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May 2015


From insideHPC

Alternatives to x86: Future Processing Technologies

Alternatives to x86: Future Processing Technologies

In the second article in his series on future hardware for HPC, Robert Roe from Scientific Computing World looks at alternatives to the x86, including server on a chip and OpenPower.

The post Alternatives to x86: Future Processing


From insideHPC

Call for Papers: Workshop on Accelerator Programming using Directives

Call for Papers: Workshop on Accelerator Programming using Directives

The 2nd Workshop on Accelerator Programming using Directives has issued its Call for Papers. The WACCPD Workshop takes place Nov. 16 in Austin in conjunction with SC15.

The post Call for Papers: Workshop on Accelerator Programming


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: NASA's Squid Rover

Friday Squid Blogging: NASA's Squid Rover

NASA is funding a study for a squid rover that could explore Europa's oceans. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From Computer Science Teachers Association

AccessCS10K: helping make high school computing courses more accessible and welcoming to students with disabilities

AccessCS10K: helping make high school computing courses more accessible and welcoming to students with disabilities

By: Richard E. Ladner University of Washington In 2010-2011, approximately 13 percent of K-12 students have a recognized disability according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This represents about 6.5 million


From The Eponymous Pickle

R vs Python

R vs Python

Good infographic visual summary of the current state of the two languages for data science use. Not a how to, but a tabular comparison.


From insideHPC

HPC News Bytes for May 15, 2015

HPC News Bytes for May 15, 2015

While we're always on the lookout for HPC news, not everything makes it to the front page. Here are some notable items from this week.

The post HPC News Bytes for May 15, 2015 appeared first on insideHPC.


From The Eponymous Pickle

More on SocioPragmatic Text Models

More on SocioPragmatic Text Models

Yesterday posted about the talk on SocioPragmatic text Modeling.   More has been published in the Cognitive Systems Institute Linkedin Group,    I quote some of my recent input below   This is a new kind of text classification


From insideHPC

Podcast: Satoshi Matsuoka on the Convergence of HPC and Big Data

Podcast: Satoshi Matsuoka on the Convergence of HPC and Big Data

"Rapid growth in the use cases and demands for extreme computing and huge data processing is leading to convergence of the two infrastructures. The trend towards convergence is not only strategic however but rather inevitable


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft and Cortana

Microsoft and Cortana

Have been following voice driven systems, especially for smart home applications, but also for potential manufacturing-design-test applications.    At the recent Hololens announcement, it was clear that MS planned to integrate


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Computational Scientist at Engility

Job of the Week: Computational Scientist at Engility

Engility is seeking a Computational Scientist in our Job of the Week. This position can be based in the following locations: AFRL (Ohio) , ARL (Maryland) , NRL (Washington DC) , ERDC (Mississippi), and Reston, Virginia.

The post


From insideHPC

Achieving Near-Native GPU Performance in the Cloud

Achieving Near-Native GPU Performance in the Cloud

In this session we describe how GPUs can be used within virtual environments with near-native performance. We begin by showing GPU performance across four hypervisors: VMWare ESXi, KVM, Xen, and LXC. After showing that performance


From insideHPC

Apply Now for SC15 Doctoral Showcase

Apply Now for SC15 Doctoral Showcase

SC15 is now accepting applications for their Doctoral Showcase. As part of the Technical Program, the Doctoral Showcase provides an important opportunity for students near the end of their Ph.D. to present a summary of their


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bots Now Outnumber Humans on Web

Bots Now Outnumber Humans on Web

In CSO Online:  At least the article mentions that most are still benign.  But who defines that?


From Schneier on Security

Microbe Biometric

Microbe Biometric

Interesting: Franzosa and colleagues used publicly available microbiome data produced through the Human Microbiome Project (HMP), which surveyed microbes in the stool, saliva, skin, and other body sites from up to 242 individuals


From My Biased Coin

New Work on Equitability and MIC

New Work on Equitability and MIC

A few years ago, working with a diverse group of scientists, I was looking at a problem related to big data analysis.  The setting was data exploration, where you are working with a high-dimensional dataset, and you are seeking


From Schneier on Security

Eighth Movie-Plot Threat Contest Semifinalists

Eighth Movie-Plot Threat Contest Semifinalists

On April 1, I announced the Eighth Movie Plot Threat Contest: demonstrate the evils of encryption. Not a whole lot of good submissions this year. Possibly this contest has run its course, and there's not a whole lot of interest


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart Prime Undercuts Amazon

Wal-Mart Prime Undercuts Amazon

In Retailwire: Wal-Mart's delivery plan, at $50 yearly, to undercut Amazon Prime.  Good discussion. Is this catch up?   Does this match the style of the Wal-Mart online shopper?


From Schneier on Security

In Which I Collide with Admiral Rogers

In Which I Collide with Admiral Rogers

Universe does not explode. Photo here....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Unilever to Track Online, Offline Retail Gap

Unilever to Track Online, Offline Retail Gap

Unilever is investing $50,000 in startup Glimr as part of an effort to connect consumers' online and in-store shopping experiences. "We are hoping to bring an actual understating of who you are as an individual based on what"


From Schneier on Security

Admiral Rogers Speaking at the Joint Service Academy Cyber Security Summit

Admiral Rogers Speaking at the Joint Service Academy Cyber Security Summit

Admiral Mike Rogers gave the keynote address at the Joint Service Academy Cyber Security Summit today at West Point. He started by explaining the four tenets of security that he thinks about. First: partnerships. This includes


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

ACM BuildSys 2015 Call for Papers

ACM BuildSys 2015 Call for Papers

The 2nd ACM International Conference on Embedded Systems for Energy-Efficient Built Environments (BuildSys 2015) invites original contributions in the area of intelligent Systems for the Built Environment targeted particularly


From insideHPC

Video: Have Hard Disks Joined the Grateful Dead?

Video: Have Hard Disks Joined the Grateful Dead?

Have spinning disk drives joined the Grateful Dead? That is the contention here in this video, where industry analyst Mark Peters from ESG dons his tie-dyed shirt and declares that flash is the new storage of choice in the datacenter


From insideHPC

Gather Scatter Operations

Gather Scatter Operations

Gather and scatter operations are used in many domains. However, to use these types of functions on an SIMD architecture creates some programming challenges.

The post Gather Scatter Operations appeared first on insideHPC.


From The Eponymous Pickle

SocioPragmatic Models of Text Analysis

SocioPragmatic Models of Text Analysis

Mona Diab of GWU gave the CSI  talk today:Towards Building Effective Computational Sociopragmatics Models of Human CognitionSlides.   (Talk recording to follow)Though technical, the implications can be understood from the slides


From insideHPC

ANSYS Powers Quantum Computing Engineering at D-Wave

ANSYS Powers Quantum Computing Engineering at D-Wave

D-Wave Systems reports that the company is designing and building the world's most advanced quantum computers with help from engineering simulation solutions from ANSYS. This next generation of supercomputers uses quantum mechanics


From insideHPC

Simulating Global Atmosphere with NICAM on TSUBAME2.5 Using OpenACC

Simulating Global Atmosphere with NICAM on TSUBAME2.5 Using OpenACC

"OpenACC was applied to the a global high-resolution atmosphere model named NICAM. We executed the dynamical core test without re-writing any specific kernel subroutines for GPU execution. Only 5% of the lines of source code


From Computational Complexity

Fiftieth Anniversary of the Publication of the seminal paper on Computational Complexity

Juris Hartmanis and Richard Stearns in a photo dated May 1963. The main theorem from their paper is on the board later improved by Hennie and Stearns. Photo courtesy of Richard Stearns.
The seminal paper of Juris Hartmanis…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative Site

New Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative Site

Via Marin Hitch of the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative:New Website: Get to #KnowWCAI We launched a new site to showcase all the excitement around customer analytics at Wharton! You can keep up on our latest data projects


From Schneier on Security

License Plate Scanners Hidden in Fake Cactus

License Plate Scanners Hidden in Fake Cactus

The city of Paradise Valley, AZ, is hiding license plate scanners in fake cactus plants....


From insideHPC

Podcast: Arden L. Bement on Blue Waters and the Future of HPC

Podcast: Arden L. Bement on Blue Waters and the Future of HPC

In this podcast from the 2015 NCSA Blue Waters Symposium, Arden L. Bement discusses the Blue Waters supercomputer and the future of HPC. Formerly Director of the NSF, Bement keynoted the symposium and is currently the Davis A