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May 2016


From insideHPC

Dell HPC Community Event Coming to Frankfurt on June 20

Dell HPC Community Event Coming to Frankfurt on June 20

The Dell HPC Community will hold their user group meeting on Monday, June 20 at the Movenpick Hotel in Frankfurt. Held in conjunction with ISC 2016, the Dell HPC Community event will feature keynote presentations by HPC experts


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Practices and Concepts in Computer Science Education

Practices and Concepts in Computer Science Education

Work on a framework for computer science education in grades Kindergarten through grade 12 continues with many of the writers and advisors meeting over the past few days in New Orleans. It is somewhat humbling to be involved


From insideHPC

Cray Urika-GX System to Tackle Big Data Analytics

Cray Urika-GX System to Tackle Big Data Analytics

"We took the Aries system interconnect from our supercomputers, the industry-standard architecture of our clusters, the scalable graph engine from the Urika-GD appliance, and the pre-integrated, open infrastructure of our Urika


From Phys.org Technology News

We need to know the algorithms the government uses to make important decisions about us

We need to know the algorithms the government uses to make important decisions about us

In criminal justice systems, credit markets, employment arenas, higher education admissions processes and even social media networks, data-driven algorithms now drive decision-making in ways that touch our economic, social and


From insideHPC

Satoshi Matsuoka Presents: The Inevitable End of Moore’s Law

Satoshi Matsuoka Presents: The Inevitable End of Moore’s Law

"The promising new parameter in place of the transistor count is the perceived increase in the capacity and bandwidth of storage, driven by device, architectural, as well as packaging innovations: DRAM-alternative Non-Volatile


From Phys.org Technology News

Algerian authorities destroy mountain of pirated CDs, DVDs

Algerian authorities destroy mountain of pirated CDs, DVDs

Power shovels and a bulldozer have destroyed a huge mound of 2 million illegally copied CDs and DVDs outside Algeria's Culture Ministry, as part of a government pledge to crack down on long-rampant digital piracy.


From BLOG@CACM

Making the World Fair and Just

Making the World Fair and Just

Wendy Powley and Gloria Childress Townsend report on the National Center for Women & IT Annual Summit, themed "making the world fair and just."  


From Schneier on Security

Google Moving Forward on Automatic Logins

Google Moving Forward on Automatic Logins

Google is trying to bring this to Android developers by the end of the year: Today, secure logins -- like those used by banks or in the enterprise environment -- often require more than just a username and password. They tend


From The Eponymous Pickle

Head Mounted Displays and Knowing Your Space

Head Mounted Displays and Knowing Your Space

In VR Focus, an overview of current announcements in head mounted displays and also notably Project Tango.  Advertisers and marketers have taken notice, but I have yet to see an example of the use of a  head mounted display 'in


From Computational Complexity

My third post on Gathering for Gardners

(Workshop for women in computational topology in August: see here. For a post about these kinds of workshops see here.) (I have already posted twice on stuff I saw or heard at the Gathering Conference here and here,) MetaThe


From The Eponymous Pickle

Balancing Automation and People

Balancing Automation and People

Finding the right balance between automation and peopleThis talks about fast food, primarily McDonald's, but the breadth of the problem in retail is considerable.  As robots and smarter in store devices evolve, this will change


From Phys.org Technology News

Perception research with motion simulators

Perception research with motion simulators

In the Cyberneum at the Tübingen-based Max Planck Campus, people are transported into virtual worlds in order to investigate how our brain processes impressions. A motion simulator - a cable robot - has recently been developed


From Phys.org Technology News

Smaller cities across US opening high-tech crime centers

Smaller cities across US opening high-tech crime centers

Live video feeds from cameras across Hartford, Connecticut, light up a wall of flat-screen monitors in a high-tech room at the city's old police department, while computers take in data from license plate readers and a gunshot


From The Eponymous Pickle

Scientific American Looks at Deep Learning

Scientific American Looks at Deep Learning

A good introduction.  But still a narrow view. Unveiling the Hidden Layers of Deep LearningInteractive neural network “playground” visualization offers insights on how machines learnBy Amanda Montañez on May 20, 2016 ... " 


From The Eponymous Pickle

Scalable Database Design

Scalable Database Design

Had not heard of the specific concept, but make sense.  ....What Makes a Scalable Database?Database scalability is a concept in database design that emphasizes on the capability of a database to handle growth in the amount of


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Science and Machine Learning Online Encyclopedia

Data Science and Machine Learning Online Encyclopedia

Another in process development from DSC.  Exploring, but it will take some time.  Bravo DSC." .... This is one of the first comprehensive machine learning, data science, statistical science, and computer science repository --


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

The surprising cleverness of modern compilers

The surprising cleverness of modern compilers

I wanted to know how a modern C compiler like clang would process the following C code: #include <stdint.h> int count(uint64_t x) { int v = 0; while(x != 0) { x &= x - 1; v++; } return v; } Can you guess? popcntq %rdi, %rax That


From Computer Science Teachers Association

AppInventor Goes Local: adult students build an app inviting islanders to test their knowledge on the local dialect

AppInventor Goes Local: adult students build an app inviting islanders to test their knowledge on the local dialect

I haven’t been shy to expose the insane decisions of the Greek Ministry of Education when necessary; one such time was 3 years ago, when the government removed the elective “Application Development in a Programming Environment”


From insideHPC

CCIX Open Acceleration Framework to Coherently Share Data with Accelerators

CCIX Open Acceleration Framework to Coherently Share Data with Accelerators

Today AMD, ARM, Huawei, IBM, Mellanox, Qualcomm, and Xilinx announced a collaboration to bring the CCIX high-performance open acceleration framework to data centers. The companies are collaborating on the specification for the


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Administration Issues Strategic Plan for Big Data Research and Development

Administration Issues Strategic Plan for Big Data Research and Development

Big Data has been a major theme of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) over the years. In addition to having a Convergence of Data and Computing Task Force, the CCC held two events for Big Data that coalesced the research


From insideHPC

Video: “What is Supercomputing?”

Video: “What is Supercomputing?”

In this video from ASC16, students compete in the final round of the Asia Student Cluster Challenge. "Some 175 teams from universities in North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania participated in ASC16. Of


From insideHPC

OpenPOWER for HPC Workshop Coming to ISC 2016

OpenPOWER for HPC Workshop Coming to ISC 2016

Editor’s Note: The OpenPOWER European Summit has been officially postponed until later in 2016, but don’t miss the International Workshop on OpenPOWER for HPC on June 23 at ISC 2016.  The OpenPOWER Foundation was established


From The Eponymous Pickle

IOT Central Biweekly Digest

IOT Central Biweekly Digest

With coverage of a recent conference.  Interesting articles.  Am a  member and actively following.  " ... We went to IoT World last week in Santa Clara, California, where over 150 vendors and 10,000 attendees were there showing


From The Eponymous Pickle

Autonomous Corporations Predicted

Autonomous Corporations Predicted

I remember making a presentation in the late 1980s that implied we would soon have portions of our enterprise running autonomously.  The term "lights out" manufacturing facilities was mentioned.  Now predictions   In TechCrunch


From insideHPC

Supercomputing LHC Experiments with Titan

Supercomputing LHC Experiments with Titan

University of Texas at Arlington physicists are preparing the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility in Tennessee to support the analysis of data generated from the quadrillions of proton collisions expected


From insideHPC

HPC Advisory Council Announces 4th Annual RDMA Programming Competition

HPC Advisory Council Announces 4th Annual RDMA Programming Competition

Today the HPC Advisory Council announced its Fourth Annual RDMA Programming Competition in China. Designed to support undergraduate curriculum and talent development, this unique hands-on competition furthers students study,


From Putting People First

Experientia white paper: “Conducting clinical trials is about working with patients”

Experientia white paper: “Conducting clinical trials is about working with patients”

Patient-centricity is one of the defining issues facing clinical trials in the pharma industry. The past few years have seen a growing awareness by pharmaceutical companies of the importance of patient-centricity – but they have


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Computer-Aided Personalized Education Report

Computer-Aided Personalized Education Report

The organizing committee for the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) sponsored Computer-Aided Personalized Education has released their workshop report. The workshop, held in November 2015, brought together over 50 researchers


From insideHPC

ISC High Performance Announces Conference Chairs for 2017

ISC High Performance Announces Conference Chairs for 2017

Today the ISC Group announced the appointment of Prof. Dr. Jack Dongarra of University of Tennessee, USA, as the program chairman for ISC 2017. This appointment underlines the international dimension of this conference. "I am


From Phys.org Technology News

EgyptAir MS804: search and rescue at sea is never easy

EgyptAir MS804: search and rescue at sea is never easy

The disappearance of EgyptAir flight MS804, presumed lost over the eastern Mediterranean on a flight between Paris and Cairo with all 66 on board, is the latest passenger aircraft to go missing. The loss of Malaysia Airlines

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