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November 2017


From insideHPC

NEC Supercomputer at JGU in Germany Ranks #65 on TOP500

NEC Supercomputer at JGU in Germany Ranks #65 on TOP500

NEC Deutschland GmbH has delivered an LX series supercomputer to Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), one of Germany’s leading research universities and part of the German Gauss Alliance consortium of excellence in high…


From insideHPC

DDN Powers Big Data and Machine Learning at UTC in Tennessee

DDN Powers Big Data and Machine Learning at UTC in Tennessee

Last week at SC17, Data Direct Networks announced that The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga (UTC) has selected DDN’s GS14KX parallel file system appliance with 1.1PB of storage to replace its aging big data storage system…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Roomba Does IFTTT

Roomba Does IFTTT

Big follower and user of IFTTT,  like to see it taken further for the smart home, think it can be taken further yet, especially by adding more intelligence to the 'Apps'.   Now Roomba is in the mix.

Roomba now supports IFTTT functionality…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Streaming Algorithms for Customers

Streaming Algorithms for Customers

For a project have been looking at how streaming recommendations act as marketing for products.  The big example out there are cases where there there is lots of content, not clearly differentiated.  Music is one example.   Even…


From insideHPC

Hyperion Innovation Excellence Award goes to UberCloud and Stanford Living Heart Project

Hyperion Innovation Excellence Award goes to UberCloud and Stanford Living Heart Project

Last week at SC17, Hyperion Research announced that the UberCloud and the Stanford Living Heart Project have won the Hyperion Award for Innovation Excellence. "The Stanford LHP project is simulating cardiac arrhythmia, which …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Distractions from New Things

Distractions from New Things

Part of my responsibility in the enterprise was to manage this thing.  Explain to management why or why not they should pay attention to, or even invest in new tech.   Well put here, but the hype and marketing can be tough to…


From insideHPC

Russian RSC Group Joins the Intel Select Solutions for HPC Program

Russian RSC Group Joins the Intel Select Solutions for HPC Program

Last week at SC17, Russian HPC vendor RSC Group showcased the next generation of their liquid-cooled RSC Tornado supercomputers based on Intel Xeon Scalable Processors. "RSC is demonstrating a full set of components for modern…


From insideHPC

Intel Xeon Processors and Intel Omni-Path Architecture Offer Breakthroughs for Top500 Systems

Intel Xeon Processors and Intel Omni-Path Architecture Offer Breakthroughs for Top500 Systems

Intel XeonLast week, the rhetorical one-two punch of the Intel HPC Developer Conference and Supercomputing 2017 offered global HPC aficionados new insights into the direction of advanced HPC technologies, and how those tools will empower…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deep Learning in Academia

Deep Learning in Academia

Interesting points made here. Since methods like deep learning are used for value and also hyped the results may not be widely shared.    But then the major players seem to be opening the methods and even their use to anyone.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI vs ML vs Deep Learning

AI vs ML vs Deep Learning

A Comparative Roundup: Artificial Intelligence vs. Machine Learning vs. Deep Learning

This article was written by Paramita Ghosh.

A 1969 McKinsey article claimed that computers were so dumb that they were not capable of making


From Computational Complexity

The Grad Student Tax

By now as you've read from Luca or Scott or PhD Comics or a variety of other sources on the dangerous changes to the tax code that passed the US House of Representatives last week. Among a number of university unfriendly policies…


From Schneier on Security

Vulnerability in Amazon Key

Vulnerability in Amazon Key

Amazon Key is an IoT door lock that can enable one-time access codes for delivery people. To further secure that system, Amazon sells Cloud Cam, a camera that watches the door to ensure that delivery people don't abuse their…


From Putting People First

Experientia and Italian bank Intesa Sanpaolo announce innovative partnership

Experientia and Italian bank Intesa Sanpaolo announce innovative partnership

Wide ranging partnership also covers collaboration with design schools and public events on service design “Finding the way forward for independent design means building new business models for service design consultancies in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hashgraphs

Hashgraphs

This was new to me. I know what 'Hashing' is with regard to storage allocation and cryptography,  looking at it in more detail here.

The End of Blockchain? Hashgraph has the potential to displace Blockchain!
By The Curious Economist…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Project Management Inspiration

Project Management Inspiration

Worth a refresher, have been on both sides of this.

7 TED Talks to Inspire Project Management Experts

We regularly work with project managers from all walks of life, and each of them is likely to experience an emotional burnout…


From insideHPC

Video: An Affordable Supercomputing Testbed based on Rasberry Pi

Video: An Affordable Supercomputing Testbed based on Rasberry Pi

In this video from SC17, Bruce Tulloch from BitScope describes an low-cost Rasberry Pi cluster that LANL can use to simulate large-scale supercomputers. "The BitScope Pi Cluster Modules system creates an affordable, scalable,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chatting with Your Replika

Chatting with Your Replika

Good piece below, but the the conclusion is not much different than what you saw in the 80s.  You can produce a chatbot that will fool someone into thinking its human.   You can also built a useful chatbot that will narrowly

What…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Computational Scientist at the School of Mines

Job of the Week: Computational Scientist at the School of Mines

The School of Mines in Colorado is seeking a Computational Scientist in our Job of the Week. "The Computational Scientist works as part of the High Performance Computing Group to help Mines researchers by collaborating with other…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Procter Buys Online Startup

Procter Buys Online Startup

Just deoderants, or a broader look at online, replenishment?  Likely

P&G acquires startup that specializes in online sales
By Barrett J. Brunsman  –  Staff reporter, Cincinnati Business Courier

Procter & Gamble revealed today the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Using Music to Track Movements

Using Music to Track Movements

Continuing looks at tracking us and what we do.

Computer scientists use music to covertly track body movements, activity by James Urton

" ... Now researchers at the University of Washington have demonstrated how it is possible


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Recaps SC17 in Denver

Radio Free HPC Recaps SC17 in Denver

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team describes the highlights of SC17 in Denver. Highlights includes the debute ARM hardware for HPC, a Rasberry Pie Cluster, and pervasive liquid cooling. Other highlights include: Posit Research…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Private Label Grocery

Private Label Grocery

 Is private label grocery about to go to the next level?   by Denise Leathers with discussion .... 

Through a special arrangement, presented here for discussion is a summary of a current article from Frozen & Refrigerated Buyer…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Vetting Design with Rapid Experimentation

Vetting Design with Rapid Experimentation

Reminds me of the idea of develop and test.   A kind of brute force of examination of options.  Always a good way to start thinking about a problem, but does depend on how quickly you can create designs and then test them.

Julie…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Downside of Collaboration

Downside of Collaboration

Have seen much of this in the enterprise.  From Knowledge@Wharton:
Too Much Togetherness? The Downside of Workplace Collaboration

" ... The mere mention of keeping up with overflowing email, constant meetings, and time-sucking

A…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dynamic Programming for the Masses

Dynamic Programming for the Masses

From ACM Sigsoft a presentation about a favorite topic:  Dynamic Programming:  entitled  'Dynamic Programming for the Masses'.   With links to presentation by  Prof Patrick Madden of SUNY Binghamton.   I will be testing some


From insideHPC

Dell EMC Brings Machine Learning to Mainstream Enterprises

Dell EMC Brings Machine Learning to Mainstream Enterprises

This week at SC17, Dell EMC announced new machine learning and deep learning solutions, continuing the company’s work to bring high performance computing and data analytics capabilities to mainstream enterprises worldwide. "When…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Peru and Chile Address Squid Overfishing

Friday Squid Blogging: Peru and Chile Address Squid Overfishing

Peru and Chile have a new plan. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. Read my blog posting guidelines here....


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Now Institute to Research Impact of AI on Society

AI Now Institute to Research Impact of AI on Society

The Field of AI Research Is About to Get Way Bigger Than Code 
in NextGov.com   by Dave Gershgorn
November 16, 2017

Microsoft Research's Kate Crawford and Open Research at Google founder Meredith Whittaker on Thursday announced


From insideHPC

New TeraBox 1U FPGA Server Doubles Compute and I/O Density

New TeraBox 1U FPGA Server Doubles Compute and I/O Density

Today BittWare announced the TeraBox 1432D high density 1U FPGA server at SC17. Based on a Dell PowerEdge C4130, the customized TeraBox 1432D provides an unprecedented thirty-two 100GbE ports directly connected to four large …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Project Management with Asana and Gmail.

Project Management with Asana and Gmail.

Was pointed to Asana as a good system for project management when using Gmail.

" ... Asana lets teams track projects from start to finish so everyone knows who is doing what and by which deadline and its current status. Teams

More…