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June 2016


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


From insideHPC

Challenges for Climate and Weather Prediction in the Era of Heterogeneous Architectures

Challenges for Climate and Weather Prediction in the Era of Heterogeneous Architectures

Beth Wingate from the University of Exeter presented this talk at the PASC16 conference in Switzerland. "For weather or climate models to achieve exascale performance on next-generation heterogeneous computer architectures they


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Theory In The Time of Big Data

What is the role of theory today? Anna Gilbert and Atri Rudra are top theorists who are well known for their work in unraveling secrets of computation. They are experts on anything to do with coding theory—see this for a book


From The Eponymous Pickle

Clean Data for Analytics

Clean Data for Analytics

Recently been involved in the process of addressing data quality.  Key for any analytics.    A general look.  One other way to think of this is to use semantic data management tools to create precise statements of the knowledge


From The Eponymous Pickle

Python Deep Learning Library

Python Deep Learning Library

A Python deep learning library from Machine Learnining Mastery.    Technical, for the coder:" ... Theano is an open source project released under the BSD license and was developed by the LISA (now MILA) group at the University


From The Eponymous Pickle

Defining Differential Privacy

Defining Differential Privacy

Very detailed article on the subject.    " .... (recently)  at the WWDC keynote, Apple announced a series of new security and privacy features, including one feature that's drawn a bit of attention -- and confusion. Specifically


From insideHPC

Rescale HPC Cloud to Expand with $14 Million Funding Round

Rescale HPC Cloud to Expand with $14 Million Funding Round

"High performance computing is a $20 billion market dominated by legacy on-premise IT players with minimal cloud penetration today," said Toshi Otani, Managing Director at TransLink capital. "Rescale’s platform solution addresses


From insideHPC

Industry Vets Combine Forces to Launch HPC Marketing Powerhouse

Industry Vets Combine Forces to Launch HPC Marketing Powerhouse

Today insideHPC is pleased to share news about Xand McMahon a newly formed marketing agency focused on HPC and technical computing. "Xand McMahon is a joint venture between two familiar faces in the HPC community: Lara Kisielewska


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Not Finding a Giant Squid on Google Earth

Friday Squid Blogging: Not Finding a Giant Squid on Google Earth

The Internet is buzzing -- at least, my little corner of the Internet -- about finding a 120-meter-long giant squid on Google Earth. It's a false alarm. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories


From Schneier on Security

XKCD Phishing Cartoon

XKCD Phishing Cartoon

Funny. The mouseover is the best part....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Discovery in Big Data

Discovery in Big Data

Had not looked at Platfora ... Here integrated with Spark.   I see discovery as different than typical machine learning.  Not too dissimilar from data visualization, where the human visual system does the pre discovery, and potential


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger Thinking Blue Apron

Kroger Thinking Blue Apron

In BizJournals: Kroger thinking about getting into the 'Blue Apron' prepared food component delivery market.   Good margin, inventory in stock, I am sure, but what is the potential market?


From Computational Complexity

The Relevance of TCS

Avi Wigderson responds to yesterday's post. 20 years is a long time, and TCS is in a completely different place today than it was then. I am happy to say that internally its members are far more confident of its importance and


From insideHPC

EXTOLL Network Chip Enables Network-attached Accelerators

EXTOLL Network Chip Enables Network-attached Accelerators

Today EXTOLL in Germany released its new TOURMALET high-performance network chip for HPC. "The key demands of HPC are high bandwidth, low latency, and high message rates. The TOURMALET PCI-Express gen3 x16 board shows an MPI


From insideHPC

ASRock Rack to Showcase 2U & 3U HPC Platforms at ISC 2016

ASRock Rack to Showcase 2U & 3U HPC Platforms at ISC 2016

Today ASRock Rack announced plans to showcase its 2U and 3U systems for the HPC market at ISC 2016. "First of all, ASRock Rack is showing its new product 3U16N, which is by far the highest-density among all the microservers features


From Phys.org Technology News

New service for reporting aviation safety occurrences

New service for reporting aviation safety occurrences

A new online service allows organisations and individuals to report aviation safety occurrences to aviation authorities. Developed by the JRC at the request of the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, and in collaboration


From The Eponymous Pickle

Exploring AI Myths

Exploring AI Myths

 Posted in the Cognitive Systems Institute via Jim Spohrer.  Thuoghtful piece.  Exploring some of the myths about AI. by Robert D. Atkinson.    Lengthy, 40+ pages, but non technical exploration of the issue: " .... Coupled with


From Phys.org Technology News

Touchscreens for dogs, wearables for chickens—welcome to the world of animal technology

Touchscreens for dogs, wearables for chickens—welcome to the world of animal technology

Imagine leaving your dog at home while it turns on the smart TV and chooses a programme to watch. Meanwhile you visit a zoo where you play interactive touchscreen games with the apes and watch the dolphins using sonar to order


From Schneier on Security

Computer Science Education Is Security Education

Computer Science Education Is Security Education

This essay argues that teaching computer science at the K-12 level is a matter of national security. I think the argument is even broader. Computers, networks, and algorithms are at the heart of all of our complex social and


From insideHPC

Supercomputers Joining the Fight Against Cancer

Supercomputers Joining the Fight Against Cancer

"Supercomputers are key to the Cancer Moonshot. These exceptionally high-powered machines have the potential to greatly accelerate the development of cancer therapies by finding patterns in massive datasets too large for human


From insideHPC

Efforts to Broaden HPC Accelerate as OpenHPC Governing Board and Technical Steering Committee Takes Shape

Efforts to Broaden HPC Accelerate as OpenHPC Governing Board and Technical Steering Committee Takes Shape

Since its announcement at SC15 in November, the OpenHPC community has made important strides toward its mission of creating and supporting a flexible open source HPC software stack that simplifies deploying and managing HPC systems


From Putting People First

Remember the people: The foundation for success in 21st C infrastructure

Remember the people: The foundation for success in 21st C infrastructure

Infrastructure providers are used to focusing on issues of project selection, funding, and regulation. The most successful firms are learning to provide great consumer experiences too. “The consumer experience matters. Infrastructure


From insideHPC

E4 to Showcase GPU-Accelerated OpenPOWER Servers at ISC 2016

E4 to Showcase GPU-Accelerated OpenPOWER Servers at ISC 2016

Today Italy's E4 Computer Engineering announced plans to showcase of new NVIDIA GPU-accelerated OpenPOWER servers at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt. "For this edition of ISC16, we wanted to reinforce the message that E4 is a company that


From insideHPC

CoolIT Systems Rolls Out Rack DCLC CHx80 Heat Exchange Module

CoolIT Systems Rolls Out Rack DCLC CHx80 Heat Exchange Module

Today CoolIT Systems rolled out its new CHx80 Heat Exchange Module. As part of an expanded its Rack DCLC product line, this next generation liquid-to-liquid heat exchanger provides cooling capacity with N+1 reliability to manage


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Driverless Bus

Watson Driverless Bus

A intriguing combination of Technical trends.  Augmenting ...Olli is an IBM Watson-powered driverless electric bus.   At least you can ask where you are going ....  The 3D-printed vehicle can seat 12 passengers. .... by Mariella


From The Eponymous Pickle

Black Swans and the Price of Oil

Black Swans and the Price of Oil

All systems that predict future states need to predict future related context. Black swans and barrels: How to think about the future of oil pricesNo one can be sure where oil prices are headed. McKinsey’s Scott Nyquist answers


From Schneier on Security

Apple's Differential Privacy

Apple's Differential Privacy

At the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this week, Apple talked about something called "differential privacy." We know very little about the details, but it seems to be an anonymization technique designed to collect


From The Eponymous Pickle

Process Maps for Supply Chain Applications

Process Maps for Supply Chain Applications

From my former colleague, via YourEncore:Process Maps: Turn-by-Turn Directions That Lead to Supply Chain OptimizationPosted by Bob WestonLast week, Dennis Trchka laid out Four Steps to Unlocking Supply Chain Value. The firstDuring


From The Eponymous Pickle

Siri Opens to Third Party Developers

Siri Opens to Third Party Developers

Saw this annoncement.    A near requirement after Echo moved in this space.    Depends too on precisely what 'open source' means here.   How narrowly is the API  defined?  Will the connection include some of the later developments

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