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February 2017


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Consults on Your Smart Home

Amazon Consults on Your Smart Home

Amazon offers to consult on setting up your smart home.   In Retailwire.

" ... Amazon.com has rolled out a new service on the West Coast, which offers free in-home consultations for customers interested in smart home technology…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Communication through Skin Patterns

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Communication through Skin Patterns

Interesting research. (Popular article here.) 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

How an AI Won at Poker

How an AI Won at Poker

In Engadget:  How the AI won in a game with very high uncertainty.  Intriguing with lots of detail. How might this be carried over to the business operations world? How is risk linked to that uncertainty?    How is it similar…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Target Cuts Back on Innovation

Target Cuts Back on Innovation

Target shelves robot store and secret e-commerce start-up   by George Anderson, In Retailwire:

Target is cutting back on its innovation project plans to concentrate more on its core business operations after coming off a holiday…


From The Noisy Channel

Lots of good stuff in there.

Lots of good stuff in there.

Of course, the most annoying thing is an unexpected, unsolicited phone call. Once I’ve determined that it’s a legitimate aggressive sales…


From insideHPC

Global HPC Centers Form Accelerated Computing Institute

Global HPC Centers Form Accelerated Computing Institute

Leaders in hybrid accelerated HPC in the United States, Japan, and Switzerland have signed a memorandum of understanding establishing an international institute dedicated to common goals, the sharing of HPC expertise, and forward…


From Schneier on Security

CSIS's Cybersecurity Agenda

CSIS's Cybersecurity Agenda

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) published "From Awareness to Action: A Cybersecurity Agenda for the 45th President" (press release here). There's a lot I agree with -- and some things I don't -- but…


From insideHPC

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions Group Teams with Bright Computing

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions Group Teams with Bright Computing

"We are very excited to be working closely with Bright Computing to bring its supercomputing software tools to the embedded Aerospace & Defense market as part of our OpenHPEC Accelerator Suite software development toolset,” said…


From insideHPC

Shahin Khan Presents: Hot Technology Topics in 2017

Shahin Khan Presents: Hot Technology Topics in 2017

Shahin Khan from OrionX presented this talk at the Stanford HPC Conference. "From BitCoins and AltCoins to Design Thinking, Autonomous tech and the changing nature of jobs, IoT and cyber risk, and the impact of application architecture…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI's Cooperating

AI's Cooperating

Perhaps the most important question of all,  both in the relatively simplistic sense of assistants cooperating with us, and the much deeper sense of working together.  Both considerable challenges. Recall our look at approaches…


From insideHPC

Coposky and Russell Tapped to Lead iRODS Consortium

Coposky and Russell Tapped to Lead iRODS Consortium

Industry veterans Jason Coposky and Terrell Russell have taken lead roles at the membership-based foundation that leads development and support of the integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS). "With data becoming the currency…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Council Member Kathy Yelick Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

CCC Council Member Kathy Yelick Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

This week the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) announced that they had elected 84 new members and 22 new foreign members. This brings the total U.S. membership to 2,281 and the number of foreign members to 249. As noted…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Software Developers–Quantity vs Quality

Software Developers–Quantity vs Quality

Today is a snow day here in New Hampshire. My third one this week. So I have taken care of most of the errands I use snow days to take care of and have some time to think about things. One of them is developing quality developers…


From insideHPC

Best Practices – Large Scale Multiphysics

Best Practices – Large Scale Multiphysics

Frank Ham from Cascade Technologies presented this talk at the Stanford HPC Conference. "A spin-off of the Center for Turbulence Research at Stanford University, Cascade Technologies grew out of a need to bridge between fundamental…


From Schneier on Security

De-Anonymizing Browser History Using Social-Network Data

De-Anonymizing Browser History Using Social-Network Data

Interesting research: "De-anonymizing Web Browsing Data with Social Networks": Abstract: Can online trackers and network adversaries de-anonymize web browsing data readily available to them? We show -- theoretically, via simulation…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC White Paper- Advances in Artificial Intelligence Require Progress Across all of Computer Science

CCC White Paper- Advances in Artificial Intelligence Require Progress Across all of Computer Science

The following is a guest blog post by past CCC Chair Greg Hager from Johns Hopkins University.  Artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged into the public view as an important frontier of technological innovation with potential…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF WATCH Talk- Industry Leaders and Academic Privacy Researchers: Adversaries or Partners?

NSF WATCH Talk- Industry Leaders and Academic Privacy Researchers: Adversaries or Partners?

The next WATCH talk, called Industry Leaders and Academic Privacy Researchers: Adversaries or Partners? is Thursday, February 16th, from Noon-1pm EST. The presenter is Jules Polonetsky, CEO of the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF)…


From The Eponymous Pickle

War Gaming for Training

War Gaming for Training

Like the idea, we never made it formal, but tested the concept driven by competition.

Is your team’s new engineer ready to take on-call? Use wargames for training  By  Jeffrey Starr

At Qualtrics, our engineering organization is…


From insideHPC

Tutorial: Towards Exascale Computing with Fortran 2015

Tutorial: Towards Exascale Computing with Fortran 2015

"This tutorial will present several features that the draft Fortran 2015 standard introduces to meet challenges that are expected to dominate massively parallel programming in the coming exascale era. The expected exascale challenges…


From insideHPC

Allinea Updates Code Optimization Tools Across Platforms

Allinea Updates Code Optimization Tools Across Platforms

Today Allinea Software launched the first update to its well-established toolset for debugging, profiling and optimizing high performance code since being acquired by ARM in December 2016. "The V7.0 release provides new integrations…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Marketing Models

New Marketing Models

Marketing, Mr Clean and Shifting Models  (Excerpt, read the whole thing)

P&G Super Bowl Ads Point to a Shift in the Marketing Model  by Bob Gilbreath
Co-Founder & CEO at Ahalogy

Many of my friends who are current or former Procter…


From insideHPC

Podcast: IDC’s Steve Conway on China’s New Plan for Exascale

Podcast: IDC’s Steve Conway on China’s New Plan for Exascale

“China and the United States have been in the race to develop the most capable supercomputer. China has announced that its exascale computer could be released sooner than originally planned. Steve Conway, VP for high performance…


From insideHPC

Video: Trish Kamkroger on her New Mission at Intel

Video: Trish Kamkroger on her New Mission at Intel

In this video from KAUST Live: Patricia Damkroger discusses her new role as Vice President, Data Center Group and General Manager, Technical Computing Initiative, Enterprise and Government at Intel. "As the former Associate Director…


From insideHPC

CoolIT Systems Issued U.S. Patent for Modular Heat-Transfer Solutions

CoolIT Systems Issued U.S. Patent for Modular Heat-Transfer Solutions

“U.S. Patent 9,496,200 protects the invention of utilizing a modular, building block approach for datacenter cooling with direct contact liquid cooling,” said Geoff Lyon CEO, CoolIT Systems. “CoolIT’s commitment to developing…


From insideHPC

Intel Releases Optimized Python for HPC

Intel Releases Optimized Python for HPC

Gears Working Together"By implementing popular Python packages such as NumPy, SciPy, scikit-learn, to call the Intel Math Kernel Library (Intel MKL) and the Intel Data Analytics Acceleration Library (Intel DAAL), Python applications are automatically…


From Schneier on Security

Security and Privacy Guidelines for the Internet of Things

Security and Privacy Guidelines for the Internet of Things

Lately, I have been collecting IoT security and privacy guidelines. Here's everything I've found: "Internet of Things (IoT) Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group, Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group, Nov 2016. "IoT…


From Computational Complexity

The Dichotomy Conjecture

Arash Rafiey, Jeff Kinne and Tomás Feder settle the Feder-Vardi dichotomy conjecture in their paper Dichotomy for Digraph Homomorphism Problems. Jeff Kinne is my academic grandchild--how quickly they grow up.



Keep in mind the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Launches Cognitive Computing Hardware

IBM Launches Cognitive Computing Hardware

Ultimately faster and tailored hardware will be required for machine learning.

In ZDNet:

IBM launches cognitive computing hardware unit: Enter the Watson, Power 9 stack
Here's the upshot: IBM is looking to speed up training forLarry…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gaussian Processes for Modeling with Uncertainty

Gaussian Processes for Modeling with Uncertainty

Gaussian Processes, like Bayesian methods introduce natural uncertainty to modeling.   And provide more transparency than deep learning neural nets to the models being built and used.  Already being used by many practitioners…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Algorithm vs Data

Algorithm vs Data

On the use of data and algorithms to predict crime in the US data.  Extensive, largely non technical article.

It's Not the Algorithm, It's the Data  By Keith Kirkpatrick 
Communications of the ACM, Vol. 60 No. 2, Pages 21-23

" .…

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