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June 2016


From The Eponymous Pickle

Using Buzz Analytics

Using Buzz Analytics

In McKinsey:  By capturing and analyzing social-media conversations, companies can improve their offerings and margins. 


From insideHPC

Dell Builds 1 Petaflop Lengau Supercomputer for CHPC in South Africa

Dell Builds 1 Petaflop Lengau Supercomputer for CHPC in South Africa

"Dell is proud to collaborate with South Africa’s CSIR on the delivery of the fastest HPC system in Africa. The Lengau system will provide access and open doors to help drive new research, new innovations and new national economic


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart Superstore of the Future

Wal-Mart Superstore of the Future

A look at a Wal-mart Superstore of the future.  Slide show of mostly redesigns. Not too unexpected regarding technology involved. Apparently largely as a response to Target redesigns.


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

U.S. Tech Policy Update – June 2016

U.S. Tech Policy Update – June 2016

CONGRESS Tuesday, June 7, 2016 House Floor: H.R. 4904, MEGABYTE (Making Electronic Government Accountable By Yielding Tangible Efficiencies) Act of 2016 U.S. House of Representatives Markup: FY2017 Labor, HHS & Education Appropriations


From The Eponymous Pickle

Securing a Quantum Key

Securing a Quantum Key

Quantum Keys secure from quantum breaking methods? Out of U of Waterloo ...." ... Researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo developed the first available software to evaluate the security


From insideHPC

With the Help of Dijkstra’s Law, Intel’s Mark Seager is Changing the Scientific Method

With the Help of Dijkstra’s Law, Intel’s Mark Seager is Changing the Scientific Method

Our in-depth series on Intel architects continues with this profile of Mark Seager, a key driver in the company's mission to achieve Exascale performance on real applications. "Creating and incentivizing an exascale program is


From XRDS

Diving into IBM’s Quantum Experience through your Browser

Diving into IBM’s Quantum Experience through your Browser

People tend to stay away when they hear the word “Quantum Computing”. The word itself gives the feeling that it targets scientists or physics researchers, but not your average person scrolling down in their newsfeed. However,


From insideHPC

Video: Adoption Trends for Solid State in Big Data Sites

Video: Adoption Trends for Solid State in Big Data Sites

Bret Weber from DDN presented this talk at the 2016 MSST Conference. "SSDs and all flash arrays are being marketed as a panacea. This may be true if you’re a small to medium enterprise that simply needs more performance for email


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Artificial Intelligence for Social Good Livestream

Artificial Intelligence for Social Good Livestream

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC), White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) co-sponsored public workshop on Artificial Intelligence


From insideHPC

Intel Ramps up HPDA with New Xeon E7 v4 Family of Processors

Intel Ramps up HPDA with New Xeon E7 v4 Family of Processors

Today Intel announced the new Intel Xeon processor E7-8800/4800 v4 processor family for High Performance Data Analytics. Designed with the enterprise in mind, the Intel Xeon processor E7 v4 family offers robust performance, the


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Google I/O 2016 as an Anita Borg Scholar

Google I/O 2016 as an Anita Borg Scholar

Back in February, I ran an event to celebrate Anita Borg's birthday. I along with some Shopify colleagues focused on students not majoring in computer science; we invited them for a short talk, organized mentoring activity, and


From insideHPC

BeeGFS Certified on Intel Omni-Path at 12GB/s per server

BeeGFS Certified on Intel Omni-Path at 12GB/s per server

Today ThinkParQ from Germany announced certification of BeeGFS over Intel Omni-Path Architecture (OPA). “Without a doubt, Intel has made a big leap in performance with the new 100Gbps OPA technology compared to previous interconnect


From The Eponymous Pickle

Managing an Internet of Things

Managing an Internet of Things

In Forbes:  These DARPA Darlings Just Raised $20M To Build A Super-Powered Google For The Internet Of Things   by Thomas Fox-Brewster .  Good to see some of the ifrastructure process needs are being considered.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Towards a loss of Anonymity

Towards a loss of Anonymity

Face recognition app taking Russia by storm may bring end to public anonymity ... FindFace compares photos to profile pictures on social network Vkontakte and works out identities with 70% reliability ...  " 


From Phys.org Technology News

Why is the black box not stored in the cloud?

Why is the black box not stored in the cloud?

Professor David Stupples, City's Professor of Electronic and Radio Systems, says the time has come for the flight data recorder (FDR) and the cockpit data recorder (CDR) - the black box found on aircraft - to be stored in the


From Schneier on Security

Hijacking the PC Update Process

Hijacking the PC Update Process

There's a new report on security vulnerabilities in the PC initialization/update process, allowing someone to hijack it to install malware: One of the major things we found was the presence of third-party update tools. Every


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 6 June 2016

Interesting Links 6 June 2016

Sorry there was no interesting links post last week. Long story – feel free to ask me about it if you run into me in person this summer. In any case I am back on track and hope to be more regular going forward. Perhaps a little


From Phys.org Technology News

Union: No room for old technology in new airport towers

Union: No room for old technology in new airport towers

Two state-of-the-art airport towers due to go into operation this fall in San Francisco and Las Vegas will first need extensive remodeling to make room for technology that dates backs to the early days of air traffic control,


From Putting People First

How To Design With Discipline: UX Lessons From 3M

How To Design With Discipline: UX Lessons From 3M

The 3M Health Care Business Group follows a strict UX design process that allows for complexity—but isn’t overly complex. Jerry Cao and Eileen Conway report on the UX approach at 3M in Fast Company, and explain how 3M Design


From Putting People First

[Book] User Experience in Libraries

[Book] User Experience in Libraries

User Experience in Libraries: Applying Ethnography and Human-Centred Design Edited by Andy Priestner, Matt Borg Routledge, 2016 212 pages Modern library services can be incredibly complex. Much more so than their forebears, modern


From The Eponymous Pickle

IFTTT Beyond the Recipe

IFTTT Beyond the Recipe

The IFTTT describes and supports a set of recipes for action based on information channels.  Simple, and a great place to start.  But why not take the idea beyond the simple idea to implement embedded algorithms, and allow the


From Computational Complexity

What do Evolution, Same Sex Marriage, and Abstract Set Theory have in Common?

(This post is based on articles from 2012 so it may no longer be true. Also- to be fair- I tried finding stuff on the web BY the people who object to our children being exposed to abstract set theory but could not, so this article


From The Eponymous Pickle

IFTTT Continues to Build Channel Support

IFTTT Continues to Build Channel Support

There are now 314 channels, includes connections to Samsung and GE Smart applicances.  From the BMW automotive lab, home smart security systems, Amazon Echo and much more.   Each channel has demonstrations of how it can be used


From The Eponymous Pickle

Do AI Doctors Save Lives

Do AI Doctors Save Lives

AI in Healthcare: Fascinating tech, but is it actually saving lives?Computers excel at finding a signal in the noise, but we're still wary of AI doctors.  ... " 


From The Eponymous Pickle

Where Predictive Analytics is Working

Where Predictive Analytics is Working

In HBR: Where Predictive Analytics Is Having the Biggest Impactby Jacob LaRivierePreston McAfeeJustin RaoVijay K. NarayananWalter Sun  ....  ... Once companies are logging and storing detailed data on all their customer engagements


From insideHPC

Video: Using GPUs for Electromagnetic Simulations of Human Interface Technology

Video: Using GPUs for Electromagnetic Simulations of Human Interface Technology

Chris Mason from Acceleware presented this talk at GTC 2016. "This session will focus on real life examples including an RF powered contact lens, a wireless capsule endoscopy, and a smart watch. The session will also outline


From insideHPC

Call for Presentations: MVAPICH User Group (MUG) Meeting

Call for Presentations: MVAPICH User Group (MUG) Meeting

The MVAPICH User Group (MUG) meeting has issued its Call for Presentations. The event takes place August 15-17 in Columbus, Ohio.

The post Call for Presentations: MVAPICH User Group (MUG) Meeting appeared first on insideHPC.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Evolving with Industry Trends

Evolving with Industry Trends

In Inc.   This is becoming an important skill.  "  ... 7 Ways to Identify and Evolve With Industry Trends ... You can keep up with and be part of the changes, or you can overlook and ignore changes and let others pass you by.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Employee Experience Equation

Employee Experience Equation

Interesting way to think about this.  The elements of experience. ....The Employee Experience Equation by Jacob Morgan   I’m betting BIG on the concept of the employee experience which I believe is the next evolution of HR and


From The Eponymous Pickle

Achieving a Digital State of Mind

Achieving a Digital State of Mind

More from MiKinsey on the Digital.  A Digital state of mind?   As opposed to analog?   A Podcast:" .... Companies that successfully adopt digital technology don’t view it as an extra; digitization becomes central to what they

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