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November 2016


From Schneier on Security

Google Linking Anonymous Browser Tracking with Identifiable Tracking

Google Linking Anonymous Browser Tracking with Identifiable Tracking

Google's new ways to violate your privacy and -- more importantly -- how to opt out....


From insideHPC

SC16 to Showcase Latest Advances in HPC

SC16 to Showcase Latest Advances in HPC

SC16SC16 returns to Salt Lake City on Nov. 13-18. The Six-day supercomputing event features internationally-known expert speakers, cutting-edge workshops and sessions, a non-stop student competition, the world’s largest supercomputing…


From insideHPC

Seeking Innovators for the StartupHPC Workshop at SC16

Seeking Innovators for the StartupHPC Workshop at SC16

Shahin Khan, OrionXIn this special guest feature, Cydney Ewald Stevens writes that Salt Lake City will soon host the return of the SC conference along with the third annual StartupHPC Workshop. "People come together at StartupHPC to learn from …


From insideHPC

HPC Modernization Program Boosts Supercomputing at DoD

HPC Modernization Program Boosts Supercomputing at DoD

dodmodToday the Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program announced details of its fiscal year 2016 investment in supercomputing capability supporting the DOD science, engineering, test and acquisition …


From insideHPC

Intel Xeon Phi Processor: A Look at the Basic Architecture

Intel Xeon Phi Processor: A Look at the Basic Architecture

phi"Designing a new generation of hardware with such high performance needs to make sure that developers understand the basics, and are familiar with the architecture of a new system. Single thread performance with the Intel Xeon…


From The Eponymous Pickle

So What is AI and when Should we invoke it?

So What is AI and when Should we invoke it?

Roger Schank, long time AI guru, who we talked to when building our own 'intelligent' systems. talks about what AI may really mean.  This sounds like conversations we also had back in the late 80s.

What Family Feud can teach us…


From Schneier on Security

Teaching a Neural Network to Encrypt

Teaching a Neural Network to Encrypt

Researchers have trained a neural network to encrypt its communications. In their experiment, computers were able to make their own form of encryption using machine learning, without being taught specific cryptographic algorithms…


From insideHPC

Bright OpenStack Powers HPC at Stony Brook University

Bright OpenStack Powers HPC at Stony Brook University

sbu-circle_2clr_pms1"OpenStack promises to be a standard platform for creating a private cloud but it can be very difficult to configure,” said Dan Kuczkowski, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Bright Computing. “We are very pleased that…


From Writing

Expert Interview Series - Jim Brikman of Gruntwork on Launching a Startup

Expert Interview Series - Jim Brikman of Gruntwork on Launching a Startup

I did an interview for the Paysa Blog where I shared some of my experiences with living the startup life: Expert Interview Series - Jim Brikman of Gruntwork on Launching a Startup


From Writing

Expert Interview Series: Jim Brikman of Gruntwork on Launching a Startup

Expert Interview Series: Jim Brikman of Gruntwork on Launching a Startup

I did an interview for the Paysa Blog where I shared some of my experiences with living the startup life: Expert Interview Series: Jim Brikman of Gruntwork on Launching a Startup


From The Eponymous Pickle

Power BI adds R

Power BI adds R

Interesting that many dashboard level visualization methods are adding links to deeper data science like R.  Should allow us to start with general visualization, then scaling up to data science.  In CWorld By Sharon Machlis:

Microsoft…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Four Case Studies for a Data Driven Organization

Four Case Studies for a Data Driven Organization

 In the MIT Sloan Review:   Four case Studies for Data Driven Orgs

Organizations across the business spectrum are awakening to the transformative power of data and analytics. They are also coming to grips with the daunting difficulty…


From Schneier on Security

Free Cybersecurity MOOC from F-Secure and the University of Finland

Free Cybersecurity MOOC from F-Secure and the University of Finland

Looks interesting. Finnish residents can take it for credit....


From Phys.org Technology News

Safety chief: Honda must do more to fix dangerous air bags

Safety chief: Honda must do more to fix dangerous air bags

Honda must do more to track down owners of 300,000 cars with highly dangerous Takata air bag inflators and make sure they are repaired, the nation's top auto safety regulator said Wednesday.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Unilever Innovates with Trucking Supply Chain

Unilever Innovates with Trucking Supply Chain

 Trucking Startup Convoy Inks Its Biggest Deal With Unilever   by Dina Bass

Unilever contract involves 10s of thousands of trucks a year

Convoy Inc., a Seattle-based startup that aims to become an Uber for trucking, has struck

The…


From insideHPC

Mellanox Launches OpenNPU for Routers, Load Balancers, and Firewalls

Mellanox Launches OpenNPU for Routers, Load Balancers, and Firewalls

opennpu"The market for networking devices is undergoing a major paradigm shift, moving away from closed proprietary OEM network equipment and migrating towards open platforms that are both flexible and configurable,” said Dror Goldenberg…


From insideHPC

Ethernet Alliance Maps Out Ethernet’s Future In HPC at SC16

Ethernet Alliance Maps Out Ethernet’s Future In HPC at SC16

4nambh5tToday the Ethernet Alliance previewed their upcoming SC16 multi-vendor interoperability demo. A premier international conference for high-performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis, SC16 is an ideal backdrop for…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Designing AI Systems that Obey Laws and Values

Designing AI Systems that Obey Laws and Values

In the CACM.  The currently much discussed issues of laws, ethics and values for advanced computation.  Usually applied to AI, but really also applicable to any kind of system as it interacts with humans.  Consider even the use…


From insideHPC

HPC Trends Survey from DDN Reveals Rising Deployment of Flash Tiers & Private/Hybrid Clouds

HPC Trends Survey from DDN Reveals Rising Deployment of Flash Tiers & Private/Hybrid Clouds

ddn"The results of DDN’s annual HPC Trends Survey reflect very accurately what HPC end users tell us and what we are seeing in their data center infrastructures. The use of private and hybrid clouds continues to grow although most…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Cognitive Shopping Research Assistant

A Cognitive Shopping Research Assistant

IBM is acquiring expertise to be directly enhanced via Watson methods.  Here aimed at pre shopping research.

IBM acquires Watson-based cognitive shopping assistant XPS  by Duncan Riley in SiliconAngle

IBM Corp. has acquired Watson…


From insideHPC

InfiniBand: When State-of-the-Art becomes State-of-the-Smart

InfiniBand: When State-of-the-Art becomes State-of-the-Smart

Scot Schultz, Director of HPC/Technical Computing at MellanoxScot Schultz from Mellanox writes that the company is moving the industry forward to a world-class off-load network architecture that will pave the way to Exascale. "Mellanox, alongside many industry thought-leaders, is a leader…


From insideHPC

IBM Adds New All-Flash, Software-Defined Cloud Storage Solutions

IBM Adds New All-Flash, Software-Defined Cloud Storage Solutions

spectrumToday IBM announced new hybrid cloud all-flash storage solutions developed to modernize and transform storage deployments, providing a strong bridge to the development of cognitive applications. These new solutions and software…


From Schneier on Security

Edward Snowden's Boss at Booz Allen Hamilton Speaks

Edward Snowden's Boss at Booz Allen Hamilton Speaks

Interesting. I have no idea how much of it to believe....


From Phys.org Technology News

Aviation professor expects boost in fliers for the holidays

Aviation professor expects boost in fliers for the holidays

Increases in summer airline travel could be an indicator of things to come for flying during the holiday season.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Flow now Open

Microsoft Flow now Open

Microsoft’s IFTTT alternative is now open to everyone
Microsoft Flow comes out of beta and is free to use by Natt Garun .... "  In Verge: 

A Flow is an action that takes place after something else happens — like having a photo


Compared…


From The Eponymous Pickle

HipChat on Echo for the Office Assistant?

HipChat on Echo for the Office Assistant?

With Alexa providing a more active orientation.  HipChat is team chat and file sharing system.   Akin to Slack, which I have used with a client.   Is this the way to bring assistants to the office?  But does this require the

Amazon's…


From insideHPC

A New Focus on Diversity and Inclusivity at SC16

A New Focus on Diversity and Inclusivity at SC16

Kim McMahon, Xand McMahonIn this special guest feature, Kim McMahon writes that SC16 will reflect a concerted effort to improve diversity and inclusivity at the conference. "If you want to get the best ideas, you need to ask all of the smart people what…


From Schneier on Security

Another Shadow Brokers Leak

Another Shadow Brokers Leak

There's another leak of NSA hacking tools and data from the Shadow Brokers. This one includes a list of hacked sites. According to analyses from researchers here and here, Monday's dump contains 352 distinct IP addresses and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Explore in Docs using Semantics

Google Explore in Docs using Semantics

Google continues to move towards business useful business Apps and intelligence.  This has similarities to 'Research' in Word.  Reminds us of looking at 'remembrance engine' approaches to link work in progress to existing knowledge…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blockchain Taken Beyond Bitcoin

Blockchain Taken Beyond Bitcoin

Good non-technical detail about the direction and potential.

Blockchain Beyond Bitcoin  By Sarah Underwood 
Communications of the ACM, Vol. 59 No. 11, Pages 15-17 10.1145/2994581

Blockchain Technology has attracted attention as

Also…