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August 2019


From The Eponymous Pickle

Shape of Data Implies its Uses

Shape of Data Implies its Uses

Recall hearing about this approach in training we took.    Making it easier to connect key data to analytics.   Shape constraint languages.

Graph Database ‘Shapes’ Data   By George Leopold in Datanami

A semantic graph database

Franz…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Response to NITRD RFI “Information on Update to Strategic Computing Objectives”

CCC Response to NITRD RFI “Information on Update to Strategic Computing Objectives”

The following post was contributed by CCC Director,  Ann Schwartz Drobnis.  The Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) National Coordination Office (NCO), on behalf of Federal agencies and the…


From insideHPC

Aitken Supercomputer from HPE to Support NASA Moon Missions

Aitken Supercomputer from HPE to Support NASA Moon Missions

A new HPE supercomputer at NASA’s Ames Research Center will run modeling and simulation workloads for lunar landings. The 3.69 Petaflop "Aitken" system is a custom-designed supercomputer will support modeling and simulations …


From insideHPC

Containerized Convergence of Big Data and Big Compute

Containerized Convergence of Big Data and Big Compute

Christian Kniep gave this talk at HPCKP'19. "This talk will dissect the convergence by refreshing the audiences’ memory on what containerization is about, segueing into why AI/ML workloads are leading to fully fledged HPC applications…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

What I Want from Computer Science Education Professional Development

What I Want from Computer Science Education Professional Development

The CSTA 2020 Call for Proposals is out and as usual it has me thinking.   Two questions come to mind. One is, what can/should I propose to present? The other question is what do I want to learn? I think I have been to everyI…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Crowd Sources Autonomous Vehicle Training

Crowd Sources Autonomous Vehicle Training

From Ideaconnection, offer of sale or licensing of  a US patent:

Crowd-sourced Autonomous Vehicle Training

Definitions: When driving, human drivers encounter non-events (expected events like traffic lights turning red) as well

Events…


From Schneier on Security

Modifying a Tesla to Become a Surveillance Platform

Modifying a Tesla to Become a Surveillance Platform

From DefCon: At the Defcon hacker conference today, security researcher Truman Kain debuted what he calls the Surveillance Detection Scout. The DIY computer fits into the middle console of a Tesla Model S or Model 3, plugs into…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Vicki Davis Interviews Alfred Thompson

Vicki Davis Interviews Alfred Thompson

Over the summer Vicki Davis interviewed me for her Ten Minute Podcast. Vicki and I have been friends for a number of years and it is always a pleasure to talk with her. We talked about a number of things including Project-based…


From insideHPC

Video: Xilinx Unveils World’s Largest FPGA

Video: Xilinx Unveils World’s Largest FPGA

Today Xilinx announced the expansion of its 16 nanometer (nm) Virtex UltraScale+ family to now include the world’s largest FPGA — the Virtex UltraScale+ VU19P. With 35 billion transistors, the VU19P provides the highest logic…


From insideHPC

IBM Opens POWER Instruction Set Architecture

IBM Opens POWER Instruction Set Architecture

This week at The Linux Foundation Open Source Summit, IBM announced it is opening the  POWER Instruction Set Architecture (ISA). "The opening of the Power ISA, an architecture with a long and distinguished history, will help …


From The Eponymous Pickle

GeoThermal Batteries

GeoThermal Batteries

Never hear of this specifically, but makes sense.

A Novel Thermal Battery Promises Green Power Around the Clock

Japanese scientists have developed a thermal battery that converts heat into electricity when buried in a geothermal…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Epistemic (How we gain secure and manage) Knowledge

Epistemic (How we gain secure and manage) Knowledge

Also fundamental.   Really how we manage knowledge, which means lots of things including finding, keeping  and preparing it for use in context.   I would add fear and measurable risk too.   Who would imagine we could fear data…


From insideHPC

Exascale CANDLE Project to Fight Against Cancer

Exascale CANDLE Project to Fight Against Cancer

The CANcer Distributed Learning Environment, or CANDLE, is a cross-cutting initiative of the Joint Design of Advanced Computing Solutions for Cancer collaboration and is supported by DOE’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP). CANDLE…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Understand Variance

Understand Variance

Yes, variance fundamental, a primary indication of context and causal influences.

Do You Understand the Variance In Your Data?
Thomas C. Redman in HBR

It is easy enough for managers to see that things in the business world vary.…


From insideHPC

Podcast: AMD is Back to Glory Days wit Rome CPU

Podcast: AMD is Back to Glory Days wit Rome CPU

http://radiofreehpc.com/audio/RF-HPC_Episodes/Episode240/RFHPC240_AMD-7nm-Rome.mp3   In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks into the AMD Rome CPU, a beast that brings back the glory days of Opteron and establishes itself…


From insideHPC

Frontera: The Next Generation NSF HPC Resource, and Why HPC Still isn’t the Cloud

Frontera: The Next Generation NSF HPC Resource, and Why HPC Still isn’t the Cloud

Dan Stanzione from TACC gave this talk at the MVAPICH User Group. "In this talk, I will describe the main components of the award: the Phase 1 system, “Frontera”, the plans for facility operations and scientific support for the…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Deep Neural Network Acceleration Beyond Chips

Deep Neural Network Acceleration Beyond Chips

The following blog was written by Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Chair Mark D. Hill from the University of Wisconsin Madison.  This week Cerebras announced a bold design to accelerate deep neural networks with silicon that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intel AI Chip

Intel AI Chip

Have always been interested in what can be done with AI oriented Hardware.  Now Intel has a solution:

Intel unveils first artificial intelligence chip Springhill
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Intel Corp on Tuesday unveiled its latest processor…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Customer Experience and AI

Customer Experience and AI

On upcoming talk on CX via personalized customer experience using AI:

Buying experience and customer service “changing through AI” – SAP
Liliana Petrova - in CustomerThink

How can companies create personal, one-on-one long-lasting…


From The Eponymous Pickle

US Air Force Prints Aircraft Parts

US Air Force Prints Aircraft Parts

Continued increase in use of 3D printing

Air Force certifies first 3-D printed nonstructural aircraft parts
by Louis Briscese, Air Force Office of Scientific Research in Techexplore

The 60th Maintenance Squadron is the first field…


From Schneier on Security

Google Finds 20-Year-Old Microsoft Windows Vulnerability

Google Finds 20-Year-Old Microsoft Windows Vulnerability

There's no indication that this vulnerability was ever used in the wild, but the code it was discovered in -- Microsoft's Text Services Framework -- has been around since Windows XP....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Model Driven Software Development

Model Driven Software Development

Brought to my attention.  I like the idea, as long as it does not remove transparency, especially as it relates to real-life process and context.   This is about software, with its inherent sometimes mysterious complexity, and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Autonomous Robot Delivery in US Universities

Autonomous Robot Delivery in US Universities

Makes sense to try this in the demographic and relatively contained space of a University.   Autonomous robot deliveries are coming to 100 university campuses in the U.S.   By Luke Dormehl in DigitalTrends

Pioneering autonomous…


From insideHPC

NetApp EF600 Storage Array Speeds HPC and Analytics

NetApp EF600 Storage Array Speeds HPC and Analytics

Today NetApp announced the NetApp EF600 storage array. The EF600 is an end-to-end NVMe midrange array that accelerates access to data and empowers companies to rapidly develop new insights for performance-sensitive workloads.…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Our Trip To Monte Carlo

Why does randomness help? Kathryn Farley is my dear wife. She and I are currently on a cruise through the Mediterranean. Our trip started in Barcelona and is stopping daily at various cities as we journey to Rome. “Tough duty…


From insideHPC

ANSYS Cloud HPC Increases Simulation throughput for Hundreds of Organizations

ANSYS Cloud HPC Increases Simulation throughput for Hundreds of Organizations

Engineers are unlocking increased compute capacity to achieve advancements in 5G, autonomous systems, electric vehicles, and other global megatrends thanks to ANSYS Cloud HPC, powered by Microsoft Azure. Available from directly…


From insideHPC

Intel Talks at Hot Chips gear up for “AI Everywhere”

Intel Talks at Hot Chips gear up for “AI Everywhere”

Today at Hot Chips 2019, Intel revealed new details of upcoming high-performance AI accelerators: Intel Nervana neural network processors, with the NNP-T for training and the NNP-I for inference. Intel engineers also presented…


From insideHPC

Singularity Enterprise to Accelerate Adoption of Containers with Cryptographically Verifiable Trust

Singularity Enterprise to Accelerate Adoption of Containers with Cryptographically Verifiable Trust

Today Sylabs announced that Singularity Enterprise is now generally available as a self-hosted offering, making it faster and easier for businesses to adopt containerization across their production environments. In private beta…


From insideHPC

OpenHPC: Community Building Blocks for HPC Systems

OpenHPC: Community Building Blocks for HPC Systems

Karl Schultz from the Oden Institute gave this talk at HPCKP'19. "Formed initially in November 2015 and formalized as a Linux Foundation project in June 2016, OpenHPC has been adding new software components and now supports multiple…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Risk Aware Traffic Engineering

Risk Aware Traffic Engineering

Analysis and use risk measures a favorite approach of mine.  Risk-aware always a good idea.  Especially considering architectures.

Using Wall Street secrets to reduce the cost of cloud infrastructure
“Risk-aware” traffic engineering…