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March 2017


From The Eponymous Pickle

Is Intelligence Built Up from Basic Skills?

Is Intelligence Built Up from Basic Skills?

Which virtual assistant will ultimately win the race?   Will it be a matter of having third party vendors building the best  'intelligent skills'  to make them most useful?  Amazon Alexa claims some 10K +skills, though most are…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid from Utensils

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid from Utensils

Available on eBay. 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 Female Perspective of Computer Science

Review / Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom

Review / Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom

While visiting a branch of our city's library system we don't often find ourselves at, I browsed the tiny section on education. I found Invent to Learn by chance, and though the title's font left me a bit skeptical, I decided…


From Schneier on Security

Commenting Policy for This Blog

Commenting Policy for This Blog

Over the past few months, I have been watching my blog comments decline in civility. I blame it in part on the contentious US election and its aftermath. It's also a consequence of not requiring visitors to register in order…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture- Improving the Reproducibility of Computational Research

NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture- Improving the Reproducibility of Computational Research

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is pleased to announce a distinguished lecture on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 2:00 PM EDT by Russell Poldrack, from…


From Putting People First

The intimacy of autonomous vehicles

The intimacy of autonomous vehicles

Matt Yurdana of Intel’s IoT Experiences Group discusses Intel’s insight on passenger experience in the age of autonomous transportation. The intimate nature of autonomous vehicles will most likely lead to a significant rethinking…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (March 24, 2017)

Science and Technology links (March 24, 2017)

There are many claims that innovation is slowing down. In the XXth century, we went from horses to planes. What have we done lately? We have not cured cancer or old age. We did get the iPhone. There is that. But so what? There…


From insideHPC

SC17 Student Cluster Competition Continues Push for Reproducibility

SC17 Student Cluster Competition Continues Push for Reproducibility

"The SCC reproducibility program is part of a wider effort to encourage authors submitting papers to the conference to voluntarily complete an appendix to their paper that described the details of their software environment and…


From insideHPC

Huawei and Altair to Build Industrial Simulation Cloud Solutions

Huawei and Altair to Build Industrial Simulation Cloud Solutions

"The Huawei-Altair cooperation will be dedicated to building highly efficient, high-performance industrial simulation cloud solutions leveraging Altair’s PBS Works software suite," said Yu Dong, President of Industry Marketing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Issues and Analytics

Data Issues and Analytics

Seen it now many times, sometimes to where the results would be irrelevant if we waited for perfect data.    But to me this still does not mean we should ignore thinking about how the results will fit into, or would alter business…


From insideHPC

IEEE Looks Beyond Moore’s Law with IRDS Technology Roadmap

IEEE Looks Beyond Moore’s Law with IRDS Technology Roadmap

“As a team, we are laying the foundation to identify challenges and recommendations on possible solutions to the industry’s current limitations defined by Moore’s Law. With the launch of the nine white papers on our new website…


From insideHPC

Berkeley Lab Algorithm Boosts Resolution on Cryo–EM

Berkeley Lab Algorithm Boosts Resolution on Cryo–EM

Berkeley Lab researchers have developed the first 3-D atomic-scale model of P22 virus that identifies the protein interactions crucial for its stability. "This is a great example of how to exploit electron microscopy technology…


From insideHPC

Asperitas Unveils Liquid-cooled Modular Datacenter Solution

Asperitas Unveils Liquid-cooled Modular Datacenter Solution

According to Asperitas, Immersed Computing is a concept driven by sustainability, efficiency and flexibility and goes far beyond just technology. In many situations, Immersed Computing can save more than 50% of the total energy…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Scale in City Advertising

New Scale in City Advertising

In the BBC:

How giant digital adverts could soon be in our cities   By Mark Smith
Technology of Business reporter

Passers-by on a London street were recently amazed to see a fleeting image of a pink tongue protruding from fruitily…


From Schneier on Security

Second WikiLeaks Dump of CIA Documents

Second WikiLeaks Dump of CIA Documents

There are more CIA documents up on WikiLeaks. It seems to be mostly MacOS and iOS. News article....


From The Eponymous Pickle

More WalMart and Amazon by the Numbers

More WalMart and Amazon by the Numbers

Insightful numbers and visuals:

Supply Chain News: Walmart and Amazon by the Numbers 2017 Part 2
More Analysis from Our Annual Review of the World's Two Most Important Retailers    By Dan Gilmore ...  " 



From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC System Administrator at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Job of the Week: HPC System Administrator at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach is seeking a High Performance Computing System Administrator in our Job of the Week. "The HPC Specialist is responsible for technical systems management, administration, and…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Artificial Intelligence (AI) For Social Good

Artificial Intelligence (AI) For Social Good

The organizing committee for the AI for Social Good Workshop has released their workshop report called Artificial Intelligence for Social Good. The Computing Community Consortium (CCC), along with the White House Office of Science…


From insideHPC

Intel Aligns its AI Efforts into a Single Organization

Intel Aligns its AI Efforts into a Single Organization

"Intel sees the huge potential in AI and are moving mountains to take full advantage of it," said Patrick Moorhead from Moor Insights & Strategy. "They have acquired Altera, Nervana Systems and other IP, need to connect to their…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Council Member Cynthia Dwork is One of the Recipients of the 2017 Gödel Prize

CCC Council Member Cynthia Dwork is One of the Recipients of the 2017 Gödel Prize

The Gödel Prize for outstanding papers in the area of theoretical computer science is sponsored jointly by the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS) and the Association for Computing Machinery, Special…


From insideHPC

Panel Discussion on How Europe Can Attain World Leadership in HPC

Panel Discussion on How Europe Can Attain World Leadership in HPC

"HPC is moving towards its next frontier - more than 100 times faster than the fastest machines currently available in Europe," said Andrus Ansip, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market. "But not all…


From insideHPC

Megware to Install CooLMUC 3 Supercomputer at LRZ in Germany

Megware to Install CooLMUC 3 Supercomputer at LRZ in Germany

"The new CooLMUC 3 system outperforms its predecessors in a number of respects, including its key feature of cooling in thermally insulated racks all compute and login nodes, power supply units, and Omni-Path switches directly…


From Schneier on Security

Hackers Threaten to Erase Apple Customer Data

Hackers Threaten to Erase Apple Customer Data

Turkish hackers are threatening to erase millions of iCloud user accounts unless Apple pays a ransom. This is a weird story, and I'm skeptical of some of the details. Presumably Apple has decided that it's smarter to spend the…


From insideHPC

Intel MKL and Intel TBB Working Together for Performance

Intel MKL and Intel TBB Working Together for Performance

When used in a TBB environment, Intel has demonstrated a many-fold performance improvement over the same parallelized code using Intel MKL in an OpenMP environment. Intel TBB-enabled Intel MKL is ideal when there is heavy threading…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Embedded Blog Links

On Embedded Blog Links

I was reminded by a recent query that links that are embedded in posts in this blog may not always work. The history of this blog goes back to 2005, and so especially older post links may have gone stale.  Sometimes I fix these…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Miller Tries Voice/Push Button Beer Ordering

Miller Tries Voice/Push Button Beer Ordering

Voice and push-button ordering expands ...

In Adage:  Push-Button Beer Ordering? Miller Lite Gives It a Try   By E.J. Schultz.

" ....  MillerCoors is giving lazy beer drinkers another excuse to stay put: The option to order beer…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

ACM and CSTA Announce Cutler-Bell Prize Student Winners

ACM and CSTA Announce Cutler-Bell Prize Student Winners

Make no mistake I think the Cutler-Bell Prize is an outstanding award. I love that it recognizes early computer scientists (high school students!) for outstanding achievement.

This year's winners appear (based on the names) to…


From Computational Complexity

The Dagstuhl Family

This week I'm at the Dagstuhl workshop on Computational Complexity of Discrete Problems. As you long time readers know Dagstuhl is a German center that hosts weekly computer science workshops. I've been coming to Dagstuhl


From insideHPC

ISC 2017 Adds STEM Student Day

ISC 2017 Adds STEM Student Day

Today ISC 2017 announced the inclusion of the STEM Student Day & Gala at this year’s conference. Taking place June 21 in Frankfurt, the new program aims to connect the next generation of regional and international STEM practitioners…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Machine Learning is Used at Google

How Machine Learning is Used at Google

Video via O'Reilly:

Machine learning at Google
Rob Craft shares some of the ways machine learning is being used inside of Google. ...  


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