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July 2016


From insideHPC

Video: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Moves Forward with HPC Strategy at ISC 2016

Video: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Moves Forward with HPC Strategy at ISC 2016

At ISC 2016, HPE introduced new high-performance computing solutions that aim to accelerate HPC adoption by enabling faster time-to-value and increased competitive differentiation through better parallel processing performance


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Data Studio Beta

Google Data Studio Beta

Brought to my attention. Looks interesting.  Seems a limited trial.   Will report on this." ... Beautiful data stories start hereGoogle Data Studio (beta) provides everything you need to turn your data into beautiful, informative


From Phys.org Technology News

Flight 370: With search suspended, a cold-case file awaits

Flight 370: With search suspended, a cold-case file awaits

For two years and more, it has been a lost ship, a metal container carrying 239 souls that simply disappeared one late Asian night never to be seen again. And now, the search for the remains of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 likely


From The Noisy Channel

Gireesh, thanks for the response.

Gireesh, thanks for the response.

Given the interest in this post, I’ll try to follow it up with further thoughts about scoping and prioritization.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nestle Innovation Platform

Nestle Innovation Platform

Previously mentioned,  my former colleague Pete Blackshaw announces Nestle's Open Innovation  Platform. :" ... I’m extremely excited to unveil our new “Open Innovation” platform, Henri@Nestle.com (http://Henri.Nestle.com). Check


From Schneier on Security

Decoded, by Mai Jai

Decoded, by Mai Jai

Has anyone read this book?...


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Three NSF Webinars on Thursday

Three NSF Webinars on Thursday

There are three National Science Foundation (NSF) webinars this Thursday, July 28th about three different solicitations. Read about them below and register to join one! PAWR Webinar The Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Sells UK Product Innovation Center

P&G Sells UK Product Innovation Center

Does innovation need location anymore?   It has been debated.   Known as the Egham Center.   In Bizjournals:" ... Procter & Gamble has agreed to sell a major product innovation center near London that employs more than 600 people


From insideHPC

Video: Building HPC Clusters as Code in the (Almost) Infinite Cloud

Video: Building HPC Clusters as Code in the (Almost) Infinite Cloud

Jeff Layton from Amazon presented this talk at the AWS Public Sector Summit. "Learn how to build HPC clusters on the fly, leverage Amazon’s Spot market pricing to minimize the cost of HPC jobs, and scale HPC jobs on a small budget


From The Eponymous Pickle

Need for Dynamic Machine Learning

Need for Dynamic Machine Learning

In one sense all typical, static machine learning methods are wrong.  That is they are based on past data, and the context that drove that data has changed.   The question is,  are the resulting models 'too wrong' to get useful


From insideHPC

MIPT in Moscow Develops New Method of Calculating Protein Interaction

MIPT in Moscow Develops New Method of Calculating Protein Interaction

Biologists and mathematicians from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) have accelerated the rate at which a computer can predict the structure of protein complexes in a cell. "The new method enables us to model


From insideHPC

Mellanox Receives Baidu Award for Innovation in Machine Learning

Mellanox Receives Baidu Award for Innovation in Machine Learning

Today Mellanox announced it has received the Award for Technology Innovation from Baidu, Inc. The award recognizes Mellanox's achievements in designing and delivering a high-performance, low latency interconnect technology solution


From The Eponymous Pickle

History of Measuring Time

History of Measuring Time

In Gizmag, a remarkable illustrated look at the history of the stopwatch,  A very favorite topic, the history and process of measurement.  One of my earliest jobs was to wander a factory with a stopwatch to look for opportunities


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Common sense in artificial intelligence… by 2026?

Common sense in  artificial intelligence… by 2026?

Lots of people want to judge machine intelligence based on human intelligence. It dates back to Turing who proposed his eponymous Turing test: can machines “pass” as human beings? Turing, being clever, was aware of how biased


From insideHPC

Inria Joins OpenMP ARB

Inria Joins OpenMP ARB

"Inria teams have been developing runtime systems and compiler techniques for parallel programming over several decades.” says Olivier Aumage, researcher at Inria's team STORM, “By joining the OpenMP ARB today, Inria looks forward


From insideHPC

Superior Performance Commits Kyoto University to CPUs Over GPUs

Superior Performance Commits Kyoto University to CPUs Over GPUs

In this special guest feature, Rob Farber writes that a study done by Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine shows that code modernization can help Intel Xeon processors outperform GPUs on machine learning code. "The Kyoto


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cyber Social Learning Systems

Cyber Social Learning Systems

Cyber-Social Learning Systems   Via Jim SpohrerCyber-social learning systems (CSLS) deeply integrate digital computing with human and social phenomena to drive rapid learning by, and improvements in, the functioning and performance


From The Eponymous Pickle

Solutions to VR Motion Sickness

Solutions to VR Motion Sickness

Surprisingly, though I have some tendency to have motion sickness, have never seen it in VR demonstrations, though have usually been short.  Some solutions.  via Columbia University Research.


From Schneier on Security

The Economist on Hacking the Financial System

The Economist on Hacking the Financial System

The Economist has an article on the potential hacking of the global financial system, both for profit or to cause mayhem. It's reasonably balanced. So how might such an attack unfold? Step one, several months before mayhem is


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 25 July 2016

Interesting Links 25 July 2016

Blogging just hasn’t been my thing the last two weeks. Too much travel, too much work around the house when I haven’t been traveling, and I really need to do more prep for the new course I am teaching in September. Speaking of


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

The Mathematics Of Dan’s Inferno

A possible error with mathematical ramifications Non-technical fact-check source Dan Brown is the bestselling author of the novel The Da Vinci Code. His most recent bestseller, published in 2013, is Inferno. Like two of his earlier


From Computational Complexity

The College Issues that are talked about/College issues that are important

The following college issues get lots of attention: Admissions-  high school students PLAN to do things JUST to get them into an elite college. For example nobody takes the SATs just for the fun of it anymore. Admissions- Some


From The Eponymous Pickle

Magic Leap and China Augmented Reality Shopping

Magic Leap and China Augmented Reality Shopping

Video at the link.  Suggesting further advances in China retail technology.In Mashable: Magic Leap demo in China shows augmented reality shoppingThe incredibly secretive augmented reality startup Magic Leap showed off another


From The Eponymous Pickle

Autonomous Selection of Mars Laser Targets

Autonomous Selection of Mars Laser Targets

An example of autonomy for a complex system.  Here the Curiosity Rover on Mars.   At one level this is similar to closed loop process control, but with more complex sensor analysis being done in that loop.   Assume this increases


From The Noisy Channel

Reduce Scope

Reduce Scope

When I left the cocoon of academia nearly two decades ago to become a software engineer, I quickly learned two lessons.


From insideHPC

SIMULAB Project to Advance Aerospace Simulation

SIMULAB Project to Advance Aerospace Simulation

MSC Software has announced a partnership with the Campania Region Technological Aerospace District to launch the SIMULAB Project (Simulation Laboratory for the Development of Aeronautical Programs). MSC will join efforts with


From insideHPC

Supercomputing Better Engines at Argonne

Supercomputing Better Engines at Argonne

Researchers are using Argonne supercomputers to jump-start internal-combustion engine designs in the name of conservation. “Improving engine efficiencies by even a few percentage points can take a big chunk out of our carbon


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kinds of Choices in Process

Kinds of Choices in Process

I have been a long time student of decision methods, and the concept of a 'Hobson's Choice' (i.e. take it or leave it)  came up recently.  The formal classification of different kinds of related decisions are described inthis


From The Eponymous Pickle

Programming with Objects

Programming with Objects

A technical piece that won't mean much to you unless you have done professional programming in the last decades.  I did some of that in the early days of what was called OOP, and remember misgivings when the 'sharable' aspects


From The Eponymous Pickle

Singularity University

Singularity University

I was reminded of Singularity University" ... What is Singularity University?Our mission is to educate, inspire and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity's grand challenges.  .... "Singularity

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