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March 2017


From insideHPC

Recent Topics in the IBTA… and a Look Ahead

Recent Topics in the IBTA… and a Look Ahead

Bill Magro from IBTA gave this talk at the OpenFabrics Workshop. "This talk discusses some recent activities in the InfiniBand Trade Association including recent specification updates. It also provides a glimpse into the future…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ikea Does Smart Light Bulbs

Ikea Does Smart Light Bulbs

Found this intriguing because it gave some evidence for a fringe-standardness of some basic components of the smart home.  Been doing some very incremental updating of my smart home.   This stuff is still too expensive for the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Taking Risks

Taking Risks

 None of us do this well.  Here a Poker Players view,  not perhaps always the best context, from Inc:

How to Get Better At Taking Risks. According to a Former Pro-Poker Player
It's time to start playing to win, instead of playing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Whats needed for AI

Whats needed for AI

Good general piece in InfoQ about how you need to get the information right to do something that looks like AI.  I add that you also need to get the structure of process you are claiming to do intelligently.  Process assurance…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Open Data Science in the Enterprise

Open Data Science in the Enterprise

From O'Reilly:

5 tips for embracing open data science in the enterprise
Transform the way you approach analytics. By Alice LaPlante

 Download the free ebook Breaking Data Science Open, a new ebook by leading figures at Continuum…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blockchain for Supply Chain Management

Blockchain for Supply Chain Management

More on Supply chain management and blockchain.  " .... U.S. retail giant, Walmart, is about to start a major test of blockchain technology for supply chain management, The Wall Street Journal reports. A pilot project, which

This…


From The Eponymous Pickle

VRFocus Redesigns

VRFocus Redesigns

The VrFocus web site is redesigned, does good coverage of the topic of Virtual Reality.  Commercial and otherwise.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Call for Proposals: Creating Visions for Computing Research

Call for Proposals: Creating Visions for Computing Research

The mission of Computing Research Association’s (CRA) Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is to catalyze the computing research community and enable the pursuit of innovative, high-impact research. CCC conducts activities that…


From Putting People First

Dan Hill argues for more identity, not less

Dan Hill argues for more identity, not less

Dan Hill (Associate Director, Arup, London) reflects in a long essay on the meaning of identity in the face of Brexit and Trump and what that implies for strategic design, service design and the infrastructure of everyday life…


From insideHPC

NICE Software Releases EnginFrame 2017

NICE Software Releases EnginFrame 2017

"Since the NICE acquisition by Amazon Web Services (AWS), many customers asked us how to make the HPC experience in the Cloud as simple as the one they have on premises, while still leveraging the elasticity and flexibility that…


From insideHPC

Video: RDMA on ARM

Video: RDMA on ARM

Pavel Shamis from ARM Research presented this talk at the OpenFabrics Workshop. "With the emerging availability server platforms based on ARM CPU architecture, it is important to understand ARM integrates with RDMA hardware and…


From insideHPC

Quantum Startup Rigetti Computing Raises $64 Million in Funding

Quantum Startup Rigetti Computing Raises $64 Million in Funding

Today Rigetti Computing, a leading quantum computing start-up, announced it has raised $64 million in Series A and B funding. "Quantum computing will enable people to tackle a whole new set of problems that were previously unsolvable…


From insideHPC

Intel Xeon Phi Cluster Mode Programming (and interactions with memory modes) in a Nutshell

Intel Xeon Phi Cluster Mode Programming (and interactions with memory modes) in a Nutshell

In previous articles (1 and 2) here on insideHPC, James Reinders described “Intel Xeon Phi processor Programming in a Nutshell” for Intel’s 72-core processor. In this special guest feature, he discusses cluster modes and the …


From insideHPC

New Univa Grid Engine Release Doubles Performance over Previous Versions

New Univa Grid Engine Release Doubles Performance over Previous Versions

"Grid Engine 8.5’s significant performance improvement for submitting jobs and reduced scheduling times will have a profound impact to our customers’ bottom line as they can now get more work done in the same amount of time. …


From Schneier on Security

Security Orchestration and Incident Response

Security Orchestration and Incident Response

Last month at the RSA Conference, I saw a lot of companies selling security incident response automation. Their promise was to replace people with computers ­-- sometimes with the addition of machine learning or other artificial…


From Mostafa Dehghani

SIGIR2017 Tutorial on "Neural Networks for Information Retrieval"

SIGIR2017 Tutorial on "Neural Networks for Information Retrieval"

We will be giving a full day tutorial on "Neural Networks for Information Retrieval", with Tom Kenter, Alexey Borisov, Christophe Van Gysel, Maarten de Rijke, Bhaskar Mitra at The 40th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Gender Bias: It Is Worse Than You Think

q Science meets bias and diversity Deborah Belle is a psychology professor at Boston University (BU) who is interested in gender differences in social behavior. She has reported a shocking result about bias. Today I thought I…


From BLOG@CACM

Generation CS: When ­Undergraduates Realized They Needed Computing

Generation CS: When ­Undergraduates Realized They Needed Computing

 A new Computing Research Association report describes the dramatic influx of undergraduates into computer science classes.


From The Noisy Channel

Query Relaxation

Query Relaxation

In the previous post, we discussed query expansion as a way to increase recall. In this post we’ll discuss the other major technique for increasing recall: query relaxation.

Query relaxation feels like the opposite of query expansion…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Putting AI into Devices

Putting AI into Devices

Putting the AI on the edge, that is in the device itself rather than the cloud.  In IEEE Spectrum:

Nvidia wants AI to Get Out of the Cloud and Into a Camera, Drone, or Other Gadget Near You  By Tekla S. Perry ...   Makes sense…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Free 700 Page eBook on Deep Learning

Free 700 Page eBook on Deep Learning

Via Data Science Central.

An MIT Press book  by Ian Goodfellow and Yoshua Bengio and Aaron Courville

The Deep Learning textbook is a resource intended to help students and practitioners enter the field of machine learning in general…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IFTTT Open Platform

IFTTT Open Platform

I was reminded of IFTTT  new Open Platform. and also now with analytics.

Integrate quickly with hundreds of services
It’s easy to put familiar brands and new experiences in front of your users, from the latest bots and IoT, to…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Math vs Programming

Math vs Programming

MathTake a look at these two equations. I found the first one on Facebook. The second is my first attempt at rewriting it for the computer. What is the answer?

Well the first answer is 1. The second answer is 9. How is that possible…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

International Symposium on Robotics Research 2017 Call for Papers

International Symposium on Robotics Research 2017 Call for Papers

The 18th International Symposium on Robotics Research (ISRR ‘17) has released a call for papers. ISRR ‘17, will take place December 11-14 in Puerto Varas, Chile. The symposium is seeking papers that offer new ideas and directions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Why Deep Work Matters

Why Deep Work Matters

A look in the Evernote blog at how work can be done in an increasingly distracted world.  I like the term 'deep work' that they use.  How should it be measured?


From insideHPC

Call for Papers: iRODS User Group in The Netherlands

Call for Papers: iRODS User Group in The Netherlands

Users of the integrated iRODS Rule Oriented Data System from around the globe will gather at the iRODS User Group meeting to discuss iRODS-enabled applications, discoveries, and technologies. The event takes place June 13-15 …


From insideHPC

Valerie Taylor Named Director of Mathematics and Computer Science at Argonne

Valerie Taylor Named Director of Mathematics and Computer Science at Argonne

Today Argonne announced that computer scientist Valerie Taylor has been appointed as the next director of the Mathematics and Computer Science (MCS) division at Argonne National Laboratory, effective July 3, 2017. “Valerie brings…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Computer Science Teachers Association T-shirt Campaign

Computer Science Teachers Association T-shirt Campaign

Are you a computer science education super hero? You know you are so now you need the t-shirt. Get yours here and also support the computer science teachers association. cs hero

Just the thing to wear to the CSTA conference or really…


From insideHPC

Supermicro Unveils RSD Rack Scale Design

Supermicro Unveils RSD Rack Scale Design

“Supermicro RSD makes it easy for companies of any size to build cloud infrastructure that until now are limited to leading large public and private cloud providers,” said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. “The …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Associated Twitter Feed

Associated Twitter Feed

Posts in this blog are selectively mentioned in my twitter feed: @FranzD.  That feed also contains retweets of related material that deals with analytics, data issues, problem solving, AI, process, retail, marketing, advisory…