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May 2016


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Computer Science Making Numbers More Interesting

Computer Science Making Numbers More Interesting

Last night I lay awake thinking about numbers and programming languages. Yes I know – weird.  One of the first programming languages I was paid to write code in was called DIBOL – Digital’s Business Oriented Language. It was …


From Schneier on Security

Credential Stealing as an Attack Vector

Credential Stealing as an Attack Vector

Traditional computer security concerns itself with vulnerabilities. We employ antivirus software to detect malware that exploits vulnerabilities. We have automatic patching systems to fix vulnerabilities. We debate whether the…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing van der Waals Forces on Mira

Supercomputing van der Waals Forces on Mira

Over at ALCF, Katie Jones writes that researchers are using the Mira supercomputer to validate a new “wave-like” model of the van der Waals force—a weak attraction that has strong ties to function and stability in materials and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google OnHub with IFTTT is Looking Like an Echo

Google OnHub with IFTTT is Looking Like an Echo

When Google first introduced the OnHub, it looked like a too complex and expensive Wifi hub.  Did not give it much thought.  But when hooked to the IFTTT engine with 'recipes', announced today,  it becomes a control box thatThis…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Semantic Ecosystem

A Semantic Ecosystem

A big challenge.  What is a semantic Ecosystem?  By Topquadrant: A like the thoughts to a combination of data, metadata and services ... via an ontology.SEMANTIC ECOSYSTEM – WHAT’S THAT ABOUT?A semantic ecosystem is a modernAdd…


From insideHPC

Video: DSSD Scalable High Performance FLASH Systems

Video: DSSD Scalable High Performance FLASH Systems

Jeff Bonwick from EMC DSSD presented this talk at the MSST conference. "Jeff Bonwick is co-founder and CTO of DSSD, where he co-invented both the system hardware architecture and the Flood software stack. His talk will focus …


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Artificial Intelligence for Social Good

Artificial Intelligence for Social Good

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is proud to announce a White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), and CCC co-sponsored public workshop…


From Schneier on Security

Julian Sanchez on the Feinstein-Burr Bill

Julian Sanchez on the Feinstein-Burr Bill

Two excellent posts....


From insideHPC

Edison Supercomputer Helps Find Roots of MJO Modeling Mismatches

Edison Supercomputer Helps Find Roots of MJO Modeling Mismatches

The MJO occurs on its own timetable—every 30 to 60 days—but its worldwide impact spurs scientists to unlock its secrets. The ultimate answer? Timely preparation for the precipitation havoc it brings—and insight into how it will…


From insideHPC

Time-lapse Video: Cray Install at UK Met Office

Time-lapse Video: Cray Install at UK Met Office

In this video, technicians install a new supercomputer at UK Met Office. The Met Office is the National Weather Service for the UK, providing internationally-renowned weather and climate science and services to support the public…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Getting Aboard the Food Truck Revolution

Getting Aboard the Food Truck Revolution

In Retailwire.  Here this talks about the Food Truck Concept in retail in particular.  A useful conversation.  But taking it further, should CPG and other companies look at this as well?   Building  word of mouth driven channels…


From insideHPC

HPC and the HDC Datacenter

HPC and the HDC Datacenter

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Darren Watkins from Virtus Data Centres explains the importance of building a data centre from the ground up to support the requirements of HPC users - while maximizing…


From Phys.org Technology News

In Tech: Dish techs fix iPhones, Best Buy gets Oculus VR

In Tech: Dish techs fix iPhones, Best Buy gets Oculus VR

When Dish technicians aren't busy installing satellite TV services in people's homes, they'll be making house calls to replace iPhone batteries and broken screens.


From insideHPC

An Open Letter to the HPC Community

An Open Letter to the HPC Community

Altair is making a big investment toward uniting the whole HPC community to accelerate the state of the art (and the state of actual production operations) for HPC scheduling. Altair is joining the OpenHPC project with PBS Pro…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Email: how to be polite and efficient

Email: how to be polite and efficient

Email is an old platform, but it still represents the cornerstone of most of our work online. Surprisingly, many people seem to be using email poorly. Here are a few basic rules to keep us productive. Long emails are inefficient…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Now Accenture's MyWizard Works

Now Accenture's MyWizard Works

From Accenture Newsroom:Accenture Launches Intelligent Automation Platform to Deliver Smarter, More Efficient Application Services that Improve Business OutcomesAccenture Launches Intelligent Automation Platform to Deliver Smarter…


From Phys.org Technology News

What readers think about computer-generated texts

What readers think about computer-generated texts

Readers like to read texts generated by computers, especially when they are unaware that what they are reading was assembled on the basis of an algorithm. This, at any rate, is the conclusion suggested by the results of an experiment…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Homes

Smart Homes

Good overview of the state and direction of smart home technology  " ... Smartphones, mesh networks and cloud computing are enabling the long-awaited smart home. Standards and open-source software could make them ubiquitous.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Parallel Graph Analytics

Parallel Graph Analytics

Extensive piece on this in the CACM.   This studies the structure of complex graphs, similar to graph analytics.  Had never heard exactly this term used for similar visualization capabilities.  See the Graph Analytics tag below…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator

Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator

Samsung continues to move ahead, with smart hubs in standard appliances.  Very expensive appliances.  Such white goods appliances have the problem of dealing with synchronizing with high tech systems, which have historically"…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Claude Shannon

Claude Shannon

Historical piece on one my favorite pioneers of the computing era.  A problem we are still dealing with, the relationship between knowledge and data.  Rarely have heard of Shannon in recent years. Worth knowing the story " ..…


From Schneier on Security

Fake Security Conferences

Fake Security Conferences

Turns out there are two different conferences with the title International Conference on Cyber Security (ICCS 2016), one real and one fake. Richard Clayton has the story....


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Announces New Leadership

CCC Announces New Leadership

Today we are happy to announce the new CCC leadership. Elizabeth Mynatt and Mark Hill will assume their roles as Chair and Vice Chair respectively for two-year terms beginning July 1, while Greg Hager is stepping down after two…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Innovation Takes Focus

Innovation Takes Focus

About the focusing of innovation.  In Innovation Excellence.   Well done with historical examples about mission and strategy.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ontology Editing

Ontology Editing

Brought to my attention.  We worked with Stanford Knowledge Systems Lab in the past. They have made some progress since thenProtogeA free, open-source ontology editor and framework for building intelligent systemsProtégé is supported…


From insideHPC

Women in HPC to Host Events at ISC 2016

Women in HPC to Host Events at ISC 2016

The Women in HPC organization will host a Workshop and a BoF at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt. "Once again we will bring together women from across the international HPC community, providing opportunities to network, showcasing the work…


From insideHPC

Lustre 101: A Quick Overview

Lustre 101: A Quick Overview

In this video from LUG 2016 in Portland, Steve Simms from Indiana University presents: Lustre 101 - A Quick Overview. Now in its 14th year, the Lustre User Group is the industry’s primary venue for discussion and seminars on …


From insideHPC

Announcing the COMPSs 1.4 Programming Environment from BSC

Announcing the COMPSs 1.4 Programming Environment from BSC

Today the Barcelona Supercomputing Center released version 1.4 of the COMPSs programming environment. COMPSs includes new features that improves runtime performance, a new tracing infrastructure, and support for dockers and Chameleon…


From insideHPC

Video: SGI Production Supercomputing

Video: SGI Production Supercomputing

Mark Seamans from SGI presented this talk at the HPC User Forum in Tucson. "As the trusted leader in high performance computing, SGI helps companies find answers to the world’s biggest challenges. Our commitment to innovation…


From insideHPC

Dr Zoe Cournia to Receive 1st PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC

Dr Zoe Cournia to Receive 1st PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC

Today PRACE announced that Dr Zoe Cournia is the recipient of the 1st PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC. As a Computational Chemist, Investigator – Assistant Professor level at the Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens…