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February 2016


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supply Chain Management Prorities

Supply Chain Management Prorities

In the APQC Blog:  Not unexpected view This is a survey to look at expectations.  I would have further looked at expectations that technologies, like the internet of things, might influence the supply chain.


From Schneier on Security

The 2016 National Threat Assessment

The 2016 National Threat Assessment

It's National Threat Assessment Day. Published annually by the Director of National Intelligence, the "Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community" is the US intelligence community's one time to publicly talk


From insideHPC

2016 OpenPOWER Summit Announces Speaker Agenda

2016 OpenPOWER Summit Announces Speaker Agenda

Today, the OpenPOWER Foundation announced the lineup of speakers for the OpenPOWER Summit 2016, taking place April 5-8 at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) at the San Jose Convention Center. The Summit will bring together


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

President Establishes a Commission on Enhancing Cybersecurity

President Establishes a Commission on Enhancing Cybersecurity

President Obama just announced his plan to implement a Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) that will take near-term actions and put in place a long-term strategy to enhance cybersecurity awareness, protect privacy, maintain


From insideHPC

Video: Supercomputing at the University of Buffalo

Video: Supercomputing at the University of Buffalo

In this WGRZ video, researchers describe supercomputing at the Center for Computational Research at the University of Buffalo. "The Center’s extensive computing facilities, which are housed in a state-of-the-art 4000 sq ft machine


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture Series – Erik Winfee

NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture Series – Erik Winfee

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is pleased to announce a distinguished lecture on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 2:00 pm EST by Dr. Erik Winfee titled


From The Eponymous Pickle

Goals for Thermostats in the Smart Home

Goals for Thermostats in the Smart Home

In the midst of putting together a 'practical smart home'.  We experimented with this idea at the innovation centers from 2000 on,  and I demonstrated the idea to many people, but always with quite a bit of skepticism.   Is the


From insideHPC

New CFD and Geometry Interfaces in Pointwise Meshing Software

New CFD and Geometry Interfaces in Pointwise Meshing Software

Today Pointwise announced the latest release of its meshing software featuring updated native interfaces to computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and geometry codes. Pointwise Version 17.3 R5 also includes geometry import and export


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tom Davenport: Beyond Automation ... CSIG Talk

Tom Davenport: Beyond Automation ...  CSIG Talk

" ... Cognitive Systems Institute Group Speaker Series call this week, on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 10:30 am ET (7:30 am PT).  Our presenter on Thursday will be Tom Davenport, Distinguished Professor at Babson College and


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Look at Less well Known Visual Tools

A Look at Less well Known Visual Tools

Visualization is a key way to understand your data.   I believe it is the key first step to any analytics problem.  Here a look at a number of tools, many of which I have not worked with. Worth knowing the landscape.


From insideHPC

SURFsara in the Netherlands Upgrades Bull Supercomputer to 1.8 Petaflops

SURFsara in the Netherlands Upgrades Bull Supercomputer to 1.8 Petaflops

Today SURFsara in the Netherlands announced it will expand the capacity of their Cartesius national supercomputer in the second half of 2016. With an upgrade to 1.8 Petaflops, the Bull sequana system will enable researchers to


From The Eponymous Pickle

Showing Computers a Better Way to Learn

Showing Computers a Better Way to Learn

Interesting view.    Still think there is a big gap understanding the hardware, software and algorithms used by the brain.  Yet this is a good first step, accurately knowing what happens in a given context. And learning is only


From insideHPC

HPE to Deliver SGI UV Technology for Mission Critical Solutions

HPE to Deliver SGI UV Technology for Mission Critical Solutions

Today, SGI and Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced an agreement in which HPE will OEM the SGI UV technology as the foundation for an 8-socket system – the HPE Integrity MC990 X Server. Extending HPE’s solution portfolio for


From The Eponymous Pickle

Power of How to Videos

Power of How to Videos

Google on how to videos, pitching YouTube, with as always,  interesting stats.  I remember the family using a 'how to tie a necktie' in the early days of the Web, left a lasting impression." ... For big projects and small fixes


From Schneier on Security

Large-Scale FBI Hacking

Large-Scale FBI Hacking

As part of a child pornography investigation, the FBI hacked into over 1,300 computers. But after Playpen was seized, it wasn't immediately closed down, unlike previous dark web sites that have been shuttered" by law enforcement


From Computational Complexity

The Moral Hazard of Avoiding Complexity Assumptions

Moshe Vardi's CACM editor letter The Moral Hazard of Complexity-Theoretic Assumptions practically begs a response from this blog. I also encourage you to read the discussion between Moshe and Piotr Indyk and a twitter discussion


From The Eponymous Pickle

L'Oreal and Programmatic Digital Advertising

L'Oreal and Programmatic Digital Advertising

We did early work in this area.  By analytically matching advertising to predicted outcomes based on costs.   Essentially a big data optimization problem.   This worked for about a decade, but eventually the idea was outsourced


From Schneier on Security

Data and Goliath Published in Paperback

Data and Goliath Published in Paperback

Today, Data and Goliath is being published in paperback. Everyone tells me that the paperback version sells better than the hardcover, even though it's a year later. I can't really imagine that there are tens of thousands of


From insideHPC

Students: Apply for International Summer School on HPC Challenges by Feb. 15

Students: Apply for International Summer School on HPC Challenges by Feb. 15

The deadline is just one week away for Students to apply for the International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences. "Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from institutions in Canada, Europe, Japan


From insideHPC

Call for Contributions: Hot Chips 2016

Call for Contributions: Hot Chips 2016

hotchipsThe Hot Chips 2016 conference has issues its Call for Proposals. The event takes place August 21-23 in Cupertino, California. "Presentations at HOT CHIPS are in the form of 30 minute talks using PowerPoint or PDF. Presentation


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

National Academy of Engineering Elects New Members

National Academy of Engineering Elects New Members

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected 80 new members and 22 foreign members. This brings the total U.S. membership to 2,275 and the number of foreign members to 232. Many of the newly elected members work in fields


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

New NAE Members

More computer scientists are elected to the academy Dan Mote, the President of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), just announced this year’s class of members elected to the NAE. I am thrilled to see that several computer


From insideHPC

Watson for President Foundation Explores AI as Commander-in-Chief

Watson for President Foundation Explores AI as Commander-in-Chief

If the current set of Presidential candidates has you down, the Watson for President Foundation may just have an answer for you. As an independent organization not affiliated with Watson's creator, IBM, the foundation contends


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Imagining the future trumps intelligence…

Imagining the future trumps intelligence…

Whenever I meet young people, I alway stress how their future will be very different from the present. To anyone who lived through the first Great War (1914-1918), they would have thought that the Second World War, if it were


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deepmind Navigates a 3D Maze

Deepmind Navigates a 3D Maze

In CACM:    Pointing to an article in New Scientist:  " ... Google DeepMind just entered the 90s. Fresh off their success in playing the ancient game of Go, DeepMind’s latest artificial intelligence can navigate a 3D maze reminiscent


From The Eponymous Pickle

Algorithms and Amazon Workers

Algorithms and Amazon Workers

In the BBC:  Am particularly interested in how algorithms and workers interact.     There has always been an interpretation of the results provided by computing, even close loop systems, like those in process control.  What will


From insideHPC

Video: AMD’s next Generation GPU and High Bandwidth Memory Architecture

Video: AMD’s next Generation GPU and High Bandwidth Memory Architecture

"HBM is a new type of CPU/GPU memory (“RAM”) that vertically stacks memory chips, like floors in a skyscraper. In doing so, it shortens your information commute. Those towers connect to the CPU or GPU through an ultra-fast interconnect


From Schneier on Security

Exploiting Google Maps for Fraud

Exploiting Google Maps for Fraud

The New York Times has a long article on fraudulent locksmiths. The scam is a basic one: quote a low price on the phone, but charge much more once you show up and do the work. But the method by which the scammers get victims


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 8 February 2016

Interesting Links 8 February 2016

We’re into the second semester at my school and things are off to a good start. Although we did miss a day last Friday because of snow. I had my programming students do some puzzles on Code Hunt. They could write and test code


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Magic To Do

Can we avoid accepting what we cannot verify? Cropped from biography source Arthur Clarke was a British writer of great breadth and huge impact. He was a science writer, of both fiction and non-fiction. His works are too many

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