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May 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Would Alan Turing Fix AI?

How Would Alan Turing Fix AI?

In CWorld: by John Ball:  of Thinking Solutions. Some interesting points about AI:   " ...  Computers were designed to compress and duplicate information. They don’t handle A.I. well because they leave too much work to programmers


From insideHPC

Call for Papers: HiPEAC 2016 in Prague

Call for Papers: HiPEAC 2016 in Prague

The HiPEAC 2016 Conference has issued its Call for Papers. HiPEAC is the European Network of Excellence on High Performance and Embedded Architecture and Compilation.

The post Call for Papers: HiPEAC 2016 in Prague appeared first


From The Eponymous Pickle

Storytelling Tool

Storytelling Tool

Was brought up in an advertising and marketing world.  So the concept of broadening the use of storytelling techniques has always been of interest.   What is the best way to have technology help?   In Fastcompany.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Coding is Your Child's Key to Future

Coding is Your Child's Key to Future

Not sure I completely agree.  But coding trains anyone in logic, understanding the measurement of  results and paying strict attention to detail.    All are useful anywhere.


From insideHPC

Sandia’s Mark Taylor Receives DOE Secretary’s Honor Award

Sandia’s Mark Taylor Receives DOE Secretary’s Honor Award

Today Sandia National Laboratories announced that researcher Mark Taylor has received the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 2014 Secretary’s Honor Award — the department’s highest non-monetary employee recognition — for his work


From insideHPC

New Magazine Celebrates PRACE Women in HPC

New Magazine Celebrates PRACE Women in HPC

The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe in Europe has published the first edition of PRACE Women in HPC Magazine, a collection of success stories celebrating the contribution women make to HPC and computational science


From insideHPC

GCS in Germany Awards Close to 1 Billion Core Hours

GCS in Germany Awards Close to 1 Billion Core Hours

Today the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) in Germany announced the award of close to 1 billion compute core hours to scientifically outstanding national research projects.

The post GCS in Germany Awards Close to 1 Billion


From Schneier on Security

Why the Current Section 215 Reform Debate Doesn't Matter Much

Why the Current Section 215 Reform Debate Doesn't  Matter Much

The ACLU's Chris Soghoian explains (time 25:52-30:55) why the current debate over Section 215 of the Patriot Act is just a minor facet of a large and complex bulk collection program by the FBI and the NSA. There were 180 orders


From Putting People First

Conference Call: Design Anthropological Futures

Conference Call: Design Anthropological Futures

Design Anthropological Futures conference Organised by the Research Network for Design Anthropology August 13-14, 2015 Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – School of Design in Copenhagen, Denmark The Design Anthropological Futures


From The Eponymous Pickle

What Question Might Turing Pose Now?

What Question Might Turing Pose Now?


From The Eponymous Pickle

Packaged Decision Optimization Cloud

Packaged Decision Optimization Cloud

A packaging of a number of IBM's optimization and analytics capabilities.   Clever solution oriented packaging.      But will it get ahead of open source solutions?   Interesting views of the under use of optimization technologies


From Computational Complexity

An Intentional and an Unintentional teaching experiment regarding proving the number of primes is infinite.

I taught Discrete Math Honors this semester. Two of the days were cancelled entirely because of snow (the entire school was closed) and four more I couldn't make because of health issues (I'm fine now). People DID sub for me


From The Eponymous Pickle

Virtual Rooms in the Smart Home

Virtual Rooms in the Smart Home

In ReadWrite Web:   Good piece.  Look forward to compare it to out innovation home."Virtual Rooms" For The Apple Smart Home Sound Like A Great Idea ...  A new "Home" app could make smart homes easier for users.Since Apple announced


From The Eponymous Pickle

May - June 2015 Analytics Magazine

May - June 2015 Analytics Magazine

A Publication of Informs: Analytics malfeasance, unified analytics and human resource analytics are some of the many topics explored in the current May/June issue of Analytics magazine. The issue also offers an analytical approach


From insideHPC

Call for Presentations: PBS Works User Group

Call for Presentations: PBS Works User Group

"Have you simplified your HPC environment or improved productivity with the use of PBS Works products? If so, Altair invites you to share your experiences, tips and tricks and practical lessons through case study style presentations


From Schneier on Security

New Pew Research Report on Americans' Attitudes on Privacy, Security, and Surveillance

New Pew Research Report on Americans' Attitudes on Privacy, Security, and Surveillance

This is interesting: The surveys find that Americans feel privacy is important in their daily lives in a number of essential ways. Yet, they have a pervasive sense that they are under surveillance when in public and very few


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NAS Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in Convergence Research

NAS Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in Convergence Research

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has announced the creation of the new Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in Convergence Research, convergence research is the integration of research in two or more of the following disciplines


From insideHPC

German HPC Leads European Research

German HPC Leads European Research

The spotlight has fallen on German supercomputing with several announcements about European-wide research which Germany's Gauss Centre for Supercomputing enables.

The post German HPC Leads European Research appeared first on


From The Eponymous Pickle

Creating Rapport with an Organization

Creating Rapport with an Organization

In Bob Herbold's Blog:  Creating rapport with an organization, from his interesting organization management writings.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Towards Having Smart Computers on my Team

Towards Having Smart Computers on my Team

CSIG talk today by Barbara Grosz of Harvard: “Is Your Intelligent Computer Smart Enough To Be on My Team” or more serious title: “Interactive Intelligence and Health Care Coordination”.   Slides here.   Some excellent description


From insideHPC

SC15 Announces Test of Time Award Winners

SC15 Announces Test of Time Award Winners

Today SC15 announced the winners of their annual Test of Time Award. The Award recognizes an outstanding paper that has deeply influenced the HPC discipline.

The post SC15 Announces Test of Time Award Winners appeared first on


From insideHPC

Rescale Rolls Out Cloud HPC and Simulation Platform

Rescale Rolls Out Cloud HPC and Simulation Platform

This week Rescale announced their new cloud HPC and simulation solution called ScaleXTM Enterprise. "ScaleX Enterprise is Rescale’s secure and flexible solution for enterprise companies, combining its award-winning engineering


From insideHPC

Direct N-Body Simulation

Direct N-Body Simulation

In some domains, an N-Body simulation is key to solving for the movement and forces of a dynamic system of particles. At each time step, the force that one body exacts on each other, and then the velocity can be computed. The


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Computer Science and ?

Computer Science and ?

Several conversations lately have me thinking about combining computer science with other subjects in school. My thinking regularly comes back to that for a number of reasons. One is that it reflects the real world today. Computer


From insideHPC

Comparing OpenACC and OpenMP Performance and Programmability

Comparing OpenACC and OpenMP Performance and Programmability

"OpenACC and OpenMP provide programmers with two good options for portable, high-level parallel programming for GPUs. This talk will discuss similarities and differences between the two specifications in terms of programmability


From Schneier on Security

The Logjam (and Another) Vulnerability against Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange

The Logjam (and Another) Vulnerability against Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange

Logjam is a new attack against the Diffie-Hellman key-exchange protocol used in TLS. Basically: The Logjam attack allows a man-in-the-middle attacker to downgrade vulnerable TLS connections to 512-bit export-grade cryptography


From The Eponymous Pickle

Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation

Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation

Was reminded of this resource recently.  Had used it to inspire some of our work with agent based models, good to see they are still going strong.  Articles vary in technical depth.   From their description:" ... The Journal


From Computer Science Teachers Association

The Computer Scientist who Challenged the Nash Equilibrium

The Computer Scientist who Challenged the Nash Equilibrium

In November 2014, I was privileged to meet Constantinos Daskalakis, a Greek Computer Scientist and Associate Professor at MIT’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department. Daskalakis is best known for his work inContinue


From BLOG@CACM

St. Petersburg National Research University ITMO Wins 2015 ACM-ICPC World Finals

St. Petersburg National Research University ITMO Wins 2015 ACM-ICPC World Finals

ITMO becomes the first team to solve all 13 problems in the ACM-ICPC World Finals!


From Schneier on Security

Research on Patch Deployment

Research on Patch Deployment

New research indicates that it's very hard to completely patch systems against vulnerabilities: It turns out that it may not be that easy to patch vulnerabilities completely. Using WINE, we analyzed the patch deployment process