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May 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google to Update its Cardboard VR

Google to Update its Cardboard VR

This experiment showed how very simple Virtual Reality (VR)  could be be delivered very cheaply and simply, even with a cardboard device.  The approach works, demonstrates the idea well, but lacks a number of needed capabilities


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

What Eighth Graders Think About Women and Computer Science

What Eighth Graders Think About Women and Computer Science

On the last day of the 2015 edition of my week-long mini-course (Computer Science and Games: Just for Girls!), I held a discussion about women in computer science.  Below is a transcription of the notes I made on the white board


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digitally Connected Grocer

Digitally Connected Grocer

In Progressive Grocer:  Fairly obvious points, now how do we respond?   " ... Defining the 'Connected' Consumer ....  Grocery industry being pushed into the future by digital technologies ... " " .... Technological change in


From insideHPC

Advanced Clustering Builds 32 Teraflop “Buddy” Supercomputer

Advanced Clustering Builds 32 Teraflop “Buddy” Supercomputer

Today Advanced Clustering Technologies announced that the University of Central Oklahoma’s Center for Research and Education in Interdisciplinary Computation (CREIC) has selected the company to build their next supercomputer.


From insideHPC

Two More Steps Towards Quantum Computing

Two More Steps Towards Quantum Computing

Quantum computing has taken a step closer with two recent announcements demonstrating methods for error correction in addition to a new scalable design for quantum circuits based on a lattice structure.

The post Two More Steps


From The Eponymous Pickle

L'Oreal 3D Printing Skin

L'Oreal 3D Printing Skin

In BBC Tech:French cosmetics firm L'Oreal is teaming up with bio-engineering start-up Organovo to 3D-print human skin. ... It said the printed skin would be used in product tests.Organovo has already made headlines with claims


From The Eponymous Pickle

High Precision 3D Printers

High Precision 3D Printers

I have looked at several 3D printers now, mostly on the consumer end, and their precision was poor. Now new printer examples are emerging, with higher precision, and cost.   Precision also usually cuts  speed, limiting some applications


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apps Emerging to Get Car Data

Apps Emerging to Get Car Data

In Technology Review:   " ... Courting App Makers to Unlock Your Car’s Powerful Data Trove Startups like Automatic are trying to interest developers in gadgets that plug into your car, hoping to power a new wave of mobile apps


From Schneier on Security

More on Chris Roberts and Avionics Security

More on Chris Roberts and Avionics Security

Last month ago I blogged aboutsecurity researcher Chris Roberts being detained by the FBI after tweeting about avionics security while on a United flight: But to me, the fascinating part of this story is that a computer was monitoring


From insideHPC

HPC Appliance Computing Goes Virtual

HPC Appliance Computing Goes Virtual

Altair’s HyperWorks Unlimited Virtual Appliance goes fully into the cloud with an Amazon-hosted option that lets users get started with HPC in just minutes.

The post HPC Appliance Computing Goes Virtual appeared first on insideHPC


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bayesian Reasoning and Machine Learning

Bayesian Reasoning and Machine Learning

A technical look, by David Barber,  A free online version. Bayesian Reasoning and Machine Learning by David Barber is an ebook that is designed for final-year undergraduates and master’s students with limited background in linear


From insideHPC

Barcelona Team to Build ARM Cluster at ISC Student Cluster Competition

Barcelona Team to Build ARM Cluster at ISC Student Cluster Competition

A team of six undergraduate students from Barcelona School of Informatics involved in the Mont-Blanc project have been selected to take part in the 4th HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition.

The post Barcelona Team to Build ARM


From insideHPC

Thinkmate Offers Free Xeon Phis with Your Server

Thinkmate Offers Free Xeon Phis with Your Server

We don't normally report on pricing, but a free Intel Xeon Phi from ThinkMate sure sounds like a great deal. "Now through June, Thinkmate is installing Intel Xeon Phi 5110P Coprocessors (a $2,500 value each) for Free with any


From insideHPC

Deep Learning at Scale

Deep Learning at Scale

"We present a state-of-the-art image recognition system, Deep Image, developed using end-to-end deep learning. The key components are a custom-built supercomputer dedicated to deep learning, a highly optimized parallel algorithm


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Expanding Computing Education–Are We Forgetting Rural Schools

Expanding Computing Education–Are We Forgetting Rural Schools

One big announcement last week was College Board and Code.org announc[ing] an alliance to improve diversity in computer science. The plan is to partner with the 35 largest school districts in the US. Now to some 35 school districts


From Writing

A productive development environment with Docker on OS X

A productive development environment with Docker on OS X

In this post, I'm going to explain why the way most programmers install, configure, and manage software in development, testing, and production environments is a complete nightmare. After that, I'm going to show you a better


From Computational Complexity

Theory Jobs 2015

In the fall we list theory jobs, in the spring we see who got them. Like last year, I created a fully editable Google Spreadsheet to crowd source who is going where. Ground rules:

  • I set up separate sheets for faculty, industry


From The Eponymous Pickle

Neuromarketing Practical Advances

Neuromarketing Practical Advances

A little late, but a good podcast on the topic:Roger Dooley writes, introducting their podcast:" ... In the past, Elissa Moses was Chief Research Officer with the early neuromarketing pioneer Emsense and has held several key


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Seeking Ad Fraud

Google Seeking Ad Fraud

In Adage.  A visit to a Google site that is devoted to identifying Ad Fraud.   All this has evolved quite a bit.  Been attacked a few times myself.   Now the attackers are very sophisticated.  Ad fraud has received relatively


From My Biased Coin

What makes a well-attended conference? (STOC 2017 Discussion)

What makes a well-attended conference?  (STOC 2017 Discussion)

I've always been impressed how the SIGCOMM conference accepts a very small number of papers, but many hundreds of people attend the conference.  (This is true for some other conferences as well;  SIGCOMM is just he one I happen


From The Eponymous Pickle

SPSS as an Enhancement to R

SPSS as an Enhancement to R

It was just pointed out to me that SPSS can be linked to R.  Had known this but not the details. Worth a closer look.  Upcoming Webinar on May 26 on the topic.   Points out a number of limitations of R and why its useful to connect


From insideHPC

Bright OpenStack Distribution Manages Private Clouds

Bright OpenStack Distribution Manages Private Clouds

Today Bright Computing announced Bright OpenStack, a fully integrated software stack for deployment, management, and maintenance of private clouds.

The post Bright OpenStack Distribution Manages Private Clouds appeared firstinsideHPC


From insideHPC

Video: A Bioinformatics Pipeline for Analyzing Patient Tumours

Video: A Bioinformatics Pipeline for Analyzing Patient Tumours

In this video from WestGrid in Canada, Dr. Yussanne Ma from the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre describes how high performance computing supports her research group's work, highlighting a recent project where a bioinformatics


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Testing Buy Button

Google Testing Buy Button

In Retailwire:  Is this the ultimate challenge for retail?  Everyone searches.    So making the buy as easy as possible is powerful.  Embedded discussion is useful." ... In what is being seen as a potential challenge to Amazon


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sample R Packages for Input, Wrangling, Visuals

Sample R Packages for Input, Wrangling, Visuals

A nice survey by Sharon Machlis, it is always good  to have examples of things you know you need to do, in a language that is relatively new to you.  This is a start.  From here you can go wherever you want:  Great R packages


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hyper Personalization

Hyper Personalization

Interesting startup direction ...  Reminds me of case based reasoning approaches ....Analytics passed a major milestone on the road to ubiquity last week with the launch of new capabilities that extend the reach of data-driven


From The Eponymous Pickle

How P&G Tripled Its Innovation Success Rate

How P&G Tripled Its Innovation Success Rate

From the HBR in 2011, and I may have posted this before, but found it again looking for innovation examples.   Worth repeating.  Mentioning now VA guru Bob McDonald.  Just a few months ago I was approached by the VA concerning


From The Eponymous Pickle

Eye Data During Programming for Useful for Retail

Eye Data During Programming for Useful for Retail

Establishment of a database of eye movement during programming tasks.  Why not do the same thing during other common tasks, like online or physical shopping?    The same could be done for physical retail shopping as well.  Then


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Exploring New Frontiers in Cyber-Physical Systems

Exploring New Frontiers in Cyber-Physical Systems

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced two five-year, center-scale awards to advance the frontier in cyber-physical systems (CPS). With these two new projects totaling $8.75 million, NSF has now invested more than $250


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 18

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 18

Monday, May 18, 2015 Senate Floor: H.R.1314, “Legislative vehicle for Trade Promotion Authority” Tuesday, May 19, 2015 House Floor: H.R. 874 – American Super Computing Leadership Act House Floor: H.R. 1162 – Science Prize Competitions