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February 2017


From insideHPC

Huawei: A Fresh Look at High Performance Computing

Huawei: A Fresh Look at High Performance Computing

Francis Lam from Huawei presented this talk at the Stanford HPC Conference. "High performance computing is rapidly finding new uses in many applications and businesses, enabling the creation of disruptive products and services…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hayo: Augmented Reality in Smart Homes

Hayo: Augmented Reality in Smart Homes

Intriguing.  " ... Hayo transforms the objects and spaces around you into a set of magical remote controls. ... ".   They claim there is no shouting involved.  Gestural in your augmented space.

Site here, still in preorder stage…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing Transportation System Data using TACC’s Rustler

Supercomputing Transportation System Data using TACC’s Rustler

Over at TACC, Faith Singer-Villalobos writes that researchers are using the Rustler supercomputer to tackle Big Data from self-driving connected vehicles (CVs). "The volume and complexity of CV data are tremendous and present…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Teaching Cognitive Computing with Watson at Universities

Teaching Cognitive Computing with Watson at Universities

" ...  our Cognitive Systems Institute Speaker Series on Thursday, February 16, 2016 at 10:30 am ET US (7:30 am PT).  Our speaker is Charles Palmer, IBM Distinguished Research Staff Member, who will be presenting "Teaching Cognitive…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Providing Music Efficiently

Providing Music Efficiently

Quite a good piece in the Verge that interviews speaker manufacturer Sonos'  Patrick Spense.   About the efficient music delivery aspects of Google Home and Alexa.  Where Sonos has taken a considerable hit in the last year.  …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Oracle and Real Time Anaytics in the Cloud

Oracle and Real Time Anaytics in the Cloud

Cloud solutions continue to roll. I see less about the specifics of solutions here, except a bare listing.  You do need a cloud to provide solutions, but also workable solutions.  Like the mention of more real-time capabilities…


From insideHPC

Overcoming the Learning Curve of New Processor Architectures

Overcoming the Learning Curve of New Processor Architectures

High-performance computing (HPC) tools are helping financial firms survive and thrive in this highly demanding and data-intensive industry. As financial models grow in complexity and greater amounts of data must be processed …


From Schneier on Security

Survey Data on Americans and Cybersecurity

Survey Data on Americans and Cybersecurity

Pew Research just published their latest research data on Americans and their views on cybersecurity: This survey finds that a majority of Americans have directly experienced some form of data theft or fraud, that a sizeable…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Partnering with Chinese Retailers

Partnering with Chinese Retailers

In McKinsey: 

Partnering with China’s retailers: A guide for consumer-goods companies: 

Companies must tailor their key-account-management model and capabilities to the Chinese context.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Baidu and China Machine Learning

Baidu and China Machine Learning

How Chinese Internet Giant Baidu Uses AI And Machine Learning - Forbes.  By Bernard Marr.

"  .... Chinese firms such as Baudu and Alibaba, on the other hand – as well as a monopoly on gathering personal data in their home market…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Retail and AI

Retail and AI

How artificial intelligence is powering retail customer experience
By Cliff Saran in Computerweekly:

Retailers are beginning to explore how cognitive computing and AI could make e-commerce smarter and more personalised ... 

According…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ford Invests in AI Startup

Ford Invests in AI Startup

Have always been impressed by Ford's analytical work.  In ComputerWeekly:

Motorcar maker Ford’s software development team will work alongside Argo AI on robotic vehicle technology

Ford has invested $1bn with Argo AI, a robotics…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Social Media Sites and Shopper Digital

Social Media Sites and Shopper Digital

Study: Grocery shoppers not all that connected with social media  By Deena M. Amato-McCoy

In ChainstoreAge:

 While supermarket shoppers engage with their primary grocer on one or more digital platforms, social media sites are not…


From Computational Complexity

Raymond Smullyan: Logician, Recreational math writer, Philosopher, passed away

Raymond Smullyan was born on May 25 1919 and passed away recently at the age of 97.  He was a logician (PhD from Princeton under Alonzo Church in 1959) who did serious,  recreational, and philosophical work. I doubt he invented…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Systems Communicating with Humans

AI Systems Communicating with Humans

Intriguing steps forward, ultimately about learning and updating the state of interactions.  Consider too the mention of trust, and implications of deeper agency between bots, assistants and their human users.

AI Systems Are Learning…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Nanotechnology-Inspired Information Processing Systems Workshop Report

Nanotechnology-Inspired Information Processing Systems Workshop Report

The organizing committee for the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) sponsored Nanotechnology-Inspired Information Processing Systems has released their workshop report. The workshop, held in September 2016, brought together…


From insideHPC

ORNL’s Al Geist to Keynote OpenFabrics Workshop in Austin

ORNL’s Al Geist to Keynote OpenFabrics Workshop in Austin

In his keynote, Mr. Geist will discuss the need for future Department of Energy supercomputers to solve emerging data science and machine learning problems in addition to running traditional modeling and simulation applications…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Call for Proposals: Creating Visions for Computing Research

Call for Proposals: Creating Visions for Computing Research

The mission of Computing Research Association’s (CRA) Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is to catalyze the computing research community and enable the pursuit of innovative, high-impact research. CCC conducts activities that…


From insideHPC

Mellanox Demos 4X Improvement in Crypto Performance with 40G Ethernet Network Adapter

Mellanox Demos 4X Improvement in Crypto Performance with 40G Ethernet Network Adapter

Today Mellanox announced superior crypto throughput of line rate using the company’s Innova IPsec Network Adapter, demonstrating more than three times higher throughput and more than four times better CPU utilization when compared…


From insideHPC

Designing HPC & Deep Learning Middleware for Exascale Systems

Designing HPC & Deep Learning Middleware for Exascale Systems

DK Panda from Ohio State University presented this deck at the 2017 HPC Advisory Council Stanford Conference. "This talk will focus on challenges in designing runtime environments for exascale systems with millions of processors…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Looks at the Posit and Next Generation Computer Arithmetic

Radio Free HPC Looks at the Posit and Next Generation Computer Arithmetic

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team discusses a recent presentation by John Gustafson on Next Generation Computer Arithmetic. “A new data type called a “posit” is designed for direct drop-in replacement for IEEE Standard…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smell and VR

Smell and VR

Had seen related efforts demonstrated, but they suffered from most smell applications that made it difficult to focus and then remove aromas in spaces like retail.  

Stop to smell the virtual roses: why scent could be the next…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Jewelry

Smart Jewelry

Beyond Smart watches.

Berkshire Hathaway jumps into wearables with a smart jewelry line
As consumers spend more on technology and less on jewelry, the Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary the Richline Group is looking to capitalize on…


From Schneier on Security

Hacking Back

Hacking Back

There's a really interesting paper from George Washington University on hacking back: "Into the Gray Zone: The Private Sector and Active Defense against Cyber Threats." I've never been a fan of hacking back. There's a reason…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Virtual Reality is Transforming Healthcare

Virtual Reality is Transforming Healthcare

Intriguing, but I have yet to see it in operation in any health care setting and I have seen many. Looking for a realistic example.

How Virtual Reality is Transforming Healthcare
Healthcare is one of the hottest industries where…


From insideHPC

Call for Participation: PEARC17 in New Orleans

Call for Participation: PEARC17 in New Orleans

The PEARC17 Conference has issued its Call for Participation. Formerly known as the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) annual conference, PEARC17 will take place July 9-13 in New Orleans. "The Technical…


From insideHPC

Video: State of Linux Containers

Video: State of Linux Containers

"Linux Containers gain more and more momentum in all IT ecosystems. This talk provides an overview about what happened in the container landscape (in particular Docker) during the course of the last year and how it impacts datacenter…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Danger of Devices like Alexa to Security

Danger of Devices like Alexa to Security

Have been a user and experimenter with Alexa, Google Home and Cortana since their introduction.   Been asked about privacy implications.  Agency thoughts were recently brought to my attention for assistants in generally.   Excerpt…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Driverless Trucks Leads to Need for More Drivers?

Driverless Trucks Leads to Need for More Drivers?

In Supply Chain Digest, some unexpected indications?

Why Driverless Trucks May Create the Need for More Drivers
Less Expensive Transportation may Lead to More Local Warehouses That Offer Same day Delivery and More Direct Customer…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Estimating Age with AI

Amazon Estimating Age with AI

In the Verge:   Estimating age from images:   " ... Amazon’s latest artificial intelligence tool is a piece of image recognition software that can learn to guess a human’s age. The feature is powered by Amazon’s Rekognition platform…

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