via Visual Analytics.   Valuable insights can be gained by applying visual analytic techniques to understand complex, emerging ecosystem dynamics and evolving


From Schneier on Security

NSA Reorganizing

NSA Reorganizing

The NSA is undergoing a major reorganization, combining its attack and defense sides into a single organization: In place of the Signals Intelligence and Information Assurance directorates ­ the organizations that historically


From insideHPC

Agenda Posted for HPC User Forum in Tucson, April 11-13

Agenda Posted for HPC User Forum in Tucson, April 11-13

IDC has published the agenda for their next HPC User Forum. The event will take place April 11-13 in Tucson, AZ. "Don't miss the chance to hear top experts on these high-innovation, high-growth areas of the HPC market. At this


From The Eponymous Pickle

Retail with AI and Retail

Retail with AI and Retail

Interesting idea, but still too complex.  Simple still works well. With new tech, see yourself on a mountain top from a store floor, or browse store aisles from your couch By Sharon Gaudin, in Computerworld  As retailers look


From XRDS

R software and tools for everyday use

R software and tools for everyday use

Long, long time ago … I started with Octave and Matlab.They were amazing and allowed me to solve a lot of interesting problems in my research. I loved the command window of Octave, but I needed the productivity an IDE …Continue


From updated sporadically at best

Computer Science PhD School Visits, Revisited

Computer Science PhD School Visits, Revisited

Here you are, PhD admissions letters in hand, trying to decide how best to spend the next n years of your life. Congratulations! The part of the process that is out of your control is over. The hard work is about to begin.


From insideHPC

Auburn University Launches Hopper Supercomputer from Lenovo

Auburn University Launches Hopper Supercomputer from Lenovo

Today Auburn University unveiled its new $1 million supercomputer that will enhance research across campus, from microscopic gene sequencing to huge engineering tasks. The university is also initiating a plan to purchase a new


From insideHPC

Saving East African Crops with Supercomputing

Saving East African Crops with Supercomputing

"Because the silverfly species are identical to look at, the best way to distinguish them is by examining their genetic difference, so we are deploying a mix of genomics, supercomputing, and evolutionary history. This knowledge


From insideHPC

Chalk Talk: What is a Data Lake?

Chalk Talk: What is a Data Lake?

"If you think of a data mart as a store of bottled water – cleansed and packaged and structured for easy consumption – the data lake is a large body of water in a more natural state. The contents of the data lake stream in from


From insideHPC

Registration Opens for Inaugural Nimbix Developer Summit in Dallas

Registration Opens for Inaugural Nimbix Developer Summit in Dallas

Registration is now open for the inaugural Nimbix Developer Summit. With an impressive lineup of speakers & sponsors from Mellanox, migenius, Xilinx, and more, the event takes place March 15 in Dallas, Texas. "The summit agenda


From XRDS

Women Who Paved the Way for the Internet of Things: A Teacher Finds Her Voice

Women Who Paved the Way for the Internet of Things: A Teacher Finds Her Voice

If my story connects with a single person, I will have succeeded. It’s been a busy, challenging, and exhilarating 15 years since, punctuated by a wide variety of significant events for both me and the university. In 2010, I created


From The Eponymous Pickle

Serious Games Industry News

Serious Games Industry News

 Newly referenced:   Useful read." ... We believe that the current growth of the gamification and serious gaming market is about to accelerate for the following reasons:The Digital Generation which will represent 75% of the workforce


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google and Real Time Ads

Google  and Real Time Ads

In AdExchanger:" ... Google sounds more and more like Twitter, heralding ways marketers can tap into live events for engagement.As such, the company on Wednesday rolled out a new ad product called Real-Time Ads at a press event


From Schneier on Security

Tracking Anonymous Web Users

Tracking Anonymous Web Users

This research shows how to track e-commerce users better across multiple sessions, even when they do not provide unique identifiers such as user IDs or cookies. Abstract: Targeting individual consumers has become a hallmark of


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ordering Pizza from your Echo

Ordering Pizza from your Echo

You can now order a Dominos Pizza verbally from your Amazon Echo.    No, it won't print/bake it locally yet.  The piece in TechCrunch correctly points out that for these add-on 'skills' you need to phrase your order in a specific


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wharton Pushes Data Science

Wharton Pushes Data Science

Note the inclusion of 'Decision' in the new department title.  Good move,As tech skills grow in value, Wharton increases focus on data scienceBy  Aliza Ohnouna in the Daily PennsylvanianWall Street and Silicon Valley may be 2


From Computer Science Teachers Association

The Teacher Certification Committee

The Teacher Certification Committee

The Certification Committee is primarily concerned with issues surrounding teacher certification for Computing teachers. Our most recent effort was the publication of the white paper, Bugs in the System: Computer Science Teacher


From insideHPC

Anton 2 Supercomputer to Speed Molecular Simulations at PSC

Anton 2 Supercomputer to Speed Molecular Simulations at PSC

Today the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) announced a $1.8-million National Institutes of Health grant to make the next-generation Anton 2 supercomputer developed by D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES) available to the biomedical


From insideHPC

CCRT in France Acquires 1.4 Petaflop “Cobalt” Supercomputer from Bull

CCRT in France Acquires 1.4 Petaflop “Cobalt” Supercomputer from Bull

Today Atos announced that the French CEA and its industrial partners at the Centre for Computing Research and Technology, CCRT, have invested in a new 1.4 petaflop Bull supercomputer. "Three times more powerful than the current


From insideHPC

Video: Bill Dally on Scaling Performance in the Post-Dennard Era

Video: Bill Dally on Scaling Performance in the Post-Dennard Era

"It was indicated in my keynote this morning there are two really fundamental challenges we're facing in the next two years in all sorts of computing - from supercomputers to cell phones. The first is that of energy efficiency

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