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May 2016


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Search for a Better Battery

The Search for a Better Battery

I am no longer in the battery business, but always thought that portable energy was important. Where is portable and conveniently store able energy going?    Here in IEEE Spectrum.


From Phys.org Technology News

European aviation agency sets up drone collision task force

European aviation agency sets up drone collision task force

The European Aviation Safety Agency is setting up a task force to examine the risk of collisions between drones and aircraft.


From insideHPC

Ron Perrott to Receive ACM Distinguished Service Award

Ron Perrott to Receive ACM Distinguished Service Award

Today ACM announced that Ron Perrott, an international leader in the development and promotion of parallel computing, will receive ACM’s prestigious Distinguished Service Award. The goal of ACM’s Awards and Recognition Program


From insideHPC

GCS in Germany Allocates Record Number of Core Hours for Research

GCS in Germany Allocates Record Number of Core Hours for Research

The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) in Germany has allocated a record 1,648 million core hours of computing time to 21 scientifically outstanding national research projects as part of its Call for Large-Scale Projects.


From insideHPC

Kick the Tires on Quantum Computing with the IBM Cloud

Kick the Tires on Quantum Computing with the IBM Cloud

In its latest move to build a practical quantum computer, IBM Research for the first time ever is making quantum computing available in the cloud to anyone interested in hands-on access to the company’s advanced experimental


From insideHPC

Video: A Journey to a Holistic for Data-intensive Workflows at CSIRO

Video: A Journey to a Holistic for Data-intensive Workflows at CSIRO

In this video from the 2016 MSST Conference, Ian Corner from CSIRO in Australia presents: A Journey to a Holistic for Data-intensive Workflows. "At CSIRO, we are Australia's national science organization and one of the largest


From Phys.org Technology News

How to hide secret messages using fizzy drinks

How to hide secret messages using fizzy drinks

Next time you see someone spilling a drink in a bar, you could actually be witnessing a spy secretly decoding an encrypted message. This might sound like something from a Bond movie. But a team from Israel has used some rather


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Computer Science Making Numbers More Interesting

Computer Science Making Numbers More Interesting

Last night I lay awake thinking about numbers and programming languages. Yes I know – weird.  One of the first programming languages I was paid to write code in was called DIBOL – Digital’s Business Oriented Language. It was


From Schneier on Security

Credential Stealing as an Attack Vector

Credential Stealing as an Attack Vector

Traditional computer security concerns itself with vulnerabilities. We employ antivirus software to detect malware that exploits vulnerabilities. We have automatic patching systems to fix vulnerabilities. We debate whether the


From insideHPC

Supercomputing van der Waals Forces on Mira

Supercomputing van der Waals Forces on Mira

Over at ALCF, Katie Jones writes that researchers are using the Mira supercomputer to validate a new “wave-like” model of the van der Waals force—a weak attraction that has strong ties to function and stability in materials and


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google OnHub with IFTTT is Looking Like an Echo

Google OnHub with IFTTT is Looking Like an Echo

When Google first introduced the OnHub, it looked like a too complex and expensive Wifi hub.  Did not give it much thought.  But when hooked to the IFTTT engine with 'recipes', announced today,  it becomes a control box thatThis


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Semantic Ecosystem

A Semantic Ecosystem

A big challenge.  What is a semantic Ecosystem?  By Topquadrant: A like the thoughts to a combination of data, metadata and services ... via an ontology.SEMANTIC ECOSYSTEM – WHAT’S THAT ABOUT?A semantic ecosystem is a modernAdd


From insideHPC

Video: DSSD Scalable High Performance FLASH Systems

Video: DSSD Scalable High Performance FLASH Systems

Jeff Bonwick from EMC DSSD presented this talk at the MSST conference. "Jeff Bonwick is co-founder and CTO of DSSD, where he co-invented both the system hardware architecture and the Flood software stack. His talk will focus


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Artificial Intelligence for Social Good

Artificial Intelligence for Social Good

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is proud to announce a White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), and CCC co-sponsored public workshop


From Schneier on Security

Julian Sanchez on the Feinstein-Burr Bill

Julian Sanchez on the Feinstein-Burr Bill

Two excellent posts....


From insideHPC

Edison Supercomputer Helps Find Roots of MJO Modeling Mismatches

Edison Supercomputer Helps Find Roots of MJO Modeling Mismatches

The MJO occurs on its own timetable—every 30 to 60 days—but its worldwide impact spurs scientists to unlock its secrets. The ultimate answer? Timely preparation for the precipitation havoc it brings—and insight into how it will


From insideHPC

Time-lapse Video: Cray Install at UK Met Office

Time-lapse Video: Cray Install at UK Met Office

In this video, technicians install a new supercomputer at UK Met Office. The Met Office is the National Weather Service for the UK, providing internationally-renowned weather and climate science and services to support the public


From The Eponymous Pickle

Getting Aboard the Food Truck Revolution

Getting Aboard the Food Truck Revolution

In Retailwire.  Here this talks about the Food Truck Concept in retail in particular.  A useful conversation.  But taking it further, should CPG and other companies look at this as well?   Building  word of mouth driven channels


From insideHPC

HPC and the HDC Datacenter

HPC and the HDC Datacenter

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Darren Watkins from Virtus Data Centres explains the importance of building a data centre from the ground up to support the requirements of HPC users - while maximizing


From Phys.org Technology News

In Tech: Dish techs fix iPhones, Best Buy gets Oculus VR

In Tech: Dish techs fix iPhones, Best Buy gets Oculus VR

When Dish technicians aren't busy installing satellite TV services in people's homes, they'll be making house calls to replace iPhone batteries and broken screens.


From insideHPC

An Open Letter to the HPC Community

An Open Letter to the HPC Community

Altair is making a big investment toward uniting the whole HPC community to accelerate the state of the art (and the state of actual production operations) for HPC scheduling. Altair is joining the OpenHPC project with PBS Pro


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Email: how to be polite and efficient

Email: how to be polite and efficient

Email is an old platform, but it still represents the cornerstone of most of our work online. Surprisingly, many people seem to be using email poorly. Here are a few basic rules to keep us productive. Long emails are inefficient


From The Eponymous Pickle

Now Accenture's MyWizard Works

Now Accenture's MyWizard Works

From Accenture Newsroom:Accenture Launches Intelligent Automation Platform to Deliver Smarter, More Efficient Application Services that Improve Business OutcomesAccenture Launches Intelligent Automation Platform to Deliver Smarter


From Phys.org Technology News

What readers think about computer-generated texts

What readers think about computer-generated texts

Readers like to read texts generated by computers, especially when they are unaware that what they are reading was assembled on the basis of an algorithm. This, at any rate, is the conclusion suggested by the results of an experiment


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Homes

Smart Homes

Good overview of the state and direction of smart home technology  " ... Smartphones, mesh networks and cloud computing are enabling the long-awaited smart home. Standards and open-source software could make them ubiquitous.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Parallel Graph Analytics

Parallel Graph Analytics

Extensive piece on this in the CACM.   This studies the structure of complex graphs, similar to graph analytics.  Had never heard exactly this term used for similar visualization capabilities.  See the Graph Analytics tag below


From The Eponymous Pickle

Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator

Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator

Samsung continues to move ahead, with smart hubs in standard appliances.  Very expensive appliances.  Such white goods appliances have the problem of dealing with synchronizing with high tech systems, which have historically"


From The Eponymous Pickle

Claude Shannon

Claude Shannon

Historical piece on one my favorite pioneers of the computing era.  A problem we are still dealing with, the relationship between knowledge and data.  Rarely have heard of Shannon in recent years. Worth knowing the story " ..


From Schneier on Security

Fake Security Conferences

Fake Security Conferences

Turns out there are two different conferences with the title International Conference on Cyber Security (ICCS 2016), one real and one fake. Richard Clayton has the story....


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Announces New Leadership

CCC Announces New Leadership

Today we are happy to announce the new CCC leadership. Elizabeth Mynatt and Mark Hill will assume their roles as Chair and Vice Chair respectively for two-year terms beginning July 1, while Greg Hager is stepping down after two

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