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February 2016


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,


From insideHPC

LLNL Teams with Industry to Advance Energy Technologies using HPC

LLNL Teams with Industry to Advance Energy Technologies using HPC

Today Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) announced the selection of six industry projects for the advancement of energy technologies using high performance computing. Called the "hpc4energy incubator," this pilot program


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the Benefits of the Data Lake

On the Benefits of the Data Lake

In DSC: Overview of major benefits of Data Lakes.    " ... And in nutshell Data Lake is a data store and processing data system, where an organization can place internal data, external data, partner’s data, competitor data, business


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

The 2016 Knuth Prize

A non-annoucement annoucement Crop from Farkas Prize src Michel Goemans is the chair of this year’s ACM/IEEE Knuth Prize committee. He teaches at MIT and among many wonderful achievements co-won the 2000 MOS/AMS Fulkerson Prize


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gimball Drones in Ice Caves

Gimball Drones in Ice Caves

This piece in IEEE Spectrum   shows the use of a Flyability Gimball drone being flown in an ice cave. Impressive video, that shows how the drone can survive collisions.    This has similarities to an industrial inspection and


From Schneier on Security

Paper on the Going Dark Debate

Paper on the Going Dark Debate

I am pleased to have been a part of this report, part of the Berkman Center's Berklett Cybersecurity project: Don't Panic: Making Progress on the "Going Dark" Debate From the report: In this report, we question whether the "going


From The Eponymous Pickle

We Don't Understand the Language of the Brain

We Don't Understand the Language of the Brain

Despite all the success in artificial neural networks for pattern recognition, we still don't understand how the brain works.   A number of efforts are underway.  An overview in Scientific American.  What do we really know about


From The Eponymous Pickle

Freezers Reading your Emotions?

Freezers Reading your Emotions?

A retail freezer reading your emotions?  " ... Then there's a grocery store freezer case that can help you decide what you want to buy by reading your facial expression through cameras installed on top of it. It makes suggestions


From insideHPC

High Performance Computing for Energy Project Kicks off at BSC

High Performance Computing for Energy Project Kicks off at BSC

High Performance Computing for Energy (HPC4E) project officially launched this week with a kick-off meeting for partners at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). Coordinated by BSC and running through November 2017, the


From insideHPC

John Zannos to Chair OpenPOWER Foundation

John Zannos to Chair OpenPOWER Foundation

Today the OpenPOWER Foundation announced the election of John Zannos from Canonical as Chair and Calista Redmond from IBM as President of the OpenPOWER Foundation Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2016. Zannos and Redmond


From Putting People First

The secret UX issues that will make (or break) self-driving cars

The secret UX issues that will make (or break) self-driving cars

In an unassuming research lab, Volkswagen is solving problems that Tesla and Google haven’t come close to cracking. Cliff Kuang reports for Fast Company. In his article he features the work of Brian Lathrop, who runs the UX group


From insideHPC

Video: Storage Architecture for Innovation & Research at the University of Florida

Video: Storage Architecture for Innovation & Research at the University of Florida

In this video from the DDN booth at SC15, Dr. Erik Deumens of the University of Florida describes why unpredictable and less standard architectures and system configurations are necessary to meet the agility, availability and


From Putting People First

Do patients really want to be empowered?

Do patients really want to be empowered?

Katherine Benjamin, digital services manager at NHS England, asks some clever questions in this Medium piece: “Digital health services and wearable technologies are meant to empower users to change behaviours and become better


From insideHPC

Seismic Processing Places High Demand on Storage

Seismic Processing Places High Demand on Storage

Oil and gas exploration is always a challenging endeavor, and with today's large risks and rewards, optimizing the process is of critical importance. A whole range of High Performance Computing (HPC) technologies need to be employed


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Great Innovative Idea- Querying Historical Maps as a Unified, Structured, and Linked Spatiotemporal Source

Great Innovative Idea- Querying Historical Maps as a Unified, Structured, and Linked Spatiotemporal Source

The following Great Innovative Idea is from Yao-Yi Chiang from the University of Southern California. His Querying Historical Maps as a Unified, Structured, and Linked Spatiotemporal Source paper was the first place winner at


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nokia and IOT Security

Nokia and IOT Security

In CWorld:  " ... The NetGuard platform is designed to monitor and control all the security components on a network  .... The company's NetGuard Security Management Center is designed to monitor and control all the security components

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