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September 2017


From XRDS

FPGA Setup: Interfacing with an External Circuit

FPGA Setup: Interfacing with an External Circuit

The Introduction For this post I will walk you through a project with a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), which was interfaced with a hand constructed clock circuit (an astable multivibrator). I. The FPGA Overview A Field…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Target Guides Customers with LEDs and Beacons

Target Guides Customers with LEDs and Beacons

Navigation was a long time exploration of our innovation center explorations.   Here beacons and LED lights are combined with an App.

With expert discussion.

Target guides customers through the aisles with beacons    by Matthew…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Self-Flying Robot Assistant for the Home

Self-Flying Robot Assistant for the Home

Another home/family device.  Reminds me of the Kuri, but this is a drone, that in theory could navigate multiple levels and floors.  Autonomous point to point navigation. Like the integration of Alexa and IFTTT.  Do wonder the…


From insideHPC

Cray Assimilates ClusterStor from Seagate

Cray Assimilates ClusterStor from Seagate

Today Cray announced it has completed the previously announced transaction and strategic partnership with Seagate centered around the addition of the ClusterStor high-performance storage business. “As a pioneer in providing large…


From insideHPC

Kevin Barker to Lead CENATE Proving Ground for HPC Technologies

Kevin Barker to Lead CENATE Proving Ground for HPC Technologies

The CENATE Proving Ground for HPC Technologies at PNNL has named Kevin Barker as their new Director. "The goal of CENATE is to evaluate innovative and transformational technologies that will enable future DOE leadership class…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Pendleton

Microsoft Pendleton

More on MS Data Wrangling, note Google is currently also working in this space with Trifacta.  Its a big issue in data science work process.  This is often done with tools like Excel, but adding intelligence driven methods can…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Making AI Boring? Effective?

Microsoft Making AI Boring?  Effective?

Looks like lots of focused assistants being proposed here.   Which is exactly how our journey into AI worked.    Be boring and effective.    Choose focused examples.   Where you have the data and can can calculate the value.

Microsoft…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Burberry is using AI and Big Data

How Burberry is using AI and Big Data

By Bernard Marr , In Forbes:

The Amazing Ways Burberry Is Using Artificial Intelligence And Big Data To Drive Success

British fashion brand Burberry is one of the most recognized luxury clothes labels in the world. Starting in

It…


From insideHPC

IDEAS Program Fostering Better Software Development for Exascale

IDEAS Program Fostering Better Software Development for Exascale

Scalability of scientific applications is a major focus of the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) and in that vein, a project known as IDEAS-ECP, or Interoperable Design of Extreme-scale Application Software…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bloomberg Terminal

Bloomberg Terminal

Data Science in the Bloomberg Financial Terminal

A good example of how financial data is being analyzed and utilized in online, real time interactions. Mention of their current work using deep learning techniques.  Reminds me


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

South Big Data Hub Roundtable – The Role of Data Science in the Economy

South Big Data Hub Roundtable – The Role of Data Science in the Economy

The South Big Data Hub’s next Data Science Roundtable called The Role of Data Science in the Economy will be held Wednesday, September 27th from Noon – 1:15 PM EST. The roundtable will share the results of a recent report by…


From insideHPC

Nimbix Launches High Speed Cloud Storage for AI and Deep Learning

Nimbix Launches High Speed Cloud Storage for AI and Deep Learning

Today Nimbix announced the immediate availability of a new high-performance storage platform in the Nimbix Cloud specifically designed for the demands of artificial intelligence and deep learning applications and workflows. "As…


From BLOG@CACM

The Rise of Strategic Cyberwar?

The Rise of Strategic Cyberwar?

Cyberwar is not simply a lineal descendant of strategic air power; rather, it is the next face of battle.


From insideHPC

Computing Pioneer Gordon Bell to Present at SC17

Computing Pioneer Gordon Bell to Present at SC17

Computing Pioneer Gordon Bell will share insights and inspiration at SC17 in Denver. "We are honored to have the legendary Gordon Bell speak at SC17," said Conference Chair Bernd Mohr, from Germany's Jülich Supercomputing Centre…


From insideHPC

Kathy Yelick Presents: Breakthrough Science at the Exascale

Kathy Yelick Presents: Breakthrough Science at the Exascale

UC Berkeley professor Kathy Yelick presented this talk at the 2017 ACM Europe Conference. "Yelick's keynote lecture focused on the exciting opportunities that High Performance Computing presents, the need for advanced in algorithms…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Storytelling to Connect Employees to Work

Storytelling to Connect Employees to Work

Nice thought, and makes you more human than robotics.

Great Storytelling Connects Employees to Their Work     by Joseph Grenny In the HBR.

" ... Our company, VitalSmarts, has around 120 employees. One of our regular rituals in


From The Eponymous Pickle

Making Linkedin Powerful to Business

Making Linkedin Powerful to Business

Waiting for something like this.  Recall being in business sessions between Linkedin and the enterprise on how such capabilities can enable business actions.  Leads to Knowledge Architecture and Data and search.   Ultimately

Microsoft…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Looks at China’s 95 Petaflop Tianhe-2A Supercomputer

Radio Free HPC Looks at China’s 95 Petaflop Tianhe-2A Supercomputer

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at China’s massive upgrade of the Tianhe-2A supercomputer to 95 Petaflops peak performance. "As detailed in a new 21-page report by Jack Dongarra from the University of Tennessee…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI and Marketing Technology

AI and Marketing Technology

Marketing Technology and AI

Artificial Intelligence is Breaking Down MarTech Silos
Here are some very good reasons why AI is crucial to the future of marketing technology.

By Molly Reynolds in Inc.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Transforming Manufacturing

Data Transforming Manufacturing

In Knowledge@Wharton,

How Big Data and Analytics Can Transform Manufacturing

 Sight Machine CEO Jon Sobel explains how a new generation of data analytics is transforming manufacturing.

Manufacturing companies are fast realizing

In…


From Schneier on Security

GPS Spoofing Attacks

GPS Spoofing Attacks

Wired has a story about a possible GPS spoofing attack by Russia: After trawling through AIS data from recent years, evidence of spoofing becomes clear. Goward says GPS data has placed ships at three different airports and there…


From Mostafa Dehghani

Toward Document Understanding for Information Retrieval

Toward Document Understanding for Information Retrieval

Document understanding for the purpose of assessing the relevance of a document or passage to a query based only on the document content appears to be a familiar goal for information retrieval community, however, this problem…


From Mostafa Dehghani

Learning Useful Document Representations for Search

Learning Useful Document Representations for Search

With the emergence of deep learning, representation learning has been a hot topic in recent years. There are a large variety of approaches to representation learning in general, but the basic idea is to learn some set of features…


From Computational Complexity

Science fiction viewers used to embrace diversity (or did they) and now they don't (or do they)

(This post is inspired by the choice of a female to be the next Doctor on the TV show Dr. Who. Note that you can't say `the next Dr. Who will be female' since Dr. Who is not the name of the character. The name has not been revealed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Designing Customer Experience: Woo, Wow and Win

Designing Customer Experience: Woo, Wow and Win

Podcast

Authors Thomas A. Stewart and Patricia O'Connell talk about their book on designing the right customer experience.

Companies carefully craft the products they sell to customers, but rarely do they give the same thoughtfulness…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IFTTT for Google Drive

IFTTT for Google Drive

I continue to watch the updates to IFTTT (IF This, Then That).  Which allows you to add rule like commands to examine streams of data and manipulate them.  They have just added a number of capabilities which let you work with…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Communicating with a Language of Colors

Communicating with a Language of Colors

Applications to communications, advertising, user interface?

Analyzing the language of color
Cognitive scientists find that people can more easily communicate warmer colors than cool ones.

(video)

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office 

"…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cloud Dataprep by Google with Trifacta

Cloud Dataprep by Google with Trifacta

Its all about the data and how you wrangle it.  Good links to TensorFlow?  Checking.

Google Launches Public Beta of Cloud Dataprep, Built in Collaboration With Trifacta

Google recently announced that Google Cloud Dataprep—the new…


From insideHPC

LANL Steps Up to HPC for Materials Program

LANL Steps Up to HPC for Materials Program

"Understanding and predicting material performance under extreme environments is a foundational capability at Los Alamos,” said David Teter, Materials Science and Technology division leader at Los Alamos. “We are well suited …


From insideHPC

Scaling Deep Learning Algorithms on Extreme Scale Architectures

Scaling Deep Learning Algorithms on Extreme Scale Architectures

Abhinav Vishnu from PNNL gave this talk at the MVAPICH User Group. "Deep Learning (DL) is ubiquitous. Yet leveraging distributed memory systems for DL algorithms is incredibly hard. In this talk, we will present approaches to…

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