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May 2017


From insideHPC

Cloud Computing Continues to Influence HPC

Cloud Computing Continues to Influence HPC

cloud computing for HPCCloud technologies are influencing HPC just as it is the rest of enterprise IT. This is the second entry in an insideHPC series that explores the HPC transition to the cloud, and what your business needs to know about this evolution…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Spatial Sound for Mixed Realitites

Spatial Sound for Mixed Realitites

Recall this was also talked about sounds key in making virtual worlds realistic.In the Nextweb:

" ... Fast forward to today, and it’s pretty clear there has been a lot of focus on the really cool visual stuff: the holograms, animations…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bots Providing Career Advice

Bots Providing Career Advice

Microsoft seems to very keen to deeply chatbot based solutions.  Here to advise members with their careers.  Seems to be a tricky place to apply the idea,  given the broad points of context that influence a career.  I would test…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Eric Horvitz, Former CCC Council Member, is New Head of Research at Microsoft

Eric Horvitz, Former CCC Council Member, is New Head of Research at Microsoft

It was just announced that Eric Horvitz, former Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council member and current Co-Chair of the AI and Robotics Task Force, is the new head of Microsoft Research. Yesterday, it was announced that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Basic AI as the Cost of Prediction

Basic AI as the Cost of Prediction

Good thoughts below.  I make only the plea that not all predictions are accurate, and how their accuracy matters depends upon how they are used.   And cost includes risk as well. So do consider carefully how these predictions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Truth About the BlockChain

Truth About the BlockChain

Another good overview of the Blockhain.  Here from the HBR, via O'Reilly.

The Truth About Blockchain
Marco Iansiti and Karim R. Lakhani

From the January, February 2017 Issue of the HBR

Contracts, transactions, and the records of

Blockchain…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cautions for Algorithmic Marketing

Cautions for Algorithmic Marketing

Cautions more that Perils.  Not so much that the results are wrong, but how they are implemented. This gets back to understanding how they exist in a process,  and the implications of that.   Consider frequent re-tests of results…


From insideHPC

Backblaze to Report Latest Hard Drive Failure Stats at MSST 2017

Backblaze to Report Latest Hard Drive Failure Stats at MSST 2017

At MSST 2017, Andrew Klein from Backblaze will present on what they’ve learned about hard drives over the years including failure rates by model, and the ability to predict drive failure before it happens. "Currently we have …


From insideHPC

Boosting Manycore Code Optimization Efforts with Roofline Technology

Boosting Manycore Code Optimization Efforts with Roofline Technology

A software toolkit developed at Berkeley Lab to better understand supercomputer performance is now being used to boost application performance for researchers running codes at NERSC and other supercomputing facilities. "Since…


From insideHPC

Turning AI Against Cancer at the Data Science Bowl

Turning AI Against Cancer at the Data Science Bowl

Today Booz Allen Hamilton and Kaggle today announced the winners of the third annual Data Science Bowl, a competition that harnesses the power of data science and crowdsourcing to tackle some of the world’s toughest problems.…


From insideHPC

Frauke Gräter to receive 2nd PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC

Frauke Gräter to receive 2nd PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC

Today the European PRACE initiative announced that Prof Dr Frauke Gräter from University of Heidelberg is the winner of the PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC. It is the second time that PRACE awards a female scientist for her …


From insideHPC

DataSite HPC Solution to use Motivair ChilledDoor Rack Systems

DataSite HPC Solution to use Motivair ChilledDoor Rack Systems

Today DataSite announced it will install Motivair Corporation’s ChilledDoor Rack Cooling system to accommodate a high performance computing environment for a strategic customer. "This initial engagement will officially launch…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Team Productivity

On Team Productivity

Microsoft acquires the company Intentional that's about software team productivity.  Likely with interaction with Skype and the acquired Linkedin?


From Schneier on Security

Fitbit Evidence Used in Murder Investigation

Fitbit Evidence Used in Murder Investigation

Fitbit evidence is cited in an arrest warrant, stating that the device monitored steps by the victim after the suspect claimed she died....


From Writing

Why Use Terraform?

Why Use Terraform?

I just published a blog post on the O’Reilly Radar called Why Use Terraform? where I discuss what Terraform does and how it compares to Chef, Puppet, Ansible, CloudFormation, and other tools.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deep Learning Use and Best Practices

Deep Learning Use and Best Practices

Very interesting introductory piece for the newcomer to using deep learning in a professional setting. Not quite for the novice, but if you have data manipulation, problem solving and coding experience with other systems, this…


From insideHPC

Argonne to Install 1.5 Petaflop Cray CS400 Cluster

Argonne to Install 1.5 Petaflop Cray CS400 Cluster

Today Cray announced a contract to deliver a Cray CS400 cluster supercomputer to the Laboratory Computing Resource Center (LCRC) at Argonne National Laboratory. The new Cray system will serve as the Center’s flagship cluster,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Samsung to Buy Harman Kardon

Samsung to Buy Harman Kardon

How does this change the imminent Microsoft-HK Cortana based assistant?

Samsung buying auto and audio giant Harman for $8 billion
It's Samsung's largest acquisition ever. .... 


From insideHPC

Housing Registration Opens for SC17 in Denver

Housing Registration Opens for SC17 in Denver

The SC17 housing reservation system is now open for business. The conference takes place Nov. 12-17 in Denver.


The post Housing Registration Opens for SC17 in Denver appeared first on insideHPC.




From Computational Complexity

A Celebration of Computer Science at Harvard in Honor of Harry Lewis's 70th Bday

My adviser Harry Lewis turned 70 recently. I blogged about how things have changed since I got my Phd in this post. I now post on



A celebration of Computer Science at Harvard in Honor of Harry Lewis's 70th Birthday



(for video…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dominos Shows a Way to Connect to Data

Dominos Shows a Way to Connect to Data

For me, linking Domino's pizza more directly to my smart home is not a priority, but the example here is interesting.  Use IFTTT to link to a stream of data to trigger other actions.  Make the embedded analyses as complex as

Pizza…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Samsung Bixby Assistant is Rolling

Samsung Bixby Assistant is Rolling

Followed the Bixby for some time, the virtual assistant appears to be only on Samsung Smartphones for now.   More at the link.

" .... Bixby starts rolling out in South Korea, but when will it hit the rest of the world? ... " 

Also…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Go for Growth

Go for Growth

In the HBR:

Stop Focusing on Profitability and Go for Growth
by Michael Mankins

" .... Today’s era of superabundant capital rewards faster growth. To thrive in this new world, leaders must overcome the obstacles to growth in their…


From insideHPC

Rescale to Offer On-Demand LS-DYNA Licenses in Europe

Rescale to Offer On-Demand LS-DYNA Licenses in Europe

Today Rescale announced that hourly, on-demand licenses of the popular finite element analysis software LS-DYNA are now available in Europe on ScaleX Enterprise, Rescale’s enterprise cloud platform for big compute. The announcement…


From insideHPC

HPC Accelerating Combustion Engine Design

HPC Accelerating Combustion Engine Design

Sibendu Som from Argonne presented this talk at the HPC User Forum. "Sibendu Som is a mechanical engineer and principal investigator for developing predictive spray and combustion modeling capabilities for compression ignition…


From insideHPC

Greg Kurtzer of LBNL Launches SingularityWare, LLC

Greg Kurtzer of LBNL Launches SingularityWare, LLC

Over at the Singularity Blog, Greg Kurtzer writes that he has created a new organization, SingularityWare, LLC. In partnership with RStor, the new company will be dedicated to further developing Singularity, supporting the associated…


From insideHPC

Rock Stars of HPC: Karan Batta

Rock Stars of HPC: Karan Batta

From software developer at a small start-up in New Zealand, to Senior Program Manager at one of the largest multinational technology companies in the US, Karan Batta has led a career touched by HPC – even if he didn’t always …


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI and the Creative Industries

AI and the Creative Industries

Some of the earliest objections we got to AI were:  Where is the creativity?  Then and now it can come from from how elements of content and value are effectively applied.  The article linked to below goes to some length to explore…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Punch Cards, Comments, and Learning From the Past

Punch Cards, Comments, and Learning From the Past

Doug Peterson, whose blog always makes me think, had a post last week about internal documentation. Specifically things like comments which a lot of the popular block languages don’t really do that well. Of course this made me…


From Schneier on Security

Who is Publishing NSA and CIA Secrets, and Why?

Who is Publishing NSA and CIA Secrets, and Why?

There's something going on inside the intelligence communities in at least two countries, and we have no idea what it is. Consider these three data points. One: someone, probably a country's intelligence organization, is dumping…

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