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December 2016


From insideHPC

NVIDIA Launches Deep Learning Teaching Kit for University Professors

NVIDIA Launches Deep Learning Teaching Kit for University Professors

teachingkit"With demand for graduates with AI skills booming, we’ve released the NVIDIA Deep Learning Teaching Kit to help educators give their students hands on experience with GPU-accelerated computing. The kit — co-developed with deep…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Standardizing Predictive Influence Measures

Standardizing Predictive Influence Measures

Determining influence is a very frequent need for analytics in business.  It can often guide us towards data collection.   It is often a prelude to further analysis.  Always thought it would be useful to have a more standard

In…


From insideHPC

NIH Powers Biowulf Cluster with Mellanox EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand

NIH Powers Biowulf Cluster with Mellanox EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand

phase2Today Mellanox announced that NIH, the U.S. National Institute of Health’s Center for Information Technology, has selected Mellanox 100G EDR InfiniBand solutions to accelerate Biowulf, the largest data center at NIH. The project…


From insideHPC

Kx Streaming Analytics Crunches 1.2 Billion NYC Taxi Data Points using Intel Xeon Phi

Kx Streaming Analytics Crunches 1.2 Billion NYC Taxi Data Points using Intel Xeon Phi

cabs"The complexity and high costs of architecting and maintaining streaming analytics solutions often make it difficult to get new projects off the ground. That’s part of the reason Kx, a leading provider of high-volume, high-performance…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Socially Adaptive Electronic Partners

Socially Adaptive Electronic Partners

Via Jim Spohrer of the Cognitive Systems Institute.  Covers the still many issues behind assistance and partnership.     What is it like to be autonomous in this respect?

Creating Socially Adaptive Electronic Partners   Academic…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Nominations Sought for New CCC Council Members

Nominations Sought for New CCC Council Members

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is charged with catalyzing and empowering the U.S. computing research community to articulate and advance major research directions for the field. To do so, the CCC needs truly visionary…


From Schneier on Security

Guessing Credit Card Security Details

Guessing Credit Card Security Details

Researchers have found that they can guess various credit-card-number security details by spreading their guesses around multiple websites so as not to trigger any alarms. From a news article: Mohammed Ali, a PhD student at the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Thoughts on the Value of New Accessibility

Thoughts on the Value of New Accessibility

New innovation starts with sensors and their integration.  With data and analytics.  A kind of accessibility.   So you can look to accessibility for innovation.  AI is a form of accessibility, accessing the symbolic power of

Was…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Salesforce Will do AI with Einstein

Salesforce Will do AI with Einstein

Been much rumor about what Salesforce would do with AI style capabilities for customer management.    Now their solution, Einstein, has been announced.   Individual conversational assistance? Bot observation of activity?  Or

Salesforce…


From insideHPC

Lenovo Boosts Marconi Supercomputer to 6.2 Petaflops with Intel Xeon Phi

Lenovo Boosts Marconi Supercomputer to 6.2 Petaflops with Intel Xeon Phi

Marconi Supercomputer at Cineca"Phase one at CINECA, an academic consortium, was completed in May 2016 – coming in at 1.7 Petaflops, which at the time it was the largest Intel Omni-Path Fabric system in the world. Lenovo and CINECA are pleased to announce …


From insideHPC

Building HPC Clusters as Code in the (Almost) Infinite Cloud

Building HPC Clusters as Code in the (Almost) Infinite Cloud

Dr. Gabriele Garzoglio, Fermilab"Researchers can run one cluster for 10,000 hours or 10,000 clusters for one hour anytime, from anywhere, and both cost the same in the cloud. And with the availability of Public Data Sets in Amazon S3, petabyte scale data is…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Futuretext for Machine Learning

Futuretext for Machine Learning

Brought to my attention.   Has some excellent tutorial material.

Futuretext

" ... futuretext applies machine learning techniques to complex problems in the IoT (Internet of Things) and Telecoms domains. We aim to provide a distinct…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Social Media Analytics

Watson Social Media Analytics

Interesting, but not very detailed view of IBM social  media analytics with Watson.   Analyzing the global reach of the UK retailer John Lewis.

" ... Is TV advertising dead? Given that these days most of us consume our media via…


From Phys.org Technology News

Big data helped Trump even after he scorned it

Big data helped Trump even after he scorned it

Donald Trump derided the use of data and technology tools for his presidential campaign—but those techniques might well have propelled him to victory.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bank and Financial Products

Bank and Financial Products


The Death of Bank Products has been greatly under-exaggerated   by Brett King
This is an excerpt from my new book Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane
       
Since 2005 I’ve been predicting the decline of branch banking. For almost…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Bayesian Inference Works

How Bayesian Inference Works

Out of KDnuggets, nice non-technical view of Bayesian inference. by Brandon Rohrer.  In the enterprise I collected pieces like this for use with execs or decision makers.   I found that while many people had learned frequentist…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Smart Homes

On Smart Homes

PostWaves (Beta).   A collection of blog posts.  In this case all about Smart Homes.

About Postwaves.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Knowledge Engineering Book for Cognitive Assistants

Knowledge Engineering Book for Cognitive Assistants


So how do you actually engineer knowledge to integrate into an assistant system? Its a mix of knowledge architecture, reasoning and effective delivery.  Many of our early attempts struggled with the idea. This book takes a look…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chicago Merchantile Exchange Trading Challenge

Chicago Merchantile Exchange Trading Challenge

Brought to my attention via Columbia connections.  Details at the link.

CME Group Trading Challenge
CME Group's Trading Challenge is a complimentary four-week electronic trading competition where teams of undergraduate and graduate…


From insideHPC

Fujitsu Starts of Operations for Japan’s Fastest Supercomputer

Fujitsu Starts of Operations for Japan’s Fastest Supercomputer

6-oakforest-pacsToday Fujitsu today announced the completion of the Oakforest-PACS supercomputer at the Joint Center for Advanced High Performance Computing (JCAHPC), which is jointly run by the University of Tokyo and the University of Tsukuba…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apple Building Better Maps

Apple Building Better Maps

Seems to have been some time since I have heard of Maps mentioned with Apple.  Now movable sensors like drones are in play.

Apple Said to Fly Drones to Improve Maps Data and Catch Google
by Mark Gurman  and Alan Levin

Company gets…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Knowledge Based Drug Discovery

Knowledge Based Drug Discovery

Discovery has been a favorite topic of mine.  We have so much knowledge stored digitally, how can we use that to discover more value in many business contexts?  Here I am continuing to track an example.

How Knowledge-Based Analytics…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Yet More Home Entertainment, Advice and Smart Home

Yet More Home Entertainment, Advice and Smart Home

And yet again.    Less a standalone device, but more of a feature of Windows 10?   Seems to be wiser move to have these be stand-alone.   Which gets you out of the platform Fan-boy world,  yet Cortana by itself still seems quite…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intelligence Analysis

Intelligence Analysis

New Book of Of interest.  How are these kinds of structure embedded into AI?

Intelligence Analysis as Discovery of Evidence, Hypotheses, and Arguments: Connecting the Dots
by Gheorghe Tecuci, David A. Schum, Dorin Marcu, Mihai …


From Schneier on Security

A 50-Foot Squid Has Not been Found in New Zealand

A 50-Foot Squid Has Not been Found in New Zealand

A 50-foot squid has not been found in New Zealand. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From insideHPC

Intel Xeon Phi with Software Defined Visualization at SC16

Intel Xeon Phi with Software Defined Visualization at SC16

jefferson"Software Defined Visualization (SDVis) is an open source initiative from Intel and industry collaborators to improve the visual fidelity, performance and efficiency of prominent visualization solutions – with a particular emphasis…


From Computational Complexity

Guest post by Samir Khuller about Visiting the Simons theory Inst for Computing

Guest post by Samir Khuller on his visit to the Simons Inst. of Computing



Visiting the Simons Institute for Theory of Computing



A few days back I had the good fortune to spend four days at the

Simons Theory inst. at UC Berkeley…


From Phys.org Technology News

Thomas Edison's lab door key, lightbulbs up for auction

Thomas Edison's lab door key, lightbulbs up for auction

Thomas Edison's door key to the 19th century lab in New Jersey where he invented the phonograph goes up for auction this weekend, along with lightbulbs he perfected.


From BLOG@CACM

What Happened?

What Happened?

As forecasters attempt to understand exactly what happened in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the data itself may hold vital clues.


From insideHPC

Cray Sets New Supercomputing Record with HLRS and Ansys

Cray Sets New Supercomputing Record with HLRS and Ansys

Hazel Hen, the new CRAY XC40-System of the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), delivers a peak performance of 7.42 Petaflops (quadrillion floating point operations per second).ANSYS, HLRS and Cray have pushed the boundaries of supercomputing by achieving a new supercomputing milestone by scaling ANSYS software to 172,032 cores on the Cray XC40 supercomputer, hosted at HLRS, running at 82 percent efficiency…

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