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March 2017


From Schneier on Security

NSA Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper Competition

NSA Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper Competition

Every year, the NSA has a competition for the best cybersecurity paper. Winners get to go to the NSA to pick up the award. (Warning: you will almost certainly be fingerprinted while you're there.) Submission guidelines and nomination…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nest Protect Expands on IFTTT

Nest Protect Expands on IFTTT

Today an update of IFTTT capabilities for interacting with Nest-Protect sensor devices in the home. IFTTT lets you add layers of simple intelligence to the smart home (or business) based on streams of information from the an

Plan…


From insideHPC

Andrew Ng Leaving Baidu for Next Chapter in AI

Andrew Ng Leaving Baidu for Next Chapter in AI

"As the founding lead of the Google Brain project, and more recently through my role at Baidu, I have played a role in the transformation of two leading technology companies into “AI companies.” But AI’s potential is far bigger…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Announces Big Data Spokes Solicitation for 2018

NSF Announces Big Data Spokes Solicitation for 2018

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently announced a new program solicitation for the Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications (BD Spokes). The original award gave $10…


From insideHPC

1.5 Petaflop Supercomputer coming to IIT-Kharagpur in India

1.5 Petaflop Supercomputer coming to IIT-Kharagpur in India

Today the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur announced that it will be the first academic institution to open a supercomputing facility under India's National Supercomputing Mission (NSM). This will provide large computational…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Retail Implications for Alexa on iPhone

Retail Implications for Alexa on iPhone

Seems it just increases choice and lets competition play out. May well drive Siri to more shopping options as well.  Asking for trivia does not pay out.   I would bet that Amazon knows more now about how to make voice channel…


From insideHPC

Penguin Computing Adds Omni-Path and Lustre to its HPC Cloud

Penguin Computing Adds Omni-Path and Lustre to its HPC Cloud

cloud computingToday Penguin Computing announced a significant expansion of their Penguin Computing On-Demand (POD) High Performance Computing Cloud. The new offering includes the latest Intel Xeon processorss, Lustre, and Intel Omni-Path. …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rallying Around Common Goals

Rallying Around Common Goals

A most important topic,  even more so today in our heavily interacting world.   Focus.

Podcast:   In Knowledge@Wharton
Meaningful Work: What Leaders Can Learn from NASA and the Space Race  ... 

New Wharton research looks at how



From insideHPC

Scalable Informatics Closes Down their Shop

Scalable Informatics Closes Down their Shop

We are sad to report that HPC vendor Scalable Informatics has gone out of business. Headed up by CEO Joe Landman, Scalable Informatics spent the last 12 years building 'Simply Faster" software-defined storage and compute solutions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Maps Location Sharing

Google Maps Location Sharing

Google Maps Location Sharing is being rolled out.  Google had a service like this some time ago, that allowed you to very selectively share your instantaneous location among trusted 'friends and family'.   We examined it forin…


From insideHPC

Will the White House Budget Affect HPC? How to Gain Market Share in an Uncertain Market

Will the White House Budget Affect HPC? How to Gain Market Share in an Uncertain Market

"Marketing is important in good times, but it can be even more important in bad times. If you have the means to invest in marketing, then do it now. Invest, because there will be many others who will hold onto funds until there…


From Schneier on Security

New Paper on Encryption Workarounds

New Paper on Encryption Workarounds

I have written a paper with Orin Kerr on encryption workarounds. Our goal wasn't to make any policy recommendations. (That was a good thing, since we probably don't agree on any.) Our goal was to present a taxonomy of different…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Powers Prime Now with Alexa Voice

Amazon Powers Prime Now with Alexa Voice

Still wondering how broadly this will increase shopping volume, and the degree to a which voice channel convenience will influence this.   Essentially provides two hour delivery in 30 US markets via voice.

In Chain Store Age: 


From The Eponymous Pickle

Customer Engagement in the Cognitive Era

Customer Engagement in the Cognitive Era

Watson Customer Engagement  

Watson Marketing. Watson Commerce. Watson Supply Chain
Every touchpoint is an opportunity to engage customers. Are you ready? Watson Customer Engagement offerings deliver a broad range of capabilities…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Companies Leading the AI Revolution

Companies Leading the AI Revolution

An interesting piece, with a number of players I just heard of.

In KDNuggets:     By Thuy T. Pham, U. of Sydney.

 .... We detail the list of top 50 companies in Artificial Intelligence according to CBInsights. This list was KDnuggets…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Past CCC Chair Greg D. Hager Inducted to American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows

Past CCC Chair Greg D. Hager Inducted to American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) just inducted the 2017 College of Fellows at their 2017 Annual Event at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., yesterday. Greg D. Hager, past…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smartphone Mechanics

Smartphone Mechanics

Good thoughts.  Don't know how practical this is of yet,  but it maps out what standards and capabilities exist today.   A good starting point for using your phone as an automotive maintenance predictive device.   Also a good…


From Schneier on Security

NSA Documents from before 1930

NSA Documents from before 1930

Here is a listing of all the documents that the NSA has in its archives that are dated earlier than 1930....


From Putting People First

Introducing the upcoming Biennial of Democracy in Turin

Introducing the upcoming Biennial of Democracy in Turin

Biennale Democrazia Turin 2017Every two years the city of Turin hosts the Biennial of Democracy, an event of conversation and debate, that seems to become more timely and necessary as years go by. The current fifth edition will run from 29 March to 2 April…


From insideHPC

Supermicro Rolls Out Intel Optane SSD Platforms

Supermicro Rolls Out Intel Optane SSD Platforms

Today SuperMicro rolled out a wide range of NVMe Flash server and storage systems with support for the new Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X based on 3D XPoint technology. "Being First-To-Market with the latest in computing technology…


From insideHPC

SuperMUC Helps Discover New Species Critical to Rainforest Ecosystems

SuperMUC Helps Discover New Species Critical to Rainforest Ecosystems

Researchers using the SuperMUC cluster in Germany have discovered a set of unknown species in rainforest soils. As described in a new paper published in Nature Ecology and Evolution, their study on microbial diversity in tropical…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Issues of Face Recognition

Issues of Face Recognition

Had always thought that bio face recognition would make us more secure.  But improvements in AI based systems may change this.

It's time to face the ugly reality of face recognition
The use of A.I. to recognize faces is growing…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing the Black Hole Speed Limit

Supercomputing the Black Hole Speed Limit

Supermassive black holes have a speed limit that governs how fast and how large they can grow,” said Joseph Smidt of the Theoretical Design Division at LANL. Using computer codes developed at Los Alamos for modeling the interaction…


From insideHPC

DDN Names Bret Costelow VP of Global Sales

DDN Names Bret Costelow VP of Global Sales

“Bret Costelow is an inspiring sales leader with a clear understanding of our customers’ needs and a vision of how DDN’s technologies and solutions can best solve their toughest data storage challenges,” said Robert Triendl, …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Walmart Incubates Buzzword Solutions

Walmart Incubates Buzzword Solutions

Giving it more direct access to rapidly emerging technologies.

Walmart is opening its own tech incubator in Silicon Valley
The retail giant wants to get a foothold in emerging technologies.  by Andrew Dalton ... 


" ... According…


From insideHPC

Allinea Software Powers Heart Simulation Framework

Allinea Software Powers Heart Simulation Framework

The Allinea Forge parallel code development suite is helping to speed up exciting computational cardiology research at the Medical University of Graz. "Utilizing the power of the VSC-3 supercomputer at the University of Vienna…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Does Commercial Bockchains

IBM Does Commercial Bockchains

Broad group of uses for the enterprise.

IBM Goes Live With First Commercial Blockchains
Michael del Castillo (@DelRayMan) |

Tech giant IBM is set to unveil what it's calling the first "commercial application" of Hyperledger’s open…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Datasets For Use in Teaching Computer Science

Datasets For Use in Teaching Computer Science

I found this thanks to the APCS A mailing list. 

CORGIS Datasets Project

The Collection of Really Great, Interesting, Situated Datasets

“The CORGIS Datasets Project seeks to make highly-motivating introductory computing experiences…


From Schneier on Security

WikiLeaks Not Disclosing CIA-Hoarded Vulnerabilities to Companies

WikiLeaks Not Disclosing CIA-Hoarded Vulnerabilities to Companies

WikiLeaks has started publishing a large collection of classified CIA documents, including information on several -- possibly many -- unpublished (i.e., zero-day) vulnerabilities in computing equipment used by Americans. Despite…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More on Samsung Bixby Assistants

More on Samsung Bixby Assistants

With backstory, and an indication of Samsung's considerable investment into AI.   Plus integration into more devices.  Seems a competitive position as advisory and smart home leverage.  Worth following.

Galaxy S8 and beyond: Samsung…

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