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September 2016


From insideHPC

Powering Aircraft CFD with the Piz Daint Supercomputer

Powering Aircraft CFD with the Piz Daint Supercomputer

Piz Daint Supercomputer at CSCSThe Piz Daint supercomputer at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) is again assisting researchers in competition for the prestigious Gordon Bell prize. "Researchers led by Peter Vincent from Imperial College London…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Exhaust

Data Exhaust

Relatively new term as it relates to the data lake  " ... There are no standard definitions or schemas for data exhaust, which tends to be raw and unstructured, but in many ways, it's equivalent to the byproducts associated with…


From Putting People First

Great engine, but the fuel seems poor. Discussing insight development in corporate marketing

Great engine, but the fuel seems poor. Discussing insight development in corporate marketing

marijahbaccamThe September issue of the Harvard Business Review (HBR) contains a lengthy essay, entitled Building an Insights Engine, on how Unilever has created the organizational capabilities to “transform data into insights about consumers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kalman Filter Co-Inventor

Kalman Filter Co-Inventor

Rudolf Kalman,  inventor of the ubiquitous filter of the same name, died recently at the age of 86.     Out of MIT and Columbia.  Impressive work whose value was not immediately understood, but ultimately enabled space travel…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smaller and More Flexible Tracking Motes

Smaller and More Flexible Tracking Motes

RFID, AIDC, and IoT News: Intel Demonstrates New Mote that Can Track Parcel Handling History

Idea Not New, but Approach Is, with Tiny Mote Powered by Wi-Fi Networks

It's been a long time since SCDigest has written anything about…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

How Hard, Really, is SAT?

A new longest computer proof makes us wonder about things from security to the Exponential Time Hypothesis Marijn Heule, Oliver Kullmann, and Victor Marek are experts in practical SAT solvers. They recently used this ability


From The Eponymous Pickle

Process Examination and Mining

Process Examination and Mining

Brought to my Attention again.  Worth a look.   Every data analytics problem should start with an understanding of the underlying process.  Its OK to start very simple, but do start with something.   Get agreement to its correctness…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Word 2016 Researcher Feature

Word 2016 Researcher Feature

Happened on this.  I note that this does not appear in the current version,  but in the insider addition of Word  2016 in Office 365.   This method lets you quickly assemble research from searches while developing a document.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Advantages of Classification Algorithms

Advantages of Classification Algorithms

Machine learning is often a classification problem.  In marketing its often segmentation.  Here a good, largely nontechnical article on the advantages of  different classification methods. With a number of in practice comments…


From insideHPC

Video: User Managed Virtual Clusters in Comet

Video: User Managed Virtual Clusters in Comet

Rick Wagner, SDSC HPC Systems ManagerRick Wagner from SDSC presented this talk at the the 4th Annual MVAPICH User Group. "At SDSC, we have created a novel framework and infrastructure by providing virtual HPC clusters to projects using the NSF sponsored Comet supercomputer…


From insideHPC

Pegasus 5 CFD Program Wins NASA’s Software of the Year

Pegasus 5 CFD Program Wins NASA’s Software of the Year

This image shows overset surface grids processed by Pegasus 5 that model the space shuttle’s external tank, including its bi-pod attach hardware and liquid oxygen feedline. Stuart Rogers, NASA/AmesOver at NASA, Michelle Moyers writes that the 2016 NASA Software of the Year Award has gone to Pegasus 5, a revolutionary CFD tool. "Developed in-house by a team led by aerospace engineer Stuart Rogers from NASA Ames, Pegasus…


From Phys.org Technology News

Drones overfly Champs-Elysees in 'magical' Paris festival

Drones overfly Champs-Elysees in 'magical' Paris festival

The Champs-Elysees was the setting of a mini-air show on Sunday as amateur drone enthusiasts flew their high-tech toys over the famed Paris avenue in the city's first festival celebrating the gadgets.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cognitive Bias

Cognitive Bias

Experientia overviews cognitive bias.    Nicely put.  overviews a cognitive bias cheat sheet, by Buster Benson.  Whew, it is a lot of cognitive bias.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Putting Digital in Perspective

Putting Digital in Perspective

 In CustomerThink: 

" ... This year, the number of smartphones, tablets and connected devices is expected to cross 7 billion – that will mean more connected devices than there are human beings on earth. With more and more people…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Memory For Wearables, IoT

New Memory For Wearables, IoT

In CWorld:  " ...  IBM and development partner Samsung announced they've developed a process to manufacture a type of non-volatile RAM that is up to 100,000 times faster than NAND flash and never wears out.

The two companies collaborated…


From Putting People First

Cognitive bias cheat sheet

Cognitive bias cheat sheet

Cognitive biases are tendencies to think in certain ways that can lead to systematic deviations from a standard of rationality or good judgment. Buster Benson has tried to arrange the rather exhaustive lists of cognitive biases…


From Putting People First

The 5 W’s of doing great user research

The 5 W’s of doing great user research

userresearchSarah Doody explains in a Frontify guest post, which questions you have to ask doing a user research. Why is a user research important? When should you do research? “If you want to design a product that really solves a problem…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Korean Spicy Grilled Squid

Friday Squid Blogging: Korean Spicy Grilled Squid

Easy recipe. You can get the red pepper flakes and red pepper paste at most grocery stores. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supply Chain Software

Supply Chain Software

We worked with JDA for some time in the enterprise.   In SCDigest: 

" ... After a week of drama, JDA Software has rejected a takeover offer from Honeywell and will go with an equity investment of $570 million from private equiry…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Citation Explored

Data Citation Explored

A technical problem.  Where does this data come from, a kind of metadata that is often very important but rarely addressed.  I am more interested in how this can be useful in the enterprise.  How about linking the data to a related…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Previews the HPC User Forum & StartupHPC Events

Radio Free HPC Previews the HPC User Forum & StartupHPC Events

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In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team previews the HPC User Forum & StartupHPC Events coming up in the Fall of 2016.


The post Radio Free HPC Previews the HPC User Forum & StartupHPC Events appeared first on insideHPC.




From The Eponymous Pickle

Cars as Moving Networks of Sensors

Cars as Moving Networks of Sensors

The article below suggests automobile network use as parking space finders, but think of this more broadly as a network of information gathering sensors and even beacons.  Suppose when you bought a car, or car based system, and…


From Putting People First

[Paper] Design for behaviour change as a driver for sustainable innovation

[Paper] Design for behaviour change as a driver for sustainable innovation

Design for Behaviour Change as a Driver for Sustainable Innovation: Challenges and Opportunities for Implementation in the Private and Public Sectors Niedderer, K., Ludden, G., Clune, S. J., Lockton, D., Mackrill, J., Morris,…


From The Noisy Channel

I didn’t put that there – it must have been added as part of publishing the post on Startup Grind.

I didn’t put that there – it must have been added as part of publishing the post on Startup Grind.

Regardless, I just removed it.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Brand Loyalty and Shared Values

Brand Loyalty and Shared Values

In Inc.   Importance of ongoing interaction with your customer.

Why Real Brand Loyalty Starts with Shared Values
Most customers don't want to 'engage' with your company. Here's what you can do about it.
Ever since the term "engagement"…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Automated Google Analytics

New Automated Google Analytics

Expected this to happen much sooner, automated Google Web Analytics getting smarter.  I use Google Analytics daily already for several social systems I track.  Automating it is relatively easy since the model measurements are…


From The Eponymous Pickle

This Blog

This Blog

Its usually around US Labor Day I review this blog, some of its stats, assumptions being used.

All my comments are my own,  you can assume they are reflective of my work and interest.  All confidential information remains confidential…


From insideHPC

ALA Services Acquires Adaptive Computing

ALA Services Acquires Adaptive Computing

AdaptiveToday ALA Services announced it has acquired Adaptive Computing of Provo, Utah. "Adaptive Computing is adding proven growth expertise and infrastructure through this acquisition by ALA Services," said Marty Smuin, CEO of Adaptive…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Edible Packaging

Edible Packaging

We looked at many forms of packaging while still in the food business, but edible packaging was usually not passed because packaging was meant to protect product while in transit, on the shelf or in uncontrolled process.   Comes…


From Phys.org Technology News

Jesus story gets virtual reality treatment in Venice

Jesus story gets virtual reality treatment in Venice

Even having Jesus as its central character could not save a virtual reality biblical epic from the bile of slightly nauseous critics at the Venice film festival.