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March 2015


From Schneier on Security

Capabilities of Canada's Communications Security Establishment

Capabilities of Canada's Communications Security Establishment

There's a new story about the hacking capabilities of Canada's Communications Security Establishment (CSE), based on the Snowden documents....


From insideHPC

How Supercomputers Give Universities a Competitive Edge

How Supercomputers Give Universities a Competitive Edge

In an NSF-funded study, a Clemson University team found that universities with locally available supercomputers were more efficient in producing research in critical fields than universities that lacked supercomputers.

The post


From insideHPC

Internet of Things & What it Means to Fabrics

Internet of Things & What it Means to Fabrics

In this video from the 2015 OFS Developer’s Workshop, Guy Ailee from Intel presents: Internet of Things & What it Means to Fabrics.

The post Internet of Things & What it Means to Fabrics appeared first on insideHPC.


From insideHPC

Video: High-Performance and Scalable Designs of Programming Models for Exascale Systems

Video: High-Performance and Scalable Designs of Programming Models for Exascale Systems

"This talk will focus on programming models and their designs for upcoming exascale systems with millions of processors and accelerators. Current status and future trends of MPI and PGAS (UPC and OpenSHMEM) programming models


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tools for the Data Scientist

Tools for the Data Scientist

A look at the Data Science ecosystem.  Nice to see it all in one place.  By  Lukas Biewald.   Would like further to see what all the competing claims are.   Though simply stating the claims will be controversial.   And what the


From The Eponymous Pickle

Device Fingerprint Tracking in Europe

Device Fingerprint Tracking in Europe

It is well known that all devices have their own fingerprint.    Europe plans increased use.  " ... Europe’s next privacy war is with websites silently tracking users.  .... European data protection watchdogs publish guidance


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Good ideas are overrated

Good ideas are overrated

As a college student, I was convinced that the most important part of science and engineering was to have good and original ideas. If you contemplate Einstein, it is not hard to come to this conclusion… The man had a never ending


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Best Practices in Evaluating Scholarship in Hiring, Tenure, and Promotion

Best Practices in Evaluating Scholarship in Hiring, Tenure, and Promotion

A careful distinction between quality and quantity is key to promoting the future growth of the computing and information field. Toward that end, Batya Friedman, Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington


From insideHPC

insideHPC Guide to Open Computing

insideHPC Guide to Open Computing

The Open Compute Project, initiated by Facebook as a way to increase computing power while lowering associated costs with hyper-scale computing, has gained a significant industry following. This guide to Open Computing is design


From insideHPC

Video: Slim Fly – A Cost Effective Low-Diameter Network Topology

Video: Slim Fly – A Cost Effective Low-Diameter Network Topology

"We introduce a high-performance cost-effective network topology called Slim Fly that approaches the theoretically optimal network diameter. Slim Fly is based on graphs that approximate the solution to the degree-diameter problem


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of March 23

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of March 23

March 24 Hearing: The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing on “Continuing America’s Leadership: Advancing Research and Development for Patients.” 10 a.m., 430 Dirksen Building The House Ways


From The Eponymous Pickle

Juji: Behavior-based Individuality Analysis

Juji: Behavior-based  Individuality Analysis

Michelle Zhou brought to my attention their new personality analysis startup that creates people profiles from Twitter and Facebook streams.  I  gave it a try and was impressed by its ease of use.     The idea of this kind of


From Schneier on Security

Reforming the FISA Court

Reforming the FISA Court

The Brennan Center has a long report on what's wrong with the FISA Court and how to fix it. At the time of its creation, many lawmakers saw constitutional problems in a court that operated in total secrecy and outside the normal


From insideHPC

UK Atomic Weapons Establishment Signs up for SGI ICE XA Supercomputer

UK Atomic Weapons Establishment Signs up for SGI ICE XA Supercomputer

Today SGI announced that the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) will be one of the first customers to install SGI's record-breaking SGI ICE XA supercomputers.

The post UK Atomic Weapons Establishment Signs up for SGI ICE XA


From insideHPC

Video: Lustre Based Enterprise Storage – Tuning Clients for Optimal Performance

Video: Lustre Based Enterprise Storage – Tuning Clients for Optimal Performance

"The architecture of the ClusterStor product line builds on 25 years of experience with storage systems, Seagate (formerly Xyratex) and Lustre on a parallel open source high performance storage system that is commonly used for


From insideHPC

Microsoft Update on RDMA

Microsoft Update on RDMA

In this video from the 2015 OFS Developer’s Workshop, Tom Talpey from Microsoft presents: Microsoft Update on RDMA.

The post Microsoft Update on RDMA appeared first on insideHPC.


From insideHPC

Is Europe Leading the Energy Efficiency Race?

Is Europe Leading the Energy Efficiency Race?

Europe is notorious for its high energy costs. In the first of three articles on energy efficiency in high-performance computing, Tom Wilkie from Scientific Computing World asks if that’s why so much of the initiative appears


From insideHPC

Petroleum Geo-Services to Acquire 5 Petaflop Cray XC40

Petroleum Geo-Services to Acquire 5 Petaflop Cray XC40

Today Cray announced a contract to provide Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) with a 5 Petaflop Cray XC40 supercomputer. The system will be one of the largest supercomputers ever deployed in the commercial sector.


From Putting People First

Ethnographic research drives IKEA’s global success

Ethnographic research drives IKEA’s global success

In a long Fortune Magazine article on IKEA’s successful global expansion, author Beth Kowitt devotes quite a few paragraphs to the importance of qualitative, ethnographic research: “Today research is at the heart of Ikea’s expansion


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Madeup: a Programming Language for Making Things Up

Madeup: a Programming Language for Making Things Up

One of the things I have been wondering about is how to make a real connection between 3D printing and learning computer science. Sure most 3D printers are attached to computers and CAD software is used to create models for printing


From Putting People First

Presentations online of IEA energy efficiency behaviour workshop

Presentations online of IEA energy efficiency behaviour workshop

The 11th and 12th of March, the International Energy Agency [IEA] in Paris hosted a workshop on energy efficiency and behaviour in the buildings sector. The goal of this workshop was for representatives from IEA member countries


From insideHPC

Video: Dimensioning Data Centre Resiliency at CSCS

Video: Dimensioning Data Centre Resiliency at CSCS

"The Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) offers a range of computing and storage services to Swiss and international research communities. These services are provisioned by an array of solutions including leading edge


From insideHPC

Video: Welcome to the 2015 HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference

Video: Welcome to the 2015 HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference

In this video, Gilad Shainer and Hussein Harake kick off the 2015 HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference. The event will focus on High-Performance Computing essentials, new developments and emerging technologies, best practices


From The Eponymous Pickle

Computational Thinking With Wolfram Language

Computational Thinking With Wolfram Language

An excellent transcript (with pictures) of the talk and detailed demonstration given by Stephen Wolfram at the recent SXSW on their Wolfram Language.    We looked at Wolfram Alpha when it was released, but I have not looked at


From The Eponymous Pickle

Leading with Strategic Thinking at Gillette

Leading with Strategic Thinking at Gillette

Via José Ignacio Sordo Galarza:I hope this note finds you in good health and spirits!  If you recall right, almost 10 years ago, in early 2005 P&G agreed to acquire Gillette in an effort to combine many of the world’s top brands


From Putting People First

Doctors are now inviting patients to help design their own medical treatment

Doctors are now inviting patients to help design their own medical treatment

In many hospitals and clinics around the [USA], oncologists and surgeons simply tell cancer patients what treatments they should have, or at least give them strong recommendations. But [at UC San Francisco], under a formal process


From insideHPC

Video: Adaptive Routing for Scalable Topologies

Video: Adaptive Routing for Scalable Topologies

"Adaptive Routing has been added to the static routing capability available in previous switch families. InfiniBand supports moving traffic via multiple parallel paths. Adaptive routing dynamically and automatically re-routes


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