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April 2016


From insideHPC

Video: Intel Omni-Path Fabric Management and Tool Features

Video: Intel Omni-Path Fabric Management and Tool Features

In this video from the 2016 OpenFabrics Workshop, James Wright from Intel presents: Intel Omni-Path Fabric Management and Tools Features. "The Intel Omni-Path Fabric includes a number of hardware and software features to make


From insideHPC

X-Stack PI Meeting Showcases Exascale Code

X-Stack PI Meeting Showcases Exascale Code

Berkeley Lab recently hosted the fourth annual X-Stack PI event, where X-Stack researchers, facilities teams, application scientists, and developers from national labs, universities, and industry met to share the latest developments


From Schneier on Security

Graffiti by Drone

Graffiti by Drone

Drones can graffiti walls that no person can reach. (Note that wired.com blocks ad blockers. My trick is to copy the page and then paste it into my text editor.)...


From insideHPC

Huazhong University of Science Wins ASC16 Student Cluster Challenge

Huazhong University of Science Wins ASC16 Student Cluster Challenge

In news from China this week, the Huazhong University of Science has won the ASC16 Student Cluster Challenge. The final round of the competition concluded Friday in Wuhan at the Central China University of Science.

The post Huazhong


From insideHPC

Performing Simulation-Based, Real-time Decision Making with Cloud HPC

Performing Simulation-Based, Real-time Decision Making with Cloud HPC

Zach Smocha from Rescale presented this talk at the HPC User Forum. "Manor Racing is partnering with San Francisco based Rescale as a key technology provider for its 2016 FIA Formula 1 World Championship challenge. Manor Racing


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

How will you die? Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Stroke?

How will you die? Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Stroke?

Before the 1950s, many of us suffered from poliomyelitis and too many ended up crippled. Then we developed a vaccine and eradicated the disease. Before the second world war, many people, even the richest, could die of a simple


From Phys.org Technology News

A look at the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in numbers

A look at the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in numbers

Telling the story of Chernobyl in numbers 30 years later involves dauntingly large figures and others that are even more vexing because they're still unknown. A look at numbers that hint at the scope of the world's worst nuclear


From insideHPC

Mellanox Powers OpenStack Cloud at University of Cambridge

Mellanox Powers OpenStack Cloud at University of Cambridge

Today Mellanox announced that University of Cambridge has selected Mellanox End-to-End Ethernet interconnect solution including Spectrum SN2700 Ethernet switches, ConnectX-4 Lx NICs and LinkX cables for its OpenStack-based scientific


From The Eponymous Pickle

An IKEA Virtual Reality App

An IKEA Virtual Reality App

Always liked the innovation that has come out of IKEA,  Here a sims-like VR App.  Have not tried yet, but will.  How well does this work as VR, as engagement?


From The Eponymous Pickle

Basic Apache Spark Utilization

Basic Apache Spark Utilization

Good basic, mostly non technical introduction:Basic Spark Utilization for Analytics in Big Databy Atif Farid MohammadApache Spark is a Big Data Analytics Engine, which runs in both memory as well as on disk. It is 100 times faster


From Schneier on Security

BlackBerry's Global Encryption Key

BlackBerry's Global Encryption Key

Last week there was a big news story about the Blackberry encryption. The news was that all BlackBerry devices share a global encryption key, and that the Canadian RCMP has a copy of it. Stupid design, certainly, but it's not


From Putting People First

How city design is adapting to older populations

How city design is adapting to older populations

As cities experience a demographic shift, the need for age-friendly design is becoming ever more critical. From almshouses to driverless cars, the future of urban housing and mobility may just be shaped for and by the elderly


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 25 April 2016

Interesting Links 25 April 2016

April vacation! Yes we do things different in New England. After this week we still have 7 to 8 weeks of school left. So this is a good time for a break. I hope to use some of it to work on some projects like writing up some


From Phys.org Technology News

Obama says 'spirit of innovation' turns ideas into jobs

Obama says 'spirit of innovation' turns ideas into jobs

President Barack Obama it putting in a few good words for the "spirit of innovation" that he says turns ideas into jobs and growth.


From Computational Complexity

Some short bits from the Gathering for Gardner Conference

I attended G4G12 (Gathering for Gardner) a conference that meets every 2 years (though the gap between the first and second was three years) to celebrate the work of Martin Gardner. Most of the talks were on Recreational mathematics


From The Eponymous Pickle

Beginners Guide to Chatbots

Beginners Guide to Chatbots

Well done article in Medium, with reasonable definitions and pointers to examples and resources.  The distinction is made between those driven by machine learning and AI.  Of course do also take a look at the bot examples featured


From insideHPC

HiPEAC Seeks Your Input for the Next Ten Years of Computing

HiPEAC Seeks Your Input for the Next Ten Years of Computing

The good folks at the European Network on High Performance and Embedded Architecture and Compilation (HiPEAC) have launched a call for contributions to the 2017 edition of the HiPEAC Vision, which will set out the way forward


From insideHPC

Video: HPC Trends from the Trenches at Bio-IT World

Video: HPC Trends from the Trenches at Bio-IT World

In this video, Chris Dagdigian from Bioteam delivers his annual assessment of the best, the worthwhile, and the most overhyped information technologies for life sciences at the 2016 Bio-IT World Conference & Expo in Boston. "The


From Putting People First

[Book] The Politics of Design

[Book] The Politics of Design

The Politics of Design: A (Not so) Global Manual for Visual Communication By Ruben Pater BIS Publishers May 2015 Many designs that appear in today’s society will circulate and encounter audiences of many different cultures and


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supply Chain Numbers at Amazon and Wal-Mart

Supply Chain Numbers at Amazon and Wal-Mart

A look at retail heavyweights, their numbers and some key innovations:Supply Chain News: Walmart and Amazon by the Numbers 2016Our Annual Review of the World's Two Most Important RetailersI think it is rather safe to say that


From The Eponymous Pickle

Failing and Succeeding in the Digital World

Failing and Succeeding in the Digital World

Podcast in Knowledge@Wharton: It is counterintuitive to celebrate failures as well as successes. But that is precisely what needs to happen if companies wish to spark a culture of innovation, says Ganesh Ayyar, CEO of Mphasis


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Look at the Virtual Assistant Landscape

A Look at the Virtual Assistant Landscape

Nicely done view of what is going on, with considerable variance in the definition of assistant.  Useful to see the extensive examples here.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Browsing the Web in Virtual Reality

Browsing the Web in Virtual Reality

Has been proposed a number of times.   Is this useful?  Likely to be created and used?  In the relatively early days of the Web you could browse 2D representations of the organization of the web as a tree.  To my knowledge this


From The Eponymous Pickle

Procurement Undergoing Digital Revolution

Procurement Undergoing Digital Revolution

Thoughts on a Deloitte study in Supply Chain Digest.  " .... After a Period of People Expansion, Procurement Now Being Asked to Do More with Less; the Two Tracks for Digitization ... " .  An area I have followed for years, further


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Voice Service with Java on Raspberry Pi

Alexa Voice Service with Java on Raspberry Pi

I am very late to this, I see lots of people have it working.  All the steps are there, but its an advanced project that requires buying a number of additional parts, some programming understanding, and attention to detail, should


From The Eponymous Pickle

Soft Robotic Fingers

Soft Robotic Fingers

We addressed this issue for a robotics application.  Haptics is touch.In the CACM:Soft Robotic Fingers Recognize Objects by FeelDaniela Rus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial


From insideHPC

Video: Intel’s Machine Learning Strategy

Video: Intel’s Machine Learning Strategy

In this video from the HPC User Forum in Tucson, Gary Paek from Intel presents: Intel's Machine Learning Strategy. "Earlier this week, Intel announced the inception of the Intel Data Analytics Acceleration Library (Intel DAAL)


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC Application Performance Engineer at Mellanox

Job of the Week: HPC Application Performance Engineer at Mellanox

Mellanox is seeking an HPC Application Performance Engineer in our Job of the Week. "Mellanox Technologies is looking for a talented engineer to lead datacenter application performance optimization and benchmarking over Mellanox


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Quantum Supremacy and Complexity

An AMS article by Gil Kalai updates his skeptical position on quantum computers Cropped from Rothschild Prize source Gil Kalai is a popularizer of mathematics as well as a great researcher. His blog has some entries on Polymath


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: My Little Cephalopod

Friday Squid Blogging: My Little Cephalopod

I assume this is more amusing to people who know about My Little Pony. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....

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