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July 2015


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

U.S. Department of Commerce Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Export Definitions Relevant to Cloud and Other Digital Services

U.S. Department of Commerce Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Export Definitions Relevant to Cloud and Other Digital Services

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security is accepting public comments on proposed revisions to definitions in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The proposed rules contain a new provision relevant


From Computational Complexity

Hartley Rogers, Author of the first Textbook on Recursion Theory, passes away

Hartley Rogers Jr passed away on July 17, 2015 (last week Friday as I write this).He was 89 and passed peacefully.For our community Rogers is probably best known for his textbook on Recursion Theory which I discuss below. Hehere


From insideHPC

Cycle Computing Joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Cycle Computing Joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Today Cycle Computing announced its participation in the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. Through its membership, Cycle Computing will enable enterprise users with big compute problems to fully leverage the advantages of cloud


From insideHPC

EXTOLL Rolls Out TOURMALETT Network Chip at ISC 2015

EXTOLL Rolls Out TOURMALETT Network Chip at ISC 2015

Last week at ISC 2015, EXTOLL from Germany introduced its TOURMALET 100G network chip and PCIe Board.

The post EXTOLL Rolls Out TOURMALETT Network Chip at ISC 2015 appeared first on insideHPC.


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Washington News – Alerts and Updates

Washington News – Alerts and Updates

General Announcements * Nominations for ACM Distinguished Member are due by August 3. Security * The U.S. Department of Commerce is accepting public comments on proposed revisions to definitions in the Export Administration Regulations


From insideHPC

Transtec Powers Remote Visualization at ISC 2015

Transtec Powers Remote Visualization at ISC 2015

In this video from ISC 2015, Oliver Tennert from Transtec describes how the company's Remote Visualization solutions are empowering customers with flexibility for their computing workloads. "We have a lot of customers from the


From insideHPC

JMI Breaks LINPACK Record with CoolIT Systems

JMI Breaks LINPACK Record with CoolIT Systems

Today CoolIT Systems announced that the Jamia Millia Islamia University (JMI) of New Dehli has been awarded first place in the LINPACK test at the ISC Student Cluster Competition 2015 in Frankfurt using a liquid cooled configuration


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Enabling vs Controlling

On Enabling vs Controlling

In HBS Working Knowledge.  Thoughtful distinction.  Traditional v Platform mode.Enabling Versus Controllingby Andrei Hagiu and Julian WrightWidespread adoption of Internet and mobile technologies has made it possible to build


From insideHPC

Video: AMD Firepro S9170 GPU Speeds HPC Applications

Video: AMD Firepro S9170 GPU Speeds HPC Applications

"The AMD FirePro S9170 server GPU can accelerate complex workloads in scientific computing, data analytics, or seismic processing, wielding an industry-leading 32GB of memory. We designed the new offering for supercomputers to


From insideHPC

Univa Joins CNCF Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Univa Joins CNCF Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Today Univa joins Google, IBM, and other world-class companies founding members of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). The new CNCF organization will accelerate the development of cloud native applications and services


From insideHPC

Cray XC40 Coming to Bureau of Meteorology in Australia

Cray XC40 Coming to Bureau of Meteorology in Australia

Today Cray announced the Bureau of Meteorology in Australia has awarded the Company a contract worth up to $53 million to provide a Cray XC40 supercomputer and a Cray Sonexion 2000 storage system. This further strengthens Cray’s


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

We need to go beyond the web

We need to go beyond the web

Cegłowski, a web designer, wrote a beautiful essay called “Web Design: The First 100 Years“. His essay starts with a review of the aerospace industry… Back in 1965, it looked like aerospace was the future. Each successive plane


From insideHPC

High Performance Computing in Defense Intelligence

High Performance Computing in Defense Intelligence

Technological advancements in hardware and software products allow analysts to process larger amounts of data rapidly, allowing them time to apply human judgment and experience to intelligence problems. This article examines


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of July 20

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of July 20

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 Hearing: Protecting the Electric Grid from the Potential Threats of Solar Storms and Electromagnetic Pulse Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee 10 am | 342 Dirksen Senate Office


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analytics Speed, Context, Functionality

Analytics Speed, Context,  Functionality

Some obvious and useful things to consider.Analytics Leaders Target Speed, Context, FunctionalityAmong the emerging trends in the data analytics business is the desire for faster access to business insights with improved context


From The Eponymous Pickle

HR Algorithms

HR Algorithms

HR Analytics Algorithms - The Insightful HR Executive Route To Top Corporate Leadership!  by Raja Sengupta


From The Eponymous Pickle

PepsiCo R&D

PepsiCo R&D

PepsiCo overhauls R&D to innovate, boost salesA major research and development overhaul helped PepsiCo innovate with new products, including Tostitos Cantina and Mountain Dew Kickstart, which have earned the company more than


From XRDS

What is topic modeling?

What is topic modeling?

Topic modeling is an Information Retrieval (IR) technique that discovers representative topics from a collection of documents. Thus, we expect that logically related words will co-exist in the same document more frequently than


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Charleston Teach Meet Day One

Charleston Teach Meet Day One

This week I am in Charleston SC at Porter-Gaud School meeting with about a dozen teachers from around the US and two teachers from Scotland. It’s a bit unusual in several ways. First the small size of the group. Secondly the


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cortana Voice Assistant

Cortana Voice Assistant

Will be shipped with Windows 10.  Connected with analytics, but it is unclear still what that will look like.  This with compete with a number of other assistant systems like Siri.    See my previous note which includes a list


From insideHPC

Altair Moves forward with PBS Pro 13 at ISC 2015

Altair Moves forward with PBS Pro 13 at ISC 2015

In this video from ISC 2015, Bill Nitzberg from Altair describes why PBS Professional 13.0 is the biggest release yet for the company. "The industry needs to accomplish a lot in the coming years to deliver a working, useful exascale


From The Eponymous Pickle

Target's Innovation and Technology Center

Target's Innovation and Technology Center

Retailer Target's  innovation Center.  Sounds like what we were up to in 2000,  see tags on that below.  An innovation center for home and store.  So what is retail's 'next thing'?  Good details and pics" .. This scene and others


From insideHPC

HPC Gives Oil and Gas a Companies Edge

HPC Gives Oil and Gas a Companies Edge

As worldwide demand for energy continues to rise, the oil industry is working to satisfy demand for the hydrocarbon part of that equation. High performance computing is becoming critical to companies that are seeking new sources


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Shape of Data

The Shape of Data

In O'Reilly:  The Application of mathemtical topology to data architecture.  " ... Data has a shape ... Using topology to uncover the shape of your data: An interview with Gurjeet Singh. ... " 


From insideHPC

Russians Enhance RSC Tornado Cluster Solution

Russians Enhance RSC Tornado Cluster Solution

At ISC 2015 last week, Russian supercomputing vendor RSC Group showcased its next generation RSC Tornado cluster solution. Enhanced with higher computing density, energy efficiency, and operational stability "hot water" mode,


From insideHPC

Video: Asetek Showcases Liquid Cooling at ISC 2015

Video: Asetek Showcases Liquid Cooling at ISC 2015

In this video from ISC 2015, Steve Branton from Asetek describes a series of high profile supercomputing upgrades that show the growing momentum of Asetek liquid cooling in the HPC market. "Asetek customers are using the company's


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

NIST Seeks Public Comments on Privacy Risk Management Framework for Federal Information Systems

NIST Seeks Public Comments on Privacy Risk Management Framework for Federal Information Systems

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is accepting public comments on a draft report, Privacy Risk Management for Federal Information Systems, which describes a privacy risk management framework for federal


From insideHPC

Dr. Eng Lim Goh on Important HPC Trends at ISC 2015

Dr. Eng Lim Goh on Important HPC Trends at ISC 2015

Dr. Eng Lim Goh from SGI discusses important trends in HPC including pending changes coming to processors/accelerators, memory hierarchy, and interconnects. "SGI, the trusted leader in high performance computing, is focused on


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 20 July 2015

Interesting Links 20 July 2015

If this is Monday it must be Charleston. Seriously though I am in Charleston SC for a two day mini conference with a small group of great educators. More on that when I get home in a few days. Last week was the CSTA Conference


From Schneier on Security

Google's Unguessable URLs

Google's Unguessable URLs

Google secures photos using public but unguessable URLs: So why is that public URL more secure than it looks? The short answer is that the URL is working as a password. Photos URLs are typically around 40 characters long, so

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