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September 2016


From Schneier on Security

Amtrak Security Awareness

Amtrak Security Awareness

I like this Amtrak security awareness campaign. Especially the use of my term "security theater."...


From The Eponymous Pickle

Image Captioning by Tensorflow is Now Open Source

Image Captioning by Tensorflow is Now Open Source

I have mentioned before this is a problem we addressed for several AI oriented applications. We called it 'image recognition'. Now the general solution is open source. Some samples images in the article, and they are impressive…


From Computational Complexity

Boris Trakhtenbrot (1921-2016)

I woke up this morning to two pieces of news. Subhash Khot has just been named a MacArthur Fellow, the "genius" award, for his work on unique games. But I also just learnedabout Monday's passing of the great Russian theorist…


From Computer Science Teacher Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Bug Reports

Bug Reports

I saw the following tweet earlier today. Still earlier in the day I read a post on Mark Guzdials blog about Barriers to Stack Overflow Use for Females which had me thinking about how people ask for help on Stack Overflow.


From insideHPC

Volkswagen Moves HPC Workloads to Verne Global in Iceland

Volkswagen Moves HPC Workloads to Verne Global in Iceland

vgicelandToday Verne Global announced Volkswagen is moving more than 1 MW of high performance computing applications to the companys datacenter in Iceland. The company will take advantage of Verne Globals hybrid data center approach
The…


From insideHPC

ArrayFire v3.4 Parallel Computing Library Speeds Machine Learning

ArrayFire v3.4 Parallel Computing Library Speeds Machine Learning

arrayfireToday ArrayFire released the latest version of their ArrayFire open source library of parallel computing functions supporting CUDA, OpenCL, and CPU devices. ArrayFire v3.4 improves features and performance for applications in…


From insideHPC

Fortran for HPC

Fortran for HPC

fortran"Fortran has been proven to be extremely resilient to new developments that have appeared in other programming languages over the years. New versions continue to be available and associated with ANSI standards, so that an application…


From insideHPC

Video: The Deep Learning AI Revolution

Video: The Deep Learning AI Revolution

gtcIn this video from GTC 2016 in Taiwan, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveils technology that will accelerate the deep learning revolution that is sweeping across industries. AI computing will let us create machines that can learn…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Designing Social Interactions in a Teachable Agent

Designing Social Interactions in a Teachable Agent

Today: OurCognitive Systems Institute GroupSpeaker Series this week, Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 10:30 am ET US (9:30am CT, 7:30 am PT). Our presenter this week isErin WalkerfromArizona State University, who will"Designing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Critical View of Online Training

Critical View of Online Training

A critical view in a study of online training, aka MOOCs. Massively Open Online Courses. Not unexpected that those who use these methods do not get the same quality of education as individual, face to face teaching. Not…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Explosion and Decision Making

Data Explosion and Decision Making

In the HBR, useful thoughts on decisions, data and organization.

How the Big Data Explosion Has Changed Decision Making
by Michael Schrage

Organizations I work with increasingly struggle to straddle two painfully
polarizing operating…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Simulation IT Specialist at George Washington University

Job of the Week: Simulation IT Specialist at George Washington University

gwa

The George Washington University is seeking a Simulation IT Specialist in our Job of the Week.


GWs Clinical Learning and Simulation Skills (CLASS) Center provides one of the most innovative educational environments in the nation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google's Digital Assistant Revealed

Google's Digital Assistant Revealed

First via an App called Allo, later in the fall via Google Home to provide a competitor to Amazon Alexa and Siri. Claims for better AI. In Adage: " ... Watch Out, Siri and Alexa: Google's New Digital Assistant Is Here …


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Swift versus Java : the bitset performance test

Swift versus Java : the bitset performance test

I claimed online that the performance of Apples Swift was not yet on par with Java. People asked me to back my claim with numbers. I decided to construct one test based on bitsets. A bitset is a fast data structure to implement…


From Phys.org Technology News

Dutch brothers in court for bitcoin mining with stolen power

Dutch brothers in court for bitcoin mining with stolen power

Prosecutors in the Netherlands are seeking prison sentences for two brothers who they say used stolen electricity to power computers they used to mine bitcoins worth an estimated 200,000 euros ($223,500).


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chinese Wearable Shipments Soar

Chinese Wearable Shipments Soar

Does this mean that the Chinese culture is more prone to wearable devices? In Readwrite. " ...China may become the worlds largest wearable customer in 2017, if sales continue to surge as they have in 2016. In the past year…


From insideHPC

IDC to Launch New Exascale Tracking Study

IDC to Launch New Exascale Tracking Study

earl

In this video from the 2016 HPC User Forum in Austin, Earl Joseph describes IDC's new Exascale Tracking Study. The project will monitor the many Exascale projects around the world.


The post IDC to Launch New Exascale Tracking…


From Phys.org Technology News

Donaldson Co. jumps into beverage filtration with heavyweight customers

Donaldson Co. jumps into beverage filtration with heavyweight customers

It took the Donaldson Co. two years, 40 scientists and millions to build a better mouse trap - or a microbe trap, to be exact - for beverage and yogurt manufacturers.


From Blog@Ubiquity

Can a Rubiks Cube Teach You Programming?

Can a Rubiks Cube Teach You Programming?

Em Rubik invented the Rubiks Cube in 1974 and it became the worlds most popular puzzle. The cube consists of 26 cubelets that move and turn when the faces are twisted. This cube (pictured above) is in a solved position Read…


From insideHPC

RCE Podcast Looks at Singularity Container Solution for HPC

RCE Podcast Looks at Singularity Container Solution for HPC

singularity_logo_300x300In this RCE Podcast, Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres speak with Gregory Kurtzer about Singularity, a container solution for HPC and research environments. "Singularity allows a non-privileged user to swap out the operating system…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Predictability of Demand

On Predictability of Demand

Discussion in Retailwire:

" ... According to RSRs benchmark report on omnichannel order profitability, unpredictable consumer demand is the top business challenge among retail respondents. After much consideration, I would offer…


From insideHPC

PSyclone Software Eases Weather and Climate Forecasting

PSyclone Software Eases Weather and Climate Forecasting

Rupert Ford (left) and Andrew Porter, STFC Scientific Computing
(Credit: STFC)"PSyclone was developed for the UK Met Office and is now a part of the build system for Dynamo, the dynamical core currently in development for the Met Offices next generation weather and climate model software. By generating…


From The Noisy Channel

Not expecting sympathy I made a mistake, and I own it.

Not expecting sympathy  I made a mistake, and I own it.

But, in case it wasnt clear in the post, I had invested a fair amount of time into the company before that last contact, and my


From insideHPC

CloudLightning Report Looks at Barriers to HPC in the Cloud

CloudLightning Report Looks at Barriers to HPC in the Cloud

drivers-and-barriersThe CloudLightning Project in Europe has published preliminary results from a survey on Barriers to Using HPC in the Cloud. "Trust in cloud computing would appear to be a significant barrier to adopting cloud computing for HPC…


From insideHPC

TYAN Adds Support for NVIDIA Tesla P100, P40 and P4 GPUs

TYAN Adds Support for NVIDIA Tesla P100, P40 and P4 GPUs

ta80-b7071Today TYAN announced support and availability of the NVIDIA Tesla P100, P40 and P4 GPU accelerators with the new NVIDIA Pascal architecture. Incorporating NVIDIAs state-of-the-art technologies allows TYAN to offer the exceptional…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Casino Key Security

Casino Key Security

Interesting security application. Not new, but alternative applications of beacons. Note regulatory application.

Casino Prevents Security Violations Via Beacon Solution
Thanks to a system provided by Barcoding Inc. and Visybl…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hyperledger Project

Hyperledger Project

Update brought to my attention. Have looked at the implications of smart contracts. Worth understanding.

Hyperledger Project

The Hyperledger Project is a collaborative effort created to advance blockchain technology by identifying…


From The Eponymous Pickle

GE Buys Machine Analytics Firm

GE Buys Machine Analytics Firm

Today, GE Digital, the companys software arm, said it acquired Meridium, Inc., a leading developer of asset performance management (APM) software for machine-heavy industries such as oil, gas, electricity and chemicals. The deal…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

The Future of Computing Research: Industry-Academic Collaborations

The Future of Computing Research: Industry-Academic Collaborations

The Computing Community Consortium convened a round-table of industry and academic participants in July 2015 to better understand the landscape of industry-academic interaction, and to discuss possible actions that might be taken…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The State of Natural Language

The State of Natural Language

Long ago I took a course on language theory. Have since remained intrigued about how the evolution of the field ultimately links to Natural Language Processing (NLP), and ultimately intelligence and how we perceive and interact…

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