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February 2016


From insideHPC

Saving East African Crops with Supercomputing

Saving East African Crops with Supercomputing

"Because the silverfly species are identical to look at, the best way to distinguish them is by examining their genetic difference, so we are deploying a mix of genomics, supercomputing, and evolutionary history. This knowledge


From insideHPC

Chalk Talk: What is a Data Lake?

Chalk Talk: What is a Data Lake?

"If you think of a data mart as a store of bottled water – cleansed and packaged and structured for easy consumption – the data lake is a large body of water in a more natural state. The contents of the data lake stream in from


From insideHPC

Registration Opens for Inaugural Nimbix Developer Summit in Dallas

Registration Opens for Inaugural Nimbix Developer Summit in Dallas

Registration is now open for the inaugural Nimbix Developer Summit. With an impressive lineup of speakers & sponsors from Mellanox, migenius, Xilinx, and more, the event takes place March 15 in Dallas, Texas. "The summit agenda


From XRDS

Women Who Paved the Way for the Internet of Things: A Teacher Finds Her Voice

Women Who Paved the Way for the Internet of Things: A Teacher Finds Her Voice

If my story connects with a single person, I will have succeeded. It’s been a busy, challenging, and exhilarating 15 years since, punctuated by a wide variety of significant events for both me and the university. In 2010, I created


From The Eponymous Pickle

Serious Games Industry News

Serious Games Industry News

 Newly referenced:   Useful read." ... We believe that the current growth of the gamification and serious gaming market is about to accelerate for the following reasons:The Digital Generation which will represent 75% of the workforce


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google and Real Time Ads

Google  and Real Time Ads

In AdExchanger:" ... Google sounds more and more like Twitter, heralding ways marketers can tap into live events for engagement.As such, the company on Wednesday rolled out a new ad product called Real-Time Ads at a press event


From Schneier on Security

Tracking Anonymous Web Users

Tracking Anonymous Web Users

This research shows how to track e-commerce users better across multiple sessions, even when they do not provide unique identifiers such as user IDs or cookies. Abstract: Targeting individual consumers has become a hallmark of


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ordering Pizza from your Echo

Ordering Pizza from your Echo

You can now order a Dominos Pizza verbally from your Amazon Echo.    No, it won't print/bake it locally yet.  The piece in TechCrunch correctly points out that for these add-on 'skills' you need to phrase your order in a specific


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wharton Pushes Data Science

Wharton Pushes Data Science

Note the inclusion of 'Decision' in the new department title.  Good move,As tech skills grow in value, Wharton increases focus on data scienceBy  Aliza Ohnouna in the Daily PennsylvanianWall Street and Silicon Valley may be 2


From Computer Science Teachers Association

The Teacher Certification Committee

The Teacher Certification Committee

The Certification Committee is primarily concerned with issues surrounding teacher certification for Computing teachers. Our most recent effort was the publication of the white paper, Bugs in the System: Computer Science Teacher


From insideHPC

Anton 2 Supercomputer to Speed Molecular Simulations at PSC

Anton 2 Supercomputer to Speed Molecular Simulations at PSC

Today the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) announced a $1.8-million National Institutes of Health grant to make the next-generation Anton 2 supercomputer developed by D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES) available to the biomedical


From insideHPC

CCRT in France Acquires 1.4 Petaflop “Cobalt” Supercomputer from Bull

CCRT in France Acquires 1.4 Petaflop “Cobalt” Supercomputer from Bull

Today Atos announced that the French CEA and its industrial partners at the Centre for Computing Research and Technology, CCRT, have invested in a new 1.4 petaflop Bull supercomputer. "Three times more powerful than the current


From insideHPC

Video: Bill Dally on Scaling Performance in the Post-Dennard Era

Video: Bill Dally on Scaling Performance in the Post-Dennard Era

"It was indicated in my keynote this morning there are two really fundamental challenges we're facing in the next two years in all sorts of computing - from supercomputers to cell phones. The first is that of energy efficiency


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF CISE 2016 CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop

NSF CISE 2016 CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop

The following is a guest blog post by Thyaga Nandagopal, National Science Foundation (NSF) Program Director for Computer and Network Systems (CNS).  The NSF Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)


From insideHPC

Coarse Grained Parallelism

Coarse Grained Parallelism

"MPI is generally a coarse-grained, as the parallelism where MPI is used would be higher up in the algorithm. Using MPI for an application requires a developer to think more about the individual servers and how to distribute


From The Eponymous Pickle

How IBM Watson Analytics is being used in Business

How IBM Watson Analytics is being used in Business

 Good examples in CIO: " ... IBM says Watson represents a new era of computing — a step forward to cognitive computing, where apps and systems interact with humans via natural language and help us augment our own understanding


From The Eponymous Pickle

Open Source is New Normal for Big Data

Open Source is New Normal for Big Data

A trend I am seeing.  In CWorld:" ... It's no secret that Hadoop and Apache Spark are the hottest technologies in big data, but what's less often remarked upon is that they're both open-source.Mike Tuchen, a former MicrosoftThe


From The Eponymous Pickle

Towards Robotic Self Design

Towards Robotic Self Design

The ultimate in robotic capability.  Extensive look at the idea.   In CACM:   Self-Repair Techniques Point to Robots That Design Themselves   By Chris Edwards   " ... David Johan Christensen, associate professor at the Technical


From Computational Complexity

Go Google Go

In 2009 I posted about a surprising new approach that moved computer Go from programs that lose to beginners to where it could beat good amateurs. That approach, now called Monte Carlo Tree Search, involves evaluating a position


From Schneier on Security

The Internet of Things Will Be the World's Biggest Robot

The Internet of Things Will Be the World's Biggest Robot

The Internet of Things is the name given to the computerization of everything in our lives. Already you can buy Internet-enabled thermostats, light bulbs, refrigerators, and cars. Soon everything will be on the Internet: the


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Nominations for 5th Annual FCC Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility

Nominations for 5th Annual FCC Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility

The FCC invites nominations for the 5th Annual FCC Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility. The Chairman’s Awards aim to highlight and encourage innovation in accessible technologies, standards, and best practices


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

This announcement went out to CSTA members (and others) this week.This award does include computer science teachers!


The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (#PAEMST) is launching its 2016 Nomination


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of Programming Languages

Future of Programming Languages

Robert Martin talks on the past and future of programming languages.   Always thought we would be much closer to very visual and service oriented methods by now.   Or even completely automated, robotically assembled systems.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Does Gamification Work?

Does Gamification Work?

In K@W:  A look at the evidence. Everyone agrees that games are engaging, and they can be designed,  built and delivered.  They can get you to a place where your presence has value.  But can the concepts in games be built into


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

U.S. EAC Technical Guidelines Development Committee Will Meet on February 8-9

U.S. EAC Technical Guidelines Development Committee Will Meet on February 8-9

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s Technical Guidelines Development Committee will hold its next meeting on February 8-9 in Washington, D.C. The meeting will provide updates on the development of the next generation of


From The Eponymous Pickle

Omni Channel Shoppers

Omni Channel  Shoppers

Google opines on micro moments.  Where these confirmed during the past holidays? " ... Micro-moments are transforming the way consumers shop. Retailers have to win micro-moments to win omni-channel shoppers.  .... Google's VP


From insideHPC

ALCF Celebrates 10 Years of Leadership Computing

ALCF Celebrates 10 Years of Leadership Computing

This week, the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) turns one decade old. ALCF is home to Mira, the world's fifth-fastest supercomputer, along with teams of experts that help researchers from all over the world perform


From insideHPC

Video: Mars – A 64-Core ARMv8 Processor

Video: Mars – A 64-Core ARMv8 Processor

In this video from the 2015 Hot Chips Conference, Charles Zhang from Phytium presents: Mars - A 64-Core ARMv8 Processor. Formed in China in 2012, Phytium is a unique technology provider of HPC servers, focusing mainly on high


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of February 1

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of February 1

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 Closed Hearing: Classified Hearing on the FISA Amendments Act House Judiciary Committee 10 am | 2141 Rayburn House Office Building Hearing: Status of the Public Safety Broadband Network House Energy


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

National Academies Communication Awards Nominations Due February 8

National Academies Communication Awards Nominations Due February 8

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is accepting nominations for its 2016 Communications Awards. The awards recognize individuals or teams who published innovative works during 2015 that help the public

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