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May 2016


From insideHPC

Video: Enabling High-Performance Storage on OpenPOWER Systems

Video: Enabling High-Performance Storage on OpenPOWER Systems

In this video from the 2016 OpenPOWER Summit, Stephen Bates of Microsemi presents: Enabling high-performance storage on OpenPOWER Systems. "Non-Volatile Memory (NVM), and the low latency access to storage it provides, is changing


From The Eponymous Pickle

More Accurate Translation with AI

More Accurate Translation with AI

In CACM: Teaching computers better translation with AI methods.  " ... It is currently possible to translate words with high rates of accuracy via Google Translate, but this technique can still yield poor sentence structures


From The Eponymous Pickle

Proximus Retail Analysis

Proximus Retail Analysis

Brought to my attention:  Proximus.  Acquire. Analyse. Improve.Real-time insightsOur unique technology tracks every single customer in-store to an accuracy of 1.5m every second without cameras nor smartphones. Optimal product


From insideHPC

Teratec Forum to Put Spotlight on Big Data & HPC

Teratec Forum to Put Spotlight on Big Data & HPC

The TERATEC Forum has posted their agenda for their 11th annual meeting. The event takes place June 28-29 in Palaiseau, France. "TERATEC brings together top international experts in high performance numerical design, simulation


From insideHPC

Michael Feldman Joins TOP500.org as Managing Editor

Michael Feldman Joins TOP500.org as Managing Editor

Today the ISC Group, promoter of the TOP500 list, is pleased to announce the appointment of high performance computing industry journalist Michael Feldman to the position of managing editor of TOP500 News. In his new role, Feldman


From Phys.org Technology News

Phones at the dinner table: Study explores attitudes

Phones at the dinner table: Study explores attitudes

Checking email for work. Posting a photo to Facebook. Texting the kids to come downstairs. Sending a quick snap to a friend. People of all ages might use their smartphones in these ways during shared meals.


From insideHPC

MarsFS – A Near-POSIX Namespace Leveraging Scalable Object Storage

MarsFS – A Near-POSIX Namespace Leveraging Scalable Object Storage

David Bonnie from LANL presented this talk at the 2016 MSST Conference. "As we continue to scale system memory footprint, it becomes more and more challenging to scale the long-term storage systems with it. Scaling tape access


From insideHPC

Intel® Enterprise Edition for Lustre* Software—High-performance File System

Intel® Enterprise Edition for Lustre* Software—High-performance File System

Intel has been working on a new HPC design philosophy for HPC systems called Intel® Scalable System Framework (Intel® SSF), an approach designed to enable sustained, balanced performance in HPC as the community pushes towards


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

West Big Data Hub All Hands Meeting

West Big Data Hub All Hands Meeting

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) has launched a program on Industry-Academic Collaboration through the Big Data Regional Hubs. The West Big Data Hub, is holding their All Hand Meeting, this Thursday, May 12th at UC Berkeley


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Copying Code–Steal from the Best

Copying Code–Steal from the Best

Not every coding mistake makes it into the news but one did recently which carries a cautionary message for students (and others who code.) Nissan app developer busted for copying code from Stack Overflow  It’s funny in a way


From Schneier on Security

Children of Spies

Children of Spies

Fascinating story of Tim and Alex Foley, the children of Russian spies Donald Heathfield and Tracey Foley....


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Patient Will see You Now

The Patient Will see You Now

In MIT Sloan:Digital technology empowers patients to set their own course of care." .... Digital technology is empowering patients to participate in developing their own treatment plans, but only if the organization’s culture


From The Eponymous Pickle

Support Vector Machines

Support Vector Machines

On support vector machines. Often for classification.   An overview. Somewhat technical." ... Support Vector Machines are perhaps one of the most popular and talked about machine learning algorithms. They were extremely popular


From The Eponymous Pickle

Human Perception and Data Visualization

Human Perception and Data Visualization

A look at what we know about the topic.  In Medium.  Research and art.  Nice outline of what we think we know and where to find out more ..." ... There is visualization in practice and there is visualization in theory and research


From insideHPC

ACM Awards 2016 Gödel Prize to Inventors of Concurrent Separation Logic

ACM Awards 2016 Gödel Prize to Inventors of Concurrent Separation Logic

Today the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory (SIGACT) and the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS) announced that Stephen Brookes and Peter


From The Eponymous Pickle

More Revealed on Virtual Assistant Viv

More Revealed on Virtual Assistant Viv

Viv, from Siri's creators, is the virtual assistant of your dreamsIt's one step closer to giving us the AI from "Her."Siri made the world aware of the potential of virtual assistants, but several years after its release, it's


From The Eponymous Pickle

Challenging Metrics

Challenging Metrics

Challenging  metrics, usually a good thing to do, even in a thought experiment.  In Adage: Why Google's 'Time Spent' Metric May Not Be the Best MeasureMarketers Need an Accurate Way to Measure How Their Content Is PerformingBy


From Schneier on Security

Economist Detained for Doing Math on an Airplane

Economist Detained for Doing Math on an Airplane

An economics professor was detained when he was spotted doing math on an airplane: On Thursday evening, a 40-year-old man ­-- with dark, curly hair, olive skin and an exotic foreign accent --­ boarded a plane. It was a regional


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Theory Meets Material Science

A great presentation on thermoelectrics Akram Boukai is a researcher in material science, and an expert on converting heat to electric energy: thermoelectrics. Today I wish to talk about a beautiful presentation he just gave


From insideHPC

Personalized Medicine steps forward with Bioinformatics Method from BSC

Personalized Medicine steps forward with Bioinformatics Method from BSC

In what is being cited as a step towards personalized medicine, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and IrsiCaixa have developed a bioinformatics method to predict the effects of mutation on the resistance of the virus


From insideHPC

Storage Performance Modeling for Future Systems

Storage Performance Modeling for Future Systems

In this video from the 2016 MSST Conference, Yoonho Park from IBM presents: Storage Performance Modeling for Future Systems. "The burst buffer is an intermediate, high-speed layer of storage that is positioned between the application


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robot Teaching Assistants

Robot Teaching Assistants

Reminiscent of the legendary Eliza system.  .... Expectations are being driven higher .... See this mornings WSJ,  may require  registration. Imagine Discovering That Your Teaching Assistant Really Is a Robot   More to follow


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Trip Reports from ASC16 & MSST

Radio Free HPC Trip Reports from ASC16 & MSST

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team recaps the ASC16 Student Cluster Competition in China and the 2016 MSST Conference in Santa Clara. Dan spent a week in Wuxi interviewing ASC16 student teams, he came back impressed with


From insideHPC

Three Questions to Ensure Your HPC Success

Three Questions to Ensure Your HPC Success

Successful HPC computing depends on choosing the architecture that addresses both application and institutional needs. In particular, finding a simple path to leading edge HPC and Data Analytics is not difficult, if you consider


From Schneier on Security

NIST Starts Planning for Post-Quantum Cryptography

NIST Starts Planning for Post-Quantum Cryptography

Last year, the NSA announced its plans for transitioning to cryptography that is resistant to a quantum computer. Now, it's NIST's turn. Its just-released report talks about the importance of algorithm agility and quantum resistance


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 9 May 2016

Interesting Links 9 May 2016

A lot of variety this week. Robots, professional development, news, curriculum. and some controversy around the AP CS A exam. None of it my fault.

Interested in teaching computer science?  @LetsTeachCS has 3K fellowships for


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bots and Spam

Bots and Spam

Very interesting historical and technical view of Spam.   First the history and then the look at how the technical model of a markov chain is involved. Great way to think about state models interact.  And how these models start


From Phys.org Technology News

Digital media may be changing how you think

Digital media may be changing how you think

Tablet and laptop users beware. Using digital platforms such as tablets and laptops for reading may make you more inclined to focus on concrete details rather than interpreting information more abstractly, according to a new


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smarter Bathrooms on the Supply Chain

Smarter Bathrooms on the Supply Chain

A look at making consumer demand points made more intelligent.  An intelligent endpoint in the supply chain.   Here work by IBM and Kimberbly Clark.  In Readwrite:" ... Kimberly-Clark Professional’s new Intelligent Restroom app


From insideHPC

Video: Versity HSM – Archiving to Objects

Video: Versity HSM – Archiving to Objects

In this video from the 2016 MSST Conference, Harriet Coverston from Versity presents: Versity - Archiving to Objects. "Introducing Versity Storage Manager - an enterprise-class storage virtualization and archiving system that

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