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April 2017


From The Eponymous Pickle

Baidu and a Free OS for Cars

Baidu and a Free OS for Cars

Quite an interesting play.  Open source OS for self driving cars.  An unexpected thing from a player like China via Baidu.  Maybe free but not open source?    In Technology Review:

Baidu Will Release a Free Operating System for…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Robotics Researcher Named ACM 2017-2018 Athena Lecturer

Robotics Researcher Named ACM 2017-2018 Athena Lecturer

The Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science and Professor of Bioengineering at Rice University, Lydia E. Kavraki, has been named the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2017-2018 Athena Lecturer. Each year, the Athena…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Echo Look Fashion Assistant

Amazon Echo Look Fashion Assistant

A kind of 'magic mirror' play.  We experimented with, primarily in cosmetics.  Can that be far away?   Following.   Currently available only by invitation.  In Engadget: 

Amazon Echo Look is a voice-controlled camera for fashion…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bots in the UnCanny Valley

Bots in the UnCanny Valley

The 'Uncanny Valley'  is a term used in the physical representation of people in android form,  as they get closer to reality we get uneasy. Now it has been suggested that the way bots chat is also reaching that.  I have conversed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

7-Eleven Seeks Japan Labor Efficiency

7-Eleven Seeks Japan Labor Efficiency

There are worker shortages in Japan, so 7-Eleven stores are experimenting with RFID tagging to eliminate or greatly simplify checkout, and thus decrease labor needs.    Can this test translate to the US?    Can they tailor the…


From insideHPC

The Past and Future of Aircraft Engine Development

The Past and Future of Aircraft Engine Development

"Inside a jet engine, air flowing faster than a hurricane is combined with fuel to generate heat that powers the plane. Designers are turning to supercomputers to model these complex processes to make new engines that are cleaner…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Surface Book–a first look

Surface Book–a first look

I’ve had two Surface Pros. A Surface Pro 3 and a Surface Pro 4. I love them. Make no mistake these have been idea travel computers for me. And powerful enough for just about everything I could want. They are also great for teaching…


From insideHPC

Peter Calverley Joins CoolIT Systems’ Board of Directors

Peter Calverley Joins CoolIT Systems’ Board of Directors

Today CoolIT Systems announced that Peter Calverley, CFO of Tela Innovations, has been elected to CoolIT’s Board of Directors. Doug Reid has retired from the Board after 5 years of service. "I am excited to join the Board of …


From insideHPC

Mark III Systems Becomes Cray Solutions Provider

Mark III Systems Becomes Cray Solutions Provider

Today Cray announced it has signed a solutions provider agreement with Mark III Systems to develop, market and sell solutions that leverage Cray’s portfolio of supercomputing and big data analytics systems. "We’re very excited…


From insideHPC

Video: HPC Trends for 2017

Video: HPC Trends for 2017

In this video from Switzerland HPC Conference, Michael Feldman from TOP500.org presents an annual deep dive into the trends, technologies and usage models that will be propelling the HPC community through 2017 and beyond. "Emerging…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Virtual Assistants Control GE Air Conditioning

Virtual Assistants Control GE Air Conditioning

Another example of voice control being pushed to common home devices that need control.    A simple example.   Been testing the idea in our home

Don’t get up to turn on your AC unit from GE — just ask Alexa to do it instead   By…


From insideHPC

Intel® HPC Orchestrator – Simplifying HPC

Intel® HPC Orchestrator – Simplifying HPC

"Like OpenHPC on which it is based, Intel HPC Orchestrator is a middleware stack for HPC environments that sits on top of the base operating system and provides everything needed to run a variety of HPC applications from independent…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Linkedin Changes its Agreement with You

Linkedin Changes its Agreement with You

 A look at how Microsoft is altering the Linkedin user agreement you are very likely to say OK to.  Evan Schuman points out some of the risks.  Linkedin is a place where you are likely to voluntarily offer lots of personal and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Team Stress Levels

Team Stress Levels

In the enterprise saw much lip service given to this kind of issue, but few solutions other than cautions, here an attempt at measure.    In the HBR: 

An Early Warning System for Your Team’s Stress Level
Thomas Hellwig, Caroline…


From Schneier on Security

Analyzing Cyber Insurance Policies

Analyzing Cyber Insurance Policies

There's a really interesting new paper analyzing over 100 different cyber insurance policies. From the abstract: In this research paper, we seek to answer fundamental questions concerning the current state of the cyber insurance…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the Future of Augmented Reality

On the Future of Augmented Reality

Israel and Scoble in a Podcast on the near future of Augmented and Virtual reality.  Suggesting that Apple is about to push this strongly.   Via my colleague Walter Riker.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smarter Manufacturing Robotics with Watson

Smarter Manufacturing Robotics with Watson

Interesting play, had never thought of Watson in terms of Robotics.  Note the wide variety of things ABB manufactures, which could lead to efficiency considerations, regarding scheduling and supply chain interactions.

Watson could…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Oracle Wants Advanced Tech

Oracle Wants Advanced Tech

Oracle looking to AI and VR initiatives.

Oracle Launches New In-House 'Startup'
The company wants to stay ahead of the tech game by working on new, cutting-edge initiatives.
  By Julie Bort Business Insider  ... 


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cheap not Deep Learning is the Future

Cheap not Deep Learning is the Future

Had not heard of the term 'cheap-learning'  before, but have been thinking of the concept for a long time.  Building higher levels of abstraction is a matter of better leverage.  Only a few people need to know the low level math…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Quickly pruning elements in SIMD vectors using the simdprune library

Quickly pruning elements in SIMD vectors using the simdprune library

Modern processors have powerful vector instructions. However, some algorithms are tricky to implement using vector instructions. I often need to prune selected values from a vector. On x64 processors, we can achieve this result…


From Schneier on Security

Advances in Ad Blocking

Advances in Ad Blocking

Ad blockers represent the largest consumer boycott in human history. They're also an arms race between the blockers and the blocker blockers. This article discusses a new ad-blocking technology that represents another advance…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Channels Process for Intelligence

Microsoft Channels Process for Intelligence

This sounds remarkably like using/building a process model for given tasks.   We experimented with this do define and decompose jobs-tasks.   Like the idea that these exist and can be re-purposed to make things that look intelligent…


From insideHPC

Paula Stephan and Paul Morin to Keynote PEARC17 in New Orleans

Paula Stephan and Paul Morin to Keynote PEARC17 in New Orleans

Today the PEARC17 conference announced their lineup of keynote speakers. The conference takes place in July 9–13 in New Orleans.


The post Paula Stephan and Paul Morin to Keynote PEARC17 in New Orleans appeared first on insideHPC…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Home Tracks Health

Smart Home Tracks Health

Great thought, but its still a bit of an effort to set things up just to turn the lights on and off.   Our own smart home demonstrations made it clear that most homes had to be wired and outfitted during construction to makein…


From insideHPC

Panel Discussion on Disruptive Technologies for HPC

Panel Discussion on Disruptive Technologies for HPC

In this video from the HPC User Forum, Bob Sorensen from Hyperion Research moderates a panel discussion on Disruptive Technologies for HPC. "A disruptive innovation is an innovation that creates a new market and value network…


From XRDS

Top 3 Winning Articles of the “The Time is Write 2.0” Competition

Top 3 Winning Articles of the “The Time is Write 2.0” Competition

Here are the three winners of our The Time is Write 2.0 competition! You can read the three articles below, but first: congrats to Dipika Rajesh, Aditi Balaji and Pratyush Singh. The Time is Write is an article writing competition…


From insideHPC

Echelon Code on Minksy Servers Sets Record for Oil & Gas Simulation

Echelon Code on Minksy Servers Sets Record for Oil & Gas Simulation

IBM and Stone Ridge Technology have announced a new performance milestone in reservoir simulation that will improve efficiency and lower the cost of production. Working with Nvidia, the companies reported that they had beat previous…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Announces New Council Members

CCC Announces New Council Members

The Computing Research Association (CRA), in consultation with the National Science Foundation (NSF), has appointed six new members to the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council: Nadya Bliss, Arizona State University Elizabeth…


From insideHPC

Your Workload Manager is Your Latest X Factor

Your Workload Manager is Your Latest X Factor

Enterprise customers consistently demand improved performance from every component in their HPC infrastructure, including their workload manager. Ian Lumb, Solutions Architect at Univa Corp., speaks on the importance of an innovative…


From Schneier on Security

Faking Domain Names with Unicode Characters

Faking Domain Names with Unicode Characters

It's things like this that make phishing attacks easier. News article....

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