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September 2016


From insideHPC

Accelerating Finite Element Analysis with Intel Xeon Phi

Accelerating Finite Element Analysis with Intel Xeon Phi

feaWith the introduction of the Intel Scalable System Framework, the Intel Xeon Phi processor can speed up Finite Element Analysis significantly. Using highly tuned math libraries such as the Intel Math Kernel Library (Intel MKL)…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Electronic Tongue Tastes Wine

Electronic Tongue Tastes Wine

An area we explored on the coffee blending business.  Was still very primitive in capabilities at the time.  Some advances are seen here.  How can resulting data be connected to blending or manufacturing data?   In New Scientist…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reinforcement Learning for Process Intelligence

Reinforcement Learning for Process Intelligence

Nvidia blog writes about deep learning and reinforcement learning with examples.  Once again, I like considering the approach because it can have similarities to real world process.   See previous notes on the topic.


From The Eponymous Pickle

A New Partnership on AI

A New Partnership on AI

Newly formed, The Partnership on AI:   (could use a snappier name)

" ... Established to study and formulate best practices on AI technologies, to advance the public’s understanding of AI, and to serve as an open platform for discussion…


From Schneier on Security

The Cost of Cyberattacks Is Less than You Might Think

The Cost of Cyberattacks Is Less than You Might Think

Interesting research from Sasha Romanosky at RAND: Abstract: In 2013, the US President signed an executive order designed to help secure the nation's critical infrastructure from cyberattacks. As part of that order, he directed…


From Writing

An Introduction to Terraform

An Introduction to Terraform

In Part 1 of the Comprehensive Guide to Terraform series, we explained why we picked Terraform as our IAC tool of choice and not Chef, Puppet, Ansible, SaltStack, or CloudFormation. Today, we are releasing Part 2 of the series…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Heat Mapping in Brick and Mortar

Heat Mapping in Brick and Mortar

An approach we used widely in our laboratory.   A kind of augmented pictured reality to show changes in context that is very effective.  Good to animate in the time dimension.   Discussion.   In Retailwire:

Could heat mapping …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ohio Supercomputing Center

Ohio Supercomputing Center

I was reminded of the Ohio Supercomputing Center, and their blog.

Notable is AweSim:

Manufacturing modeling and data analytics collaboration: What does the future hold?  By Robert Graybill on Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 8:30am

For…


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Still Loves Facebook

P&G Still Loves Facebook

 In Adage: 

P&G, GM and Facebook Agree: Big Is Beautiful By Jack Neff.

Facebook has drawn unwanted scrutiny of late over how it counts video viewership and the usefulness of its ad targeting, but a Town Hall panel discussion with…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machine Learning and Customer Loyalty

Machine Learning and Customer Loyalty

Integrating data and linking it to real business process is always key:

How Data Integration and MachineLearning Improve Customer Loyalty - Part 1 and Part 2  By Bob Hayes 

In this Big Data world, a major goal for businesses is…


From insideHPC

E4 Computer Engineering Rolls Out GPU-accelerated OpenPOWER server

E4 Computer Engineering Rolls Out GPU-accelerated OpenPOWER server

e4Today Italy’s E4 Computer Engineering announced generalavailability of the E4OP206, a GPU-accelerated OpenPOWER system designed to propel deep learning, artificial intelligence, high performance data analytics and other data …


From insideHPC

Nvidia Releases Cuda 8

Nvidia Releases Cuda 8

Today Nvidia announced the general availability of CUDA 8 toolkit for GPU developers. "A crucial goal for CUDA 8 is to provide support for the powerful new Pascal architecture, the first incarnation of which was launched at GTC…


From insideHPC

Allinea Adds CUDA 8 Support for GPU Developers

Allinea Adds CUDA 8 Support for GPU Developers

allineademoToday Allinea Software announces availability of its new software release, version 6.1, which offers full support for programming parallel code on the Pascal GPU architecture, CUDA 8 from Nvidia. "The addition of Allinea tools…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Announces New Program Solicitation in Smart and Connected Communities

NSF Announces New Program Solicitation in Smart and Connected Communities

As part of the White House’s expansion of the Smart Cities Initiative, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced a new program solicitation on Smart and Connected Communities. The following Dear Colleague Letter from…


From insideHPC

Video: Nvidia Unveils ARM-Powered SoC with Volta GPU

Video: Nvidia Unveils ARM-Powered SoC with Volta GPU

xavierToday at GTC Europe, Nvidia unveiled Xavier, an all-new SoC based on the company's next-gen Volta GPU, which will be the processor in future self-driving cars. According to Huang, the ARM-based Xavier will feature unprecedented…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Sorting already sorted arrays is much faster?

Sorting already sorted arrays is much faster?

If you are reading a random textbook on computer science, it is probably going to tell you all about how good sorting algorithms take linearithmic time. To arrive at this result, they count the number of operations. That’s aContinue…


From insideHPC

Mellanox Roll Out New Innova IPsec 10/40G Ethernet Adapters

Mellanox Roll Out New Innova IPsec 10/40G Ethernet Adapters

"Our customers are looking for a highly integrated server adapter that solves their pressing need for network performance, efficiency and security, said Gilad Shainer, vice president of marketing, Mellanox Technologies. The Innova…


From insideHPC

Video: An Optimized Entry Level Lustre Solution in a Small Form Factor

Video: An Optimized Entry Level Lustre Solution in a Small Form Factor

Chakravarthy Nagarajan, Solutions Architect, IntelIn this video from LUG 2016 in Australia, Chakravarthy Nagarajan from Intel presents: An Optimized Entry Level Lustre Solution in a Small Form Factor. "Our goal was to provide an entry level Lustre storage solution in a high …


From The Eponymous Pickle

SAP Buys More IoT Presence

SAP Buys More IoT Presence

SAP buys startup Plat.One, part of $2B IoT investment

SAP's $2 billion, five-year plan is to to extend its reach into the internet of things.  SAP has bought IoT software developer Plat.One, marking the start of a plan to invest…


From Schneier on Security

Malware Tries to Detect Test Environment

Malware Tries to Detect Test Environment

A new malware tries to detect if it's running in a virtual machine or sandboxed test environment by looking for signs of normal use and not executing if they're not there. From a news article: A typical test environment consists…


From Phys.org Technology News

Pilots, air traffic controllers shifting to text messaging

Pilots, air traffic controllers shifting to text messaging

Airline pilots and air traffic controllers are on schedule to switch to text communications at most of the nation's busiest airports by the end of the year, a milestone that holds the potential to reduce delays, prevent errors…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Snapchat Spectacles

Snapchat Spectacles

Still skeptical that the typical person will use these.  I can remember testing Glass at a coffee shop and felt we were being closely watched.    But perhaps these are whimsical enough to get by with their use. People raise their…


From insideHPC

IBM Unveils Project DataWorks for AI-Powered Decision-Making

IBM Unveils Project DataWorks for AI-Powered Decision-Making

watson"We are at an inflection point in the big data era, said Bob Picciano, senior vice president, IBM Analytics. We know that users spend up to 80 percent of their time on data preparation, no matter the task, even when they are …


From The Eponymous Pickle

UPenn's Lab Flies Drones Through Windows

UPenn's Lab Flies Drones Through Windows

In IEEE Spectrum,  some remarkable things that drones can now be programmed to do, like fly through half open windows.   Out of UPenn's labs.   Demonstrated in video at the link.  Gives me considerable pause about what our drone…


From insideHPC

Registration Opens for HP-CAST at SC16

Registration Opens for HP-CAST at SC16

hpcast27

Registration is now open for HP-CAST at SC16. The event takes place Nov. 11-12 in Salt Lake City.


The post Registration Opens for HP-CAST at SC16 appeared first on insideHPC.




From The Eponymous Pickle

Google's Allo delivering Messaging AI

Google's Allo delivering Messaging AI

We are seeing that messaging systems will be the place that consumer facing AI will reside, acting as a bot to enhance everyday communications with intelligence.  How good that intelligence will be remains to be seen.  Recall…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

2 Computer Scientists in the 2016 MacArthur Fellows

2 Computer Scientists in the 2016 MacArthur Fellows

The MacArthur Foundation has announced its 2016 MacArthur Fellows, a list that features 23 individuals who are breaking new ground in areas of public concern, in the arts, and in the sciences. The Fellowship grants each recipient…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mapping Experiences

Mapping Experiences

Book on order.   We used mapping, both concept based and journey based, in the enterprise.  We developed many, many maps.  It was always a useful approach. I recommend it for any interaction, with client, employee,customer or…


From insideHPC

Rogue Wave Improves Support for Open Source Software with IBM

Rogue Wave Improves Support for Open Source Software with IBM

rogueToday Rogue Wave Software announced it is working with IBM to help make open source software (OSS) support more available. This will help provide comprehensive, enterprise-grade technical support for OSS packages. "With our ten…


From insideHPC

D-Wave Systems Previews 2000-Qubit Quantum Computer

D-Wave Systems Previews 2000-Qubit Quantum Computer

D-Wave 2X Quantum ComputerToday D-Wave Systems announced details of its most advanced quantum computing system, featuring a new 2000-qubit processor. The announcement is being made at the companys inaugural users group conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico…