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November 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Science Search Engine Searches on Meaning

New Science Search Engine Searches on Meaning

We always wanted better semantic search.  Based on semantic meaning,  underlying scientific ontology,  common sense,  business driven analogy,  even goal based inference?   Is this what this new AI based approach is?   A quick…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Based Spicy Trends

Data Based Spicy Trends

A trend area we examined, based on data, now blooming in full gear:" .... Restaurants and food retailers are feeding a growing demand for heat, with jalapenos, chili peppers, cayenne and cinnamon spicing up everything from vinaigrettes…


From insideHPC

NSF Funds Regional Data Hubs

NSF Funds Regional Data Hubs

Today the NSF announced major awards totaling more than $5 million to support four regional Data Hubs organized by some of the top universities and Big Data researchers in the country.

The post NSF Funds Regional Data Hubs appeared…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

STEM Education Act Becomes Law

STEM Education Act Becomes Law

Computer science education got a boost when President Obama signed the STEM Education Act into law. It includes computer science in the definition of STEM, strengthens formal and informal STEM education activities at specified…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Great Innovative Idea- Materials that Couple Sensing, Actuation, Computation, and Communication

Great Innovative Idea- Materials that Couple Sensing, Actuation, Computation, and Communication

The following Great Innovative Idea is from Nikolaus Correll, Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder, about his paper with University of Colorado at Boulder doctoral…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Brain and Decision Making

The Brain and Decision Making

It is a good idea to better understand how our brain makes decisions.  To answer the question:  How can we best assist it?   What are the implications when we do this?   Nontechnical view of the basics. Our Brain and Decision…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Is artificial intelligence going to wipe us out in 30 years?

Is artificial intelligence going to wipe us out in 30 years?

Many famous people have recently grown concerned that artificial intelligence is going to become a threat to humanity in the near future. The wealthy entrepreneur Elon Musk and the famous physicist Stephen Hawking are among them…


From insideHPC

Video: NCSA’s Ed Seidel Testifies on the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program

Video: NCSA’s Ed Seidel Testifies on the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program

In the video, Ed Seidel from NSCA testifies at a House hearing on the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program. NITRD provides a framework in which many Federal agencies come together to …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Implications of Pervasive, Connected Computing

Implications of Pervasive, Connected Computing

I am starting a conversation tomorrow that will address this in part, as we become more connected,   will we get more efficient at work, and less at home?   Machines will give us advice, but how much decision authority will they…


From insideHPC

PRACEdays16 Issues Call for Participation

PRACEdays16 Issues Call for Participation

PRACEdays16 has issued their Call for Participation. Taking place May 10-12, 2016 in Prague, the conference will bring together experts from academia and industry who will present their advancements in HPC-supported science and…


From insideHPC

SC15 HPC Transforms – but how, what, where, when, why and for whom?

SC15 HPC Transforms – but how, what, where, when, why and for whom?

In this special guest feature from the Print'nFly Guide to SC15 in Austin, Peter ffoulkes from OrionX looks at how HPC Transforms. "If we thought the last five years were disruptive, we may not have seen anything yet, and in …


From The Eponymous Pickle

VR as the Next Social Network

VR as the Next Social Network

In CWorld: VR as social network. I mentioned this in a recent post that talked about using it to better understand social behavior.  It has been been mentioned by some players as the ultimate interface.   But I did hear the same…


From insideHPC

Mellanox Open Ethernet Switches Accepted By Open Compute Project

Mellanox Open Ethernet Switches Accepted By Open Compute Project

Today Mellanox announced the acceptance of its 10GbE and 40GbE switch systems by the Open Compute Project (OCP).

The post Mellanox Open Ethernet Switches Accepted By Open Compute Project appeared first on insideHPC.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart Using Retail Analytics

Wal-Mart Using Retail Analytics

No details, but a good strategy piece on applications of Wal-Mart analyticsWalmart: Harvesting Value from Big Data with Hadoop & NoSQL by Ellen Friedman " .... The overall goal is to optimize the shopping experience of Walmart…


From Schneier on Security

The Rise of Political Doxing

The Rise of Political Doxing

Last week, CIA director John O. Brennan became the latest victim of what's become a popular way to embarrass and harass people on the Internet. A hacker allegedly broke into his AOL account and published e-mails and documents…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 2 November 2015

Interesting Links 2 November 2015

Wow! It’s November already. My school’s first quarter is done (I’ll finish updating grades today I hope), Halloween is over and so is Daylight savings time. And interesting things keep happening in computer science education.…


From Computational Complexity

George Boole (1815-1864)

George Boole, the father of symbolic logic, was born two hundred years ago today. His 1854 treatise, An investigation into the Laws of Thought, on Which are founded the Mathematical Theories of Logic and Probabilitiesgave…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data in Recommendation Systems

Big Data in Recommendation Systems

A good overview in KDNuggets.  Example with Amazon books. When you think of it, much of our purchase interaction online is influenced by such systems.  It is important to make the premise for the reco clear to the user.  OurProcurement…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Science Practitioner Course for the Internet of Things

Data Science Practitioner Course for the Internet of Things

Looks to be very interesting, have not seen such a particular focus.   By a well known practitioner and author.Data Science for Internet of Things – practitioner courseWelcome to the world’s first course that helps you to become…


From insideHPC

Students: Apply for the ORNL Challenge Program

Students: Apply for the ORNL Challenge Program

Oak Ridge National Laboratory has opened up submissions for their ORNL Challenge Program. Designed to propel the careers of bright young minds in computational science, the challenge program offers college students 10-week paid…


From insideHPC

Video: How the SPARC M7 Builds Security into Silicon

Video: How the SPARC M7 Builds Security into Silicon

"The SPARC M7 incorporates silicon-embedded advancements primarily in two areas: security and performance. First, the SPARC M7 accelerates data encryption through “cryptographic units” integrated in each of its 32 cores. And …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digging for Dark Data

Digging for Dark Data

Dark Data.  A favorite topic.  Data assets are not only your own, but those you don't even know about.   But often only useful in combination with your own data.  How do you figure out the hidden opportunities?  Note the particular…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Ghosts in Princeton

Kurt Gödel in popular culture and answers to Thursday’s problems Levi Weaver source Kurt Gödel may yet make it to Broadway. He already splashed across the silver screen in the 1994 Meg Ryan-Tim Robbins comedy I.Q. as the roly…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Building Innovation Capacity

Building Innovation Capacity

From the NSF:   Considerable detail at the link," .... The Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC) program supports academe-industry partnerships which are led by an interdisciplinary academic research…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Seeing Through Walls

Seeing Through Walls

Via the CACM in Ars Technica.  " ... MIT uses wireless signals to identify people through wallsTech could identify intruders in your home or power motion capture for movies. ... " 


From Putting People First

User-centred design of the bridge of sea ships

User-centred design of the bridge of sea ships

The Rolls-Royce Unified Bridge Design has won this year’s Ergonomics Design Award, presented by the UK Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors. The award recognises industrial design which puts the customer at the heart…


From Putting People First

User-centred design of the bridge of sea ships

User-centred design of the bridge of sea ships

The Rolls-Royce Unified Bridge Design has won this year’s Ergonomics Design Award, presented by the UK Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors. The award recognises industrial design which puts the customer at the heart…


From Putting People First

Analogue people in a digital age – short documentary

Analogue people in a digital age – short documentary

Following the lead of the United States and the United Kingdom, Ireland switched over from analogue to digital television transmission on 24 October 2012. Using the occasion as a jumping-off point, Analogue People in a Digital…


From Putting People First

Analogue people in a digital age – short documentary

Analogue people in a digital age – short documentary

Following the lead of the United States and the United Kingdom, Ireland switched over from analogue to digital television transmission on 24 October 2012. Using the occasion as a jumping-off point, Analogue People in a Digital…

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