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May 2016


From Phys.org Technology News

Smaller cities across US opening high-tech crime centers

Smaller cities across US opening high-tech crime centers

Live video feeds from cameras across Hartford, Connecticut, light up a wall of flat-screen monitors in a high-tech room at the city's old police department, while computers take in data from license plate readers and a gunshot


From The Eponymous Pickle

Scientific American Looks at Deep Learning

Scientific American Looks at Deep Learning

A good introduction.  But still a narrow view. Unveiling the Hidden Layers of Deep LearningInteractive neural network “playground” visualization offers insights on how machines learnBy Amanda Montañez on May 20, 2016 ... " 


From The Eponymous Pickle

Scalable Database Design

Scalable Database Design

Had not heard of the specific concept, but make sense.  ....What Makes a Scalable Database?Database scalability is a concept in database design that emphasizes on the capability of a database to handle growth in the amount of


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Science and Machine Learning Online Encyclopedia

Data Science and Machine Learning Online Encyclopedia

Another in process development from DSC.  Exploring, but it will take some time.  Bravo DSC." .... This is one of the first comprehensive machine learning, data science, statistical science, and computer science repository --


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

The surprising cleverness of modern compilers

The surprising cleverness of modern compilers

I wanted to know how a modern C compiler like clang would process the following C code: #include <stdint.h> int count(uint64_t x) { int v = 0; while(x != 0) { x &= x - 1; v++; } return v; } Can you guess? popcntq %rdi, %rax That


From Computer Science Teachers Association

AppInventor Goes Local: adult students build an app inviting islanders to test their knowledge on the local dialect

AppInventor Goes Local: adult students build an app inviting islanders to test their knowledge on the local dialect

I haven’t been shy to expose the insane decisions of the Greek Ministry of Education when necessary; one such time was 3 years ago, when the government removed the elective “Application Development in a Programming Environment”


From insideHPC

CCIX Open Acceleration Framework to Coherently Share Data with Accelerators

CCIX Open Acceleration Framework to Coherently Share Data with Accelerators

Today AMD, ARM, Huawei, IBM, Mellanox, Qualcomm, and Xilinx announced a collaboration to bring the CCIX high-performance open acceleration framework to data centers. The companies are collaborating on the specification for the


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Administration Issues Strategic Plan for Big Data Research and Development

Administration Issues Strategic Plan for Big Data Research and Development

Big Data has been a major theme of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) over the years. In addition to having a Convergence of Data and Computing Task Force, the CCC held two events for Big Data that coalesced the research


From insideHPC

Video: “What is Supercomputing?”

Video: “What is Supercomputing?”

In this video from ASC16, students compete in the final round of the Asia Student Cluster Challenge. "Some 175 teams from universities in North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania participated in ASC16. Of


From insideHPC

OpenPOWER for HPC Workshop Coming to ISC 2016

OpenPOWER for HPC Workshop Coming to ISC 2016

Editor’s Note: The OpenPOWER European Summit has been officially postponed until later in 2016, but don’t miss the International Workshop on OpenPOWER for HPC on June 23 at ISC 2016.  The OpenPOWER Foundation was established


From The Eponymous Pickle

IOT Central Biweekly Digest

IOT Central Biweekly Digest

With coverage of a recent conference.  Interesting articles.  Am a  member and actively following.  " ... We went to IoT World last week in Santa Clara, California, where over 150 vendors and 10,000 attendees were there showing


From The Eponymous Pickle

Autonomous Corporations Predicted

Autonomous Corporations Predicted

I remember making a presentation in the late 1980s that implied we would soon have portions of our enterprise running autonomously.  The term "lights out" manufacturing facilities was mentioned.  Now predictions   In TechCrunch


From insideHPC

Supercomputing LHC Experiments with Titan

Supercomputing LHC Experiments with Titan

University of Texas at Arlington physicists are preparing the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility in Tennessee to support the analysis of data generated from the quadrillions of proton collisions expected


From insideHPC

HPC Advisory Council Announces 4th Annual RDMA Programming Competition

HPC Advisory Council Announces 4th Annual RDMA Programming Competition

Today the HPC Advisory Council announced its Fourth Annual RDMA Programming Competition in China. Designed to support undergraduate curriculum and talent development, this unique hands-on competition furthers students study,


From Putting People First

Experientia white paper: “Conducting clinical trials is about working with patients”

Experientia white paper: “Conducting clinical trials is about working with patients”

Patient-centricity is one of the defining issues facing clinical trials in the pharma industry. The past few years have seen a growing awareness by pharmaceutical companies of the importance of patient-centricity – but they have


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Computer-Aided Personalized Education Report

Computer-Aided Personalized Education Report

The organizing committee for the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) sponsored Computer-Aided Personalized Education has released their workshop report. The workshop, held in November 2015, brought together over 50 researchers


From insideHPC

ISC High Performance Announces Conference Chairs for 2017

ISC High Performance Announces Conference Chairs for 2017

Today the ISC Group announced the appointment of Prof. Dr. Jack Dongarra of University of Tennessee, USA, as the program chairman for ISC 2017. This appointment underlines the international dimension of this conference. "I am


From Phys.org Technology News

EgyptAir MS804: search and rescue at sea is never easy

EgyptAir MS804: search and rescue at sea is never easy

The disappearance of EgyptAir flight MS804, presumed lost over the eastern Mediterranean on a flight between Paris and Cairo with all 66 on board, is the latest passenger aircraft to go missing. The loss of Malaysia Airlines


From Schneier on Security

State of Online Tracking

State of Online Tracking

Really interesting research: "Online tracking: A 1-million-site measurement and analysis," by Steven Englehardt and Arvind Narayanan: Abstract: We present the largest and most detailed measurement of online tracking conducted


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 23 June 2016

Interesting Links 23 June 2016

It’s getting to be the end of the school year. I know teachers who are finished already and others who finish up this week. I have about three weeks to go. Trying to keep up the energy level at this time of year can be tough


From updated sporadically at best

"We run things, things don't run we"

"We run things, things don't run we"

Yesterday was Porchfest, an annual event where local musicians perform on their porches all around Somerville, MA. My friend Stefan Anderson, who performs as the solo act Stefan Banderson, performed his cover of Miley Cyrus's


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Condensed Guide to Data Science

A Condensed Guide to Data Science

Nicely done introduction by Vincent Granville of DSC,  links to many useful resources.  Good list, condensed, but still lots there, and considerable variability in technical depth,  Which if you discuss computing languages, is


From The Eponymous Pickle

Body Cameras for All

Body Cameras for All

Do Police Body Cameras Really Work?Sometimes police body cameras accomplish their intended purpose, but other times they backfire. And nobody knows why  ....  By Barak ArielA considerable IEEE analysis piece on the use of body


From insideHPC

CIPRES Offers Gateway to Supercomputing Life Sciences

CIPRES Offers Gateway to Supercomputing Life Sciences

In this special guest feature, Lance Farrell from Science Node writes that CIPRES is a web-based gateway that allows researchers to easily explore evolutionary relationships between species using NSF supercomputers. "In the six


From insideHPC

Exascale Architecture Trends and Implications for Programming Systems

Exascale Architecture Trends and Implications for Programming Systems

John Shalf presented this talk at EASC2016 in Stockholm. "This talk will describe the challenges of programming future computing systems. It will then provide some highlights from the search for durable programming abstractions


From The Eponymous Pickle

Technology Behind Viv

Technology Behind Viv

In Medium.  A system that writes its own code.  Though what exactly that means is unclear to me. Not classic machine learning.   My first question is always, to what specific goals and in whatcontext?  Examining" ... Viv uses


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sales People Embracing Silence

Sales People Embracing Silence

In Customerthink.  More silence anyway.   Words still need to get across but listening is primary to understand which ones.    " ..... They say you have two ears and one mouth for a reason, but why is it so difficult for many


From The Eponymous Pickle

Anti Drone

Anti Drone

Not unexpected.  Reminds me of a number of anti RFID blocking methods that were sold, but not widely.    Privacy here is more physical.   In ArsTechnica:  Dronebuster will let you point and shoot command hacks at pesky drones


From insideHPC

Video: The Vital Importance of HPC to U.S. Competitiveness and National Security

Video: The Vital Importance of HPC to U.S. Competitiveness and National Security

In this video, ITIF hosts a hearing on the The Vital Importance of High-Performance Computing to U.S. Competitiveness and National Security. Their recently published report urges U.S. policymakers to take decisive steps to ensure


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Research Computing Facilitator at OSC

Job of the Week: Research Computing Facilitator at OSC

Ohio State University is seeking a Research Computing Facilitator in our Job of the Week. "The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) provides high-performance computing (HPC) services for Ohio’s university researchers and industrial

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