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September 2016


From Computer Science Teacher Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

When But It Works Isnt Enough

When But It Works Isnt Enough

I saw this image on Twitter recently. It was captioned:

"Spaces or tabs?"
"Semicolons."

Semi

Its all perfectly legal C or C++ code. And a decent compiler will handle it just fine. But oh is it ripe for bad things to happen. Of course…


From insideHPC

Cadence and TSMC Advance Towards 7nm FinFET Designs

Cadence and TSMC Advance Towards 7nm FinFET Designs

cadenceToday Cadence Design Systems announced several important deliveries in its collaboration with TSMC to advance 7nm FinFET designs for mobile and high-performance computing platforms. Working together, Cadence and TSMC have developed…


From insideHPC

DDN User Group Coming to SC16 Nov. 14

DDN User Group Coming to SC16 Nov. 14

ddn

The DDN User Group meeting is returning to Salt Lake City for SC16. The meeting takes place Monday, Nov. 14 from 2pm-6pm at the Radisson Hotel near the convention center.


The post DDN User Group Coming to SC16 Nov. 14 appeared…


From updated sporadically at best

Question: "Correcting brilliant students"

Question: "Correcting brilliant students"

A question for all of you.

--

from: Grzegorz Kossakowski
to: Jean
date: Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 10:51 AM
subject: Correcting brilliant students

Hi Jean,

I know from your tweets you're busy so I'll get right to the point…


From insideHPC

Larry Smarr Presents: 50 Years of Supercomputing

Larry Smarr Presents: 50 Years of Supercomputing

larryLarry Smarr presented this talk as part of NCSA's 30th Anniversary Celebration. "For the last thirty years, NCSA has played a critical role in bringing computational science and scientific visualization to the national user community…


From Schneier on Security

iPhone 7 Jailbreak

iPhone 7 Jailbreak

It took 24 hours. Slashdot thread....


From insideHPC

Minimal Metrics Releases PerfMiner Parallel Optimization Tool

Minimal Metrics Releases PerfMiner Parallel Optimization Tool

Philip Mucci, Co-founder & President of Minimal MetricsThis week Minimal Metrics announced an early-adopter program, which uses lightweight, and pervasive performance data collection technology, automates its collection, and mines the data for key performance indicators. These indicators…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Inspired by the Architecture of Neural Networks

Inspired by the Architecture of Neural Networks

Why does machine learning work? And I would add, what does 'work' mean?

A look into the mysterious world of neural nets, which are not new, we used them for practical, though simpler applications, decades ago. We should

In…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Building Practical AI Systems

Building Practical AI Systems

Video from O'Reilly, requires basic registration.

Building practical AI systems
As a technical founder at Siri, Sentient, and Viv Labs, Adam Cheyer has helped design and develop a number of intelligent systems. Drawing on specific…


From insideHPC

Video: Cycle Cloud Works with Dell to Deliver More Science for More Users

Video: Cycle Cloud Works with Dell to Deliver More Science for More Users

tim2In this this video from ISC 2016, Tim Carroll describes how Cycle Computing is working with Dell Technologies to deliver more science for more users. Cycle Computings CycleCloud software suite is the leading cloud orchestration…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Only Humans Need Apply

Only Humans Need Apply

Only Humans Need Apply: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines Hardcover May 24, 2016 by Thomas H. Davenport (Author), Julia Kirby (Author). They write:

An invigorating, thought-provoking, and positive look at the rise…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watch Gets the Voice of Echo Alexa

Watch Gets the Voice of Echo Alexa

Moving generalized intelligence into multiple kinds of hardware.

Review: The CoWatch -- a smartwatch with the voice of Alexa ...With solid hardware design, an Android-based OS and with Amazon's Alexa voice control, the CoWatch…


From Schneier on Security

Amtrak Security Awareness

Amtrak Security Awareness

I like this Amtrak security awareness campaign. Especially the use of my term "security theater."...


From The Eponymous Pickle

Image Captioning by Tensorflow is Now Open Source

Image Captioning by Tensorflow is Now Open Source

I have mentioned before this is a problem we addressed for several AI oriented applications. We called it 'image recognition'. Now the general solution is open source. Some samples images in the article, and they are impressive…


From Computational Complexity

Boris Trakhtenbrot (1921-2016)

I woke up this morning to two pieces of news. Subhash Khot has just been named a MacArthur Fellow, the "genius" award, for his work on unique games. But I also just learnedabout Monday's passing of the great Russian theorist…


From Computer Science Teacher Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Bug Reports

Bug Reports

I saw the following tweet earlier today. Still earlier in the day I read a post on Mark Guzdials blog about Barriers to Stack Overflow Use for Females which had me thinking about how people ask for help on Stack Overflow.


From insideHPC

Volkswagen Moves HPC Workloads to Verne Global in Iceland

Volkswagen Moves HPC Workloads to Verne Global in Iceland

vgicelandToday Verne Global announced Volkswagen is moving more than 1 MW of high performance computing applications to the companys datacenter in Iceland. The company will take advantage of Verne Globals hybrid data center approach
The…


From insideHPC

ArrayFire v3.4 Parallel Computing Library Speeds Machine Learning

ArrayFire v3.4 Parallel Computing Library Speeds Machine Learning

arrayfireToday ArrayFire released the latest version of their ArrayFire open source library of parallel computing functions supporting CUDA, OpenCL, and CPU devices. ArrayFire v3.4 improves features and performance for applications in…


From insideHPC

Fortran for HPC

Fortran for HPC

fortran"Fortran has been proven to be extremely resilient to new developments that have appeared in other programming languages over the years. New versions continue to be available and associated with ANSI standards, so that an application…


From insideHPC

Video: The Deep Learning AI Revolution

Video: The Deep Learning AI Revolution

gtcIn this video from GTC 2016 in Taiwan, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveils technology that will accelerate the deep learning revolution that is sweeping across industries. AI computing will let us create machines that can learn…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Designing Social Interactions in a Teachable Agent

Designing Social Interactions in a Teachable Agent

Today: OurCognitive Systems Institute GroupSpeaker Series this week, Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 10:30 am ET US (9:30am CT, 7:30 am PT). Our presenter this week isErin WalkerfromArizona State University, who will"Designing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Critical View of Online Training

Critical View of Online Training

A critical view in a study of online training, aka MOOCs. Massively Open Online Courses. Not unexpected that those who use these methods do not get the same quality of education as individual, face to face teaching. Not…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Explosion and Decision Making

Data Explosion and Decision Making

In the HBR, useful thoughts on decisions, data and organization.

How the Big Data Explosion Has Changed Decision Making
by Michael Schrage

Organizations I work with increasingly struggle to straddle two painfully
polarizing operating…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Simulation IT Specialist at George Washington University

Job of the Week: Simulation IT Specialist at George Washington University

gwa

The George Washington University is seeking a Simulation IT Specialist in our Job of the Week.


GWs Clinical Learning and Simulation Skills (CLASS) Center provides one of the most innovative educational environments in the nation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google's Digital Assistant Revealed

Google's Digital Assistant Revealed

First via an App called Allo, later in the fall via Google Home to provide a competitor to Amazon Alexa and Siri. Claims for better AI. In Adage: " ... Watch Out, Siri and Alexa: Google's New Digital Assistant Is Here …


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Swift versus Java : the bitset performance test

Swift versus Java : the bitset performance test

I claimed online that the performance of Apples Swift was not yet on par with Java. People asked me to back my claim with numbers. I decided to construct one test based on bitsets. A bitset is a fast data structure to implement…


From Phys.org Technology News

Dutch brothers in court for bitcoin mining with stolen power

Dutch brothers in court for bitcoin mining with stolen power

Prosecutors in the Netherlands are seeking prison sentences for two brothers who they say used stolen electricity to power computers they used to mine bitcoins worth an estimated 200,000 euros ($223,500).


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chinese Wearable Shipments Soar

Chinese Wearable Shipments Soar

Does this mean that the Chinese culture is more prone to wearable devices? In Readwrite. " ...China may become the worlds largest wearable customer in 2017, if sales continue to surge as they have in 2016. In the past year…


From insideHPC

IDC to Launch New Exascale Tracking Study

IDC to Launch New Exascale Tracking Study

earl

In this video from the 2016 HPC User Forum in Austin, Earl Joseph describes IDC's new Exascale Tracking Study. The project will monitor the many Exascale projects around the world.


The post IDC to Launch New Exascale Tracking…


From Phys.org Technology News

Donaldson Co. jumps into beverage filtration with heavyweight customers

Donaldson Co. jumps into beverage filtration with heavyweight customers

It took the Donaldson Co. two years, 40 scientists and millions to build a better mouse trap - or a microbe trap, to be exact - for beverage and yogurt manufacturers.

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