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February 2017


From Computational Complexity

Ken Arrow and Oscars Voting

Kenneth Arrow, the Nobel Prize winning economist known for his work on social choice and general equilibrium, passed away Tuesday at the age of 95.



I can't cover Arrow's broad influential work in this blog post even if I were…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Global Impact of Open Data

Global Impact of Open Data

Free EBook from O'Reilly. 

The Global Impact of Open Data
Key Findings from Detailed Case Studies Around the World

Open data has spurred economic innovation, social transformation, and fresh forms of political and government accountability…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the Future of TV

On the Future of TV

Walt Mossberg looks at the future of TV,   from cable driven to TV as an intelligent service  A thoughtful and frustrating view of progress.  I am ready to try something new here, my estimate is that 90% of what we are paying…


From insideHPC

Mentor Graphics Adds Univa Grid Engine to Veloce Emulation Platform

Mentor Graphics Adds Univa Grid Engine to Veloce Emulation Platform

"It is extremely important that customers using the Veloce emulation platform maximize the usability of their datacenter-based emulation resources," said Eric Selosse, vice president and general manager of the Mentor Emulation…


From insideHPC

Asetek Enters Product Development Agreement with Major Datacenter Player

Asetek Enters Product Development Agreement with Major Datacenter Player

Today liquid-cooling technology provider Asetek announced that the company has signed a development agreement with a "major player" in the data center space. "This development agreement is the direct result of several years of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Role of Dialog in Augmented Intelligence

Role of Dialog in Augmented Intelligence

Looking forward to this talk,  precisely what we attempted in a number of expertise augmentation and Bot delivery applications.  Its still a big challenge,

Dear Professors, Students, IBMers and others, 

This a reminder about our…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC @ AAAS 2017- Health in Your Pocket: Diagnosing and Treating Disease with Smartphones

CCC @ AAAS 2017- Health in Your Pocket: Diagnosing and Treating Disease with Smartphones

The following blog post is by CCC Director Ann Drobnis with contributions from Gregory Hager, Member of the CCC Healthcare task force and Director of the Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare at Johns Hopkins University…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Home is Where the Bot is

Smart Home is Where the Bot is

McKinsey on Bots in the home.

A smart home is where the bot is
By Jean-Baptiste Coumau, Hiroto Furuhashi, and Hugo Sarrazin
  
Within a decade, our living spaces will be enhanced by a host of new devices and technologies, performing…


From insideHPC

Emerson Roxar Applies ebb3 Remote Visualization for Oil & Gas

Emerson Roxar Applies ebb3 Remote Visualization for Oil & Gas

Today UK-based ebb3 announced that Emerson Automation Solutions is deploying high-performance software for the oil and gas industry virtually using ebb3’s remote visualization technology. "The Roxar reservoir management software…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Applying Design Thinking in the Organization

Applying Design Thinking in the Organization

Good introduction to design thinking.  With pointers to lots of resources.

How to apply design thinking in your organization
Design thinking helps organizations grow, innovate, and improve financial performance.

By Jonathan Follett…


From insideHPC

Video: Containerizing Distributed Pipes

Video: Containerizing Distributed Pipes

Hagen Toennies from Gaikai Inc. presented this deck at the 2017 HPC Advisory Council Stanford Conference. "In this talk we will present how we enable distributed, Unix style programming using Docker and Apache Kafka. We will …


From insideHPC

NSF Funds HPC Cluster at Penn State

NSF Funds HPC Cluster at Penn State

The Penn State Cyber-Laboratory for Astronomy, Materials, and Physics (CyberLAMP) is acquiring a high-performance computer cluster that will facilitate interdisciplinary research and training in cyberscience and is funded by …


From insideHPC

DDN Ranked #1 in HPC Storage Market

DDN Ranked #1 in HPC Storage Market

Today DDN announced that it was once again ranked as the top storage provider among HPC sites surveyed by Intersect360 Research. “High-performance sites are incredibly challenging IT environments with massive data requirements…


From insideHPC

TACC’s Dan Stanzione on the Challenges Driving HPC

TACC’s Dan Stanzione on the Challenges Driving HPC

In this video from KAUST, Dan Stanzione, executive director of the Texas Advanced Computing Center, shares his insight on the future of high performance computing and the challenges faced by institutions as the demand for HPC…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Jacquard Loom

Jacquard Loom

Well I don't agree with the premise, it did not rival the brain.  But the Jacquard loom did make us think about automating and 'programming' difficult process.  So a legitimate part of computing history:  In the CACM:

A Computer…


From Schneier on Security

NSA Using Cyberattack for Defense

NSA Using Cyberattack for Defense

These days, it's rare that we learn something new from the Snowden documents. But Ben Buchanan found something interesting. The NSA penetrates enemy networks in order to enhance our defensive capabilities. The data the NSA collected…


From The Noisy Channel

Martin, I don’t envy you the challenge of trying to improve search for clients who value search…

Martin, I don’t envy you the challenge of trying to improve search for clients who value search…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Skills for Small Business

Alexa Skills for Small Business

Instructive list that I have been waiting for.  How can we get practical with voice skill assistants? Examining.

23 Must-Have Alexa Skills for Your Small Business  By Rob Marvin in PCMag.

Amazon's digital assistant Alexa can help…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Taxing Robots at Human Rates

Taxing Robots at Human Rates

In an interview with Bill Gates, the suggestion that robots that take human jobs should pay taxes:

“Right now, the human worker who does, say, $50,000 worth of work in a factory, that income is taxed and you get income tax, Social…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger Merges in-store, Online Shopping

Kroger Merges in-store, Online Shopping

From FMI Smartech: 

Kroger turns to Tech to merge in-store, online shopping
Kroger strives to create an in-store shopping experience that is similar to online shopping, tapping technology including infrared sensors, data algorithms…


From insideHPC

One Stop Systems Rolls Out Rugged 4U All-Flash Array Data Storage Unit

One Stop Systems Rolls Out Rugged 4U All-Flash Array Data Storage Unit

Today One Stop Systems introduced an all-flash array Data Storage Unit. The Data Storage Unit is available in both a rugged version and a commercial version. The rugged version as deployed in a military aircraft is an all-flash…


From insideHPC

Video: An Overview of the Blue Waters Supercomputer at NCSA

Video: An Overview of the Blue Waters Supercomputer at NCSA

In this video, Robert Brunner from NCSA presents: Blue Waters System Overview. "Blue Waters is one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. Scientists and engineers across the country use the computing and data power…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Workshop Report on Grand Challenges in Edge Computing

NSF Workshop Report on Grand Challenges in Edge Computing

The following is a guest blog post by Weisong Shi, a Charles H. Gershenson Distinguished Faculty Fellow and a Professor of Computer Science at Wayne State University. The organizing committee for the National Science Foundation…


From insideHPC

RCE Podcast Looks at SAGE2 Scalable Amplified Group Environment

RCE Podcast Looks at SAGE2 Scalable Amplified Group Environment

In this RCE Podcast, Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres speak with the creators of SAGE2 Scalable Amplified Group Environment. SAGE2 is a browser tool to enhance data-intensive, co-located, and remote collaboration. "The original SAGE…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google and Apple to rule Augmented Reality

Google and Apple to rule Augmented Reality

Don't see this as the case as yet, the Microsoft Hololens applications I have seen are impressive
Why Google and Apple will rule mixed reality     Sorry, Microsoft and Magic Leap, the Silicon Valley smartphone giants have oneMike…


From insideHPC

Tutorial on In-Network Computing: SHARP Technology for MPI Offloads

Tutorial on In-Network Computing: SHARP Technology for MPI Offloads

"Increased system size and a greater reliance on utilizing system parallelism to achieve computational needs, requires innovative system architectures to meet the simulation challenges. As a step towards a new network class of…


From insideHPC

GPUs and Flash in Radar Simulation and Anti-Submarine Warfare Applications

GPUs and Flash in Radar Simulation and Anti-Submarine Warfare Applications

Katie Garrison, One Stop SystemsIn this week’s Sponsored Post, Katie Garrison, of One Stop Systems explains how GPUs and Flash solutions are used in radar simulation and anti-submarine warfare applications. "High-performance compute and flash solutions are …


From The Noisy Channel

How To Improve Your Search Experience

How To Improve Your Search Experience

As a high-class consultant, I spend a lot of time helping companies improve their search experiences. Every company has a unique set of…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

International Symposium on Spatial and Temporal Databases Call for Papers

International Symposium on Spatial and Temporal Databases Call for Papers

The International Symposium on Spatial and Temporal Databases (SSTD 2017) is the 15th event of a series of biannual symposia that discuss new and exciting research in spatial, temporal and spatio-temporal data management and…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA Pascal GPUs come to Advanced Clustering Technologies

NVIDIA Pascal GPUs come to Advanced Clustering Technologies

Missouri-based Advanced Clustering Technologies is helping customers solve challenges by integrating NVIDIA Tesla P100 accelerators into its line of high performance computing clusters. Advanced Clustering Technologies builds…

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