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September 2016


From insideHPC

DDN Releases EXAScaler 3.0 Lustre Solution

DDN Releases EXAScaler 3.0 Lustre Solution

pm"EXAScaler 3.0 raises the bar for Lustre performance and management, said Laura Shepard, senior director of products and vertical markets, DDN. As the worlds most experienced Lustre provider, DDN leverages input from a broad …


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

The rise of dark circuits

The rise of dark circuits

The latest iPhone 7 from Apple has more computing peak power than most laptops. Apple pulled this off using a technology called ARM big.LITTLE where half of the processor is only used when high performance is needed, otherwise…


From insideHPC

Putting HPC into the Hands of Every Engineer and Scientist

Putting HPC into the Hands of Every Engineer and Scientist

Wolfgang Gentzsch, President, The UberCloudIn this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Wolfgang Gentzsch explains the role of HPC container technology in providing ubiquitous access to HPC. "The advent of lightweight pervasive, packageable, portable…


From The Eponymous Pickle

D-Wave Quantum Offers 1000X Speedup for Machine Learning

D-Wave Quantum Offers 1000X Speedup for Machine Learning

I Have been following D-Wave Quantum Computing for some time. And yes, if this plays out, it may well revolutionize aspects of machine learning. D-Wave has been used by NASA and Google. See my previous posts regarding D-Wave…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital Defining the Shopping Experience

Digital Defining the Shopping Experience

Discussion of interest regarding a Deloitte study. In RetailWire:

Is digital defining the shopping experience? by Tom Ryan

According to a new Deloitte study, digital platforms such as Facebook and Google are operating at such…


From insideHPC

Adept Releases Open-Source Energy Measurement Tools for Parallel Hardware

Adept Releases Open-Source Energy Measurement Tools for Parallel Hardware

adeptToday, the European Adept Project wrapped up by releasing a set of open-source energy measurement tools. This is a significant step forward in understanding where exactly in a parallel computing system energy is consumed, says…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Sociotechnical Cybersecurity Call for White Papers

Sociotechnical Cybersecurity Call for White Papers

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) will be sponsoring a visioning activityonSociotechnical Cybersecurity. As a part of this effort, the workshop organizing committee has released a call for white papers in order toboth…


From insideHPC

Quantum Names Molly Rector VP of Marketing

Quantum Names Molly Rector VP of Marketing

Molly Rector, VP of Marketing, Quantum Corp.Today Quantum announced that Molly Rector has joined the company as vice president, marketing. Rector brings more than 15 years of enterprise storage experience to the role, including 12 years as a chief marketing officer most…


From insideHPC

Penguin Computing Rolls Out Magna 1015 OpenPOWER Servers

Penguin Computing Rolls Out Magna 1015 OpenPOWER Servers

magna-1015Based on the Barreleye platform design pioneered by Rackspace and promoted by the OpenPOWER Foundation and the Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation, Penguin Magna 1015 targets memory and I/O intensive workloads, including high…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nielsen and Programmatic Advertising

Nielsen and Programmatic Advertising

Interesting collaboration of players in advertising, retail, measurement and loyalty systems.

Nielsen Partners with I2C on Porgrammatic Venture
UK Nielsen is collaborating with Sainsbury's and Nectar card owner Aimia's partnership…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Clark.AI for Taking Call Notes

Clark.AI for Taking Call Notes

An interesting, relatively focused example, of an AI assistant capability. Once a few of these take off, people will expect this kind of assistance. Have not examined this yet.

Meet Clark.AI, the AI that automatically
Everyone…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Myths About an AI Future

Myths About an AI Future

Brought to my attention.

Its Going to Kill Us! and Other Myths About the Future
of Artificial Intelligence by Robert D Atkinson.

Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, June 2016

The past decade has seen many important…


From insideHPC

Job Posting: Senior HPC Linux Systems Administrator

Job Posting: Senior HPC Linux Systems Administrator

Southern Methodist University is seeking a Senior Linux System Administrator for High Performance Computing (HPC) to build, maintain, operate and manage HPC systems. The individual in this position will have shared support responsibility…


From Schneier on Security

Periscope ATM Skimmers

Periscope ATM Skimmers

"Periscope skimmers" are the most sophisticated kind of ATM skimmers. They are entirely inside the ATM, meaning they're impossible to notice. They're been found in the US....


From Computer Science Teacher Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 19 September 2016

Interesting Links 19 September 2016

The big news last week was the launch of the CSforAll Consortium  with over 180 members committed to K12 CS Education. That was not all I picked up last week though. Im pleased to have a good bunch of links to share with you …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Debating the Rules of Brainstorming

Debating the Rules of Brainstorming

In Fastcompany: Still a debate. The key may be to just do it at all with as many participants as possible.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Assertiveness

Assertiveness

I like this series, which also links to related research. This Is How To Be More Assertive: 3 Powerful Secrets From Research. In particular in this edition: "How to Say No." Everyone needs that advice. I do.


From insideHPC

Video: Chapel Productive, Multiresolution Parallel Programming

Video: Chapel  Productive, Multiresolution Parallel Programming

chapel"Engineers at Cray noted that the HPC community was hungry for alternative parallel programming languages and developed Chapel as part of our response. The reaction from HPC users so far has been very encouragingmost would be…


From insideHPC

Dell Powers New HPC Cluster at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dell Powers New HPC Cluster at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

21116887-mmmainToday the University of Alabama at Birmingham unveiled a new supercomputer powered by Dell. With a peak performance of 110 Teraflops, the system is 10 times faster than its predecessor. With their new Dell EMC HPC cluster, UAB…


From Putting People First

[Book] The Cyber Effect

[Book] The Cyber Effect

thecybereffectThe Cyber Effect: A Pioneering Cyberpsychologist Explains How Human Behavior Changes Online Dr. Mary Aiken Spiegel & Grau, August 2016 400 pages A groundbreaking exploration of how cyberspace is changing the way we think, feel…


From Putting People First

Better decisions by design: applied behavioral science

Better decisions by design: applied behavioral science

girl sitting and holding a phone with isolated screenCan we design a decision aid that gives us health information we need and counters our biases so that we end up more knowledgeable and confident in our preference? This is the challenge that Artefact, together with Group Health…


From Putting People First

Bruce Sterling and Jasmina Tesanovic on the home of the future

Bruce Sterling and Jasmina Tesanovic on the home of the future

Jasmina Tesanovic (previously) and Bruce Sterling did a residency at The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at UCSD (San Diego, USA), working with the students on design fiction and futurism. The residency culminated…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

HLF2016 / Spotlight on Preethi Srinivas: HCI Researcher Improving Coordination and Communication in Hospital ICUs

HLF2016 / Spotlight on Preethi Srinivas: HCI Researcher Improving Coordination and Communication in Hospital ICUs

This blog post originates from the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Blog. The 4th Heidelberg Laureate Forum is dedicated to mathematics and computer sciences, and takes place September 18-23, 2016. Abel, Fields, Turing and Nevanlinna…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apples Continues Moves in VR

Apples Continues Moves in VR

Continued interest by big players in Virtual and Augmented reality moves. Lets see the big workplace applications.

Apple continues hiring augmented and virtual reality experts
By Jacob Kastrenakes

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been hinting…


From Phys.org Technology News

Technology at Paralympics sparks advances and controversy

Technology at Paralympics sparks advances and controversy

Here's how good technology for prosthetic running blades has become.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital Storytelling and Process

Digital Storytelling and Process

Though I have come from a storytelling (marketing) company, its still rarely thought of in the realm of engineers and analysts. Because it rises too far apart from data and model? Same problem exists with really trying to…


From updated sporadically at best

Five Things More Important About a Research Project Than Being in Love

Five Things More Important About a Research Project Than Being in Love

I recently talked to an early PhD student trying to decide between two projects: one they were in love with, and one with a much longer list of "pros" including "more likely to go somewhere" and "the faculty involved have experience…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Judging the Algorithm

Judging the Algorithm

Excellent piece. I have been involved in several projects which look at the correctness of algorithmic methods. One point to make where a distinction is necessary. A Black Box model implies the details of how and/or why…


From insideHPC

Video: HPC Disruptive Technologies Panel

Video: HPC Disruptive Technologies Panel

earl2In this video from the 2016 HPC User Forum in Austin, a select panel of HPC vendors describe their disruptive technologies for high performance computing. Vendors include: Altair, SUSE, ARM, AMD, Ryft, Red Hat, Cray, and Hewlett…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Looks at New HPC Power & Cooling Technologies

Radio Free HPC Looks at New HPC Power & Cooling Technologies

bubble4In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at some interesting new developments in HPC Power & Cooling including: the Solar-Powered Hikari Supercomputer at TACC that is demonstrating the advantages HVDC racks. Plus, Aquila's…

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