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February 2020


From The Noisy Channel

Thank you for the kind words!

Thank you for the kind words!

Thank you for the kind words!

If I follow you, then you are pointing out that, by generating revenue through promoted search, a business can funnel that revenue into providing benefits to users. Indeed, as you point out, that’s…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Using Business Rules and Expertise

Using Business Rules and Expertise

Via DSC, what looks to be a good podcast on this topic.  It has been a favorite approach of mine since the beginning.  Narrow machine learning methods can be very valuable, but to deliver them they have to be part of existing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Magnetoencephalography

Magnetoencephalography

This approach was just brought again to my attention.  Have been asked how it could be applied to the same kinds of diagnostic queries as EEG.  And if it has ever been applied to the same problems that have been addressed by

Intro…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pepsico Takes Analytics Closer to Consumer

Pepsico Takes Analytics Closer to Consumer

Fascinating view of what a big, close to the consumer company, is doing to figure out how their marketing works.   A relatively rare mention of ROI as it measures efforts.

PepsiCo getting closer to the consumer with data analytics…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Submit a Blue Sky Ideas Paper to the ACM Hypertext Conference!

Submit a Blue Sky Ideas Paper to the ACM Hypertext Conference!

The 2020 ACM Hypertext conference is July 13-15 in Orlando, Florida. It is a premium venue for high quality peer-reviewed research on hypertext theory, systems and applications. ACM Hypertext is concerned with all aspects of…


From insideHPC

Bright Cluster Manager for Data Science Now Available at No Charge with Easy8

Bright Cluster Manager for Data Science Now Available at No Charge with Easy8

Today Bright Computing announced that Bright Cluster Manager for Data Science is now available at no charge as part of the Easy8 program. Launched in November of 2019, Easy8 is designed to put Bright’s award-winning cluster management…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Editing Your Own Self Image

On Editing Your Own Self Image

This came to my attention recently when I was asked for a simple self image to use on a startup web site.  How much should we edit? We have the tools now.  At very least by taking lots of images in many contexts.   But in the…


From insideHPC

ORNL researchers identify most promising tech to advance edge computing

ORNL researchers identify most promising tech to advance edge computing

"ORNL researchers Ali Passian and Neena Imam have surveyed the edge computing landscape, as well as novel nanoscale technologies, to better understand how to simultaneously advance both edge computing and nanoscience to benefit…


From insideHPC

Verne Global’s hpcDIRECT to power RenderNation’s high-performance compute

Verne Global’s hpcDIRECT to power RenderNation’s high-performance compute

Today Verne Global announced it is partnering with RenderNation, the render farm specialist renowned for computer generated imagery (CGI) and visual effects (VFX). The partnership enables RenderNation to boost its rendering capabilities…


From insideHPC

New Mellanox ConnectX-6 Dx SmartNICs Transform Cloud and Data Center Security

New Mellanox ConnectX-6 Dx SmartNICs Transform Cloud and Data Center Security

Today Mellanox announced the immediate general availability of ConnectX-6 Dx SmartNICs, in addition to the soon-to-be-released BlueField-2 I/O Processing Units (IPUs). Both feature a suite of cutting-edge security acceleration…


From insideHPC

GigaIO Rolls Out Industry’s Highest Performance Top of Rack Switch and Network

GigaIO Rolls Out Industry’s Highest Performance Top of Rack Switch and Network

Today GigaIO announced the launch of FabreX Gen4. As the industry's first networking platform to be fully compatible with Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) 4.0, FabreX Gen4 doubles the network bandwidth to 512 …


From Schneier on Security

Firefox Enables DNS over HTTPS

Firefox Enables DNS over HTTPS

This is good news: Whenever you visit a website -- even if it's HTTPS enabled -- the DNS query that converts the web address into an IP address that computers can read is usually unencrypted. DNS-over-HTTPS, or DoH, encrypts…


From insideHPC

Video: Exploring the Dark Universe

Video: Exploring the Dark Universe

"Heitmann discusses an ambitious end-to-end simulation project that attempts to provide a faithful view of the Universe as seen through the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), a telescope currently under construction. She…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Framework to Predict Success of Big Data

Framework to Predict Success of Big Data

In the HBR,  thoughts on predicting the success of Big Data.

Use This Framework to Predict the Success of Your Big Data Project
By Carsten Lund Pedersen, Thomas Ritter

Big data projects that revolve around exploiting data for business…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simulation Systems for Manufacturing

Simulation Systems for Manufacturing

 We broadly did simulations for many applications in manufacturing and beyond, see many posts here at tag below.

More Manufacturers Bet on Simulation Software
The Wall Street Journal
By Angus Loten

Manufacturers increasingly are…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Should We Teach Coding in High School?

Robert Sedgewick and Larry Cuban faced off today in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on the issue: Should everyone be taught coding in high school? Today we will discuss their recent comments on this issue. Bob is a long-time friend…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Algorithm Predicts Corn Yields

Algorithm Predicts Corn Yields

What seems to be some direct uses of CNN for yield prediction.

AI Algorithm Better Predicts Corn Yield
By Illinois ACES
February 24, 2020
  
An interdisciplinary research team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has

An…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Catalyzing Computing Podcast Episode 19 – Intro to Artificial Consciousness with Natesh Ganesh

Catalyzing Computing Podcast Episode 19 – Intro to Artificial Consciousness with Natesh Ganesh

A new episode of the Computing Community Consortium‘s (CCC) podcast, Catalyzing Computing, is now available. Khari Douglas interviews Natesh Ganesh, a recent PhD graduate from the University of Massachussetts at Amherst and a…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chess Grandmaster Says AI will Destroy Most Jobs

Chess Grandmaster Says AI will Destroy Most Jobs

Kasparov is hardly an expert at jobs,  but  major changes are likely to occur.

The chess grandmaster who was beaten by a computer predicts that AI will 'destroy' most jobs
By Aaron Holmes in BusinessInsider

- Chess grandmaster Garry…


From insideHPC

TYAN adds 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

TYAN adds 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

Today TYAN announced support for the extended 2nd generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors lineup (Cascade Lake-SP Refresh). TYAN’s full line of HPC, cloud computing and storage server platforms continue to offer advanced performance…


From insideHPC

MLPerf-HPC Working Group seeks participation

MLPerf-HPC Working Group seeks participation

In this special guest feature, Murali Emani from Argonne writes that a team of scientists from DoE labs have formed a working group called MLPerf-HPC to focus on benchmarking machine learning workloads for high performance computing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Are the Category Captains Still in Charge?

Are the Category Captains Still in Charge?

I remember the term as used in early days in CPG.  But is the decision  intelligence now migrating elsewhere?   I see it every day in my local Kroger.

Should grocers just say ‘no’ to big CPG brands when it comes to shelf decisions…


From insideHPC

Nor-Tech steps up with Intel Cascade Lake Refresh Processors

Nor-Tech steps up with Intel Cascade Lake Refresh Processors

Today Nor-Tech announced that the company is now integrating HPC clusters and workstations with Intel’s groundbreaking Cascade Lake Refresh (CLX R) processor. Recently introduced, CLR R builds on the momentum of the existing …


From insideHPC

AMD to Power Cray Shasta Supercomputer at Navy DSRC

AMD to Power Cray Shasta Supercomputer at Navy DSRC

The Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) is upgrading its supercomputing capabilities with a new Cray Shasta system powered by AMD EPYC processors. The system, the HPCMP’s first with …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Drones for Disaster Relief

Drones for Disaster Relief

Here looking at how drones can react and recover from disaster disruptions to provide ongoing support.

Could Nearly Invincible Drone Be the Future of Disaster Relief?
USC Viterbi News
By Caitlin Dawson

At the University of Southern…


From The Eponymous Pickle

MS Azure Sphere Aims to Secure IOT

MS Azure Sphere Aims to Secure IOT

The security of many more IOT devices is of increasing concern.     Microsoft advances its solution.

Microsoft Azure Sphere launches in general availability
  By Kyle Wiggers in Venturebeat

In April 2018, nearly two years ago, Microsoft…


From The Noisy Channel

Promoted Search: A Follow-Up

Promoted Search: A Follow-Up

My post on promoted search results drew some pointed feedback. People asked me what kind of promoted search behavior I deem acceptable, as well as whether I saw a clear line between promoted search and ads in general. I’ll try…


From insideHPC

Panasas ActiveStor Solution: Architectural Overview

Panasas ActiveStor Solution: Architectural Overview

Panasas has released this timely new white paper "Panasas ActiveStor Solution: Architectural Overview." The Panasas ActiveStor architecture running the PanFS storage operating system breaks through the performance constraints…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Changes its Terms of Service

Google Changes its Terms of Service

Intriguing look at how Google has changed its terms of service.    Attributable in part to some pressure by consumers on the operation of big tech.    Below a summary, then links to much more detail.

SUMMARY OF CHANGES TO GOOGLE…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Improving Machine Learning

Improving Machine Learning

Treatment and analysis of outliers and noise are key to improve these methods.   The claim here is that this will be improved.  Remains to be seen how well this will work.  Technical.

Mathematicians propose new way of using neural…

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