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July 2016


From My Biased Coin

STOC Theory Fest 2017 (Montreal June 19-23)

STOC Theory Fest 2017 (Montreal June 19-23)

As SIGACT chair I announced at the STOC’16 business meeting that starting in 2017, STOC will turn into a 5-day event, a Theory Fest. This idea was discussed at some length in a special session at FOCS 2014 and the business meeting


From The Eponymous Pickle

Single Use IOT Devices

Single Use IOT Devices

Provoking piece. Thinking of applications like the Amazon Dash as a means to attach to narrow markets.  And also thinking about the security.   As mentioned, it is about convenience.  But also about how that convenience can be


From The Eponymous Pickle

Zero Knowledge Proofs

Zero Knowledge Proofs

Intriguing introduction to zero knowledge proofs using graphs, with implementing Python code. Technical, but worth a look.  " ... In this post we’ll get a strong taste for zero knowledge proofs by exploring the graph isomorphism


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF DCL: Exploring Mechanisms to Enhance the Economic and Societal Impacts of Fundamental Advances in Information and Communications Technologies

NSF DCL: Exploring Mechanisms to Enhance the Economic and Societal Impacts of Fundamental Advances in Information and Communications Technologies

The following is a Dear Colleague Letter from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  July 1, 2016 Dear Colleague, Advances in information and communications technologies (ICT) are addressing a wide range of economic and societal


From insideHPC

Video: Transtec Delivers BeeGFS for HPC

Video: Transtec Delivers BeeGFS for HPC

In this video from the Transtec booth at ISC 2016, Sven Breuner from ThinkParQ describes how the BeeGFS parallel file system delivers performance, reliability, and flexibility to their HPC solutions. Transtec builds HPC solutions


From insideHPC

Podcast: What a Supercomputer Does

Podcast: What a Supercomputer Does

In this WBEZ podcast, Katherine Riley from Argonne explains what a supercomputer does. "Argonne National Laboratory is celebrating its 70th anniversary. The science and engineering research center has had a prominent place in


From The Eponymous Pickle

Anatomy of a Unicorn

Anatomy of a Unicorn

McKinsey: Podcast: Anatomy of a unicorn: Why tech start-ups are staying privateUp-and-coming technology companies are no longer racing to list their shares on public markets. A massive increase in late-stage venture capital has


From insideHPC

Interview: Seagate Powers Four TOP10 HPC Sites at ISC 2016

Interview: Seagate Powers Four TOP10 HPC Sites at ISC 2016

"So one of the things that we've really been very proud of, in terms of our progress, particularly in EMEA over the last 12 months, is we've deployed a number of really significant systems. If you remember when we were back together


From The Eponymous Pickle

Spoken Voice Recognition

Spoken Voice Recognition

In Datanami: Has improved considerably recently ...  I have been following improvements in Siri, Cortana and Echo, and the abilities are now considerable.  Now can we just control how we speak when we use language to these devices


From Schneier on Security

Intellectual Property as National Security

Intellectual Property as National Security

Interesting research: Debora Halbert, "Intellectual property theft and national security: Agendas and assumptions": Abstract: About a decade ago, intellectual property started getting systematically treated as a national security


From insideHPC

Video: Univa Grid Engine Speeds Workloads with Intel Xeon Phi Processor

Video: Univa Grid Engine Speeds Workloads with Intel Xeon Phi Processor

In this video from ISC 2016, Bill Bryce from Univa describes the company's innovative container technology helps customers manage their computing workloads with Univa Grid Engine. "Grid Engine 8.4.0 has many significant updates


From insideHPC

TYAN Solutions for Flexible HPC

TYAN Solutions for Flexible HPC

Organizations that implement high-performance computing (HPC) technologies have a wide range of requirements. From small manufacturing suppliers to national research institutions, using significant computing technologies is critical


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gartner Says Shift in Tech Focus

Gartner Says Shift in Tech Focus

Gartner produces interesting statistics. " ... While investment in new technology for products and services continues to be a priority (55% of the CEOs ranked it in their top 2), a focus on innovating in the way their companies


From The Eponymous Pickle

Food Retail and Consumer Technology

Food Retail and Consumer Technology

Digital Tech in Retail:" ... The shopper is disrupting the retail food scene much more than technology, speakers at last week's FMI Connect show in Chicago said. Technology needs to shift from a focus on serving retailers to


From Phys.org Technology News

Ethicist cites five considerations for a transforming society

Ethicist cites five considerations for a transforming society

New technology often raises new ethical questions—and those questions only multiply as technology advances.


From Phys.org Technology News

Too dangerous to talk? Some cities explore 911 texting

Too dangerous to talk? Some cities explore 911 texting

With gunshots ringing out just feet away, Eddie Justice hid in a bathroom in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and frantically texted his mother for help.


From Phys.org Technology News

Apple urges organ donation via new iPhone software

Apple urges organ donation via new iPhone software

Apple wants to encourage millions of iPhone owners to register as organ donors through a software update that will add an easy sign-up button to the health information app that comes installed on every smartphone the company


From Computational Complexity

Is determining if a poly over a finite field is 1-1 hard? Sure seems so.

When I teach cryptography  to High School  students I begin with shift and linear  ciphers which are x --> x+s mod 26 (s is a shift, x is a letter of the alphabet. Hmm- x really IS a letter of the alphabet!) x--> ax+b mod2


From Schneier on Security

"Dogs Raise Fireworks Threat Level to 'Gray'"

"Dogs Raise Fireworks Threat Level to 'Gray'"

Funny: The Department of Canine Security urges dogs to remain on high alert and employ the tactic of See Something, Say Something. Remember to bark upon spotting anything suspicious; e.g. firecrackers, sparklers, Roman candles


From The Eponymous Pickle

Teaching People to Innovate

Teaching People to Innovate

In Innovation Excellence:  Can you teach people to innovate?  Good piece:    by Jeffrey Phillips" ... The answer to this question is:  no.  You cannot teach people to innovate.  You can teach them tools and techniques like TRIZ


From insideHPC

Spartan HPC Service Launches Down Under

Spartan HPC Service Launches Down Under

The University of Melbourne has launched a new HPC service called Spartan that combines traditional HPC with a flexible cloud computing component. "Many research projects demand high speed interconnect," said Bernard Meade, Head


From insideHPC

Video: DEEP-ER Project Moves Europe Closer to Exascale

Video: DEEP-ER Project Moves Europe Closer to Exascale

In this video from ISC 2016, Estela Suarez from the Jülich Supercomputing Centre provides an update on the DEEP-ER project, which is paving the way towards Exascale computing. "In the predecessor DEEP project, an innovative architecture


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wearables Replacing Smartphones?

Wearables Replacing Smartphones?

A number of design changes seem to be pointing that way. More convenience and intelligence with better use of other senses could make it happen.   More In CWorld.


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 4th of July 2016

Interesting Links 4th of July 2016

Happy US independence day for my friends in the US. Also happy birthday to Queen Sonja of Norway. My family in Norway jokes that the American embassy always throws a big party on the Queen’s birthday. I’m celebrating Independence


From XRDS

Thoughts on Usability studies

Thoughts on Usability studies

In the last months, I conducted a few usability studies and upon reflecting on these I decided to share my experience as it might be helpful to anyone starting on usability. This article attemps at summarizing my experience and


From The Eponymous Pickle

Global Digital Flows

Global Digital Flows

From McKinseyDigital globalization: The new era of global flowsBy James Manyika, Susan Lund, Jacques Bughin, Jonathan Woetzel, Kalin Stamenov, and Dhruv DhingraConventional wisdom says that globalization has stalled. But although


From The Eponymous Pickle

Boxie Gathers Stories

Boxie Gathers Stories

I was reminded of this MIT Media Lab 'Lab Cast'.    An old example, but made me think of gathering and telling stories.  " .... Boxie is a mobile interactive robotic camera built with the goal of actively capturing stories about


From insideHPC

New Ocean Current Simulations Reflect Climate Change

New Ocean Current Simulations Reflect Climate Change

Researchers are using the Gordon supercomputer at SDSC to paint a new picture of global warming’s impact on the complex processes that drive ocean mixing in the vast eddies swirling off the California coast. "Nearly a fifth


From insideHPC

Video: Megware Direct Liquid Cooling at ISC 2016

Video: Megware Direct Liquid Cooling at ISC 2016

In this video from ISC 2016, Thomas Blum from Germany's Megware describes the company's innovative hot water cooling system. The Slide SX-LC system is cooled by 50 degree celsius water on the input side with an output water temperature


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Personal Pharmacy Assistant

A Personal Pharmacy Assistant

Growth of the focused personal assistants.   Named 'Pillo'.   Had looked closely at how pharma use compliance could be achieved in the past.Meet 'Pillo,' the robot that aims to be your personal pharmacyThis precious robot isRyan

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