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May 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Web Services for Analytics

Amazon Web Services for Analytics

Have started to examine using Amazon Web Service Marketplace for analytics delivery.    An example of services avalable is SAS University Edition, by itself a very complete and extensive stats and analytical service.   Many services…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Examining SAS University Edition

Examining SAS University Edition

I see that the SAS University Edition, which includes a complete set of their  analytics services, is available to anyone on the cloud.  As a Virtual Machine.  Non-commercial use only.    I am a long-long time SAS user, and much…


From The Eponymous Pickle

HoloLens Expectation Management

HoloLens Expectation Management

Continue to get new analyses about MS HoloLens.  Now from FastCompany. Good example images and videos of use. Mixed expectations indeed. This is an augmented reality play, so it integrates three challenges: technical details…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Stylish BMW AR Goggles for in Car

Stylish BMW AR Goggles for in Car

In Engadget: Augmented Reality designed for driving a specific car?  Still a BMW concept design with no delivery time suggested.  I do wonder about its distraction. Better than adding  the usualcameras and warnings in a dashboard…


From insideHPC

Seagate Combines Cloud, HPC, and Electronic Solutions Groups

Seagate Combines Cloud, HPC, and Electronic Solutions Groups

Today Seagate announced that it is combining its Cloud Storage, High Performance Computing, and Electronic Solutions groups to further align the company’s full breadth of enterprise storage hardware capabilities.

The post Seagate…


From insideHPC

Video: KAUST Prepares for Shaheen II Supercomputer

Video: KAUST Prepares for Shaheen II Supercomputer

In this video, Mootaz Elnozahy from KAUST discusses the arrival of the Shaheen II supercomputer. Some 25 times more powerful than its predecessor, Shaheen II is a Cray XC40 system with DataWarp burst buffer technology, a Cray…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Virtual Career Counselor

Virtual Career Counselor

Jim Spohrer writes that  John Horan (ASU) is working on a virtual career counselor (VCC) powered by O*NET occupation data.  Much more on him and that work.   Recall that the O*Net database is an excellent resource for structured…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Ceramic Squid Planters

Friday Squid Blogging: Ceramic Squid Planters

Nice....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deep Learning Solves Cocktail Party Problem

Deep Learning Solves Cocktail Party Problem

In Technology Review: A classic sensor problem, an example of extracting signal from noise, or one voice from a number of other voices in a noisy environment.  We do it at a party, machines are learning to do it anywhere.


From Geeking with Greg

Quick links

Quick links

Some of the best of what I've been thinking about lately:

  • Amazon now has 109 warehouses and 165k employees. Wow. ([1])
  • Amazon cloud computing has 17% operating margins, surprisingly high given all the competition ([1] [2])…


    From Schneier on Security

    Digital Privacy Public Service Announcement

    Digital Privacy Public Service Announcement

    I thought this was very well done....


    From [email protected]

    Meet A.I. Joe

    Meet A.I. Joe

    In the 70 years since the end of World War II, AI has advanced enormously, and the military has continued to show a steady appetite for acquiring lethal robots.


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    A Fast Data Challenge

    A Fast Data Challenge

    From the ACM, viewed yesterday, technical, note its application to the IOT, which will produce lots of fast data.  This all gets fast, and thus interesting above 100K messages per second. The Fast Data Challenge and Picking the…


    From Schneier on Security

    Ears as a Biometric

    Ears as a Biometric

    It's an obvious biometric for cell phones: Bodyprint recognizes users by their ears with 99.8% precision with a false rejection rate of only 1 out of 13. Grip, too. News story....


    From insideHPC

    Petascale Comet Supercomputer Enters Early Operations

    Petascale Comet Supercomputer Enters Early Operations

    "Comet is really all about providing high-performance computing to a much larger research community - what we call 'HPC for the 99 percent' - and serving as a gateway to discovery," said SDSC Director Michael Norman, the project's…


    From insideHPC

    Numerical Optimization for Deep Learning

    Numerical Optimization for Deep Learning

    "With the advent of massively parallel computing coprocessors, numerical optimization for deep-learning disciplines is now possible. Complex real-time pattern recognition, for example, that can be used for self driving cars and…


    From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

    Office Mixes for Learning C#

    Office Mixes for Learning C#

    Over the last few months I have recorded a few Office Mixes for use in my C# class. I’ve also built up a nice collection of PowerPoint presentations which I have used and updated as I have presented to various sections of myI…


    From insideHPC

    Thomas Lippert Elected Chairman of Gauss Supercomputing Centre

    Thomas Lippert Elected Chairman of Gauss Supercomputing Centre

    Today GCS announced that Professor Dr. Dr. Thomas Lippert has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing. Professor Lippert also serves as Director of the Institute for Advanced Simulation…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Tesla Home Battery Systems

    Tesla Home Battery Systems

    Tesla Battery Systems.  Announced yesterday. We looked at the basic idea here for enterprise commercial manufacturing applications.  Buy cheaper power and store it.   Relatively inexpensive.  With the intention to link to sources…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    HTML5 Browser Adoption

    HTML5 Browser Adoption

    For a while we were looking at the HTML5 standard for use as a means to deliver interactive visualizations online.  A number of new embedded environments made this less useful for our applications.  You can follow that on the…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Microsoft and Big Data via Azure

    Microsoft and Big Data via Azure

    More on how MS is addressing Big Data via Azure.     Interesting hints on direction.  " .... At Build 2015 yesterday, Microsoft unveiled three new ways it's making Azure into a haven for big data, whether it was born in one's…


    From insideHPC

    Video: HPC Transforms Parkinson’s Disease

    Video: HPC Transforms Parkinson’s Disease

    "By using high performance visualization systems, researchers at the Scientific Computing and Research Institute are using deep brain stimulation to treat several disabling neurological symptoms—most commonly the debilitating…


    From insideHPC

    Video: Growth of Lustre Adoption and Intel’s Continued Commitment

    Video: Growth of Lustre Adoption and Intel’s Continued Commitment

    "We are now working with over 100 channel partners globally. You can get access to Intel Lustre from almost everyone who sells storage or compute worldwide. We're expanding this to include software partners, cloud partners. We…


    From Putting People First

    The most important part of self-driving cars will be human control

    The most important part of self-driving cars will be human control

    Until now, the public dialogue about self-driving cars has centered mostly on technology, writes Michael Nees, Assistant professor, Lafayette College. The public’s been led to believe that engineers will soon remove humans from…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Data Science Shortage?

    Data Science Shortage?

    In Retailwire.   I don't think so.  Saw this claim in the AI days as well.  An outgrowth of the over expectations of hype.  Properly trained to deal with methods and real business problems, supported with context data experts…

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