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April 2017


From insideHPC

STEM: Keeping the Interest

STEM: Keeping the Interest

In this special guest feature, Kim McMahon writes that helping get young people interested in STEM is the job of every HPC professional. "The ISC High Performance Conference is taking charge and educating with the establishment…


From insideHPC

LANL Prepares Next Generation of HPC Professionals at New Mexico High School Supercomputing Challenge

LANL Prepares Next Generation of HPC Professionals at New Mexico High School Supercomputing Challenge

More than 200 New Mexico students and teachers from 55 different teams came together in Albuquerque the week to showcase their computing research projects at the 27th annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge expo and awards…


From insideHPC

European Exascale System Interconnect & Storage

European Exascale System Interconnect & Storage

"The project, called ExaNeSt, is based on ARM processors, originally developed for mobile and embedded applications. Where ExaNeSt differs from Mont Blanc, however, is a focus on networking and on the design of applications. …


From Blog@Ubiquity

Insider Attacks Are A Bigger and Harder Threat?

Insider Attacks Are A Bigger and Harder Threat?

There is a new trend apparently emerging to defend against data loss and data damage as a result of external hacking. Some organizations have been removing their sensitive data from the Internet or isolating such data on “private…


From insideHPC

Rock Stars of HPC: James Phillips

Rock Stars of HPC: James Phillips

Recipient of a Gordon Bell Award in 2002, James Phillips has been a full-time research programmer for almost 20 years. Since 1998, he has been the lead developer of NAMD, a parallel molecular dynamics code designed for high-performance…


From insideHPC

Intel Advisor Roofline Analysis Finds New Opportunities for Optimizing Application Performance

Intel Advisor Roofline Analysis Finds New Opportunities for Optimizing Application Performance

Intel Advisor, an integral part of Intel Parallel Studio XE 2017, can help identify portions of code that could be good candidates for parallelization (both vectorization and threading). It can also help determine when it might…


From Computational Complexity

So Was I

While Bill marched at the main March for Science in DC, I marched at the satellite march in Atlanta, my daughter Molly in Chicago, Scott Aaronson in Austin, Hal Gabow in New York, and Donald Knuth (pictured) presumably in


From The Eponymous Pickle

R Packages for Data Wrangling

R Packages for Data Wrangling

Most of this is quite well known, but provides an excellent lengthy table of resources.  Like the extent of the information, there will be things you don't know.  'Data Wrangling' applies to manipulating and examining your data…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Acting Quickly

Acting Quickly

 In the HBR,     Its part of the risk model.

How to Act Quickly Without Sacrificing Critical Thinking  by Jesse Sostrin

An unbridled urgency can be counterproductive and costly. If you’re too quick to 
react, you can end up with…


From Schneier on Security

Reading Analytics and Privacy

Reading Analytics and Privacy

Interesting paper: "The rise of reading analytics and the emerging calculus of reading privacy in the digital world," by Clifford Lynch: Abstract: This paper studies emerging technologies for tracking reading behaviors ("reading…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

How important is the first programming language really?

How important is the first programming language really?

We really need people who have never faced a room full of  students in their lives to teach us how to teach computer science.

Said no CS teacher ever.

What brought that on you may well ask. Long story. First Mark Guzdial posts…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Transparency not Needed in Health Care Deep Learning?

Transparency not Needed in Health Care Deep Learning?

Not sure I agree.  Will the accuracy and kinds of errors be the same?  Liability implications.  And also, who will be liable for errors that are made?   Will the AMA concur?  That is all wound up in the algorithmic methods. The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Baidu and a Free OS for Cars

Baidu and a Free OS for Cars

Quite an interesting play.  Open source OS for self driving cars.  An unexpected thing from a player like China via Baidu.  Maybe free but not open source?    In Technology Review:

Baidu Will Release a Free Operating System for…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Robotics Researcher Named ACM 2017-2018 Athena Lecturer

Robotics Researcher Named ACM 2017-2018 Athena Lecturer

The Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science and Professor of Bioengineering at Rice University, Lydia E. Kavraki, has been named the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2017-2018 Athena Lecturer. Each year, the Athena…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Echo Look Fashion Assistant

Amazon Echo Look Fashion Assistant

A kind of 'magic mirror' play.  We experimented with, primarily in cosmetics.  Can that be far away?   Following.   Currently available only by invitation.  In Engadget: 

Amazon Echo Look is a voice-controlled camera for fashion…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bots in the UnCanny Valley

Bots in the UnCanny Valley

The 'Uncanny Valley'  is a term used in the physical representation of people in android form,  as they get closer to reality we get uneasy. Now it has been suggested that the way bots chat is also reaching that.  I have conversed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

7-Eleven Seeks Japan Labor Efficiency

7-Eleven Seeks Japan Labor Efficiency

There are worker shortages in Japan, so 7-Eleven stores are experimenting with RFID tagging to eliminate or greatly simplify checkout, and thus decrease labor needs.    Can this test translate to the US?    Can they tailor the…


From insideHPC

The Past and Future of Aircraft Engine Development

The Past and Future of Aircraft Engine Development

"Inside a jet engine, air flowing faster than a hurricane is combined with fuel to generate heat that powers the plane. Designers are turning to supercomputers to model these complex processes to make new engines that are cleaner…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Surface Book–a first look

Surface Book–a first look

I’ve had two Surface Pros. A Surface Pro 3 and a Surface Pro 4. I love them. Make no mistake these have been idea travel computers for me. And powerful enough for just about everything I could want. They are also great for teaching…


From insideHPC

Peter Calverley Joins CoolIT Systems’ Board of Directors

Peter Calverley Joins CoolIT Systems’ Board of Directors

Today CoolIT Systems announced that Peter Calverley, CFO of Tela Innovations, has been elected to CoolIT’s Board of Directors. Doug Reid has retired from the Board after 5 years of service. "I am excited to join the Board of …


From insideHPC

Mark III Systems Becomes Cray Solutions Provider

Mark III Systems Becomes Cray Solutions Provider

Today Cray announced it has signed a solutions provider agreement with Mark III Systems to develop, market and sell solutions that leverage Cray’s portfolio of supercomputing and big data analytics systems. "We’re very excited…


From insideHPC

Video: HPC Trends for 2017

Video: HPC Trends for 2017

In this video from Switzerland HPC Conference, Michael Feldman from TOP500.org presents an annual deep dive into the trends, technologies and usage models that will be propelling the HPC community through 2017 and beyond. "Emerging…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Virtual Assistants Control GE Air Conditioning

Virtual Assistants Control GE Air Conditioning

Another example of voice control being pushed to common home devices that need control.    A simple example.   Been testing the idea in our home

Don’t get up to turn on your AC unit from GE — just ask Alexa to do it instead   By…


From insideHPC

Intel® HPC Orchestrator – Simplifying HPC

Intel® HPC Orchestrator – Simplifying HPC

"Like OpenHPC on which it is based, Intel HPC Orchestrator is a middleware stack for HPC environments that sits on top of the base operating system and provides everything needed to run a variety of HPC applications from independent…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Linkedin Changes its Agreement with You

Linkedin Changes its Agreement with You

 A look at how Microsoft is altering the Linkedin user agreement you are very likely to say OK to.  Evan Schuman points out some of the risks.  Linkedin is a place where you are likely to voluntarily offer lots of personal and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Team Stress Levels

Team Stress Levels

In the enterprise saw much lip service given to this kind of issue, but few solutions other than cautions, here an attempt at measure.    In the HBR: 

An Early Warning System for Your Team’s Stress Level
Thomas Hellwig, Caroline…


From Schneier on Security

Analyzing Cyber Insurance Policies

Analyzing Cyber Insurance Policies

There's a really interesting new paper analyzing over 100 different cyber insurance policies. From the abstract: In this research paper, we seek to answer fundamental questions concerning the current state of the cyber insurance…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the Future of Augmented Reality

On the Future of Augmented Reality

Israel and Scoble in a Podcast on the near future of Augmented and Virtual reality.  Suggesting that Apple is about to push this strongly.   Via my colleague Walter Riker.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smarter Manufacturing Robotics with Watson

Smarter Manufacturing Robotics with Watson

Interesting play, had never thought of Watson in terms of Robotics.  Note the wide variety of things ABB manufactures, which could lead to efficiency considerations, regarding scheduling and supply chain interactions.

Watson could…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Oracle Wants Advanced Tech

Oracle Wants Advanced Tech

Oracle looking to AI and VR initiatives.

Oracle Launches New In-House 'Startup'
The company wants to stay ahead of the tech game by working on new, cutting-edge initiatives.
  By Julie Bort Business Insider  ... 

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