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August 2015


From Schneier on Security

Movie Plot Threat: Terrorists Attacking US Prisons

Movie Plot Threat: Terrorists Attacking US Prisons

Kansas Senator Pat Roberts wins an award for his movie-plot threat: terrorists attacking the maximum-security federal prison at Ft. Leavenworth: In an Aug. 14 letter to Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter, Roberts stressed that


From insideHPC

Intel Updates Developer Toolkit with Data Analytics Acceleration Library

Intel Updates Developer Toolkit with Data Analytics Acceleration Library

Today Intel released Intel Parallel Studio XE 2016, the next iteration of its developer toolkit for HPC and technical computing applications. This release introduces the Intel Data Analytics Acceleration Library, a library for


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Travis Deyle, Former CI Fellow, Current Innovator

Travis Deyle, Former CI Fellow, Current Innovator

Last week we published a blog post highlighting the MIT Technology Review’s 2015 list of 35 innovators under the age of 35. This list included Travis Deyle who was a member of the Computing Community Consortium’s (CCC) CI Fellow


From insideHPC

Dell Posts Agenda for La Jolla Genomics Data Workshop

Dell Posts Agenda for La Jolla Genomics Data Workshop

Dell has posted the Agenda for their upcoming Genomics Data Workshop. Entitled "Enabling discovery and product innovation with Dell HPC and Big Data Solutions," the event will take place Sept. 15 in La Jolla, CA.

The post Dell


From The Eponymous Pickle

Coke Trials Beacons in Theaters

Coke Trials Beacons in Theaters

Evan Schuman on:  Coke's movie theater trial shows beacon potential ... Retail beacons have huge potential, but it can only be met when chains move beyond seeing beacons solely as tiny ad broadcasters. Coca-Cola is starting to


From insideHPC

Video: Democratizing Data Science

Video: Democratizing Data Science

"CDSW's organizers are professional programmers and data scientists and several of us have experience teaching data science in more traditional university and corporate settings. Our talk will describe how "democratized" data


From insideHPC

IBTA Publishes RoCE Interoperability List from Plugfest

IBTA Publishes RoCE Interoperability List from Plugfest

Today the InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) announced the completion of the first Plugfest for RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) solutions and the publication of the RoCE Interoperability List on the IBTA website. Fifteen


From The Eponymous Pickle

Continuous Design and PLM

Continuous Design and PLM

Continuous Design: Had not heard of this concept.  Reminds me of product life cycle management (PLM) , but including operations more directly.  A good thought.   " ...  Towards continuous design  .... A deep integration across


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

HLF2015 / Stefan Hell and the Difficult Task of Communicating Science

HLF2015 / Stefan Hell and the Difficult Task of Communicating Science

It turns out that the idea behind the Heidelberg Laureate Forum isn't exactly new. In fact, Nobel laureates and young scientists have been meeting in Lindau for more than 50 years, and it is these events that HLF is modelled

@HLFF


From insideHPC

KTH in Sweden Moves to EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand

KTH in Sweden Moves to EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand

Today Mellanox announced its EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand solutions have been selected by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology for use in their PDC Center for High Performance Computing. Mellanox’s robust and flexible EDR InfiniBand


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

HLF2015 / Pomp and Circumstance at the Opening Ceremony

HLF2015 / Pomp and Circumstance at the Opening Ceremony

This blog post originates from the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Blog. The 3rd Heidelberg Laureate Forum is dedicated to mathematics and computer sciences, and takes place August 23-28, 2015. Abel, Fields, Turing and Nevanlinna Laureates


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hearables as Advisory Systems

Hearables as Advisory Systems

Had not heard the term 'Hearable' used,  but is a mobile device, integrated with an advisory system, linked with sound only to the user.  How much will people normally accept a sound only advisory interface?  Akin to Siri orIn


From Schneier on Security

Are Data Breaches Getting Larger?

Are Data Breaches Getting Larger?

This research says that data breaches are not getting larger over time. "Hype and Heavy Tails: A Closer Look at Data Breaches," by Benjamin Edwards, Steven Hofmeyr, and Stephanie Forrest: Abstract: Recent widely publicized data


From insideHPC

Pushing the Boundaries of Combustion Simulation with Mira

Pushing the Boundaries of Combustion Simulation with Mira

"Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory will be testing the limits of computing horsepower this year with a new simulation project from the Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative


From The Eponymous Pickle

HoloLens in the Workplace

HoloLens in the Workplace

In CWorld: Replacing the workplace?   Even outside the world of design.  Seems a stretch, but why not?    Interface would have to be greatly improved,    Display device light and inobstrusive.  Focused to specific tasks and contexts


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Testing Hypotheses Privately

Testing Hypotheses Privately

In case you missed it, Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council member Cynthia Dwork, distinguished scientist at Microsoft Research, and her co-authors Vitaly Feldman, research scientist at IBM’s Almaden Research Center;


From Computer Science Teachers Association

RESPECT for Diversity (in Computing)

RESPECT for Diversity (in Computing)

Last week I had the honor and pleasure of attending the 10th annual STARS Celebration collocated with the first annual RESPECT Celebration in Charlotte, NC. STARS Computing Corps is a community of practice for student-led regional


From insideHPC

Phytium Shows off Mars ARMv8 Processor at Hot Chips

Phytium Shows off Mars ARMv8 Processor at Hot Chips

In the first of what will likely be a series of announcements from the Hot Chips conference this week, Phytium Technologies revealed details of its Mars 64-core ARMv8 processors.

The post Phytium Shows off Mars ARMv8 Processor


From insideHPC

Bright Computing Grows its Channel for Cluster Management

Bright Computing Grows its Channel for Cluster Management

Bright Computing has announced an expansion of its global network of channel partners, local resellers, local system integrators, as well as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The relationships are leading to collaborations


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hypertext is 50 Years Old

Hypertext is 50 Years Old

Ted Nelson used the word in 1965.   Much later, but before the Web, we commissioned its use for a knowledge management application in the enterprise.  Now most everyone uses the very simple concept daily.  Be gratefulHypertext


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google and Intel VR with Tango

Google and Intel VR with Tango

In VRFocus: Hardware and software interaction for virtual reality.  " ... Google has lots of plans and one of those is its recent partnership with Intel for Project Tango. ...  Intel has recently integrated its 3D sensing RealSense


From Schneier on Security

Heartbeat as a Biometric

Heartbeat as a Biometric

Yet another biometric: your heartbeat....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data and Analytics in the Cloud Today

Data and Analytics in the Cloud Today

Good piece by Tony Cosentino in Smart Data collective on the current state of analytics from the cloud.   My own observation from conversations say that insiders in the enterprise want these capabilities, plus the automation


From insideHPC

Video: Climate Change – Fact, Fiction, and What You Can Do

Video: Climate Change – Fact, Fiction, and What You Can Do

"Climate change – or as Doug Sisterson, research meteorologist at Argonne National Laboratory, prefers to call it, climate disruption – is probably the greatest challenge we face in modern society, yet many of us don’t fully


From The Eponymous Pickle

Interactive Affective Picture System

Interactive Affective Picture System

Brought to my attention:" ... With its latest grant, the Prosper Foundation is pleased to continue to support the initiatives of the Applied Neuromarketing Consortium (ANC) at Northwestern University. The consortium consistsThe


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of AI and Work

Future of AI and Work

Future of AI and Work - Millennium Report"Future Work/Technology 2050 The future of work and increasing income gaps are among the most discussed topics of long-term prospects at the moment. However, systemic perspectives andStephen


From Blog@Ubiquity

Why Physical Cyber Security is Broken

Why Physical Cyber Security is Broken

The physical Internet is evolving away from resiliency toward fragility and vulnerability. A broken Internet means flawed cybersecurity.

The post Why Physical Cyber Security is Broken appeared first on BLOG@UBIQUITY.


From insideHPC

Experts Focus on Code Efficiency at ISC 2015

Experts Focus on Code Efficiency at ISC 2015

In this special guest feature, Robert Roe from Scientific Computing World explores the efforts made by top HPC centers to scale software codes to the extreme levels necessary for exascale computing. "The speed with which supercomputers


From insideHPC

Dell Opens Line of Business for Hyperscale Datacenters

Dell Opens Line of Business for Hyperscale Datacenters

Today Dell announced a new business unit aligned around hyperscale datacenters. "The Datacenter Scalable Solutions (DSS) group is designed to meet the specific needs of web tech, telecommunications service providers, hosting


From Schneier on Security

The Advertising Value of Intrusive Tracking

The Advertising Value of Intrusive Tracking

Here's an interesting research paper that tries to calculate the differential value of privacy-invasive advertising practices. The researchers used data from a mobile ad network and was able to see how different personalized

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