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June 2016


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bluemix Supports Hangout Analytics

Bluemix Supports Hangout Analytics

Nice to see some now sevices in Bluemix Cloud that support real time stream analytics.  This is notably of interest to applications like Retail.   Updates in their blog give some detailed outlines and descriptions of analysis


From insideHPC

Video: Computational Physics with Python

Video: Computational Physics with Python

"Newton's explanation of planetary orbits is one of the greatest achievements of science. We will follow Feynman's approach to show how the motion of the planets around the sun can be calculated using computers and without using


From insideHPC

HSA 1.1 Specification Adds Multi-Vendor Architecture Support

HSA 1.1 Specification Adds Multi-Vendor Architecture Support

The Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) Foundation has released the HSA 1.1 specification, significantly enhancing the ability to integrate open and proprietary IP blocks in heterogeneous designs. The new specification is


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Virtual Reality Department Store

A Virtual Reality Department Store

Hardly first.  What this is depends in part on the definition of VR.  I have seen and even helped build virtual stores in virtual worlds and in laboratory settings.  But yes, we are close to the needed hardware and software to


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Giant Mechanical Squid

Friday Squid Blogging: Giant Mechanical Squid

It's beautiful, from the Maker Faire Bay Area 2016....


From Phys.org Technology News

A lesson in backups

A lesson in backups

Michael Friedman learned the hard way how important it is to back up computers.


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Helping Students Debug Code

Helping Students Debug Code

It is final project time for my programming students. They are working on projects to show me what they have learned. They are very clever these kids. So clever that sometimes they can’t figure out what the did wrong. That’s


From Schneier on Security

Security and Human Behavior (SHB 2016)

Security and Human Behavior (SHB 2016)

Earlier this week, I was at the ninth Workshop on Security and Human Behavior, hosted at Harvard University. SHB is a small invitational gathering of people studying various aspects of the human side of security. The fifty or


From insideHPC

HPE and Mellanox: Advanced Technology Solutions for HPC

HPE and Mellanox: Advanced Technology Solutions for HPC

In this special guest feature, Scot Schultz from Mellanox and Terry Myers from HPE write that the two companies are collaborating to push the boundaries of high performance computing. "So while every company must weigh the cost


From insideHPC

Supercomputing Supernova Explosions on Mira

Supercomputing Supernova Explosions on Mira

Researchers from Michigan State University are using the Mira supercomputer to perform large-scale 3-D simulations of the final moments of a supernova’s life cycle. While the 3-D simulation approach is still in its infancy, early


From insideHPC

Video: Will AI & Robotics Make Humans Obsolete?

Video: Will AI & Robotics Make Humans Obsolete?

"IBM has developed new scale-up and scale-out systems — with 16 million neurons — that will be presented in Dr Modha's pioneering research talk. Watson wins at Jeopardy and enters industrial applications while AlphaGo defeats


From insideHPC

Dell Unveils Triton Liquid Cooling Technology

Dell Unveils Triton Liquid Cooling Technology

"Because water can transport heat 25 times more efficiently than air, ‘Triton’ can run high performing components faster and more efficiently than traditional air-cooled systems. Its ability to sub-cool the processor and operate


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

To be smart, work on problems you care about

To be smart, work on problems you care about

Never do anything that bores you. My experience in science is that someone is always telling to do something that leaves you flat. Bad idea. I’m not good enough to do something I dislike. In fact, I find it hard enough to doContinue


From insideHPC

New TPCx-BB Benchmark Compares Big Data Analytics Systems

New TPCx-BB Benchmark Compares Big Data Analytics Systems

Today the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) today announced the immediate availability of the TPCx-BB benchmark. The benchmark is designed to measure the performance of Hadoop based systems including MapReduce,


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mixed Reality in Windows Holographic Announced

Mixed Reality in Windows Holographic Announced

Microsoft announces to 'insiders' the availability of Windows Holographic to partners.  Hardware and software costs are still high for the individual.  Calling it 'Mixed Reality', though I have always thought that augmented reality


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart Competing with Amazon on Delivery

Wal-Mart Competing with Amazon on Delivery

Wal-Mart is starting to experiment with using Uber and Lyft services for delivery. Driectly competing with the delivery expertise of Amazon.   In Mashable.


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI, Cognition and Creativity

AI, Cognition and Creativity

"AI, Cognition, and Creativity", talk by - by Prof Dr Kai-Uwe Kühnberger, University of Osnabrück,Germany ...  More on his research here.   Slides.      Recording of his presentation.    presented as part of our Cognitive Systems


From The Eponymous Pickle

Walmart Develops a Drone

Walmart Develops a Drone

Like this application, we examined a number for warehouse applications.  Simple, cheap, readily manipulable sensors that move to check inventory.  We did not considered flyable ones at the time. See also previous posts aboutIn


From Schneier on Security

Stuxnet-Like Malware Discovered

Stuxnet-Like Malware Discovered

There's a new piece of malware called Irongate, which is obviously inspired by Stuxnet. We don't know who is responsible for it. Slashdot thread....


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

ACM U.S. Public Policy Council Comments on the Internet of Things

ACM U.S. Public Policy Council Comments on the Internet of Things

The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council submitted comments to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on the potential benefits and challenges of the Internet of Things and what role the U.S. Government


From Geeking with Greg

Quick links

Quick links

A tightly curated list of what I enjoyed in the news recently:

  • Bezos: "Every single important thing we’ve done has taken a lot of risk, risk-taking, perseverance, guts, and some have worked out. Most of them have not." ([1])


From Putting People First

Design fiction as a strategy for engaging with dystopian futures

Design fiction as a strategy for engaging with dystopian futures

The limits of our imagination: design fiction as a strategy for engaging with dystopian futures By Joshua Tanenbaum, Marcel Pufal and Karen Tanenbaum (UC Irvine Published in: LIMITS ’16 Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Computing


From Schneier on Security

Lockpicking Competitions in the 1950s

Lockpicking Competitions in the 1950s

Interesting history....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Delivers Cognitive Artificial Intelligence Ads

Watson Delivers Cognitive Artificial Intelligence Ads

A new automation play in the works with a number of participants.   Note also the natural language and voice interaction components.  New channels of automated consumer interaction.  Bots are not mentioned, but this providesWeather


From insideHPC

Stampede 2 Supercomputer at TACC to Sport 18 Petaflops

Stampede 2 Supercomputer at TACC to Sport 18 Petaflops

Over at the Dell HPC Community, Jim Ganthier writes that TACC is planning to deploy its 18 Petflop Stampede 2 supercomputer based on Dell servers running Intel Knights Landing processors. "Stampede 2 will do more than just meet


From insideHPC

Singularity 2.0 Software

Singularity 2.0 Software

Today LBNL released version 2.0 of its innovative Singularity container software. Mobility of Compute is the encapsulation of an environment in such a manner to make it portable between systems. This operating system environment


From insideHPC

Interview: Ken Claffey on Seagate HPC Innovation On Deck at ISC 2016

Interview: Ken Claffey on Seagate HPC Innovation On Deck at ISC 2016

"One of the benefits of our ClusterStor modular architecture is its flexibility - we can deliver a very comparable performance with either Lustre or Spectrum Scale on the same extensible architecture. There are two key reasons


From insideHPC

Platform Rebrands as IBM Spectrum Computing with Focus on HPDA

Platform Rebrands as IBM Spectrum Computing with Focus on HPDA

Today expanded its portfolio of software-defined infrastructure solutions with cognitive features to help clients improve the management of computing resources to achieve faster, results from data-driven applications and analytics


From insideHPC

Data Layout for High Performance

Data Layout for High Performance

For maximum performance, data needs to flow into and out of the vectorization units. There are a few things to remember regarding laying out the data to gain high performance. These include, data layout, alignment, prefetching


From Computational Complexity

CCC 2016

Earlier this week I attended the 31st Computational Complexity Conference in Tokyo. I've been to thirty of these meetings, missing only the 2012 conference in Porto. Eric Allender has attended them all. The conference had aproceedings

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