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July 2015


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


From insideHPC

Mellanox Looks to Isotope for Liquid-cooled Switches

Mellanox Looks to Isotope for Liquid-cooled Switches

Today Iceotope announced that it has developed the first fan-less Mellanox-based InfiniBand and Ethernet high-performance network and interconnect switch for HPC. Combined with Iceotope’s technology, Mellanox’s high-performance


From The Eponymous Pickle

PLM Industry Summary

PLM Industry Summary

From CIMdata:   News and  I am reviewing this technology area.  As it relates to the PLM (Product Lifecycle Management)  Economy.  I am reviewing this technology as it connects to both innovation and data architecture choices


From The Eponymous Pickle

Too Strong a Culture?

Too Strong a Culture?

In KelloggInsight:   A topic I have been long been intrigued with.  But can a culture's strength be measured in context?   A podcast.  " ... Is Your Company Culture Too Strong? A diversity of viewpoints can help organizations


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

EAC Technical Guidelines Development Committee Will Meet July 20-21

EAC Technical Guidelines Development Committee Will Meet July 20-21

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission announced the members of the renewed Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC). The Committee will hold its first meeting on July 20-21 at the NIST headquarters in Gaithersburg,


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

U.S. Government Needs Computer Scientists

U.S. Government Needs Computer Scientists

In this month’s Communications of the ACM magazine, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Deputy Director Thomas Kalil and former OSTP Assistant Director for Robotics and Cyber Physical Systems Vijay Kumar


From The Eponymous Pickle

Executive Machine Learning Jargon

Executive Machine Learning Jargon

Pointer to a reasonable background overview of machine learning that aims to look at origin of topics and jargon less explanations.  Via Alice Zheng in O'Reilly.   These kinds of resources are always useful to base explanation


From The Eponymous Pickle

Statistics Obsolete in a Big Data World?

Statistics Obsolete in a Big Data World?

Interesting thoughts.  I say that you will still need the statistics to back up the results that you come up with.    Especially if there is even a hint of a compliance or regulatory issue. Any testing of the resulting model Piece


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

My Experience at Foundations of Digital Games 2015

My Experience at Foundations of Digital Games 2015

During the last full week of June, I took a wonderful trip to Pacific Grove, California for Foundations of Digital Games 2015.  (You might recall that last year's conference was on a cruise ship.)  I didn't end up presentingnotes


From The Eponymous Pickle

Look at IOT Security

Look at IOT Security

An overview of the dangers and direction of privacy on the Internet of Things.


From The Eponymous Pickle

People Analytics

People Analytics

Looking at what people analytics cannot capture.  In the HBR,    " ... the latest fad in human resources, using big data analytics and personality test scores to predict who is best for a given job – so-called “XQ.”Of course


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pushing Humanoid Robotics

Pushing Humanoid Robotics

Why do robots have to be humanoid?  Look somewhat like humans. Androids, they are also called. To make us more comfortable with their planned presence among us?   Or is this a bow to biomimicry, suggesting that androids are the


From insideHPC

Mont-Blanc Tests HPC Software Stack E4 ThunderX Server

Mont-Blanc Tests HPC Software Stack E4 ThunderX Server

Researchers from the Mont-Blanc report they have successfully tested an E4 Computer Engineering server platform based on the 64bit Cavium ThunderX ARMv8 chip. The aim of the test was to prove the portability of the Mont-Blanc


From insideHPC

Video: Highlights of Day 3 at ISC 2015

Video: Highlights of Day 3 at ISC 2015

In this video, attendees discuss highlights from Day 3 of the ISC 2015 conference, including the conference's industry track, exhibit floor, and vendor parties. The program includes short interviews with Ed Seidel from NCSA,


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of Shopping at SF Lab

Future of Shopping at SF Lab

Always interested in innovation center ideas.  Here a look at at the Westfield Malls experimental startups labs.  See also my extensive writing on innovation centers and their value at the tags below.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Let the Patients Search

Let the Patients Search

This was brought up in a conversation with a doctor.    Of course it requires caution, but it does by itself create more engagement.  It is also inevitable.   If further came to mind, should a patient, or their doctor, be able


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ask the Right Questions for Data Value

Ask the Right Questions for Data Value

Often the key thing to do.  Its the kernel of many kinds of expertise.  Know the questions, in rough order of importance.  Know where to invest your time in answering them.  Get the right people or resources to contribute.  


From The Eponymous Pickle

Exploratory Analysis with Excel

Exploratory Analysis with Excel

As the piece says,  still common in even very sophisticated organizations.    Data and metadata is often stored and, edited, monitored and analyzed in Excel.


From insideHPC

Pleiades Supercomputer Moves Up the Ranks with Haswell

Pleiades Supercomputer Moves Up the Ranks with Haswell

NASA reports that it's newly upgraded Pleiades supercomputer ranks number 11 on the July 2015 TOP500 list of the most powerful supercomputers. And while the LINPACK computing power of Pleiades jumped nearly 21 percent, its ranking


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC Systems Developer for Deep Learning Startup

Job of the Week: HPC Systems Developer for Deep Learning Startup

A leading Artificial Intelligence Technology Startup is seeking an HPC Systems Developer in our Job of the Week.

The post Job of the Week: HPC Systems Developer for Deep Learning Startup appeared first on insideHPC.


From Putting People First

Why does Tinder work? A biological anthropologist explains…

Why does Tinder work? A biological anthropologist explains…

Users of the dating app assess potential partners in much the same way as neanderthals did, according to anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist at Rutgers University. “Tinder is nothing new,” says Fisher

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