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March 2015


From Putting People First

UK report on consumer problems in the mobile phone market

UK report on consumer problems in the mobile phone market

Calling the shots? is the title of a new Citizens Advice Bureau report that analyses consumer problems in the mobile phone market and explores opportunities for stronger consumer protections. From the executive summary: “The


From Putting People First

Measuring experience

Measuring experience

Over the summer of 2014, Northstar, in collaboration with the London School of Economics, conducted an ethnographic study at the Royal Academy of Arts, exploring the Summer Exhibition audience and their motivations. The study


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of Visualization

Future of Visualization

In Flowingdata:  A short talk on visualization.  Keeping people in the loop.  Using their visualization skills.   Well done.   Key further is the direct connection to other basic forms of analytics


From The Eponymous Pickle

Personal Blogs

Personal Blogs

Despite many people running off to simpler models like Twitter and Tumblr, I still like personal blog. I can even to be said to collect them.  Here is an example just brought to my attention:A Blog by Edward B. Rockower, Ph.D


From insideHPC

Mellanox Demonstrates Next-Gen 100Gb/s LinkX Cables & Silicon Photonics Transceivers

Mellanox Demonstrates Next-Gen 100Gb/s LinkX Cables & Silicon Photonics Transceivers

Today Mellanox introduced three new LinkX 100Gb/s solutions with a live demonstration at the OFC 2015 Conference (Booth 2419).


From insideHPC

Video: RSC Technologies – Leading Energy Efficient Supercomputing to Exascale

Video: RSC Technologies – Leading Energy Efficient Supercomputing to Exascale

In this video from the HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference, Alexander Moskovsky from RSC presents: Leading Energy Efficient Supercomputing to Exascale.


From insideHPC

Nvidia Pascal GPU is Just One Year Away

Nvidia Pascal GPU is Just One Year Away

According to comments made at Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) last week, the Pascal, next generation GPU is now just a year away.


From insideHPC

Podcast: Fighting Alzheimer’s with HPC

Podcast: Fighting Alzheimer’s with HPC

In this podcast, Dr. Rudy Tanzi from Harvard Medical School describes his pioneering research in Alzheimer’s disease and how HPC is critical to the path forward. "Dr. Tanzi currently spearheads the Alzheimer’s Genome Project,


From Schneier on Security

BIOS Hacking

BIOS Hacking

We've learned a lot about the NSA's abilities to hack a computer's BIOS so that the hack survives reinstalling the OS. Now we have a research presentation about it. From Wired: The BIOS boots a computer and helps load the operating


From Putting People First

Design fiction personas illustrate possible impact of educational tech

Design fiction personas illustrate possible impact of educational tech

People talk about the future of technology in education as though it’s right around the corner, but most of us get to that corner and see it disappearing around the next. This innovation-obsessed cycle continues as we are endlessly


From The Eponymous Pickle

Oceans of Data Institute

Oceans of Data Institute

Brought to my attention, the Oceans of Data Institute.   " ... The Oceans of Data Institute (ODI) is dedicated to raising a generation equipped to unlock the potential of big data. From identifying the skills needed in the modern


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 23 March 2015

Interesting Links 23 March 2015

Some great links this week. Images to use in class, a video for a TV show (yes about girls computing), and lots more. One of my best collections in recent weeks if I do say so myself.

Program Computers, Not Kids is a great post


From insideHPC

Video: OFA Update by ORNL

Video: OFA Update by ORNL

"ORNL’s supercomputing program has grown from humble beginnings to deliver some of the most powerful systems in the world. On the way, it has helped researchers deliver practical breakthroughs and new scientific knowledge in


From Putting People First

Design fiction, not science, hints at the future we actually want

Design fiction, not science, hints at the future we actually want

The stories we tell ourselves about technology – typically, optimistic ones from would-be innovators, pessimistic ones from their critics – are usually too simple. Making them more complex can support a richer discussion about


From Computational Complexity

Which mathematician had the biggest gap between fame and contribution?

(I was going to call this entry  Who was the worst mathematician of all time? but Clyde Kruskal reminded me that its not (say) Goldbach's fault that his conjecture got so well known, in fact its a good thing! I'll come back to


From The Eponymous Pickle

Large Scale Graphics Visualization

Large Scale Graphics Visualization

Just noticed this new system.  I have been working with GePhi: An interview with Leo Meyerovich:Who is behind Graphistry?Graphistry spun out of UC Berkeley’s Parallel Computing lab last year. It stems from my Ph.D. on the first


From The Eponymous Pickle

Vinimaya Visual Marketplace Discovery

Vinimaya Visual Marketplace Discovery

Mentioned last week in conjunction with delivering visual Marketplaces.  Can you understand your market visually through search?  Impressive approach. Vinimaya’s Visual Discovery capabilities provides users of MarketPlace an 


From Putting People First

Why face-to-face contact matters in our digital age

Why face-to-face contact matters in our digital age

Psychologist Susan Pinker on the importance of face-to-face contact in our era of disbanded families and virtual connections. “Research shows that people who feel socially disconnected are at a greater risk of dying young – especially


From The Eponymous Pickle

Providing App Development Services for the Enterprise

Providing App Development Services for the Enterprise

In CWorld:  Which then makes me ask the question, what is the portfolio of services that are most important?  Again, I suggest that a form of business process modeling could be key." ... IBM has built a team of experts on "devops


From insideHPC

Podcast: Supercomputing BioFuels at TACC

Podcast: Supercomputing BioFuels at TACC

In this TACC podcast, Klaus Schulten of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign describes the analysis and modeling of the cellulosome bond. The research could boost efforts to develop catalysts for biofuel production


From insideHPC

Video: Prototyping Byte-Addressable NVM Access

Video: Prototyping Byte-Addressable NVM Access

In this video from the 2015 OFS Developer's Workshop, Bernard Metzler presents: Prototyping Byte-Addressable NVM Access.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tibco Spotfire Review

Tibco Spotfire Review

We were early users of Spotfire, and ultimately it became the standard for BI and analytics on our delivered Business Sphere systems.   Was always impressed with the ease of use of their systems. Also how easily the analytics


From The Eponymous Pickle

Introduction: Neural Networks in Machine Learning

Introduction: Neural Networks in Machine Learning

We used neural networks for some classical needs in understanding customer data.  Now they have expanded in use, via advanced hardware, to provide much 'deeper' results.   Here an introduction, quite technical beyond the first


From The Eponymous Pickle

Memory Implants for the Brain via Advisory Systems

Memory Implants for the Brain via  Advisory Systems

I think we are some ways from being able to do this, at least in the sense it can be connected directly to the brain. Perhaps sooner as an external interface that forms a 'remembrance engine'.  Search engines by themselves already


From The Eponymous Pickle

Building User Models with Twitter

Building User Models with Twitter

Have recently had to look at how user models can be built from a Twitter stream.  In particular for retail interactions.  Took a look at some of IBM's Watson influenced services in Bluemix.  Here a non technical piece in the.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data Paying Off

Big Data Paying Off

In Innovation Excellence: The payoff from big data.  More clearly, it is the payoff from understanding your data and they using analytics to improve your process.


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Strange New Look at Time

A Strange New Look at Time

New, more accurate clock makes us revisit the concept of time"We can measure time much better than the weight of something or an electrical current," he says, "but what time really is, is a question that I can't answer for you


From insideHPC

Nimbis Services to Help Bolster Manufacturing with HPC

Nimbis Services to Help Bolster Manufacturing with HPC

Today Nimbis Services announced a collaboration with SMLC and UCLA on HPC to bolster modeling and simulation in manufacturing.


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC Research Scientist at PNNL

Job of the Week: HPC Research Scientist at PNNL

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA is seeking an HPC Research Scientist in our Job of the Week.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative

Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative

A reminder about the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative (WCAI) , who we connected with from time to time via Peter Fader.   " .... the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative (WCAI) is the preeminent academic research center