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August 2016


From insideHPC

Curtiss-Wright & Dolphin Speed HPEC System Fabric

Curtiss-Wright & Dolphin Speed HPEC System Fabric

Today Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division announced that it is collaborating with Dolphin Interconnect Solutions to bring Dolphin’s eXpressWare PCIe Software Suite to the embedded aerospace and defense market. Available…


From insideHPC

GPUs Power World’s Highest Density Deep Learning Supercomputer in a Box

GPUs Power World’s Highest Density Deep Learning Supercomputer in a Box

Orange Silicon Valley and CocoLink Corp have built a functional prototype of what they're calling "the world's highest density Deep Learning Supercomputer in a box." Using the CoCoLink KLIMAX 210 server, they were able to load…


From insideHPC

Bright Cluster Manager 7.3 Enhances Container Support

Bright Cluster Manager 7.3 Enhances Container Support

Today Bright Computing released Version 7.3 of Bright Cluster Manager and Bright OpenStack. With enhanced support for containers, the new release has enhanced integration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), improvements to the interface…


From insideHPC

BSC Powers New Hurricane Threat Tracker

BSC Powers New Hurricane Threat Tracker

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center and Colorado State University have launched a new website to track seasonal hurricane forecasts and the evolution of hurricane activity. The website shows the average number of hurricanes that…


From Computational Complexity

Seymour Papert (1928-2016)

Seymour Papert, the great AI pioneer, passed away Sunday at the age of 88. In the theory community we best know him for his 1969 book Perceptrons with Marvin Minsky, who died earlier this year. In that book they show that a…


From insideHPC

The Core Technologies for Deep Learning

The Core Technologies for Deep Learning

Given the compute and data intensive nature of deep learning which has significant overlaps with the needs of the high performance computing market, theTOP500 list provides a good proxy of the current market dynamics and trends…


From Phys.org Technology News

Pokemon hunting proves costly for Japanese Olympic star Uchimura

Pokemon hunting proves costly for Japanese Olympic star Uchimura

Japanese gymnastics star Kohei Uchimura was left counting the cost of his recent addiction to Pokemon Go at the Rio Olympics.


From Phys.org Technology News

How to reduce the risk of whiplash in car accidents

How to reduce the risk of whiplash in car accidents

The UK has been called the "whiplash capital of Europe" after insurance giant Aviva revealed that the number of whiplash injuries reported in 2015 was predicted to top 840,000, up 9.7% on the previous year. This, said Aviva,…


From Schneier on Security

NIST is No Longer Recommending Two-Factor Authentication Using SMS

NIST is No Longer Recommending Two-Factor Authentication Using SMS

NIST is no longer recommending two-factor authentication systems that use SMS, because of their many insecurities. In the latest draft of its Digital Authentication Guideline, there's the line: [Out of band verification] using…


From insideHPC

Addressing Diversity at EuroMPI

Addressing Diversity at EuroMPI

In this special guest feature, Toni Collis from EPCC writes about her ongoing efforts to improve diversity in High Performance Computing. Improving diversity at conferences should be high up on the agenda for everyone. It is …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Flower and Plant Recognition

Flower and Plant  Recognition

As a Botanist of sorts, always of interest.   And how it differs from face recognition.Machine Learning Researchers Team Up With Chinese Botanists on Flower-Recognition ProjectMicrosoft Research Asia scientists, working withThe…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A History of E-Mail

A History of E-Mail

An interesting detailed history of e-mail.   Remember parts of it that I played with on the Arpanet.  It remains surprising how 'recently' some of this was created.  Seems its been around much longer fouling up our communications…


From insideHPC

SC16 Keynote to Focus on Cognitive Computing

SC16 Keynote to Focus on Cognitive Computing

Today SC16 announced that Katharine Frase has been selected as the SC16 Keynote Speaker. "We are thrilled to have such an experienced pioneer and leader address pressing issues across so many industry fronts,” says John West,…


From insideHPC

International HPC Summer School Prepares Next Generation

International HPC Summer School Prepares Next Generation

XSEDE reports that this year's International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences was a rousing success. "This program is an excellent mix of high performance computing knowledge and meeting international…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2)

DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2)

The DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2) is the first-of-its-kind collaborative machine-learning competition to overcome scarcity in the radio frequency (RF) spectrum. Today, spectrum is managed by dividing it into rigid…


From insideHPC

Steve Oberlin Presents: Accelerating Understanding – Machine Learning & Intelligent Applications

Steve Oberlin Presents: Accelerating Understanding – Machine Learning & Intelligent Applications

Steve Oberlin from Nvidia presented this talk at The Digital Future conference. "Oberlin will discuss machine learning and neural networks, explore a few advanced applications based on deep learning algorithms, discuss the foundation…


From insideHPC

Penguin Computing Powers Chinook Cluster at University of Alaska Fairbanks

Penguin Computing Powers Chinook Cluster at University of Alaska Fairbanks

Today Penguin Computing announced that it is delivering an energy-efficient, HPC cluster to the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The new cluster, based on Penguin Computing’s Relion server family was first delivered in April 2016…


From insideHPC

One Stop Systems Partners with Liqid on 3U Flash Storage Array

One Stop Systems Partners with Liqid on 3U Flash Storage Array

"We have partnered with Liqid to provide our customers with a leading option for enterprise-class flash storage. OSS is one of the only companies currently producing expansion products as dense as this FSA. By combining our PCIe…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Let us talk about the Luddite problem…

Let us talk about the Luddite problem…

This morning I woke up to an interview on the radio (yes, I still have a radio somehow) with pharmacists who decided (gulp!) to try to fulfill prescriptions by mail. This is 2016. I can probably get almost all the chemical compounds…


From [email protected]

A Presidential Policy Directive With Little Direction

A Presidential Policy Directive With Little Direction

Cybersecurity is integral in nature in a very connected world; the insecurity of some contributes to the vulnerability of all.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Surveillance State as a Gadget

Surveillance State as a Gadget

Quite an extensive look at how advanced surveillance is now 'affordable':What Happens When the Surveillance State Becomes an Affordable Gadget?Maybe it doesn’t faze you that your local police have a $400,000 device that listens…


From Phys.org Technology News

Video gamers turn to science for virtual edge

Video gamers turn to science for virtual edge

For some people, video gaming is an activity relegated to the weekends and that all too rare spare time.


From Phys.org Technology News

How computer algorithms shape our experience of the real world

How computer algorithms shape our experience of the real world

The use of algorithms to filter and present information online is increasingly shaping our everyday experience of the real world, a study published by Information, Communication & Society argues.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Promoting Scientific Papers to the Public

Promoting Scientific Papers to the Public

Promoting, and often translating scientific papers and ideas to the more general public.  Its a little like what this kind of blog does.  And what I did in various enterprises.   Help semi-technical management understand theIn…


From Schneier on Security

New Presidential Directive on Incident Response

New Presidential Directive on Incident Response

Last week, President Obama issued a policy directive (PPD-41) on cyber-incident response coordination. The FBI is in charge, which is no surprise. Actually, there's not much surprising in the document. I suppose it's important…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Artificial Intelligence and the Supply Chain

Artificial Intelligence and the Supply Chain

In Financial Experess:   Artificial Intelligence: The next big thing in Supply Chain ManagementImagine the endless possibilities of learning from 2.5 quintillion bytes of data generated every day. Artificial intelligence (AI)…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The State of our General Assistants

The State of our General Assistants

Two major general assistance capabilities for computing platforms, Cortana and Siri continue to improve and expand.  It looks like this kind of voice driven intelligence will become the standard.   Mashable compares the power…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cisco Service Innovation Center

Cisco Service Innovation Center

This week’s presenter for the ISSIP Service Innovation Weekly Speaker Series is Craig Wirkus, Innovation Program Manager, Cisco Services Innovation Excellence Center (SIEC). This is a special 45-60 minutes presentation that will…


From Schneier on Security

Security Vulnerabilities in Wireless Keyboards

Security Vulnerabilities in Wireless Keyboards

Most of them are unencrypted, which makes them vulnerable to all sorts of attacks: On Tuesday Bastille's research team revealed a new set of wireless keyboard attacks they're calling Keysniffer. The technique, which they're planning…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Seymour Papert Dies

Seymour Papert Dies

We followed him closely in our AI years.  Also a developer of the Logo language and Lego Mindstorms.  Developed much in the area of technology driven learning.Seymour Papert, theorist behind One Laptop Per Child, dies at 88South…