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February 2016


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machine Intelligence in the Workplace

Machine Intelligence in the Workplace

From the Cisco Blog:  Some interesting thoughts on intelligence and an interview with Marvin Minsky.   I like the comment about Minsky saying big business is stalling progress: But I don't recall him not willing to take the money


From insideHPC

OSC to Deploy New Dell Supercomputer in Ohio

OSC to Deploy New Dell Supercomputer in Ohio

Today the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) announced plans to boost scientific and industrial discovery and innovation with a powerful new supercomputer from Dell. To be deployed later this year, the new system is part of a $9


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Computing Community Consortium at AAAS 2016

Computing Community Consortium at AAAS 2016

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is proud to be a part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2016 Annual Meeting this weekend, February 11-15, 2016 in Washington, DC. The AAAS Annual Meeting


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pinterist Leveraging Deep Learning AI

Pinterist Leveraging Deep Learning AI

How Pinterest can better leverage its contentHad thought there was some opening for interesting deep learning based image understanding in Pinterest.   To direct our online shopping?  Will these systems be able to understand"


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rethinking BYOD

Rethinking BYOD

Recently experienced aspects of BYOD in the enterprise, so this is interesting.   True you can now use your smart phone there,   But do expect that the enterprise will reach into your devices to secure them in unexpected ways


From insideHPC

Second Intel Parallel Computing Center Opens at SDSC

Second Intel Parallel Computing Center Opens at SDSC

Intel has opened a second parallel computing center at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), at the University of California, San Diego. The focus of this new engagement is on earthquake research, including detailed computer


From insideHPC

ExaNeSt European Consortium to Develop Exascale Architecture

ExaNeSt European Consortium to Develop Exascale Architecture

In this special guest feature, Robert Roe from Scientific Computing World reports that a new Exascale computing architecture using ARM processors is being developed by a European consortium of hardware and software providers,


From insideHPC

Video: Theta & Aurora – Big Systems for Big Science

Video: Theta & Aurora – Big Systems for Big Science

"Aurora’s revolutionary architecture features Intel’s HPC scalable system framework and 2nd generation Intel Omni-Path Fabric. The system will have a combined total of over 8 Petabytes of on package high bandwidth memory and


From The Eponymous Pickle

Re Emergence of AI in the Enterprise

Re Emergence of AI in the Enterprise

Seeing this directly and also through increasing queries about what to do next to play.  Good overview.Artificial intelligence in the enterprise: It’s on  Companies as diverse as Pitney Bowes, General Electric and Twitter are


From Schneier on Security

10,000-Year-Old Warfare

10,000-Year-Old Warfare

Evidence of primitive warfare from Kenya's Rift Valley....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gamifying in the Lumberyard

Gamifying in the Lumberyard

One of the reasons that gamification is hard to do is that good, engaging games are hard to develop.   Thus expensive to create and test and adapt.   This prevented us from adequately testing and delivering the idea.   Announced…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supply Chain Management Prorities

Supply Chain Management Prorities

In the APQC Blog:  Not unexpected view This is a survey to look at expectations.  I would have further looked at expectations that technologies, like the internet of things, might influence the supply chain.


From Schneier on Security

The 2016 National Threat Assessment

The 2016 National Threat Assessment

It's National Threat Assessment Day. Published annually by the Director of National Intelligence, the "Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community" is the US intelligence community's one time to publicly talk


From insideHPC

2016 OpenPOWER Summit Announces Speaker Agenda

2016 OpenPOWER Summit Announces Speaker Agenda

Today, the OpenPOWER Foundation announced the lineup of speakers for the OpenPOWER Summit 2016, taking place April 5-8 at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) at the San Jose Convention Center. The Summit will bring together


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

President Establishes a Commission on Enhancing Cybersecurity

President Establishes a Commission on Enhancing Cybersecurity

President Obama just announced his plan to implement a Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) that will take near-term actions and put in place a long-term strategy to enhance cybersecurity awareness, protect privacy, maintain


From insideHPC

Video: Supercomputing at the University of Buffalo

Video: Supercomputing at the University of Buffalo

In this WGRZ video, researchers describe supercomputing at the Center for Computational Research at the University of Buffalo. "The Center’s extensive computing facilities, which are housed in a state-of-the-art 4000 sq ft machine


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture Series – Erik Winfee

NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture Series – Erik Winfee

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is pleased to announce a distinguished lecture on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 2:00 pm EST by Dr. Erik Winfee titled


From The Eponymous Pickle

Goals for Thermostats in the Smart Home

Goals for Thermostats in the Smart Home

In the midst of putting together a 'practical smart home'.  We experimented with this idea at the innovation centers from 2000 on,  and I demonstrated the idea to many people, but always with quite a bit of skepticism.   Is the


From insideHPC

New CFD and Geometry Interfaces in Pointwise Meshing Software

New CFD and Geometry Interfaces in Pointwise Meshing Software

Today Pointwise announced the latest release of its meshing software featuring updated native interfaces to computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and geometry codes. Pointwise Version 17.3 R5 also includes geometry import and export


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tom Davenport: Beyond Automation ... CSIG Talk

Tom Davenport: Beyond Automation ...  CSIG Talk

" ... Cognitive Systems Institute Group Speaker Series call this week, on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 10:30 am ET (7:30 am PT).  Our presenter on Thursday will be Tom Davenport, Distinguished Professor at Babson College and


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Look at Less well Known Visual Tools

A Look at Less well Known Visual Tools

Visualization is a key way to understand your data.   I believe it is the key first step to any analytics problem.  Here a look at a number of tools, many of which I have not worked with. Worth knowing the landscape.


From insideHPC

SURFsara in the Netherlands Upgrades Bull Supercomputer to 1.8 Petaflops

SURFsara in the Netherlands Upgrades Bull Supercomputer to 1.8 Petaflops

Today SURFsara in the Netherlands announced it will expand the capacity of their Cartesius national supercomputer in the second half of 2016. With an upgrade to 1.8 Petaflops, the Bull sequana system will enable researchers to


From The Eponymous Pickle

Showing Computers a Better Way to Learn

Showing Computers a Better Way to Learn

Interesting view.    Still think there is a big gap understanding the hardware, software and algorithms used by the brain.  Yet this is a good first step, accurately knowing what happens in a given context. And learning is only


From insideHPC

HPE to Deliver SGI UV Technology for Mission Critical Solutions

HPE to Deliver SGI UV Technology for Mission Critical Solutions

Today, SGI and Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced an agreement in which HPE will OEM the SGI UV technology as the foundation for an 8-socket system – the HPE Integrity MC990 X Server. Extending HPE’s solution portfolio for


From The Eponymous Pickle

Power of How to Videos

Power of How to Videos

Google on how to videos, pitching YouTube, with as always,  interesting stats.  I remember the family using a 'how to tie a necktie' in the early days of the Web, left a lasting impression." ... For big projects and small fixes


From Schneier on Security

Large-Scale FBI Hacking

Large-Scale FBI Hacking

As part of a child pornography investigation, the FBI hacked into over 1,300 computers. But after Playpen was seized, it wasn't immediately closed down, unlike previous dark web sites that have been shuttered" by law enforcement


From Computational Complexity

The Moral Hazard of Avoiding Complexity Assumptions

Moshe Vardi's CACM editor letter The Moral Hazard of Complexity-Theoretic Assumptions practically begs a response from this blog. I also encourage you to read the discussion between Moshe and Piotr Indyk and a twitter discussion


From The Eponymous Pickle

L'Oreal and Programmatic Digital Advertising

L'Oreal and Programmatic Digital Advertising

We did early work in this area.  By analytically matching advertising to predicted outcomes based on costs.   Essentially a big data optimization problem.   This worked for about a decade, but eventually the idea was outsourced


From Schneier on Security

Data and Goliath Published in Paperback

Data and Goliath Published in Paperback

Today, Data and Goliath is being published in paperback. Everyone tells me that the paperback version sells better than the hardcover, even though it's a year later. I can't really imagine that there are tens of thousands of


From insideHPC

Students: Apply for International Summer School on HPC Challenges by Feb. 15

Students: Apply for International Summer School on HPC Challenges by Feb. 15

The deadline is just one week away for Students to apply for the International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences. "Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from institutions in Canada, Europe, Japan

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