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July 2018


From The Eponymous Pickle

Oracle Rolls out a Blockchain Service

Oracle Rolls out a Blockchain Service

Everybody is looking to get involved with Blockchains.   With mention of Smart Contracts.

Oracle rolls out its own blockchain service
Oracle joins IBM, SAP, and Microsoft in offering blockchain-as-a-service for companies hoping…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sensors for Earthquakes

Sensors for Earthquakes

We did a short test in this area:

Tiny Sensors May Help Avert Earthquake Damage, Track Sonar Danger, 'Listen' to Pipelines
Simon Fraser University
Marianne Meadahl

Engineers at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Canada have developed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Need for More than Autonomy

Need for More than Autonomy

Fascinating piece on installing better integration of business process and discovery into devices and systems we build.   Then driving the autonomy with interim findings.   It like building creativity into that process with being…


From insideHPC

Call for Lustre Presentations: LAD’18 in Paris

Call for Lustre Presentations: LAD’18 in Paris

The Lustre Administrators & Developers group has issued their Call for Presentations. Registration is now open for the LAD'18 event, which takes place Sept. 24-25 in Paris. "We invite community members to send proposals for presentation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Augmentarians

Augmentarians

And on the same topic.  How much is it augmenting, diminishing, replacing jobs and how much is the replacement of component skills?

On AI and Jobs, We Are All Augmentarians Now:

Tom Davenport writes in Forbes:

For a couple of days…


From insideHPC

Supermicro Steps up to HPC & AI Workloads at ISC 2018

Supermicro Steps up to HPC & AI Workloads at ISC 2018

In this video from ISC 2018, Perry Hayes and Martin Galle from Supermicro describe the company's latest innovations for HPC and AI workloads. "Supermicro delivers the industry's fastest, most powerful selection of HPC solutions…


From insideHPC

Agenda Posted: MVAPICH User Group (MUG) Meeting in Ohio

Agenda Posted: MVAPICH User Group (MUG) Meeting in Ohio

The MVAPICH User Group Meeting (MUG 2018) has published its Speaker Agenda. The event will take place from August 6-8 in Columbus, Ohio. "MUG aims to bring together MVAPICH2 users, researchers, developers, and system administrators…


From insideHPC

Univa Brings Navops to HPC at ISC 2018

Univa Brings Navops to HPC at ISC 2018

In this video, Gary Tyreman from Univa describes how the company is helping HPC users move their workloads to the Cloud with their Navops products. "Univa is the leading innovator in workload management and orchestration solutions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Skills that are Hard to Automate

Skills that are Hard to Automate

A thoughtful piece, that also creates a challenge for those looking at these kinds of things.I found myself thinking in each case.  Why and then How?  Think also about the demand for each skill in changing contexts.
 


From insideHPC

Materials Science Modeling with VASP

Materials Science Modeling with VASP

In today’s world where science and engineering depend on the simulation of new materials and their behavior is of critical importance. New materials are constantly being designed and brought into product design in order to create…


From Schneier on Security

Installing a Credit Card Skimmer on a POS Terminal

Installing a Credit Card Skimmer on a POS Terminal

Watch how someone installs a credit card skimmer in just a couple of seconds. I don't know if the skimmer just records the data and is collected later, or if it transmits the data back to some base station....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cameras Detecting Emotions and Implying Threat

Cameras Detecting Emotions and Implying Threat

Good piece in the BBC on detecting emotions and implying threat.    Background and current state.  Here again an algorithm will deliver a likelihood level of threat   So accuracy implications.  Privacy of emotions.  Risk of false…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Keeping Intelligence Fresh

Keeping Intelligence Fresh

From Recorded Future, Podcast of interest. 

How to Keep Finished Intelligence Fresh     By Amanda McKeon  

Our guest today is Storm Swendsboe. He’s an analyst services manager at Recorded Future, leading a team of intelligence


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Is This The Future?

Is This The Future?

Narrator: Alfred Thompson, you’ve just attended an amazing CSTA Conference. Now what?

Alfred: I’m going to Disney World!

magic bandAnd so I did. I just got home from about 5 days at DisneyWorld with my family. It was a great time  and IIt…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Model for Large-Scale 3D Facial Recognition

Model for Large-Scale 3D Facial Recognition

Can information in other dimensions include other useful business components of an image?

New Model for Large-Scale 3D Facial Recognition
By University of Western Australia 

University of Western Australia researchers have developed…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Finding CCC’s Resources in YOUR Area of IT

Finding CCC’s Resources in YOUR Area of IT

The Computing Research Association’s Computing Community Consortium (CCC) mission is broad. Our mission is to catalyze the computing research community and enable the pursuit of innovative, high-impact research. CCC conducts…


From insideHPC

Spectra Logic Enhances Tape Library Offerings

Spectra Logic Enhances Tape Library Offerings

Today Spectra Logic announced a set of updates to its enterprise tape libraries. The enhancements benefit customers in government, scientific research, high performance computing, media and entertainment, and public cloud environments…


From Computational Complexity

The Mystical Bond Between Man and Machine

You just can't watch a movie these days without being inundated with trailers. First came Axl, a movie about a boys love for a military robotic dog.



 





"It's only a robot," says his father. "It's an intelligent robot" replies…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Byron Reese: The Fourth Age, Smart Robots, Conscious Computers and the Future of Humanity

Byron Reese: The Fourth Age, Smart Robots, Conscious Computers and the Future of Humanity


Currently reading, especially interesting regards the influence of smart systems on jobs and work.  What will be out new role in this new age be?   Should we embrace or feat the age?  Nicely done

 The Fourth Age: Smart Robots,…


From insideHPC

Quantum Computing Optimizes Data Intensive Workloads at ISC 2018

Quantum Computing Optimizes Data Intensive Workloads at ISC 2018

In this video from ISC 2018, Laura Shepard and Jason Coari from Quantum Corp. describe how the company's high speed storage solutions power AI & HPC applications. "At ISC, Quantum highlighted end-to-end storage capabilities for…


From insideHPC

SUSE offers Optimized HPC Modules at ISC 2018

SUSE offers Optimized HPC Modules at ISC 2018

In this video from ISC 2018, Jeff Reser from SUSE describes how the company's software enables High Performance Computing with HPC Modules, lower costs, and support for ARM. "SUSE Linux Enterprise for High Performance Computing…


From insideHPC

Davidovits and Middleton Share 2018 Howes Scholar in Computational Science Award

Davidovits and Middleton Share 2018 Howes Scholar in Computational Science Award

A theoretical plasma physicist and a computational biologist are co-winners of the 2018 Frederick A. Howes Scholar in Computational Science Award. "The honorees are Seth Davidovits, now a Department of Energy (DOE) Fusion Energy…


From insideHPC

OpenACC Helps Scientists Port their code at the Center for Application Readiness (CARR)

OpenACC Helps Scientists Port their code at the Center for Application Readiness (CARR)

In this video, Jack Wells from the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility and Duncan Poole from NVIDIA describe how OpenACC enabled them to port their codes to the new Summit supercomputer. "In preparation for next-generation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Open Data

Microsoft Open Data

Brought to my attention:  Microsoft Open Data.  Their blog post about it.

A collection of free datasets from Microsoft Research to advance state-of-the-art research in areas such as natural language processing, computer vision…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Concept and History of Algorithms

Concept and History of Algorithms

In my executive interactions since the beginning,  the definition of algorithm is often brought up.    Somehow it always seems mysterious.  Her a look at the definition and history of the idea. Its just a description of the statement…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Impact of Digital Life

Impact of Digital Life

Have seen several stark examples of this of late. And the integration of smart things will make this more important yet.

Stories From Experts About the Impact of Digital Life
By Pew Research Center

Over the years of canvassings


From Schneier on Security

Reasonably Clever Extortion E-mail Based on Password Theft

Reasonably Clever Extortion E-mail Based on Password Theft

Imagine you've gotten your hands on a file of e-mail addresses and passwords. You want to monetize it, but the site it's for isn't very valuable. How do you use it? You convince the owners of the password to send you money. I…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon is Convenience

Amazon is Convenience

Convenience and consistency of results.  And over a relatively short period of time, re-setting expectations of delivery and immediate gratification.

How Amazon Delivers on Its Core Product: Convenience
Wharton's Katja Seim discusses…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (July 15th, 2018)

Science and Technology links (July 15th, 2018)

The majority of people dying are 80 years old or older. A heart-disease drug can partially reverse type 1 diabetes. We can at least partially reverse age-related immune-system decline using drugs. Senescent cells are old cells…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Windows Allies itself with Alexa

Windows Allies itself with Alexa

Alexa for PC invades your notebook, signs a truce with Cortana in DigitalTrends
Alexa on the PC.  Competing with Cortana,  or just connecting to the increasing number of devices in the home and even office that new are working…

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