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June 2016


From Putting People First

‘Big data is people!’

‘Big data is people!’

The sum of our clickstreams is not an objective measure of who we are, but a personal portrait of our hopes and desires, argues Rebecca Lemov, associate professor of the history of science at Harvard University. When trying to


From insideHPC

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Rolls Out Software Defined HPC Platform

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Rolls Out Software Defined HPC Platform

Today, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) introduced new high-performance computing solutions that aim to accelerate HPC adoption by enabling faster time-to-value and increased competitive differentiation through better parallel


From Schneier on Security

Security Behavior of Pro-ISIS Groups on Social Media

Security Behavior of Pro-ISIS Groups on Social Media

Interesting: Since the team had tracked these groups daily, researchers could observe the tactics that pro-ISIS groups use to evade authorities. They found that 15 percent of groups changed their names during the study period


From insideHPC

Slidecast: Announcing the Nvidia Tesla P100 for PCIe Servers

Slidecast: Announcing the Nvidia Tesla P100 for PCIe Servers

In this slidecast, Marc Hamilton from describes the Nvidia Tesla P100 for PCIe Servers. "The Tesla P100 for PCIe is available in a standard PCIe form factor and is compatible with today’s GPU-accelerated servers. It is optimized


From insideHPC

Cray Adds Intel Xeon Phi Processor to Flagship Line of Supercomputers

Cray Adds Intel Xeon Phi Processor to Flagship Line of Supercomputers

Today Cray introduced new performance breakthroughs that will provide customers with the fastest Cray XC supercomputers and Cray Sonexion storage systems to date. “Our customers are taking on increasingly complex computational


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Better Comments in Visual Studio

Better Comments in Visual Studio

Thanks to Channel 9 I found an interesting extension for Visual Studio called Better Comments.

"Better Comments is a Visual Studio extension that gives you the ability to customize the font and opacity of your comments independently


From insideHPC

Supermicro Launches Wide Range of HPC Solutions at ISC 2016

Supermicro Launches Wide Range of HPC Solutions at ISC 2016

SuperMicro is showcasing its High Performance Computing solutions at ISC 2016 this week in Frankfurt, Germany. "With Supermicro HPC solutions deep learning, engineering, and scientific fields can scale out compute clusters to


From insideHPC

Asetek Demonstrates Leadership with Recent Global Installations

Asetek Demonstrates Leadership with Recent Global Installations

Sandia National Laboratories has already seen the benefits from a major Asetek liquid cooled HPC system that has been in use for over twelve months. The 600 teraflop Sky Bridge Supercomputer with 1,848 nodes was installed using


From insideHPC

Cray Announces Big Wins at ISC 2016

Cray Announces Big Wins at ISC 2016

Today Cray announced that the company has been awarded new contracts for its Cray XC40 supercomputer, two Cray CS400 cluster supercomputers, a Cray Urika-GX agile analytics platform, and its DataWarp applications I/O accelerator


From The Eponymous Pickle

Diesign Thinking, Risk, Innovation

Diesign Thinking, Risk, Innovation

Thoughtful piece in Gartner Blog , especially about integrating risk management.   At least that can be thought of quantitatively ....Design Thinking Lies at the Corner of Risk Management and Innovation, by John A. Wheeler   


From The Eponymous Pickle

William James on Attention

William James on Attention

William James speaking on a number of very modern concerns.     In Brainpickings:     " .... Attention … is the taking possession by the mind, in clear and vivid form, of one out of what seem several simultaneously possible objects


From Schneier on Security

CIA Director John Brennan Pretends Foreign Cryptography Doesn't Exist

CIA Director John Brennan Pretends Foreign Cryptography Doesn't Exist

Last week, CIA director John Brennan told a Senate committee that there wasn't any strong cryptography outside of the US. CIA director John Brennan told US senators they shouldn't worry about mandatory encryption backdoors hurting


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analytics is more than Self Service

Analytics is more than Self Service

Good thoughts in the SAP Digtalist Mag.   " ... Why The Future of Analytics Is About More Than Self-Service  ... " by Timo Elliott


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pizza Service with a Cognitive Smile?

Pizza Service with a Cognitive Smile?

Word that Pizza Hut plans to soon test robots for customer service in Asia.   We examined much  simpler kiosk-style interactions in retail.   Do androids with  AI driven service style do better?  Cognitive with a smile?   Plus


From The Eponymous Pickle

Driverless Carts

Driverless Carts

More on driverless carts in retailwire.  And a discussion.   Maybe its not the smart of carts that is important, but the inconvenience.


From insideHPC

Requirements in HPC Environments

Requirements in HPC Environments

This is the second article in a series taken from the insideHPC Guide to Flexible HPC. Organizations that implement high-performance computing (HPC) technologies have a wide range of requirements. From small manufacturing suppliers


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Data Science Webinar- DevOps at Amazon: A Look at Our Tools and Processes

NSF Data Science Webinar- DevOps at Amazon: A Look at Our Tools and Processes

The AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellows at the National Science Foundation (NSF) have organized another talk in their Data Science Seminar Series from Bill Vass on DevOps at Amazon: A Look at Our Tools and Processes. The


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

South Big Data Hub DataStart Program

South Big Data Hub DataStart Program

The South Big Data Hub links talented students with tech startups through a DataStart program, which provides real-world experiences for students while helping entrepreneurial companies. Graduate students from six universities


From Schneier on Security

Nude Photos as Loan Collateral

Nude Photos as Loan Collateral

The New York Times is reporting that some women in China are being forced to supply nude photos of themselves as collateral for getting a loan. Aside from the awfulness of this practice, it's really bad collateral because it's


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 20 June 2016

Interesting Links 20 June 2016

I think my brain shut down when I left school last Monday to start the summer break. While I got a lot of personal business done last week my mind was really not on computer science. Oh I collected some good links (shared below)


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Looks at Sunway TaihuLight – the World’s Fastest Supercomputer

Radio Free HPC Looks at Sunway TaihuLight – the World’s Fastest Supercomputer

In this podcast, Shahin Khan from OrionX joins the Radio Free HPC team for a look at the new TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers. "The 93 Petaflop Sunway TaihuLight supercomputer is not a one-time effort from China


From insideHPC

At ISC 2016, The Times, They Are A-Changin’

At ISC 2016, The Times, They Are A-Changin’

In this special guest feature, Kim McMahon and Brian E. Whitaker share their perspectives on the supercomputer industry from ISC 2016 in Frankfurt. "ISC hosts 147 exhibitors this year across hardware, software, and services,


From insideHPC

Univa Grid Engine Supports New Intel Xeon Phi Processor

Univa Grid Engine Supports New Intel Xeon Phi Processor

Today Univa announced the release of Univa Grid Engine Version 8.4.0 with preview support for the Intel Xeon Phi processor (formerly code-named “Knights Landing”), enabling enterprises to launch and control jobs on Intel Xeon


From insideHPC

93 Petaflop Chinese Supercomputer is World’s Fastest on Latest TOP500 List

93 Petaflop Chinese Supercomputer is World’s Fastest on Latest TOP500 List

A new machine called Sunway TaihuLight in China is the fastest supercomputer on the planet. Announced today with the release of the latest TOP500 list, the 93 Petaflop machine sports over 10.6 Million compute cores. "The latest


From insideHPC

New NVIDIA Tesla P100 Brings Pascal Architecture to HPC Applications

New NVIDIA Tesla P100 Brings Pascal Architecture to HPC Applications

“Accelerated computing is the only path forward to keep up with researchers’ insatiable demand for HPC and AI supercomputing,” said Ian Buck, vice president of accelerated computing at NVIDIA. “Deploying CPU-only systems to meet


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Rules for VR

Google Rules for VR

Hardly rules, more like general usefulness guidelines.  Would like to see more detail here.  What works for real enterprise examples?


From Phys.org Technology News

Few Utah police report drone use, cite tough FAA regulations

Few Utah police report drone use, cite tough FAA regulations

Law enforcement agencies have touted drones as a powerful new tool for searches and investigations, but police in Utah report they've stopped using the devices after getting bogged down by federal regulations.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Generating Lists from Electronic Medical Records

Generating Lists from Electronic Medical Records

Late to this presentation, but just examined and worth looking at:" ...  Ching-Huei Tsou, from IBM Watson Research,who will present "Toward Generating Domain-specific / Personalized Problem Lists from Electronic Medical Records


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data and Decision Making

Data and Decision Making

Ultimately its about how how to apply data and analytics to decision making.  Bernard Marr does a good job with some straight forward steps in Forbes.  Fairly short and to the point.  Makes the important point about how it should


From insideHPC

Asetek to Premier VerticalRackCDU Liquid Cooling at ISC 2016

Asetek to Premier VerticalRackCDU Liquid Cooling at ISC 2016

Today Asetek announced plans to showcase its liquid cooling solutions and successful installations at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt. "For the first time, Asetek will be displaying its new InRackCDU cooling solution. InRackCDU provides

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