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May 2015


From insideHPC

Video: Enabling OpenACC Performance Analysis

Video: Enabling OpenACC Performance Analysis

Learn how OpenACC runtimes also exposes performance-related information revealing where your OpenACC applications are wasting clock cycles. The talk will show that profilers can connect with OpenACC applications to record how


From insideHPC

ISC to Showcase Women in HPC

ISC to Showcase Women in HPC

With a BoF session and a special workshop on Women in HPC, the issue of gender diversity will be front and center at ISC High Performance in Frankfurt. "Improving diversity in the workforce is generally recognized as essential


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Coming soon – 2015 Computer Science Teachers Association’s annual conference

Coming soon – 2015 Computer Science Teachers Association’s annual conference

With the Computer Science Teachers Association’s annual conference coming up in July there are a few things we thought you should know now that we’ve sprung into spring and we’re less than two months away:

– Several workshops


From The Eponymous Pickle

Primer on the Internet of Things

Primer on the Internet of Things

Infographic on the topic with a number of links with added information.    Very good, but sometimes unnecessary graphics. IOT hype seems to be taking over from Big Data Hype.  Both important, I maintain.


From BLOG@CACM

Greetings from Marrakech, Host of the 2015 ACM-ICPC World Finals

Greetings from Marrakech, Host of the 2015 ACM-ICPC World Finals

A report from the 39th Annual IBM-Sponsored ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals.


From Putting People First

We are ignoring the new machine age at our peril

We are ignoring the new machine age at our peril

In 2009, W Brian Arthur published a remarkable book, The Nature of Technology, in which he formulated a coherent theory of what technology is, how it evolves and how it spurs innovation and industry. Technology, he argued, “builds


From Putting People First

Design thinking without deep analysis is reckless. A more balanced approach is needed.

Design thinking without deep analysis is reckless. A more balanced approach is needed.

Larry Keeley, co-founder of innovation firm Doblin which is now a unit of Deloitte Consulting LLP, says that too often advocates of “design” regard it as an elixir that can somehow transform conservative companies into creative


From Putting People First

[Book] Anthropologist explores the many faces of Anonymous

[Book] Anthropologist explores the many faces of Anonymous

Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous by Gabriella Coleman Verso Publishers November 2014 Hardback, 464 pages Abstract Half a dozen years ago, anthropologist Gabriella Coleman set out to study the rise


From Putting People First

Policy paper: Making Good our Future

Policy paper: Making Good our Future

Making Good our Future: Exploring the New Boundaries of Open & Social Innovation in Manufacturing Policy Paper prepared for the European Commission May 2015, 49 pages As part of the Social Innovation Europe initiative, the European


From The Eponymous Pickle

Updates from the Foresight Institute

Updates from the Foresight Institute

Foremost public site for practical nanotechnology.  It is still extending our understanding of a number ways we can work with material structure.   And how we might be able to make practical molecular machines.  This post


From The Eponymous Pickle

3D Printing Growing Pains

3D Printing Growing Pains

Mosongo Moukwa, Director of Technology at PolyOne writes on the growing pains of 3D printing.


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Reviews Media Buying, Planning

P&G Reviews Media Buying, Planning

An opportunity for new kinds of analytics in media planning.   In Adage: " .... P&G to Review Massive Media Planning and Buying Business Across North America In 2014, P&G Spent $2.7 Billion on U.S. Measured Media   ... " 


From The Eponymous Pickle

Very Cheap Computers

Very Cheap Computers

In FastCoexist:  We looked at sponsoring examples like the '$100 laptop' for the third world. .  What are the applications for the IOT?The World's First $9 Computer Does Everything That Your Expensive Model Can Do ... Chip is


From insideHPC

Alternatives to x86: Future Processing Technologies

Alternatives to x86: Future Processing Technologies

In the second article in his series on future hardware for HPC, Robert Roe from Scientific Computing World looks at alternatives to the x86, including server on a chip and OpenPower.

The post Alternatives to x86: Future Processing


From insideHPC

Call for Papers: Workshop on Accelerator Programming using Directives

Call for Papers: Workshop on Accelerator Programming using Directives

The 2nd Workshop on Accelerator Programming using Directives has issued its Call for Papers. The WACCPD Workshop takes place Nov. 16 in Austin in conjunction with SC15.

The post Call for Papers: Workshop on Accelerator Programming


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: NASA's Squid Rover

Friday Squid Blogging: NASA's Squid Rover

NASA is funding a study for a squid rover that could explore Europa's oceans. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From Computer Science Teachers Association

AccessCS10K: helping make high school computing courses more accessible and welcoming to students with disabilities

AccessCS10K: helping make high school computing courses more accessible and welcoming to students with disabilities

By: Richard E. Ladner University of Washington In 2010-2011, approximately 13 percent of K-12 students have a recognized disability according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This represents about 6.5 million


From The Eponymous Pickle

R vs Python

R vs Python

Good infographic visual summary of the current state of the two languages for data science use. Not a how to, but a tabular comparison.


From insideHPC

HPC News Bytes for May 15, 2015

HPC News Bytes for May 15, 2015

While we're always on the lookout for HPC news, not everything makes it to the front page. Here are some notable items from this week.

The post HPC News Bytes for May 15, 2015 appeared first on insideHPC.


From The Eponymous Pickle

More on SocioPragmatic Text Models

More on SocioPragmatic Text Models

Yesterday posted about the talk on SocioPragmatic text Modeling.   More has been published in the Cognitive Systems Institute Linkedin Group,    I quote some of my recent input below   This is a new kind of text classification


From insideHPC

Podcast: Satoshi Matsuoka on the Convergence of HPC and Big Data

Podcast: Satoshi Matsuoka on the Convergence of HPC and Big Data

"Rapid growth in the use cases and demands for extreme computing and huge data processing is leading to convergence of the two infrastructures. The trend towards convergence is not only strategic however but rather inevitable


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft and Cortana

Microsoft and Cortana

Have been following voice driven systems, especially for smart home applications, but also for potential manufacturing-design-test applications.    At the recent Hololens announcement, it was clear that MS planned to integrate


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Computational Scientist at Engility

Job of the Week: Computational Scientist at Engility

Engility is seeking a Computational Scientist in our Job of the Week. This position can be based in the following locations: AFRL (Ohio) , ARL (Maryland) , NRL (Washington DC) , ERDC (Mississippi), and Reston, Virginia.

The post


From insideHPC

Achieving Near-Native GPU Performance in the Cloud

Achieving Near-Native GPU Performance in the Cloud

In this session we describe how GPUs can be used within virtual environments with near-native performance. We begin by showing GPU performance across four hypervisors: VMWare ESXi, KVM, Xen, and LXC. After showing that performance


From insideHPC

Apply Now for SC15 Doctoral Showcase

Apply Now for SC15 Doctoral Showcase

SC15 is now accepting applications for their Doctoral Showcase. As part of the Technical Program, the Doctoral Showcase provides an important opportunity for students near the end of their Ph.D. to present a summary of their


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bots Now Outnumber Humans on Web

Bots Now Outnumber Humans on Web

In CSO Online:  At least the article mentions that most are still benign.  But who defines that?


From Schneier on Security

Microbe Biometric

Microbe Biometric

Interesting: Franzosa and colleagues used publicly available microbiome data produced through the Human Microbiome Project (HMP), which surveyed microbes in the stool, saliva, skin, and other body sites from up to 242 individuals


From My Biased Coin

New Work on Equitability and MIC

New Work on Equitability and MIC

A few years ago, working with a diverse group of scientists, I was looking at a problem related to big data analysis.  The setting was data exploration, where you are working with a high-dimensional dataset, and you are seeking


From Schneier on Security

Eighth Movie-Plot Threat Contest Semifinalists

Eighth Movie-Plot Threat Contest Semifinalists

On April 1, I announced the Eighth Movie Plot Threat Contest: demonstrate the evils of encryption. Not a whole lot of good submissions this year. Possibly this contest has run its course, and there's not a whole lot of interest


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart Prime Undercuts Amazon

Wal-Mart Prime Undercuts Amazon

In Retailwire: Wal-Mart's delivery plan, at $50 yearly, to undercut Amazon Prime.  Good discussion. Is this catch up?   Does this match the style of the Wal-Mart online shopper?