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May 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

Visualizing War Deaths

Visualizing War Deaths

Emphasizing WWII, but also visualizing estimates of deaths in wars throughout human history. By Neil Halloran,  Includes interactive capabilities.  Well done, but some historical data is by its nature debatable.   See alsoalso…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Store as an Internet of Display Panels

A Store as an Internet of Display Panels

Attended an Ascendum meeting this evening and got a demo from their Zingo subsidiary.  They have a projectable sign system that is suitable for retail augmentation via personalization.  Nicely done approach.  The system was described…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alan Lightman at the Santa Fe Institute

Alan Lightman at the Santa Fe Institute

The Accidental Universe, the World You Thought You Knew.   Talk by physicist and novelist, Alan Lightman.    He ponders, but hardly proves, a number of scientific questions.


From Schneier on Security

Ransomware as a Service

Ransomware as a Service

Tox is an outsourced ransomware platform that everyone can use....


From Computational Complexity

Who wins this bet?

Alice and Bob are at an auction and Alice wants to buy an encyclopedia set from 1980. Bob says don't buy that, you'll never use it. In this age of Wikipedia and Google and THE WEB.  Alice says you don't know that.  They agree…


From insideHPC

Video: BitFusion Aims at Supercomputing for the Masses

Video: BitFusion Aims at Supercomputing for the Masses

In this video from TechCrunch Disrupt 2015, Subbu Rama from Bitfusion describes how the company delivers powerful hardware acceleration technologies to boost application performance.

The post Video: BitFusion Aims at Supercomputing…


From insideHPC

Kraken Supercomputer Gets a Kicker

Kraken Supercomputer Gets a Kicker

Today the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) announced a $3 million award from the NSF to continue to provide advanced computing resources for researchers in science and engineering across the country through…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Affective Computing Talk

Affective Computing Talk

Michal Shmueli-Scheuer (IBM Haifa research lab)gave an excellent talk today. How can Feeling be integrated with other kinds of interaction with systems?Slides here.Discussion continues on Linkedin CSIG Group.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF DCL: Announcement of Changes to Submission Windows for CISE Core Programs as well as the SaTC Program

NSF DCL: Announcement of Changes to Submission Windows for CISE Core Programs as well as the SaTC Program

The following is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) by the Assistant Director for the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) James Kurose.   May 13, 2015 Dear Colleagues…


From The Eponymous Pickle

ChoreMonster's Gamification Works for Pixar

ChoreMonster's Gamification Works for Pixar

Have mentioned ChoreMonster here a number of times.  A very creative startup by a former  colleague.ChoreMonster lands Disney deal to promote 'Inside Out  (May require registration)Cincinnati startup ChoreMonster has landed a…


From insideHPC

Registration Opens for ISC Cloud & Big Data

Registration Opens for ISC Cloud & Big Data

Today ISC Events announced that registration is now open for the inaugural ISC Cloud & Big Data conference. The event will take place Sept. 28-30 in Frankfurt, Germany.

The post Registration Opens for ISC Cloud & Big Data appeared…


From insideHPC

Slidecast: SRC Saturn 1 Server Taps FPGAs on HP Moonshot Platform

Slidecast: SRC Saturn 1 Server Taps FPGAs on HP Moonshot Platform

In this slidecast, David Eaton and Mark Tellez from SRC Computer describe the company's new Saturn 1 server, a dynamically reconfigurable modular system for hyperscale data centers and Web operations.

The post Slidecast: SRC…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Creative Image Imagination

Creative Image Imagination

In Tech Review:  We worked in the area of recognizing and the describing what was seen in detailed images.  Now suppose you had a written description, how do we imagine that as a picture?   Everyone does that differently.  AIs…


From Schneier on Security

MOOC on Cybersecurity

MOOC on Cybersecurity

The University of Adelaide is offering a new MOOC on "Cyberwar, Surveillance and Security." Here's a teaser video. I was interviewed for the class, and make a brief appearance in the teaser....


From insideHPC

N-Body Methods Optimization

N-Body Methods Optimization

"N-Body problems compare the interaction of N-bodies against N-bodies, which results in calculations of the order of N2. As this can be computationally very expensive, but a well understood process, techniques and optimizations…


From Putting People First

The driverless car push ignores challenges of people and context

The driverless car push ignores challenges of people and context

Autonomous or driverless cars are based on a technology push strategy. Beyond statements like “freeing up time”, “reducing accidents” and some simple scenarios on “remote parking” or “vehicle sharing”, there is far too little…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nielsen Buys Innerscope

Nielsen Buys Innerscope

In Adage:Nielsen Buys Neuromarketing Research Company Innerscope ... Ratings Giant Wants to Get Inside Your Head ... Recall that they previously bought NeuroFocus,  so apparently they remain convinced of the neuromarketing approach…


From insideHPC

Tsinghua University Wins ASC15 Student Cluster Challenge

Tsinghua University Wins ASC15 Student Cluster Challenge

Today the 2015 ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC15) announced the winners of what they're calling "the largest supercomputer contest in the world." In total, 16 teams battled it out in the final round of the event, which…


From insideHPC

New 3D Seismic Viewer from Fraunhofer

New 3D Seismic Viewer from Fraunhofer

Today Fraunhofer announced XtreemView, a new scalable 3D viewer for seismic data.

The post New 3D Seismic Viewer from Fraunhofer appeared first on insideHPC.


From [email protected]uity

The Self-Similarity of Tech

The Self-Similarity of Tech

The tech world is caught in a repeating, self-similar fractal, where the gadgets may be new, but the business models are as old as the Industrial Revolution itself.

The post The Self-Similarity of Tech appeared first on BLOG…


From insideHPC

Video: Porting Physics Apps to Titan with OpenACC

Video: Porting Physics Apps to Titan with OpenACC

In this video, Aaron Vose from Cray presents: Porting Computational Physics Applications to the Titan Supercomputer with OpenACC and OpenMP.

The post Video: Porting Physics Apps to Titan with OpenACC appeared first on insideHPC…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Retailer Carrefour Leverages Store Beacons

Retailer Carrefour Leverages Store Beacons

Have worked some with global retailer Carrefour, and never thought of them as a technical innovation retailer, so interesting to see this development.  Article mentions they have done mobile Apps since  2012 and started beacons…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mobile Sensors and Crowd Estimates

Mobile Sensors and Crowd Estimates

I like the idea of using data from  sensors in new ways.  In the BBC:  An example:  " ... It may be possible to estimate the size of a large crowd based on geographical data from mobile phones and Twitter, according to a newApplications…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Futurists Make Predictions about the Next Decade

Futurists Make Predictions about the Next Decade

Can you imagine a robot delivering your baby or downloading a file from your favorite designer to print clothes at home on your 3D printer? You might not have to imagine these things for much longer. These are just a few of the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Curriculum Redesign, and Math Thinking for Decision Makers

Curriculum Redesign, and Math Thinking for Decision Makers

Today's ISSIP ( International Society For Service Innovation Professionals) talk, by Charles Fadel on Curriculum design.    Discussion has been started there.   He is part of the Center for Curriculum ReDesign.  Good thoughts…


From insideHPC

Pawsey Supercomputer Center Receives $21.6M Funding

Pawsey Supercomputer Center Receives $21.6M Funding

Today the Pawsey Supercomputing Center announced $21.6 million of funding from the Australian government. The operational funding, which runs until 2020-21, allows the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre to continue providing world-class…


From insideHPC

Video: L-CSC Cluster Tops Green500 with AMD Firepro

Video: L-CSC Cluster Tops Green500 with AMD Firepro

In this video, researchers describes the Lattice-CSC cluster in Darmstadt, Germany. Currently the most energy-efficient supercomputer on the Green500 list, the Lattice-CSC is powered by 640 AMD FirePro S9150 GPUs to achieve 5…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Top Machine Learning Algorithms

Top Machine Learning Algorithms

Very nicely done overview of common machine learning algorithms from KDNuggets, what they are for and how they work.  Fairly non technical, so could be used with interested and engaged executives.  Also good examples of where…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Analytics and Citizen Insights

Watson Analytics and Citizen Insights

Good Interview in Silicon Angle:More businesses want to glean information from their data, but there is a shortage of resources geared toward non-data-scientists. Enter IBM Watson Analytics.“Users may have information, but they…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Review / JavaScript & jQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development

Review / JavaScript & jQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development

Have you ever had a book that was so beautiful, it was hard to put down? Did it happen to be a programming book? Breaking out of what is normally expected of a technical volume, Jon Duckett's JavaScript & jQuery: Interactive—it…