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April 2015


From Schneier on Security

Signed Copies of Data and Goliath

Signed Copies of Data and Goliath

You can now order signed copies of Data and Goliath from my website....


From insideHPC

Video: Cray’s Peg Williams on How Supercomputing Propels Science

Video: Cray’s Peg Williams on How Supercomputing Propels Science

In this video, Peg Williams from Cray describes how Supercomputing propels science.

The post Video: Cray’s Peg Williams on How Supercomputing Propels Science appeared first on insideHPC.


From The Eponymous Pickle

More Automated Analytics

More Automated Analytics

In CW: The idea has long been considered, now many vendors are emerging.  Here more add ons to Excel.


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Timing and Decision Making

On Timing and Decision Making

Its not only the decision, its about its timing.  Brought to mind how decisions and their timing are linked with data.  Data that is available, that which is forecast,and  that which we can acquire on demand or at cost.   The


From Schneier on Security

Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill on Obscurity

Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill on Obscurity

I think this is good: Obscurity means that personal information isn't readily available to just anyone. It doesn't mean that information is wiped out or even locked up; rather, it means that some combination of factors makes


From The Eponymous Pickle

MindMeld and Documents

MindMeld and Documents

Voice Drive content discovery from MindMeld.   " .... You can index documents by crawling a website or by using our API -- and we’ve just open-sourced a new way to post documents to the MindMeld API! Using our new Node.js poster


From The Eponymous Pickle

Insight from Innovation

Insight from Innovation

Interesting piece that pulls together data about the insight achieved from innovation.  An area we also researched, looking at the path from ideas to actionable insight.  


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

More With TouchDevelop

More With TouchDevelop

The more I use TouchDevelop the more I learn about it. The more I learn about it the more I want to use it. For example, groups. I’ve known about groups for a while. I’ve played with them a bit on my own in the past.  Today I


From insideHPC

Steve Oberlin on How NVLink will Power Coral Supercomputers

Steve Oberlin on How NVLink will Power Coral Supercomputers

NVlink will be the backbone of 150 Petaflop Coral supercomputers coming to ORNL and LLNL. As the world’s first high-speed GPU interconnect, NVLink will let data move between GPUs and CPUs 5-12 times faster than possible today


From insideHPC

Registration Opens for XSEDE15 Conference in St. Louis

Registration Opens for XSEDE15 Conference in St. Louis

Registration is now open for the 4th annual XSEDE15 conference. The event takes place July 16-20 in St. Louis.

The post Registration Opens for XSEDE15 Conference in St. Louis appeared first on insideHPC.


From insideHPC

Deploying Hadoop on Lustre Storage: Lessons Learned and Best Practices

Deploying Hadoop on Lustre Storage: Lessons Learned and Best Practices

In this video from LUG 2015 in Denver, J.Mario Gallegos from Dell presents: Deploying Hadoop on Lustre Storage: Lessons Learned and Best Practices. "Merging of strengths of both technologies to solve big data problems permits


From The Eponymous Pickle

Connecting RFID Readers to Smartphones

Connecting RFID Readers to Smartphones

In RFID Journal: Not quite the same thing as integrating RFID reading directly from within a smartphone, but clever integration.  Good sensor idea.  Applications in retail and many inventory control areas.   Connecting it to"


From Schneier on Security

The Further Democratization of QUANTUM

The Further Democratization of QUANTUM

From Data and Goliath: ...when I was working with the Guardian on the Snowden documents, the one top-secret program the NSA desperately did not want us to expose was QUANTUM. This is the NSA's program for what is called packet


From insideHPC

PSC Brings Big Bandwidth to Eight Pennsylvania Schools

PSC Brings Big Bandwidth to Eight Pennsylvania Schools

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is using Comcast Business Ethernet for secure, private network connections to eight associated colleges.

The post PSC Brings Big Bandwidth to Eight Pennsylvania Schools appeared first on insideHPC


From Computational Complexity

Fifty Years of Moore's Law

Gordon Moore formulated his famous law in a paper dated fifty years and five days ago. We all have seen how Moore's law has changed real-world computing, but how does it relate to computational complexity? In complexity we typically


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC User Services Analyst at LSU

Job of the Week: HPC User Services Analyst at LSU

Louisiana State University is seeking an HPC User Services Analyst in our Job of the Week.

The post Job of the Week: HPC User Services Analyst at LSU appeared first on insideHPC.


From CERIAS Blog

Initial Thoughts on the RSA 2015 Conference

Initial Thoughts on the RSA 2015 Conference

One again I have submitted myself to a week of talks, exhibits, walking, meetings, drinking, meetings, and more with 40,000 close associates (with one more day of it tomorrow). It’s the annual RSA conference in San Francisco.


From CERIAS Blog

Initial Thoughts on the RSA 2015 Conference

Initial Thoughts on the RSA 2015 Conference

One again I have submitted myself to a week of talks, exhibits, walking, meetings, drinking, meetings, and more with 40,000 close associates (with one more day of it tomorrow). It’s the annual RSA conference in San Francisco.


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM and Design Thinking

IBM and Design Thinking

Fascinating piece on design at IBM.     Have never thought of them as design oriented.   More marketing oriented, like my previous enterprise.   Is that changing?     Be careful too, what expertise you hire as design.  Technical


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intel Compute Stick

Intel Compute Stick

Another example of a device that can be connected to an HDMI port of a big screen TV to turn it into a Windows 8.1 computer for about $150.   Connects to Internet with Wifi.  You likely also need a mouse and a keyboard.  Nice


From insideHPC

SGI Powers Earthquake Research in Japan

SGI Powers Earthquake Research in Japan

Today SGI announced that the Earthquake and Volcano Information Center of the Earthquake Research Institute (ERI) at the University of Tokyo, has deployed a large-scale parallel computing solution from SGI for leading-edge seismological


From The Eponymous Pickle

Human in the Loop Planning

Human in the Loop Planning

Attended excellent CSig talk today by Subbarao Kambhampati and Kartik Talamadupula of ASU and  IBM Watson on Human-in-the-Loop Planning and Decision Support.Human in the Loop Planning (HILP) is a classic example of studying how


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machines and the Connected Supply Chain

Machines and the Connected Supply Chain

A long time goal is getting closer. In SupplyDemandChain:  " ... Machines Are Finally Earning their Way in the Connected Supply Chain  ....  ".   Lots of new opportunities for analytics.


From insideHPC

Accelerating the Piz Daint Supercomputer with Allinea

Accelerating the Piz Daint Supercomputer with Allinea

Today Allinea Software released details on partnership that is helping scientists in research and industry to exploit Piz Daint - Europe's most powerful supercomputer.

The post Accelerating the Piz Daint Supercomputer with Allinea


From insideHPC

AutoTune – Automated Optimization and Tuning

AutoTune – Automated Optimization and Tuning

AutoTune is a European Commission (EC) funded FP7 research project comprised of an international consortium of scientific institutions and industrial partners coordinated by Technische Universität München (TUM), Germany. It started


From insideHPC

PRACE Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

PRACE Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

Today the PRACE Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe celebrated its fifth anniversary. In the past five years, PRACE has come a long way, growing from a project-based consortium into a fully-fledged international association


From insideHPC

Univa Rolls Out Universal Resource Broker

Univa Rolls Out Universal Resource Broker

Today Univa announced the Universal Resource Broker, an enterprise-class workload optimization solution for high performance, containerized and shared data centers.

The post Univa Rolls Out Universal Resource Broker appearedinsideHPC


From insideHPC

Dell’s GDAP Delivers an Integrated Genomic Processing Infrastructure

Dell’s GDAP Delivers an Integrated Genomic Processing Infrastructure

Dell has teamed with Intel to create innovative solutions that can accelerate the research, diagnosis and treatment of diseases through personalized medicine. The combination of leading-edge CPUs from Intel and the systems and


From Schneier on Security

An Incredibly Insecure Voting Machine

An Incredibly Insecure Voting Machine

Wow: The weak passwords -- which are hard-coded and can't be changed -- were only one item on a long list of critical defects uncovered by the review. The Wi-Fi network the machines use is encrypted with wired equivalent privacy


From insideHPC

Video: Current Status of ZFS as Backend File System for Lustre

Video: Current Status of ZFS as Backend File System for Lustre

"Intel supports users, system integrators, and OEMs using ZFS with Intel Lustre. In this presentation, we summarize the results of proof-of-concept (PoC) on a variety of the ZFS configurations. We cover sequential and metadata