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July 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

Strategy Drives Digital

Strategy Drives Digital

Technology is only a collection of tools.  But in today's world, with tools being updated every 18 months, sometimes fundamentally,  part of your strategy may need to be:  look for the best tools.In Sloan Review:   " ... 


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

WATCH Talk- New Frontiers in Hardware Security and Trust

WATCH Talk- New Frontiers in Hardware Security and Trust

The next WATCH talk, called New Frontiers in Hardware Security and Trust is Thursday, July 16, 2015 from Noon-1pm ET. The presenter is Mark Tehranipoor from the University of Florida. Mark is currently the Intel Charles E. Young


From The Eponymous Pickle

Walmart Plays Prime

Walmart Plays Prime

I have been involved in a business that leveraged Amazon Prime. It does generate both interest and longer term engagement.  It establishes a first visit preference.   Is that a form of 'Flow'?    Or just a sales play?  Now Wal


From The Eponymous Pickle

Using Customers for Innovation Leverage

Using Customers for Innovation Leverage

In part how our innovation centers were used.   HBR article goes on to give more of the how.Win Over Executives by Proving Customers Support Your Ideaby Ron Ashkenas and Daniel DworkinDespite how much has been written about corporate


From The Eponymous Pickle

Augmenting Human Experience

Augmenting Human Experience

Augmenting the human experience: AR, wearable tech, and the IoTAs augmented reality technologies emerge, we must place the focus on serving human needs. by Helen Papagiannis.  Pointer to a forthcoming bookAugmented Human: How


From BLOG@CACM

Top 10 Myths about Teaching Computer Science

Top 10 Myths about Teaching Computer Science

Let's put some evidence behind those summertime faculty email list battles about CS teaching.


From insideHPC

Invest in Supercomputers, Not Chillers

Invest in Supercomputers, Not Chillers

By using Direct-to-Chip liquid cooling, Mississippi State University was able to purchase more servers by minimizing the capital spent to cool the data center. The success of the initial cluster at MSU led to the installation


From insideHPC

Penguin Computing Announces Extreme Density 1U GPU Server

Penguin Computing Announces Extreme Density 1U GPU Server

Today Penguin Computing announced the Relion 1904GT server, which packs four GPU accelerators in a 1U form factor. As the company's densest 1U GPU server, Relion is an exceptional platform for running scientific and engineering


From insideHPC

Univa Grid Engine Adds Preemption Feature to Increase Cluster Efficiency

Univa Grid Engine Adds Preemption Feature to Increase Cluster Efficiency

Today Univa announced availability of its much anticipated Preemption feature for Univa Grid Engine. Preemption, in combination with Universal Resource Broker, gives users the unprecedented ability to “pause” workload, services


From insideHPC

New UCX Network Communication Framework for Next-Gen Programming Models

New UCX Network Communication Framework for Next-Gen Programming Models

UCX is a collaboration between industry, laboratories, and academia to create an open-source production grade communication framework for HPC applications. "The path to Exascale, in addition to many other challenges, requires


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

BBC Micro:bit Revisited

BBC Micro:bit Revisited

At the CSTA Conference I had a long chat with Peli de Halleux from the TouchDevelop team about the BBC Micro:bit. Peli has been active in TouchDevelop and the BBC micro:bit. He was wearing one and also gave me a demo of how TouchDevelop


From insideHPC

Video: Seagate Teams with HP for ClusterStor

Video: Seagate Teams with HP for ClusterStor

"At ISC 2015, Seagate announced that the company has extended its alliance agreement with computing leader HP to equip its high performance computing solutions with ClusterStor scale-out storage capabilities. Building on a proven


From Schneier on Security

Human and Technology Failures in Nuclear Facilities

Human and Technology Failures in Nuclear Facilities

This is interesting: We can learn a lot about the potential for safety failures at US nuclear plants from the July 29, 2012, incident in which three religious activists broke into the supposedly impregnable Y-12 facility at Oak


From insideHPC

DDN Rolls Out World’s Fastest Entry-Level Lustre Appliance

DDN Rolls Out World’s Fastest Entry-Level Lustre Appliance

Today DDN rolled out a new entry-level, turnkey Lustre storage appliance at ISC 2015. "As a founding member of OpenSFS, DDN was the first storage vendor to support Lustre and sells and supports more Lustre environments than any


From Putting People First

The ethics of digital design

The ethics of digital design

Designers, writes Cennydd Bowles in a Design Council opinion piece, have a central role in safeguarding digital products so they not only empower but also protect users. This responsibility starts with designers’ own output.


From insideHPC

Announcing Bright Cluster Manager 7.1 for HPC

Announcing Bright Cluster Manager 7.1 for HPC

Today Bright Computing rolled out Version 7.1 of Bright Cluster Manager for HPC at ISC 2015. The event will be held July 12-16, 2015, in Frankfurt, Germany. Drop by Booth #920 to see how the new Version 7.1 features help Bright


From Putting People First

Smart Cities will know everything about you

Smart Cities will know everything about you

So, asks consultant Mike Weston, how can marketers cash in without becoming enemies of the people? Wistron writes that the law will be too slow to catch up with digital innovations and that businesses in a smart city will need


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Analytics Under Cortana, Adds Apark

Microsoft Analytics Under Cortana, Adds Apark

Does this imply that their new analytics will be strongly voice driven?   Fascinating idea that will require some cognitive depth and context?     How will this connect to visualization capabilities like that of Power BI?  Will


From The Eponymous Pickle

Using Twitter as a Social Research Tool

Using Twitter as a Social Research Tool

Useful Tools Overview: " ... The popularity of social media sites and the ease at which its data is available means these platforms are increasingly becoming primary sources for social research. Wasim Ahmed presents a quick look


From insideHPC

Speaker Lineup Announced for OpenMPCon Developer Conference

Speaker Lineup Announced for OpenMPCon Developer Conference

Today the OpenMP Architecture Review Board (ARB) announced the full line-up of world-class keynote speakers, technical presentations, tutorials and panel sessions to be hosted at the inaugural OpenMPCon Developer Conference,


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nestle Opens Digital Innovation Office

Nestle Opens Digital Innovation Office

A number of companies I know have taken similar action. We did this informally for a long time.  Such teams should look at a number of global locations: Nestlé is setting up a digital innovation team with staff drawn from the


From insideHPC

Energy Efficient Supercomputing

Energy Efficient Supercomputing

While large scale supercomputing centers continue to push the boundaries of the ability to process numerical information, either HPC like or Big Data like, a concern is the ability for the datacenter to power and cool such large


From Schneier on Security

NSA Antennas

NSA Antennas

Interesting article on the NSA's use of multi-beam antennas for surveillance. Certainly smart technology; it can eavesdrop on multiple targets per antenna. I'm surprised by how behind the NSA was on this technology. It's from


From The Eponymous Pickle

Making Store Data Meaningful

Making Store Data Meaningful

In the Cisco Blog: Somewhat obvious, but deserves to be thought through. For origin and comparison of data.  Consider also related metadata that will make it meaningful.   "  .... As an omnichannel retailer, you are probablyBut


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of July 13

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of July 13

Senate Floor: Every Child Achieves Act, S. 1177 Education legislation relevant to K-12 computer science courses and teachers. Tuesday, July 14, 2015 Hearing: Oversight of the United States Department of Homeland Security House


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CISE Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) Webinar

CISE Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) Webinar

The Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) program is for research and teaching faculty in the first two years of their appointments. In 2014-15, the first year of the program


From insideHPC

Seagate Adopts IBM Spectrum Scale GPFS

Seagate Adopts IBM Spectrum Scale GPFS

Today Seagate announced it is integrating IBM Spectrum Scale software with its ClusterStor HPC storage to deliver a new software defined storage appliance. The new appliance will help users manage the demands of data-intensive


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

What is real programming?

What is real programming?

I’m tempted to just leave the question there, get some popcorn and watch sparks fly. A lot of discussion on more or less that topic in the comments on a blog post Mark Guzdial wrote recently Do blocks equal “making” and text


From The Eponymous Pickle

Marianos Supermarket Experience

Marianos Supermarket Experience

I am used to Jungle Jim's nearby, which does provide experience, but here is yet more.Via Steve Frenda, The Path to Purchase Institute:Mariano's latest... A supermarket experience like I've never seen - ta •Mariano's latest..


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Zen of the Apple Store Experience

The Zen of the Apple Store Experience

Agreed, have a number of times visited an Apple store and asked myself, How could a retailer match this?  Its a novel experience, linked to some novel offerings.  Like the Marianos supermarket experience?    But is the tech novelty

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