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October 2016


From insideHPC

OSC Joins CaRC Research Coordination Network

OSC Joins CaRC Research Coordination Network

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The Ohio Supercomputer Center has joined the CaRC Consortium, an NSF-funded research coordination network.


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From insideHPC

Preview: SC16 Tutorial on How to Buy a Supercomputer

Preview: SC16 Tutorial on How to Buy a Supercomputer

tutorial1"This tutorial, part of the SC16 State of the Practice, will guide attendees through the process of purchasing and deploying a HPC system. It will cover the whole process from engaging with stakeholders in securing funding, requirements…


From insideHPC

Mellanox Deploys Standard Linux Operating Systems over Ethernet Switches

Mellanox Deploys Standard Linux Operating Systems over Ethernet Switches

spectrumToday Mellanox announced the availability of standard Linux kernel driver for the company Open Ethernet, Spectrum switch platforms. Developed within the large Linux community, the new driver enables standard Linux Operating Systems…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

EPA’s Smart City Air Challenge

EPA’s Smart City Air Challenge

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering up to $40,000 to two communities as part of their Smart City Air Challenge in order to help the communities create and implement plans to deploy air quality sensors and share…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gigabit Wifi System from ATT Labs

Gigabit Wifi System from ATT Labs

Continued expansion of fast internet.

" .. AT&T Labs (Recently) announced a new wireless technology called Airgig, designed to transmit data at gigabit speeds over existing power infrastructure. The system would move the data

The…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

ACM U.S. Public Policy Council Submits Comments on Accessibility of Websites and Mobile Apps

ACM U.S. Public Policy Council Submits Comments on Accessibility of Websites and Mobile Apps

The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Justice on anticipated accessibility regulations. These new regulations will apply to websites and mobile apps provided by state and local governments…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intelligent Home Automation

Intelligent Home Automation

The application of local intelligence.  Smarter Home Intelligence.

A Better Paradigm

With all the hype and admiration of what these companies have achieved there must be another way that exposes the user of these exciting technologies…


From insideHPC

Exascale – A Race to the Future of HPC

Exascale – A Race to the Future of HPC

Technicians prepare the first row of cabinets for the pre-exascale Trinity supercomputer at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where a team from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory deployed its new Spack software packaging tool. Photo courtesy of Los Alamos National Laboratory. From Megaflops to Gigaflops to Teraflops to Petaflops and soon to be Exaflops, the march in HPC is always on and moving ahead. This whitepaper details some of the technical challenges that will need to be addressed in the coming…


From Schneier on Security

The Culture of Cybersecurity

The Culture of Cybersecurity

Interesting survey of the cybersecurity culture in Norway. 96% of all Norwegian are online, more than 90% embrace new technology, and 6 of 10 feel capable of judging what is safe to do online. Still cyber-crime costs Norway approximately…


From Schneier on Security

Security Design: Stop Trying to Fix the User

Security Design: Stop Trying to Fix the User

Every few years, a researcher replicates a security study by littering USB sticks around an organization's grounds and waiting to see how many people pick them up and plug them in, causing the autorun function to install innocuous…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 3 October 2016

Interesting Links 3 October 2016

It’s autumn in New Hampshire. The leaves are turning all sorts of bright colors and the nights are getting cool. And school is rolling right along. It’s a great time of year I hope your years is also going well. And to my Jewish…


From Writing

How to manage Terraform state

How to manage Terraform state

In Part 1 of the Comprehensive Guide to Terraform series, we explained why we picked Terraform as our IAC tool of choice and not Chef, Puppet, Ansible, SaltStack, or CloudFormation. In Part 2 of the series, we introduced theHow…


From The Noisy Channel

Thrilled to see Melinda Gates prioritizing her investments to focus on women in tech!

Thrilled to see Melinda Gates prioritizing her investments to focus on women in tech!

My suggestion isn’t particularly original, but I believe it bears repeating: we need to develop a more data-driven, rubric-based approach…


From insideHPC

Registration Opens for Dell HPC Community Event at SC16

Registration Opens for Dell HPC Community Event at SC16

dellhpcRegistration is now open for the Dell HPC Community event at SC16. The event takes place Nov. 12 at the Radisson Hotel in Salt Lake City. "The Dell HPC Community events feature keynote presentations by HPC experts and working…


From insideHPC

Video: Azure – the Cloud Supercomputer for AI

Video: Azure – the Cloud Supercomputer for AI

sirosh"We are still in the first minutes of the first day of the Intelligence revolution. In this keynote, Dr. Joseph Sirosh will present 5 solutions (and their implementations) that the intelligent cloud delivers. Sirosh shares five…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Introduction to XGBoost

Introduction to XGBoost

A Gentle Introduction to XGBoost for Applied Machine Learning
by Jason Brownlee on August 17, 2016

XGBoost is an algorithm that has recently been dominating applied machine learning and Kaggle competitions for structured or tabular…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Computers Sensing Odors

Computers Sensing Odors

Another area we examined for possible classification of coffee blends, fragrances and for in store understanding of smell 'scapes' in retail spaces.   Investigation has been going on in this space for some time, but with incomplete…


From Putting People First

IFTF uncovers seven new worker archetypes of the on-demand economy

IFTF uncovers seven new worker archetypes of the on-demand economy

home_experiment2Institute for the Future, the Caiifornia-based independent, nonprofit strategic research group, releases a new report aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of a new breed of worker in order to create a system that ensures a…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Visualization Insight Tools for Netflix

Visualization Insight Tools for Netflix

In the Netflix Techblog, some good details.

Improving Netflix’s Operational Visibility with Real-Time Insight Tools
By Ranjit Mavinkurve, Justin Becker and Ben Christensen

For Netflix to be successful, we have to be vigilant in

From…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Stanford 100 Year AI Study

Stanford 100 Year AI Study


Just received.  We did a great deal of work both with Stanford and with companies that came out of that program in the late 80s.  We were among the first enterprises that got lasting value from the 'intelligent' systems of the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Additive Manufacture

Additive Manufacture

Been mostly involved with high speed repetitive manufacture, so always see the issues with 3D printing.  Much still needs to be done improve the idea.   Here are some:

Authentise Aims to Support Industrialization of Additive Manufacturing…


From insideHPC

Chameleon Testbed Blazes New Trails for Cloud HPC at TACC

Chameleon Testbed Blazes New Trails for Cloud HPC at TACC

Chameleon: Cloud Computing Testbedfor Cloud Architecture and Applications"It's often a challenge to test the scalability of system software components before a large deployment, particularly if you need low level hardware access", said Dan Stanzione, Executive Director at TACC and a Co-PI on the Chameleon…


From insideHPC

Video: Intel Xeon Phi (KNL) Processor Overview

Video: Intel Xeon Phi (KNL) Processor Overview

phiAdrian Jackson from EPCC at the University of Edinburgh presented this tutorial to ARCHER users. "We have been working for a number of years on porting computational simulation applications to the KNC, with varying successes.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Python Deep Learning with Keras

Python Deep Learning with Keras

Technical.  From Machine learning mastery, an introduction to using the Keras deep learning library for Python.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tetherless World Constellation

Tetherless World Constellation

New to me:

What is TWC?

The Tetherless World Constellation (TWC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) is a constellation of multidisciplinary researchers who study the scientific and engineering principles that underlie the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data and Decisions

Data and Decisions

Its not only about data, ever.  Its about decisions in the context of process and environment. Cisco's take.

In Cisco Blog: 
In a recent articl, CEOs Must Up Level Their Digital-Decisions Skills, Thorton May highlights that executives…

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