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October 2015


From Schneier on Security

Stealing Fingerprints

Stealing Fingerprints

The news from the Office of Personnel Management hack keeps getting worse. In addition to the personal records of over 20 million US government employees, we've now learned that the hackers stole fingerprint files for 5.6 million…


From Putting People First

Draft proceedings of EPIC 2015 conference online

Draft proceedings of EPIC 2015 conference online

The 2015 edition of EPIC, the premier international gathering on the current and future practice of ethnography in the business world, will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil next week. The draft proceedings have just been posted…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Skype Real Time Translation

Skype Real Time Translation

Rumored for some time.   And like all translation, variant in context, and never quite perfect.  " .... Microsoft’s impressive Skype real-time translator has finally landed ... ".    When will language barriers actually fall? …


From Computer Science Teachers Association

AccessCS10k: An Introduction to the Quorum Programming Language and Evidence-Oriented Programming

AccessCS10k: An Introduction to the Quorum Programming Language and Evidence-Oriented Programming

By: Andreas Stefik, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science University of Nevada, Las Vegas Computer programming in K-12 education has become increasingly mainstream in the U.S., especially with the excellent…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Rise of Concerns About AI: Reflection and Directions

Rise of Concerns About AI: Reflection and Directions

Tom Dietterich and Eric Horvitz, the current and former president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), respectively, have co-authored a CACM Viewpoint on the Rise of Concerns of AI: Reflection…


From insideHPC

BSC Opens Productivity Center of Excellence for HPC Apps

BSC Opens Productivity Center of Excellence for HPC Apps

Today the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) announced the opening of their Performance Optimization and Productivity (POP) Center of Excellence. With the POP, developers of applications that require the use of High Performance…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Much Data is There?

How Much Data is There?

A very telling piece in Tech Crunch .... reminded me of many cases I had seen long before the BD term was in use.  Much more often they relatively little clean,  clean and useful data.  This does not make it impossible but, but…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Columbia University MS in Applied Analytics

Columbia University MS in Applied Analytics

Kaiser Fung reports on the Columbia University Master of Science Program in Applied Analytics being established.   Their new site. 


From Schneier on Security

Existential Risk and Technological Advancement

Existential Risk and Technological Advancement

AI theorist Eliezer Yudkowsky: "Every eighteen months, the minimum IQ necessary to destroy the world drops by one point." Oh, how I wish I said that....


From Computational Complexity

Cancer Sucks

Karsten Schwan said the title quote when we were gathered as a faculty two years ago mourning the Georgia Tech School of Computer Science faculty member Mary Jean Harrold who died from the disease. Karsten just lost his own…


From insideHPC

Climaveneta to Provide Liquid Cooling for 100 Petaflop Supercomputer Coming to China

Climaveneta to Provide Liquid Cooling for 100 Petaflop Supercomputer Coming to China

Climaveneta of Italy announced that the company has won a contract to provide liquid-cooling equipment for a 100 Petaflop supercomputer coming to the Jiangnan Institute of Computer Technology in Wuxi, China, near Shanghai.

The…


From insideHPC

Video: The Road to Exascale

Video: The Road to Exascale

“Exascale levels of computing pose many system- and application-level computational challenges. Mellanox as a provider of end-to-end communication services is progressing the foundation of the InfiniBand architecture to meet …


From insideHPC

Sparse Matrix Multiplication

Sparse Matrix Multiplication

"A parallel implementation of SpMV can be implemented, using OpenMP directives. However, by allocating memory for each core, data races can be eliminated and data locality can be exploited, leading to higher performance. Besides…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Facebook and AI, Learning in Assistants

Facebook and AI, Learning in Assistants

In the BBC:" ... Prof Yann LeCun is a hugely influential force in the field of Deep Learning and is now director of AI research at Facebook ..." .... What we are hoping to do is take this digital assistant idea to the next level…


From insideHPC

SDSC Steps up with Upgraded Cloud and Storage Services

SDSC Steps up with Upgraded Cloud and Storage Services

Today the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) announced that it has made significant upgrades to its cloud-based storage system to include a new range of computing services designed to support science-based researchers, especially…


From insideHPC

Lustre Development Update from LAD’15

Lustre Development Update from LAD’15

Chris Morrone from OpenSFS/LLNL gave this talk at LAD'15. "The first thing I want to talk about is that Lustre.org is now managed collectively by OpenSFS and EOFS. So the Lustre.org site is now managed by the community. One of…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Tenure-track Faculty Position in HPC at Cal Poly

Job of the Week: Tenure-track Faculty Position in HPC at Cal Poly

The Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Computer Science Department is hiring a tenure-track faculty position in our HPC Job of the Week.

The post Job of the Week: Tenure-track Faculty Position in HPC at Cal Poly appeared first on insideHPC…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Software Performance–It’s Complicated

Software Performance–It’s Complicated

One of the things I don’t have near enough time to talk about in a one semester first programming course is performance. Arguably that is much more real computer science than just programming is but one has to prioritize. It …


From Schneier on Security

Identifying CIA Officers in the Field

Identifying CIA Officers in the Field

During the Cold War, the KGB was very adept at identifying undercover CIA officers in foreign countries through what was basically big data analysis. (Yes, this is a needlessly dense and very hard-to-read article. I think it's…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Power BI Adds Features

Power BI Adds Features

Continued improvements in MS Power BI.    Good value so far.44 New Features in the Power BI Desktop September Update Check this massive update to our product, with 44 (yes, forty-four!) new features spread across our Report Authoring…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Why we Work

Why we Work

In Knowledge@Wharton:The Real Reasons We WorkIn the new book Why We Work, Swarthmore professor Barry Schwartz challenges the assumption that people primarily work for the purpose of receiving a paycheck. Instead, he argues, when…


From The Eponymous Pickle

GE and the Internet

GE and the Internet

GE as a 'heavy industry' and how it uses analytics and the Internet. How it utilizes the value of the industrial internet.    Some good examples of how it leverages its scale.

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