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April 2015


From BLOG@CACM

The Life of a Computer Pioneer

The Life of a Computer Pioneer

Obituary of F.L. Bauer, German informatics pioneer.


From insideHPC

Hurry! Enter SC15 Student Cluster Competition by April 17

Hurry! Enter SC15 Student Cluster Competition by April 17

The clock is ticking down for teams to submit their applications for the SC15 Student Cluster Competition. The deadline to apply for a spot in this year’s competition is Friday, April 17.

The post Hurry! Enter SC15 Student Cluster


From The Eponymous Pickle

Free Data Mining Books and Distinction Advice

Free Data Mining Books and Distinction Advice

From Data On Focus.  A list of links for free data resources. Nicely done.  No excuse these days for not getting lots of information on the subject.  Likely lots of variance in value and need for preparatory information.    Is


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rapid Changes in Programming Languages

Rapid Changes in Programming Languages

Via the ACM:  Encountered this during several interactions about what coding methods are being used and taught today in University.  Includes statistics about how people are learning new coding methods.   Self taught is becoming


From insideHPC

Video: EOFS Update from LUG 2015

Video: EOFS Update from LUG 2015

In this video from LUG 2015, Hugo Falter presents an EOFS Update. "The EOFS (European Open File System) was founded in 2010 too promote the establishment and adoption of open source parallel file systems, sustain and enhance

The


From The Eponymous Pickle

Thinking Differently About Risk

Thinking Differently About Risk

Risk is often not thought about consistently.  In some cases it derives from actuarial tables, in other cases straight from the gut.   It has to deal with both common repetitive events and black swans of unexpectedness.   Insurance


From The Eponymous Pickle

How PARC Saved Xerox

How PARC Saved Xerox

Interesting historical piece about PARC and Xerox.  We visited PARC a number of time, but had no direct connections to Xerox.   " ... And that’s the true lesson of Xerox and PARC.  We tend to see a successful business model as


From insideHPC

Terascala Powers Bioinformatics at SDSU

Terascala Powers Bioinformatics at SDSU

Today Teracala announced that San Diego State University is using a Terascala-powered HPC storage solution to study the DNA of viruses and bacteria.

The post Terascala Powers Bioinformatics at SDSU appeared first on insideHPC.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger Loyalty Program Ranks High

Kroger Loyalty Program Ranks High

In Adage:  " ... Kroger was among the brands with the highest-rated loyalty programs in various categories, according to a survey by Bond Brand Loyalty, with Amazon, Regal Cinemas, TGI Fridays and Subway also getting high marks


From The Eponymous Pickle

Predicting Future Business

Predicting Future Business

In the HBR:   Good overview of the nature of forecasting, including how Machine Learning will influence the future of doing a better job.  Several technology areas are covered.  And obviously:  " ... Clearly, the future is going


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Shashi Shekhar Recieves UCGIS Top Education Honor

Shashi Shekhar Recieves UCGIS Top Education Honor

The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) Awards Program identifies and honors members of the geospatial community who have extraordinary records of accomplishments, including service to the mission


From The Eponymous Pickle

Must Have Data Linked to Must Need Decisions

Must Have Data Linked to Must Need Decisions

In Forbes: Predictive Analytics And Novel Visualization Draw Customers To 'Must Have' DataIts about the data and the decision. And the tools needed to connect them.  Especially for applications like M&A.  Even determining what


From Schneier on Security

China's Great Cannon

China's Great Cannon

Citizen Lab has issued a report on China's "Great Cannon" attack tool, used in the recent DDoS attack against GitHub. We show that, while the attack infrastructure is co-located with the Great Firewall, the attack was carried


From insideHPC

Open Computing Benefits Many Industry Segments

Open Computing Benefits Many Industry Segments

The Open Compute Project is a way for organization to increase computing power while lowering associated costs with hyper-scale computing. This article is the 4th in a series from insideHPC that showcases the benefits of open


From insideHPC

Video: Steve Simms Teaches Lustre 101 at LUG 2015

Video: Steve Simms Teaches Lustre 101 at LUG 2015

In this video, Steve Simms from Indiana University kicks off LUG 2015 with a talk on Lustre 101. "Lustre is a mature and stable file system that through its developers has consistently been able to respond to the needs of organizations


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Looks at the Aurora Supercomputer Coming to Argonne in 2018

Radio Free HPC Looks at the Aurora Supercomputer Coming to Argonne in 2018

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the 180 Aurora supercomputer coming to Argonne in 2018. "As the third of three Coral supercomputer procurements, the deal will comprise an 8.5 Petaflop “Theta” system based on


From insideHPC

Feds Restrict Intel Processors in China

Feds Restrict Intel Processors in China

Intel has been banned by the US Government from selling any more Xeon processors for use in the world's fastest supercomputer, the Tiahane-2 'Milky Way' machine at the Guangzhou Supercomputer Centre in China.

The post Feds Restrict


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 13 April 2015

Interesting Links 13 April 2015

Spring may actually be coming. Only of few piles of snow left on my property and I was able to take done the Christmas lights on the tree in front of my house. Usually I can get to them a lot earlier but we had a lot of snowTouchDevelop


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Tutorial in R for Beginners

A Tutorial in R for Beginners

In Datacamp.  Good piece.   Simple and straightforward look at how to do machine learning in R.  Step by step, includes evaluation of the model results.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Making Open Data Work with Visualization

Making Open Data Work with Visualization

In Federal Times: The DATA Act legislation means that federal agencies need to make their data open to the public: government leaders, watchdog groups, journalists, and citizen activists are demanding accountability and transparency


From Wild WebMink

Remembering Payday

Remembering Payday

Wanting to remember to run the payroll for my company, I was amazed to discover that Google Calendar does not offer any way to create a recurring calendar entry for the last day of each month. As it turns out, this is one of


From insideHPC

RSC Leads Russian Supercomputer Market

RSC Leads Russian Supercomputer Market

According to the latest edition of the local Top50 list of the most powerful supercomputers in Russia and CIS region, RSC has increased its share by 80%.

The post RSC Leads Russian Supercomputer Market appeared first on insideHPC


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Launches Machine Learning as a Service

Amazon Launches Machine Learning as a Service

An interesting competitive proposition.  Machine Learning as a Service,  From clear experts in the field.  You add the data and decision expertise.   More companies are seeking this kind of capability with minimal riskIn IWeek


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of Print Newspapers

Future of Print Newspapers

A Darker narrative on the future of print.  In the NYT opinion page ,by Clay Shirky.   It will not go away, but will continue to be marginalized.   A look at the economics.


From insideHPC

Video: How Aurora Will Usher in a New Era for HPC

Video: How Aurora Will Usher in a New Era for HPC

"The selection of Intel to deliver the Aurora supercomputer is validation of our unique position to lead a new era in HPC,” said Raj Hazra, vice president, Data Center Group and general manager, Technical Computing Group at Intel


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cautions for Solving Big Data Problems

Cautions for Solving Big Data Problems

Good earlier piece by Vincent Granville I had reason to review,  He writes:" ... This seminal article highlights the dangers of reckless applications and scaling of data science techniques that have worked well for small, medium


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC Software Engineer at SchedMD

Job of the Week: HPC Software Engineer at SchedMD

SchedMD in Livermore, California is seeking an HPC Software Engineer in our Job of the Week.

The post Job of the Week: HPC Software Engineer at SchedMD appeared first on insideHPC.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Steve Omohundro on Smart Contracts

Steve Omohundro on Smart Contracts

Short piece on talk by Steve Omohundro at Stanford School of Business on Smart Contracts, AI, and Robotics.   ( Awaiting link for talk recording ).


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Contracts Defined

Smart Contracts Defined

Brought to my attention in talk by Steve Mohundro: Smart Contracts.   On line WP definition:  " ... are computer protocols that facilitate, verify, or enforce the negotiation or performance of a contract, or that obviate the


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Help expand K-5 computer science education

Help expand K-5 computer science education

Saw this item via the CSTA announcements mailing list.


Code.org is hoping to expand K-5 computer science education by recruiting qualified computer science teachers who will prepare local elementary teachers to teach Code.org