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June 2015


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

White House OSTP- The Value of Basic Research

White House OSTP- The Value of Basic Research

The following is from the Office of Science and Technology Blog by Jo Handelsman, the Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. People’s appreciation of game-changing new technologies…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AllJoyn to be in New Windows 10

AllJoyn to be in New Windows 10

In Time Mag:  " ... Microsoft announced last November Windows 10 would pack a technology called AllJoyn. An open source framework that encourages devices to be interoperable, AllJoyn was developed by the AllSeen Alliance, a group…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Slide Makeovers for your Presentations

Slide Makeovers for your Presentations

Good short example of how to easily make over your presentations.  Also consider Prezi as a more dramatic change.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Frontiers in Service Science Conference

Frontiers in Service Science Conference

Service science is an area where advisory cognitive systems are of particular and immediate value. Several of my newer colleagues will be presenting at this upcoming conference.  More to follow, will provide some additional news…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Improved Cardboard VR

Improved Cardboard VR

In Engadget:   Better cardboard.  Works for larger phones.  Also includes the system working on IOS systems.  Easy to try." .... Google brought virtual reality to the masses cheaply with Cardboard, a DIY headset announced at…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data Cognitive Text Challenges in Health Care and Patent Law

Big Data Cognitive Text Challenges in Health Care and Patent Law

In today's CSIG Call:RP Raghupathi from Fordham presented Big Data Analytics challenges today on our Cognitive Systems Institute Speaker Series. RP presented "Big Data Analytics in Healthcare, Social Media and Patent Law Cases…


From insideHPC

Video: Three Ways to Debug Parallel CUDA Applications

Video: Three Ways to Debug Parallel CUDA Applications

"This talk will introduce these three debugging techniques and provide some suggestions on selecting the optimal approach for a variety of debugging scenarios such as hangs, numerical errors, and crashes. Specific examples will…


From Schneier on Security

Yet Another New Biometric: Brainprints

Yet Another New Biometric: Brainprints

New research: In "Brainprint," a newly published study in academic journal Neurocomputing, researchers from Binghamton University observed the brain signals of 45 volunteers as they read a list of 75 acronyms, such as FBI and…


From Computational Complexity

Langs with provably bigger CFG's then CSG's

In a prior blog entry HERE I discussed very large differences in the size of machines. I didn't discuss CFG vs CSG so I'll do that now. We assume that the CFGs and CSGs are in Chomsky Normal Form (for CSG this means that RHS…


From Blog@Ubiquity

Are We Wrong About Innovation?

Are We Wrong About Innovation?

The notion that creating ideas and imagining new worlds fashioned around these ideas are the keys to innovation is all wrong. Ideation is not innovation

The post Are We Wrong About Innovation? appeared first on BLOG@UBIQUITY.


From insideHPC

STAR-CCM+ Scales to 102,000 Cores on Blue Waters

STAR-CCM+ Scales to 102,000 Cores on Blue Waters

NCSA recently announced a new world record by scaling CD-adapco’s flagship simulation tool STAR-CCM+ to 102,000 cores on the Blue Waters supercomputer.

The post STAR-CCM+ Scales to 102,000 Cores on Blue Waters appeared firstinsideHPC…


From insideHPC

Fortissimo Forum 2015 Comes to Amsterdam July 8

Fortissimo Forum 2015 Comes to Amsterdam July 8

The Fortissimo Consortium will host their Fortissimo Forum on HPC Cloud Computing on July 8 in Amsterdam.

The post Fortissimo Forum 2015 Comes to Amsterdam July 8 appeared first on insideHPC.


From insideHPC

Load Balancing Using OpenMP 4.0

Load Balancing Using OpenMP 4.0

OpenMP 4.0 standard now allows for the offloading of portions of the application, in order to take more advantage of many-core accelerators such as the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor.

The post Load Balancing Using OpenMP 4.0 appeared…


From insideHPC

HPCAC Brazil Conference Comes Rio Aug. 26

HPCAC Brazil Conference Comes Rio Aug. 26

Today the HPC Advisory Council announced that the 2nd Annual HPCAC Brazil Conference 2015 will take place Aug. 26 at Laboratório Nacional de Computação in Rio de Janeiro.

The post HPCAC Brazil Conference Comes Rio Aug. 26 appeared…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Taking Things To Another Level

Taking Things To Another Level

Many of my Explorations in Computer Science students are creating a version of the Lights Out game as their final project. (Instructions at the bottom if you’re curious.)  In this course we are only able to cover some very basic…


From Schneier on Security

2015 EPIC Champions of Freedom Dinner

2015 EPIC Champions of Freedom Dinner

Monday night, EPIC -- that's the Electronic Privacy Information Center -- had its annual Champions of Freedom Dinner. I tell you this for two reasons. One, I received a Lifetime Achievement Award. (I was incredibly honored to…


From My Biased Coin

More Good News for SEAS

More Good News for SEAS

About six months ago, I was able to point to a nice gift from Steve Ballmer for Computer Science at Harvard.  Today, more good news, this time for all of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences:  a $400 million…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Book: The Gamification ToolKit

Book: The Gamification ToolKit

Just received.   They write:The Gamification ToolkitDynamics, Mechanics, and Components for the Win, by Kevin Werbach and Dan HunterAn all-new ebook from the authors of For the Win, the global hit that has been called “a game…


From Schneier on Security

Smart Billboards Recognize Cops

Smart Billboards Recognize Cops

There are smart billboards in Russia that change what they display when cops are watching. Of course there are a gazillion ways this kind of thing will go wrong. I'm more interested in the general phenomenon of smart devices…


From BLOG@CACM

From Russia, Without Love

From Russia, Without Love

Considering Russia's alleged involvement in international cyber incidents, and its willingness to stop them.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Using Prezi for Dynamic Presentations

Using Prezi for Dynamic Presentations

A TED talk example of how to use the slide show alternative Prezi to give a more dynamic form of presentation.  Well done, and an interesting topic.   Easy to try for your next presentation.


From Apophenia

I miss not being scared.

I miss not being scared.

From the perspective of an adult in this society, I’ve taken a lot of stupid risks in my life. Physical risks like outrunning cops and professional risks like knowingly ignoring academic protocol. I have some scars, but I’ve…


From insideHPC

Advanced Clustering to Build UC Merced Supercomputer

Advanced Clustering to Build UC Merced Supercomputer

Today the University of California Merced announced that it has selected Advanced Clustering Technologies to build a cluster supercomputer that will support research at the institution.

The post Advanced Clustering to Build UC…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Learning and the Scientific Mind

Learning and the Scientific Mind

Today's ISSIP Talk:  Jan Visser, President of Learning Development Institute. Talk: “Building the Scientific Mind: A lifelong human development challenge”.Background site.  And on Facebook.Further discussion of talk in Linkedin…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Insight to Action Seminar: Linking Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics

Insight to Action Seminar: Linking Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics

Yesterday saw a very good DSC seminar by Mikhail Lakirovich of IBM.  This presented how IBM is integrating machine learning methods and decision optimization.  They demonstrated SPSS Modeler, which we used widely when it used…


From insideHPC

ISC 2015 Early Bird Rates end June 10

ISC 2015 Early Bird Rates end June 10

There is still time to enjoy early bird registration rates the 30th annual ISC High Performance conference. Reduced rates end June 10 for the conference, which takes place July 12-16 in Frankfurt, Germany.

The post ISC 2015 Early…


From insideHPC

HPCAC Spain Conference Returns to Barcelona Sept. 22

HPCAC Spain Conference Returns to Barcelona Sept. 22

Today the HPC Advisory Council announced the HPCAC Spain Conference 2015. The event takes place Sept. 22 at the Campus Diagonal Nord in Barcelona, Spain.

The post HPCAC Spain Conference Returns to Barcelona Sept. 22 appearedinsideHPC…


From insideHPC

Video: Beta Review of Intel Parallel Studio XE 2016

Video: Beta Review of Intel Parallel Studio XE 2016

In this video, Rick Leinecker from Slashdot Media reviews the beta version of Intel Parallel Studio XE 2016. Leinecker describes several of the notable features and updates, including OpenMP enhancements, vastly improved computer…


From insideHPC

ArrayFire Updates GPU Software Library

ArrayFire Updates GPU Software Library

Today ArrayFire announced the release of Version 3.0 of their high-speed software library for GPU computing. The new version features major changes to ArrayFire’s visualization library, a new CPU backend, and dense linear algebra…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Great Innovative Idea- Known Unknowns: Testing in the Presence of Uncertainty

Great Innovative Idea- Known Unknowns: Testing in the Presence of Uncertainty

The following Great Innovative Idea is from Sebastian Elbaum, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and David S. Rosenblum, Dean of the School of Computing at the National University…