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June 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Invests in Open Source, Free Data Tech

IBM Invests in Open Source, Free Data Tech

" .... The move, announced by the company Monday, follows the hiring of about 20 people for a new technology center in San Francisco to improve and extend a University of California at Berkeley-developed free software project


From The Eponymous Pickle

Personalizing Consumer Brand Relationship

Personalizing Consumer Brand Relationship

Study: Consumers believe brands don’t understand them" ... IBM recently announced the results of a study that found a massive perception gap between how well businesses think they are marketing and the actual customer’s experience


From The Eponymous Pickle

Warnings of Data Paralysis and Context.

Warnings of Data Paralysis and Context.

Data paralysis is a key issue. Data correctness and being up to date and remaining in context is also important.  I always make a detailed statement of these issues, and how often they need need to be reviewed.


From insideHPC

Ed Seidel Presents: Supercomputing in an Era of Big Data and Big Collaboration

Ed Seidel Presents: Supercomputing in an Era of Big Data and Big Collaboration

"Supercomputing has reached a level of maturity and capability where many areas of science and engineering are not only advancing rapidly due to computing power, they cannot progress without it. I will illustrate examples from


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Senior HPC Grid Engineer at Citigroup

Job of the Week: Senior HPC Grid Engineer at Citigroup

Citigroup in Irving, Texas is seeking a Senior HPC Grid Engineer in our Job of the Week.

The post Job of the Week: Senior HPC Grid Engineer at Citigroup appeared first on insideHPC.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Echo Installed and Experienced

Amazon Echo Installed and Experienced

Now 6 months after request  I have an installed Amazon echo called Alexa in the kitchen.   A smart Pringles can.  Requires Wifi and AC. Fairly easy to install, but has some Wifi requirements you may not have.  It's most easily


From The Eponymous Pickle

Personalizing Pricing in Store

Personalizing Pricing in Store

Much talked for loyalty, or online.  Beyond that in Brick and Mortar? We built some test models for experimentation for engagement interaction.  How does this change if pricing and checkout moves to the aisle?" ... According


From The Eponymous Pickle

RFID, P&G, Lipsticks and the Internet of Things

RFID, P&G,  Lipsticks and the Internet of Things

In the Cisco Blogs, a look at how the Internet of things emerging in a project at Procter & Gamble that tracked lipsticks, and how that has evolved.  Most notable, the considerable to the RAIN RFID Alliance.  by Steve Halliday


From The Eponymous Pickle

PLM News

PLM News

A nicely done overview of industry news about Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), put out by the CIMdata group. Subscribe.   Have started to cover PLM news as it relates to my own technology innovation interests.   Pass along


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Salad Servers

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Salad Servers

Nice. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From insideHPC

HPC News Bytes for June 19, 2015

HPC News Bytes for June 19, 2015

While we're always on the lookout for HPC news, not everything makes it to the front page. Notable items from this week include big boosts for Apache Spark, Containerization, and Lustre.

The post HPC News Bytes for June 19, 2015


From insideHPC

Video: The Great Leap (Computing the Uncomputable Climate System)

Video: The Great Leap (Computing the Uncomputable Climate System)

"Increasing computational power and advances in algorithms have made it possible to resolve an ever increasing fraction of the scales of atmospheric motion. While it remains inconceivable to resolve all the relevant scales of


From insideHPC

Mellanox Announces ConnectX-4 Lx 25/50 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

Mellanox Announces ConnectX-4 Lx 25/50 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

Today Mellanox announced its ConnectX-4 Lx 10/25/40/50 Gigabit Ethernet adapter, delivering optimal cost-performance and scalable connectivity for Cloud, Web 2.0 and storage platforms. As the first adapter designed to serve as


From The Eponymous Pickle

Measuring Inventory Losses

Measuring Inventory Losses

From the Zen of Retail Tech: By Evan SchumanWhat is behind retail's $1.1 trillion inventory losses?Retail research house IHL in June estimated an industrywide loss of $1.1 trillion. But IHL is not limiting itself to traditional


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

DARPA Proposers Day July 21-22

DARPA Proposers Day July 21-22

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring a two-day Proposers Day event to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of the Defense Sciences Office (DSO)


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dueling Realities at Hand

Dueling Realities at Hand

In the Atlantic, A topic of continuing interest.  Is it easier to overlay a reality on our own reality, or create one from scratch? Note Apple's recent acquisition of Metaio,  Microsoft's Hololens.  Google's VR,   Big players


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rise of Ad Blocking

Rise of Ad Blocking

In AdAge:  The dilemma of the 'free Internet'. " ... Ad Blocking Is a Growing Problem. What's the Fix? ... Publishers Including CBS Interactive, Forbes, DailyMail Weigh Their Options ... "   ' ... With 28% of U.S. internet users


From The Eponymous Pickle

All Things Data

All Things Data

BiCorner on all things data.  Some good topics.   It is all about data.   By Jeffrey Strickland." ... Data Scientist, Analytic Scientist, Statistician, Operation Research Analyst, Predictive Modeler, … They are all very different…


From The Eponymous Pickle

SAS Automates Data Analysis

SAS Automates Data Analysis

The analytics giant SAS, long our standard in the enterprise, decides to take a hand in automating data science,  In CWorld.  How will this change the role of the data scientist?   Note the emphasis on speed.  Accuracy?  Much


From The Eponymous Pickle

Air New Zealand and Aimia Acquire Analytics

Air New Zealand and Aimia Acquire Analytics

In Forbes:" ... As organizations look to use analytics to better meet their customers needs, there is an increasing attention being given to building deep analytics offerings within core data. Add that trend to an industry that


From Putting People First

The opportunities for wearables in the healthcare space

The opportunities for wearables in the healthcare space

Daniel Gomez Seidel and Masuma Henry of Artefact have posted a nice write-up on recent developments and opportunities for wearables in the healthcare space. The post contains various interesting cases and points at some of the


From Putting People First

Nesta report and case studies on people-centred smart cities

Nesta report and case studies on people-centred smart cities

For smart cities to reach their full potential, they need to focus on the citizens living in them, not just technology, write researchers Tom Saunders and Peter Baeck of Nesta, the UK innovation charity Traditionally, smart cities


From The Eponymous Pickle

Elastic Cognitive Computing

Elastic Cognitive Computing

" ... Schahram Dusdar gave a very interesting presentation today on "Elastic Cognitive Computing" as part of our Cognitive Systems Institute Speaker Series. Please continue the conversation here with Schahram, who's published


From insideHPC

SGI Ships 2.65 Petaflop ICE XA Supercomputer to ISSP in Japan

SGI Ships 2.65 Petaflop ICE XA Supercomputer to ISSP in Japan

Today SGI announced its latest win at the Institute for Solid State Physics (ISSP) of the University of Tokyo. Scheduled to start operation on July 1 of this year, the 2.65 Petaflop SGI ICE XA supercomputer will be used by material


From insideHPC

CloudFlow & UberCloud to Bring Cloud Services to Engineers

CloudFlow & UberCloud to Bring Cloud Services to Engineers

Today the EU-funded CloudFlow project announced a new collaboration with the UberCloud in the areas of community, technology and joint marketing.

The post CloudFlow & UberCloud to Bring Cloud Services to Engineers appeared first


From Computational Complexity

FCRC Complexity

On Wednesday at FCRC, the Complexity, STOC and EC (Economics and Computation) conferences all have sessions, a smorgasbord of talks, but tough decisions on what session to attend. Here's one you might have misses, the EC paper


From insideHPC

Podcast: TACC Supercomputers Power Cancer Discovery

Podcast: TACC Supercomputers Power Cancer Discovery

In this podcast, Karen Vasquez and Albino Bacolla of the University of Texas at Austin describe how TACC supercomputers have helped scientists find a surprising link between cross-shaped pieces of DNA and human cancer.

The post


From insideHPC

Computing With MPI in Heterogeneous Environments

Computing With MPI in Heterogeneous Environments

Designating the appropriate provider for large MPI applications is critical to taking advantage of all of the compute power available. "A modern HPC system with multiple host cpus and multiple coprocessors such as the Intel Xeon


From insideHPC

HPC on Windows – Does It Still Make Sense?

HPC on Windows – Does It Still Make Sense?

Could there still be a place for Windows in HPC environments? To find out, we caught up with Jan Wender from German IT service provider science+computing, who will deliver a talk on this topic at the ISC High Performance conference


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

ACM Appoints Robert Schnabel as New CEO

ACM Appoints Robert Schnabel as New CEO

ACM today issued the following press release announcing the new CEO. ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has named Robert (“Bobby”) Schnabel executive director and CEO effective November 1, 2015. Schnabel joins ACM

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