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February 2016


From insideHPC

Anton 2 Supercomputer to Speed Molecular Simulations at PSC

Anton 2 Supercomputer to Speed Molecular Simulations at PSC

Today the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) announced a $1.8-million National Institutes of Health grant to make the next-generation Anton 2 supercomputer developed by D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES) available to the biomedical


From insideHPC

CCRT in France Acquires 1.4 Petaflop “Cobalt” Supercomputer from Bull

CCRT in France Acquires 1.4 Petaflop “Cobalt” Supercomputer from Bull

Today Atos announced that the French CEA and its industrial partners at the Centre for Computing Research and Technology, CCRT, have invested in a new 1.4 petaflop Bull supercomputer. "Three times more powerful than the current


From insideHPC

Video: Bill Dally on Scaling Performance in the Post-Dennard Era

Video: Bill Dally on Scaling Performance in the Post-Dennard Era

"It was indicated in my keynote this morning there are two really fundamental challenges we're facing in the next two years in all sorts of computing - from supercomputers to cell phones. The first is that of energy efficiency


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF CISE 2016 CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop

NSF CISE 2016 CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop

The following is a guest blog post by Thyaga Nandagopal, National Science Foundation (NSF) Program Director for Computer and Network Systems (CNS).  The NSF Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)


From insideHPC

Coarse Grained Parallelism

Coarse Grained Parallelism

"MPI is generally a coarse-grained, as the parallelism where MPI is used would be higher up in the algorithm. Using MPI for an application requires a developer to think more about the individual servers and how to distribute


From The Eponymous Pickle

How IBM Watson Analytics is being used in Business

How IBM Watson Analytics is being used in Business

 Good examples in CIO: " ... IBM says Watson represents a new era of computing — a step forward to cognitive computing, where apps and systems interact with humans via natural language and help us augment our own understanding


From The Eponymous Pickle

Open Source is New Normal for Big Data

Open Source is New Normal for Big Data

A trend I am seeing.  In CWorld:" ... It's no secret that Hadoop and Apache Spark are the hottest technologies in big data, but what's less often remarked upon is that they're both open-source.Mike Tuchen, a former MicrosoftThe


From The Eponymous Pickle

Towards Robotic Self Design

Towards Robotic Self Design

The ultimate in robotic capability.  Extensive look at the idea.   In CACM:   Self-Repair Techniques Point to Robots That Design Themselves   By Chris Edwards   " ... David Johan Christensen, associate professor at the Technical


From Computational Complexity

Go Google Go

In 2009 I posted about a surprising new approach that moved computer Go from programs that lose to beginners to where it could beat good amateurs. That approach, now called Monte Carlo Tree Search, involves evaluating a position


From Schneier on Security

The Internet of Things Will Be the World's Biggest Robot

The Internet of Things Will Be the World's Biggest Robot

The Internet of Things is the name given to the computerization of everything in our lives. Already you can buy Internet-enabled thermostats, light bulbs, refrigerators, and cars. Soon everything will be on the Internet: the


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Nominations for 5th Annual FCC Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility

Nominations for 5th Annual FCC Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility

The FCC invites nominations for the 5th Annual FCC Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility. The Chairman’s Awards aim to highlight and encourage innovation in accessible technologies, standards, and best practices


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

This announcement went out to CSTA members (and others) this week.This award does include computer science teachers!


The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (#PAEMST) is launching its 2016 Nomination


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of Programming Languages

Future of Programming Languages

Robert Martin talks on the past and future of programming languages.   Always thought we would be much closer to very visual and service oriented methods by now.   Or even completely automated, robotically assembled systems.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Does Gamification Work?

Does Gamification Work?

In K@W:  A look at the evidence. Everyone agrees that games are engaging, and they can be designed,  built and delivered.  They can get you to a place where your presence has value.  But can the concepts in games be built into


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

U.S. EAC Technical Guidelines Development Committee Will Meet on February 8-9

U.S. EAC Technical Guidelines Development Committee Will Meet on February 8-9

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s Technical Guidelines Development Committee will hold its next meeting on February 8-9 in Washington, D.C. The meeting will provide updates on the development of the next generation of


From The Eponymous Pickle

Omni Channel Shoppers

Omni Channel  Shoppers

Google opines on micro moments.  Where these confirmed during the past holidays? " ... Micro-moments are transforming the way consumers shop. Retailers have to win micro-moments to win omni-channel shoppers.  .... Google's VP


From insideHPC

ALCF Celebrates 10 Years of Leadership Computing

ALCF Celebrates 10 Years of Leadership Computing

This week, the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) turns one decade old. ALCF is home to Mira, the world's fifth-fastest supercomputer, along with teams of experts that help researchers from all over the world perform


From insideHPC

Video: Mars – A 64-Core ARMv8 Processor

Video: Mars – A 64-Core ARMv8 Processor

In this video from the 2015 Hot Chips Conference, Charles Zhang from Phytium presents: Mars - A 64-Core ARMv8 Processor. Formed in China in 2012, Phytium is a unique technology provider of HPC servers, focusing mainly on high


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of February 1

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of February 1

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 Closed Hearing: Classified Hearing on the FISA Amendments Act House Judiciary Committee 10 am | 2141 Rayburn House Office Building Hearing: Status of the Public Safety Broadband Network House Energy


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

National Academies Communication Awards Nominations Due February 8

National Academies Communication Awards Nominations Due February 8

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is accepting nominations for its 2016 Communications Awards. The awards recognize individuals or teams who published innovative works during 2015 that help the public


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

USPTO Patent Public Advisory Committee Meeting on February 4, 2016

USPTO Patent Public Advisory Committee Meeting on February 4, 2016

The USPTO Patent Public Advisory Committee will hold its next quarterly meeting on Thursday, February 4, 2016, from 9 am to 3:40 pm at the USPTO campus in Alexandria, Virginia. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting will


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

ACM Applauds Computer Science for All Initiative

ACM Applauds Computer Science for All Initiative

Statement by ACM President Alexander L. Wolf and ACM CEO Bobby Schnabel on US President Obama’s “Computer Science for All” Announcement ACM applauds U.S. President Barack Obama’s historic announcement of the Computer Science


From The Eponymous Pickle

Connecting Designers and Developers

Connecting Designers and Developers

In The Verge: " ... after Etsy completed an IPO that valued it at $3.5 billion, the craft marketplace is expanding. The company is introducing Etsy Manufacturing, a new service that will link Etsy sellers — who often make items


From The Eponymous Pickle

CPG Using Uber Methods

CPG Using Uber Methods

Have covered the topic of retail compliance many times in this space.  Technology combined with crowdsourcing has already been used for some time.  Note the connection to data analytics applications.Retail Solutions PartnersCPG


From insideHPC

Mira Supercomputer Shaping Fusion Plasma Research

Mira Supercomputer Shaping Fusion Plasma Research

The IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer Mira, housed at the Argonne national laboratory Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ACLF), is delivering new insights into the physics behind nuclear fusion, helping researchers to develop


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

White House Roundtable on Cybersecurity of Hospitals and Medical Devices

White House Roundtable on Cybersecurity of Hospitals and Medical Devices

The following is a guest post from CCC Council Member Kevin Fu, the Associate Professor of EECS at the University of Michigan and Chief Scientist of Virta Labs, Inc. Last month, the White House quietly convened a group of medical


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Monitoring Machinery Health

AI Monitoring Machinery Health

In the CACM:   A favorite topic in manufacturing,  to predict and improve maintenance.  " ... An artificial intelligence algorithm created by University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) principal research scientist Rodrigo Teixeira


From insideHPC

Poznan Launches Eagle Supercomputer with Liquid Cooling from CoolIT Systems

Poznan Launches Eagle Supercomputer with Liquid Cooling from CoolIT Systems

Today CoolIT Systems announced that it has successfully completed the second deployment of its Rack DCLC liquid cooling solution at the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) in partnership with Huawei. "We are pleased


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

An Online Community for CS Teachers Using Microsoft Tools

An Online Community for CS Teachers Using Microsoft Tools

One thing I am constantly looking to do is to learn from other computer science teachers. There are some good online communities for this purpose. I’m a member of a couple of Facebook groups for example. And I regularly follow


From Schneier on Security

Security vs. Surveillance

Security vs. Surveillance

Both the "going dark" metaphor of FBI Director James Comey and the contrasting "golden age of surveillance" metaphor of privacy law professor Peter Swire focus on the value of data to law enforcement. As framed in the media,

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