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February 2017


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

" .…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture- Emerging Role of Mobile Phones in Health

NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture- Emerging Role of Mobile Phones in Health

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is pleased to announce a distinguished lecture on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 2:00PM EST by Computing Community…


From Schneier on Security

Do-It-Yourself Online Privacy/Safety Guide

Do-It-Yourself Online Privacy/Safety Guide

This online safety guide was written for people concerned about being tracked and stalked online. It's a good resource....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Outlier Detection in Time Data

Outlier Detection in Time Data

Outlier detection and analysis is an important topic for any kind of data.  Outliers, depending on their context, can be useful, or dangerous in the development of models.    New edited:  Book: Outlier Detection for Temporal …


From insideHPC

Tachyum Startup Looks to Break Performance and Cost Barriers to Intelligent Information Processing

Tachyum Startup Looks to Break Performance and Cost Barriers to Intelligent Information Processing

Today Silicon Valley startup Tachyum Inc. launched, announcing its mission to conquer the performance plateau in nanometer-class chips and the systems they power. "We have entered a post-Moore’s Law era where performance hit …


From insideHPC

Panel Discussion: The Exascale Endeavor

Panel Discussion: The Exascale Endeavor

Gilad Shainer moderated this panel discussion on Exascale Computing at the Stanford HPC Conference. "The creation of a capable exascale ecosystem will have profound effects on the lives of Americans, improving our nation’s national…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Accuracy of In-Store Inventory

On Accuracy of In-Store Inventory

Have been involved in the analyses based on physical inventory taking.  Estimation from Tlog tapes and RFID tags.  Have taken laborious physical counts as well.   So this question is always interesting.
In RetailWire:   How good…


From insideHPC

Oak Ridge steps up to Active Archive Solutions

Oak Ridge steps up to Active Archive Solutions

Today the Active Archive Alliance announced that Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has upgraded its active archive solutions to enhance the integrity and accessibility of its vast amount of data. The new solutions allow ORNL…


From insideHPC

Startup Video: Architecting Flash for Scale and Performance in HPC

Startup Video: Architecting Flash for Scale and Performance in HPC

"High Performance Computing (HPC) is considered the unlimited class of computing where performance is all that matters. Increasingly, business enterprises are looking to apply the technology and techniques from HPC to help them…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supporting Team Cognition

Supporting Team Cognition


Ultimately quite an important topic.  How do groups think?   How do we make them better?

" ... our Cognitive Systems Institute Speaker Series on Thursday, February 9, 2016 at 10:30 am ET US (7:30 am PT).  Our speaker is SteveUniversity…


From insideHPC

DDN Drives Discoveries at Van Andel Research Institute

DDN Drives Discoveries at Van Andel Research Institute

“Deploying DDN’s end-to-end storage solution has allowed us to elevate the standard of protection, increase compliance and push the boundaries of science on a single, highly scalable storage platform,” said Ramjan. “We’ve also…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Video Pattern Magnification

Video Pattern Magnification

Quite interesting, technical.

Eulerian Video Magnification and Analysis
By Neal Wadhwa, Hao-Yu Wu, Abe Davis, Michael Rubinstein, Eugene Shih, Gautham J. Mysore, Justin G. Chen, Oral Buyukozturk, John V. Guttag, William T. Freeman…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Game Theory in Practice

Game Theory in Practice

A apace we worked in, especially to understand and react to models of competitive activity.  In practice usually means getting good understanding of how these models work with available data.

In the Economist  (May require subscription)…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mining Brain Activity

Mining Brain Activity

A machine driven look at brain activity.

Brain Activity Is Too Complicated for Humans to Decipher. Machines Can Decode It for Us
By Vox
University of California, Berkeley professor Jack Gallant and others are using machine learning…


From Schneier on Security

Predicting a Slot Machine's PRNG

Predicting a Slot Machine's PRNG

Wired is reporting on a new slot machine hack. A Russian group has reverse-engineered a particular brand of slot machine -- from Austrian company Novomatic -- and can simulate and predict the pseudo-random number generator. The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bots are Coming

Bots are Coming

Fun history and thoughts of our attempts as bot, past and presesent. I agree, things will be very different. How much will they be models of ourselves?  How soon is unclear.   In the Atlantic:

Our Bots, Ourselves
How the descendants…


From insideHPC

Video: Singularity – Containers for Science, Reproducibility, and HPC

Video: Singularity – Containers for Science, Reproducibility, and HPC

"Explore how Singularity liberates non-privileged users and host resources (such as interconnects, resource managers, file systems, accelerators ...) allowing users to take full control to set-up and run in their native environments…


From Schneier on Security

Profile of Citizen Lab and Ron Diebert

Profile of Citizen Lab and Ron Diebert

Here's a nice profile of Citizen Lab and its director, Ron Diebert. Citizen Lab is a jewel. There should be more of them....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mr Clean's New Backstory

Mr Clean's New Backstory

My colleague Larry Paul points me to a new backstory of Mr Clean brand equity character published for the Superbowl ad.  This is amusingly far different from the backstory we used when we worked on the brand  (See below for more…


From insideHPC

Dr. Peter Bauer from ECMWF to Keynote ISC 2017

Dr. Peter Bauer from ECMWF to Keynote ISC 2017

Today ISC 2017 announced that their Tuesday keynote will be delivered by Dr. Peter Bauer from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). As Deputy Director of the Research Department Center at ECMWF, Dr. …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apple, IBM and AI for the Enterprise

Apple, IBM and AI for the Enterprise

Following,  the details will be interesting, especially for enterprise applications.   Have seen relatively few AI driven applications in the enterprise.   As part of a team that looked at well focused and valued applications…


From insideHPC

Apply Now for the SC17 Student Cluster Competition

Apply Now for the SC17 Student Cluster Competition

Team applications are now being accepted for the SC17 Student Cluster Competition. "SC17 is excited to hold another nail-biting Student Cluster Competition, or SCC, now in its eleventh year, as an opportunity to showcase student…

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