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May 2015


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 five new members to the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council: Cynthia Dwork, Microsoft Research Kevin…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Old Brands Surprising Consumers

Old Brands Surprising Consumers

In [email protected]  A number of companies I know need more of this.New Tricks: How Old Brands Can Still Surprise ConsumersTo reinvigorate iconic brands, companies must figure out what is core to their products and how to make that relevant…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Essentials of Innovation

Essentials of Innovation

In McKinsey:The eight essentials of innovation ...Strategic and organizational factors are what separate successful big-company innovators from the rest of the field. ... "


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intersection of AI and Blockchain

Intersection of AI and Blockchain

Blockchain has come up in a number of conversations. In O'Reilly, interesting piece about how it interacts with AI.


From insideHPC

Why Storage Matters to Scientists

Why Storage Matters to Scientists

As the Large Hadron Collider restarts at Cern, data storage has become as important to scientists as compute power. But, as Tom Wilkie from Scientific Computing World reports, the innovative technologies being developed have …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Seed Strategy

Seed Strategy

Seed Strategy has merged with Burke" .. Seed Strategy grows big ideas for brands around the globe. Our clients can expect smart strategic thinking, head-turning creative and lasting relationships driven by the thrill of the process…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sustainability Through Service

Sustainability Through Service

Today's Service Sciences Talk.ISSIP SIG Education & Research is Prof. Adi Wolfson, Green Processes Center, Shamoon College of Engineering, Beer-Sheva, Israel.Title of his presentation is “Sustainability through Service.”  (Slide…


From insideHPC

Fortran Still Going Strong

Fortran Still Going Strong

Fortran still going strong.

The post Fortran Still Going Strong appeared first on insideHPC.


From insideHPC

Penguin On Demand Powers Oracle Team USA for America’s Cup

Penguin On Demand Powers Oracle Team USA for America’s Cup

Today Penguin Computing announced that Oracle Team USA is using Penguin Computing on Demand (POD) in conjunction with NUMECA’s FINE/Marine CFD software for hydrodynamic modeling.

The post Penguin On Demand Powers Oracle TeaminsideHPC…


From insideHPC

Purdue to Build Rice Supercomputer in a Single Day

Purdue to Build Rice Supercomputer in a Single Day

Today Purdue University announced that staff and volunteers will build it's newest HPC cluster in a single day. The “Install Day” event will take place May 8.

The post Purdue to Build Rice Supercomputer in a Single Day appeared…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Red Green–A different Hello World

Red Green–A different Hello World

Hello World is more or less the ubiquitous first program for most development environments. I hate it. It’s boring. It made a lot of sense in a command line environment but for a more graphical development especially with event…


From insideHPC

Oakley Cluster Powers Satellite Surface Mapping for Disaster Relief in Nepal

Oakley Cluster Powers Satellite Surface Mapping for Disaster Relief in Nepal

Researchers are using supercomputer automated surface mapping technology to help with disaster relief and longer-term stabilization planning efforts related to the recent earthquake in Nepal.

The post Oakley Cluster Powers Satellite…


From Schneier on Security

An Example of Cell Phone Metadata Forensic Surveillance

An Example of Cell Phone Metadata Forensic Surveillance

In this long article on the 2005 assassination of Rafik Hariri in Beirut, there's a detailed section on what the investigators were able to learn from the cell phone metadata: At Eid's request, a judge ordered Lebanon's two cellphone…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing Black Hole Mergers with Blue Waters

Supercomputing Black Hole Mergers with Blue Waters

"The mathematics involved in simulating these events is very sophisticated because one has to solve the equations of Einstein’s general relativity and magneto-hydrodynamics all together. The problem also requires very advanced…


From Putting People First

How cities can design for aging baby boomers (and benefit younger residents too)

How cities can design for aging baby boomers (and benefit younger residents too)

When cities make an effort to accommodate “aging in place,” they typically end up with designs that benefit younger residents too. A new report called “Ageing in Cities,” from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Discovers Knowledge in TED Talks

Watson Discovers Knowledge in TED Talks

Interesting knowledge management technique using Watson.  Any company, or for that matter knowledge developing entity, has this need.  How practical this might be is of question.  Like to see the idea further developed.  In the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Signals and Noise in Observation

Signals and Noise in Observation

On signals and noise and observation, in Nicholas Carr's blog Roughtype:" ... From Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s  ... book Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder, but I found this bit to be intriguing:The more frequently you look…


From Putting People First

Experientia designer Dohun YuLuck Jang 유록 featured in Design 4 Disaster

Experientia designer Dohun YuLuck Jang 유록  featured in Design 4 Disaster

Design 4 Disaster features an engaging illustrated safety manual for ship passengers, a personal project by Experientia designer Dohun YuLuck Jang 유록. After the Korean ferry accident last year, Yuluck (who is Korean) wanted to…


From Putting People First

Why people don’t trust energy-saving gadgets

Why people don’t trust energy-saving gadgets

People’s reluctance to share data about their energy use is likely to stand in the way of “smart” technology designed to promote energy efficiency, experts say. A study, published online in Nature Climate Change, finds that while…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Great Innovative Idea- Machine Teaching

Great Innovative Idea- Machine Teaching

The following Great Innovative Idea is from Dr. Xiaojin (Jerry) Zhu, Associate Professor of Computer Science at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Zhu’s paper Machine Teaching: an Inverse Problem to Machine Learning and an Approach…


From Schneier on Security

The NSA's Voice-to-Text Capabilities

The NSA's Voice-to-Text Capabilities

New article from the Intercept based on the Snowden documents....


From insideHPC

New Intel Xeons Target Realtime Analytics

New Intel Xeons Target Realtime Analytics

Today Intel announced the new Xeon processor E7-8800/4800 v3 product families, delivering accelerated business insight through real-time analytics.

The post New Intel Xeons Target Realtime Analytics appeared first on insideHPC…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More Business Intelligence Automation

More Business Intelligence Automation

In CWorld: Mentions the integration of business intelligence and voice interaction with an operating system.  We could all use a personal assistant with business intelligence advisory and delivery skills. Assuming all the data…


From insideHPC

Nimbix and Mangstor Accelerate High Performance PaaS

Nimbix and Mangstor Accelerate High Performance PaaS

Today Nimbix and Mangstor announced a joint technology offering designed to accelerate high performance data analysis for seismic processing, bioinformatics, and other big data analytics use cases in the Nimbix Cloud.

The post…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Public-Private Partnerships in Computer Science Education

Public-Private Partnerships in Computer Science Education

By: Lorilyn Owens, Director, Oracle Academy North America Industry partners are content providers, augmenting and enhancing curriculum resources. Industry partners are funding sources, helping support classroom resources, professional…


From insideHPC

BlueTides on Blue Waters: The First Galaxies

BlueTides on Blue Waters: The First Galaxies

"The largest high-redshift cosmological simulation of galaxy formation ever has been recently completed by a group of astrophysicists (Drs. Feng, Di-Matteo, Croft, Bird, and Battaglia) from the U.S. and the U.K. This tour-de-force…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Do better written papers get more citations?

Do better written papers get more citations?

Everything else being equal, you would expect short and simple papers to get a wider readership. Long sentences, complicated terms, should all discourage readers from reading further. So you would think that researchers and academics…


From insideHPC

Video: GPUs Power Simulation of the SpaceX Mars Rocket Engine

Video: GPUs Power Simulation of the SpaceX Mars Rocket Engine

"SpaceX is designing a new, methane-fueled engine powerful enough to lift the equipment and personnel needed to colonize Mars. A vital aspect of this effort involves the creation of a multi-physics code to accurately model a …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Make Yourself Unforgettable

Make Yourself Unforgettable

Thinking back on many years in a big company I can remember only a small handful of unforgettable meetings and presentations.    Best for or the right reason, of course.  Were they effective in their goals, and in my remembering…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Random Freebies Creating Loyalty

Random Freebies Creating Loyalty

In Retailwire: This is a classic psych finding, that random rewards can produce a kind of loyalty. Though mostly found in experiments with pigeons.  This was an experiment that was proposed in one of our grand experiments, but…