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April 2015


From insideHPC

Optalysys Develops Prototype Optical Processing System

Optalysys Develops Prototype Optical Processing System

Today Optalysys announced that the company has successfully developed a demonstrable prototype that can process mathematical functions optically in a scaleable, lensless design. According to the company, Optalysys optical processing…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NITRD RFI- Federal Cybersecurity R&D Strategic Plan

NITRD RFI- Federal Cybersecurity R&D Strategic Plan

In response to the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014, federal agencies are developing a Federal cybersecurity research and development strategic plan. On behalf of the agencies, the NITRD Cybersecurity R&D Senior Steering…


From Schneier on Security

Remote Proctoring and Surveillance

Remote Proctoring and Surveillance

Interesting article. There are a lot of surveillance and privacy issues at play here....


From insideHPC

NASA Triples Discover Supercomputer Capacity for Earth Science

NASA Triples Discover Supercomputer Capacity for Earth Science

The NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) is boosting supercomputer capacity to over 3 Petaflops to meet the exploding demands of NASA’s Earth science modeling efforts.

The post NASA Triples Discover Supercomputer Capacity…


From insideHPC

Memorial Service for William C. Blake Set for May 30

Memorial Service for William C. Blake Set for May 30

A memorial service for William C. Blake will be held on May 30, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 645 Main St. in Melrose, Massachusetts.

The post Memorial Service for William C. Blake Set for May 30insideHPC…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sainsbury Provides Streaming Services with Chromecast

Sainsbury Provides Streaming Services with Chromecast

A look at Sainsbury's providing entertainment services with Chromecast.   " ... A quick look at the Sainsbury's Entertainment apps shows that the supermarket added the feature to its Android app earlier this month, with its iOS…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Clorox CIO Discusses Challenge of Big Data

Clorox CIO Discusses Challenge of Big Data

Former colleague discusses Big Data value in the enterprise.    And like any analytics application, Big data or not, it is about getting to a real business process solution.  Insight needs to drive real action.   Starting with…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ham Radio Returns in Disaster

Ham Radio Returns in Disaster

In Ars Technica:   Adaptation to Nepal earthquake disaster leads people back to older technologies.   "  .... An old tech shows its resilience, while new tech reveals its problems. ... " .  


From The Eponymous Pickle

CrowdChat for Market Research

CrowdChat for Market Research

CrowdChat was brought to my attention.    Could this be used in a focus group style interaction?   Perhaps with exposure to images?  Longitudinal?  Other measures?  They describe it as " ... New and innovative social chat platform…


From The Eponymous Pickle

RFID Reader Determines Speed, Direction

RFID Reader Determines Speed, Direction

An RFID reader that can, for example, show the direction of a tagged item when it moves." ... Tyco Retail Solutions' Steerable Beam Antenna Brings Movement Data to Retailers ... The company's new IDA-3100 antenna is intended…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Did you hear?

Did you hear?

At this time of year, you may be hearing this phrase just before some news about a colleague retiring, taking a new position, or deciding to stay home with the children. Spring is the season of applications and resumes for …Continue…


From Schneier on Security

Shaking Someone Down for His Password

Shaking Someone Down for His Password

A drug dealer claims that the police leaned him over an 18th floor balcony and threatened to kill him if he didn't give up his password. One of the policemen involved corroborates this story. This is what's known as "rubber-hose…


From insideHPC

Penguin Computing Goes Bright Box with Pica8’s Network OS

Penguin Computing Goes Bright Box with Pica8’s Network OS

Today Penguin Computing announced that the company will offer the PicOS operating system as an option on the company's Arctica “bright box” top-of-rack switches.

The post Penguin Computing Goes Bright Box with Pica8’s Network…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Driverless Platforms

Driverless Platforms

I was pointed to this as a advertisement in IEEE Spectrum, and found it interesting.  Especially dealing with the current and potential autonomy of such systems.   Have worked with a  number of advanced tracking systems in supply…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger Buys most of Dunnhumby USA

Kroger Buys most of Dunnhumby USA

In Cincinnati.com:    It will be interesting to see how this changes how Kroger utilizes analytical methodologies.  " .... The Kroger Co. said Monday it will buy much of dunnhumbyUSA from the United Kingdom-based analytics firm…


From insideHPC

Interview with Dr. David Rohr

Interview with Dr. David Rohr

Dr. David Rohr is a postdoctoral scholar at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS). He’s currently working on several projects related to high energy physics and high performance computing

The post Interview with…


From insideHPC

Intel Launches First IPCC Parallel Computing Center in China

Intel Launches First IPCC Parallel Computing Center in China

At the recent Intel Developers Forum, the company announced that the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Supercomputing Department will be the first Intel Parallel Computing Center in China. The new Intel PCC will work to modernize …


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Data Science Seminar with White House Data Scientist DJ Patil

NSF Data Science Seminar with White House Data Scientist DJ Patil

The AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellows at the National Science Foundation (NSF) have organized another talk in their new seminar series on Data Science, Big Data, and Internet of Things. DJ Patil, the first White House…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How P&G and Google Approach New Markets

How P&G and Google Approach New Markets

In the HBR:      Excellent piece.  " ... Leading companies such as Procter & Gamble and Google have realized that the more clearly you understand your customer or partner, and their context(s), the more likely you will be able…


From insideHPC

WestGrid Boosts Canadian Research Data

WestGrid Boosts Canadian Research Data

Network upgrades are enabling more data-intensive science in Canada, reports WestGrid, one of four regional organizations working in partnership with Compute Canada. In the past year, the regional organization has transferred…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analytics Summit 2015: May 29

Analytics Summit 2015: May 29

Analytics Summit 2015 Friday, May 29, 2015 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)Marriott Kingsgate at the University of Cincinnati(513) 487-3800151 Goodman Dr. Cincinnati, Ohio 45219Analytics Summit 2015 is the premiere analyticsJohn…


From Schneier on Security

Nice Essay on Security Snake Oil

Nice Essay on Security Snake Oil

This is good: Just as "data" is being sold as "intelligence", a lot of security technologies are being sold as "security solutions" rather than what they for the most part are, namely very narrow focused appliances that as a…


From insideHPC

SKA & AWS Seeking Proposals for AstroCompute in the Cloud

SKA & AWS Seeking Proposals for AstroCompute in the Cloud

Today the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Organization announced that it is teaming up with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to use cloud computing to explore ever-increasing amounts of astronomy data. To kick things off, they just issued…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing Tidal Models with the STORM Project at LSU

Supercomputing Tidal Models with the STORM Project at LSU

The Louisiana State University Center for Computation and Technology recently received a large grant from the National Science Foundation to begin updating the coastal modeling system known as Advanced Circulation, or ADCIRC.…


From CERIAS Blog

Time CriticalPurdue Day of Giving

Time CriticalPurdue Day of Giving

Dear Friends of CERIAS

This Wednesday, April 29, will be the second annual Purdue Day of Giving. During this 24-hour online event, CERIAS will be raising awareness and funds for infosec research, security education, and student…


From CERIAS Blog

Time Critical—Purdue Day of Giving

Time Critical—Purdue Day of Giving

Dear Friends of CERIAS

This Wednesday, April 29, will be the second annual Purdue Day of Giving. During this 24-hour online event, CERIAS will be raising awareness and funds for infosec research, security education, and student…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Basic email skills

Basic email skills

If there is one skill that is needed in a modern office is email. By email, I do not refer to the specific Internet protocol. I refer to the general process of exchanging electronic text online. We have had thousands of years…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gamification and Enterprise Engagement

Gamification and Enterprise Engagement

Nicely done CW Piece:    " ... Can gamification solve enterprises' engagement problem?  Big data and other new technologies are fueling the use of gaming principles in the workplace  ....  Contrary to popular belief, gamification…


From The Eponymous Pickle

John Cleese has a Message for Geeks

John Cleese has a Message for Geeks

Hardly a supporter of social media, but humorist John Cleese makes the case that the social is much harder than the technological.   Video.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Mobile Search Update

Google Mobile Search Update

From a number of sources.  That Google is measuring mobile friendliness for sites and is using and acting on that as one measure for measuring search relevance.    Is this an overreaction?   Discussion." ... Google's big search…