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May 2019


From The Eponymous Pickle

Jacquard Devices

Jacquard Devices

Notes on new ways to place wearable, immersive computing. Well beyond the loom. 

Jaquard Device Turns Houseplants into Keyboards in Ideaconnection
Designer Ivan Poupyrev discusses his Jacquard device, which can turn everyday objects…


From The Eponymous Pickle

DSC Plain Language Statistics Series

DSC Plain Language Statistics Series

Signup.   The always useful DSC series on 'plain language statistics', and much more.   Link to other editions of this. Sign up to their newsletter, essential for beginners or experts.

32 Statistical Concepts Explained in Simple…


From Computational Complexity

NSF Panels

The government shut down in January led to delays at the National Science Foundation and only recently announcing decisions on grants submitted last fall. For those who successfully received awards, congratulations! For those…


From insideHPC

Call for Proposals: Get on Big Iron with the ALCF Data Science Program

Call for Proposals: Get on Big Iron with the ALCF Data Science Program

The ALCF Data Science Program at Argonne has issued its Call for Proposals. The program aims to accelerate discovery across a broad range of scientific domains which require data-intensive and machine learning algorithms to address…


From insideHPC

Univa Navops Launch Speeds HPC Workload Migration to the Cloud

Univa Navops Launch Speeds HPC Workload Migration to the Cloud

Today Univa announced its latest version of Navops Launch, version 1.1, which offers enterprise users the ability to migrate their HPC workloads and processes to the cloud with higher efficiency and agility. "The Univa team designed…


From insideHPC

Epic HPC Road Trip Continues to NREL

Epic HPC Road Trip Continues to NREL

In this special guest feature, Dan Olds from OrionX continues his Epic HPC Road Trip series with a stop at NREL in Golden, Colorado. "When it comes to energy efficient computing, NREL has to be one of the most advanced facilities…


From insideHPC

Towards Reproducible Data Analysis Using Cloud and Container Technologies

Towards Reproducible Data Analysis Using Cloud and Container Technologies

Sergio Maffioletti from the University of Zurich gave this talk at the hpc-ch forum on Cloud and Containers. "Reproducing published experiments or extending existing data analysis pipelines is a challenge that is becoming increasingly…


From insideHPC

Texas A&M to launch new HPE Center for Computer Architecture Research

Texas A&M to launch new HPE Center for Computer Architecture Research

Today the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station announced the creation of the new Hewlett Packard Enterprise Center for Computer Architecture Research. Made possible with a donation from HPE, the center’s mission is to lead…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Learning From Today and Planning For Tomorrow

Learning From Today and Planning For Tomorrow

It’s the end of the school year for me. Next week is our final exam week and my students are working on their semester projects. I use projects rather than an exam because I think students learn more from projects. Writing an…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Home Gets Cleaner

Smart Home Gets Cleaner

Quite a step forward, if it delivers.   Its like they have done the easy stuff, now work on harder problems for the smart home. And cooperates with other devices to get it done.

iRobot’s new cleaning robots can team up to vacuum…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Designing Your Future

Designing Your Future

Design, Benchmark and then deliver your own future. 

Foresight Mindset™
The Art & Science Of Designing Your Future ... 

Future Benchmarking [VIDEO] by Mario Herger

What is Future Benchmarking and why is it important for organizations…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Repairing a Satellite with Deep Learning AI in Space

Repairing a Satellite with Deep Learning AI in Space

By predicting lost data from other existing sources using deep learning.  Note the alternative uses of the approach, say in the case of solar storms.  Considerable complexity with varying goals.

IBM helped NASA fix one of its
How…


From Schneier on Security

Alex Stamos on Content Moderation and Security

Alex Stamos on Content Moderation and Security

Really interesting talk by former Facebook CISO Alex Stamos about the problems inherent in content moderation by social media platforms. Well worth watching....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Lens Translation Filters Roll

Google Lens Translation Filters Roll

Much enjoyed Google Lens, now if it could be used for learning-ready data acquisition.  Nice idea, also will be available on IOS photos    Translation  is a great idea, but I also want direct identification examples, like for…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Have an Impact on U.S. Science Policy, Attend CRA’s CCC Leadership in Science Policy Institute!

Have an Impact on U.S. Science Policy, Attend CRA’s CCC Leadership in Science Policy Institute!

The following is a guest blog post by the Computing Research Association (CRA) Government Affairs Director, Peter Harsha. It was originally posted on CRA’s Computing Research Policy Blog.  Every two years as part of it’s mission…


From The Eponymous Pickle

EchoLocation as Biometric Activity Data

EchoLocation as Biometric Activity Data

A reminder that any kind of data that results from interaction with its environment can be probed for pattern.   And thus provide learnable details.

This AI Uses Echo Location to Identify What You are Doing in Wired by Sophia

GUO…


From insideHPC

MEGWARE Powers HPC Cluster for Agriculture Landscape Research at ZALF

MEGWARE Powers HPC Cluster for Agriculture Landscape Research at ZALF

MEGWARE has deployed a new HPC cluster at The Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) in Germany. The cluster is powered by 125 compute nodes equipped with latest Intel Xeon Scalable 6138 processor technology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Goes Mobile First

Google Goes Mobile First

Trying to understand the full implications of this.  Will it necessarily lead to better results for the customer of not?  Assume this was determined with the test examples chosen by Google.  What if a site does not have a mobile…


From insideHPC

On the Basis of Sex: HPC in the fight for gender equality

On the Basis of Sex: HPC in the fight for gender equality

In this special guest feature, Dr. Rosemary Francis reflects on how a recent film about Ruth Bader Ginsberg has a gender equality lesson for us all in high performance computing. "There’s a real argument that creating a more …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simulation for Training

Simulation for Training

Simulation was a favorite method for analyzing alternatives in the enterprise.   Of course every simulation also created new data.  Now that data can be used for finding operational patterns and examples in the real world.   Would…


From insideHPC

Excelero Integrates NVMesh and BeeGFS for Accelerated I/O

Excelero Integrates NVMesh and BeeGFS for Accelerated I/O

Today Excelero and ThinkParQ announced benchmark results from their combined technologies for HPC, AI, ML, and analytics. "With Excelero’s NVMesh, our customers have access to an ultra-low latency, high performance approach to…


From insideHPC

Video: The Kokkos C++ Performance Portability EcoSystem for Exascale

Video: The Kokkos C++ Performance Portability EcoSystem for Exascale

Christian Trott from Sandia gave this talk at the GPU Technology Conference. "The Kokkos C++ Performance Portability EcoSystem is a production-level solution for writing modern C++ applications in a hardware-agnostic way. We'll…


From Schneier on Security

First American Financial Corp. Data Records Leak

First American Financial Corp. Data Records Leak

Krebs on Security is reporting a massive data leak by the real estate title insurance company First American Financial Corp. "The title insurance agency collects all kinds of documents from both the buyer and seller, including…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA EGX Accelerates AI on TYAN Edge Server

NVIDIA EGX Accelerates AI on TYAN Edge Server

Today TYAN announced that it is teaming with NVIDIA to integrate the NVIDIA EGX platform with its Thunder SX TN76-B7102 edge server, completing TYAN’s GPU server product line. "NVIDIA EGX provides the missing link for low-latency…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Semi supervised learning

Semi supervised learning

Brought to my attention, explanation in DataRobot, much more at the link.

Semi-Supervised Machine Learning

What is Semi-Supervised Machine Learning?
Semi-supervised machine learning is a combination of supervised and unsupervised…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Managing Drone Draffic

Managing Drone Draffic

Likely to continue to become more important.

Managing Drone traffic in Cities
NASA's first-of-kind tests look to manage drone in cities
by Scott Sonner

In this May 21, 2019 photo, a drone flies over downtown Reno, Nev., before landing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sony Launches IoT Chip

Sony Launches IoT Chip

Low power, 60 mile range, but just in Japan for now.  Seems would be ideal for Smart city applications.  Most notable a new means to gather data and deliver applications remotely.

Sony built an IoT chip with a 60 mile range
ItBy…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pervasive Intelligence Signals

Pervasive Intelligence Signals

Everywhere, thus most importantly in context, on the edge.   It is getting there. 

Pervasive intelligence
Smart machines everywhere

By David Schatsky, Jonathan Camhi, Aniket Dongre     Deloitte

​Everything is getting smarter, as

ADVANCES…


From Computational Complexity

separating fact from fiction with the 56% of Americans say Arabic Numerals should not be taught in school



On the excellent TV show Veep there was a subplot about a political candidate (who himself had failed algebra in HS) objecting to Algebra since it was invented by the Muslims. I don't recall the exact line, but he said something…


From insideHPC

Unleashing the Next Wave of HPC Breakthroughs with Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory and Intel Optane DC Solid State Drives

Unleashing the Next Wave of HPC Breakthroughs with Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory and Intel Optane DC Solid State Drives

Intel OptaneIn the face of unrelenting data growth, rising numbers of high-performance computing (HPC) workloads are memory bound. Caught between the high cost and limited capacity of DRAM and the lower performance of 3D NAND SSDs, HPC users…