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May 2015


From Apophenia

Are We Training Our Students to be Robots?

Are We Training Our Students to be Robots?

Excited about the possibility that he would project his creativity onto paper, I handed my 1-year-old son a crayon. He tried to eat it. I held his hand to show him how to draw, and he broke the crayon in half. I went to open


From The Eponymous Pickle

Advanced Holograms

Advanced  Holograms

In CWorld:   The advance mentioned below is important:  ... Holograms have been part of the business and science community's toolset for some time but Microsoft is highlighting just how advanced they have become lately. .... 


From BLOG@CACM

A Taste of CHI Interactivity in Seoul

A Taste of CHI Interactivity in Seoul

Observations from CHI 2015, the first SIGCHI annual conference held in Asia.


From Schneier on Security

Online Dating Scams

Online Dating Scams

Interesting research: We identified three types of scams happening on Jiayuan. The first one involves advertising of escort services or illicit goods, and is very similar to traditional spam. The other two are far more interesting


From The Eponymous Pickle

Measuring Relatedness of Knowledge Graphs

Measuring Relatedness of Knowledge Graphs

Interesting and technical talk on how research labs are using Map-Reduce to examine the closeness of terms in text.   Looks at the efficiency of doing this for very large examples of knowledge bases.   Creates a measure of relatedness


From insideHPC

NAG Library adds New Algorithms for Application Developers

NAG Library adds New Algorithms for Application Developers

Today the Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) released their latest NAG Library including over 80 new mathematical and statistical algorithms.

The post NAG Library adds New Algorithms for Application Developers appeared first on


From BLOG@CACM

Learning About Parallel and Distributed Computing

Learning About Parallel and Distributed Computing

Parallel and distributed computing are now in the core CS curriculum, and every CS program should be teaching their students about it. How can CS educators learn about it?


From insideHPC

Video: OpenACC for Fortran Programmers

Video: OpenACC for Fortran Programmers

"Learn how to program NVIDIA GPUs using Fortran with OpenACC directives. The first half of this presentation will introduce OpenACC to new GPU and OpenACC programmers, providing the basic material necessary to start successfully


From The Eponymous Pickle

General Morphological Analysis for the Wicked

General Morphological Analysis for the Wicked

Just received, points to excellent resources and examples of morphological, or 'structural' analysis. This should see much more application,  consider applying it before detailed quant data is acquired for a complex problem. 


From The Eponymous Pickle

Internet of Things to Surge Productivity

Internet of Things to Surge Productivity

Had not thought of the connection directly, but a reasonable idea, and information technology has done that. Efficiency, and disrupting innovation?    An economist's view. " ... The view from Harvard's Michael Porter, an economist


From insideHPC

Video: Soft RoCE Drivers

Video: Soft RoCE Drivers

Soft-RoCE is the software implementation of the RoCE standard and compatible with any standard Ethernet networks.

The post Video: Soft RoCE Drivers appeared first on insideHPC.


From Computational Complexity

The Virtuous Cycle

Last week we have a celebration of the new CS graduates at Georgia Tech where each graduating student says what their plans are for next year. Other than the few going to grad school, they all have great jobs but the difference


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Nepal: CRICIS Computing is Needed

Nepal: CRICIS Computing is Needed

The following is a guest blog post by Dr. Robin Murphy, Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Faculty Fellow for Innovation in High-Impact Learning Experiences at Texas A&M University.  The Nepal earthquake


From insideHPC

Video: Docker, Monitoring, and SLURM Dashboards

Video: Docker, Monitoring, and SLURM Dashboards

"Based on a containerized HPC environment this talk shows of a state-of-the-art stack including performance monitoring, log event handling and GraphDB based inventory to provide insights into what is going on within a SLURM cluster


From Writing

A Guide to Hiring for your Startup

A Guide to Hiring for your Startup

On April 30, 2015, I gave a talk called "A Guide to Hiring for your Startup", where I discussed what to look for in a candidates, where to find them, how to interview them, and how to make an offer they can't refuse. This talk


From Schneier on Security

Another Example of Cell Phone Metadata Forensic Surveillance

Another Example of Cell Phone Metadata Forensic Surveillance

Matthew Cole explains how the Italian police figured out how the CIA kidnapped Abu Omar in Milan. Interesting use of cell phone metadata, showing how valuable it is for intelligence purposes. See also this example....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deep Learning with Structure and Interpretation

Deep Learning with Structure and Interpretation

A dozen years ago we were using neural nets to capture aspects of consumer behavior and interpret the results to apply to marketing decisions.  Not what is today called 'Deep Learning', but uses the same some of the same math


From insideHPC

Video: NVM Burst Buffers

Video: NVM Burst Buffers

"The Cray XC series DataWarp applications I/O accelerator technology delivers a balanced and cohesive system architecture from compute to storage. It allocates storage dynamically in either private (dedicated) or shared modes


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Announces New Council Members

CCC Announces New Council Members

The Computing Research Association (CRA), in consultation with the National Science Foundation (NSF), has appointed five new members to the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council: Cynthia Dwork, Microsoft Research Kevin


From The Eponymous Pickle

Old Brands Surprising Consumers

Old Brands Surprising Consumers

In K@W:   A number of companies I know need more of this.New Tricks: How Old Brands Can Still Surprise ConsumersTo reinvigorate iconic brands, companies must figure out what is core to their products and how to make that relevant


From The Eponymous Pickle

Essentials of Innovation

Essentials of Innovation

In McKinsey:The eight essentials of innovation ...Strategic and organizational factors are what separate successful big-company innovators from the rest of the field. ... "


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intersection of AI and Blockchain

Intersection of AI and Blockchain

Blockchain has come up in a number of conversations. In O'Reilly, interesting piece about how it interacts with AI.


From insideHPC

Why Storage Matters to Scientists

Why Storage Matters to Scientists

As the Large Hadron Collider restarts at Cern, data storage has become as important to scientists as compute power. But, as Tom Wilkie from Scientific Computing World reports, the innovative technologies being developed have


From The Eponymous Pickle

Seed Strategy

Seed Strategy

Seed Strategy has merged with Burke" .. Seed Strategy grows big ideas for brands around the globe. Our clients can expect smart strategic thinking, head-turning creative and lasting relationships driven by the thrill of the process


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sustainability Through Service

Sustainability Through Service

Today's Service Sciences Talk.ISSIP SIG Education & Research is Prof. Adi Wolfson, Green Processes Center, Shamoon College of Engineering, Beer-Sheva, Israel.Title of his presentation is “Sustainability through Service.”  (Slide


From insideHPC

Fortran Still Going Strong

Fortran Still Going Strong

Fortran still going strong.

The post Fortran Still Going Strong appeared first on insideHPC.


From insideHPC

Penguin On Demand Powers Oracle Team USA for America’s Cup

Penguin On Demand Powers Oracle Team USA for America’s Cup

Today Penguin Computing announced that Oracle Team USA is using Penguin Computing on Demand (POD) in conjunction with NUMECA’s FINE/Marine CFD software for hydrodynamic modeling.

The post Penguin On Demand Powers Oracle TeaminsideHPC


From insideHPC

Purdue to Build Rice Supercomputer in a Single Day

Purdue to Build Rice Supercomputer in a Single Day

Today Purdue University announced that staff and volunteers will build it's newest HPC cluster in a single day. The “Install Day” event will take place May 8.

The post Purdue to Build Rice Supercomputer in a Single Day appeared


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Red Green–A different Hello World

Red Green–A different Hello World

Hello World is more or less the ubiquitous first program for most development environments. I hate it. It’s boring. It made a lot of sense in a command line environment but for a more graphical development especially with event


From insideHPC

Oakley Cluster Powers Satellite Surface Mapping for Disaster Relief in Nepal

Oakley Cluster Powers Satellite Surface Mapping for Disaster Relief in Nepal

Researchers are using supercomputer automated surface mapping technology to help with disaster relief and longer-term stabilization planning efforts related to the recent earthquake in Nepal.

The post Oakley Cluster Powers Satellite