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February 2018


From insideHPC

Agenda Posted for April HPC User Forum in Tucson

Agenda Posted for April HPC User Forum in Tucson

The HPC User Forum has posted their speaker agenda for their upcoming meeting in Tucson. Hosted by Hyperion Research, the event takes place April 16-18 at Loews Ventana Canyon. "The April meeting will explore the status and prospects…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Autonomy Ecosystems

Autonomy Ecosystems

A conversation yesterday led to the problem, challenges  and opportunity of planning for value ecosystems:

In Addreessen:

The Autonomy Ecosystem: From Self-Driving Cars to Beyond!    by Frank Chen

The story of technology is not

Discussions…


From insideHPC

Let’s Talk Exascale Podcast looks at Parallel I/O with ExaHDF5

Let’s Talk Exascale Podcast looks at Parallel I/O with ExaHDF5

In this Let's Talk Exascale podcast, Suren Byna of LBNL and Quincey Koziol of the NERSC describe ExaHDF5, an I/O platform for exascale data. "One milestone that we have achieved so far is a feature called Data Elevator. The Data…


From Wild WebMink

Happy Anniversary—the Next 20 Years of Open Source Begins

Happy Anniversary—the Next 20 Years of Open Source Begins


Open Source Software—yes, we did coin the term (thanks Christine Peterson) and started the movement—is software that can be freely used, changed, and shared (in modified or unmodified form) by anyone.

Thirty-five years ago…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Human Team Collaboration

Human Team Collaboration

U.S. Army Scientists Improve Human-Agent Teaming by Making AI Agents More Transparent
ARL News

Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) have developed ways to improve collaboration between humans and artificially…


From Putting People First

Anthropology in Industry w/ Natalie Hanson

Anthropology in Industry w/ Natalie Hanson

Design and anthropology have been seen together with increasing frequency over the last few years, but how do design and anthropology fit together in relation to industry? And, how does this pairing create insight? The team of…


From Putting People First

Anthropology in Industry w/ Natalie Hanson

Anthropology in Industry w/ Natalie Hanson

Design and anthropology have been seen together with increasing frequency over the last few years, but how do design and anthropology fit together in relation to industry? And, how does this pairing create insight? The team of…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Kraken Pie

Friday Squid Blogging: Kraken Pie

Pretty, but contains no actual squid ingredients. 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

Facial Recognition Beyond the Human

Facial Recognition Beyond the Human

Will this work for any animal?  Plants?  What are the needed characteristics of something living that would allow this to consistently work over a period of growth?

Got A.I? Facial recognition now works on cows for better milk


From The Eponymous Pickle

Misuses of Statistics

Misuses of Statistics

Nicely done, sign up with DSC, always useful.

Misuses of Statistics: Examples and Solutions  by Vincent Granville  in DSC

This resource is part of a series on specific topics related to data science: regression, clustering, neural…


From insideHPC

Frank Baetke Leaves HPE, Stays on as EOFS Chairman

Frank Baetke Leaves HPE, Stays on as EOFS Chairman

EOFS chairman Frank Baetke writes that he has left HPE. As the long-time liason to the HP-CAST user community, Mr. Baetke played a key role in bringing together HPC thought leaders at worldwide events for many years. The good…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots Patrolling Walmart Aisles

Robots Patrolling Walmart Aisles

More on Wal-Mart's Bossa Nova Robotics.  Value and customer impact.  Once again out of stock transparency leads the march for such technology.    We examined many approaches to address this.  Interview.   But once the robots

Walmart…


From insideHPC

Janet Network upgrades to 400Gbit/s for Global Research

Janet Network upgrades to 400Gbit/s for Global Research

JISC in the UK is upgrading its Janet Network to world-leading 400Gbit/s connectivity, making it one of the most digitally-advanced national research and education networks globally in terms of scale, automation and network intelligence…


From insideHPC

Optalysys Appoints Scientific Advisory Board for Optical Computing

Optalysys Appoints Scientific Advisory Board for Optical Computing

Today Optalysys announced the formation of its first Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) comprising experts in AI/machine learning, bioinformatics/genomics and optical pattern recognition. The inaugural SAB members include Professor…


From insideHPC

Bright Computing Release 8.1 adds new features for Deep Learning, Kubernetes, and Ceph

Bright Computing Release 8.1 adds new features for Deep Learning, Kubernetes, and Ceph

Today Bright Computing released version 8.1 of the Bright product portfolio with new capabilities for cluster workload accounting, cloud bursting, OpenStack private clouds, deep learning, AMD accelerators, Kubernetes, Ceph, and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Last Place Aversion in a Queue

Last Place Aversion in a Queue

While everyone quickly understands this situation,  and I have taken formal queuing classes, I don't remember it being covered specifically.  Balking is the action of leaving a line, but can be for many reasons.  Rarely is a

Last…


From insideHPC

Video: Inside Volta GPUs

Video: Inside Volta GPUs

Stephen Jones from NVIDIA gave this talk at SC17. "The NVIDIA Volta architecture powers the world’s most advanced data center GPU for AI, HPC, and Graphics. Features like Independent Thread Scheduling and game-changing Tensor…


From Schneier on Security

Signed Malware

Signed Malware

Stuxnet famously used legitimate digital certificates to sign its malware. A research paper from last year found that the practice is much more common than previously thought. Now, researchers have presented proof that digitally…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Enterra Aila Cognitive Assistant

Enterra Aila Cognitive Assistant

Another assistant from a company we talked to regarding enterprise supply chain solutions, with some unique technical solutions.

The Future belongs those who Get there First
Meet AilaTM, from Enterra Solutions, pioneers of the

Fortune…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (February 2nd, 2018)

Science and Technology links (February 2nd, 2018)

Most mammals, including human beings, age according to a Gompertz curve. It is a fancy way of saying that your risk of death goes up exponential with age. Naked mole rats are mammals that do not age, in the following sense: unlike…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cortana Intelligence Institute

Cortana Intelligence Institute

Cortana still exists, though its seen heavy competition in recent days.   Finally some significant response, but still more research than delivery?  Impressed by what I have seen of MS AI experiments in Azure, but lets seem more…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Announces Improved Skill Development

Amazon Announces Improved Skill Development

Alexa Skill Management API and Alexa Skills Kit Command Line Interface Enables Faster, More Automated Skill Management : Alexa Blogs   by Shiraz Datta

Today we are excited to announce the general availability of Alexa Skill Management…


From Computational Complexity

Flying Blind

Many computer science conferences have made a number of innovations such as a rebuttal phase, multi-tiered program committees, a hybrid journal/conference model with submission deadlines spread through the year. Not theoretical…


From XRDS

PHP for Backend Web Applications

PHP for Backend Web Applications

Web Applications It is reasonable to consider any website, whose functionality is entirely carried out by the client machine, to be a webpage. Alternatively, any website which requires communication with the server, after requesting…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Shimmer Does Biometric Sensing

Shimmer Does Biometric Sensing

Used to be on a cognitive and sensing team at Procter, but lately a bit out of the biometrics space, but still following.  A note from Len Stein at  Ipsos points me to Shimmer, with an intro below.  They are doing a group analysis…


From insideHPC

Outliers – Why So Important for Data Analytics?

Outliers – Why So Important for Data Analytics?

Data analytics deals with making observations with various data sets, and trying to make sense of the data. When dealing with very large data sets, automated tools must be used to find patterns and relationships. One of the most…


From insideHPC

ThinkParQ Welcomes New CEO as BeeGFS Continues Record Growth

ThinkParQ Welcomes New CEO as BeeGFS Continues Record Growth

Today ThinkParQ announced the appointment of Frank Herold as CEO. While the company enjoyed a record-setting year in 2017, the move sets the stage for further growth of the BeeGFS file system for high performance computing. "Frank…


From insideHPC

HPC4Manufacturing Program Seeks Industry Proposals

HPC4Manufacturing Program Seeks Industry Proposals

The Department of Energy is seeking industry proposals for public/private projects aimed at applying high performance computing to industry challenges for the advancement of energy innovation. “We are seeing some significant …


From insideHPC

PASC18 Keynote to Focus on Kilometre-Scale Earth System Simulations

PASC18 Keynote to Focus on Kilometre-Scale Earth System Simulations

Today the PASC18 conference announced that Nils P. Wedi from ECMWF will be one of its keynote speakers. "This talk will illustrate the need for and practicality of producing ensembles of km-scale simulations, summarize progress…


From insideHPC

A New Way of Supercomputing with Posit Research

A New Way of Supercomputing with Posit Research

In this video from Disruptive Technologies exhibit at SC17, Theodore Omtzigt describes the mission of a new Startup called Posit Research. "Posit Research is a fabless semi designing and marketing posit-based computational solutions…