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May 2015


From insideHPC

Barcelona Team to Build ARM Cluster at ISC Student Cluster Competition

Barcelona Team to Build ARM Cluster at ISC Student Cluster Competition

A team of six undergraduate students from Barcelona School of Informatics involved in the Mont-Blanc project have been selected to take part in the 4th HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition.

The post Barcelona Team to Build ARM


From insideHPC

Thinkmate Offers Free Xeon Phis with Your Server

Thinkmate Offers Free Xeon Phis with Your Server

We don't normally report on pricing, but a free Intel Xeon Phi from ThinkMate sure sounds like a great deal. "Now through June, Thinkmate is installing Intel Xeon Phi 5110P Coprocessors (a $2,500 value each) for Free with any


From insideHPC

Deep Learning at Scale

Deep Learning at Scale

"We present a state-of-the-art image recognition system, Deep Image, developed using end-to-end deep learning. The key components are a custom-built supercomputer dedicated to deep learning, a highly optimized parallel algorithm


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Expanding Computing Education–Are We Forgetting Rural Schools

Expanding Computing Education–Are We Forgetting Rural Schools

One big announcement last week was College Board and Code.org announc[ing] an alliance to improve diversity in computer science. The plan is to partner with the 35 largest school districts in the US. Now to some 35 school districts


From Writing

A productive development environment with Docker on OS X

A productive development environment with Docker on OS X

In this post, I'm going to explain why the way most programmers install, configure, and manage software in development, testing, and production environments is a complete nightmare. After that, I'm going to show you a better


From Computational Complexity

Theory Jobs 2015

In the fall we list theory jobs, in the spring we see who got them. Like last year, I created a fully editable Google Spreadsheet to crowd source who is going where. Ground rules:

  • I set up separate sheets for faculty, industry


From The Eponymous Pickle

Neuromarketing Practical Advances

Neuromarketing Practical Advances

A little late, but a good podcast on the topic:Roger Dooley writes, introducting their podcast:" ... In the past, Elissa Moses was Chief Research Officer with the early neuromarketing pioneer Emsense and has held several key


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Seeking Ad Fraud

Google Seeking Ad Fraud

In Adage.  A visit to a Google site that is devoted to identifying Ad Fraud.   All this has evolved quite a bit.  Been attacked a few times myself.   Now the attackers are very sophisticated.  Ad fraud has received relatively


From My Biased Coin

What makes a well-attended conference? (STOC 2017 Discussion)

What makes a well-attended conference?  (STOC 2017 Discussion)

I've always been impressed how the SIGCOMM conference accepts a very small number of papers, but many hundreds of people attend the conference.  (This is true for some other conferences as well;  SIGCOMM is just he one I happen


From The Eponymous Pickle

SPSS as an Enhancement to R

SPSS as an Enhancement to R

It was just pointed out to me that SPSS can be linked to R.  Had known this but not the details. Worth a closer look.  Upcoming Webinar on May 26 on the topic.   Points out a number of limitations of R and why its useful to connect


From insideHPC

Bright OpenStack Distribution Manages Private Clouds

Bright OpenStack Distribution Manages Private Clouds

Today Bright Computing announced Bright OpenStack, a fully integrated software stack for deployment, management, and maintenance of private clouds.

The post Bright OpenStack Distribution Manages Private Clouds appeared firstinsideHPC


From insideHPC

Video: A Bioinformatics Pipeline for Analyzing Patient Tumours

Video: A Bioinformatics Pipeline for Analyzing Patient Tumours

In this video from WestGrid in Canada, Dr. Yussanne Ma from the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre describes how high performance computing supports her research group's work, highlighting a recent project where a bioinformatics


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Testing Buy Button

Google Testing Buy Button

In Retailwire:  Is this the ultimate challenge for retail?  Everyone searches.    So making the buy as easy as possible is powerful.  Embedded discussion is useful." ... In what is being seen as a potential challenge to Amazon


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sample R Packages for Input, Wrangling, Visuals

Sample R Packages for Input, Wrangling, Visuals

A nice survey by Sharon Machlis, it is always good  to have examples of things you know you need to do, in a language that is relatively new to you.  This is a start.  From here you can go wherever you want:  Great R packages


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hyper Personalization

Hyper Personalization

Interesting startup direction ...  Reminds me of case based reasoning approaches ....Analytics passed a major milestone on the road to ubiquity last week with the launch of new capabilities that extend the reach of data-driven


From The Eponymous Pickle

How P&G Tripled Its Innovation Success Rate

How P&G Tripled Its Innovation Success Rate

From the HBR in 2011, and I may have posted this before, but found it again looking for innovation examples.   Worth repeating.  Mentioning now VA guru Bob McDonald.  Just a few months ago I was approached by the VA concerning


From The Eponymous Pickle

Eye Data During Programming for Useful for Retail

Eye Data During Programming for Useful for Retail

Establishment of a database of eye movement during programming tasks.  Why not do the same thing during other common tasks, like online or physical shopping?    The same could be done for physical retail shopping as well.  Then


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Exploring New Frontiers in Cyber-Physical Systems

Exploring New Frontiers in Cyber-Physical Systems

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced two five-year, center-scale awards to advance the frontier in cyber-physical systems (CPS). With these two new projects totaling $8.75 million, NSF has now invested more than $250


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 18

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 18

Monday, May 18, 2015 Senate Floor: H.R.1314, “Legislative vehicle for Trade Promotion Authority” Tuesday, May 19, 2015 House Floor: H.R. 874 – American Super Computing Leadership Act House Floor: H.R. 1162 – Science Prize Competitions


From Schneier on Security

United Airlines Offers Frequent Flier Miles for Finding Security Vulnerabilities

United Airlines Offers Frequent Flier Miles for Finding Security Vulnerabilities

Vulnerabilities on the website only, not in airport security or in the avionics....


From insideHPC

Podcast: Cray’s Steve Scott on Programming for the Next Decade

Podcast: Cray’s Steve Scott on Programming for the Next Decade

"Our computing systems continue to evolve, providing significant challenges to the programming teams managing large, long-lived projects. Issues include rapidly increasing on-node parallelism, varying forms of heterogeneity,


From insideHPC

HPC People on the Move: May Edition

HPC People on the Move: May Edition

Dr. Lewey Anton reports on who’s jumping ship and moving on up in high performance computing.

The post HPC People on the Move: May Edition appeared first on insideHPC.


From insideHPC

Video: Accelerating OpenPOWER Using NVM Express SSDs and CAPI

Video: Accelerating OpenPOWER Using NVM Express SSDs and CAPI

"We present results for a platform consisting of an NVM Express SSD, a CAPI accelerator card and a software stack running on a Power8 system. We show how the threading of the Power8 CPU can be used to move data from the SSD to


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 18 May 2015

Interesting Links 18 May 2015

Last week I made my travel arrangements for the Annual CSTA Conference. Less than two months away and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ll also be at ISTE this June. Not as much CS stuff there but a lot of edtech stuff that


From The Eponymous Pickle

Business Model Innovation

Business Model Innovation

Not the same thing as BPM,  which I prefer because it deals with business specifics.  But in reading this, BMI could be a good place to start.  Perhaps linked to structural (Morphological) models of a business.  Lots to choose


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Academy: Cognitive Computing

Watson Academy: Cognitive Computing

IBM MOOC: Cognitive Computing -- Question Answering Technologies behind IBM WatsonTrailer" ... We have designed a massive open online course (MOOC) on the question answering technologies behind IBM’s original Watson Jeopardy!®


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.