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June 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

An Executive's Guide to Machine Learning

An Executive's Guide to Machine Learning

We did machine learning at Procter & Gamble starting in the mid 80s, and they continue today. This is a nice mostly non tech overview for execs I could have used most any of those years,  with anyone interested in learning.  via


From insideHPC

SuperMUC Upgraded to 6.8 Petaflops

SuperMUC Upgraded to 6.8 Petaflops

On Monday, the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) celebrated the expansion of their SuperMUC cluster. Now in production mode, the 6.8 Petaflop "Phase 2" supercomputer is powered by over 241,000 Intel processor cores.

The post


From insideHPC

South Africa’s CHPC Builds a Better Infrastructure with Altair PBS Works

South Africa’s CHPC Builds a Better Infrastructure with Altair PBS Works

At the Centre for High-Performance Computing (CHPC) in South Africa, the mission is to enable cutting-edge research by supporting the highest levels of HPC available. That means ensuring researchers – who often are not experienced


From insideHPC

Slidecast: DDN Strategic Vision for High Performance Storage

Slidecast: DDN Strategic Vision for High Performance Storage

"For more than a decade, DDN’s innovative, proven technology has been at the forefront of solving big data storage challenges in the world’s largest and most demanding environments,” said Molly Rector, CMO and EVP of Product


From insideHPC

DDN Boosts Object Storage with WOS 360 2.0

DDN Boosts Object Storage with WOS 360 2.0

Today DataDirect Networks announced the latest release of its advanced WOS object storage platform. WOS 360 2.0 includes a new, low-cost capacity node, increased efficiency and an OpenStack Swift API.

The post DDN Boosts Object


From The Eponymous Pickle

Re Thinking the Database

Re Thinking the Database

Can the Database be made fundamentally easier to work with?  Democratizing its power.    In SiliconAngle:" ... Databases aren’t for everyone. They’re incredibly complex things to work with, and generally only those with the requisite


From Schneier on Security

Tracking the Psychological Effects of the 9/11 Attacks

Tracking the Psychological Effects of the 9/11 Attacks

Interesting research from 2012: "The Dynamics of Evolving Beliefs, Concerns, Emotions, and Behavioral Avoidance Following 9/11: A Longitudinal Analysis of Representative Archival Samples": Abstract: September 11 created a natural


From insideHPC

Solar Superstorms Documentary Powered by Blue Waters

Solar Superstorms Documentary Powered by Blue Waters

A new high-resolution science documentary about the dynamics of the Sun will feature data-driven supercomputer visualizations produced by NCSA. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbach, Solar Superstorms debuts June 30 at the Louisiana


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reading Minds is not the Same as Reading Words

Reading Minds is not the Same as Reading Words

In Cognition and Culture:   Practical, technical and philosophical thoughts.  Cultural difference, and no evidence we have cracked the neural memory code of the brain.  Pointers to long study of the topic.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cisco Announces six Pillars of IOT

Cisco Announces six Pillars of IOT

Cisco unveils 15 products, six pillars to address the growing complexity of the internet of things deploymentsIn ComputerWeekly: " .....Networking kingpin Cisco has moved to capitalise on the opportunities presented by the internet


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Thoughts on #ISTE2015 Monday

Thoughts on #ISTE2015 Monday

ISTE is huge. I mean really huge. There are something like 20,000 people here in Philadelphia. There are a lot people here I want to see and talk to. I was able to connect with a bunch of them on Monday. Very lucky in some cases


From The Eponymous Pickle

Innovation Addiction and Confused Consumers

Innovation Addiction and Confused Consumers

In RetailWire, by Tom Ryan:A.G. Lafley, Procter & Gamble's CEO, believes that the continual push by retailers for more product innovation is leading to an overload of choices for shoppers."I don't think the shopper or consumer


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots, Sensors and Math at Penn

Robots, Sensors and Math at Penn

Good, non technical article, have posted about the GRASP Laboratory here before." ... Last March seven researchers from the University of Pennsylvania landed in Dayton, Ohio for two days of meetings at the Air Force ResearchAmong


From The Eponymous Pickle

Contract Guardian: Advances in Compliance Management

Contract Guardian: Advances in Compliance Management

Just heard from my friend John Reuter.    He and his group have developed the Contract Guardian system for contract management.   Suitable for companies large and small.  Used by many companies today. We had discussions about


From Schneier on Security

TEMPEST Attack

TEMPEST Attack

There's a new paper on a low-cost TEMPEST attack against PC cryptography: We demonstrate the extraction of secret decryption keys from laptop computers, by nonintrusively measuring electromagnetic emanations for a few seconds


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

WATCH Talk- The CHERI Processor: Revisiting the Hardware-Software Interface for Security

WATCH Talk- The CHERI Processor: Revisiting the Hardware-Software Interface for Security

The next WATCH talk, called The CHERI Processor: Revisiting the Hardware-Software Interface for Security is Monday July 6, 2015 from Noon-1pm EST. The presenter is Dr Robert N.M. Watson. Robert is a University Lecturer in Systems


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Earth Features Added

Google Earth Features Added

It has been some time since I have used Google Earth for business purposes.  But we did make it useful for some interesting applications.  Now (Surprise) it is ten years old, and some new features are being added.  Specifically


From The Eponymous Pickle

My Costco Self Checkout Observations

My Costco Self Checkout Observations

I see that our local Costco has recently removed their self checkout systems.    That they were doing this has been reported for some time.   We experimented with these systems for some years, looking for possible marketing angles


From The Eponymous Pickle

Event Readiness Service for Demand

Event Readiness Service for Demand

Interesting analytics effort.  We are all, in effect, thinking about how to react to events in our enterprise context.  Demand is a big example, but not the only one.  Response to these events needs to be prioritized.    Analytics


From insideHPC

Addressing Climate Change Uncertainties with Petascale Computing

Addressing Climate Change Uncertainties with Petascale Computing

"This collaborative research between the University of Illinois, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and the University of Maryland is aimed at using the Blue Waters petascale resources to address key uncertainties


From insideHPC

Trends in HPC Leading to Exascale

Trends in HPC Leading to Exascale

Over at the Altair Blog, Bill Nitzburg has started a series of posts looking at the road to Exascale. He starts by looking back at the trends that have lead us to this point, concluding that Exascale infrastructure will require


From insideHPC

Peter V. Coveney to Keynote ISC Cloud & Big Data

Peter V. Coveney to Keynote ISC Cloud & Big Data

Today the ISC Cloud & Big Data conference announced that Professor Peter V. Coveney from University College London will be their keynote speaker. Coveney will discuss the current state-of-the-art in the development of personalized


From Schneier on Security

Migrating from SHA-1 to SHA-2

Migrating from SHA-1 to SHA-2

Here's a comprehensive document on migrating from SHA-1 to SHA-2 in Active Directory certificates....


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Previews ISC 2015

Radio Free HPC Previews ISC 2015

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team previews the ISC 2015 conference, which takes place July 12-16 in Frankfurt, Germany. In addition to a great technical program, the conference will feature an exhibition, tutorials, workshops


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 29 June 2015

Interesting Links 29 June 2015

I’m at ISTE in I’ve already connected with a few old friends and hope to connect with many more. If you are also at ISTE I hope you’ll track me down. I’m attending as many CS related sessions as I can. For links this week I have


From Computational Complexity

When do we care about small improvements?

A while back complexity blog,  Shtetl-optimized , and GLL all blogged about the improved matrix mult algorithms (Complexityblog: here, Shtetl-optimized: here, GLL here) of Stothers/Williams. It may have been on other theorya


From insideHPC

Sandia’s Z machine Helps Pinpoint Age of Saturn

Sandia’s Z machine Helps Pinpoint Age of Saturn

How old is Saturn? Researchers are using Sandia's Z machine to find out.

The post Sandia’s Z machine Helps Pinpoint Age of Saturn appeared first on insideHPC.


From insideHPC

Video: 1.68 Petaflop Prometheus Supercomputer Comes to Cyfronet

Video: 1.68 Petaflop Prometheus Supercomputer Comes to Cyfronet

In this video, officials from Cyfronet describe Prometheus, a new HP Apollo 8000 supercomputer with 1.68 Petaflops of peak performance.

The post Video: 1.68 Petaflop Prometheus Supercomputer Comes to Cyfronet appeared first on


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft's Hololens to Orbit

Microsoft's Hololens to Orbit

In CWorld: Good to see the space station to be used as a sandbox for this kind of application.   Complexity, mobile, wearable, hands free and knowledge intensive. Should learn from this experience.


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Car with Gesture Control

A Car with Gesture Control

In Wired: Until we take the big step to autonomous driving,   You do wonder where all the user interface technology will go.  Here a high end BMW adds gesture control to voice.  Still not used to generally flapping my hands for

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