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May 2017


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Looks at the TPU2 TensorFlow Processing Unit

Radio Free HPC Looks at the TPU2 TensorFlow Processing Unit

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the announcements coming from Google IO conference. Of particular interest was their second-generation TensorFlow Processing Unit (TPU2). We've also got news on the new OS/2 operating…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart E-Commerce Surge

Wal-Mart E-Commerce Surge

In Adage:
Walmart's E-Commerce Surge and Other Takeaways for Brands
By Jack Neff.

Walmart reported fiscal first-quarter earnings today that showed a huge spike in e-commerce sales as it slightly beat analyst expectations on the"…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Home Automation Virtual Agent

Home Automation Virtual Agent

Interesting approach that I had not seen .... highlighting the Watson conversation service.

Build a Home Automation Virtual Agent on Bluemix

With the home automation trend growing, have you wondered how you could build your own…


From insideHPC

PASC17 to Feature Panel Discussions on Moore’s Law and Computational Sciences

PASC17 to Feature Panel Discussions on Moore’s Law and Computational Sciences

The upcoming PASC17 conference has posted further details on a pair of panel discussions taking place at the conference next month. The conference takes place June 26-28 in Lugano, Switzerland.


The post PASC17 to Feature Panel…


From BLOG@CACM

International Competitors Head to Rapid City for ACM-ICPC

International Competitors Head to Rapid City for ACM-ICPC

Finalist teams from around the world descended on Rapid City, South Dakota this past weekend for the ACM-ICPC World Finals. Sightseeing and some cultural adjustments were in order.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

A Rural Lens on a Research Agenda for Intelligent Infrastructure

A Rural Lens on a Research Agenda for Intelligent Infrastructure

We hear all about “smart cities” but what about smart rural communities? We cannot forget about our rural populations, which we depend on for agriculture, fishing, forestry, manufacturing, and mining. Recently, the Computing…


From insideHPC

PSSC Labs Launches Eco Blades for HPC

PSSC Labs Launches Eco Blades for HPC

The Eco Blade is a unique server platform engineered specifically for high performance, high density computing environments – simultaneously increasing compute density while decreasing power use. Eco Blade offers two complete…


From insideHPC

Drilling Down into Machine Learning and Deep Learning

Drilling Down into Machine Learning and Deep Learning

machine learningArtificial intelligence and machine learning are rising in popularity as the needs of big data call for systems that exceed human capabilities. This article is part of a special insideHPC report that explores trends in machine…


From BLOG@CACM

The Mythical Brooks Law

The Mythical Brooks Law

Yes, you can make a project less late by adding manpower. If you are a good manager.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Most Powerful Quantum Computer

Most Powerful Quantum Computer

IBM unveils its most powerful quantum processor yet
And the company is seeking your algorithms and experiments to run on it.  .. Andrew Dalton, @dolftown


From Schneier on Security

Extending the Airplane Laptop Ban

Extending the Airplane Laptop Ban

The Department of Homeland Security is rumored to be considering extending the current travel ban on large electronics for Middle Eastern flights to European ones as well. The likely reaction of airlines will be to implement…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Whats Next in AI and Automation

Whats Next in AI and Automation

Excellent overview, with useful detail:

What’s now and next in analytics, AI, and automation

Innovations in digitization, analytics, artificial intelligence, and automation are creating performance and productivity opportunities…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Examining the Drone Economy

Examining the Drone Economy

Drones go to Work   by Chris Anderson in the HBR.  Excellent piece.
The disruptive economics of unmanned vehicles are taking hold. Here’s how to think about the drone economy and your place in it.  .... " 

Plus:  Drone challenges…


From insideHPC

Storage-as-a-Service Demo Center Opens in Munich

Storage-as-a-Service Demo Center Opens in Munich

Today Zadara Storage announced the opening of a new Storage-as-a-Service demo center near Munich, Germany, in collaboration with Intel Corporation. Customers and prospects are now able to experience the Zadara Storage-as-a-Service…


From insideHPC

Bridging Big – Small, Fast – Slow with Campaign Storage

Bridging Big – Small, Fast – Slow with Campaign Storage

Peter Braam gave this talk at the MSST 2017 Mass Storage Conference. "Campaign Storage offers radical revisions of old workflows and adapts to new technologies. But it also leverages widely available technologies and interfaces…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cortana as a Bot Channel

Cortana as a Bot Channel

I like thinking of it in this way.  Saw it demonstrated by MSFT using Cortana this week.   Still means the architecture, operations, context and memory of the bot have to be developed and work well and seamlessly.   Still a challenge…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon and Pharma

Amazon and Pharma

Discussion.  In Retailwire.

Is the $400B prescription drug business ripe for an Amazon disruption?
by George Anderson

CNBC reported yesterday that Amazon.com is hiring an executive to lead its entry into the pharmacy business. Two…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Flash Organizations

Flash Organizations

Useful idea, now link it to right data.

Stanford Researchers Develop Crowdsourcing Software to Convene Rapid, On-Demand 'Flash Organizations'

Researchers at Stanford University have developed software that integrates crowdsourcing's…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Looking for a long Chat

Looking for a long Chat

Interesting goal.  Length of a chat implies some engagement, but not necessarily value to the human involved.   If the goal is to get a useful answer I want it to be short and without error. Scripting should do this, but hasThe…


From insideHPC

How Intel FPGAs Power Azure Deep Learning

How Intel FPGAs Power Azure Deep Learning

Microsoft Azure CTO Mark Russinovich recently disclosed major advances in Microsoft’s hyperscale deployment of Intel field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). These advances have resulted in the industry’s fastest public cloud …


From insideHPC

An Update on MarFS in Production

An Update on MarFS in Production

David Bonnie from LANL presented this deck at the MSST 2017 Mass Storage Conference. MarFS is a Near-POSIX File System using cloud storage for data and many POSIX file systems for metadata. "With MarFS in production at LANL since…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Interview with Vint Cerf

Interview with Vint Cerf

Non technical view of the history and future of the Internet.  I should note that this piece contradicts another piece quoting him regarding AI I recently posted.  You have to always be wary of the context of these pieces. He…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Text Mining Memes Online

Text Mining Memes Online

Interesting progress in text mining that includes repeated memes and context.   Technical.

A system for extracting and comparing memes in online forums

Héctor Beck-Fernandeza, , David F. Nettletonb, , , Lorena Recaldeb, , Diego…


From BLOG@CACM

Will Machine Learning Prevent Us From Achieving the Goals of Teaching Computing to Everyone?

Will Machine Learning Prevent Us From Achieving the Goals of Teaching Computing to Everyone?

At TURC, ACM leaders consider the future of AI, and I ask about the implications for computing education


From The Eponymous Pickle

Basic Attention Token

Basic Attention Token

The BAT, just brought to my attention, the basic attention token, quite an interesting play, with a browser and a blockchain.  Makes sense, but what will the advertisers think?   Rollout soon.  They describe, more at the link…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Giant Squid Caught Off the Coast of Ireland

Friday Squid Blogging: Giant Squid Caught Off the Coast of Ireland

It's rare: Fishermen caught a 19-foot-long giant squid off the coast of Ireland on Monday, only the fifth to be seen there since 1673. Also the first in 22 years. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Podcast: Amazon v Traditional Retail

Podcast: Amazon v Traditional Retail

Podcast from Knowledge@Wharton:

Why Amazon Is Leaving Legacy Retailers in the Dust?

Wharton's Barbara Kahn and Columbia's Mark A. Cohen discuss what's behind Amazon's continuing success.

What is the secret to the unparalleled success…


From Schneier on Security

NSA Abandons "About" Searches

NSA Abandons "About" Searches

Earlier this month, the NSA said that it would no longer conduct "about" searches of bulk communications data. This was the practice of collecting the communications of Americans based on keywords and phrases in the contents…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (May 18th, 2017)

Science and Technology links (May 18th, 2017)

Google has announced at its annual conference (I/O 2017) that it has computing pods capable of 11.5 petaflops. They are made of 64 customized TPU (processors specialized for deep learning/AI), each generate 180 teraflops. ItContinue…


From insideHPC

A Recap of the 2017 OpenFabrics Workshop

A Recap of the 2017 OpenFabrics Workshop

The 13th Annual OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) Workshop wrapped at the end of March with a look toward the future. The annual gathering, held this year in Austin, Texas, was devoted to advancing cutting edge networking technology…