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November 2016


From insideHPC

Computational Biologist Klaus Schulten passes away

Computational Biologist Klaus Schulten passes away

“When I was a young man, my goal was to look with mathematical and computational means at the inside of cells, one atom at a time, to decipher how living systems work. That is what I strived for and I never deflected from this goal.” -- Klaus Schulten from the Beckman InstituteKlaus Schulten, professor of physics and Beckman Institute faculty member for nearly 25 years, has died after an illness. Klaus Schulten was a frequent speaker at the SC conference series as well GTC and many others. "I enjoyed…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Announces New Program to Support Institutes for Theoretical Foundations of Data Science

NSF Announces New Program to Support Institutes for Theoretical Foundations of Data Science

The following is a guest blog post by Tracy Kimbrel, Program Director, in Computing and Communication Foundations and Gera Jochum, Communications Specialist, in the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate…


From insideHPC

Interview: John Gustafson on Technology Disruption and the StartupHPC Workshop

Interview: John Gustafson on Technology Disruption and the StartupHPC Workshop

John Gustafson from A*Star in SingaporeJohn Gustafson from A*Star will keynote the third annual StartupHPC Workshop on Nov 14 in Salt Lake City with a talk on Technology Disruption. Known to many in the HPC community as the father of Gustafson’s Law, John Gustafson…


From insideHPC

SGI Awarded $27M Systems Contract with ARL

SGI Awarded $27M Systems Contract with ARL

dodmodToday, SGI announced that the United States Department of Defense (DoD) has selected SGI ICE XA for two of its Army Research Laboratory Defense Supercomputing Resource Center systems. The upgrades are part of a technology insertion…


From BLOG@CACM

Is Academia Guilty of Intellectual Colonization of Practice?

Is Academia Guilty of Intellectual Colonization of Practice?

Researchers should not treat practitioners as mere objects of their studies or simple sources of data, but work towards creating research partnerships with practitioners.


From insideHPC

Cray CS6400 Supercomputer Coming to Baylor University

Cray CS6400 Supercomputer Coming to Baylor University

universityprofilesbaylorbearsToday Cray announced that Baylor University has selected a Cray CS400 cluster supercomputer, further demonstrating its commitment to transformative research. The Cray system will serve as the primary high performance computing…


From insideHPC

DDN to Demonstrate Latest HPC Technology at SC16

DDN to Demonstrate Latest HPC Technology at SC16

ddn2Today DDN announced plans to showcase innovations in HPC leadership at SC16 in Salt Lake City. DDN will feature and demonstrate new advancements in flash for HPC, Lustre* parallel file system performance and security, and open…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blockchain Beyond Bitcoin

Blockchain Beyond Bitcoin

Good, Non technical piece in the CACM.   By Sarah Underwood
Communications of the ACM, Vol. 59 No. 11, Pages 15-17

" ... Blockchain Technology has attracted attention as the basis of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, but its capabilities…


From insideHPC

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Completes Acquisition of SGI

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Completes Acquisition of SGI

hpeToday Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced that it has completed its acquisition of SGI, a global leader in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management, for $7.75 per share in cash. “This deal combines…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Transforming Analytics to Core Business Model

Transforming Analytics to Core Business Model

Well done,  having followed this the beginning of the career, I agree.  We tried to make it in to a 'competency', but it always seemed that too few people wanted to engage with the training.  Better deal with it terms of 'decision…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Measuring Pen

A Measuring Pen

Once had a job where I had to do lots of measurements, and this would have been great.  Still in progress.

Smart pen measures the dimensions of virtually any object
The Instrumments 01 sends depth, height and length right to your…


From The Eponymous Pickle

China Rating Everyone

China Rating Everyone

A plan to organize Chinese society by rating everyone.  In the CACM: " ... Imagine a world where an authoritarian government monitors everything you do, amasses huge amounts of data on almost every interaction you make, and awards…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More G Suite

More G Suite

Note also the integration with Slack.  Putting together workplace capabilities.  Thinking lists.  Competing with Microsoft

 Google is turning spreadsheets, documents and presentations into to-do lists
Action Items help remind people…


From insideHPC

Fuel Your Insight with Intel Multiple SC16 Engagement Opportunities

Fuel Your Insight with Intel Multiple SC16 Engagement Opportunities

SC16-logoSC16 is just around the corner and there so much to explore. On suggestion is to visit with Intel learn how you can power your breakthrough innovations and discoveries with Intel Scalable System Framework. Read on for a list …


From Putting People First

New report on service design impact in public sector

New report on service design impact in public sector

sdnreport_pubicsectorIn this free report (pdf, 109 pages), the Service Design Network – in collaboration with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency – has identified five different areas in the public sector that are relevant for service design: policy…


From Schneier on Security

Card Game Based on the Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma

Card Game Based on the Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma

Interesting....


From Mostafa Dehghani

Poison Pills and Antidots: Inoculating Relevance Feedback

Poison Pills and Antidots: Inoculating Relevance Feedback

"Poison Pills and Antidots: Inoculating Relevance Feedback", an article published in Amsterdam Science Magazine as one of the cool contributions of our CIKM2016 paper. We also have a extended abstract describing this part, accepted…

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