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January 2017


From insideHPC

Mellanox Ethernet Accelerates Baidu Machine Learning

Mellanox Ethernet Accelerates Baidu Machine Learning

mellanoxToday Mellanox announced that Spectrum Ethernet switches and ConnectX-4 100Gb/s Ethernet adapters have been selected by Baidu, the leading Chinese language Internet search provider, for Baidu’s Machine Learning platforms. The…


From insideHPC

HDR InfiniBand Technology Reshapes the World of High-Performance and Machine Learning Platforms

HDR InfiniBand Technology Reshapes the World of High-Performance and Machine Learning Platforms

hdr"The recent announcement of HDR InfiniBand included the three required network elements to achieve full end-to-end implementation of the new technology: ConnectX-6 host channel adapters, Quantum switches and the LinkX family …


From Phys.org Technology News

Drones could soon get crucial medical supplies to patients in need

Drones could soon get crucial medical supplies to patients in need

Aerial drones could one day ferry life-or-death medical supplies between hospitals now that Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have figured out how to keep blood, medications and vaccines consistently cool during the flights.


From The Eponymous Pickle

GE Geneva: Understands 55 Billion Utterances

GE Geneva:  Understands 55 Billion Utterances

Examining how devices are attached to voice interfaces.

" ... Use Your Voice:  
Introducing voice-activated control of your GE WiFi Connect appliances with Amazon Echo

Meet Geneva:  Geneva is an Alexa skill that works with your

Amazon…


From insideHPC

Exascale Computing: A Race to the Future of HPC

Exascale Computing: A Race to the Future of HPC

Nicolas Dube, Chief Strategist for HPC, Hewlett Packard EnterpriseIn this week’s Sponsored Post, Nicolas Dube of Hewlett Packard Enterprise outlines the future of HPC and the role and challenges of exascale computing in this evolution. The HPE approach to exascale is geared to breaking the…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Nominations Sought for New CCC Council Members

Nominations Sought for New CCC Council Members

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is charged with catalyzing and empowering the U.S. computing research community to articulate and advance major research directions for the field. To do so, the CCC needs truly visionary…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Stretchable Transistors

Stretchable Transistors

Unexpected thing, the transistors I worked with were anything but stretchable.

Transistor Stretchier Than Skin for Ultra-Flexible Wearable Tech  By New Scientist 

Stanford University researchers have developed a new transistor

"In…


From The Eponymous Pickle

First Impressions: People, Brands?

First Impressions: People, Brands?

Quite interesting results.  Does a lapse of time still not heal the first impression?    Is this also the case with a brand?

Science: First Impressions Are Even More Long-Lasting Than You Think
New research produces some bad news…


From Apophenia

Why America is Self-Segregating

Why America is Self-Segregating

The United States has always been a diverse but segregated country. This has shaped American politics profoundly. Yet, throughout history, Americans have had to grapple with divergent views and opinions, political ideologies,…


From Schneier on Security

Should Elections Be Classified as "Critical Infrastructure"?

Should Elections Be Classified as "Critical Infrastructure"?

I am co-author on a paper discussing whether elections be classified as "critical infrastructure" in the US, based on experiences in other countries: Abstract: With the Russian government hack of the Democratic National Convention…


From Schneier on Security

FDA Recommendations on Medical-Device Cybersecurity

FDA Recommendations on Medical-Device Cybersecurity

The FDA has issued a report giving medical devices guidance on computer and network security. There's nothing particularly new or interesting; it reads like standard security advice: write secure software, patch bugs, and so …


From Phys.org Technology News

Science DMZ is focus of latest library of network training videos aimed at global audience

Science DMZ is focus of latest library of network training videos aimed at global audience

For members of the established research and education (R&E) networking community, attending conferences or sitting in on workshop sessions is the normal way to learn about the latest equipment, architecture, tools and technologies…


From The Eponymous Pickle

BPM Empowering IoT and Defining Analytics

BPM Empowering IoT and Defining Analytics

A favorite topic.  How Business Process Modeling (BPM) could be used with analytics and AI to really understand and improve business process.  Here in the Jan-Feb 2017 Analytics Mag, the emphasis is put on IoT.  Good thoughts…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

White House Report on Ensuring Long-Term U.S. Leadership in Semiconductors

White House Report on Ensuring Long-Term U.S. Leadership in Semiconductors

The following blog post is by CCC Vice Chair and Executive Council member and University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Mark D. Hill. Last week the US White House released Ensuring Long-Term U.S. Leadership in Semiconductors.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Softbank Pepper Sales Robot

Softbank Pepper Sales Robot

A relook at the SoftBank humanoid Pepper robot.   Seems the test they mention that showed increases in sales is far too short, and could have largely been driven by publicized novelty.   In Recode:

SoftBank’s humanoid robot Pepper…


From insideHPC

Penn State Institute for CyberScience to Host HPC Workshops

Penn State Institute for CyberScience to Host HPC Workshops

xsedeThe Penn State Institute for CyberScience (ICS) is hosting a series of free training workshops on high-performance computing techniques. These workshops are sponsored by the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment…


From insideHPC

Compute Canada Receives Funding for National Supercomputing Platform

Compute Canada Receives Funding for National Supercomputing Platform

computecanadaToday the Canada Foundation for Innovation announced an award of $69,455,000 through its Major Science Initiative Fund for the Compute Canada project. This award will be used to continue the operation of the national advanced…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Research Scientist for HPC at PNNL

Job of the Week: Research Scientist for HPC at PNNL

pnnl2The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking a Research Scientist for High Performance Computing in our Job of the Week. "The HPC group is seeking a Scientist to actively participate in challenging software and…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

How Important Are Number Bases for pre-University Computer Science?

How Important Are Number Bases for pre-University Computer Science?

Do high school or younger computer science students really need to understand number-base conversion and binary, decimal, and hexadecimal number systems? Obviously most students are comfortable using decimal numbers. How important…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Everything is a Virtual Assistant Now

Everything is a Virtual Assistant Now

CW look at the future of virtual assistants, based on the explosion of solutions delivered and embedded, shown at CES last week.   Good points made about 'supporting' interaction.

Amazon's Alexa won CES this week.  by Mike  Elgan…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Looks Forward to New Technologies in 2017

Radio Free HPC Looks Forward to New Technologies in 2017

radioIn this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team shares the things we're looking forward to in 2017. "From the iPhone 8 to storage innovations and camera technologies in the fight against crime, it is looking like 2017 is going to be…


From BLOG@CACM

'Figure It Out' Isn't Enough: Striking a New Balance Between Understanding, Problem-Solving, and Design in Introductory CS Classes

'Figure It Out' Isn't Enough: Striking a New Balance Between Understanding, Problem-Solving, and Design in Introductory CS Classes

Intro CS courses should help students understand programs more and problem-solve less. 


From The Eponymous Pickle

Facial Recognition by Baidu and KFC China

Facial Recognition by Baidu and KFC China

Long have discussed facial recognition uses.  Here a test at the point of sale at KFC China.   Evan Schuman makes a good case that the proposed use is dangerous,  especially in US and European cultures.  Consider also other uses…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Predicting the future job market: the librarians

Predicting the future job market: the librarians

People spend a lot of time worrying that robots and computers are going to wipe out all jobs. My belief is that the job market is a lot more complex and simplistic reasonings (“better robots means fewer jobs”) are likely misleading…


From insideHPC

Scaling Hardware for In-Memory Computing

Scaling Hardware for In-Memory Computing

Scaling HardwareThe two methods of scaling processors are based on the method used to scale the memory architecture and are called scaling-out or scale-up. Beyond the basic processor/memory architecture, accelerators and parallel file systems…


From XRDS

How cloud computing could improve your research.

How cloud computing could improve your research.

Processing large datasets or working with huge data is a usual stage in almost any kind of research. The problem appears when processing these data requires long processing time on any kind of personal laptop.  In order to solve…


From Apophenia

Did Media Literacy Backfire?

Did Media Literacy Backfire?

Anxious about the widespread consumption and spread of propaganda and fake news during this year’s election cycle, many progressives are calling for an increased commitment to media literacy programs. Others are clamoring for…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM's Cognitive Advantage Report

IBM's Cognitive Advantage Report


What is cognition?  Why should we care?  Who is using it?  How do we get started?   Comprehensive look.    Get it below.  Good information and statistics.  This blog covers the topic.

The cognitive advantage report

Cognitive computing…


From Phys.org Technology News

America's crumbling infrastructure

America's crumbling infrastructure

No matter how big the issue—national security, health care, gun rights—it's been nearly impossible for Washington lawmakers to find common ground given the deep rancor and partisan division among them. But fixing the nation's…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI and Digital Advertising

AI and Digital Advertising

AI and deeper analytics continues to drive more intelligent decisions.    I always ask: To what degree will the decisions be autonomous?    And how will they be integrated with human insight?

Harley-Davidson Boosts Digital Marketing…

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