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July 2017


From insideHPC

DOE Helps Tackle Biology’s Big Data

DOE Helps Tackle Biology’s Big Data

Six proposals have been selected to participate in a new partnership between two U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) user facilities through the “Facilities Integrating Collaborations for User Science” (FICUS) initiative. The expertise…


From insideHPC

Cryo-EM Moves Forward with $9.3M NIH Award

Cryo-EM Moves Forward with $9.3M NIH Award

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $9.3 million to the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) to support ongoing development of PHENIX, a software suite for solving three-dimensional…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing by API: Connecting Modern Web Apps to HPC

Supercomputing by API: Connecting Modern Web Apps to HPC

In this video from OpenStack Australia, David Perry from the University of Melbourne presents: Supercomputing by API - Connecting Modern Web Apps to HPC. "OpenStack is a free and open-source set of software tools for building…


From insideHPC

Using HPC to Track Massive Ice Shelves

Using HPC to Track Massive Ice Shelves

Mellanox Technologies' Vice President of Marketing, Gilad Shainer, discusses the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Mellanox’s high performance computing work that is tracking the Earth's most massive ice shelves. Essentially…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Automated Machine Learning

Automated Machine Learning

Excellent piece on this topic. Am in the process of preparing a talk to a Columbia University Group on exactly this topic. Useful detail at the link. I think it is inevitable we will see highly automated processes of these types…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Another China Smart Speaker

Another China Smart Speaker

But available only in China, and in Mandarin.  Still the considerable number and low costs are interesting.  Following Alibaba's entry.

Xiaomi’s take on the Amazon Echo smart speaker costs less than $50   by Jon Russell  in TechCrunch…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Flaw of AI Implementation

The Flaw of AI Implementation

Disagree with the 'fatal' part,  but it is a major problem.  Been talking this since the last AI summer. Its best to model or at least sketch out the business process first, before you start, to make sure you are addressing the…


From Schneier on Security

Roombas will Spy on You

Roombas will Spy on You

The company that sells the Roomba autonomous vacuum wants to sell the data about your home that it collects....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Myth of the Machine Learning Black Box

Myth of the Machine Learning Black Box

Was unable to get to see this, but of interest.  Most all machine learning projects need to be updated,  maintained and reevaluated.   Maybe they are not black boxes .... but are effectively so, because the decision makers have…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Why AI Can't Write this Article

Why AI Can't Write this Article

We jousted with Roger Schank at the time of the first AI eruption, very well known at that time, and I continue to track his work.  Recognizing and understanding stories are a key part of our intelligence. See the tag below.

Why…


From insideHPC

Gabriel Broner Joins Rescale as VP & GM of HPC

Gabriel Broner Joins Rescale as VP & GM of HPC

Today HPC Cloud provider Rescale announced that Gabriel Broner has joined the company as Vice President and General Manager of High Performance Computing. "Rescale offers HPC users the possibility to instantly run simulations…


From insideHPC

ORNL Taps D-Wave for Exascale Computing Project

ORNL Taps D-Wave for Exascale Computing Project

Today Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) announced they’re bringing on D-Wave to use quantum computing as an accelerator for the Exascale Computing Project. "Advancing the problem-solving capabilities of quantum computing takes…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gamifying the E-Commerce Experience

Gamifying the E-Commerce Experience

Something we explored, with only a bit of success.    Not specifically endorsing this vendor, Iterable, but the report is interesting.  Requires sign-in.

Game On
What E-Commerce Can Learn From the Top 100 Mobile Games
Gamification…


From insideHPC

Podcast: A Retrospective on Great Science and the Stampede Supercomputer

Podcast: A Retrospective on Great Science and the Stampede Supercomputer

TACC will soon deploy Phase 2 of the Stampede II supercomputer. In this podcast, they celebrate by looking back on some of the great science computed on the original Stampede machine. "In 2017, the Stampede supercomputer, funded…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Material Robotics (MaRo) Workshop at 2017 Robotics Science and Systems (RSS)

Material Robotics (MaRo) Workshop at 2017 Robotics Science and Systems (RSS)

Contributions to this post were made by Yigit Menguc from Oregon State University. The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) recently sponsored a workshop at the 2017 Robotics Science and Systems Conference called Material Robotics…


From insideHPC

Supercomputers turn the clock back on Storms with “Hindcasting”

Supercomputers turn the clock back on Storms with “Hindcasting”

Researchers are using supercomputers at LBNL to determine how global climate change has affected the severity of storms and resultant flooding. "The group used the publicly available model, which can be used to forecast future…


From insideHPC

Intel’s Xeon Scalable Processors Provide Cooling Challenges for HPC

Intel’s Xeon Scalable Processors Provide Cooling Challenges for HPC

liquid coolingUnless you reduce node and rack density, the wattages of today's high-poweredCPUs and GPUs are simply no longer addressable with air cooling alone. Asetek explores how new processors, such as Intel's Xeon Scalable processors,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

HoloLens 2 Adding AI Processor

HoloLens 2 Adding AI Processor

Augmented realities will need better edge intelligence to provide value.   By John Brandon, Computerworld.  Some interesting applications are described.

Why Microsoft is adding an AI co-processor to HoloLens 2

With more processing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Voicelabs Ads

Voicelabs Ads

Advertising and Alexa Skills.    

Amazon's new policy kills ad network that monetizes Echo Skills

Amazon says it updated its policy to make sure users have the best experience possible.  by Mariella Moon, @mariella_moon in Engadget…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Retail Analytics and Store Viz

Retail Analytics and Store Viz

We also worked on this kind of analytics.  ...   Good points made, its all about context.

Retail Analytics and Store Visualization   by Gary Angel  In CustomerThink:

Making sense of behavioral data is always a challenge. Suppose…


From Schneier on Security

Alternatives to Government-Mandated Encryption Backdoors

Alternatives to Government-Mandated Encryption Backdoors

Policy essay: "Encryption Substitutes," by Andrew Keane Woods: In this short essay, I make a few simple assumptions that bear mentioning at the outset. First, I assume that governments have good and legitimate reasons for getting…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Introduction to Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

Introduction to Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

Shades of expert systems, but with the ability to learn.   The integration of rule-based application of logic and analytic and deep learning methodologies.  Explicit and transparent expression of rules in play.  Including the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Roomba Maps for Smart Homes

Roomba Maps for Smart Homes

This reminds me of work we did with test Roombas.  We were interested in how they compared with human cleaning process and also usage of possible cleansing liquids, in lab settings.  But I can see how the resulting maps might…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Swarms in Control

Swarms in Control

A favorite topic.  All systems are controlled by multiple entities.   Call that a swarm.   Stanford and their Platfom Lab developing infrastructure for such systems.   Call it 'Big Control'.

Who Will Control the Swarm? 
Stanford…


From insideHPC

Surprising Stories from 17 National Labs in 17 Minutes

Surprising Stories from 17 National Labs in 17 Minutes

In this video, the U.S. Department of Energy gives a quick tour of all 17 National Labs. Each one comes with a surprising story on what these labs do for us as a Nation. "And they all do really different stuff. Think of a big…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Looks at AI Ethics and a Tale of Henry’s Super Heroism

Radio Free HPC Looks at AI Ethics and a Tale of Henry’s Super Heroism

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team learns about Henry's first exploit as an Ethical Superhero. "After witnessing a hit-and-run fender bender, Henry confronted the culprit and ensured that the miscreant left a note on the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ignoring the Robots

Ignoring the Robots

Fascinating piece on the history of 'robots'.   Back to the 15th century.   Meant to do real jobs or just impress?  Far too expensive to just impress, but I will accept that is part of the reason.  ...... And we have long known…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Christopher Ahlberg Talks AI

Christopher Ahlberg Talks AI

Christopher Ahlberg, CEO at Recorded Future, and Staffan Truvé, Recorded Future’s chief technology officer, talks about AI in a Recorded Future podcast.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Acquiring Digital Companies

Acquiring Digital Companies

Via Bain:

3 Ways M&A Is Different When You’re Acquiring a Digital Company  by Arnaud Leroi

Even for experienced deal makers, a first digital acquisition is bound to be an education. Companies acquire to accelerate their overall…


From insideHPC

LANL Adds Capacity to Trinity Supercomputer for Stockpile Stewardship

LANL Adds Capacity to Trinity Supercomputer for Stockpile Stewardship

Los Alamos National Laboratory has boosted the computational capacity of their Trinity supercomputer with a merger of two system partitions. “With this merge completed, we have now successfully released one of the most capable…