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January 2017


From insideHPC

Oak Ridge Plays key role in Exascale Computing Project

Oak Ridge Plays key role in Exascale Computing Project

ECP1Oak Ridge National Laboratory reports that its team of experts are playing leading roles in the recently established DOE’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP), a multi-lab initiative responsible for developing the strategy, aligning…


From insideHPC

Apply Now for Summer of HPC 2017 in Barcelona

Apply Now for Summer of HPC 2017 in Barcelona

summer_of_hpc"The PRACE Summer of HPC is an outreach and training program that offers summer placements at top High Performance Computing centers across Europe to late-stage undergraduates and early-stage postgraduate students. Up to twenty…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF WATCH TALK- Security Challenges in the Landscape of Emerging Digital Financial Services

NSF WATCH TALK- Security Challenges in the Landscape of Emerging Digital Financial Services

The next WATCH talk, called Security Challenges in the Landscape of Emerging Digital Financial Services is Thursday, January 19th, from Noon-1pm EST. The presenter is Patrick Traynor is the John and Mary Lou Dasburg Preeminent…


From insideHPC

Understanding Cities through Computation, Data Analytics, and Measurement

Understanding Cities through Computation, Data Analytics, and Measurement

charliecatlett"For many urban questions, however, new data sources will be required with greater spatial and/or temporal resolution, driving innovation in the use of sensors in mobile devices as well as embedding intelligent sensing infrastructure…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intro to Neural Networks and Meta-Frameworks for Deep Learning with TensorFlow

Intro to Neural Networks and Meta-Frameworks for Deep Learning with TensorFlow

This starts with the basics of neural networks, which I find very useful.    Good straightforward overview of the topic.   Also addresses the kinds of learning and memory involved.  This will be crucial in the longer term to

Introduction…


From Blog@Ubiquity

Data Analytics for Public Services: Beyond the Hype

Data Analytics for Public Services: Beyond the Hype

Data analytics is the new buzz phrase these days. Public service agencies all over the world are looking at data in order to optimize service delivery, as well as help people manage their consumption of resources like electricity…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Why: A Guide to Finding and Using Causes

Why: A Guide to Finding and Using Causes

I brought this book up some time ago.    And as I read it am struck by how essential is is to understand cause and effect when working with data, analytics, machine learning and assistant services.  This is MORE important than…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Developing Services for the Google Home

Developing Services for the Google Home

Want to know what it takes to develop new services for systems like the assistants Amazon Echo and Google Home? Came upon this largely non technical and simplified set of posts that address the approach for the just released …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Transfer Learning for AI Projects

Transfer Learning for AI Projects

Had always thought that intelligence was about learning, so this concept struck me.   Note mention of improbable events and model correctness maintenance,  always of concern in such studies.  Technical.

'Transfer learning' jump…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Uncertainty in US Economy

Uncertainty in US Economy

In Knowledge@Wharton,  on uncertainty in the US economy

" ...  “The biggest risk we face is uncertainty. If you ask every business leader, their biggest concern is: ‘Whatever changes occur, just do them gradually. Let us adapt…


From Phys.org Technology News

Study: How new Airbnb nondiscrimination policy may be worse

Study: How new Airbnb nondiscrimination policy may be worse

The sharing economy is a booming industry, with companies such as Uber and Airbnb generating billions in value each year. Technology, combined with informal peer business practice, has made it easier than ever to call for a ride…


From Schneier on Security

Law Enforcement Access to IoT Data

Law Enforcement Access to IoT Data

In the first of what will undoubtedly be a large number of battles between companies that make IoT devices and the police, Amazon is refusing to comply with a warrant demanding data on what its Echo device heard at a crime scene…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

OSTP Exit Memo

OSTP Exit Memo

The following is a guest blog post by CCC Chair Beth Mynatt, CCC Vice Chair Mark D. Hill, CCC Council Member Debra J. Richardson, and CCC Director Ann Drobnis.  Last week the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pringles are Getting Louder

Pringles are Getting Louder

Kellogg bought Pringles canned chips from P&G in 2012 for $2.7 Billion.  Was slightly involved in the brand.   The new brand is pushing new and spicy tastes, and is selling well.  Strikes me that spicier foods continue to grow…


From Computational Complexity

Babai Strikes Back

"So it is quasipolynomial time again"
Short Version: Babai fixed his proof.

In November 2015 László Babai announced a talk "Graph Isomorphism in Quasipolynomial Time" at the University of Chicago, an incredible breakthrough…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chatbots in Retail

Chatbots in Retail

In Retailwire.  Is 2017 the year of the retail chatbot?   Some good discussion.  We are not there yet,  there are still some issues to be worked out, but as long as they are focused on key issues and interactions, I think we "…


From insideHPC

Intel HPC Orchestrator Powers Research at University of Pisa

Intel HPC Orchestrator Powers Research at University of Pisa

daviniIn this video, Maurizio Davini from the University of Pisa describe how the University works with Dell EMC and Intel to test new technologies, integrate and optimize HPC systems with Intel HPC Orchestrator software. "We believe…


From insideHPC

Bull Atos Powers New Genomics Supercomputer at Pirbright Institute

Bull Atos Powers New Genomics Supercomputer at Pirbright Institute

pirbright“Atos is determined to solve the technical challenges that arise in life sciences projects, to help scientists to focus on making breakthroughs and forget about technicalities. We know that one size doesn’t fit all and that is…


From insideHPC

Mellanox Ethernet Accelerates Baidu Machine Learning

Mellanox Ethernet Accelerates Baidu Machine Learning

mellanoxToday Mellanox announced that Spectrum Ethernet switches and ConnectX-4 100Gb/s Ethernet adapters have been selected by Baidu, the leading Chinese language Internet search provider, for Baidu’s Machine Learning platforms. The…


From insideHPC

HDR InfiniBand Technology Reshapes the World of High-Performance and Machine Learning Platforms

HDR InfiniBand Technology Reshapes the World of High-Performance and Machine Learning Platforms

hdr"The recent announcement of HDR InfiniBand included the three required network elements to achieve full end-to-end implementation of the new technology: ConnectX-6 host channel adapters, Quantum switches and the LinkX family …


From Phys.org Technology News

Drones could soon get crucial medical supplies to patients in need

Drones could soon get crucial medical supplies to patients in need

Aerial drones could one day ferry life-or-death medical supplies between hospitals now that Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have figured out how to keep blood, medications and vaccines consistently cool during the flights.


From The Eponymous Pickle

GE Geneva: Understands 55 Billion Utterances

GE Geneva:  Understands 55 Billion Utterances

Examining how devices are attached to voice interfaces.

" ... Use Your Voice:  
Introducing voice-activated control of your GE WiFi Connect appliances with Amazon Echo

Meet Geneva:  Geneva is an Alexa skill that works with your

Amazon…


From insideHPC

Exascale Computing: A Race to the Future of HPC

Exascale Computing: A Race to the Future of HPC

Nicolas Dube, Chief Strategist for HPC, Hewlett Packard EnterpriseIn this week’s Sponsored Post, Nicolas Dube of Hewlett Packard Enterprise outlines the future of HPC and the role and challenges of exascale computing in this evolution. The HPE approach to exascale is geared to breaking the…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Nominations Sought for New CCC Council Members

Nominations Sought for New CCC Council Members

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is charged with catalyzing and empowering the U.S. computing research community to articulate and advance major research directions for the field. To do so, the CCC needs truly visionary…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Stretchable Transistors

Stretchable Transistors

Unexpected thing, the transistors I worked with were anything but stretchable.

Transistor Stretchier Than Skin for Ultra-Flexible Wearable Tech  By New Scientist 

Stanford University researchers have developed a new transistor

"In…


From The Eponymous Pickle

First Impressions: People, Brands?

First Impressions: People, Brands?

Quite interesting results.  Does a lapse of time still not heal the first impression?    Is this also the case with a brand?

Science: First Impressions Are Even More Long-Lasting Than You Think
New research produces some bad news…


From Apophenia

Why America is Self-Segregating

Why America is Self-Segregating

The United States has always been a diverse but segregated country. This has shaped American politics profoundly. Yet, throughout history, Americans have had to grapple with divergent views and opinions, political ideologies,…


From Schneier on Security

Should Elections Be Classified as "Critical Infrastructure"?

Should Elections Be Classified as "Critical Infrastructure"?

I am co-author on a paper discussing whether elections be classified as "critical infrastructure" in the US, based on experiences in other countries: Abstract: With the Russian government hack of the Democratic National Convention…


From Schneier on Security

FDA Recommendations on Medical-Device Cybersecurity

FDA Recommendations on Medical-Device Cybersecurity

The FDA has issued a report giving medical devices guidance on computer and network security. There's nothing particularly new or interesting; it reads like standard security advice: write secure software, patch bugs, and so …


From Phys.org Technology News

Science DMZ is focus of latest library of network training videos aimed at global audience

Science DMZ is focus of latest library of network training videos aimed at global audience

For members of the established research and education (R&E) networking community, attending conferences or sitting in on workshop sessions is the normal way to learn about the latest equipment, architecture, tools and technologies…

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