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July 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

Writing in the Air with Gestures

Writing in the Air with Gestures

In FastCoDesign:   Gesture control is an interesting idea.  It was brought up in the movie  'Minority Report' as a means to control screens, choices and data.  But in reality it still requires training to make sure you do not


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Looks at Supercomputing Global Flood Maps

Radio Free HPC Looks at Supercomputing Global Flood Maps

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at how the KatRisk startup is using GPUs on the Titan supercomputer to calculate global flood maps. "KatRisk develops event-based probabilistic models to quantify portfolio aggregate


From insideHPC

Mellanox EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand Gains Momentum

Mellanox EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand Gains Momentum

Today Mellanox announced the growing industry-wide adoption of its end-to-end EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand solutions.

The post Mellanox EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand Gains Momentum appeared first on insideHPC.


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

You Don’t Know What You Are Teaching Your Students

You Don’t Know What You Are Teaching Your Students

From time to time teachers need a reminder of what they are teaching. Oh not just “we teach students not subjects.” That is certainly true but what is also true is that we teach students more than just subject. What they learn


From The Eponymous Pickle

Power BI Community will Soon be Alive

Power BI Community will Soon be Alive

Been examining the Power BI system from Microsoft in Beta.  A free for now and easy to use dashboard data visualization site.    Nicely done,  not a Tableau or Spotfire as yet, but useful for many applications.    Now shortly


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: My Little Cephalopod

Friday Squid Blogging: My Little Cephalopod

A cute series of knitted plushies. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Snarkiness of Google AI

The Snarkiness of Google AI

Is humor usefully creative?  How do we utilize it when it is used in creative interactions between human and machines?  Google's examination of the idea.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deep Learning's Promise

Deep Learning's Promise

Steve Hamm on the promise of Deep Learning.  Good, non-technical overview.  See some of my other posts on this tag that include short presentations on the topic.    Steve Hamm also has a good book on Smart Machines and Cognitive


From Schneier on Security

High-tech Cheating on Exams

High-tech Cheating on Exams

India is cracking down on people who use technology to cheat on exams: Candidates have been told to wear light clothes with half-sleeves, and shirts that do not have big buttons. They cannot wear earrings and carry calculators


From The Eponymous Pickle

Why Business Leaders need to Understand Neuroscience

Why Business Leaders need to Understand Neuroscience

Good piece.   If they further understand how to use, and not use it effectively.   It is still in a hype phase that needs to be considered.Mosongo MoukwaDirector of Technology at PolyOneIf you have recently attended an executive


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

2015 White House Conference on Aging

2015 White House Conference on Aging

The 2015 White House Conference on Aging is Monday, July 13th from 10:00AM- 5:00 PM ET. The White House has held a Conference on Aging each decade since the 1960s to identify and advance actions to improve the quality of life


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Simple techniques to improve your health in 2015

Simple techniques to improve your health in 2015

We do not have nanobots yet to repair our arteries and neurons. This will come, but we might have to wait to 2050 or later. We do have stem cells, the next best thing, and they are commonly used to fight cancer and improve your


From insideHPC

CEA Teams With Atos to Develop Exaflop Supercomputer

CEA Teams With Atos to Develop Exaflop Supercomputer

Today Atos announced a contract with the CEA French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission develop a 25 Petaflop supercomputer. Called Tera1000, the new supercomputer will serve as a prototype for a follow-on exascale


From insideHPC

David Keyes and Jen Frechet on how Shaheen II Supercomputer will Drive Research

David Keyes and Jen Frechet on how Shaheen II Supercomputer will Drive Research

In this video, Professors Jean Frechet and David Keyes describe their vision for KAUST's new Shaheen II Cray XC40 supercomputer. "​The initial configuration of Shaheen II will feature nearly 200,000 x86 processor cores. At initial


From Schneier on Security

Organizational Doxing

Organizational Doxing

Recently, WikiLeaks began publishing over half a million previously secret cables and other documents from the Foreign Ministry of Saudi Arabia. It's a huge trove, and already reporters are writing stories about the highly secretive


From insideHPC

A New Direction in HPC System Fabric: Intel’s Omni-Path Architecture

A New Direction in HPC System Fabric: Intel’s Omni-Path Architecture

In this special guest feature, John Kirkley writes that Intel is using its new Omni-Path Architecture as a foundation for supercomputing systems that will scale to 200 Petaflops and beyond.

The post A New Direction in HPC System


From insideHPC

Geoff Lyon from CoolIT Systems up for Entrepreneur Of The Year

Geoff Lyon from CoolIT Systems up for Entrepreneur Of The Year

Today CoolIT Systems announced that the company’s CEO & CTO, Geoff Lyon, has been selected as a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year Award 2015 in the Prairies region.

The post Geoff Lyon from CoolIT Systems


From insideHPC

Asetek to Showcase Liquid Cooling at ISC 2015

Asetek to Showcase Liquid Cooling at ISC 2015

Today Asetek announced plans to showcase its RackCDU warm water liquid cooling solutions at the ISC 2015 conference July 12–16 in Frankfurt.

The post Asetek to Showcase Liquid Cooling at ISC 2015 appeared first on insideHPC.


From insideHPC

Mellanox EDR IB to Power 1.8 Petaflop Jureca System at Jülich

Mellanox EDR IB to Power 1.8 Petaflop Jureca System at Jülich

Today Mellanox announced that the Jülich Supercomputing Centre has selected the company's EDR 100Gb/s solution to accelerate its new large-scale supercomputer. Called JURECA, the new 1.8 Petaflop system will be developed T-Platforms


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.

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