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June 2016


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Driverless Bus

Watson Driverless Bus

A intriguing combination of Technical trends.  Augmenting ...Olli is an IBM Watson-powered driverless electric bus.   At least you can ask where you are going ....  The 3D-printed vehicle can seat 12 passengers. .... by Mariella


From The Eponymous Pickle

Black Swans and the Price of Oil

Black Swans and the Price of Oil

All systems that predict future states need to predict future related context. Black swans and barrels: How to think about the future of oil pricesNo one can be sure where oil prices are headed. McKinsey’s Scott Nyquist answers


From Schneier on Security

Apple's Differential Privacy

Apple's Differential Privacy

At the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this week, Apple talked about something called "differential privacy." We know very little about the details, but it seems to be an anonymization technique designed to collect


From The Eponymous Pickle

Process Maps for Supply Chain Applications

Process Maps for Supply Chain Applications

From my former colleague, via YourEncore:Process Maps: Turn-by-Turn Directions That Lead to Supply Chain OptimizationPosted by Bob WestonLast week, Dennis Trchka laid out Four Steps to Unlocking Supply Chain Value. The firstDuring


From The Eponymous Pickle

Siri Opens to Third Party Developers

Siri Opens to Third Party Developers

Saw this annoncement.    A near requirement after Echo moved in this space.    Depends too on precisely what 'open source' means here.   How narrowly is the API  defined?  Will the connection include some of the later developments


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Buys Wand Labs

Microsoft Buys Wand Labs

More movement toward conversations, bot style,  AI.  Read my Bots tag below for some of our experience in this space.   Bots have an element of 'cognitive' in the form of human conversations.   Like those that Cortana  uses.Microsoft


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Growing Up Leadership

Growing Up Leadership

I sat in a small conference room in the summer of 2009 with several other CS teachers from around the US. CSTA brought us all there for advocacy leadership training and the beginning of what some called a grass roots … Continue


From The Eponymous Pickle

Unilever Using Instacart to Test and Learn

Unilever Using Instacart to Test and Learn

In Retailwire:" ... Unilever is one of dozens of CPG partners finding Instacart to be more effective in certain ways when promoting their brands than traditional shopper and in-store marketing in the brick & mortar environment


From insideHPC

Helping the Compiler Speed Intel Xeon Phi

Helping the Compiler Speed Intel Xeon Phi

The vector parallel capabilities of the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor are similar in many ways with vectorizing code for the main CPU. The performance improvement when coding smartly and using the tools available can be tremendous


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft and LinkedIn

Microsoft and LinkedIn

Twit podcast on the motivations of Microsoft acquiring Linkedin.  Useful thought piece.  Mention of Office Graph.  Privacy implications.   Continuing to follow.  Emphasis on a social channel with much less noise.   Value of real


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rodney Brooks on AI

Rodney Brooks on AI

Famed robotics innovator,  we linked with for home applications with IRobot,  talks AI and related robotics." .... On how far along artificial intelligence actually is:"I think there's a bunch of scientists and engineers who


From insideHPC

SC16 General Chair John West on Moving the HPC Community Forward

SC16 General Chair John West on Moving the HPC Community Forward

For SC16, we’re beginning a three-year thrust that will expand state-of-the-practice discussions with content throughout the conference tracks that emphasizes the innovation happening in operations, tools, and software through


From insideHPC

Asetek to Showcase Liquid Cooling at ISC 2016

Asetek to Showcase Liquid Cooling at ISC 2016

Asetek will highlight its liquid cooling solutions and successful installations at ISC 2016 next week in Frankfurt. For the first time, Asetek will be displaying its new InRackCDU cooling solution. InRackCDU provides the option


From The Eponymous Pickle

Book: Algorithms to Live by

Book: Algorithms to Live by

Interesting idea, not read yet, but having worked with many algorithms and I think we are a considerable way from doing this ..... But we are working with business process that can be directed and then improved by algorithm.New


From The Eponymous Pickle

Changing Sketches to Artistic Images

Changing Sketches to Artistic Images

I recall this being proposed for generating advertising or architecture art images from sketches.   It is an example of providing artistic imagery skill to non artists. Or augmenting typical human skill.  In Technology Review


From insideHPC

NAG Optimizes C and C++ Algorithms for ARM-based Cavium ThunderX Processors

NAG Optimizes C and C++ Algorithms for ARM-based Cavium ThunderX Processors

The Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) has engineered NAG C Library algorithms to execute efficiently on Cavium ThunderX ARMv8-A based Workload Optimized Processors. Preliminary results, announced at ISC 2016, show excellent scaling


From insideHPC

Simulations of Hydrogen Ingestion Flashes in Giant Stars

Simulations of Hydrogen Ingestion Flashes in Giant Stars

"My team at the University of Minnesota has been collaborating with the team of Falk Herwig at the University of Victoria to simulate brief events in the lives of stars that can greatly affect the heavy elements they synthesize


From Computational Complexity

Karp v Wigderson 20 Years Later

The 48th ACM Symposium on the Theory of Computing starts this weekend in Boston. Let's go back twenty years to the 28th STOC, part of the second Federated Computing Research Conference in Philadelphia. A year earlier in JuneTheory


From insideHPC

OpenHPC Establishes Leadership & Releases Initial Software Stack

OpenHPC Establishes Leadership & Releases Initial Software Stack

Today the Linux Foundation announced a set of technical, leadership and member investment milestones for OpenHPC, a Linux Foundation project to develop an open source framework for High Performance Computing environments. "The


From insideHPC

PASC16 Wraps in Lausanne

PASC16 Wraps in Lausanne

Scientists from a wide range of disciplines gathered at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne from 8 to 10 June 2016 for this year’s PASC Conference. The use of high-performance computing in their research was the common


From insideHPC

Cavium to Acquire QLogic

Cavium to Acquire QLogic

"Today’s acquisition of QLogic is highly complementary and strategic to Cavium and it creates a diversified pure-play infrastructure semiconductor leader,” stated Syed Ali, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cavium. “QLogic’s


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Artificial Intelligence for Social Good

Artificial Intelligence for Social Good

Imagine diagnosing a hospital patient with septicemia 25 hours before the onset of sepsis shock, dispatching the right police officer to de-escalate a situation, or increasing agricultural productivity based on weather knowledge


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

How fast is tabulation-based hashing? The downsides of Zobrist…

How fast is tabulation-based hashing? The downsides of  Zobrist…

In practice, hashing is the process of taking an input, such as a string, and turning it into an integer value. It is a fundamental tool in programming, as most software relies on hashing in one way or another. We often expect


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart Tests Robotic Shopping Carts

Wal-Mart Tests Robotic Shopping Carts

In Bloomberg.  This is different from the 'smart cart' idea heavily prototyped previously.  Now including  self powering and navigating features.   Previously self-driving shopping carts were not mentioned" ... Wal-Mart Stores


From The Eponymous Pickle

Making Computer Chips

Making Computer Chips

Early on had an introduction to the optimization of computer chip making.  Fascnating piece here on the state of the art of chip making today.   In Bloomberg.


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

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From insideHPC

IBM POWER8 System to Advance Genomic Health Research at University of Calgary

IBM POWER8 System to Advance Genomic Health Research at University of Calgary

Today IBM and the University of Calgary announced a five-year collaboration to accelerate and expand genomic research into common childhood conditions such as autism, congenital diseases and the many unknown causes of illness


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Watson Analytics Experience

New Watson Analytics Experience

New piece on how to get started with Watson Analytics, worth a closer look.  Good user experience in place.  Question remains how autonomous such systems can be, and who their users will be.


From Putting People First

Six recent articles from UXMatters

Six recent articles from UXMatters

UXMatters has a new design and this seems to have benefited the quality as well, as there are more inspiring articles than ever. Here my pick: June 14 edition Algorithms as the New Material of Design A column by Pamela Pavliscak

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