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September 2017


From insideHPC

AMAX.AI Unveils [SMART]Rack Machine Learning Cluster

AMAX.AI Unveils [SMART]Rack Machine Learning Cluster

Today AMAX.AI launched the [SMART]Rack AI Machine Learning cluster, an all-inclusive rackscale platform is maximized for performance featuring up to 96x NVIDIA Tesla P40, P100 or V100 GPU cards, providing well over 1 PetaFLOP…


From insideHPC

IBM Moves Data Science Forward with Integrated Analytics System

IBM Moves Data Science Forward with Integrated Analytics System

Today IBM announced the Integrated Analytics System, a new unified data system designed to give users fast, easy access to advanced data science capabilities and the ability to work with their data across private, public or hybrid…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Best Practices for Natural Language Processing

Best Practices for Natural Language Processing

Best NLP Processing   By Sebastian Ruder   via O'Reilly
Introduction

This post is a collection of best practices for using neural networks in Natural Language Processing. It will be updated periodically as new insights become available…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Workplace by FaceBook

Workplace by FaceBook

Why Workplace by Facebook will win by Rob Castaneda.   Interesting disconnect proposition:

" ... White collar was and still is head office. It is the center of control that tells the rest of a company what to do. I can recall

And…


From insideHPC

Video: How MVAPICH & MPI Power Scientific Research

Video: How MVAPICH & MPI Power Scientific Research

Adam Moody from LLNL presented this talk at the MVAPICH User Group. "High-performance computing is being applied to solve the world's most daunting problems, including researching climate change, studying fusion physics, and …


From Computational Complexity

Tragic Losses

I'd like to remember two young people who's lives were taken way too early. I didn't know either well but both played large roles in two different communities.

Michael Cohen
Michael Cohen, a young researcher in theoretical…


From insideHPC

OpenMP at 20 Moving Forward to 5.0

OpenMP at 20 Moving Forward to 5.0

This year, OpenMP*, the widely used API for shared memory parallelism supported in many C/C++ and Fortran compilers, turns 20. OpenMP is a great example of how hardware and software vendors, researchers, and academia, volunteering…


From Schneier on Security

Department of Homeland Security to Collect Social Media of Immigrants and Citizens

Department of Homeland Security to Collect Social Media of Immigrants and Citizens

New rules give the DHS permission to collect "social media handles, aliases, associated identifiable information, and search results" as part of people's immigration file. The Federal Register has the details, which seems to…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Fear and Loathing and Required Computer Science Education

Fear and Loathing and Required Computer Science Education

It seems like every time someone suggests that computer science be a required school subject someone (sometimes several people) bring up on particular objection – that making a subject required makes I a turn off for students…


From BLOG@CACM

How Much CS Ed Will $1.3B Buy You? Not Enough to Reach Every ­U.S. School, Nor Every Child

How Much CS Ed Will $1.3B Buy You? Not Enough to Reach Every ­U.S. School, Nor Every Child

The White House promises $200M/year for CS Ed, and the Tech industry promises $300M over 5 years. What can we get for that?


From The Eponymous Pickle

Passage.AI Emerges for Multiple Platforms

Passage.AI Emerges for Multiple Platforms

Have always been interested in ways to make chatbot AI easier. Since our long ago successful use of the Extempo package.   Here another example emerging.

 Passage.AI aims to make building chatbots easy     By Paul Gillin in SiliconAngle…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Hardware Event Today

Amazon Hardware Event Today

Attended this via theVerge, which does a good technical comparison view.  I follow this closely because I have worked with some companies in the AI/Attentive chat space for years.   From my needs view, nothing greatly surprising…


From The Eponymous Pickle

B2B and Customer Demands

B2B and Customer Demands

Digital has changed how B2B leaders meet customer demands, but not in all the expected ways. In McKinsey:

" ..... As digital continues to disrupt every aspect of commerce, B2B organizations face challenges and opportunities when…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reasonet Ingests and Answers Questions

Reasonet Ingests and Answers Questions

Came up to me in several directions.   ReasoNet.  A machine reading program that allows machines to ingest documents, read them, and then answer questions based on the documents.

" ... Teaching a computer to read and answer general…


From insideHPC

With Exascale Looming, this is an Exciting Time for Computational Science

With Exascale Looming, this is an Exciting Time for Computational Science

In this video from the 2017 CGSF Review Meeting, Barbara Helland from the Department of Energy presents: With Exascale Looming, this is an Exciting Time for Computational Science. "Helland was also a presenter this week at the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Unified Retail Planning

Unified Retail Planning

Very thoughtful piece in ChainStoreAge, the Introduction ...

" ... Using Unified Retail Planning to Break Out of Functional Silos

Retail today isn’t for the faint-hearted. A recent quote from business magnate and investor Warren…


From insideHPC

Server Vendors Announce NVIDIA Volta Systems for Accelerated AI

Server Vendors Announce NVIDIA Volta Systems for Accelerated AI

Today NVIDIA and its systems partners Dell EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM and Supermicro today unveiled more than 10 servers featuring NVIDIA Volta architecture-based Tesla V100 GPU accelerators -- the world's most advanced…


From insideHPC

EPSRC Recognizes Young Scientists using ARCHER Supercomputing Facility

EPSRC Recognizes Young Scientists using ARCHER Supercomputing Facility

Today EPSRC in the UK announced the 10 winners of the recent ARCHER Best-Use Travel Competition. The competition aimed to identify the best scientific use of ARCHER, the UK’s national supercomputing facility, within the arena…


From insideHPC

No speed limit on NVIDIA Volta with rise of AI

No speed limit on NVIDIA Volta with rise of AI

In this special guest feature, Brad McCredie from IBM writes that launch of Volta GPUs from NVIDIA heralds a new era of AI. "We’re excited about the launch of NVIDIA’s Volta GPU accelerators. Together with the NVIDIA NVLINK “information…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

New NSF Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science (TRIPODS) Awards

New NSF Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science (TRIPODS) Awards

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced $17.7 million in funding for 12 Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science (TRIPODS) projects, which will bring together the statistics, mathematics and theoretical…


From insideHPC

Accelerate Innovation and Insights with HPC and AI

Accelerate Innovation and Insights with HPC and AI

Vineeth Ram, Hewlett Packard EnterpriseVineeth Ram from HPE gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Milwaukee. "Organizations across all sectors are putting Big Data to work. They are optimizing their IT operations and enhancing the way they communicate, learn, and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intel Neuromorphic Chips

Intel Neuromorphic Chips

Biomimicry expands.  Neuro morphic (neuron-like) approaches to delivering learning.

Intel Unveils Neuromorphic, Self-Learning Chip Codenamed Loihi    By Joel Hruska

" ... That may change in the future, if Intel’s latest AI bet


From The Eponymous Pickle

Accenture, P&G, Target: Retail Cyber Security

Accenture, P&G, Target: Retail Cyber Security

Accenture joins Target and P&G as keynote speaker at cybersecurity summit ... By Marianne Wilson

Accenture has signed on as the title sponsor for the Retail Cyber Intelligence Summit, which will be held in Chicago, October 3 -…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Using Facebook's Workplace at Walmart

Using Facebook's Workplace at Walmart

News ....  From Facebook's Workplace Site:

Facebook's Workplace at Walmart

"  In the last 10 months, we’ve welcomed more than 14,000 companies to Workplace across a vast range of industries. Today, we’re pleased to welcome the

Technology…


From insideHPC

Panasas Upgrades JASMIN Super-Data-Cluster Facility to 20PB

Panasas Upgrades JASMIN Super-Data-Cluster Facility to 20PB

Today Panasas announced that the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (SFTC) Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in the UK has expanded its JASMIN super-data-cluster with an additional 1.6 petabytes of Panasas ActiveStor…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart to Adopt Facebook's Workplace Edition

Wal-Mart to Adopt Facebook's Workplace Edition

Quite an interesting and unexpected coup.   Is Facebook best for retail?  Consider how their Facebook M chatbot capability might be used for marketing.  Here at first this is internal use.  This could be a huge thing.  Search…


From insideHPC

Bright Computing Announces Integration with IBM Power Systems

Bright Computing Announces Integration with IBM Power Systems

Today Bright Computing announced that Bright Cluster Manager 8.0 now integrates with IBM Power Systems. "The integration of Bright Cluster Manager 8.0 with IBM Power Systems has created an important new option for users running…


From The Eponymous Pickle

C by GE Sol Lamp Reviewed

C by GE Sol Lamp Reviewed


Geekwire Reviews the Alexa enabled GE Lamp.  Much more colorful than the pic shown here.   But not bright enough to flood a whole room with light. Video in operation at link.

Talk to the lamp: We tried GE’s Sol, a $200 light with…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Transmission for Robotics

New Transmission for Robotics

Transmission for Robotics from SRI.  Recall again our previous association with SRI.

Inception Drive: A Compact, Infinitely Variable Transmission for Robotics   By Evan Ackerman and Celia Gorman

A novel nested pulley configuration…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bosch and Self Driving Cars

Bosch and Self Driving Cars

Had already looked at how Bosch was examining technology behind the smart home.  Now in the space of Automotive advances like self driving cars.

Bosch details its work on present and future self-driving cars
Like many companies…