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December 2016


From insideHPC

Lenovo Boosts Marconi Supercomputer to 6.2 Petaflops with Intel Xeon Phi

Lenovo Boosts Marconi Supercomputer to 6.2 Petaflops with Intel Xeon Phi

Marconi Supercomputer at Cineca"Phase one at CINECA, an academic consortium, was completed in May 2016 – coming in at 1.7 Petaflops, which at the time it was the largest Intel Omni-Path Fabric system in the world. Lenovo and CINECA are pleased to announce …


From insideHPC

Building HPC Clusters as Code in the (Almost) Infinite Cloud

Building HPC Clusters as Code in the (Almost) Infinite Cloud

Dr. Gabriele Garzoglio, Fermilab"Researchers can run one cluster for 10,000 hours or 10,000 clusters for one hour anytime, from anywhere, and both cost the same in the cloud. And with the availability of Public Data Sets in Amazon S3, petabyte scale data is…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Futuretext for Machine Learning

Futuretext for Machine Learning

Brought to my attention.   Has some excellent tutorial material.

Futuretext

" ... futuretext applies machine learning techniques to complex problems in the IoT (Internet of Things) and Telecoms domains. We aim to provide a distinct…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Social Media Analytics

Watson Social Media Analytics

Interesting, but not very detailed view of IBM social  media analytics with Watson.   Analyzing the global reach of the UK retailer John Lewis.

" ... Is TV advertising dead? Given that these days most of us consume our media via…


From Phys.org Technology News

Big data helped Trump even after he scorned it

Big data helped Trump even after he scorned it

Donald Trump derided the use of data and technology tools for his presidential campaign—but those techniques might well have propelled him to victory.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bank and Financial Products

Bank and Financial Products


The Death of Bank Products has been greatly under-exaggerated   by Brett King
This is an excerpt from my new book Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane
       
Since 2005 I’ve been predicting the decline of branch banking. For almost…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Bayesian Inference Works

How Bayesian Inference Works

Out of KDnuggets, nice non-technical view of Bayesian inference. by Brandon Rohrer.  In the enterprise I collected pieces like this for use with execs or decision makers.   I found that while many people had learned frequentist…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Smart Homes

On Smart Homes

PostWaves (Beta).   A collection of blog posts.  In this case all about Smart Homes.

About Postwaves.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Knowledge Engineering Book for Cognitive Assistants

Knowledge Engineering Book for Cognitive Assistants


So how do you actually engineer knowledge to integrate into an assistant system? Its a mix of knowledge architecture, reasoning and effective delivery.  Many of our early attempts struggled with the idea. This book takes a look…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chicago Merchantile Exchange Trading Challenge

Chicago Merchantile Exchange Trading Challenge

Brought to my attention via Columbia connections.  Details at the link.

CME Group Trading Challenge
CME Group's Trading Challenge is a complimentary four-week electronic trading competition where teams of undergraduate and graduate…


From insideHPC

Fujitsu Starts of Operations for Japan’s Fastest Supercomputer

Fujitsu Starts of Operations for Japan’s Fastest Supercomputer

6-oakforest-pacsToday Fujitsu today announced the completion of the Oakforest-PACS supercomputer at the Joint Center for Advanced High Performance Computing (JCAHPC), which is jointly run by the University of Tokyo and the University of Tsukuba…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apple Building Better Maps

Apple Building Better Maps

Seems to have been some time since I have heard of Maps mentioned with Apple.  Now movable sensors like drones are in play.

Apple Said to Fly Drones to Improve Maps Data and Catch Google
by Mark Gurman  and Alan Levin

Company gets…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Knowledge Based Drug Discovery

Knowledge Based Drug Discovery

Discovery has been a favorite topic of mine.  We have so much knowledge stored digitally, how can we use that to discover more value in many business contexts?  Here I am continuing to track an example.

How Knowledge-Based Analytics…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Yet More Home Entertainment, Advice and Smart Home

Yet More Home Entertainment, Advice and Smart Home

And yet again.    Less a standalone device, but more of a feature of Windows 10?   Seems to be wiser move to have these be stand-alone.   Which gets you out of the platform Fan-boy world,  yet Cortana by itself still seems quite…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intelligence Analysis

Intelligence Analysis

New Book of Of interest.  How are these kinds of structure embedded into AI?

Intelligence Analysis as Discovery of Evidence, Hypotheses, and Arguments: Connecting the Dots
by Gheorghe Tecuci, David A. Schum, Dorin Marcu, Mihai …


From Schneier on Security

A 50-Foot Squid Has Not been Found in New Zealand

A 50-Foot Squid Has Not been Found in New Zealand

A 50-foot squid has not been found in New Zealand. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From insideHPC

Intel Xeon Phi with Software Defined Visualization at SC16

Intel Xeon Phi with Software Defined Visualization at SC16

jefferson"Software Defined Visualization (SDVis) is an open source initiative from Intel and industry collaborators to improve the visual fidelity, performance and efficiency of prominent visualization solutions – with a particular emphasis…


From Computational Complexity

Guest post by Samir Khuller about Visiting the Simons theory Inst for Computing

Guest post by Samir Khuller on his visit to the Simons Inst. of Computing



Visiting the Simons Institute for Theory of Computing



A few days back I had the good fortune to spend four days at the

Simons Theory inst. at UC Berkeley…


From Phys.org Technology News

Thomas Edison's lab door key, lightbulbs up for auction

Thomas Edison's lab door key, lightbulbs up for auction

Thomas Edison's door key to the 19th century lab in New Jersey where he invented the phonograph goes up for auction this weekend, along with lightbulbs he perfected.


From BLOG@CACM

What Happened?

What Happened?

As forecasters attempt to understand exactly what happened in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the data itself may hold vital clues.


From insideHPC

Cray Sets New Supercomputing Record with HLRS and Ansys

Cray Sets New Supercomputing Record with HLRS and Ansys

Hazel Hen, the new CRAY XC40-System of the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), delivers a peak performance of 7.42 Petaflops (quadrillion floating point operations per second).ANSYS, HLRS and Cray have pushed the boundaries of supercomputing by achieving a new supercomputing milestone by scaling ANSYS software to 172,032 cores on the Cray XC40 supercomputer, hosted at HLRS, running at 82 percent efficiency…


From insideHPC

Submissions for ISC 2017 Research Papers Due December 16

Submissions for ISC 2017 Research Papers Due December 16

isc2017Submissions for ISC 2017 Research Paper Sessions are now being accepted through December 16, 2016. The deadline has been extended to accommodate current submissions from engineers and scientists in academia, industry and government…


From insideHPC

Video: Behind the Machine at HPE

Video: Behind the Machine at HPE

machineHow is Hewlett Packard Enterprise reinventing the fundamental architecture on which all computers have been built for the past 60 years? In this video, HPC describes the evolution of The Machine research project - one of the …


From insideHPC

Call for Papers: EuroPar 2017 in Santiago de Compostela

Call for Papers: EuroPar 2017 in Santiago de Compostela

Catedral in Santiago de CompostelaThe Euro-Par 2017 conference has issued its Call for Papers. The conference takes place Aug. 28 – Sept. 1, 2017 in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Euro-Par is the prime European conference covering all aspects of parallel and …


From insideHPC

HIP and CAFFE Porting and Profiling with AMD’s ROCm

HIP and CAFFE Porting and Profiling with AMD’s ROCm

Ben Sander, Senior AMD FellowIn this video from SC16, Ben Sander from AMD presents: HIP and CAFFE Porting and Profiling with AMD's ROCm. "We are excited to present ROCm, the first open-source HPC/Hyperscale-class platform for GPU computing that’s also programming…


From Schneier on Security

Auditing Elections for Signs of Hacking

Auditing Elections for Signs of Hacking

Excellent essay pointing out that election security is a national security issue, and that we need to perform random ballot audits on every future election: The good news is that we know how to solve this problem. We need to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Map of What's Connected to the Internet

A Map of What's Connected to the Internet

I remember when the Internet predecessor was just connected to the Pentagon, defense contractors and some bases.   In Gizmodo: 

" .... This map was made on August 2 by John Matherly, the founder of Shodan, a search engine for

That…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Analytics Tutorials

Watson Analytics Tutorials

Of interest.  Good tutorial demonstration of the application of Watson to 'automated'  analytics that I am investigating further.   This or something like it, may be the future of analytics.

Watson Analytics for Students How
The…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Research Data Exchange (RDE) Adds More Data Environments for Download!

Research Data Exchange (RDE) Adds More Data Environments for Download!

The Research Data Exchange (RDE) is a web-based data resource provided by the USDOT Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program. It collects, manages, and provides access to archived and real-time multi-source and multi-modal…


From insideHPC

RAID Inc. Steps up with ZFS on Lustre at SC16

RAID Inc. Steps up with ZFS on Lustre at SC16

bradIn this video from SC16, Brad Merchant from RAID Inc. describes the company's new Lustre ZFS Building Block. "RAID Inc. offers a suite of building block product families that can be purchased individually or in conjunction with…

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