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March 2015


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Research Storage Lead at University of Michigan

Job of the Week: Research Storage Lead at University of Michigan

The University of Michigan is seeking a Research Storage Lead in our Job of the Week.

The post Job of the Week: Research Storage Lead at University of Michigan appeared first on insideHPC.


From Schneier on Security

Survey of Americans' Privacy Habits Post-Snowden

Survey of Americans' Privacy Habits Post-Snowden

Pew Research has a new survey on Americans' privacy habits in a post-Snowden world. The 87% of those who had heard at least something about the programs were asked follow-up questions about their own behaviors and privacy strategies…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Dash Button

Amazon Dash Button

Amazon Dash.  Automating Resupply. A Buy button.    Connects to a smartphone App.  Invitation for Prime Members.  Clever idea. What will the uptake be?  " .... Place it. Press it. Get it. ... Dash Button comes with a reusable…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

K-8 Board Representative Nominees

K-8 Board Representative Nominees

The 2015 CSTA Board of Directors Elections will run from April 2, 2015 to May 4, 2015. Below is a blog post from one of our K–8 Representative Nominees. The CSTA K-8 Representative is a classroom teacher who is currently teaching…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

9-12 Board Representative Nominees

9-12 Board Representative Nominees

The 2015 CSTA Board of Directors Elections will run from April 2, 2015 to May 4, 2015. Below are blog posts from our 9-12 Board Representative Nominees. The CSTA 9-12 Board Representative is a 9–12 classroom teacher who is currently…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chromebit to Turn Display into Chomebook

Chromebit to Turn Display into Chomebook

Have experimented with the Chromecast idea, has somewhat limited usefulness, turning TVs into somewhat smarter devices.   Now Engadget reports on the Chromebit, which can convert any HDMI connected display into a Chromebook.the…


From Schneier on Security

Chinese CA Issuing Fraudulent Certificates

Chinese CA Issuing Fraudulent Certificates

There's a Chinese CA that's issuing fraudulent Google certificates. Yet another example of why the CA model is so broken....


From The Eponymous Pickle

RFID at Item Level Reaching Tipping Point

RFID at Item Level Reaching Tipping Point

For years starting in 2000, we predicted the near approach of common item level RFID use  in retail.    It eventually became much more common at the pallet and case level in some industries, for supply chain transparency.    …


From insideHPC

Video: The InfiniBand Subnet Manager from Fabriscale

Video: The InfiniBand Subnet Manager from Fabriscale

In this video from the 2015 HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference, Tor Skeie from Simula Laboratory presents: The InfiniBand Subnet Manager from Fabriscale.

The post Video: The InfiniBand Subnet Manager from Fabriscale appeared…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Cognitive is Part of Cloud Service

Watson Cognitive is Part of Cloud Service

Some of the functionality of IBM's Watson is available on their cloud.    More on this in Computerworld.  Have worked with this for a while now.  The services are by no means complete, and are Betas that have been constructed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Virtual Reality Big Data Analytics

Virtual Reality Big Data Analytics

Have mentioned experiments we did in this space,   Which were not successful.   Primarily because you already needed to be in this reality to make it work.   Once people are there, there will be opportunities,  Infoworld:…


From insideHPC

InsideHPC Guide to Genomics

InsideHPC Guide to Genomics

Processing complex genomic data sets requires massive compute power, storage and network capabilities. Getting the balance right is critical to success. The insideHPC Guide to Genomics looks at the benefits, challenges of applying…


From insideHPC

SGI to Boost Pangea Supercomputer to 6.7 Petaflops

SGI to Boost Pangea Supercomputer to 6.7 Petaflops

"When we began our relationship with Total more than 15 years ago, our goal was to continually provide the capacity and power required for the company to pursue its oil and gas research throughout the world. We are proud to be…


From insideHPC

Europe Seeks Routes to Saving Energy in HPC

Europe Seeks Routes to Saving Energy in HPC

In the second in this series of articles on ways to save energy in computing, Robert Roe from Scientific Computing World reports on how Europe is looking to both hardware and software solutions.

The post Europe Seeks Routes to…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Every Character Matters

Every Character Matters

My Explorations in Computer Science class is creating web pages this week. This is a fairly short unit and we don’t get very deep at all. Our hope is to give students an idea of what is behind the web pages students use every…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Throws $3B into the Internet of Things

IBM Throws $3B into the Internet of Things

Not an unexpected direction, maps well with some of their other efforts.   " ... Big Blue is a keen adherent of the idea that connected devices (be they sensors, cars or fridges) will be able to provide real-time data that makes…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data Videos

Big Data Videos

A selection of big Data Videos:" .... Whether you’re entirely new to the field of big data, or looking to expand your machine learning knowledge; whether you have 3 hours or 3 minutes; whether you want you want to know more about…


From Schneier on Security

Australia Outlaws Warrant Canaries

Australia Outlaws Warrant Canaries

In the US, certain types of warrants can come with gag orders preventing the recipient from disclosing the existence of warrant to anyone else. A warrant canary is basically a legal hack of that prohibition. Instead of saying…


From insideHPC

Video: NVM Express Introduction and Tutorial

Video: NVM Express Introduction and Tutorial

NVM Express is a specification for accessing solid-state drives (SSDs) attached through the PCI Express (PCIe) bus. "NVM" stands as an acronym for non-volatile memory, which is used in SSDs. As a logical device interface, NVM…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Launches Home Services

Amazon Launches Home Services

Amazon Home Services. Have done some work with Amazon buying sites.  Now they have launched an offering similar to Angies List.   On the surface of it, very nicely done.  I can see this integrated with product associated with…


From insideHPC

Open Computing Drives Innovation and Efficiency

Open Computing Drives Innovation and Efficiency

The Open Compute Project Foundation was created to design the most efficient server, storage and related designs for the next generation of data centers in an open and collaborative development model. By sharing designs that…


From insideHPC

OCF Builds CFD-ready Lenovo HPC Appliance

OCF Builds CFD-ready Lenovo HPC Appliance

Lenovo is now offering the UK’s first ANSYS CFD-ready HPC appliance designed to ease cluster deployment while boosting engineering productivity.

The post OCF Builds CFD-ready Lenovo HPC Appliance appeared first on insideHPC.


From Computational Complexity

Intuitive Proofs

As I mentioned a few months ago, I briefly joined an undergraduate research seminar my freshman year at Cornell. In that seminar I was asked if a two-dimensional random walk on a lattice would return to the origin infinitely


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kraft Data Based Marketing

Kraft Data Based Marketing

An example of data driven marketing, from Kraft.    " ... The company was wedded to a TV-centric model, wasn’t committed to measurement, and thought of media buying as the last step in a marketing plan. It also had a “do what…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Persuasive Technology

Persuasive Technology

A long time favorite topic.  How can technology persuade?    Special Report from the MIT technology review.Persuasive technologies surround us, and they’re growing smarter. How do these technologies work? And why? ... By Nanette…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Financial Effect of Information Management

Financial Effect of Information Management

White paper: A Forrester study determines the impact of solving business problemsBy IBMdatamag News Desk on January 30, 2015Understanding the impact on finances from solving their business problems can be useful for organizations…


From XRDS

Providing feedback in the classroom

Providing feedback in the classroom

In my previous post, I discussed some current and ongoing research on effective pedagogical approaches to STEM education. The problems in STEM education have gained much attention recently due to the growing gap between demand…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Meet a CS Finalist from Intel’s 2015 Science Talent Search!

Meet a CS Finalist from Intel’s 2015 Science Talent Search!

The future is bright for 40 young finalists from Intel’s 2015 Science Talent Search, who as high school seniors are already completing and publishing graduate level science projects. The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS)…


From insideHPC

X-ISS Makes Top 20 Most-Promising HPC Solution Providers

X-ISS Makes Top 20 Most-Promising HPC Solution Providers

Today X-ISS announced that the company has been named among the 20 Most Promising HPC Technology Solution Providers by CIOReview magazine.

The post X-ISS Makes Top 20 Most-Promising HPC Solution Providers appeared first on insideHPC…


From Putting People First

MIT Technology Review special report on persuasive technology

MIT Technology Review special report on persuasive technology

The MIT Technology Review has just published a special business report on persuasive technology, i.e. how technologies from smartphones to social media are used to influence our tastes, behavior, and even habits. Free registration…

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