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June 2017


From insideHPC

HPC Innovation Excellence Awards announced by Hyperion Research

HPC Innovation Excellence Awards announced by Hyperion Research

At ISC 2017, Hyperion Research announced the newest recipients of the HPC Innovation Excellence Award. The program's main objectives are to showcase return on investment (ROI) and success stories involving HPC; to help other …


From insideHPC

Intel HPC Orchestrator – Now with Altair PBS Pro Inside

Intel HPC Orchestrator – Now with Altair PBS Pro Inside

In this video from ISC 2017, Bill Nitzberg from Altair describes how PBS Pro adds powerful workload management capabilities to Intel HPC Orchestrator.


Offering PBS Professional as the preferred workload manager for Intel’s HPC…


From insideHPC

Liquid Cooling for HPC Gains Momentum with Asetek at ISC 2017

Liquid Cooling for HPC Gains Momentum with Asetek at ISC 2017

"Liquid cooling is becoming the new norm in the face of skyrocketing wattages by CPUs, GPUs and cluster nodes. Asetek cooling solutions are currently provided by OEMs such as Cray, Fujitsu, Format, Penguin. Liquid cooling for…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

How Many Times Can You Teach Loops?

How Many Times Can You Teach Loops?

Suppose you have students learning computer science from first grade to high school. How many times can you teach loops? Maybe you start with blocks using Scratch or Alice and they learn counter loops and perhaps loop forever…


From Schneier on Security

Girl Scouts to Offer Merit Badges in Cybersecurity

Girl Scouts to Offer Merit Badges in Cybersecurity

The Girl Scouts are going to be offering 18 merit badges in cybersecurity, to scouts as young as five years old....


From Blog@Ubiquity

In Praise of Spaghetti Code

In Praise of Spaghetti Code

Spaghetti code is not getting any respect. Software experts denigrate it; coding classes avoid it like the plague; and when students go out into the world, they spend inordinate amounts of time trying to follow their mentors’…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Best Buy Partners with Amazon, Google for Smart Home

Best Buy Partners with Amazon,  Google for Smart Home

Happened into Best Buy recently, for the first time in over a year,  and saw this.  Well done. Could have used some better live help provided with the display.  Some tech help is still needed. Mapping out the customer experience…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tertill Weeds Gardens

Tertill Weeds Gardens

Really like the premise.  From my IdeaConnection affiliation. I have decades of experience managing garden plantings, big and small, so pardon me for having considerable skepticism about the practical application.  Even more

The…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Digital Grid: Transforming the Electric Power Grid into an Innovation Engine for the United States

Digital Grid: Transforming the Electric Power Grid into an Innovation Engine for the United States

In a world where digital Internet technology (Amazon, Ebay, Uber, Airbnb) is transforming traditional industries, the traditional electric energy market is lagging significantly. A move towards a true digital grid is needed.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bezier Curves for the Grocery Shelf

Bezier Curves for the Grocery Shelf

A quite technical and visual point in O'Reilly.  And just to note how such methods can interact with the mundane, we used Bezier Curves for designing packaging for supermarket products.  A nice example of Python too.

Overlaying…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon vs Wal-Mart

Amazon vs Wal-Mart

In Knowledge@Wharton:  A considerable look at the question.  Both now as omnichannel giants.

Amazon vs. Walmart: Which One Will Prevail?

Recent M&A deals by both Amazon and Walmart have set the two firms on a direct collision course…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI as the Face of Your Brand

AI as the Face of Your Brand

A useful informed survey.   We attempted to use AI as brand equity.  When does it work?  Particularly in the case of assistants, we often anthropomorphize.  Why or why not?

When AI Becomes the New Face of Your Brand
H. James Wilson…


From insideHPC

Bring your workloads to Iceland: Verne Global adds powerDIRECT+

Bring your workloads to Iceland: Verne Global adds powerDIRECT+

Today Iceland-based co-hosting provider Verne Global announced powerDIRECT+, a reduced-cost compute environment engineered specifically for the next generation of power intensive computing. With the addition of powerDIRECT+, …


From Schneier on Security

CIA Exploits Against Wireless Routers

CIA Exploits Against Wireless Routers

WikiLeaks has published CherryBlossom, the CIA's program to hack into wireless routers. The program is about a decade old. Four good news articles. Five. And a list of vulnerable routers....


From insideHPC

Hyperion Research Recognizes Bright Computing for their Integration with Azure

Hyperion Research Recognizes Bright Computing for their Integration with Azure

Today Bright Computing announced that it has been selected by Hyperion Research for a 2017 HPC Innovation Award for its ability to provision and manage virtual servers in Microsoft Azure. "Helping organizations easily create …


From insideHPC

Video: Towards the Decoding of the Human Brain

Video: Towards the Decoding of the Human Brain

Katrin Amunts from Jülich presented this keynote at the PASC17 conference. "The human brain has a multi-level organization and high complexity. New approaches are necessary to decode the brain with its 86 billion nerve cells,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bonsai AI Gears

Bonsai AI Gears

Of interest, with somwhat  different purpose it would appear, than approaches like Algorithmia.  Gears seems to address the problem of having a Python based code running on multiple devices.   And further testing implementation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Algorithmia

Algorithmia

Algorithmia  (Invested in by Google)

Build Intelligent APPS

We're a Common API for Algorithms, Functions, and Models that run as scalable Microservices. 

Developer Superpowers on Demand 

Expand your toolbelt with access to a growing…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

After ISTE–More Questions Than Answers

After ISTE–More Questions Than Answers

One of the great things about ISTE is a chance to talk to people face to face. When that happens a lot of things come up. Yesterday and today, along with walking the exhibit hall and attending sessions, I had some good conversations…


From Schneier on Security

Article on the DAO Ethereum Hack

Article on the DAO Ethereum Hack

This is good....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tracking, Measuring AI Research

Tracking, Measuring AI Research

Very good effort.  Much more detail at the link.  Putting it on my alert list. From the EFF: Electronic Frontier Foundation,  which I have little watched lately.   Plus also see Algorithmia.

Measuring the Progress of AI Research…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apple and Cisco in the Enterprise

Apple and Cisco in the Enterprise

Worked with Cisco in the innovation space, they are impressive for infrastructure.   Saw this same goal for companies to take a look at their digital operations at a recent talk by GE.

With Cisco, Apple weaves itself into enterprise…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analog Brains

Analog Brains

We tend to think of 'analog' as an ancient technology,  long superseded by digital.  So businesses are constantly figuring out how to 'go digital'.   And thus become better, faster, smarter.  I learned analog computing before…


From The Eponymous Pickle

3D Printing and Retail

3D Printing and Retail

Most interesting for the examples and discussions here.  As I have suggested, still a niche market.

How will 3-D printing take hold at retail?   by Tom Ryan

According to a survey from Interactions, 95 percent of shoppers are looking…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Big Data, Data Science, and Civil Rights

Big Data, Data Science, and Civil Rights

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) has been working hard on various white papers over the past couple of months and slowly releasing them. You can see all of them here. Today, we highlight another paper, called Big Data…


From insideHPC

Penguin Computing doubles down on Asetek Liquid Cooling

Penguin Computing doubles down on Asetek Liquid Cooling

Today Asetek announced an additional order from Penguin Computing for an undisclosed HPC installation. "This repeat order reflects our strong partnership with Penguin Computing. It is also another confirmation of the increasing…


From insideHPC

RSC Group from Russia Brings Hot Water Cooling to HPC

RSC Group from Russia Brings Hot Water Cooling to HPC

Last week at ISC 2017, the Russian RSC Group showcased its ultra high-dense scalable and energy efficient RSC Tornado cluster solution as well as a full set of components for modernizing HPC systems to become 100% hot liquid …


From Schneier on Security

Fighting Leakers at Apple

Fighting Leakers at Apple

Apple is fighting its own battle against leakers, using people and tactics from the NSA. According to the hour-long presentation, Apple's Global Security team employs an undisclosed number of investigators around the world to…


From insideHPC

Video: New Mellanox SHIELD Technology Enables Self Healing Networks

Video: New Mellanox SHIELD Technology Enables Self Healing Networks

“The CPU-centric data center architecture has come to an end and new data centers are now built based on a data-centric architecture. These systems require an intelligent interconnect that can deliver In-Network Computing and…


From insideHPC

Bright Computing Steps up with Cloud Bursting for Azure at ISC 2017

Bright Computing Steps up with Cloud Bursting for Azure at ISC 2017

In this video from ISC 2017, Bill Wagner from Bright Computing describes the company's new capabilities for Cloud Bursting to Microsoft Azure. “Cloud bursting from an on-premises cluster to Microsoft Azure offers companies an…