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May 2019


From insideHPC

Ian Foster to receive IEEE Charles Babbage Award

Ian Foster to receive IEEE Charles Babbage Award

Ian Foster has been selected to receive the 2019 IEEE Computer Society (IEEE CS) Charles Babbage Award for his outstanding contributions in the areas of parallel computing languages, algorithms, and technologies for scalable …


From insideHPC

Epic HPC Road Trip Continues to NCAR

Epic HPC Road Trip Continues to NCAR

In this special guest feature, Dan Olds from OrionX continues his Epic HPC Road Trip series with a stop at NCAR in Boulder. "Their ability to increase model precision/resolution and to increase throughput at the same time is …


From insideHPC

Are Memory Bottlenecks Limiting Your Application’s Performance?

Are Memory Bottlenecks Limiting Your Application’s Performance?

memory bottlenecksOften, it’s not enough to parallelize and vectorize an application to get the best performance. You also need to take a deep dive into how the application is accessing memory to find and eliminate bottlenecks in the code that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Evaluating the Use-ability of VR

Evaluating the Use-ability of VR

Useful to see the proposal of a measure here, regarding usability. 

How Usable Is VR? 
University of Gottingen

Patrick Harms at the University of Gottingen in Germany has designed an automated process for evaluating the usability…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Following Locations on Google Maps

Following Locations on Google Maps

Clever idea.   Let places advertise to you by alerts.  Monetizes the map with change alerts for a place.  Events etc.  Now I just want Google to work on repair and maintaining other clever services, like their location sharing…


From Schneier on Security

Visiting the NSA

Visiting the NSA

Yesterday, I visited the NSA. It was Cyber Command's birthday, but that's not why I was there. I visited as part of the Berklett Cybersecurity Project, run out of the Berkman Klein Center and funded by the Hewlett Foundation.…


From insideHPC

TACC Upgrades Ranch Storage System for Wrangling Big Data

TACC Upgrades Ranch Storage System for Wrangling Big Data

TACC has completed a major upgrade of their Ranch long-term mass data storage system. With thousands of users, Ranch archives are valuable to scientists who want to use the data to help reproduce the measurements and results …


From insideHPC

New Paper: Nanophotonic Neural Networks coming Closer to Reality

New Paper: Nanophotonic Neural Networks coming Closer to Reality

Over at the Intel AI blog, Casimir Wierzynski writes that Optical Neural Networks have exciting potential for power-efficiency in AI computation. "At last week’s CLEO conference, we and our collaborators at UC Berkeley presented…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NAS Report on Reproducibility and Repeatability in Science

NAS Report on Reproducibility and Repeatability in Science

Significant contributions to this post were provided by Computing Community Consortium (CCC) council member Juliana Freire from NYU. When a new exciting discovery is announced in our field, can we trust it? How was it produced…


From insideHPC

Spectra Logic Report: Digital Data Storage Outlook 2019

Spectra Logic Report: Digital Data Storage Outlook 2019

Today Spectra Logic announced the publication of “Digital Data Storage Outlook 2019,” the company’s fourth annual report on the data storage industry. "This report provides a high-level snapshot of the trends that will influence…


From insideHPC

New Dell EMC AI Experience Zones Launch in Asia

New Dell EMC AI Experience Zones Launch in Asia

Today Dell EMC launched a set of new Dell EMC AI Experience Zones in Bangalore, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo. “The Dell EMC AI Experience Zones provide a unique space where customers and our partners can explore, test …


From insideHPC

Video: Perlmutter – A 2020 Pre-Exascale GPU-accelerated System for NERSC

Video: Perlmutter – A 2020 Pre-Exascale GPU-accelerated System for NERSC

Nick Wright from Lawrence Berkeley Lab gave this talk at the GPU Technology Conference. "We'll present an overview of the upcoming NERSC9 system architecture, throughput model, and application readiness efforts. Perlmutter, a…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Talk on Project Debater (Tomorrow)

Talk on Project Debater (Tomorrow)

Invitation to the ISSIP Cognitive Systems Institute Group Webinar

Please join us for the next ISSIP CSIG Speaker Series    "IBM Project Debater"

Noam Slonim, IBM, When:  Thursday, May 23, 10:30am - US Eastern

Zoom Detail Below

Background…


From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

UASG Salutes Don Hollander for His Contributions

UASG Salutes Don Hollander for His Contributions

The Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) announced today that Don Hollander is retiring from his position as Secretary General at the end of May. Don is a long-time advocate of Universal Acceptance and has served in this…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Crafting Intelligible Intelligence

Crafting Intelligible Intelligence

Good overview of the challenge.    We can now solve small parts, but then it is a craft making those solutions work together in context and practice.   It is a challenge.  Include your decision makers,  people with knowledge

Introductory…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Design Thinking

Design Thinking

Overview of the techniques involved at the link.

5 Innovative Ways To Design Thinking in CustomerThink   By Swarnendu De  

Businesses are now embracing the concept of design thinking, as its practitioners have experienced proven…


From The Eponymous Pickle

USPS Tests Self Driving Trucks

USPS Tests Self Driving Trucks

Not home delivery yet, but trucking. 

USPS starts testing self-driving trucks
The US Postal Service has begun a two-week test using self-driving trucks to transport mail between Phoenix and Dallas. The startup that developed the…


From Schneier on Security

Fingerprinting iPhones

Fingerprinting iPhones

This clever attack allows someone to uniquely identify a phone when you visit a website, based on data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer sensors. We have developed a new type of fingerprinting attack, the calibration…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Patient Adherence Measures in Medical Regimens

Patient Adherence Measures in Medical Regimens

Had not heard the term adherence used before, but see the measure including a combination of compliance and persistence.   We typically used compliance by itself to bundle both, but I like thinking of both as measures.

Improving…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Using Gamification in Warehouses

Amazon Using Gamification in Warehouses

Had not heard of this, but always looking for ways we can augment work by tweaking behavior.  Like adding some elements of fun.   Don't know if it actually works in practice,  but it is worth the try.

‘MissionRacer’: How Amazon…


From The Eponymous Pickle

State of AI and Machine Learning

State of AI and Machine Learning

This looks quite good, reading now.  Figure-eight deals with the most important part of the problem:  Where do you get the right data to support the learning you need?   The right Data is used to teach the method used, the inclusion…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wireless Networking for Everywhere

Wireless Networking for Everywhere

What are the implications for new infrastructure of Wifi Networking Everywhere?

Enterprise Networks in Cisco Blog
Next Generation Wireless Infrastructure for Intent-based Networking Everywhere   By Anand Oswal

We’ve come to expect…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Request Comments on Draft: A 20-Year Community Roadmap for AI Research in the US

Request Comments on Draft: A 20-Year Community Roadmap for AI Research in the US

CCC Chair Mark D. Hill, CCC Vice Chair Liz Bradley, and CCC Director Ann Schwartz Drobnis provided significant contributions to this post. The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) requests comments by May 28, 2019 on a draft…


From insideHPC

GCS Sponsors University Teams for ISC19 Student Cluster Competition

GCS Sponsors University Teams for ISC19 Student Cluster Competition

The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing is sponsoring the two German student teams for the Student Cluster Competition at ISC 2019 in Frankfurt. The teams, representing the University of Hamburg and Heidelberg University, are among…


From insideHPC

Forum Teratec to Spotlight HPC, AI, and Digital Transformation in Europe

Forum Teratec to Spotlight HPC, AI, and Digital Transformation in Europe

Registration is now open for the Forum Teratec in France. The event takes place June 11-12 in Palaiseau. "The Forum Teratec is the premier international meeting for all players in HPC, Simulation, Big Data and Machine Learning…


From insideHPC

GPU Hackathon gears up for Future Perlmutter Supercomputer

GPU Hackathon gears up for Future Perlmutter Supercomputer

NERSC recently hosted its first user hackathon to begin preparing key codes for the next-generation architecture of the Perlmutter system. Over four days, experts from NERSC, Cray, and NVIDIA worked with application code teams…


From insideHPC

Catalyst UK Program Fosters Arm-based HPC Systems

Catalyst UK Program Fosters Arm-based HPC Systems

"Clearly Arm will fit in as part of a broader HPC ecosystem, as we move towards systems that involve multiple chip architectures. In terms of scientific research, it may mean we run one stage of a simulation workflow on an Arm…


From insideHPC

The Pending Age of Exascale

The Pending Age of Exascale

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Robert Roe looks at advances in exascale computing and the impact of AI on HPC development. In March it was announced that a new exascale system was on the horizon…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Making Up Tests

It’s harder to make up tests than to take them [ Recent photo ] Ken Regan has been busy these last few days working on making a final exam, giving the exam, and now grading the exam. Today Ken and I want to talk about tests.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Enterprise Needs to Invest for Machine Learning

Enterprise Needs to Invest for Machine Learning

Good piece.  Yes, usually in conjunction with companies and academia.   Also a way to train management and decision makers on its uses.  Enterprise wants examples of off the shelf results.  Also needs to be investment in understanding…

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