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February 2017


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Montreal researchers “prove” that aging is the result of a genetic program

Montreal researchers “prove” that aging is the result of a genetic program

Unless you are a tree, a lobster, or some other sea creature, you are probably aging over time… which is another way of saying that beyond adulthood, your fitness decreases while your mortality risk increases over time. Though…


From Computational Complexity

We Are All Iranians

A solidarity rally held at Georgia Tech today
There are ten Iranian members of my department, the School of Computer Science at Georgia Tech, all of whom face a very uncertain future in America. Luckily none of them were outside…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Great Innovative Idea- Flexible Road Trains in Autonomous Public Transportation

Great Innovative Idea- Flexible Road Trains in Autonomous Public Transportation

The following Great Innovative Idea is from Stephan Winter from the University of Melbourne. Winter along with his coauthors Niels Agatz from Erasmus University Rotterdam, Ana Bazzan from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Talk: Cyber Social Learning Systems

Talk: Cyber Social Learning Systems

Good talk today, looking at the complexity of delivering learning to health care systems.  The integration of control systems, machine learning and AI with human beings in the loop.   A considerable challenge.

" .... Kevin Sullivan…


From insideHPC

Video: A Look at the National Strategic Computing Initiative

Video: A Look at the National Strategic Computing Initiative

In this video, Dr. Carl J. Williams, Deputy Director of the Physical Measurement Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology within the United States Department of Commerce, reviews the National Strategic…


From insideHPC

Microsoft Releases Batch Shipyard on GitHub for Docker on Azure

Microsoft Releases Batch Shipyard on GitHub for Docker on Azure

"Available on GitHub as Open Source, the Batch Shipyard toolkit enables easy deployment of batch-style Dockerized workloads to Azure Batch compute pools. Azure Batch enables you to run parallel jobs in the cloud without having…


From insideHPC

Call for Papers: Workshop on HPC in a post Moore’s Law World

Call for Papers: Workshop on HPC in a post Moore’s Law World

"The impending end of traditional MOSFET scaling has sparked research into preserving HPC performance improvements through alternative computational models. To better shape our strategy, we need to understand where each technology…


From insideHPC

ANSYS Enterprise Cloud goes with Cycle Computing for HPC

ANSYS Enterprise Cloud goes with Cycle Computing for HPC

“Our collaboration with Cycle Computing enables the ANSYS Enterprise Cloud to meet the elastic capacity and security requirements of enterprise customers,” said Ray Milhem, vice president, Enterprise Solutions and Cloud, ANSYS…


From insideHPC

Vectorization Leads to Performance Gains

Vectorization Leads to Performance Gains

Applications that can take advantage of the new vectorization capabilities of the Intel Xeon Phi processor will show tremendous performance gains. "When considering vectorization, there are different tools that can assist the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Linear Regression Visual Geometry

Linear Regression Visual Geometry

Nice piece in DSC.  Technical, but visually enlightening, about our most used analytical technique.   Good way to understand it and its components.   Posted by Jishnu Bhattacharya


From The Eponymous Pickle

SoundHound

SoundHound

Had heard of these folks, in particular of their work with Samsung.   Potentially drives voice to assistants and chatbot capabilities.    Competitive to Alexa and Google Home directions.

SoundHound raises $75M to create a voice…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dashboards and Analytics

Dashboards and Analytics

Brought to my attention LogiAnalytics

Creating Genius Apps

Logi helps you seamlessly embed custom analytics in your apps—empowering your customers and employees with smarter insights.

In 2000, Arman Eshraghi founded Logi Analytics…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI: Getting Closer to Customers at Scale

AI: Getting Closer to Customers at Scale

In Linkedin.  Good thoughts, the integration of Cloud and AI ....

AI: Getting Closer to Customers at Scale
Published on January 31, 2017
by Steve Turner 

Introduction

The traditional challenge for businesses is to balance profitability…


From Schneier on Security

Pacemaker Data Used in Arson Conviction

Pacemaker Data Used in Arson Conviction

Here's a story about data from a pacemaker being used as evidence in an arson conviction....


From insideHPC

Agenda Posted for Next Week’s HPC Advisory Council Stanford Conference

Agenda Posted for Next Week’s HPC Advisory Council Stanford Conference

"Over two days we’ll delve into a wide range of interests and best practices - in applications, tools and techniques and share new insights on the trends, technologies and collaborative partnerships that foster this robust ecosystem…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cyber Social Learning Systems

Cyber Social Learning Systems

  " ... Cognitive Systems Institute Speaker Series on Thursday, February 2, 2016 at 10:30 am ET US (7:30 am PT).  Our speaker is Kevin Sullivan from University of Virginia, who will be presenting "Cyber-Social Learning Systems…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Towards an Assistant Powered Smart Home

Towards an Assistant Powered Smart Home

It always struck me that the smart home would never build momentum unless it were professionally integrated into home building and renovation.    Smarthome enthusiasts are no enough.   Still looking for more powerful home oriented…


From insideHPC

Asetek Achieves 200 Million Hours of Fault-Free Pump Operations at DataCenters

Asetek Achieves 200 Million Hours of Fault-Free Pump Operations at DataCenters

Today Asetek announced that its server pump has achieved 200 million hours of reliable operation in real world use. Installed at end-user locations as diverse as Singapore and Norway, Asetek pumps have run fault-free for the …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon's Air Hub Takes Off

Amazon's Air Hub Takes Off

A major retailer goes to the air for supply chain efficiencies.   A first I believe.  Implications?

In ChainstoreAge ...   Amazon's air cargo hub takes off    by Deena Amato-Mccoy


From XRDS

The reign and modern challenges of the Message Passing Interface (MPI): A discussion with Dr. Torsten Hoefler.

The reign and modern challenges of the Message Passing Interface (MPI): A discussion with Dr. Torsten Hoefler.

A few years ago, while I was a graduate student in Greece, I was preparing  slides for my talk at the SIAM Parallel Processing 2012 conference. While showing my slides to one of my colleagues, one of his comments was: … Continue…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

How to Make America’s Robots Great Again

How to Make America’s Robots Great Again

The following is a guest blog post from Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council Member Maja J. Matarić from the University of Southern California and past CCC Chair Greg Hager from Johns Hopkins University.  The New York…


From insideHPC

Digital Human Software Added to Altair Partner Alliance

Digital Human Software Added to Altair Partner Alliance

“At Altair, we believe human-centered design is more than just mechanical fit; rather, it’s an exploration of the entire experience of users with a product, including ergonomic interface, usability and design aesthetics” said…


From insideHPC

Figen Ulgen From Intel Champions Women in HPC

Figen Ulgen From Intel Champions Women in HPC

In this video from SUSECON 2016, Jo Harris from SUSE sits down with Dr. Figen Ulgen, GM HPC Software and Cloud at Intel to discuss women in Open Source and HPC, how Intel is contributing to this initiative, and the need for more…


From insideHPC

Call for Papers: ROSS Workshop on International Runtime Operating Systems on Supercomputers

Call for Papers: ROSS Workshop on International Runtime Operating Systems on Supercomputers

The International Runtime Operating Systems on Supercomputers (ROSS) workshop has issued its Call for Papers. The event takes place June 27 in Washington, D.C. "Held as a full-day meeting at the HPDC 2017 conference in Washington…


From insideHPC

Univa Unisight 4.1 Software Informs IT Purchasing Decisions

Univa Unisight 4.1 Software Informs IT Purchasing Decisions

Today Univa announced the general availably of its Unisight v4.1 product, providing simple and extensible metric collection for all types of Univa Grid Engine data including NVIDIA GPUs and Software Licenses. Unisight v4.1 is…


From insideHPC

Exascale Computing Project Announces ECP Industry Council

Exascale Computing Project Announces ECP Industry Council

Today the Exascale Computing Project announced the formation of the ECP Industry Council, an external advisory group of executives from some of the nation’s most prominent companies with a collaborative interest in bringing the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Textile Muscles

Textile Muscles

Textile Muscles Could Power Clothing

Textile Muscles Could Power Clothing ...   In IdeaConnection.
Textile muscles made of flexible polymers could open the door to powered clothing able to provide a muscular boost when needed.

Developed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Anywhere

Alexa Anywhere

A set of headphones lets you talk to Amazon echo anywhere.  Not sure why I might want to do this, but might have a hands-free business application.  Does add to the long list of enablements we are seeing.


From Schneier on Security

Security and the Internet of Things

Security and the Internet of Things

Last year, on October 21, your digital video recorder ­- or at least a DVR like yours ­- knocked Twitter off the internet. Someone used your DVR, along with millions of insecure webcams, routers, and other connected devices,…

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