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July 2015


From insideHPC

Video: How Seagate Collaborates with LANL on HPC

Video: How Seagate Collaborates with LANL on HPC

In this video, Kyle Lamb from the Infrastructure Team at Los Alamos National Lab describes the unique challenges he faces at a facility known for being at the forefront of technology. Kyle addresses the future of storage for


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of July 6

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of July 6

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 Briefing: Informal STEM Education 101: A Briefing for Policymakers on the Basics of “What We Mean when We Talk about Informal STEM Education” STEM Education Coalition 2 PM | 2325 Rayburn House Office Building


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

NIST Seeks Public Comments on Improving Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection

NIST Seeks Public Comments on Improving Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection

NIST’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) is accepting public comments on a workshop report on improving cybersecurity and consumer protection. The workshop coincided with the White House Summit on Cybersecurity


From insideHPC

Top HPC Centers Meet in Barcelona at JLESC

Top HPC Centers Meet in Barcelona at JLESC

Top researchers from six of the largest supercomputing centers got together in Barcelona at the beginning of this month for the Joint Laboratory for Extreme‐Scale Computing (JLESC) to discuss the challenges for future supercomputers


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

EAC Call for Nominations for Technical Guidelines Development Committee

EAC Call for Nominations for Technical Guidelines Development Committee

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are accepting applications for four vacancies on the EAC Technical Guidelines Development Committee. Candidates should


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

DHS Invites Public Comments on Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations

DHS Invites Public Comments on Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is accepting public comments on the establishment of new public-private organizations for cybersecurity information sharing. Comments are due July 10. The new Information Sharing and Analysis


From The Eponymous Pickle

Energy and Data

Energy and Data

Free report from O'Reilly.  Based on my own touches with the energy industry, this looks to be very good.   Have followed Big energy use of tech for many years, usually impressed, but as with all large enterprises, sometimes


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ad Age Outlines Virtual Reality

Ad Age Outlines Virtual Reality

A look at what some of the players in marketing and advertising are doing.   The general idea has been around for many years, tested many alternatives.  With always the concern that it does not work consistently.  Have we stepped


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

2015 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit

2015 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit

The 2015 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit will be streamed live from Redmond, Washington on Wednesday, July 8 and Thursday, July 9. This free online event offers keynotes and selected presentations from the Faculty Summit on


From The Eponymous Pickle

Condensed Guide to Running Meetings

Condensed Guide to Running Meetings

In the HBR: A good guide, we did most of these things in the enterprise, was a guide, not a set of strict requirements.


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Big Data as Services

On Big Data as  Services

Continued movement towards service orientation.   One of the issues is how we break up the services, and what part of the service landscape can be effectively automated.Big Data as a Service, an Interview with Google's William


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supply Chain Planning Garbage in Equals Garbage Out

Supply Chain Planning Garbage in Equals Garbage Out

Very interesting piece, which addresses a problem we often encountered, and was too often not addressed well enough.  Every enterprise should have a handle on cleansing and trends in data.  Read the whole thing for a solution


From insideHPC

Podcast: Supercomputing Flood Maps Using the Titan Supercomputer

Podcast: Supercomputing Flood Maps Using the Titan Supercomputer

In this NPR podcast, Dag Lohmann describes how his startup company called Katrisk is using the Titan supercomputer at ORNL to create detailed flood maps for use by insurance companies.

The post Podcast: Supercomputing Flood Maps


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC Solutions Architect at VMware

Job of the Week: HPC Solutions Architect at VMware

VMware is seeking an HPC Solutions Architect in our Job of the Week.

The post Job of the Week: HPC Solutions Architect at VMware appeared first on insideHPC.


From Schneier on Security

NSA German Intercepts

NSA German Intercepts

On Friday, WikiLeaks published three summaries of NSA intercepts of German government communications. To me, the most interesting thing is not the intercept analyses, but this spreadsheet of intelligence targets. Here we learn


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 6 July 2015

Interesting Links 6 July 2015

Last week was ISTE. I’m still sorting through all the information I received. And just one week until the CSTA Conference. Very excited for that one. Hope to see many of you there. And now a few links I managed to collect to


From Computational Complexity

Does Bob Deserve the lavish acknowledgement: A problem in Logic

Alice and Carol are real mathematicians. Bob is an English major who does not know any mathematics. (This story is based on a true incident.) Alice writes a math paper. Carol reads it and offers corrections of style andI


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Reasoning about Photographic Data

AI Reasoning about Photographic Data

In Engadget.  How do I make sense of the knowledge in a vast set of images?  In real time?    Its called visual media reasoning.  DARPA and others are supporting ... " .... system both detects what's in a shot and presents it


From insideHPC

Researchers Build Memcomputing Prototype

Researchers Build Memcomputing Prototype

Over at Scientific Advances, a newly published paper describes a new high-efficiency computing paradigm called memcomputing. Modeled after the human brain, a memprocessor processes and stores information within the same units


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Revolution

AI Revolution

An interesting view that plots aspects of intelligence and progress.  The AI Revolution: Road to Superintelligence - in Wait But Why


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Workers Learned to Love their Robot Colleagues

How Workers Learned to Love their Robot Colleagues

In the WSJ, requires registration:I was struck by how this article is addressing the same issue we have dealt with before, how do workers deal with the systems and devices that will be augmenting and scaling their work?  And


From insideHPC

Video: Algorithms for Extreme-Scale Systems

Video: Algorithms for Extreme-Scale Systems

Bill Gropp from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign presented this talk at the Blue Waters Symposium. "The large number of nodes and cores in extreme scale systems requires rethinking all aspects of algorithms, especially


From The Eponymous Pickle

Harnessing the Color of Data

Harnessing the Color of Data

All data visualization uses color to show pattern and emphasis in visuals.  Now Vizexplorer says they take it a step further.  I am exploring beyond that.   " ... VizExplorer software makes life easier, more productive and profitable


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Final Thoughts on #ISTE2015

Final Thoughts on #ISTE2015

I thought I was done writing about ISTE but Doug Peterson’s post (Stop It Already - which you really should read including the comments from others) got me thinking a bit more. As Doug pointes out at common thing to hear at ISTE


From insideHPC

Bringing ARM to the Student Cluster Competition

Bringing ARM to the Student Cluster Competition

Over at the ISC Blog, Luna Backes writes that her Mont-Blanc Climbers Team is looking forward to building the first ARM-based cluster ever at the upcoming ISC Student Cluster Competition.

The post Bringing ARM to the StudentinsideHPC


From insideHPC

Mellanox to Host Special Events at ISC 2015

Mellanox to Host Special Events at ISC 2015

The countdown to ISC 2015 continues with news that Mellanox will host a set of special events at the conference.

The post Mellanox to Host Special Events at ISC 2015 appeared first on insideHPC.


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

The Halting Problem For Linear Machines

A small idea before the fireworks show Thoralf Skolem was a mathematician who worked in mathematical logic, set theory, and number theory. He was the only known PhD student of Axel Thue, whose Thue systems were an early word-based


From The Eponymous Pickle

Race to Build a Quantum Computer

Race to Build a Quantum Computer

A Good Non technical article in the Atlantic.  It does have some real applications in difficult enterprise problems.  See my previous writing on the topic.  Article mentions D-Wave, a company we talked to about potential applications


From The Eponymous Pickle

Architecture Solutions, Business Process and Analytics

Architecture Solutions, Business Process and Analytics

Brought to my attention by Michael Fulton, former chief cloud architect at P&G,  the company CC&C.  Fascinated by the potential integration of focused architecture, business process and analytics.  More to follow." ... CC and


From Putting People First

Videos online of KISD service design conference

Videos online of KISD service design conference

On May 18th 2015 the Köln International School of Design (KISD) in Germany hosted the conference “Service Design – Redefining the Meaning of Design“. Designers, companies and scientists shared insights on theory and practice

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