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December 2008


From The Eponymous Pickle

UPS Remarks on Supply Chains

UPS Remarks on Supply Chains

Global Supply Chains are not ready for challenging times. Many large companies have models of their supply chains. You would assume that it is just a matter of plugging in new numbers to recompute their plans. In general though…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Asking for Too Much Information

Asking for Too Much Information

It is not only about privacy, it seems that consumes are making some interesting, even logical choices about risk and economics. In ECommerce Times:" ... According to a recent survey from Jupiter Research, sharing personal information…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Defining Business Intelligence Terms

Defining Business Intelligence Terms

In the BeyeNetwork Colin White looks at the various implications of the business intelligence terms: Data, Analysis and Visualization. He covers a number of variant views depending on the perspective of the writer. He uses…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Changing Views of Business Intelligence

Changing Views of Business Intelligence

Continuing my review of alternative views of Business Intelligence, an article by Dave Wells: The Changing Face of Business Intelligence. " ... industry has strayed from its original vision and how it is now changing to recover…


From insideHPC

ORNL

ORNL

Oak Ridge National Lab’s latest Cray supercomputer installation was recently completed.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Starbucks Tree Rings

Starbucks Tree Rings

Junk Charts shows a particularly bizarre misuse of data visualization design by Starbucks. Seems the visual designers would not use something as simple as a bar or line chart. Keep it simple remains the best advice.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Semantic Desktop

Semantic Desktop

In Tech Review:People naturally group information by topic and remember relationships between important things, like a person and the company where she works. But enabling computers to grasp these same concepts has been the subject…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

My (short) activity report for 2008

My (short) activity report for 2008

I heard on radio today that the Christmas break should be used to review the past year, and decide where you want to go. Good idea! What did I do?

I published the Lemur Bitmap Index C++ Library.

I published lbimproved, a C…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

My low-tech research tools

My low-tech research tools

I carry a pocketbook and a pen everywhere. At night, my pocketbook is by my bed. All creative workers should carry notebooks. Organizing and collecting ideas are different tasks. My pocketbook is strictly for collection. Every…


From insideHPC

Merry

Merry

John, Michael, all the gang at Tabor, and I want to thank you for the tremendous reception you’ve given us this year. Your comments, emails, and hearty hello’s at SC mean so much to us. In a very real way, your interactions with…


From insideHPC

Cilk++ Goes

Cilk++ Goes

Ilya Mirman posted an interesting note on the CilkArts blog this morning.


From insideHPC

Sun revs shared visualization

Sun revs shared visualization

From Sun’s HPC Watercooler: Sun’s Shared Visualization software lets organizations share centralized compute and graphics resources. Applications can run in the machine room on a shared server with graphics acceleration, but…


From insideHPC

Multicoreinfo.com posts its

Multicoreinfo.com posts its

Multicoreinfo.com posts its 10 best posts of 2008 We started MulticoreInfo.com at the end of April 2008 and published more than 1350 posts linking to useful resources of multicore related information. Among those, we believe…


From insideHPC

Waiting for the bat signal: the economy and the future of

Waiting for the bat signal: the economy and the future of

Doug Eadline posted the results of his Linux Magazine poll, “How has the recent economic events effected your HPC budget plans for 2009?” on the 16th, but somehow I didn’t see it until now. Here is what he found (out of 42 votes…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kraft's Meal Planning Tool

Kraft's Meal Planning Tool

Have downloaded and played with Kraft's Mobile Food Assistant application. Delivers some seven thousand recipes, a smart shopping list and recipe box. A bit slow and unstable so far, but I expect it to evolve. Nice if youMore…


From Wild WebMink

Link roundup to December 23

Link roundup to December 23

OpenSolaris now on Toshiba laptopsWell, will be soon. Interesting development though, and a sound one for Netbooks (assuming that's what this is about) where fundamentally people don't care what the OS is as long as it's stable…


From insideHPC

As HPC

As HPC

I’m curious to know what mechanisms you use for professional development as HPC’ers. Which conferences are especially useful? Do you belong to a professional society that is helpful in your career (ACM, IEEE Computer, etc), either…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Antikythera Mechanism Modeled

Antikythera Mechanism Modeled

I was introduced to this archaeological puzzle as an undergraduate. Now its model has led to more mysteries.


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Where do presidents and prime ministers go to school?

Where do presidents and prime ministers go to school?

In his most recent essay, After the credentials, Paul Graham tells us that in South Korea where “college entrance exams determine 70 to 80 percent of a person’s future.” Fortunately, the Americans know better: “Where you go…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Decrease in Comparison Site Visits

Decrease in Comparison Site Visits

StorefrontBackTalk reports that there has been a sharp decrease in price comparison site visits, despite the economy. The post and comment show how complex the overall system is and how problematical gathering these numbers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

LibraryThing Runs a uClassify Contest

LibraryThing Runs a uClassify Contest

Always interesting LibraryThing is running a contest using free online uClassify to classify text. I mentioned uClassify a short time ago and used it to classify my blog posts.


From Wild WebMink

Link roundup to December 22

Link roundup to December 22

  • FauxliageI somehow missed this collaboration between Leigh Nash and the Delerium guys when it came out - just heard it on Lush on Soma FM and loved it. And I see Amazon MP3 UK has it too.
  • Microsoft spits out ODF plans for Office…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Too Many Business Intelligence Tools

    Too Many Business Intelligence Tools

    CW reports that Forrester has released a report that managers believe they have too many BI tools in house. Although I have not read the full report yet, I agree with the basic claim. In my own experience, where I was heavily…


    From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

    Women at the Brazil National Database Conference

    Women at the Brazil National Database Conference

    Another small


    From Computer Science Teachers Association

    Addressing the Crisis in Computer Science Certification

    Addressing the Crisis in Computer Science Certification

    We can all agree that it is essential that computer science teachers have adequate preparation and professional development to teach computer science successfully. We can probably also agree that there is currently a crisis in…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Robotic Bike Parking in Japan

    Robotic Bike Parking in Japan

    An interesting 'robotic' bike parking system in Tokyo. I agree with one of the commenters on traveling in Tokyo, I rarely had a perspective of where I was in the city, traveling mainly in the underground or in a taxi. Why so…


    From insideHPC

    Computing research challenges for the 21st

    Computing research challenges for the 21st

    Peter Lee and Ed Lazowska posted at the CCC’s blog last week on an initiative they have going to collect short idea pieces on the future of computing research from the industry’s best and brightest Well, the response has been…


    From insideHPC

    HPCwire: Top 10 hits and misses in

    HPCwire: Top 10 hits and misses in

    One of the things I learned during the time that I was blogging for InfoWorld was that web readers love lists. I just wasn’t very good at writing them. But HPCwire’s Michael Feldman is, and he has a list of the top 10 hits and…


    From insideHPC

    900 million processor-hours awarded in 2009 DOE INCITE

    900 million processor-hours awarded in 2009 DOE INCITE

    Last week the United States Department of Energy announced their sixth annual round of large HPC allocation awards


    From insideHPC

    U of Houston Installs New Sun

    U of Houston Installs New Sun

    The University of Houston Research Computing Center [RCC] in collaboration with the Texas Learning and Computation Center [TLC2] recently purchased and installed a new cluster decorated with Sun logos.