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July 2016


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Collecting and Grading Programming Projects

Collecting and Grading Programming Projects

No one like grading. Well no one I know. But as teachers it is an essential part of what we do. Grading programs can be a real pain to do though. Do you run every program? Well you probably better. Do you read all of the code


From Phys.org Technology News

Businesses can't afford to ignore the human element of IT, study says

Businesses can't afford to ignore the human element of IT, study says

Mood and personality play an important role in how companies should manage their IT systems, according to a new study co-authored by a researcher at Binghamton University, State University of New York.


From insideHPC

Seeking Bids for Helix Nebula Science Cloud

Seeking Bids for Helix Nebula Science Cloud

This week, the Helix Nebula Science Cloud (HNSciCloud) launched a €5.3 million tender for the establishment of a European hybrid cloud platform. The purpose of the platform is to support the deployment of high-performance computing


From Schneier on Security

Russian Hack of the DNC

Russian Hack of the DNC

Amazingly enough, the preponderance of the evidence points to Russia as the source of the DNC leak. I was going to summarize the evidence, but Thomas Rid did a great job here. Much of that is based on June's forensic analysis


From insideHPC

Video: Breogan Supercomputer Brings High Speed Trading to Mexico

Video: Breogan Supercomputer Brings High Speed Trading to Mexico

In this CCTV video, Alberto Alonso describes his new supercomputer, Breogan, that has the ability to modernize Mexico's antiquated stock market.

Since it was launched in February, the Breogan computer has generated $475,000 for


From insideHPC

NERSC to Host Data Day on August 22

NERSC to Host Data Day on August 22

Today NERSC announced plans to host a new, data-centric event called Data Day. The main event will take place on August 22, followed by a half-day hackathon on August 23. The goal: to bring together researchers who use, or are


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Conversation about the State of AI

A Conversation about the State of AI

Link to talk with Peter Norvig who is Director of Research at Google.  We used his text as an intro to AI and it is still very popular.  This is not ot a technical talk.  It is very non hype. It reminds me of similar discussions


From The Eponymous Pickle

Putting Digital in Perspective

Putting Digital in Perspective

 In CustomerThink: " ... This year, the number of smartphones, tablets and connected devices is expected to cross 7 billion – that will mean more connected devices than there are human beings on earth. With more and more people


From insideHPC

Seagate Announes Industry-First 2TB M.2 Enterprise SSD

Seagate Announes Industry-First 2TB M.2 Enterprise SSD

Today Seagate unveiled a first-of-its kind, high-capacity drive that can help data centers more easily accommodate exponential data growth, while still maintaining high levels of computing power and performance. The two terabyte


From The Noisy Channel

Punch Hard

Punch Hard

If you’ve read my posts on reducing scope and incremental product development, you may have concluded that I’m conservative about the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

For Better Decisions: Get more Varied input

For Better Decisions: Get more Varied input

In Inc.    Big observer of the decision process.  How do you improve the decision process?  Get a diversity of input.     People that fundamentally think about the process in different ways.


From Schneier on Security

Tracking the Owner of Kickass Torrents

Tracking the Owner of Kickass Torrents

Here's the story of how it was done. First, a fake ad on torrent listings linked the site to a Latvian bank account, an e-mail address, and a Facebook page. Using basic website-tracking services, Der-Yeghiayan was able to uncover


From insideHPC

Video: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Moves Forward with HPC Strategy at ISC 2016

Video: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Moves Forward with HPC Strategy at ISC 2016

At ISC 2016, HPE introduced new high-performance computing solutions that aim to accelerate HPC adoption by enabling faster time-to-value and increased competitive differentiation through better parallel processing performance


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Data Studio Beta

Google Data Studio Beta

Brought to my attention. Looks interesting.  Seems a limited trial.   Will report on this." ... Beautiful data stories start hereGoogle Data Studio (beta) provides everything you need to turn your data into beautiful, informative


From Phys.org Technology News

Flight 370: With search suspended, a cold-case file awaits

Flight 370: With search suspended, a cold-case file awaits

For two years and more, it has been a lost ship, a metal container carrying 239 souls that simply disappeared one late Asian night never to be seen again. And now, the search for the remains of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 likely


From The Noisy Channel

Gireesh, thanks for the response.

Gireesh, thanks for the response.

Given the interest in this post, I’ll try to follow it up with further thoughts about scoping and prioritization.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nestle Innovation Platform

Nestle Innovation Platform

Previously mentioned,  my former colleague Pete Blackshaw announces Nestle's Open Innovation  Platform. :" ... I’m extremely excited to unveil our new “Open Innovation” platform, Henri@Nestle.com (http://Henri.Nestle.com). Check


From Schneier on Security

Decoded, by Mai Jai

Decoded, by Mai Jai

Has anyone read this book?...


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Three NSF Webinars on Thursday

Three NSF Webinars on Thursday

There are three National Science Foundation (NSF) webinars this Thursday, July 28th about three different solicitations. Read about them below and register to join one! PAWR Webinar The Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Sells UK Product Innovation Center

P&G Sells UK Product Innovation Center

Does innovation need location anymore?   It has been debated.   Known as the Egham Center.   In Bizjournals:" ... Procter & Gamble has agreed to sell a major product innovation center near London that employs more than 600 people


From insideHPC

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

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

Jeff Layton from Amazon presented this talk at the AWS Public Sector Summit. "Learn how to build HPC clusters on the fly, leverage Amazon’s Spot market pricing to minimize the cost of HPC jobs, and scale HPC jobs on a small budget


From The Eponymous Pickle

Need for Dynamic Machine Learning

Need for Dynamic Machine Learning

In one sense all typical, static machine learning methods are wrong.  That is they are based on past data, and the context that drove that data has changed.   The question is,  are the resulting models 'too wrong' to get useful


From insideHPC

MIPT in Moscow Develops New Method of Calculating Protein Interaction

MIPT in Moscow Develops New Method of Calculating Protein Interaction

Biologists and mathematicians from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) have accelerated the rate at which a computer can predict the structure of protein complexes in a cell. "The new method enables us to model


From insideHPC

Mellanox Receives Baidu Award for Innovation in Machine Learning

Mellanox Receives Baidu Award for Innovation in Machine Learning

Today Mellanox announced it has received the Award for Technology Innovation from Baidu, Inc. The award recognizes Mellanox's achievements in designing and delivering a high-performance, low latency interconnect technology solution


From The Eponymous Pickle

History of Measuring Time

History of Measuring Time

In Gizmag, a remarkable illustrated look at the history of the stopwatch,  A very favorite topic, the history and process of measurement.  One of my earliest jobs was to wander a factory with a stopwatch to look for opportunities


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Common sense in artificial intelligence… by 2026?

Common sense in  artificial intelligence… by 2026?

Lots of people want to judge machine intelligence based on human intelligence. It dates back to Turing who proposed his eponymous Turing test: can machines “pass” as human beings? Turing, being clever, was aware of how biased


From insideHPC

Inria Joins OpenMP ARB

Inria Joins OpenMP ARB

"Inria teams have been developing runtime systems and compiler techniques for parallel programming over several decades.” says Olivier Aumage, researcher at Inria's team STORM, “By joining the OpenMP ARB today, Inria looks forward


From insideHPC

Superior Performance Commits Kyoto University to CPUs Over GPUs

Superior Performance Commits Kyoto University to CPUs Over GPUs

In this special guest feature, Rob Farber writes that a study done by Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine shows that code modernization can help Intel Xeon processors outperform GPUs on machine learning code. "The Kyoto


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cyber Social Learning Systems

Cyber Social Learning Systems

Cyber-Social Learning Systems   Via Jim SpohrerCyber-social learning systems (CSLS) deeply integrate digital computing with human and social phenomena to drive rapid learning by, and improvements in, the functioning and performance


From The Eponymous Pickle

Solutions to VR Motion Sickness

Solutions to VR Motion Sickness

Surprisingly, though I have some tendency to have motion sickness, have never seen it in VR demonstrations, though have usually been short.  Some solutions.  via Columbia University Research.

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