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A Comprehensive Guide to Terraform

A Comprehensive Guide to Terraform

Today, we are kicking off a series of blog posts on how to define and manage infrastructure-as-code in the real world using Terraform. If you havent used it before, Terraform is an open source tool that allows you to define infrastructure…


From updated sporadically at best

Some of My Niceness Role Models

Some of My Niceness Role Models

Yesterday my friend Grzegorz asked me if I knew how to prevent promising students from becoming "brilliant jerks," and I opened up this question to the Internet because I didn't know. One theme in the responses is to set a good…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Retail Algorithmic Merchandising

Retail Algorithmic Merchandising

In the Gartner blog: On algorithmic merchandising. Good thoughts in the importance of data, process and analysis used with more concise and repeatable algorithmic methods.

" ... By 2020, merchant leaders will be algorithms…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Five Technologies for the Next Ten Years

Five Technologies for the Next Ten Years

McKinsey does a good job of explaining, in a non-technical way, why these technologies will be important. Provides a sketch in oil and gas of how they can be used to produce value. The time line of a decade is a reasonable

Mckinsey…


From insideHPC

Video: Using HPC to build Clean Energy Technologies

Video: Using HPC to build Clean Energy Technologies

Maria Chan (NST)Maria Chan from NST presented this talk at Argonne Out Loud. "People eagerly anticipate environmental benefits from advances in clean energy technologies, such as advanced batteries for electric cars and thin-film solar cells…


From insideHPC

Call for Proposals: Fortissimo Project

Call for Proposals: Fortissimo Project

fortissimoThe European Fortissimo Project has issued its Second Call for Proposals. Fortissimo is a collaborative project that enables European SMEs to be more competitive globally through the use of simulation services running on High…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Use of Techniques by Data Scientists

Use of Techniques by Data Scientists

In KDNuggets, summary of a poll done with data scientists. Indicating the use of techniques by practitioners. Not too surprising. Much more detail about the results at the link.




From The Eponymous Pickle

Algorithmic Retailing

Algorithmic Retailing

Gartner on Algorithmic retailing. Pretty broad view. I assume this is for particular parts of the business where process can be defined? I don't have a Gartner subscription, so can't see the full report.

" .... New Gartner…


From Phys.org Technology News

MH370 wreckage hunter won't give up until mystery solved

MH370 wreckage hunter won't give up until mystery solved

The fedora, the bomber jacket and the consuming quest invite comparisons to Indiana Jones. Blaine Gibson, though, hasn't matched the film hero's triumph in finding the legendary chest containing the stone tablets inscribed with…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Procurement Analytics

Procurement Analytics

A favorite topic, see previous posts below.

Includes a link to an eBook. In O'Reilly:

Advancing Procurement Analytics
Learn how your company can significantly improve procurement analytics to solve business questions quickly and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Right Way to Take Risk

Right Way to Take Risk

Right Way to Take Risk

Podcast and text.

The truism nothing ventured, nothing gained is an often heard phrase. But risk-taking must be balanced with prudence. Karen Firestone, chairman, CEO and co-founder of Aureus Asset Management…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Space Kraken

Friday Squid Blogging: Space Kraken

A Lego model of a giant space kraken destroying a Destroyer from Star Wars. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Weapons of Math Destruction?

Weapons of Math Destruction?

More on biases of algorithms. Inevitable, and will require new kinds of transparency that require deep contextual expertise. Only governments and big tech enabled companies will have these. Which do you fear most? Personal…


From Computer Science Teacher Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

When But It Works Isnt Enough

When But It Works Isnt Enough

I saw this image on Twitter recently. It was captioned:

"Spaces or tabs?"
"Semicolons."

Semi

Its all perfectly legal C or C++ code. And a decent compiler will handle it just fine. But oh is it ripe for bad things to happen. Of course…


From insideHPC

Cadence and TSMC Advance Towards 7nm FinFET Designs

Cadence and TSMC Advance Towards 7nm FinFET Designs

cadenceToday Cadence Design Systems announced several important deliveries in its collaboration with TSMC to advance 7nm FinFET designs for mobile and high-performance computing platforms. Working together, Cadence and TSMC have developed…


From insideHPC

DDN User Group Coming to SC16 Nov. 14

DDN User Group Coming to SC16 Nov. 14

ddn

The DDN User Group meeting is returning to Salt Lake City for SC16. The meeting takes place Monday, Nov. 14 from 2pm-6pm at the Radisson Hotel near the convention center.


The post DDN User Group Coming to SC16 Nov. 14 appeared…


From updated sporadically at best

Question: "Correcting brilliant students"

Question: "Correcting brilliant students"

A question for all of you.

--

from: Grzegorz Kossakowski
to: Jean
date: Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 10:51 AM
subject: Correcting brilliant students

Hi Jean,

I know from your tweets you're busy so I'll get right to the point…


From insideHPC

Larry Smarr Presents: 50 Years of Supercomputing

Larry Smarr Presents: 50 Years of Supercomputing

larryLarry Smarr presented this talk as part of NCSA's 30th Anniversary Celebration. "For the last thirty years, NCSA has played a critical role in bringing computational science and scientific visualization to the national user community…


From Schneier on Security

iPhone 7 Jailbreak

iPhone 7 Jailbreak

It took 24 hours. Slashdot thread....


From insideHPC

Minimal Metrics Releases PerfMiner Parallel Optimization Tool

Minimal Metrics Releases PerfMiner Parallel Optimization Tool

Philip Mucci, Co-founder & President of Minimal MetricsThis week Minimal Metrics announced an early-adopter program, which uses lightweight, and pervasive performance data collection technology, automates its collection, and mines the data for key performance indicators. These indicators…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Inspired by the Architecture of Neural Networks

Inspired by the Architecture of Neural Networks

Why does machine learning work? And I would add, what does 'work' mean?

A look into the mysterious world of neural nets, which are not new, we used them for practical, though simpler applications, decades ago. We should

In…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Building Practical AI Systems

Building Practical AI Systems

Video from O'Reilly, requires basic registration.

Building practical AI systems
As a technical founder at Siri, Sentient, and Viv Labs, Adam Cheyer has helped design and develop a number of intelligent systems. Drawing on specific…


From insideHPC

Video: Cycle Cloud Works with Dell to Deliver More Science for More Users

Video: Cycle Cloud Works with Dell to Deliver More Science for More Users

tim2In this this video from ISC 2016, Tim Carroll describes how Cycle Computing is working with Dell Technologies to deliver more science for more users. Cycle Computings CycleCloud software suite is the leading cloud orchestration…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Only Humans Need Apply

Only Humans Need Apply

Only Humans Need Apply: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines Hardcover May 24, 2016 by Thomas H. Davenport (Author), Julia Kirby (Author). They write:

An invigorating, thought-provoking, and positive look at the rise…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watch Gets the Voice of Echo Alexa

Watch Gets the Voice of Echo Alexa

Moving generalized intelligence into multiple kinds of hardware.

Review: The CoWatch -- a smartwatch with the voice of Alexa ...With solid hardware design, an Android-based OS and with Amazon's Alexa voice control, the CoWatch…


From Schneier on Security

Amtrak Security Awareness

Amtrak Security Awareness

I like this Amtrak security awareness campaign. Especially the use of my term "security theater."...


From The Eponymous Pickle

Image Captioning by Tensorflow is Now Open Source

Image Captioning by Tensorflow is Now Open Source

I have mentioned before this is a problem we addressed for several AI oriented applications. We called it 'image recognition'. Now the general solution is open source. Some samples images in the article, and they are impressive…


From Computational Complexity

Boris Trakhtenbrot (1921-2016)

I woke up this morning to two pieces of news. Subhash Khot has just been named a MacArthur Fellow, the "genius" award, for his work on unique games. But I also just learnedabout Monday's passing of the great Russian theorist…


From Computer Science Teacher Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Bug Reports

Bug Reports

I saw the following tweet earlier today. Still earlier in the day I read a post on Mark Guzdials blog about Barriers to Stack Overflow Use for Females which had me thinking about how people ask for help on Stack Overflow.


From insideHPC

Volkswagen Moves HPC Workloads to Verne Global in Iceland

Volkswagen Moves HPC Workloads to Verne Global in Iceland

vgicelandToday Verne Global announced Volkswagen is moving more than 1 MW of high performance computing applications to the companys datacenter in Iceland. The company will take advantage of Verne Globals hybrid data center approach
The…

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