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March 2016


From Writing

Agility Requires Safety

Agility Requires Safety

My second post on Y Combinator’s Macro Blog that discusses the safety mechanisms that make power agile software companies: Agility Requires Safety


From The Eponymous Pickle

Artificial Intelligence as the Next Big Thing

Artificial Intelligence as the Next Big Thing

Good piece.  I am involved with with this kind of work now.  Much to be done.From The New York Times:Silicon Valley Looks to Artificial Intelligence for the Next Big ThingTech’s new architecture melds large computing clouds and…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Computer Future Beyond Technology Scaling

Computer Future Beyond Technology Scaling

The following is a special contribution to this blog by CCC Executive Council Member Mark D. Hill of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A key driver behind the amazing progress in computer performance and computer cost-performance…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Choosing a computing major

Choosing a computing major

Teachers are an important resource for students when it comes to their college decisions. Indeed, undergraduates students often state that a high school teacher influenced their decision to become a computer science major. This…


From Schneier on Security

Mass Surveillance Silences Minority Opinions

Mass Surveillance Silences Minority Opinions

Research paper: Elizabeth Stoycheff, "Under Surveillance: Examining Facebook's Spiral of Silence Effects in the Wake of NSA Internet Monitoring": Abstract: Since Edward Snowden exposed the National Security Agency's use of controversial…


From insideHPC

This Thursday: HPC for Manufacturing Webinar

This Thursday: HPC for Manufacturing Webinar

There's still time to register for our HPC for Manufacturing Webinar, which takes place Thursday, March 31 at 12:00 Noon Eastern Time. "Manufacturing is enjoying an economic and technological resurgence with the help of high …


From insideHPC

SGI Provides Total with Improved Modeling to Support Decision Making

SGI Provides Total with Improved Modeling to Support Decision Making

Total, one of the largest integrated oil and gas companies in the world, announced they are boosting the compute power of their SGI Pangea supercomputer with an additional 4.4 petaflops provided by a new SGI ICE X system and …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Grocery Delivery Testing via Uber

Grocery Delivery Testing via Uber

Not unexpected once your get the network in place.  Still very limited in location.In Supermarketnews.  Registration for full article.Harris Teeter said Monday that it was upgrading its Express Lane click-and-collect online shopping…


From insideHPC

IBM & LLNL Collaborate on TrueNorth Neuromorphic Computing

IBM & LLNL Collaborate on TrueNorth Neuromorphic Computing

Today Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) announced it has purchased a first-of-a-kind brain-inspired supercomputing platform for deep learning inference developed by IBM Research. Based on a breakthrough neurosynaptic…


From [email protected]

SC16 Adds Computational Reproducibility to Student Competition

SC16 Adds Computational Reproducibility to Student Competition

SC16 has replaced the standard HPC benchmarks in its popular Student Cluster Competition with the task of reproducing the results of a recent HPC paper.


From insideHPC

Supercomputing Complex Diesel Injection Mist at Army Research Lab

Supercomputing Complex Diesel Injection Mist at Army Research Lab

The ability to study complex interactions inside a diesel engine gives Army scientists a new perspective that may help design more fuel efficient and effective engines. Using state-of-the-art supercomputers, Army scientist Dr…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture- Andrew Moore

NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture- Andrew Moore

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is pleased to announce a distinguished lecture on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 2:00pm EST by Dr. Andrew Moore titled…


From insideHPC

Interview: Pawsey Supercomputer Centre Propels Science Down Under

Interview: Pawsey Supercomputer Centre Propels Science Down Under

"As the most powerful public research supercomputer in the southern hemisphere, Magnus supports several hundred research projects led by researchers from Australian academic and research institutions. As a Cray XC40 system, Magnus…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Storytelling Moving a Business

Storytelling Moving a Business

Using Storytelling to move a business.  In one sense this is always the way it has been done.   In [email protected]:  " ... Great storytelling has been around for eons, but prowess in that skill can propel growth in a company or brand, attract…


From [email protected]

CS Classes Have Different Results Than Laboratory Experiments – Not in a Good Way

CS Classes Have Different Results Than Laboratory Experiments – Not in a Good Way

Why is it that the predictors of success in CS classes are not predictors in experiments?


From The Eponymous Pickle

Center for Creative Leadership

Center for Creative Leadership

CCL:  Achieve What Matters MostLeadership development is ALL we do. For more than four decades we have leveraged the power of leadership to transform individuals, teams, entire organizations and societies to achieve what matters…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blockchain Technology Spreading

Blockchain Technology Spreading

Not new, but Notably in some unexpected areas.From fine wine to lotteries: Blockchain tech takes offBy Mark Smith Technology of Business reporterImagine a world where you can vote in an election with your phone, where your buy…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Automatic Programming for Swarm Robotics

Automatic Programming for Swarm Robotics

Interesting thoughts, how do you give multiple robots cooperative goals? In CACM:An automated programming method previously used in manufacturing could make swarm robots more user-friendly and more reliable.Researchers at the…


From XRDS

Quick introduction to field experiments in usability and user experience

Quick introduction to field experiments in usability and user experience

Introduction This entry tries to be a very short guide on how to perform field experiments for usability and user experience. Fields experiments is reported to have many advantages over laboratory experiments as can be read in…


From Phys.org Technology News

US company to sell smartphone-shaped gun

US company to sell smartphone-shaped gun

Americans will soon be able to buy a smartphone-shaped gun that can hold two bullets and easily slip into a pocket.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Semantic, Cognitive and Perceptual Computing

Semantic, Cognitive and Perceptual Computing

via Amit ShethLexisNexis Ohio Eminent Scholar & Exec. Dir., Kno.e.sisA golden trio of computing paradigms to building more intelligent systems of tomorrow .... There have been great trios in history and in many aspects of our…


From Schneier on Security

A 1976 Congressional Report on Surveillance

A 1976 Congressional Report on Surveillance

Here's a 1,300-page Congressional report on "surveillance technology" from 1976....


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Looks at Digital Marketing

P&G Looks at Digital Marketing

An interview.  We worked with Marc Pritchard.   He 'grew up' with the emergence of digital marketing, so his thoughts are interesting to follow. In Adage:Where P&G Sees Future of Digital Going and Its Impact on Agencies, Creative…


From insideHPC

Video: Best Practices – Applications Performance Optimizations

Video: Best Practices – Applications Performance Optimizations

Pak Lui from the HPC Advisory Council presented this talk at the Switzerland HPC Conference. "To achieve good scalability performance on the HPC scientific applications typically involves good understanding of the workload though…


From insideHPC

Podcast: For Data Network Effects, the Cool Stuff Only Happens at Scale

Podcast: For Data Network Effects, the Cool Stuff Only Happens at Scale

In this a16z Podcast, Vijay Pande and Alex Rampell share their observations and advice on all things data network effects. "If network effects are one of the most important concepts for software-based businesses, then that may…


From insideHPC

Gary Grider from LANL to Keynote OpenFabrics Workshop

Gary Grider from LANL to Keynote OpenFabrics Workshop

Gary Grider from Los Alamos National Laboratory will keynote the 2016 OpenFabrics Workshop this year with a talk on HPC Storage and IO Trends and Workflows. The event takes place April 4-8, 2016 in Monterey, California.

The post…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Looking at Target's Future Lab

Looking at Target's Future Lab

Continue to be a student of spaces devoted to innovation.  See my tag links below for years of looking into the space, including a decade plus of my work in CPG and retail spaces.  Contact me for more, glad to participate.  In…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

South Big Data Hub Summer 2016 Opportunities

South Big Data Hub Summer 2016 Opportunities

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) has launched a program on Industry-Academic Collaboration through the Big Data Regional Hubs. The South Hub, which is coordinated by Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and…


From insideHPC

Bo Ewald Presents: The Quantum Effect – HPC Without FLOPS

Bo Ewald Presents: The Quantum Effect – HPC Without FLOPS

Bo Ewald from D-Wave Systems presented this deck at the HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference. "This talk will provide an introduction to quantum computing and briefly review different approached to implementing a quantum…


From insideHPC

IBM Partners with University of Aberdeen to Drive Cognitive Computing

IBM Partners with University of Aberdeen to Drive Cognitive Computing

The University of Aberdeen has become the first Scottish university to partner with IBM to offer students and staff access to its cognitive computing technology. "Cognitive represents an entirely new model of computing that includes…