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September 2016


From insideHPC

RCE Podcast Looks at Singularity Container Solution for HPC

RCE Podcast Looks at Singularity Container Solution for HPC

singularity_logo_300x300In this RCE Podcast, Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres speak with Gregory Kurtzer about Singularity, a container solution for HPC and research environments. "Singularity allows a non-privileged user to swap out the operating system…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Predictability of Demand

On Predictability of Demand

Discussion in Retailwire:

" ... According to RSRs benchmark report on omnichannel order profitability, unpredictable consumer demand is the top business challenge among retail respondents. After much consideration, I would offer…


From insideHPC

PSyclone Software Eases Weather and Climate Forecasting

PSyclone Software Eases Weather and Climate Forecasting

Rupert Ford (left) and Andrew Porter, STFC Scientific Computing
(Credit: STFC)"PSyclone was developed for the UK Met Office and is now a part of the build system for Dynamo, the dynamical core currently in development for the Met Offices next generation weather and climate model software. By generating…


From The Noisy Channel

Not expecting sympathy I made a mistake, and I own it.

Not expecting sympathy  I made a mistake, and I own it.

But, in case it wasnt clear in the post, I had invested a fair amount of time into the company before that last contact, and my


From insideHPC

CloudLightning Report Looks at Barriers to HPC in the Cloud

CloudLightning Report Looks at Barriers to HPC in the Cloud

drivers-and-barriersThe CloudLightning Project in Europe has published preliminary results from a survey on Barriers to Using HPC in the Cloud. "Trust in cloud computing would appear to be a significant barrier to adopting cloud computing for HPC…


From insideHPC

TYAN Adds Support for NVIDIA Tesla P100, P40 and P4 GPUs

TYAN Adds Support for NVIDIA Tesla P100, P40 and P4 GPUs

ta80-b7071Today TYAN announced support and availability of the NVIDIA Tesla P100, P40 and P4 GPU accelerators with the new NVIDIA Pascal architecture. Incorporating NVIDIAs state-of-the-art technologies allows TYAN to offer the exceptional…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Casino Key Security

Casino Key Security

Interesting security application. Not new, but alternative applications of beacons. Note regulatory application.

Casino Prevents Security Violations Via Beacon Solution
Thanks to a system provided by Barcoding Inc. and Visybl…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hyperledger Project

Hyperledger Project

Update brought to my attention. Have looked at the implications of smart contracts. Worth understanding.

Hyperledger Project

The Hyperledger Project is a collaborative effort created to advance blockchain technology by identifying…


From The Eponymous Pickle

GE Buys Machine Analytics Firm

GE Buys Machine Analytics Firm

Today, GE Digital, the companys software arm, said it acquired Meridium, Inc., a leading developer of asset performance management (APM) software for machine-heavy industries such as oil, gas, electricity and chemicals. The deal…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

The Future of Computing Research: Industry-Academic Collaborations

The Future of Computing Research: Industry-Academic Collaborations

The Computing Community Consortium convened a round-table of industry and academic participants in July 2015 to better understand the landscape of industry-academic interaction, and to discuss possible actions that might be taken…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The State of Natural Language

The State of Natural Language

Long ago I took a course on language theory. Have since remained intrigued about how the evolution of the field ultimately links to Natural Language Processing (NLP), and ultimately intelligence and how we perceive and interact…


From Schneier on Security

Tesla Model S Hack

Tesla Model S Hack

Impressive remote ,a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/3121999/security/researchers-demonstrate-remote-attack-against-tesla-model-s.html">hack of the Tesla Model S. Details. Video. The vulnerability is fixed. Remember, a modern…


From Phys.org Technology News

China court hears case over Tesla fatal crash

China court hears case over Tesla fatal crash

The father of a Chinese man killed while driving a Tesla sedan has sued the US electric car maker over an alleged fault with its Autopilot system, the family's attorney said Wednesday.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Warehouse Science from Georgia Institute of Technology

Warehouse Science from Georgia Institute of Technology

Brought to my attention. by colleagueJohn J. Bartholdi III Georgia Institute of Technology

Warehouse Science
Mathematical models to optimize management of time and space in a warehouse

Free text book, with

Supplementary materials…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

My thoughts on Swift

My thoughts on Swift

Swift is a new programming language produced by Apple for its iOS devices (primarily the iPhone). It first appeared two years ago and it has been gaining popularity quickly. Before Swift, Apple programmers were stuck with Objective…


From The Noisy Channel

What does it take to Lead Data Scientists?

What does it take to Lead Data Scientists?

You think its hard to hire data scientists? Try hiring a data science leader!


From Schneier on Security

Two Good Essays on the NSA's "Upstream" Data Collection under Section 702

Two Good Essays on the NSA's "Upstream" Data Collection under Section 702

Both are worth reading....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tom Davenport Presentation

Tom Davenport Presentation


Virtual Session With Tom Davenport

Sep 21, 2016 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Online

Tom Davenport will be the virtual presenter for the Columbia School of Professional Studies MS in Information and Knowledge Strategy and MS in…


From insideHPC

Cycle Computing Publishes Cloud-Agnostic Glossary

Cycle Computing Publishes Cloud-Agnostic Glossary

glossaryToday Cycle Computing announced the Cloud-Agnostic Glossary, a solution brief written by Cycle Computing executives to help customers understand the different terms the different providers use and how they relate. "Technology…


From insideHPC

Video: CAT Supercomputer to Track Dark Pools on Wall Street

Video: CAT Supercomputer to Track Dark Pools on Wall Street

kelleherIn this video, Better Markets CEO Dennis Kelleher discusses the progress of the Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT), a proposed SEC supercomputer that will be used to track orders and peer into dark pools. While this sounds like a…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Retailers Losing Digital Control

Retailers Losing Digital Control

Deloitte: Retailers are Losing Digital Control
A new study by Deloitte showed that 56 cents of every dollar spent in stores is influenced digitally. By Evan Clark .... ". I am personally surprised it is not a larger percentage…


From insideHPC

Call For Proposals: ISC 2017 Tutorials and Workshops

Call For Proposals: ISC 2017 Tutorials and Workshops

isc2017

Submissions are now open for ISC 2017 tutorial and workshop proposals. The ISC 2017 conference takes place June 18-22, 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany.


The post Call For Proposals: ISC 2017 Tutorials and Workshops appeared first on…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Algorithms in the Field Program Solicits Proposals for its Third Year

NSF Algorithms in the Field Program Solicits Proposals for its Third Year

The following is a guest blog post byTracy Kimbrel, Program Director, Computing and Communication Foundations, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation. The National Science Foundations Directorate…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Staying Ahead of Smart Machines

Staying Ahead of Smart Machines

A look at content generation using smart machines. A newly discovered philosophical blog. Lots of companies are considering the implications of AI today.


From insideHPC

Nimbix Cloud Adds Docker Integration to JARVICE

Nimbix Cloud Adds Docker Integration to JARVICE

nimbix"PushToCompute is the easiest and most advanced DevOps pipeline for high performance applications available today, said Nimbix CTO Leo Reiter. It seamlessly enables serverless computing of even the most complex workflows, greatly…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Chatbot

Microsoft Chatbot

I was late to learn about this, but here from Microsoft Research about an aborted chatbot called Tay, operating on Twitter, that apparently turned abusive. No mention here of MS's much better known bot Cortana. You do wonder…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Worlds of Co-Innovation

On Worlds of Co-Innovation

Actually have heard relatively little lately about cooperative innovation lately. Good to see this from the Cisco blog describing some of their efforts, with some interesting examples. And another post on defining co-innovation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Towards Guidance on Robot Ethics

Towards Guidance on Robot Ethics

Scientists develop official guidance on robot ethics By Ryan Whitwam

It was decades ago when science fiction great Isaac Asimov imagined a world in which robots were commonplace. This was long before even the most rudimentary…


From insideHPC

Next Generation Sequencing

Next Generation Sequencing

genomicsWith a massive surge in genomics research, the ability to quickly process very large amounts of data is now required for any organization that is involved in genomics. While the cost has been reduced significantly, the amount…


From insideHPC

Avere Systems Unveils New Cloud-Core NAS (C2N) for the Enterprise

Avere Systems Unveils New Cloud-Core NAS (C2N) for the Enterprise

avere"The Avere C2N System transforms traditional storage environments into cloud infrastructure that scales from 120 Terabytes to more than five Petabytes to provide an easy and economical path to the cloud. Unlike other object storage…

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