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May 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

Neuroscience Methodologies

Neuroscience Methodologies

Innerscope's methodology page.    Nicely done summary of neuromarketing techniques.   They were just acquired by Nielsen.


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

USACM Comments on Proposed Federal Accessibility Standards and Guidelines

USACM Comments on Proposed Federal Accessibility Standards and Guidelines

USACM yesterday submitted comments to the U.S. Access Board on updated federal accessibility standards and guidelines for information and communication technology (ICT) under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section


From insideHPC

Silicon Mechanics Awards Research Clusters

Silicon Mechanics Awards Research Clusters

Today Silicon Mechanics announced the recipients of its fourth annual Research Cluster Grant (RCG). Dordt College and The City College of New York will receive HPC Clusters with a combined value of over $175,000 to support growing


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apple Acquires Metaio

Apple Acquires Metaio

In CWorld: Apple acquires German augmented reality company Metaio.  I have written about Metaio a number of times in this blog.  Impressive application of the technology to real business problems. This shows real seriousness


From insideHPC

Reducing Jet Noise with Large Eddy Simulations

Reducing Jet Noise with Large Eddy Simulations

Over at Argonne National Lab, John Spizzirri writes that GE researchers are using the Mira supercomputer to learn how noise propagates from jet propulsion and wind turbine systems. The team, lead by Umesh Paliath and Giridhar


From insideHPC

Clusters Drive Design Simulation

Clusters Drive Design Simulation

As design challenges become more complex and time to product launches are reduced, it is important to understand how to use a cluster for simulation, as compared to just a single node. “HPC Clusters Drive Design Optimization”


From insideHPC

Video: Rescale Powers Cloud HPC for Engineering Simulation

Video: Rescale Powers Cloud HPC for Engineering Simulation

In this video, Rescale Founder & CEO Joris Poort describes how the company delivers a software platform and hardware infrastructure for companies to perform scientific and engineering simulations. "Rescale's mission is to provide


From insideHPC

Slidecast: UCX – Unified Communication X Framework

Slidecast: UCX – Unified Communication X Framework

In this slidecast, Pavel Shamis from ORNL and Gilad Shainer from Mellanox announce the UCX Unified Communication X Framework. "UCX is a collaboration between industry, laboratories, and academia to create an open-source production


From Schneier on Security

UN Report on the Value of Encryption to Freedom World-Wide

UN Report on the Value of Encryption to Freedom World-Wide

United Nation's Office of the High Commissioner released a report on the value of encryption and anonymity to the world: Summary: In the present report, submitted in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 25/2, the Special


From The Eponymous Pickle

Statistics as Big Data's Biggest Hurdle

Statistics as Big Data's Biggest Hurdle

Good piece.  There is danger on both sides here.  Data scientists ignoring statistics, and Statisticians ignoring how results can integrate with practical decisions.      Groups doing this kind of work should include access to


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

You Get What You Pay For

You Get What You Pay For

I haven’t been blogging much this week. In part that is being busy with the year ending at school. In part it is because the connection between Windows Live Writer, which is the application I write my posts with, and Blogger,


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Developer Conference

Google Developer Conference

In Wired:  Good overview of activities at the Google developer conference.  A good mix of interesting innovation.  In particular new work on Google Now,  which attempts to integrate dynamic knowledge with mobile activities, and


From The Eponymous Pickle

Visualizing War Deaths

Visualizing War Deaths

Emphasizing WWII, but also visualizing estimates of deaths in wars throughout human history. By Neil Halloran,  Includes interactive capabilities.  Well done, but some historical data is by its nature debatable.   See alsoalso


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Store as an Internet of Display Panels

A Store as an Internet of Display Panels

Attended an Ascendum meeting this evening and got a demo from their Zingo subsidiary.  They have a projectable sign system that is suitable for retail augmentation via personalization.  Nicely done approach.  The system was described


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alan Lightman at the Santa Fe Institute

Alan Lightman at the Santa Fe Institute

The Accidental Universe, the World You Thought You Knew.   Talk by physicist and novelist, Alan Lightman.    He ponders, but hardly proves, a number of scientific questions.


From Schneier on Security

Ransomware as a Service

Ransomware as a Service

Tox is an outsourced ransomware platform that everyone can use....


From Computational Complexity

Who wins this bet?

Alice and Bob are at an auction and Alice wants to buy an encyclopedia set from 1980. Bob says don't buy that, you'll never use it. In this age of Wikipedia and Google and THE WEB.  Alice says you don't know that.  They agree


From insideHPC

Video: BitFusion Aims at Supercomputing for the Masses

Video: BitFusion Aims at Supercomputing for the Masses

In this video from TechCrunch Disrupt 2015, Subbu Rama from Bitfusion describes how the company delivers powerful hardware acceleration technologies to boost application performance.

The post Video: BitFusion Aims at Supercomputing


From insideHPC

Kraken Supercomputer Gets a Kicker

Kraken Supercomputer Gets a Kicker

Today the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) announced a $3 million award from the NSF to continue to provide advanced computing resources for researchers in science and engineering across the country through


From The Eponymous Pickle

Affective Computing Talk

Affective Computing Talk

Michal Shmueli-Scheuer (IBM Haifa research lab)gave an excellent talk today. How can Feeling be integrated with other kinds of interaction with systems?Slides here.Discussion continues on Linkedin CSIG Group.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF DCL: Announcement of Changes to Submission Windows for CISE Core Programs as well as the SaTC Program

NSF DCL: Announcement of Changes to Submission Windows for CISE Core Programs as well as the SaTC Program

The following is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) by the Assistant Director for the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) James Kurose.   May 13, 2015 Dear Colleagues


From The Eponymous Pickle

ChoreMonster's Gamification Works for Pixar

ChoreMonster's Gamification Works for Pixar

Have mentioned ChoreMonster here a number of times.  A very creative startup by a former  colleague.ChoreMonster lands Disney deal to promote 'Inside Out  (May require registration)Cincinnati startup ChoreMonster has landed a


From insideHPC

Registration Opens for ISC Cloud & Big Data

Registration Opens for ISC Cloud & Big Data

Today ISC Events announced that registration is now open for the inaugural ISC Cloud & Big Data conference. The event will take place Sept. 28-30 in Frankfurt, Germany.

The post Registration Opens for ISC Cloud & Big Data appeared


From insideHPC

Slidecast: SRC Saturn 1 Server Taps FPGAs on HP Moonshot Platform

Slidecast: SRC Saturn 1 Server Taps FPGAs on HP Moonshot Platform

In this slidecast, David Eaton and Mark Tellez from SRC Computer describe the company's new Saturn 1 server, a dynamically reconfigurable modular system for hyperscale data centers and Web operations.

The post Slidecast: SRC


From The Eponymous Pickle

Creative Image Imagination

Creative Image Imagination

In Tech Review:  We worked in the area of recognizing and the describing what was seen in detailed images.  Now suppose you had a written description, how do we imagine that as a picture?   Everyone does that differently.  AIs


From Schneier on Security

MOOC on Cybersecurity

MOOC on Cybersecurity

The University of Adelaide is offering a new MOOC on "Cyberwar, Surveillance and Security." Here's a teaser video. I was interviewed for the class, and make a brief appearance in the teaser....


From insideHPC

N-Body Methods Optimization

N-Body Methods Optimization

"N-Body problems compare the interaction of N-bodies against N-bodies, which results in calculations of the order of N2. As this can be computationally very expensive, but a well understood process, techniques and optimizations


From Putting People First

The driverless car push ignores challenges of people and context

The driverless car push ignores challenges of people and context

Autonomous or driverless cars are based on a technology push strategy. Beyond statements like “freeing up time”, “reducing accidents” and some simple scenarios on “remote parking” or “vehicle sharing”, there is far too little


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nielsen Buys Innerscope

Nielsen Buys Innerscope

In Adage:Nielsen Buys Neuromarketing Research Company Innerscope ... Ratings Giant Wants to Get Inside Your Head ... Recall that they previously bought NeuroFocus,  so apparently they remain convinced of the neuromarketing approach


From insideHPC

Tsinghua University Wins ASC15 Student Cluster Challenge

Tsinghua University Wins ASC15 Student Cluster Challenge

Today the 2015 ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC15) announced the winners of what they're calling "the largest supercomputer contest in the world." In total, 16 teams battled it out in the final round of the event, which

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