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September 2017


From insideHPC

Supercomputing Jet Noise for a Quieter World

Supercomputing Jet Noise for a Quieter World

Researchers at the University of Minnesota are using Argonne supercomputers to to look for new ways to reduce the noise produced by jet engines. Among the loudest sources of human-made noise that exist, jet engines can produce…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ford Using MS HoloLens for Car Design

Ford Using MS HoloLens for Car Design


Complex and cooperative design continues to be a place where augmented reality is likely to be valuable.

Ford Using Microsoft HoloLens For Car Design By Rebecca Hills-Duty in VR Focus.

HoloLens allows designers and engineers to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Anomaly Detection

Anomaly Detection

A number of analytics sytems we worked with were essentially anomaly detection.  So this is close to home. In particular, that in almost all cases the systems need to be re-calibrated and re run over time.

In O'Reilly, Video:

"…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Delivering Perishables to the Smart Home

Delivering Perishables to the Smart Home

We tested a number of solutions to perishable delivery in out smart home labs. Obviously this requires some expensive refitting of the home.

Walmart tests new delivery drop-off point — the customer’s fridge
By Deena M. Amato-McCoy…


From insideHPC

Video: Will HPC Move to the Cloud?

Video: Will HPC Move to the Cloud?

Gabriel Broner from Rescale gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. "HPC has transitioned from unique and proprietary designs, to clusters of many dual-CPU Intel nodes. Vendors’ products are now differentiated more by packaging…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Americans Loving Cooking?

Americans Loving Cooking?

As a long time amateur cook, found this very interesting.  Are the statistics shown right?   The aricle follows with ab analysis of how this influences grocery choices.

The Grocery Industry Confronts a New Problem: Only 10% of…


From insideHPC

Hiring? Sign up for the SC17 Student/Post Doc Job Fair

Hiring? Sign up for the SC17 Student/Post Doc Job Fair

Is your organization looking to hire HPC talent? Be sure to book a table at the SC17 Student/Post Doc Job Fair. "This face-to-face event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in rooms 702-704-706 in the Colorado…


From insideHPC

PSSC Labs to Power Biosoft Devices for Genetics Research

PSSC Labs to Power Biosoft Devices for Genetics Research

PSSC Labs will work with BSI to create truly, turn-key HPC clusters, servers and storage solutions. PSSC Labs has already delivered several hundred computing platforms for worldwide genomics and bioinformatics research. Utilizing…


From insideHPC

Intel awards Paderborn University a Hybrid Cluster with Arria 10 FPGAs

Intel awards Paderborn University a Hybrid Cluster with Arria 10 FPGAs

The Paderborn Center for Parallel Computing (PC²) has been selected by Intel to host a computer cluster that uses Intel’s Xeon processor with its Arria 10 FPGA software development platform. " The availability of these systems…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Personality Classification

Personality Classification

Been examining various personality classifiers, starting with a project we did with the Watson Bluemix system.  Here is another, covered in some detail in  Datanami:   Deep Learning Reveals New Insights About People:

" ... Can…


From The Eponymous Pickle

B to B Sales and Consolidated Marketing Platforms

B to B Sales and Consolidated Marketing Platforms

From CustomerThink

The Salesman’s Resurrection by AI Featured Column by CustomerThink Advisor!  by Thomas Wieberneit

The B2B salesperson is dead. .... Or so it is said.

There are scores of studies telling us that most of a customer…


From Schneier on Security

Boston Red Sox Caught Using Technology to Steal Signs

Boston Red Sox Caught Using Technology to Steal Signs

The Boston Red Sox admitted to eavesdropping on the communications channel between catcher and pitcher. Stealing signs is believed to be particularly effective when there is a runner on second base who can both watch what hand…


From Computational Complexity

Acronyms and PHP

Whenever I teach discrete math and use FML to mean Formula the students laugh since its a common acroynm for  Fuck My Life. Now they laugh, and I say I know why you are laughing, I know what it means  and they laugh even harder…


From insideHPC

KISTI in South Korea orders up a Cray CS500 Supercomputer

KISTI in South Korea orders up a Cray CS500 Supercomputer

Today Cray announced the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) has awarded the Company a contract valued at more than $48 million for a Cray CS500 cluster supercomputer. The 128-rack system, which includes…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Streamlined Product Codes

Streamlined Product Codes

Used to work with the GMA in our Innovation efforts.  Not in the business anymore,  but work ongoing is worth understanding as it interacts and communicates with consumers.

Watching a Good Idea on Streamlined Product Code Date…


From The Eponymous Pickle

GE on 3D Printing

GE on 3D Printing

Much more in the full article at the link.

A silent revolution: Avio Aero and Arcam’s relationship is built on additive manufacturing  by The Bike Shop

Less complexity, costs, waste and noise: additive manufacturing is the industry…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA P100 GPUs come to Google Cloud Platform

NVIDIA P100 GPUs come to Google Cloud Platform

Today the good folks at the Google Compute Platform announced the availability of NVIDIA GPUs in the Cloud for multiple geographies. Cloud GPUs can accelerate workloads such as machine learning training and inference, geophysical…


From insideHPC

GigaSpaces Simplifies Artificial Intelligence Development with Intel BigDL

GigaSpaces Simplifies Artificial Intelligence Development with Intel BigDL

"BigDL’s efficient large-scale distributed deep learning framework, built on Apache Spark, expands the accessibility of deep learning to a broader range of big data users and data scientists,” said Michael Greene, Vice President…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dynamical Machine Learning

Dynamical Machine Learning

Good piece, which combines process and sensors and IoT. Much more detail at the link. Reminds me comments made here before, about how we used classic process control in similar ways, and tried to link it to AI.  As long as it…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Issues First Convergence Awards – Including those in Human Technology Frontier Space

NSF Issues First Convergence Awards – Including those in Human Technology Frontier Space

Recently, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has been looking to highlight the value of convergence. The deep integration of multiple disciplines in order to advance scientific discovery and innovation. As a result, they have…


From insideHPC

Slidecast: How Optalysis Accelerates FFTs with Optical Processing

Slidecast: How Optalysis Accelerates FFTs with Optical Processing

In this RichReport slidecast, Dr. Nick New from Optalysis describes how the company's optical processing technology delivers accelerated performance for FFTs and Bioinformatics. "Our prototype is on track to achieve game-changing…


From insideHPC

New HPC for Materials Program to Help American Industry

New HPC for Materials Program to Help American Industry

Earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced a new high-performance computing initiative that will help U.S. industry accelerate the development of new or improved materials for use in severe environments.…


From insideHPC

Intel Parallel Studio XE 2018 For Demanding HPC Applications

Intel Parallel Studio XE 2018 For Demanding HPC Applications

Unlock Performance"For those that develop HPC applications, there are usually two main areas that must be considered. The first is the translation of the algorithm, whether simulation based, physics based or pure research into the code that a …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Solid State Cooling from SRI

Solid State Cooling from SRI

Fascinating development reported in IEEE Spectrum.  Have long been a minor student of the physics of refrigeration,  will this development be practical for cooling or even refrigeration?   Also a mention of SRI, who we worked…


From Schneier on Security

ISO Rejects NSA Encryption Algorithms

ISO Rejects NSA Encryption Algorithms

The ISO has decided not to approve two NSA-designed block encryption algorithms: Speck and Simon. It's because the NSA is not trusted to put security ahead of surveillance: A number of them voiced their distrust in emails to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Best Buy Banks on Smart Homes

Best Buy Banks on Smart Homes

A natural step forward, and a place to connect beyond entertainment.  Selection, design, installation, training, security ....  services come into play with devices and software.

Best Buy Banks on Smart Homes, Experiential Merchandising…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machines Learn to be Curious

Machines Learn to be Curious

Clever Machines Learn How to Be Curious 
Quanta Magazine  by John Pavlus

In Quanta.  Machines Learn to be Curious.
The University of California, Berkeley's Pulkit Agrawal is embedding curiosity, or intrinsic motivation, into artificial…


From insideHPC

Yokohama City University Installs Cray XC50-AC Supercomputer for Life Sciences

Yokohama City University Installs Cray XC50-AC Supercomputer for Life Sciences

Today Cray announced that the Yokohama City University in Japan has put a Cray XC50-AC supercomputer into production. Located in the University’s Advanced Medical Research Center, the new Cray supercomputer will power computational…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Joins the Meeting

AI Joins the Meeting

Attentive systems for meeting enhancements.

When AI Joins Your Meeting
By Rowan Trollope  

One of the best things about working at a company with Cisco’s resources is you get to blend fundamental technology research with macroeconomic…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Coca Cola, AI and Big Data

Coca Cola, AI and Big Data

The Amazing Ways Coca Cola Uses Artificial Intelligence And Big Data To Drive Success    By Bernard Marr 

" ... In fact, Coca Cola was one of the first globally-recognized brands outside of the IT market to speak about Big Data…