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May 2016


From The Eponymous Pickle

Getting from Labs to Reality in Innovation

Getting from Labs to Reality in Innovation

Was part of a retail innovation lab for years. So this is very interesting.  We tried, but did not make the transition from lab to reality very well.  Were more interested in having fully formed ideas to arrive, whether in startup


From insideHPC

Video: Why Quantum Computing Matters

Video: Why Quantum Computing Matters

In this video, Moshe Rappoport of the IBM Research THINK Lab - Zurich, takes into the world of quantum computing. He explains why the recent steps that scientists made this field are very likely just the beginning of yet another


From insideHPC

AMD FirePro S7100X Hardware-Virtualized GPU Comes to HPE Blade Servers

AMD FirePro S7100X Hardware-Virtualized GPU Comes to HPE Blade Servers

Today AMD announced the Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) for blade servers, a new graphics virtualization solution that provides workstation-class experience. Now available HPE ProLiant WS460c Gen9 blade servers, the AMD FirePro S7100X


From insideHPC

Sri Sathya Sai Institute in India Chooses Bright Technology

Sri Sathya Sai Institute in India Chooses Bright Technology

Today Bright Computing announced that Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (SSSIHL) in India has chosen Bright infrastructure management technology to manage its HPC environment. This heterogeneous and hybrid cluster at


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sales and High Growth Companies

Sales and High Growth Companies

From McKinsey: The Sales Secrets of High-Growth Companies ... The authors of Sales Growth reveal five actions that distinguish sales organizations at fast-growing companies. .... " 


From The Eponymous Pickle

European Commision on Digital Platforms

European Commision on Digital Platforms

In the Economist (registration required) on pricing and Google in the online world.   Are Google (and other large digital platform holders) preventing competition by buying up potential competitors early with their cash?  Also


From insideHPC

Disruptive Opportunities and a Path to Exascale: A Conversation with HPC Visionary Alan Gara of Intel

Disruptive Opportunities and a Path to Exascale: A Conversation with HPC Visionary Alan Gara of Intel

"We want to encourage and support that collaborative behavior in whatever way we can, because there are a multitude of problems in government agencies and commercial entities that seem to have high performance computing solutions


From Phys.org Technology News

Award-winning academic research search engine metaBUS launches in June

Award-winning academic research search engine metaBUS launches in June

A trailblazing online search engine that will save researchers years of time while conducting meta-analysis will be unveiled next week at the University of Calgary.


From Putting People First

[Book] Quantified: Biosensing Technologies in Everyday Life

[Book]  Quantified: Biosensing Technologies in Everyday Life

Quantified: Biosensing Technologies in Everyday Life Edited by Dawn Nafus MIT Press, April 2016 280 pp. Today anyone can purchase technology that can track, quantify, and measure the body and its environment. Wearable or portable


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reshaping Open Science

Reshaping Open Science

Opening science and the data always involved.A Reboot of the Legendary Physics Site ArXiv Could Shape Open ScienceTo get a sense of just how important arXiv is, consider these stats. In 2014, the site passed its million-paper


From BLOG@CACM

The Emerging Technology Landscape in China

The Emerging Technology Landscape in China

Observations about the emerging technology landscape in China, looking at mobile social networking, mobile payments, taxi hailing, and same or next day delivery.


From Phys.org Technology News

Tests show drivers can't accurately judge speed of approaching train

Tests show drivers can't accurately judge speed of approaching train

Drivers can see trains approaching but cannot accurately judge their speed when proceeding through a passive level crossing, a QUT and Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation collaborative study has found.


From Putting People First

[Book] The Fourth Revolution: How the Infosphere is Reshaping Human Reality

[Book]  The Fourth Revolution: How the Infosphere is Reshaping Human Reality

The Fourth Revolution: How the Infosphere is Reshaping Human Reality by Luciano Floridi Oxford University Press, 272 pages Reprint edition (May 17, 2016) Who are we, and how do we relate to each other? Luciano Floridi, one of


From Schneier on Security

Should You Be Allowed to Prevent Drones from Flying Over Your Property?

Should You Be Allowed to Prevent Drones from Flying Over Your Property?

Good debate in the Wall Street Journal. This isn't an obvious one; there are good arguments on both sides....


From Phys.org Technology News

How does a bike stay upright? Surprisingly, it's all in the mind

How does a bike stay upright? Surprisingly, it's all in the mind

It's as easy as riding a bike … or so the saying goes. But how do we manage to stay upright on a bicycle? If anyone ventures an answer they most often say that it's because of the "gyroscopic effect" – but this can't be true.


From Phys.org Technology News

Gov't report: Feds spend billions to run ancient technology

Gov't report: Feds spend billions to run ancient technology

The government is spending about three-fourths of its technology budget maintaining aging computer systems, including platforms more than 50 years old in vital areas from nuclear weapons to Social Security. One still uses floppy


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ahold Optimizes Customer Data

Ahold Optimizes Customer Data

How Ahold USA Optimizes Customer dataCollecting customer data and figuring out how to use it is a challenge for all retailers, one that Ahold USA has met by managing its data to help the company make decisions about different


From insideHPC

Symbolic IO Emerges from Stealth with First Computational-Defined Storage Solution

Symbolic IO Emerges from Stealth with First Computational-Defined Storage Solution

Today Symbolic IO emerged from stealth mode with a suite of products destined to change the way industry defines storage and computing architecture, by bringing to market the first truly computational-defined storage solution


From Schneier on Security

GCHQ Discloses Two OS X Vulnerabilities to Apple

GCHQ Discloses Two OS X Vulnerabilities to Apple

This is good news: Communications and Electronics Security Group (CESG), the information security arm of GCHQ, was credited with the discovery of two vulnerabilities that were patched by Apple last week. The flaws could allow


From insideHPC

CoolIT Systems Partners with STULZ on Chip-to-Atmosphere Cooling

CoolIT Systems Partners with STULZ on Chip-to-Atmosphere Cooling

Today CoolIT Systems announced a commercial partnership with STULZ USA. Under the agreement, the two companies will cooperate closely in delivering unique Chip-to-Atmosphere solutions across the globe.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Learning with Less Data

Learning with Less Data

In Technology Review: Learning things with far fewer examples.    Pushes at the edges of what is meant by learning,  and varying kinds of errors that define success in varying contexts.    Also, at the edge of innovative creativity


From The Eponymous Pickle

Augmenting Work with VR

Augmenting Work with VR

Related to recent thoughts.  MIT Sloan on the relevance of reinventing work with Virtual Reality, Need some more good examples.   If anyone has some, especially ones beyond the usual, will post them for discussion here.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Blue Sky Ideas Track Held at ICSE 2016

Blue Sky Ideas Track Held at ICSE 2016

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) recently sponsored a Blue Sky Ideas Conference Track at the 38th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE), May 14-22, 2016 in Austin, TX. The purpose of this conference


From insideHPC

Dell HPC Community Event Coming to Frankfurt on June 20

Dell HPC Community Event Coming to Frankfurt on June 20

The Dell HPC Community will hold their user group meeting on Monday, June 20 at the Movenpick Hotel in Frankfurt. Held in conjunction with ISC 2016, the Dell HPC Community event will feature keynote presentations by HPC experts


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Practices and Concepts in Computer Science Education

Practices and Concepts in Computer Science Education

Work on a framework for computer science education in grades Kindergarten through grade 12 continues with many of the writers and advisors meeting over the past few days in New Orleans. It is somewhat humbling to be involved


From insideHPC

Cray Urika-GX System to Tackle Big Data Analytics

Cray Urika-GX System to Tackle Big Data Analytics

"We took the Aries system interconnect from our supercomputers, the industry-standard architecture of our clusters, the scalable graph engine from the Urika-GD appliance, and the pre-integrated, open infrastructure of our Urika


From Phys.org Technology News

We need to know the algorithms the government uses to make important decisions about us

We need to know the algorithms the government uses to make important decisions about us

In criminal justice systems, credit markets, employment arenas, higher education admissions processes and even social media networks, data-driven algorithms now drive decision-making in ways that touch our economic, social and


From insideHPC

Satoshi Matsuoka Presents: The Inevitable End of Moore’s Law

Satoshi Matsuoka Presents: The Inevitable End of Moore’s Law

"The promising new parameter in place of the transistor count is the perceived increase in the capacity and bandwidth of storage, driven by device, architectural, as well as packaging innovations: DRAM-alternative Non-Volatile


From Phys.org Technology News

Algerian authorities destroy mountain of pirated CDs, DVDs

Algerian authorities destroy mountain of pirated CDs, DVDs

Power shovels and a bulldozer have destroyed a huge mound of 2 million illegally copied CDs and DVDs outside Algeria's Culture Ministry, as part of a government pledge to crack down on long-rampant digital piracy.


From BLOG@CACM

Making the World Fair and Just

Making the World Fair and Just

Wendy Powley and Gloria Childress Townsend report on the National Center for Women & IT Annual Summit, themed "making the world fair and just."  

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