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June 2018


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Emojis, Java and Strings

Emojis, Java and Strings

Emojis are funny characters that are becoming increasingly popular. However, they are probably not as simple as you might thing when you are a programmer. For a basis of comparison, let me try to use them in Python 3. I define…


From insideHPC

Atos Quantum Learning Machine Comes to SURFsara in the Netherlands

Atos Quantum Learning Machine Comes to SURFsara in the Netherlands

Dutch researchers have a new opportunity to experiment with Quantum Computing with the new Atos Quantum Learning Machine at SURFsara. The Atos Quantum Learning Machine is a complete on-premise quantum simulation environment designed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Signals of Disruption

Signals of Disruption

Have been involved in several meetings to determine and evaluate such signals. See below a bare outline from MIT/Sloan.  May sound simplistic but there is much more at the link to flesh it out.   This is more of a risk analysis…


From insideHPC

UberCloud Publishes Compendium of Cloud HPC Case Studies

UberCloud Publishes Compendium of Cloud HPC Case Studies

Our friends at the UberCloud have published the 2018 edition of their Compendium of Cloud HPC Case Studies. "The goal of the UberCloud Experiment is to perform engineering simulation experiments in the HPC cloud with real engineering…


From insideHPC

Agenda Posted: Dell EMC HPC Community Meeting at ISC 2018

Agenda Posted: Dell EMC HPC Community Meeting at ISC 2018

The Dell EMC HPC Community has published their Speaker Agenda for meeting at ISC 2018. The half-day event takes place June 24 in Frankfurt, Germany. "The Dell EMC HPC Community event will feature keynote presentations by HPC …


From insideHPC

Video: Caligo Technologies Demonstrates Posit Computing Implementation

Video: Caligo Technologies Demonstrates Posit Computing Implementation

Anantha Kinnal from Calligo Technologies gave this talk at the ConGA conference for Next Generation Arithmetic. "CalligoTech, based in Bangalore - India, built and demonstrated World’s First Posit-enabled System at the CoNGA…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cisco Guide to Smart Manufacturing

Cisco Guide to Smart Manufacturing

Downloadable at the link:

Manufacturing
How to Evolve your Manufacturing Environment to an Ultimate State

By Eric Ehlers

Cisco Live just wrapped this week, and we had a lot of great conversations with customers who are looking…


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

ACM-W Connection – June 2018

ACM-W Connection – June 2018

Letter from ACM-W Chair News from ACM-W Celebrations News from ACM-W Professional Chapters News from ACM-W Student Chapters Welcome from the ACM-W Chair  Regular readers of this newsletter are aware that ACM/ACM-W are partnering…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Levels of Customer Engagement with Retail IOT

Levels of Customer Engagement with Retail IOT

I see that Intel Director Jon Stine, who we worked with at innovation centers, comments on Amazon Go and IoT in retail.

IoT Is Building Higher Levels Of Customer Engagement

Forbes Insights With Intel IoT Connecting The Unconnected…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Imagine a World Based on a Picture

Imagine a World Based on a Picture

Applications?  Imagining this.  Maybe a new kind of creativity?

DeepMind’s AI can ‘imagine’ a world based on a single picture

Artificial intelligence can now put itself in someone else’s shoes. DeepMind has developed a neural network…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Internet Intelligence Map Shows Live Attacks

Internet Intelligence Map Shows Live Attacks

Interesting visual, to what degree can it be used to plan for and address possible attacks?

Oracle’s Internet Intelligence Map presents a real-time view of online threats  By Kyle Wiggers in Venturebeat

Distributed denial of service…


From The Eponymous Pickle

MIT on EOS Blockchain

MIT on EOS Blockchain

MIT Technology Review now has an excellent newsletter that touches on many emergent technology topics, most recently the topic was a blockchain called EOS , more suitable for Smart Contract operations.  You can subscribe to this…


From Computational Complexity

Hoteling

Thanks to Grigory Yaroslavtsev for taking over the Theory Jobs Spreadsheet. Details on Grigory's blog. Check out who is going where next year.



My office has an awesome view of Midtown Atlanta. Midtown has seen considerable…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Ships DeepLens

Amazon Ships DeepLens

This intrigues me.  A means to get data for prototype vision-centric machine learning.   A way to generate test data that will be needed.  The article includes a hands-on test and it takes it further on to their Sagemaker system…


From The Noisy Channel

Query Understanding and Chatbots

Query Understanding and Chatbots

In this series, I’ve focused on the context of traditional search applications, which are the main beneficiaries of better query understanding. But given the rapid emergence of chatbots as alternatives to traditional interfaces…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Who Builds Big Recommendation Engines

Who Builds Big Recommendation Engines

Breadth and particular participants were surprising.   How these operate essentially acts as the 'algorithm' for suggestion based upon data.   How well they work, and how this is perceived by the customer, is a key aspect of

From…


From insideHPC

Video: AMD HPC Update

Video: AMD HPC Update

Jay Owen from AMD gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Tucson. "With the introduction of new EPYC processor based servers with Radeon Instinct GPU accelerators, combined with our ROCm open software platform, AMD is ushering…


From insideHPC

NEC starts HPC sales operations in the UK

NEC starts HPC sales operations in the UK

Today NEC announced that NEC Deutschland GmbH is starting High Performance Computing sales operations in the United Kingdom. This business expansion in the UK, one of Europe’s most important high-tech regions, is in addition …


From insideHPC

NVIDIA Opens AI Research Lab in Toronto

NVIDIA Opens AI Research Lab in Toronto

Over at the NVIDIA Blog, Gavriel State writes that the company has opened a new AI Research Lab in Toronto. The AI Research Lab will be led by computer scientist and University of Toronto professor Sanja Fidler. "With the new…


From insideHPC

Intel Stratix FPGAs Power Innovation for the Dell HPC Community

Intel Stratix FPGAs Power Innovation for the Dell HPC Community

In this video from the Dell EMC HPC Community Meeting, Chris Branch from Intel describes how FPGAs deliver speed and efficiency for technical computing. The two companies are working together to bring new FPGA solutions to market…


From insideHPC

Why Demand for In-Memory Computing Platforms Keeps Growing

Why Demand for In-Memory Computing Platforms Keeps Growing

IMC platformsThe demand for in-memory computing (IMC) and new IMC platforms continues to grow. What's pushing this growth as new products like the GridGain in-memory computing platform hit the market? Download the new white paper from GridGain…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Trying Cashierless

Microsoft Trying Cashierless

Another company trying the space,  Will it be a common thing very soon?  I recall seeing an example at Microsoft's retail innovation space,  but did not know they were emphasizing that space any more.

Microsoft reportedly has
Reuters…


From Schneier on Security

Thomas Dullien on Complexity and Security

Thomas Dullien on Complexity and Security

For many years, I have said that complexity is the worst enemy of security. At CyCon earlier this month, Thomas Dullien gave an excellent talk on the subject with far more detail than I've ever provided. Video. Slides....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Complexity of Taste Expertise

Complexity of Taste Expertise

Learned the complexity of this in the favor space for roasted coffee.  Some people just cannot do it.  How do you make machines do it?

Learning to Become a Taste Expert
by Kathryn A. Latour and John A. Deighton in HBS Working knowledge…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quick Statistics for Anyone

Quick Statistics for Anyone

Nicely done!   A first job in the enterprise was informing decision makers about hard topics like statistics and analytics.   This would have been useful.  Its about beliefs and decisions and certainty!  In Towardsdatascience…


From The Eponymous Pickle

High Performance Codes

High Performance Codes

As the volume and complexity increase, and as we try to improve more complex processes we need more high performance computing (HPC).  Its a complex thing to build code that we know will operate correctly and predict well at

'A…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Automates with Algorithms

Amazon Automates with Algorithms

Most companies that have gone deeply digital have or are starting to automate some of these processes, especially in areas like supply chain and other operations that are already heavily digitized. These can be driven by algorithm…


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

Congratulations to our Best Facebook Post Winner!

Congratulations to our Best Facebook Post Winner!

We are happy to announce the winner of our best Facebook post contest is the ACM-W Chapter at the University of Central Florida. This chapter designed a team-building exercise that sounds like loads of fun: a CS-themed escape…


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

Congratulations to our Best Officer Winner!

Congratulations to our Best Officer Winner!

Congratulations to Sukriti Paul from Manipal University, Manipal, India, for winning our best officer contest for 2018!


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tableau Acquires AI for Data Understanding

Tableau Acquires AI for Data Understanding

Makes sense to integrate visualization with analytical methods and AI methods.  Visualization is a form of human understanding,  AI augments these human methods.  Look forward to seeing how this works, was a long time user of…