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June 2015


From insideHPC

Software Defined Storage Improves Efficiency

Software Defined Storage Improves Efficiency

Software defined storage (SDS) is a concept that can cut costs and improve efficiency in many organizations. The ebook, Software Defined Storage for Dummies, is a great introduction to how SDS can benefit organizations and reduce…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dawn of AI, Again

Dawn of AI, Again

In the Economist:  Riding a new wave ...The dawn of artificial intelligencePowerful computers will reshape humanity’s future. How to ensure the promise outweighs the perilsDread that the abominations people create will become…


From insideHPC

Oxford Installs New Lenovo Cluster

Oxford Installs New Lenovo Cluster

One of Lenovo's first HPC clusters has been installed at the University of Oxford in the UK.

The post Oxford Installs New Lenovo Cluster appeared first on insideHPC.


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

You Know You Are A Computer Teacher When …

You Know You Are A Computer Teacher When …

Recently I saw this meme posted on Facebook.

Because I teach computer science and am always looking for interesting projects my immediate thought was “well this might make an interesting coding project.” It’s a chance to do …


From CERIAS Blog

Teaching Information Security

Teaching Information Security

Let me recommend an article in Communications of the ACM, June 2015, vol 6(2), pp. 64-69. The piece is entitled PLUS ÇA CHANGE, PLUS C’EST LA MÊME CHOSE, and the author is the redoubtable Corey Schou.

Corey has been working in…


From CERIAS Blog

Teaching Information Security

Teaching Information Security

Let me recommend an article in Communications of the ACM, June 2015, vol 6(2), pp. 64-69. The piece is entitled PLUS ÇA CHANGE, PLUS C’EST LA MÊME CHOSE, and the author is the redoubtable Corey Schou.

Corey has been working in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Announces One Stop Privacy and Security Hub

Google Announces One Stop Privacy and Security Hub

In Google Official Blog: Just announced. Nice idea to have this in one place for ease of access.  Some critics suggest that this could make it more vulnerable, but I don't think so.   You can also adjust privacy, and I wonder…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Polinode Asks for Input

Polinode Asks for Input

I continue to update information this graph analytics method, aimed at real-world organization problems.  More at the Polinode tag below. Andrew Pitts writes: Polinode has now been in private beta for a while and we have been…


From Schneier on Security

The Onion on NSA Surveillance

The Onion on NSA Surveillance

Funny, and true. More seriously....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Siri, Cortana and SoundHound Compared

Siri, Cortana and SoundHound Compared

In CIO Today.  Interesting look at current state of human to machine advisory communications.  Much I would like to learn from the comparison.  What's best in understanding and Semantics?   Or is it really more about an adaptable…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture Series – Claire Tomlin

NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture Series – Claire Tomlin

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is pleased to announce a distinguished lecture on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 2:30 pm EST by Dr. Claire Tomlin titled…


From insideHPC

HP Labs Reveals Progress on The Machine

HP Labs Reveals Progress on The Machine

In this video from HP Discover 2015, panelists from HP Labs describe their progress on developing The Machine, an all-new computing architecture.

The post HP Labs Reveals Progress on The Machine appeared first on insideHPC.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger Adding Jobs

Kroger Adding Jobs

This includes jobs in Supply Chain, HR and online digital innovation.  Kroger continues to see innovative changes.   See the Kroger tag below for more examples of their work.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data and Risk Management

Big Data and Risk Management

In CWorld: A very natural place to apply pattern recognition.  Risk Management.  Deloitte and IBM at work.  To take it further, any part of business that generates large amounts of quickly changing data, would benefit.


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Google Got Design

How Google Got Design

Interesting example of emergence of better design in Technology.  In FastCoDesign: " ... How Google Finally Got Design ... Google’s transformation into a company that creates beautiful software is the story of how tech itself…


From insideHPC

Video: HPC Trends in the Trenches from Bio-IT World

Video: HPC Trends in the Trenches from Bio-IT World

In this video, Chris Dagdigian from Bioteam delivers his annual assessment of the best, the worthwhile, and the most overhyped information technologies for life sciences at the 2015 Bio-IT World Conference & Expo in Boston.

The…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Technotrash and the Future

Technotrash and the Future

Part of our job as teachers is to excite our students about computing and to show them how computers affect their lives, both now and in the future. These days, many of our students are (rightly) concerned about the environment…


From insideHPC

Intel to Purchase Altera for $16.7 Billion

Intel to Purchase Altera for $16.7 Billion

Intel is to buy Altera, a maker of programmable logic semiconductors, for $16.7 billion, strengthening its presence in the data-centre market.

The post Intel to Purchase Altera for $16.7 Billion appeared first on insideHPC.


From insideHPC

Cray Opens EMEA Headquarters in Bristol

Cray Opens EMEA Headquarters in Bristol

Today Cray announced the establishment of its European, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) headquarters at the Company's new office in Bristol, United Kingdom. The office will serve as a regional base for Cray EMEA sales, service,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cloud Beacon Technology Example

Cloud Beacon Technology Example

Brought to my attention via Kontakt.io  work with Carrefour.  They write:"  ... The Cloud Beacon connects the Internet of Things together, giving real-time access to beacons that are deployed anywhere in the world through the…


From Schneier on Security

TSA Not Detecting Weapons at Security Checkpoints

TSA Not Detecting Weapons at Security Checkpoints

This isn't good: An internal investigation of the Transportation Security Administration revealed security failures at dozens of the nation's busiest airports, where undercover investigators were able to smuggle mock explosives…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Argonne’s Susan Coghlan Discusses HPC

Podcast: Argonne’s Susan Coghlan Discusses HPC

In this Tech Shift podcast, Argonne’s Deputy Director for its leadership computing facility, Susan Coghlan, discusses high performance computing and STEM careers for women.

The post Podcast: Argonne’s Susan Coghlan Discusses…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Fun With Fonts – Adding A Little Extra Information

Fun With Fonts – Adding A Little Extra Information

This week I was working through some examples of looping with students in my Explorations in Computer Science course.  We created a simple program with some nested loops to print some old-fashioned ASCII art. We created a triangle…


From Putting People First

The user experience of binge watching (and other behavioral shifts in the multiscreen home)

The user experience of binge watching (and other behavioral shifts in the multiscreen home)

Today, consumers are prepared to spend significant amounts of time binge watching because they can determine their own viewing schedules, allowing them to watch what they want, when they want, writes Colin Morrison, Vice President…


From Writing

Moving to Italy: Our Digital Garage Sale

Moving to Italy: Our Digital Garage Sale

This summer, my girlfriend and I are moving to Florence, Italy. It’s exciting. It’s scary. It’s insane. And it’s going to take a lot of work.


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

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From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Puzzling Evidence

Exponential hardness connects broadly to quadratic time Cropped from src1, src2 Arturs Backurs and Piotr Indyk are student and advisor. The latter, Piotr, is one of the leading algorithms and complexity theorists in the world—what…


From Computational Complexity

Award Season

László Babai will receive the 2015 Knuth Prize and Daniel Spielman and Shang-Hua Teng will receive the 2015 Gödel Prize. ACM issued a press release for both awards which will be presented at the upcoming STOC at FCRC. Babai…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Early Designs for Classroom Games Teaching Computer Science Principles

Early Designs for Classroom Games Teaching Computer Science Principles

We have been working on designs for three classroom games as part of our Gram's House story project.  Each game teaches a different computer science principle, and has three different forms: an abstract game, a game with a fictional…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Facility Management System

Facility Management System

Just brought to my attention:CINCINNATI, May 4, 2015 — Ascendum Solutions, a global information technology (IT) provider, announced today that it completed the acquisition of technology and business assets of FMS, a subsidiary…