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March 2015


From insideHPC

Video: Accelerating Big Data Processing with Hadoop, Spark and Memcached

Video: Accelerating Big Data Processing with Hadoop, Spark and Memcached

"Using the publicly available software packages in the High-Performance Big Data (HiBD) project, we will provide case studies of the new designs for several Hadoop/Spark/Memcached components and their associated benefits. Through…


From insideHPC

A Letter to the Lustre Community

A Letter to the Lustre Community

This letter to the Lustre Community was submitted by Brent Gorda, GM, Intel High Performance Data Division Another year has passed and, with it, more growth for Lustre and the community around it.  This year, as well as welcoming…


From insideHPC

EPFL Unleashes Deneb, a Scalable HPC Architecture for Researchers and Students

EPFL Unleashes Deneb, a Scalable HPC Architecture for Researchers and Students

EPFL launches Denab: a scalable HPC architecture for researchers and students. "Working with ClusterVision and Intel has proved to be a wise and productive decision for EPFL as we continue to grow our computational capabilities…


From Schneier on Security

Brute-Forcing iPhone PINs

Brute-Forcing iPhone PINs

This is a clever attack, using a black box that attaches to the iPhone via USB: As you know, an iPhone keeps a count of how many wrong PINs have been entered, in case you have turned on the Erase Data option on the Settings |…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 30 March 2015

Interesting Links 30 March 2015

March is almost over and the snow in my backyard is measured in inches not feet. So spring appears to be coming albeit a bit late. The school year is progressing and a lot of my friends in the south spent last week on springDawn…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Real Time Data Analytics at Pinterest

Real Time Data Analytics at Pinterest

Short case study of the use of analytics on streaming data, using Spark.  " ... Pinterest, the company behind the visual bookmarking tool that helps you discover and save creative ideas, is using real-time data analytics for…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sales by Kaizen

Sales by Kaizen

Kaizen:  Continuous improvement in sales.  " ... It's in sales that I am most intrigued by the possibilities of a kaizen strategy. A slim majority of sales people make or exceed quota -- in recent years, 58 percent, plus or minus…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How will the Internet of Things Work?

How will the Internet of Things Work?

SAP community on how the IOT will really work.  I like their speculation about what the killer App might be.  I think it is doing something that we are doing haphazardly today that can be systematized with segmentation analytics…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Learning to See Data as Art

Learning to See Data as Art

In the NYT:  The art and science of data visualization.   " ... Advanced computing produces waves of abstract digital data that in many cases defy interpretation; there’s no way to discern a meaningful pattern in any intuitive…


From insideHPC

Diablo Technologies to Resume Shipments of Memory Channel Storage after Court Ruling

Diablo Technologies to Resume Shipments of Memory Channel Storage after Court Ruling

This week Diablo Technologies announced that the company will resume shipments of its MCS based chipsets. The news comes on the heels of ruling by a federal jury in favor of Diablo in a lawsuit brought by Netlist, Inc.

The post…


From insideHPC

Video: Multipath RDMA

Video: Multipath RDMA

The main motivation for Multipath RDMA is to support three types of features: Failovers and High Availability Support, Bandwidth Aggregation, and L3 datacenter support.

The post Video: Multipath RDMA appeared first on insideHPC…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data Blurring Industry Lines

Big Data Blurring Industry Lines

In Forbes,   Morphing of analyses and businesses. Expect more of this.   And the partnership aspects, note the book Reciprocity Advantage , by colleagues Bob Johansen and Karl Ronn  previously mentioned, on this topic" .. By…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Architecture for Self Service Analytics

Architecture for Self Service Analytics

Increasingly important.  Also important is the metadata required for current needs, and predicted future needs of the firm. A forecast.Architecture for Self Service AnalyticsThe adoption of self-service BI and analytics tools…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the Architecture and Why of Neural Nets

On the Architecture and Why of Neural  Nets

A good overview of the concepts and key characteristics of neural nets by Stuart Reid.   We used these methods in the enterprise to replace some stat methods, especially when we wanted more control of the method involved. They…


From My Biased Coin

Links: HBR article on Women in STEM and AAUW Report

Links:  HBR article on Women in STEM and AAUW Report

A latest article on bias issues for women in STEM by Harvard Business Review.  A slide presentation by AAUW related to their report: Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing.  The full…


From insideHPC

Lenovo Steps Up to HPC

Lenovo Steps Up to HPC

In this special guest feature, Tom Wilkie from Scientific Computing World reports how the launch of its HPC innovation centre in Stuttgart yesterday shows the company’s commitment to HPC.

The post Lenovo Steps Up to HPC appeared…


From insideHPC

High Throughput Data Acquisition at the CMS experiment at CERN

High Throughput Data Acquisition at the CMS experiment at CERN

"The CMS detector at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN underwent a replacement of its data acquisition network to be able to process the increased data rate expected in the coming years. We will present the architecture of the…


From Putting People First

More from Gov.uk on the role of ethnography and prototyping in policymaking

More from Gov.uk on the role of ethnography and prototyping in policymaking

Two inspiring posts by Dr. Lucy Kimbell, a visiting Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Fellow at the UK-based Policy Lab, an experimental policy innovation center within the Open Policy Making team of the UK Cabinet …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Polinode: Leveraging Visual Enterprise Networks

Polinode: Leveraging Visual Enterprise Networks

Polinode was brought to my attention because we also looked at using visualized networks to understand how our company worked, and could be simulated in its adaptation to changes over time and context, both slow and rapid.  " Polinode…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Who Owns Big Data?

Who Owns Big Data?

Invitation to the discussion.  Which brings us back to the value of data and its ultimate view as an asset.  Ans as an asset in particular contexts of process.  As we have also seen, it remains a risk as well.


From The Eponymous Pickle

IRI on Speed in Marketing

IRI on Speed in Marketing

Speed will be key in future of CPG marketingThe future of shopper marketing lies in how fast consumer packaged good companies can act on market and consumer insights, according to Information Resources President and CEO Andrew…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Unified Sensor Interface

Unified Sensor Interface

For Windows 10:  With implications for a number of systems.  Sensors are a form of augmentation, so it is a natural step." ... Microsoft is building a unified sensor interface and universal driver for Windows 10 that will support…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Using Squid Proteins for Commercial Camouflage Products

Friday Squid Blogging: Using Squid Proteins for Commercial Camouflage Products

More research. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cisco Beacon Management System

Cisco Beacon Management System

In RFIDJournal. Includes a screen shot of how the beacons are managed." ... Several companies, including sports arenas, hotels and shopping areas, are piloting a new beacon-management dashboard provided by network technology…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing the Mass Difference of Neutron and Protons

Supercomputing the Mass Difference of Neutron and Protons

Researchers using the JUQUEEN supercomputer have computed the small mass difference between protons and neutrons. The fact that the neutron is slightly more massive than the proton is the reason why atomic nuclei have exactly…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF CAREER Awards Given To Two CS Education Researchers

NSF CAREER Awards Given To Two CS Education Researchers

The follow is a guest blog post by Ran Libeskind-Hadas, R. Michael Shanahan Professor and Computer Science Department Chair at Harvey Mudd College.  This year, NSF CISE made its first CAREER awards for research in computer science…


From The Eponymous Pickle

DARPA Promoting New Tracking Methods

DARPA Promoting New Tracking Methods

What are the broader implications of these new methods commercially?   What comes to mind are technologies that will be more precise and reliable inside buildings,  notably for retail applications and emergency response.In CWorld…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Extracting Data from PDF Documents

Extracting Data from PDF Documents

Could have used this idea a number of years ago. In projects meant to gather and archive enterprise knowledge.  Data tables are often embedded in PDF documents, and extracting these systematically, in volume, sometimes ends up…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Misunderstanding Social Media

Misunderstanding Social Media

Via Knowledge@Wharton, Podcast and text by Nancy Rothbard and Amanda GaileyWhen Using Social Media, Beware the Invisible AudienceSocial media has augmented our ability to communicate, but it has also made it easier to misunderstand…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of Learning Assessment: Sero!

Future of Learning Assessment: Sero!

Brian Moon is a collaborator,  he writes:Our company is currently competing in Destination Innovation, a program hosted by the Northern Virginia Technology Council and Capital Business @ The Washington Post. Next week, from Monday…