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May 2016


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supermarket of the Future: Coop Italia

Supermarket of the Future: Coop Italia

Akin to our own smart retail laboratory work.  Much more in the tabs below.  Quite a bit of detail and video:   This is from Microsoft:The supermarket of the future: Designing for humans, Written by,Susanna RayBack to the future


From insideHPC

Superfacility – How New Workflows in the DOE Office of Science are Changing Storage Requirements

Superfacility – How New Workflows in the DOE Office of Science are Changing Storage Requirements

Katie Antypas from NERSC presented this talk at the 2016 MSST conference. Katie is the Project Lead for the NERSC-8 system procurement, a project to deploy NERSC's next generation supercomputer in mid-2016. The system, named


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture- Helen Nissenbaum

NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture- Helen Nissenbaum

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is pleased to announce a distinguished lecture on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 2:00pm EDT by Dr. Helen Nissenbaum titled


From Computational Complexity

Open Questions

Through the years I've mentioned a few of my favorite open problems in computational complexity on this blog that have perplexed me through the years. Let me mention a few of them again in case they inspire some of the new generation


From insideHPC

Peta-Exa-Zetta: Robert Wisniewski and the Growth of Compute Power

Peta-Exa-Zetta: Robert Wisniewski and the Growth of Compute Power

While much noise is being made about the race to exascale, building productive supercomputers really comes down to people and ingenuity. In this special guest feature, Donna Loveland profiles supercomputer architect Robert Wisniewski


From insideHPC

Basics For Coprocessors

Basics For Coprocessors

"The Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor is an example of a many core system that can greatly increase the performance of an application when used correctly. Simply taking a serial application and expecting tremendous performance gains


From insideHPC

Local or Cloud HPC?

Local or Cloud HPC?

Cloud computing has become another tool for the HPC practitioner. For some organizations, the ability of cloud computing to shift costs from capital to operating expenses is very attractive. Because all cloud solutions require


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google's Cloud Machine Learning in the Mainstream

Google's Cloud Machine Learning in the Mainstream

In Techexplore:" .... The move is all about taking Cloud Machine Learning mainstream, "giving data scientists and developers a way to build a new class of intelligent applications," according to a post from Fausto Ibarra, director


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wharton Pushes Data and Decision Making

Wharton Pushes Data and Decision Making

In the WSJ, make require registration.   I particularly like that this includes decision making, not just raw data science.  I have now seen too many examples of big data producing non useful results.   It is the point of itWharton


From The Eponymous Pickle

Combining Data in Novel Ways: Data as Asset, Risk.

Combining Data in Novel Ways: Data as Asset, Risk.

Risks and rewards.  In O'Reilly.  A favorite topic, but there needs to be a better way to do this, its often so messy that people abandon the process.  This also relates to the idea of data valuation,  which should be expanded


From Schneier on Security

Own a Pair of Clipper Chips

Own a Pair of Clipper Chips

The AT&T TSD was an early 1990s telephone encryption device. It was digital. Voice quality was okay. And it was the device that contained the infamous Clipper Chip, the U.S. government's first attempt to put a back door into


From The Eponymous Pickle

BlockChain for Industry

BlockChain for Industry

A transformative change when when you look at this as a ledger:  Not Just Bitcoin: Why the Blockchain Is a Seductive Technology to Many Industries


From The Eponymous Pickle

An AI Assistant Called Viv

An AI Assistant Called Viv

In TheVerge: Siri's creators will unveil their new AI bot on Monday  By Jacob Kastrenakes  " .... Viv is essentially meant to be Siri, but good. It's an AI assistant that you speak to, but the difference here is that Viv is supposed


From The Eponymous Pickle

Train Your Brain to Think About the Future

Train Your Brain to Think About the Future

We all do this, but how well?  Here looking at it early.Train Your Brain to Think About the Future by Katie KingWhat fraction of your time is spent thinking about the future, and how far out do you think? Last month, this question


From Schneier on Security

$7 Million Social Media Privacy Mistake

$7 Million Social Media Privacy Mistake

Forbes estimates that football player Laremy Tunsil lost $7 million in salary because of an ill-advised personal video made public....


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Big Data Government Funding Opportunities

Big Data Government Funding Opportunities

Check out these big data funding opportunities from four different federal agencies. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) – BD2K is a trans-NIH initiative established to enable biomedical research


From BLOG@CACM

Using Other STEM Disciplines to Predict Future Computing Education

Using Other STEM Disciplines to Predict Future Computing Education

A recent AAAS Symposium on STEM Education provides the opportunity to compare computing education to other STEM education.


From insideHPC

New Report Charts Future Directions for NSF Advanced Computing Infrastructure

New Report Charts Future Directions for NSF Advanced Computing Infrastructure

A newly released report commissioned by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and conducted by National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine examines priorities and associated trade-offs for advanced computing investments


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Gives Access to its Quantum Computer

IBM Gives Access to its Quantum Computer

I like the idea you can try it yourself from the article at the link.  Now, digital, but non binary computing.  Is it clear this is the future of computing?  To the right, a peek into their QC lab.IBM opens its quantum computer


From The Eponymous Pickle

Exploring the Wiring of the Mind

Exploring the Wiring of the Mind

Further exploring the wiring of the mind.  Its not only the wring, but also the 'software', apparently not of the kind we typically deal with.  In Newsweek.


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Search for a Better Battery

The Search for a Better Battery

I am no longer in the battery business, but always thought that portable energy was important. Where is portable and conveniently store able energy going?    Here in IEEE Spectrum.


From Phys.org Technology News

European aviation agency sets up drone collision task force

European aviation agency sets up drone collision task force

The European Aviation Safety Agency is setting up a task force to examine the risk of collisions between drones and aircraft.


From insideHPC

Ron Perrott to Receive ACM Distinguished Service Award

Ron Perrott to Receive ACM Distinguished Service Award

Today ACM announced that Ron Perrott, an international leader in the development and promotion of parallel computing, will receive ACM’s prestigious Distinguished Service Award. The goal of ACM’s Awards and Recognition Program


From insideHPC

GCS in Germany Allocates Record Number of Core Hours for Research

GCS in Germany Allocates Record Number of Core Hours for Research

The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) in Germany has allocated a record 1,648 million core hours of computing time to 21 scientifically outstanding national research projects as part of its Call for Large-Scale Projects.


From insideHPC

Kick the Tires on Quantum Computing with the IBM Cloud

Kick the Tires on Quantum Computing with the IBM Cloud

In its latest move to build a practical quantum computer, IBM Research for the first time ever is making quantum computing available in the cloud to anyone interested in hands-on access to the company’s advanced experimental


From insideHPC

Video: A Journey to a Holistic for Data-intensive Workflows at CSIRO

Video: A Journey to a Holistic for Data-intensive Workflows at CSIRO

In this video from the 2016 MSST Conference, Ian Corner from CSIRO in Australia presents: A Journey to a Holistic for Data-intensive Workflows. "At CSIRO, we are Australia's national science organization and one of the largest


From Phys.org Technology News

How to hide secret messages using fizzy drinks

How to hide secret messages using fizzy drinks

Next time you see someone spilling a drink in a bar, you could actually be witnessing a spy secretly decoding an encrypted message. This might sound like something from a Bond movie. But a team from Israel has used some rather


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Computer Science Making Numbers More Interesting

Computer Science Making Numbers More Interesting

Last night I lay awake thinking about numbers and programming languages. Yes I know – weird.  One of the first programming languages I was paid to write code in was called DIBOL – Digital’s Business Oriented Language. It was


From Schneier on Security

Credential Stealing as an Attack Vector

Credential Stealing as an Attack Vector

Traditional computer security concerns itself with vulnerabilities. We employ antivirus software to detect malware that exploits vulnerabilities. We have automatic patching systems to fix vulnerabilities. We debate whether the


From insideHPC

Supercomputing van der Waals Forces on Mira

Supercomputing van der Waals Forces on Mira

Over at ALCF, Katie Jones writes that researchers are using the Mira supercomputer to validate a new “wave-like” model of the van der Waals force—a weak attraction that has strong ties to function and stability in materials and

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