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July 2017


From insideHPC

Surprising Stories from 17 National Labs in 17 Minutes

Surprising Stories from 17 National Labs in 17 Minutes

In this video, the U.S. Department of Energy gives a quick tour of all 17 National Labs. Each one comes with a surprising story on what these labs do for us as a Nation. "And they all do really different stuff. Think of a big…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Looks at AI Ethics and a Tale of Henry’s Super Heroism

Radio Free HPC Looks at AI Ethics and a Tale of Henry’s Super Heroism

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team learns about Henry's first exploit as an Ethical Superhero. "After witnessing a hit-and-run fender bender, Henry confronted the culprit and ensured that the miscreant left a note on the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ignoring the Robots

Ignoring the Robots

Fascinating piece on the history of 'robots'.   Back to the 15th century.   Meant to do real jobs or just impress?  Far too expensive to just impress, but I will accept that is part of the reason.  ...... And we have long known…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Christopher Ahlberg Talks AI

Christopher Ahlberg Talks AI

Christopher Ahlberg, CEO at Recorded Future, and Staffan Truvé, Recorded Future’s chief technology officer, talks about AI in a Recorded Future podcast.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Acquiring Digital Companies

Acquiring Digital Companies

Via Bain:

3 Ways M&A Is Different When You’re Acquiring a Digital Company  by Arnaud Leroi

Even for experienced deal makers, a first digital acquisition is bound to be an education. Companies acquire to accelerate their overall…


From insideHPC

LANL Adds Capacity to Trinity Supercomputer for Stockpile Stewardship

LANL Adds Capacity to Trinity Supercomputer for Stockpile Stewardship

Los Alamos National Laboratory has boosted the computational capacity of their Trinity supercomputer with a merger of two system partitions. “With this merge completed, we have now successfully released one of the most capable…


From insideHPC

A Scalable Object Store for Meteorological and Climate Data

A Scalable Object Store for Meteorological and Climate Data

Simon D. Smart gave this talk at the PASC17 conference. "Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) and Climate simulations sit in the intersection between classically understood HPC and the Big Data communities. Driven by ever more …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Autonomous Cargo Ships Coming

Autonomous Cargo Ships Coming

Electrically Powered. But how they will address dangers like still common piracy is unclear.

The world’s first autonomous cargo ship will launch next year  By Duncan Riley in SiliconAngle. 

 The world’s first autonomous cargo ship…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Amazon Research Awards Call For Proposals

Amazon Research Awards Call For Proposals

The Amazon Research Awards (ARA) program has opened a call for proposals for the 2017 round of Amazon Research Awards in a number of areas, including computer vision, general AI, knowledge management and data quality, machine…


From Schneier on Security

US Army Researching Bot Swarms

US Army Researching Bot Swarms

The US Army Research Agency is funding research into autonomous bot swarms. From the announcement: The objective of this CRA is to perform enabling basic and applied research to extend the reach, situational awareness, and operational…


From Computational Complexity

What are the top Computer science programs for women?

What are the top Computer Science Programs for Women?



How would one even answer the question?



Some people did a study based on National Center for Education Statistics and Payscale. The results are here.



1) While I believe…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Is Computer Science Education Facing a Bursting Bubble?

Is Computer Science Education Facing a Bursting Bubble?

The other day Audrey Watters, one of my favorite contrarians, posted  Why Are Coding Bootcamps Going Out of Business? which focused on the failure of some coding bootcamps and the consolidation of others. Today I read A TechBoth…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machine Learning and Big Data

Machine Learning and Big Data

I was recently asked, whats the difference? ....  Just Architecture vs Math?

Machine learning with Big Data is, in many ways, different than "regular" machine learning. This informative image is helpful in identifying the steps…


From insideHPC

Survey: Training and Support #1 Concern for the HPC Community

Survey: Training and Support #1 Concern for the HPC Community

Initial results of the Scientific Computing World (SCW) HPC readership survey have shown training and support for HPC resources are the number one concern for both those that operate and manage HPC facilities and researchers …


From insideHPC

Video: ddR – Distributed Data Structures in R

Video: ddR – Distributed Data Structures in R

"A few weeks ago, we revealed ddR (Distributed Data-structures in R), an exciting new project started by R-Core, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and others that provides a fresh new set of computational primitives for distributed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Game of Checkers

The Game of Checkers

Back on our early AI days, we looked closely at problem solving for games.  Notably the work of Arthur Samuel in machine learning.   This piece below on the seemingly simple game of checkers. Good about the people involved, but…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Chats

Amazon Chats

 Anytime by Amazon

Will customers use an Amazon app to chat?    by Matthew Stern in Retailwire. With discussion.

Smartphone messaging is perhaps one of the only areas of technology where we haven’t seen Amazon.com’s name show up…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machine Learning and Hidden Decision Trees

Machine Learning and Hidden Decision Trees

Had posted about this once before.    We used decision trees effectively in the enterprise, and they can be useful due to their transparency.   In particular because it has a built in relationship to process.   Use it to work…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Design for the Users, not a Mythical Generation

Design for the Users, not a Mythical Generation

The other day the question came up about how we should carefully design our user interface to match the generation of the current predicted user base.  Were they Gen X or Gen Y?   But have always felt this was a lame way to design…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Using Social Media to Find Top Customers

Using Social Media to Find Top Customers

In Knowedge@Wharton.  

Influencing the Influencers: Using Social Media to Find Top Customers


Wharton's Gad Allon discusses his research on using social media data to identify a company's top customers.

Podcast/Text

Social mediaDennis…


From My Biased Coin

Current Harvard Oddness

Current Harvard Oddness

It's summer.  And I'm now on sabbatical.  So perhaps I shouldn't care about strange Harvard politics goings-on, but I can't help it.

Here's the tl;dr version, which is already too long.  (What's the recursive form of tl;dr?)

Several…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Disney Tests Facial Expression Analysis for Movies

Disney Tests Facial Expression Analysis for Movies

Back to using facial expression detection and coding.  Not new, Something we also experimented with, in lab settings, but here with new data science doing the analysis.  Some details in Phys.org.

Disney Uses Neural Net Technology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Origami Robots Moving Without Battery Power

Origami Robots Moving Without Battery Power

Following uses of origami folding methods for simplifying robotics.   See much written before on this space regarding practical Origami, at the tag below.

Harvard's Folding Origami Robot can move without Requiring Battery Power…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Aspen Ideas on Future of Intelligence

Aspen Ideas on Future of Intelligence

The Future of Intelligence   Aspen Ideas Festival

Bill Gates portends doomsday is coming. Stephen Hawking says we should prepare for our robot overlords to take their thrones. But is the future as glaring as Hal’s red eye? Or

Speakers…


From insideHPC

Altair Showcases PBScloud.IO at ISC 2017

Altair Showcases PBScloud.IO at ISC 2017

In this video, Jérémie Bourdoncle from Altair describes the company's new PBScloud.IO offering for private clouds. "Altair is excited to announce the availability of PBScloud.io, its latest appliance solution to enable and expand…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Software Engineer at NCAR

Job of the Week: Software Engineer at NCAR

NCAR in Boulder is seeking a Software Engineer in our Job of the Week. "This position focuses primarily on the development of tools to meet the needs for the NCAR/IT community, and the design, writing, implementation, and support…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Giant Squid Caught Off the Coast of Ireland

Friday Squid Blogging: Giant Squid Caught Off the Coast of Ireland

It's the second in two months. Video. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. Read my blog posting guidelines here....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robot Physical Therapy

Robot Physical Therapy

This came to mind in a recent physical therapy session, with my PT describing how muscles could be trained back into health   Why not hook up  a sensory means to watch the muscles,  detect changes in pattern,  and adjust the

 In…


From insideHPC

OpenACC Brings Directives to Accelerated Computing at ISC 2017

OpenACC Brings Directives to Accelerated Computing at ISC 2017

In this video from ISC 2017, Sunita Chandrasekaran and Michael Wolfe describe how OpenACC makes GPU-accelerated computing more accessible to scientists and engineers. "OpenACC is a user-driven directive-based performance-portable…


From insideHPC

Agenda Posted: August MVAPICH User Group Meeting in Ohio

Agenda Posted: August MVAPICH User Group Meeting in Ohio

The MVAPICH User Group Meeting (MUG) has posted its meeting agenda. The event takes place August 14-16, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. "As the annual gathering of MVAPICH2 users, researchers, developers, and system administrators, the…

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