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July 2015


From insideHPC

New OpenPOWER Acceleration Center Opens in France

New OpenPOWER Acceleration Center Opens in France

Today IBM announced the establishment of a new POWER Acceleration and Design Center in Montpellier, France. Launched in collaboration with Nvidia and Mellanox, the new center will advance the development of data-intensive research


From The Eponymous Pickle

Connected Products

Connected Products

In CGT: A natural outgrowth of the Internet of things.   New kinds of connections and opportunities. .  " ... To help IT and non IT leaders in manufacturing justify investment in connected products for after-sales service transformation


From Putting People First

Getting citizens involved in protecting fragile energy environments

Getting citizens involved in protecting fragile energy environments

A new project funded under the FP7 European Commission framework is getting citizens involved in testing new tools for reducing energy consumption during peak loads, in the hope that its pilot program will set the new state of


From insideHPC

AMD and Dell Power Bioinformatics at University of Warsaw

AMD and Dell Power Bioinformatics at University of Warsaw

Today AMD unveiled innovation in heterogeneous HPC at the Centre of New Technologies at the University of Warsaw. In a new cluster deployment called Orion, the Next Generation Sequencing Centre in Warsaw is powering bioinformatics


From insideHPC

Intel Shakes up Leadership

Intel Shakes up Leadership

Today Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced a series of leadership and organizational changes in a message to employees.

The post Intel Shakes up Leadership appeared first on insideHPC.


From insideHPC

Integrating an Intel Xeon Phi Cluster

Integrating an Intel Xeon Phi Cluster

At the National Institute of Computational Sciences (NICS), a joint venture by the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a joint team set out to learn how to integrate the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor into


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Cities and their Data

Smart Cities and their Data

A look at the new Smart City, and its implications.  In the CACM." ... The flood of information could also create new challenges, according to Pete Beckman, director of the Exascale Technology and Computing Institute at Argonne


From BLOG@CACM

The Ethics of Cyberwar

The Ethics of Cyberwar

Under what conditions should one engage in cyberwar? How should such a conflict be waged?


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supporting Cooperative Research

Supporting Cooperative Research

In the CACM: Cooperative research always makes me think of our local Zakta effort.   Social and visual.  Worth taking a close look at as it continues to evolve.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Building Better Loyalty Programs

Building Better Loyalty Programs

Have noted that loyalty programs in general are looking very stale these days.  Nothing new or very engaging.In K@W:  Consumers today often belong to a host of retailer ‘loyalty programs,’ earning redeemable points when theyThis


From The Eponymous Pickle

Examining Data Preparation Tools

Examining Data Preparation Tools

Better tools, likely that includes cognitive and context knowledge capabilities are needed.  Also paying more attention to metadata needs:  In O'Reilly:Why data preparation frameworks rely on human-in-the-loop systemsThe O'Reilly


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smartphone Apps as Car Keys

Smartphone Apps as Car Keys

A natural solution. Encrypted signals from smartphones acting as passes into all sorts of systems.  In the NYT. Though the physical key will not be completely replaced, its battery does not fail.


From Computational Complexity

Goodbye SIGACT and CRA

Tuesday I served my last day on two organizations, the ACM SIGACT Executive Committee and the CRA Board of Directors. I spent ten years on the SIGACT (Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory) EC, four years


From insideHPC

Nallatech Rolls Out 510T FPGA Accelerator

Nallatech Rolls Out 510T FPGA Accelerator

Today Nallatech announced the 510T FPGA co-processor. Designed to deliver ultimate performance per watt for compute-intensive datacenter applications, the 510T is a GPU-sized 16-lane PCIe 3.0 card featuring two of Altera’s new


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Thoughts on #ISTE2015 Wednesday–Exhibit Hall

Thoughts on #ISTE2015 Wednesday–Exhibit Hall

There are all sorts of interesting people working the various exhibit hall booths at ISTE and other conference. There are as I see it several groups or types.

Sales/Marketing People

Some are all about closing the sale. Not


From Putting People First

Wells Fargo bank uses ethnographic research to design a better customer experience

Wells Fargo bank uses ethnographic research to design a better customer experience

During a Speaker Spotlight Q&A at Forrester’s CXNYC 2015 conference for customer experience professionals, Mark McCormick, Wells Fargo’s Head of Wholesale User Experience, talked about how past customer experiences shape consumer


From Putting People First

Interview with HTC’s head designer on experience design

Interview with HTC’s head designer on experience design

Drew Bamford is the person responsible for making the ITC’s experience design – how the company’s devices feel and work like ‘HTC phones’ rather than just another Android handset. HTC’s head designer’s purvue is focused on the


From The Eponymous Pickle

Industrial Internet Reference Architecture

Industrial Internet Reference Architecture

via the Industrial Internet ConsortiumIndustrial Internet Reference ArchitectureThank You For Your Interest In The Industrial Internet Reference Architecture Technical Paper.This technical document will help your organization


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cooling Your Clothing

Cooling Your Clothing

 In IEEE Spectrum. High Tech Material Will Make Clothes Cool So You Don't Need AC Although developing more power-efficient air conditioners and building greener homes and offices can help cut energy costs and reduce pollution


From insideHPC

Bright Cluster Manager 7.1 Release Coming to ISC 2015

Bright Cluster Manager 7.1 Release Coming to ISC 2015

Today Bright Computing announced it will be releasing Version 7.1 of Bright Cluster Manager for HPC at the ISC 2015 conference. The event takes place July 12-16 in Frankfurt, Germany.

The post Bright Cluster Manager 7.1 Release


From insideHPC

ALCC Challenge Awards 1.7 Billion Core Hours to Science Projects

ALCC Challenge Awards 1.7 Billion Core Hours to Science Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy’s ALCC challenge has awarded 24 projects a total of 1.7 billion core-hours at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility.

The post ALCC Challenge Awards 1.7 Billion Core Hours to Science ProjectsinsideHPC


From insideHPC

CoolIT Systems Lands New Patents for Liquid Cooling

CoolIT Systems Lands New Patents for Liquid Cooling

Today CoolIT Systems announced that the U.S Patent and Trademark Office has granted the company three new patents in the space of liquid cooling.

The post CoolIT Systems Lands New Patents for Liquid Cooling appeared first on


From The Eponymous Pickle

Internet of Things, an Oral History

Internet of Things, an Oral History

Kevin Ashton and I were interviewed for an oral history of the Internet of Things this last week by Danny Vinik of Politico.  I gave many, many talks to visitors to our innovation centers on the topic as it evolved from simple


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Thoughts on #ISTE2015 Wednesday–Poster Sessions

Thoughts on #ISTE2015 Wednesday–Poster Sessions

I spent a lot of time in playgrounds and poster sessions. There is really not a lot of difference between a poster session and a playground session. The big difference is that a playground has a lot of posters on the same theme


From insideHPC

Great Speakers Lined Up for PBS Works User Group

Great Speakers Lined Up for PBS Works User Group

Today Altair published the agenda for their PBS Works User Group Meeting, which takes place Sept. 14-17 in Silicon Valley. At the event, engineers, IT administrators, cluster managers, and users of HPC systems will have the opportunity


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chips That Never Forget

Chips That Never Forget

And as memory sales increase, In IEEE Spectrum ... " ... The Computer Chip That Never Forgets ... Melding spin-based logic and memory could lead to low-power, instant-on electronics ... " .   A big advance for applications of


From The Eponymous Pickle

Storage Sales Expand Rapidly

Storage Sales Expand Rapidly

An indication of how quickly data is being stored and indexed.  An indicator of future needs for Big Data and analytics capabilities.   Increased risk of data losses?  Increased need for better standards and organization andIn


From Schneier on Security

Office of Personnel Management Data Hack

Office of Personnel Management Data Hack

I don't have much to say about the recent hack of the US Office of Personnel Management, which has been attributed to China (and seems to be getting worse all the time). We know that government networks aren't any more secure


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC Solutions Architect at Amazon

Job of the Week: HPC Solutions Architect at Amazon

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

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


From Putting People First

[Book] Drawing Energy

[Book] Drawing Energy

Drawing Energy: Exploring perceptions of the invisible Authors: Flora Bowden, Dan Lockton, Rama Gheerawo and Clare Brass. Editor: Rama Gheerawo. Royal College of Art, London, 2015 Free download – Free printed copy Abstract Drawing