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May 2016


From The Eponymous Pickle

Toward a Layer of Common Sense

Toward a Layer of Common Sense

Admittedly dated, but been reexamining the 'common sense' ontology Cyc again recently, this article reexamines the premise and progress. Circa 2005. I recall thinking that we might be able to build our own ontologies on top of


From insideHPC

Video: Accelerating Code at the GPU Hackathon in Delaware

Video: Accelerating Code at the GPU Hackathon in Delaware

In this video from the GPU Hackathon at the University of Delaware, attendees tune their code to accelerate their application performance. The 5-day intensive GPU programming Hackathon was held in collaboration with Oak Ridge


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC Pre-Sales Engineer at SGI

Job of the Week: HPC Pre-Sales Engineer at SGI

SGI_logo_platinum_lgSGI is seeking an HPC Pre-Sales Engineer in our Job of the Week. "The HPC Pre-Sales Engineer role provides in depth technical and architectural expertise in Federal Sales opportunities in the DC area, primarily


From The Eponymous Pickle

Seeking: Building AI that Builds AI

Seeking:  Building AI that Builds AI

Building AI is hard work,  have been working on it for years.  Even if we are attempting to just improve relatively common cognitive business tasks.  Forgetting for now hoping to build complete 'brains'.   So can it be automated


From The Eponymous Pickle

Disrupting Manufacturing

Disrupting Manufacturing

In Brookings:Disrupting manufacturing: Innovation and the future of skilled labor  by Daniel Araya and Christopher Sulavik" ... The common assumption today is that robots will soon drive our cars, manage our work, and manufacture


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data University

Big Data University

Brought to my attention by Jim Spohrer, a community that pulls together a number of introductory segments on data engineering (broadly defined to include analytical and cognitive methods).What is Big Data University?An IBM community


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Firefly Squid in the News

Friday Squid Blogging: Firefly Squid in the News

It's a good time to see firefly squid in Japan. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From Phys.org Technology News

Simulation tool uses FinTech quant techniques and big data to guide best health insurance plan

Simulation tool uses FinTech quant techniques and big data to guide best health insurance plan

Using technologies originally developed to evaluate complex investments and portfolios, a new data-driven simulator is being developed to help individuals and families evaluate health plans and select the health insurance policies


From The Eponymous Pickle

Seeing, Sensing and Reproducing Color

Seeing, Sensing and Reproducing Color

In the New Yorker:   The Search for Our Missing Colors, By Amos Zeeberg.  You would think that in our digital world we could sense, see and reproduce most any color.  Well, not quite.  What are the implications for the increasingly


From The Eponymous Pickle

Is RFID Ready for Prime Time in Retail?

Is RFID Ready for Prime Time in Retail?

Perhaps piggybacking on the IOT craze?  Our original prediction from the innovation center proved to be very wrong.  The particular lack of progress was fed by the lack of thinking about what could be done with the data, beyond


From insideHPC

Register for ISC 2016 by May 11 for Early Bird Discounts

Register for ISC 2016 by May 11 for Early Bird Discounts

There is still time to take advantage of Early Bird registration rates for ISC 2016. You can save over 45 percent off the on-site registration rates if you sign up by May 11. "ISC 2016 takes place June 19-23 in Frankfurt, Germany


From updated sporadically at best

Dual Booting Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16.04

Dual Booting Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16.04

For a couple of years, secure boot was making it harder every time to install a Windows/Linux dual boot. I've just finished successfully setting up a dual boot on my Lenovo X1 Carbon and am happy to report that it requires more


From Schneier on Security

Dilbert on Electronic Voting Machines

Dilbert on Electronic Voting Machines

Accurate (the cartoon, not the machines)....


From The Eponymous Pickle

VR Revolutionizing Data Visualization

VR Revolutionizing Data Visualization

We experimented in this in a number of ways, virtual words and using 3D viewers ...  Visualization should also be part of the first few steps in any analytics project.In Forbes, by Bernard Marr" .. Visualization is often a key


From insideHPC

Video: Brendan Gregg Looks at Tools & Methodologies for Linux System Performance

Video: Brendan Gregg Looks at Tools & Methodologies for Linux System Performance

In this video from the 2016 Percona Data Performance Conference, Brendan Gregg, Senior Performance Architect from Netflix presents: Linux Systems Performance. “Systems performance provides a different perspective for analysis


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Professors intentionally slow down science to make themselves look better

Professors intentionally slow down science to make themselves look better

Recently, the president of the United States announced a big anti-cancer initiative, to be headed by his vice-president Joe Biden. Will it be fruitful? Maybe. But an important obstacle has become clear. Researchers are glad to


From insideHPC

Podcast: Supercomputing Gels with Stampede

Podcast: Supercomputing Gels with Stampede

In this TACC Podcast, Jorge Salazar looks at how researchers are using the Stampede supercomputer to shed light on the microscale world of colloidal gels — liquids dispersed in a solid medium as a gel. "Colloidal gels are actually


From insideHPC

A Perspective on Power Management for Hard Disks

A Perspective on Power Management for Hard Disks

Kirill Malkin from SGI presented this talk at the 2016 MSST conference. "Malkin will talk about the impact of power management on reliability of hard disk devices based on a field experience with SGI’s MAID product (formerly


From insideHPC

Submissions Open for Newly Merged TOP500 and Green500

Submissions Open for Newly Merged TOP500 and Green500

Today the ISC Group announced that the Green500 will be integrated with the TOP500 project with a single submission process. "This merge is of great significance to the high performance computing community,” said Erich Strohmaier


From Phys.org Technology News

Air power now weapon of choice

Air power now weapon of choice

Air power has become the weapon of choice for Western politicians because it causes maximum destruction with the minimum of commitment, according to new research from a University of Exeter academic.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Designing Materials

Designing Materials

In Nature:  A look at how machine learning can be used for material design.  Visually realized.   So why not for any other kind of parameter, or structure driven design?  We did this for package design a long time ago.  Now the


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Rejection

Some fun rejection comments Joshua Gans and George Shepherd were doctoral students in economics at Stanford University back in the 1990s. They wrote an interesting paper that I just came across entitled How Are the Mighty Fallen


From Schneier on Security

White House Report on Big Data Discrimination

White House Report on Big Data Discrimination

The White House has released a report on big-data discrimination. From the blog post: Using case studies on credit lending, employment, higher education, and criminal justice, the report we are releasing today illustrates how


From The Eponymous Pickle

Burberry Using IOT

Burberry Using IOT

Wooing millennial shoppers with Internet of things." ... As an early adopter of IoT and connected digital technologies Burberry has successfully blended both physical and website in its Regent Street flagship store.  The store


From The Eponymous Pickle

May-June 2016 Issue of Analytics Magazine

May-June 2016 Issue of Analytics Magazine

Informs May/June issue of Analytics Magazine focuses on getting the most out of big data & analytics with both mankind and machines.Lead StoryFulfilling the Promise of Analytics Strategy, leadership and consumption: The keysBy


From insideHPC

IBM Makes HPC Easier

IBM Makes HPC Easier

IBM has introduced a new way for organizations of all sizes to buy and acquire a full HPC management suite including a community edition for those just starting out. The new IBM Platform LSF Suites are packages that include more


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supermarket of the Future: Coop Italia

Supermarket of the Future: Coop Italia

Akin to our own smart retail laboratory work.  Much more in the tabs below.  Quite a bit of detail and video:   This is from Microsoft:The supermarket of the future: Designing for humans, Written by,Susanna RayBack to the future


From insideHPC

Superfacility – How New Workflows in the DOE Office of Science are Changing Storage Requirements

Superfacility – How New Workflows in the DOE Office of Science are Changing Storage Requirements

Katie Antypas from NERSC presented this talk at the 2016 MSST conference. Katie is the Project Lead for the NERSC-8 system procurement, a project to deploy NERSC's next generation supercomputer in mid-2016. The system, named


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture- Helen Nissenbaum

NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture- Helen Nissenbaum

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is pleased to announce a distinguished lecture on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 2:00pm EDT by Dr. Helen Nissenbaum titled


From Computational Complexity

Open Questions

Through the years I've mentioned a few of my favorite open problems in computational complexity on this blog that have perplexed me through the years. Let me mention a few of them again in case they inspire some of the new generation

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