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March 2017


From insideHPC

E4 Computer Engineering’s Showcases New Petascale OCP Platform

E4 Computer Engineering’s Showcases New Petascale OCP Platform

Today E4 Computer Engineering from Italy showcased a new PetaFlops-Class Open Compute Server with "remarkable energy efficiency" based on the IBM POWER architecture. "Finding new ways of making easily deployable and energy efficient…


From Schneier on Security

Defense Against Doxing

Defense Against Doxing

A decade ago, I wrote about the death of ephemeral conversation. As computers were becoming ubiquitous, some unintended changes happened, too. Before computers, what we said disappeared once we'd said it. Neither face-to-face…


From Putting People First

How many users are enough in user research?

How many users are enough in user research?

The British consumer cooperative Co-op uses both qualitative and quantitative approaches to make decisions about products. While quantitative research is best when you want to understand the scale of something (such as how many…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Walking the Experience Talk

Walking the Experience Talk

In Customerthink, good consideration.

What is Walking the Customer Experience Talk? Featured Column by
Lynn Hunsaker  CustomerThink Advisor featured columnist  Top 10 Author: Rank = 5 | Mar 9,  
  
 What does it really mean to “walk…


From Computational Complexity

The Beauty of Computation

Lisa Randall wrote a New York Times book review of Carlo Rovelli's Reality Is Not What It Seems with some interesting responses. I want to focus on a single sentence from Randall's review.


The beauty of physics lies in its precise…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Great Innovative Idea- Scaling Maps To Zettabytes and Beyond

Great Innovative Idea- Scaling Maps To Zettabytes and Beyond

The following Great Innovative Idea is from Mohamed Sarwat, Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at Arizona State University. Sarwat presented his poster, GeoExpo-Interactive and Scalable Exploration of Big…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Designing for Alexa

Designing for Alexa

Intriguing thoughts, and I then ask: Is Alexa Skill management best  architected to produce easy to create and maintain  knowledge?   The latter is a huge deal, it caused us to quickly lose momentum  the last time around.

Designing…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC System Administrator at University of Oxford

Job of the Week: HPC System Administrator at University of Oxford

"Would you like to help manage and develop a state-of-the-art High Performance Compute (HPC) facility to enable cutting-edge biomedical research? This is an exciting opportunity to gain skills and experience as part of a friendly…


From insideHPC

Podcast: IBM Researchers Store Data on a Single Atom

Podcast: IBM Researchers Store Data on a Single Atom

Today IBM announced it has created the world’s smallest magnet using a single atom – and stored one bit of data on it. Currently, hard disk drives use about 100,000 atoms to store a single bit. The ability to read and write one…


From insideHPC

Atos Bullion Breaks Record for SPEC Performance

Atos Bullion Breaks Record for SPEC Performance

Today Atos announced record SPEC benchmark performance on its bullion x86 servers. Performed with a 16-socket configuration, this benchmark demonstrates that the high-end enterprise bullion x86 servers perform at exceptional …


From insideHPC

Introduction to GPUs in HPC

Introduction to GPUs in HPC

"This video is from the opening session of the "Introduction to Programming Pascal (P100) with CUDA 8" workshop at CSCS in Lugano, Switzerland. The three-day course is intended to offer an introduction to Pascal computing using…


From insideHPC

Intel MPI Library 2017 Focuses on Intel Multi-core/Many-Core Clusters

Intel MPI Library 2017 Focuses on Intel Multi-core/Many-Core Clusters

With the release of Intel Parallel Studio XE 2017, the focus is on making applications perform better on Intel architecture-based clusters. Intel MPI Library 2017, a fully integrated component of Intel Parallel Studio XE 2017…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On AI Adoption

On AI Adoption

Good thoughts.  really for any kind of  'automation'   adoption.  And the complexities of introducing any kind of non trivial change.  I recently taught this at Columbia.

AI adoption at the atomic level of jobs and work
O'Reilly…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Product Recommender in Python

Product Recommender in Python

More Python example than recommender.  But also a useful view of programming in this domain. Via O'Reilly.


From Schneier on Security

Google Discloses Details of an Unpatched Microsoft Vulnerability

Google Discloses Details of an Unpatched Microsoft Vulnerability

Google's Project Zero is serious about releasing the details of security vulnerabilities 90 days after they alert the vendors, even if they're unpatched. It just exposed a nasty vulnerability in Microsoft's browsers. This is…


From updated sporadically at best

Autoresponse: Striking: A Day Without a Woman

Autoresponse: Striking: A Day Without a Woman

In front of the Federal Building, Pittsburgh.
Dear Message Sender,

  I am not responding to email on March 8, 2017 because I am observing A Day Without a Woman. In the afternoon, I will be joining students at CMU in a silent…


From insideHPC

Nvidia Brings AI to the Cloud with the HGX-1 Hyperscale GPU Accelerator

Nvidia Brings AI to the Cloud with the HGX-1 Hyperscale GPU Accelerator

Today, Microsoft, NVIDIA, and Ingrasys announced a new industry standard design to accelerate Artificial Intelligence in the next generation cloud. "Powered by eight NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs in each chassis, HGX-1 features an innovative…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Predicting Flash Floods with Weather Data

Predicting Flash Floods with Weather Data

Good case Study from O'Reilly.   I like the use of weather data, which can be problematic.  Here converted to classification and thus prediction from embedded decision trees.      Could have used the idea in a long ago US stream…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Superforecasting and Good Decision Makers

Superforecasting and Good Decision Makers

This is such an important issue.  So many claims are made for good forecasting,  but it is only as good as it is integrated into good decision making.   Forecasting is an analytic method,  but of little use if it can't contribute…


From insideHPC

Intel Joins iRODS Consortium to Better Integrate Lustre

Intel Joins iRODS Consortium to Better Integrate Lustre

Today the integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS) Consortium announced that Intel Corporation has joined their membership-based foundation. "As a consortium member, Intel plans to improve integration between iRODS, the free…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF WATCH TALK- Securing the Network Time Protocol

NSF WATCH TALK- Securing the Network Time Protocol

The next WATCH talk, called Securing the Network Time Protocol is Thursday, March 16th, from 11 AM-12 PM EST. The presenter is Sharon Goldberg, an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at Boston University. Her…


From insideHPC

How GPU Hackathons Bring HPC to More Users

How GPU Hackathons Bring HPC to More Users

"GPUs potentially offer exceptionally high memory bandwidth and performance for a wide range of applications. The challenge in utilizing such accelerators has been the difficulty in programming them. Enter GPU Hackathons; Our…


From insideHPC

Will ECMWF Move Supercomputing to Italy?

Will ECMWF Move Supercomputing to Italy?

Weather and climate simulation services could soon be run in Europe rather than the UK as it was announced that the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) is proposing to move its supercomputing capabilities…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Is Computer Security Possible?

The breaks keep on coming… Holly Dragoo, Yacin Nadji, Joel Odom, Chris Roberts, and Stone Tillotson are experts in computer security. They recently were featured in the GIT newsletter Cybersecurity Commentary. Today, Ken and


From Schneier on Security

More on the CIA Document Leak

More on the CIA Document Leak

If I had to guess right now, I'd say the documents came from an outsider and not an insider. My reasoning: One, there is absolutely nothing illegal in the contents of any of this stuff. It's exactly what you'd expect the CIA…


From insideHPC

Compressing Software Development Cycles with Supercomputer-based Spark

Compressing Software Development Cycles with Supercomputer-based Spark

"Do you need to compress your software development cycles for services deployed at scale and accelerate your data-driven insights? Are you delivering solutions that automate decision making & model complexity using analytics …


From Schneier on Security

The US Has Been Conducting Offensive Cyberattacks against North Korea

The US Has Been Conducting Offensive Cyberattacks against North Korea

The New York Times is reporting that the US has been conducting offensive cyberattacks against North Korea, in an effort to delay its nuclear weapons program....


From insideHPC

Plan Your Travel and Stay For ISC 2017

Plan Your Travel and Stay For ISC 2017

Registration is now open for the 32nd ISC High Performance conference. Attendees can save over 45 percent off the onsite registration fee by registering between now and May 10 for the full conference pass. "The organizers advise…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Who is winning at Monetizing AI?

Who is winning at Monetizing AI?

I basically agree, though IBM leads now at the enterprise level, though it is still early.  some supporting details at the link.   I would also not eliminate startups from outside the list.

The race to monetize artificial intelligence…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM and Salesforce Partner with Watson

IBM and Salesforce Partner with Watson

I agree with the statement that cognitive systems will continue to touch increasing numbers of people.  If this will be by Watson, and how soon it will become universal, is still unclear.   In TechCrunch:

IBM and Salesforce Partner…

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