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August 2015


From insideHPC

Cobham Updates Opera Mulitphysics Software

Cobham Updates Opera Mulitphysics Software

Cobham has updated their Opera electromagnetic and multiphysics design software. According to Cobham, the Version 18 release of this finite element analysis and simulation software incorporates numerous enhancements to boost …


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

NTIA Multistakeholder Process on Drones: First Meeting on August 3

NTIA Multistakeholder Process on Drones: First Meeting on August 3

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will hold the first meeting of the new multistakeholder process on drone privacy, transparency, and accountability on August 3 from 1-5 pm Eastern Time. The…


From insideHPC

Video: Faster Data Processing in Python

Video: Faster Data Processing in Python

In this video from PyCon SG 2015, Anand S. presents: Faster Data Processing in Python. This talk covers methods to process and analyze visualize data faster in Python. The primary focus is on the technique (should you optimize…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

EAC Election Data Summit on August 12-13

EAC Election Data Summit on August 12-13

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) will host an EAC Election Data Summit on August 12-13 at American University in Washington, D.C. The two-day summit will address “how good data can help elections run better.” The…


From insideHPC

Tuning Bioinformatics Codes with Allinea Performance Reports

Tuning Bioinformatics Codes with Allinea Performance Reports

In this video from ISC 2015, Mark O'Connor from Allinea demonstrates how the company's Performance Reports tool enables coders to speed up the Discovar bioinformatics code. "Allinea Performance Reports are the most effective …


From insideHPC

DEEP Project Moves Towards Exascale at ISC 2015

DEEP Project Moves Towards Exascale at ISC 2015

"With this delivery, the DEEP consortium can leverage a supercomputer with a peak performance of 505 TFlop/s and an efficiency of over 3 GFlop/s per Watt. The Eurotech hot water cooling solution allows for additional permanent…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pace of Scientific Research Increases

Pace of Scientific Research Increases

And results are shared sooner.  In the HBR.   Results cited sooner and more often.  But are results being checked more systematically?   Just discovered ResearchGate myself  in the past few years, and it helps exposure and communications…


From The Eponymous Pickle

kWantera: Intelligent Energy Analytics

kWantera: Intelligent Energy Analytics

Brought to my attention: kWantera   Impressive ideas.  With origins at CMU,  They write:" ... kWantera is changing the way energy is bought, sold, and consumed with the goal of providing lower costs for buyers and higher profitability…


From Schneier on Security

Help with Mailing List Hosting

Help with Mailing List Hosting

I could use some help finding a host for my monthly newsletter, Crypto-Gram. My old setup just wasn't reliable enough. I had a move planned, but that fell through when the new host's bounce processing system turned out to be…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links–3 August 2015

Interesting Links–3 August 2015

I’ve been hearing about teachers headed back to school already. Many more will be starting back over the next month. Almost three more weeks of “summer” for me but the learning never stops. I’ll be at a teacher boot camp at Harvard…


From Schneier on Security

John Mueller on the Overblown ISIS Threat

John Mueller on the Overblown ISIS Threat

John Mueller has a good essay on how the ISIS threat is overblown....


From Computational Complexity

17 candidates, only 10 in the debate- what to do?

On Thursday Aug 6 there will be Republican debate among 10 of the 17 (yes 17) candidates for the republican nomination.1) There are 17 candidates. Here is how I remember them: I think of the map of the US and go down the east…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Most Popular Data Science Presentations

Most Popular Data Science Presentations

From DSC: Want to inspire someone,  a student or decision maker,  with more in depth information about a data science topic?   Some candidates.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Dash Buttons as IOT: Challenging the Brick Retailer?

Amazon Dash Buttons as IOT: Challenging the Brick Retailer?

Have started a test and analysis of the Amazon Dash Button system.  With an attempt to get a significant number of consumers involved.   As I have mentioned before, this is an 'Internet of Things' style idea for the smart home…


From insideHPC

Video: Teens Apply HPC at SDSC Summer Program

Video: Teens Apply HPC at SDSC Summer Program

In this video, student participants in Research Experience for High School Students (REHS) program discuss their experiences using HPC resources at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego (SDSC).

The post Video: Teens…


From insideHPC

Advancing HPC with Collaboration & Co-design

Advancing HPC with Collaboration & Co-design

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Tom Wilkie reports on two US initiatives for future supercomputers, announced at the ISC in Frankfurt in July.

The post Advancing HPC with Collaboration & Co-design…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Information Extraction

Information Extraction

Via Dianne Fraher Fodell:  Program Director, IBM Global University Programs SystemT: an Algebraic Approach to Declaritive Information Extraction by Yunyao Li.  Technical. Part of the Cognitive Systems Institute Speaker Series…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Four Weddings And A Puzzle

An unusual voting problem? “Four Weddings” is a reality based TV show that appears in America on the cable channel TLC. Yes a TV show: not a researcher, not someone who has recently solved a long-standing open problem. Just a…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Echo versus Cortana Voice Control

Amazon Echo versus Cortana Voice Control

I am continuing to test the Amazon Echo device, now comparing it to Microsoft Cortana.  Amazon has released the developer kit, and am awaiting third party applications.    The precision of the voice control has proved to be impressive…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Flow Advertising in Personalized Screens

Flow Advertising in Personalized Screens

In Adage:  A new term for me:  'flow advertising'.    " ... Personalized screens create "flow advertising"  As the nature of the internet changes to become a vast cloud of data that our devices reach into and pull content from…


From The Eponymous Pickle

CSIG One Year Anniversary

CSIG One Year Anniversary

I see that it is the first anniversary of the Cognitive Systems Institute (CSIG)   Jim Spohrer writes  about that here.  Lots of interesting links are mentioned.  It has been fun participating as an informal participant and intern…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Facebook and the Future of Sharing and Consuming Thoughts

Facebook and the Future of Sharing and Consuming Thoughts

The Facebook CEO seems set on virtual reality as the next medium for sharing contentWhen people grow tired of posting photos and videos on social media, what then? Virtual-reality posts, according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg…


From Putting People First

Nissan’s place-based design process

Nissan’s place-based design process

Megan Neese is a senior manager in the Future Lab at Nissan Motor Ltd., a cross-functional team tasked with uncovering new business opportunities for the future of automotive. In an article for EPIC, she explains how product …


From insideHPC

Introducing the Intel Modern Code Community

Introducing the Intel Modern Code Community

"Building on the success of the Intel Parallel Computing Centers, Intel is announcing the Intel Modern Code Developer Community to help HPC developers to code for maximum performance on current and future hardware. Targeting …


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Director of Sales at Ryft

Job of the Week: Director of Sales at Ryft

Ryft in San Francisco is seeking a Director of Sales in our Job of the Week.

The post Job of the Week: Director of Sales at Ryft appeared first on insideHPC.


From Putting People First

[Report] Design for Service Innovation & Development

[Report] Design for Service Innovation & Development

Design for Service Innovation & Development: Final Report Edited by y Daniela Sangiorgi, Alison Prendiville, Jeyon Jung and Eun Yu May 2015 DeSID (Design for Service Innovation and Development) is a six-month scoping study funded…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Cloud is Changing our Lives

How Cloud is Changing our Lives

In the WSJ: Really more how efficient, online, data rich, ubiquitous computing is continuing to change our our lives.  And yes, implemented on the Cloud.  Nothing very surprising, but worth it as a list of possibilities and directions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI and Future of Industry

AI and Future of Industry

Steve Omohundro on:Lifeboat Interview on the Implications of AI for the Future of Industry.  On July 30, 2015 Dan Faggella wrote an article for the Lifeboat Foundation on an interview he did with Steve Omohundro about the implications…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cisco Managing Video

Cisco Managing Video

I reported on this some time ago, as it related to Video Content Analysis. (VCA) and its use for ad management in store.Cisco introduces ‘videoscape unity’ to manage the future of video everywhereCisco is the world’s networking…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Report on the Open Source Era

A Report on the Open Source Era

The Open Source EraAn Oxford Economics Study Commissioned by WiproOpen source is mainstream today.Why are businesses shifting to open source software? What are the main challenges and how are they overcoming them? How can open…

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