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May 2015


From insideHPC

Tsinghua University Wins ASC15 Student Cluster Challenge

Tsinghua University Wins ASC15 Student Cluster Challenge

Today the 2015 ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC15) announced the winners of what they're calling "the largest supercomputer contest in the world." In total, 16 teams battled it out in the final round of the event, which


From insideHPC

New 3D Seismic Viewer from Fraunhofer

New 3D Seismic Viewer from Fraunhofer

Today Fraunhofer announced XtreemView, a new scalable 3D viewer for seismic data.

The post New 3D Seismic Viewer from Fraunhofer appeared first on insideHPC.


From Blog@Ubiquity

The Self-Similarity of Tech

The Self-Similarity of Tech

The tech world is caught in a repeating, self-similar fractal, where the gadgets may be new, but the business models are as old as the Industrial Revolution itself.

The post The Self-Similarity of Tech appeared first on BLOG


From insideHPC

Video: Porting Physics Apps to Titan with OpenACC

Video: Porting Physics Apps to Titan with OpenACC

In this video, Aaron Vose from Cray presents: Porting Computational Physics Applications to the Titan Supercomputer with OpenACC and OpenMP.

The post Video: Porting Physics Apps to Titan with OpenACC appeared first on insideHPC


From The Eponymous Pickle

Retailer Carrefour Leverages Store Beacons

Retailer Carrefour Leverages Store Beacons

Have worked some with global retailer Carrefour, and never thought of them as a technical innovation retailer, so interesting to see this development.  Article mentions they have done mobile Apps since  2012 and started beacons


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mobile Sensors and Crowd Estimates

Mobile Sensors and Crowd Estimates

I like the idea of using data from  sensors in new ways.  In the BBC:  An example:  " ... It may be possible to estimate the size of a large crowd based on geographical data from mobile phones and Twitter, according to a newApplications


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Futurists Make Predictions about the Next Decade

Futurists Make Predictions about the Next Decade

Can you imagine a robot delivering your baby or downloading a file from your favorite designer to print clothes at home on your 3D printer? You might not have to imagine these things for much longer. These are just a few of the


From The Eponymous Pickle

Curriculum Redesign, and Math Thinking for Decision Makers

Curriculum Redesign, and Math Thinking for Decision Makers

Today's ISSIP ( International Society For Service Innovation Professionals) talk, by Charles Fadel on Curriculum design.    Discussion has been started there.   He is part of the Center for Curriculum ReDesign.  Good thoughts


From insideHPC

Pawsey Supercomputer Center Receives $21.6M Funding

Pawsey Supercomputer Center Receives $21.6M Funding

Today the Pawsey Supercomputing Center announced $21.6 million of funding from the Australian government. The operational funding, which runs until 2020-21, allows the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre to continue providing world-class


From insideHPC

Video: L-CSC Cluster Tops Green500 with AMD Firepro

Video: L-CSC Cluster Tops Green500 with AMD Firepro

In this video, researchers describes the Lattice-CSC cluster in Darmstadt, Germany. Currently the most energy-efficient supercomputer on the Green500 list, the Lattice-CSC is powered by 640 AMD FirePro S9150 GPUs to achieve 5


From The Eponymous Pickle

Top Machine Learning Algorithms

Top Machine Learning Algorithms

Very nicely done overview of common machine learning algorithms from KDNuggets, what they are for and how they work.  Fairly non technical, so could be used with interested and engaged executives.  Also good examples of where


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Analytics and Citizen Insights

Watson Analytics and Citizen Insights

Good Interview in Silicon Angle:More businesses want to glean information from their data, but there is a shortage of resources geared toward non-data-scientists. Enter IBM Watson Analytics.“Users may have information, but they


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Review / JavaScript & jQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development

Review / JavaScript & jQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development

Have you ever had a book that was so beautiful, it was hard to put down? Did it happen to be a programming book? Breaking out of what is normally expected of a technical volume, Jon Duckett's JavaScript & jQuery: Interactive—it


From The Eponymous Pickle

Empowering Employees

Empowering Employees

In the HBR:  Always wondered about what empowerment  meant, especially in big enterprises with established cultures.   Useful thoughts.


From Schneier on Security

Terrorist Risks by City, According to Actual Data

Terrorist Risks by City, According to Actual Data

I don't know enough about the methodology to judge it, but it's interesting: In total, 64 cities are categorised as 'extreme risk' in Verisk Maplecroft's new Global Alerts Dashboard (GAD), an online mapping and data portal that


From The Eponymous Pickle

IllumiRoom Peripheral Augmented Reality

IllumiRoom Peripheral Augmented Reality

In the CACM: "IllumiRoom: Immersive Experiences Beyond the TV Screen," by Brett R. Jones, Hrvoje Benko, Eyal Ofek, and Andrew D. Wilson, uses virtual and augmented reality to move action from the TV into your living room. Jones


From insideHPC

New Report Surveys CPU-GPU Heterogeneous Computing Techniques

New Report Surveys CPU-GPU Heterogeneous Computing Techniques

A new paper from ORNL's Sparsh Mittal and Jeffrey Vetter seeks to change the mindset of researchers using GPUs. Entitled, "A Survey of CPU-GPU Heterogeneous Computing Techniques,” the paper contends that merely offloading computational


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Previews the ISC 2015 Student Cluster Competition

Radio Free HPC Previews the ISC 2015 Student Cluster Competition

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks ahead to the ISC 2015 Student Cluster Competition. This year, 11 teams from around the globe will face off to build the fastest HPC cluster.

The post Radio Free HPC Previews theinsideHPC


From The Eponymous Pickle

Its About the Data

Its About the Data

By data I don't just mean the mega enterprise warehouses in place today.  It also includes sensors, human input, text comments, business rules, the output of other analytics systems and much more.  In the enterprise the mostwhat


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Analytics Professional

Watson Analytics Professional

Now, Watson Analytics Professional   Blog and community.  Further introduction and registration.


From Schneier on Security

Race Condition Exploit in Starbucks Gift Cards

Race Condition Exploit in Starbucks Gift Cards

A researcher was able to steal money from Starbucks by exploiting a race condition in their gift-card value-transfer protocol. Basically, by initiating two identical web transfers at once, he was able to trick the system into


From The Eponymous Pickle

Budget Challenge Money Management Game

Budget Challenge Money Management Game

I am being introduced to an interesting finance game for students.  Fascinating startup leveraging some great analytics," ... The Budget Challenge team wants to provide the ideal playground for students to learn how to manage


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apple Watch, iBeacons and Food Retail

Apple Watch, iBeacons and Food Retail

In Progressive Grocer: " ... Grocery is probably not the prime retail channel to take advantage of a smartwatch’s capabilities. So should grocers prepare for this new era of shopping that the Apple Watch will usher in? At least


From The Eponymous Pickle

Anaytics Summit in Cincinnati this Friday

Anaytics Summit  in Cincinnati this Friday

This Friday,  Analytics Summit 2015, Last chance ....  Friday, May 29, 2015 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)Marriott Kingsgate at the University of Cincinnati(513) 487-3800, 151 Goodman Dr. Cincinnati, Ohio 45219 Analytics Summit


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Rise of Cognitive/AI Systems in the Enterprise

The Rise of Cognitive/AI Systems in the Enterprise

A number of excellent articles on the topic from the HBR and beyond.   Even a pointer to some of our work.    By Tom Davenport and others.   Reading  " ... Cognitive Systems Institute Group (CSIG)  Mission: Cognitive assistants


From insideHPC

Seeking Volunteer Parallella Boards for Virtual Supercomputer

Seeking Volunteer Parallella Boards for Virtual Supercomputer

Over at Parallella.org, Adapteva Founder & CEO Andreas Olofsson writes that the organization is seeking help from its user community to "help build the most efficient virtual supercomputer in the world this week."

The post Seeking


From insideHPC

Solving Eight Constraints of Today’s Data Center

Solving Eight Constraints of Today’s Data Center

With the growth of big data, cloud and high performance computing, demands on data centers around the world are expanding every year. Unfortunately, these demands are coming up against significant opposition in the form of operating


From insideHPC

Video: Introduction to Docker

Video: Introduction to Docker

In this video, Docker Founder and CTO Soloman Hykes explains what Docker is and why developers like it. "Docker is an open-source engine that automates the deployment of any application as a lightweight, portable, self-sufficient


From insideHPC

Poznan in Poland Goes Green with CoolIT Systems

Poznan in Poland Goes Green with CoolIT Systems

Today CoolIT Systems announced that the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center has successfully deployed Rack DCLC liquid cooling. Through a collaboration with Huawei and Itprojektof, the company described the new installation


From The Eponymous Pickle

Running A/B Experiments

Running A/B Experiments

On the risks of A/B testing.    Remember the process well.  A podcast:  " ....  Andrea Burbank discusses the risks, benefits, and lessons from running a single huge experiment with hundreds of moving parts, and with long-term