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July 2016


From The Eponymous Pickle

Exploring Databases: The Indiana Project

Exploring Databases: The Indiana Project

Much like the premise here, often we find ourselves exploring, and even just finding databases.Letizia Tanca - Exploring Databases: The Indiana ProjectLatizia Tanca, Professor at Politecnico di Milano, gave a wonderful presentation


From The Eponymous Pickle

Facebook's AI Chatbots Now Serve a Billion Users

Facebook's AI Chatbots Now Serve a Billion Users

Its claimed that Facebook Messenger now has a billion users,  and those billion users can be served by a swarm of AI chatbots,   Will those billion users be served well enough, to some sort of useful and profitable end, so that


From insideHPC

Preliminary Agenda Posted for HPC User Forum in Austin, Sept. 6-8

Preliminary Agenda Posted for HPC User Forum in Austin, Sept. 6-8

IDC has published the preliminary agenda for their next HPC User Forum. The event will take place Sept. 6-8 in Austin, Texas.

The post Preliminary Agenda Posted for HPC User Forum in Austin, Sept. 6-8 appeared first on insideHPC


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Accelerating PHP hashing by “unoptimizing” it

Accelerating PHP hashing by “unoptimizing” it

Hashing is a software trick that can map strings to fixed-length integers, such as 32-bit integers. It is ubiquitous in modern software. Languages like Java and PHP have the ability to store strings with their corresponding hash


From insideHPC

Podcast: Steve Scott on How Intel Xeon Phi is Fueling HPC Innovation at Cray

Podcast: Steve Scott on How Intel Xeon Phi is Fueling HPC Innovation at Cray

In this Intel Chip Chat podcast with Allyson Klein, Cray CTO Steve Scott describes the collaboration between Cray and Intel on the Intel Xeon Phi Processor for supercomputer integration. Steve highlights that Cray chose to implement


From insideHPC

ARM to Power New RIKEN supercomputer

ARM to Power New RIKEN supercomputer

ARM processors will provide the computational muscle behind one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, replacing the current K computer at the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS) in Japan. During


From Schneier on Security

DARPA Document: "On Countering Strategic Deception"

DARPA Document: "On Countering Strategic Deception"

Old, but interesting. The document was published by DARPA in 1973, and approved for release in 2007. It examines the role of deception on strategic warning systems, and possible actions to protect from strategic foreign deception


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machines Replacing Humans

Machines Replacing Humans

Good thoughts from the McKinsey Quarterly.  Agree there will be dramatic differences by sector, but do also expect some dramatic speedups. Where machines could replace humans—and where they can’t (yet)By Michael Chui, James Manyika


From insideHPC

University of Tokyo Selects Mellanox EDR InfiniBand

University of Tokyo Selects Mellanox EDR InfiniBand

Today Mellanox announced that the University of Tokyo has selected the company's Switch-IB 2 EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand Switches and ConnectX-4 adapters to accelerate its new supercomputer for computational science.

The post University


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Computing Research Symposium- Computing in the Physical World

CCC Computing Research Symposium- Computing in the Physical World

The following is a guest blog post by CCC council member Klara Nahrstedt from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign and past CCC council member Ross Whitaker from University of Utah.  ‘Computing in the physical world’


From XRDS

Who Owns Your Device?

Who Owns Your Device?

We live in an amazing era of technology. The Internet has opened doors that have been dreamed of for years. By adding computing technology to everyday devices, like televisions, thermostats, appliances, and others, we’ve been


From insideHPC

Offloading Application Segments to Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessors

Offloading Application Segments to Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessors

Offloading to a coprocessor does need to be considered carefully, due to the memory transfer requirements. When the data that is to be worked on resides in the memory of the main system, that data must be transferred to the coprocessor’s


From insideHPC

Scripps Leverages DDN Storage to Research New Medical Treatments

Scripps Leverages DDN Storage to Research New Medical Treatments

Today DDN announced that The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), one of the world’s largest independent organizations focusing on biomedical research, has deployed DDN’s end-to-end data management solutions, including high performance


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wearable, IOT Memory

Wearable, IOT Memory

In CWorld: New kinds of very low power memory for Wearables and IoT by Samsung and IBM.


From Phys.org Technology News

Southwest says technology outage fixed but more flights cut

Southwest says technology outage fixed but more flights cut

Southwest says it has fixed computer problems that caused hundreds of flights to be canceled, but it is telling passengers to get to the airport early because there could be long lines.


From The Eponymous Pickle

DSC Surveys Data Science Techniques

DSC Surveys Data Science Techniques

Index to useful article lists from Data Science Central.  Click through to their site for search details.  Join the the group.  Very nicely done articles from introduction to in-depth.  I have not linked them all, but go to DSC


From Computational Complexity

Snowbird 2016

Earlier this week I attended the 2016 CRA Snowbird Conference, a biennial meeting of CS chairs and other leaders in the the computing community. I’ve attended every meeting since 2010, the first as a panelists on journals in


From Phys.org Technology News

Oceanographer says Flight 370 could be north of search area

Oceanographer says Flight 370 could be north of search area

The oceanographer whose calculations helped an American adventurer find potential debris from Flight 370 said Thursday that the Malaysia Airlines jetliner could have crashed slightly north of the current search area.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Fabric Software for Visual Programming

Fabric Software for Visual Programming

New way to visually program.  I built software for years, so understand the embedded power,  but always believed there had to be a better way.  Can visual methods be precise enough to construct algorithms, and reduce errors and


From The Eponymous Pickle

When and Why of Causation

When and Why of Causation

Adam kelleherPhysics PhD; Principal Data Scientist at BuzzFeed  : Thoughtful Medium piece:" ... So what is causality good for? Anytime you decide to take an action, in a business context or otherwise, you’re making some assumptions


From Phys.org Technology News

Southwest suffers technology outage; flights held at gates

Southwest suffers technology outage; flights held at gates

Some Southwest Airlines flights are being held up while the airline tries to fix a technology outage.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Buying Disruption in Personal Care

Buying Disruption in Personal Care

Buying into Disruption.Unilever Buys Dollar Shave Club for $1 Billion   Deal represents a big win for Dollar Shave Club’s investors.Unilever announced on Tuesday evening that it is getting into the razor business, by agreeing


From The Eponymous Pickle

Macy's Tests Watson AI

Macy's Tests Watson AI

In Yahoo Finance.  some of the details are interesting. Most interesting would be, the value of services a system provides, beyond just specials based on loyalty information and location. " ... Macy's is testing a mobile tool


From insideHPC

3D Printing Survey Provides Insight on First Adopters

3D Printing Survey Provides Insight on First Adopters

While the National Labs are known for their supercomputers, some are also tasked with helping US industry advance digital manufacturing. The 3D printed car and Jeep projects were done to demonstrate Oak Ridge’s Big Area Additive


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Computing Research Symposium- Life Long Learning (Education and Workforce)

CCC Computing Research Symposium- Life Long Learning (Education and Workforce)

The following is a guest blog by Vasant G Honavar, Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Member, Edward Frymoyer Endowed Professor of Information Sciences and Technology, Professor of Computer Science, and Director of the Center


From insideHPC

Nor-Tech & ESI Partner on Affordable Clusters for OpenFOAM

Nor-Tech & ESI Partner on Affordable Clusters for OpenFOAM

"We saw a disconnect in the industry between rapidly growing organizations that could really benefit from HPC clusters and the solutions that were on the market," said Nor-Tech President and CEO David Bollig. "Our goal was to


From insideHPC

Video: HPE Apollo 6500 Takes GPU Density to the Next Level

Video: HPE Apollo 6500 Takes GPU Density to the Next Level

In this video from ISC 2016, Greg Schmidt from Hewlett Packard Enterprise describes the new Apollo 6500 server. With up to eight high performance NVIDIA GPUs designed for maximum transfer bandwidth, the HPE Apollo 6500 is purpose


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Enterprise Account Manager at CoolIT Systems in New York

Job of the Week: Enterprise Account Manager at CoolIT Systems in New York

CoolIT Systems in New York is seeking an Enterprise Account Manager with experience in Data Center infrastructure in our Job of the Week.

The post Job of the Week: Enterprise Account Manager at CoolIT Systems in New York appeared


From insideHPC

Slidecast: Rethinking Server Power Architecture in the Post-Silicon World

Slidecast: Rethinking Server Power Architecture in the Post-Silicon World

In this slidecast, Alexander Lidow from EPC describes how the company is leading a technological revolution with Gallium Nitride (GaN). More efficient than silicon as a basis for electronics, GaN could save huge amounts of energy


From The Eponymous Pickle

VR for Marketing

VR for Marketing

Always looking for real life applications beyond the game.   Marketing is an engagement angle.3 Ways Virtual Reality Is a Marketing Game ChangerVirtual reality is all the rage for gamers, but what does it mean for marketing?Larry

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