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July 2015


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

PCAST- Public Meeting July 14th

PCAST- Public Meeting July 14th

The next public President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) meeting will be this Tuesday, July 14, 2015 from 9:00 AM -12:00 PM ET at the National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington


From The Eponymous Pickle

Discovery Analytics

Discovery Analytics

Bill Franks of Teradata on Discovery analytics.  Good thoughts, he writes:  "  ...  I spend a lot of time these days talking with companies about the need for a formal approach to enabling what is often called “discovery analytics”


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Great Innovative Idea- Speculative Reprogramming

Great Innovative Idea- Speculative Reprogramming

The following Great Innovative Idea is from Marc Palyart at the University of British Columbia, Gail C. Murphy at the Univeristy of British Columbia, Emerson Murphy-Hill at NC State University, and Xavier Blanc at Bordeaux University


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Catching GMail SPAM

Google Catching GMail SPAM

In Wired: Spam does seem like a far less common occurrence these days.    Using neural methods.Now can we address other forms of malware?" ... Three years after it last released Gmail’s spam stats, Google says that its spam rate


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cognitive Agents in the Wild. From the Jeopardy Experience

Cognitive Agents in the Wild. From the Jeopardy Experience

Excellent CSIG talk today: Slides here.   " ... Our speaker for this week is Eric Nyberg from Carnegie Mellon University, who will present " From Jeopardy! To Cognitive Agents: Effective Learning in the Wild". ... "  They have


From insideHPC

Why Modernize Code?

Why Modernize Code?

In order to speed up applications, a developer must learn to take advantage of the multiple threads, cores and sockets found on a single server or on a cluster. Just hoping for a faster CPU anymore won’t cut it.

The post WhyinsideHPC


From insideHPC

Call For Papers: Workshop on Accelerator Programming using Directives

Call For Papers: Workshop on Accelerator Programming using Directives

The Second Workshop on Accelerator Programming using Directives (WACCPD) has issued its Call for Papers. Co-located with SC15, the workshop takes place November 16 in Austin.

The post Call For Papers: Workshop on AcceleratorinsideHPC


From Computational Complexity

Will Our Understanding of Math Deteriorate Over Time?

Scientific American writes about rescuing the enormous theorem (classification of finite simple groups) before the proof vanishes. How can a proof vanish? In mathematics and theoretical computer science, we read research papers


From The Eponymous Pickle

Autodesk's Robotics Lab

Autodesk's Robotics Lab

We worked with Autodesk.    Good to see what they are doing with a broad area of current and future industrial robotics. A tour via Fast Company.


From insideHPC

Video: Effect and Propagation of Silent Data Corruption in HPC Applications

Video: Effect and Propagation of Silent Data Corruption in HPC Applications

"Modern HPC systems are complex due to the sheer number of components that comprise them. With this complexity comes the reality of failures. One particular damaging and little understood type of failure is silent data corruption


From insideHPC

Panasas Rolls Out ActiveStor 18 Scale-out NAS Appliance

Panasas Rolls Out ActiveStor 18 Scale-out NAS Appliance

Today Panasas announced ActiveStor 18, its latest generation hybrid scale-out NAS appliance. By adopting 8 terabyte drive technology, ActiveStor 18 increases scalability to more than 20 petabytes and 200 gigabytes per second.


From Schneier on Security

The Risks of Mandating Back Doors in Encryption Products

The Risks of Mandating Back Doors in Encryption Products

Monday a group of cryptographers and security experts released a major paper outlining the risks of government-mandated back-doors in encryption products: Keys Under Doormats: Mandating insecurity by requiring government access


From insideHPC

IBM Research Alliance Develops First 7nm Node

IBM Research Alliance Develops First 7nm Node

Today IBM Research announced that working with alliance partners at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering it has produced the semiconductor industry’s first 7nm node test chips with functional


From The Eponymous Pickle

3D Printing Cuisine

3D Printing Cuisine

Have covered some of the work by Hershey.   But the technology is still slow and in prototype.  Printers are still uncommon in the home:" ... But there are signs of progress. Debrauwer says that his researchers have been playing


From The Eponymous Pickle

Can Human Resources Retain Edge?

Can Human Resources Retain Edge?

Have human resources lost their edge in a technology driven world?  In K@W   Better measurement of both the jobs and tasks at hand, and how they are addressed, will be needed.


From The Eponymous Pickle

RAIN RFID Alliance Meeting

RAIN RFID Alliance Meeting

A few weeks ago I connected up with the RAIN RFID Alliance.  They just had a meeting and have posted their presentations, worthwhile for understanding their goalsSteve Halliday writes:Presentations availableAfter a very successful


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

AAAS Technovisual: Art in the Age of Code

AAAS Technovisual: Art in the Age of Code

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) currently has a three month Technovisual: Art in the Age of Code exhibit on display at their headquarters in Washington, D.C. The exhibit showcases eight artists


From The Eponymous Pickle

Modeling Systems as Networks

Modeling Systems as Networks

Nice introduction to graph analytics in Radar. An excellent technique we used often in the enterprise. Even if it does lead to a direct analytical solution, it can provide a means to better understanding of a complex decision


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bluetooth Beacons in Retail

Bluetooth Beacons in Retail

In CW: Beacons in retail.  Can they fundamentally change the way physical retail works in an increasingly online world?" ... People increasingly use mobile phones to locate stores, check whether items are in stock, and compare


From The Eponymous Pickle

High Speed Fiber Optics

High Speed Fiber Optics

They are starting to dig up our neighborhood to install high speed fiber optics.  Talked to an installer working on the infrastructure.  Have recently been asked to write something on the implications of higher speed connections


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Unconscious Biases in Schools

Unconscious Biases in Schools

Saw this in my inbox and thought it worth sharing with others who don’t always read there CSTA email or who teach other subjects.


Google is looking for educators' insights on the role of unconscious biases in schools. They've


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deep Web Technologies

Deep Web Technologies

Had a conversation with Abe Lederman, creator of Deep Web Technologies.  Click image on right to expand." ... You should be confident that when you perform a search for information, you will see everything critical to your research


From insideHPC

Nvidia K80 GPUs Available on IBM Cloud

Nvidia K80 GPUs Available on IBM Cloud

Today IBM announced that the company is now offering Nvidia Tesla K80 GPU accelerators on bare metal cloud servers. With the new offering, IBM Cloud is bringing high-speed performance to the SoftLayer cloud infrastructure, enabling


From insideHPC

ISC 2015 to Draw 2600 HPC Enthusiasts Next Week

ISC 2015 to Draw 2600 HPC Enthusiasts Next Week

Today ISC 2015 forecasted that a record 2600 HPC enthusiasts from 53 countries and 153 exhibitors will make their way to Frankfurt for the ISC High Performance conference and exhibition. Registration is still open for the event


From insideHPC

Video: Simulating Cosmic Structure Formation

Video: Simulating Cosmic Structure Formation

"Numerical simulations on supercomputers play an ever more important role in astrophysics. They have become the tool of choice to predict the non-linear outcome of the initial conditions left behind by the Big Bang, providing


From insideHPC

New AMD FirePro S9170 GPU Sports 32GB Memory for HPC

New AMD FirePro S9170 GPU Sports 32GB Memory for HPC

“The AMD FirePro S9170 server GPU can accelerate complex workloads in scientific computing, data analytics, or seismic processing, wielding an industry-leading 32GB of memory. We designed the new offering for supercomputers


From The Eponymous Pickle

Disney Data and Analytics Conference

Disney Data and Analytics Conference

I have heard Disney people talk on the topic a number of times, Interesting based just on the variety of  businesses they are in and the variety of data being gathered with sophisticated methods. Including human tracking andMore


From Schneier on Security

Amazon Is Analyzing the Personal Relationships of Its Reviewers

Amazon Is Analyzing the Personal Relationships of Its Reviewers

This is an interesting story of a reviewer who had her reviewer deleted because Amazon believed she knew the author personally. Leaving completely aside the ethics of friends reviewing friends' books, what is Amazon doing conducting


From insideHPC

Bright Computing Enhances Partner Program

Bright Computing Enhances Partner Program

Today Bright Computing announced that the company will roll out an enhanced partner program next week at ISC 2015 in Frankfurt.

The post Bright Computing Enhances Partner Program appeared first on insideHPC.


From Writing

From California to Italy

From California to Italy

In one week, my girlfriend and I will be leaving California. We’ve sold just about everything we own. Our remaining earthly possessions fit into the back of my Corolla, which we’ll be taking on a cross-country road trip. AEuropean

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