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November 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Twitter Connection

The Twitter Connection

Many of these posts are selectively linked to from twitter.  Follow along with hashtag threads for many topics I  cover.   Over 8K tweets cover technical and topical areas.  My handle on  Twitter is @FranzD.   Follow along.


From The Eponymous Pickle

CPG and the Smart Home

CPG and the Smart Home

Smart Homes: The Next CPG Battleground?   Recall some of the examples we have seen that bring buying to exactly the right place in the home.  By touch or voice.   Tag links below.  The domestication of retail?by Don Scheibenreif…


From insideHPC

Video: IBM Platform LSF in the Cloud at SC15

Video: IBM Platform LSF in the Cloud at SC15

"We're now providing LSF in the Cloud as a service to our customers because their workloads are getting larger over time, they're converging-- HPC is not converging with Analytics and even tough they provision for their average…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Trends looks at Holiday Toy Shopping

Watson Trends looks at Holiday Toy Shopping

In Forbes.  Looks fairly obvious,  but it is  the specific forecast number that make a difference to the elements of the supply chain involved.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

The CCC and Big Data Regional Hubs’ Industry-Academic Collaboration

The CCC and Big Data Regional Hubs’ Industry-Academic Collaboration

Today the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) announces the launch of an Industry-Academic Collaboration with the partnership of the Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs (BD Hubs). The goal of this program is to catalyze and foster…


From Schneier on Security

A History of Privacy

A History of Privacy

This New Yorker article traces the history of privacy from the mid 1800s to today: As a matter of historical analysis, the relationship between secrecy and privacy can be stated in an axiom: the defense of privacy follows, and…


From Putting People First

Aging the technoscape | Anthropology & Aging

Aging the technoscape | Anthropology & Aging

Aging the technoscape Do technologies like chairs and walkers have a place in our imagination of the technoscape? How might this image help us to think differently about Mauss’s concept of “techniques of the body” from the perspective…


From Putting People First

Aging the technoscape | Anthropology & Aging

Aging the technoscape | Anthropology & Aging

Aging the technoscape Do technologies like chairs and walkers have a place in our imagination of the technoscape? How might this image help us to think differently about Mauss’s concept of “techniques of the body” from the perspective…


From insideHPC

Towards the Convergence of HPC and Big Data — Data-Centric Architecture at TACC

Towards the Convergence of HPC and Big Data — Data-Centric Architecture at TACC

Dan Stanzione from TACC presented this talk at the DDN User Group at SC15. "TACC is an advanced computing research center that provides comprehensive advanced computing resources and support services to researchers in Texas and…


From updated sporadically at best

What I Learned from Becoming A "Biologist"

What I Learned from Becoming A "Biologist"

Not what I do all day.
For those of you wondering what I'm doing this year, I'm a biologist now. By this I mean I now work in a Systems Biology group next to people who wear lab coats*. One time my officemate dressed me up inexecutable…


From insideHPC

Call for Participation: HPC Advisory Council Stanford Conference

Call for Participation: HPC Advisory Council Stanford Conference

The HPC Advisory Council Stanford Conference 2016 has issued its Call for Participation. The event will take place Feb 24-25, 2016 on the Stanford University campus at the new Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center. "The HPC Advisory…


From insideHPC

Video: VMware HPC Virtualization Enables Research as Service

Video: VMware HPC Virtualization Enables Research as Service

"We have enabled virtualization for HPC but it's important to bring the benefits of virtualization to end researchers in a way they can use it, right? So what we have done is we have created the solution plus VMware High-Performance…


From insideHPC

Three German Instititutes Deploy NEC’s SX-ACE Vector Supercomputers

Three German Instititutes Deploy NEC’s SX-ACE Vector Supercomputers

Today NEC Corporation announced that SX-ACE vector supercomputers delivered to the University of Kiel, Alfred Wegener Institute, and the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart have begun operating and contributing to research…


From insideHPC

CoolIT Systems Takes Liquid Cooling to the Next Level at SC15

CoolIT Systems Takes Liquid Cooling to the Next Level at SC15

"CoolIT Systems Inc. is the global leader in Direct Contact Liquid Cooling (DCLC) for the Data Center and Desktop markets. As an experienced innovator with 50 patents and more than 2 million liquid cooling units deployed, CoolIT…


From insideHPC

HPC Helps Drive Weather Forecasting

HPC Helps Drive Weather Forecasting

The computational requirements for weather forecasting are driven by the need for higher resolution models for more accurate and extended forecasts. In addition, more physics and chemistry processes are included in the models…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Unilever Foundry Program with Competitors

Unilever Foundry Program with Competitors

More background from CPG giant Unilever on how they handle interactions with startups.   here about their Foundry interactions.   Note in particular their connection to competitive companies.  Volume of connection is impressive…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Slowing Move to Digital

Slowing Move to Digital

Marketers say trade partners are holding them back from shifting TV spend to digitalMarketers from some of the world’s biggest FMCG brands including Johnson & Johnson and Pernod Ricard have suggested that their shift in marketing…


From Schneier on Security

Cryptanalysis of Algebraic Eraser

Cryptanalysis of Algebraic Eraser

Algebraic Eraser is a public-key key-agreement protocol that's patented and being pushed by a company for the Internet of Things, primarily because it is efficient on small low-power devices. There's a new cryptanalytic attack…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 30 November 2015

Interesting Links 30 November 2015

Last week was busy on a personal level with some great family time. I even got to babysit my 14-month old grandson while everyone else when shopping. Double win. Time with the grandson and avoiding the shopping. Professionally…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Free Baysian Networks Research eBook

Free Baysian Networks Research eBook

New Book Release:from Bayesian Networks & BayesiaLabA Practical Introduction for Researchers By Stefan Conrady and Lionel Jouffe382 pages, 433 illustrationsOur long-awaited book is now available for free download. It was released…


From Computational Complexity

One more sign that a Journal is bogus. Or are they?

I went to an AMS conference with my High School Student Naveen (who presented  this paper)  and an ugrad from my REU program Nichole (who presented this paper). Note that this is a math conference- low prestige, mostly unrefereed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

An Amazon Inspector for Security Compliance

An Amazon Inspector for Security Compliance

Amazon previews a compliance and security service. Nice idea, have heard related ideas suggested.   Security certification approach.   Indemnification? " .... Andy Jassy, svp at Amazon Web Services, positions the service in the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cognitive Assistance at Work

Cognitive Assistance at Work

Excellent slides by Hamid R Motahari, of IBM Almaden, about the idea of a cognitive assistant in the workplace.   Includes one of my favorite topics, how such systems can work within a formally understood business process.  Very…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Emphasis for Simpilifed Analytics

Emphasis for Simpilifed Analytics

Blog of interest.  An attempt to simplify news coming out of analytics.  Good idea.  But .... Its not always about Big Data.  But it is all about improving business process.   Lets emphasize that.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Visualizing Small Species in our Lives

Visualizing Small Species in our Lives

Brought to my attention, somewhat specialized, but links to some of my work and interest in Botany, horticulture and agriculture.   It is also useful to see unexpected linkages between sciences. " ...  Rob Dunn and the scientists…


From insideHPC

Rambus Advances Smart Data Acceleration Research Program with LANL

Rambus Advances Smart Data Acceleration Research Program with LANL

Last week at SC15, Rambus announced that it has partnered with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for evaluating elements of its Smart Data Acceleration (SDA) Research Program. The SDA platform has been deployed at LANL to…


From insideHPC

Share Your Machine Learning Story to Inspire Others

Share Your Machine Learning Story to Inspire Others

Baidu's Chief Scientist Andrew Ng has started a Social Media campaign for inspiring people to study Machine Learning. "Regardless of where you learned Machine Learning, if it has had an impact on you or your work, please share…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service

Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service

Though I came out of an enterprise that was largely an Oracle shop, I have been only minimally involved with them since then.  Now I see that Oracle and Larry himself are out promoting deep analytics and cloud data visualization…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Many Dimensions of Big Data

Many Dimensions of Big Data

Paul Hofmann, longtime correspondent, on the many dimensions of Big Data.   Always provocative on how data and viz can be used in business, " ... As storage gets ever cheaper, many organizations are collecting and keeping unprecedented…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sample Beautiful Science Visualizations

Sample Beautiful Science Visualizations

In Visualnews.  A little less about data visualization, more about visualizing science in general. Another example of something to enthuse the scientist within you, and scientists of any age you know.  Pass it on to your children…

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