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September 2018


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Girls in APCS Research

Girls in APCS Research

Are you an Advanced Placement Computer Science teacher?

Are you concerned about increasing the number of women in computing? 

Are you willing to help out a fellow teacher with a research project?

If so, please find the time to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

True Category Management

True Category Management

A strategy, and then a means to link its goals to a set of processes to achieve them.

The foundation of True Category Management     By Daniel Lohman, CPSA

Organic & CPG Strategic Advisor | cms4cpg.com

Category management is the…


From insideHPC

HPC Server Market Jumps 27.6% in 2Q 2018

HPC Server Market Jumps 27.6% in 2Q 2018

Hyperion Research reports that worldwide factory revenue for the high-performance computing (HPC) technical server market jumped 27.6% to $3.7 billion in the second quarter of 2018 (2Q18), up from $2.9 billion in the same period…


From The Eponymous Pickle

What is AI? How should we do Future Research for Application?

What is AI?  How should we do Future Research for Application?

Excellent look at what has been achieved in AI, and how it relates to what we call intelligence.  Are we taking the right approach to look for yet better solutions?  Nicely presented, and good descriptions of the dilemma of how…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NITRD Request for Information on the AI Strategic Plan

NITRD Request for Information on the AI Strategic Plan

On behalf of the National Science and Technology Council’s Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence, the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) National Coordination Office has released a Request…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

What is the most exciting thing in computing in the next 10 years?

What is the most exciting thing in computing in the next 10 years?

On Wednesday afternoon, HLF got out of the lecture halls and cruised down the Neckar River. I decided to spend my time listening in on conversations and jumping in when I could by asking “what do you think is going to be the…


From insideHPC

Video: Rick Stevens from Argonne on the CANDLE Project for Exascale

Video: Rick Stevens from Argonne on the CANDLE Project for Exascale

In this video, Mike Bernhardt from ECP discusses the CANDLE project for Exascale with Rick Stevens from Argonne. "CANDLE is endeavoring to build the software environment for solving very large-scale distributed learning problems…


From BLOG@CACM

Computational Thinking, Education for the Poor and Rich, and Dealing with Schools and Teachers As They Are: A Twitter Convo

Computational Thinking, Education for the Poor and Rich, and Dealing with Schools and Teachers As They Are: A Twitter Convo

 A Twitter conversation turned into a narrative on computational thinking


From Schneier on Security

Yet Another IoT Cybersecurity Document

Yet Another IoT Cybersecurity Document

This one is from NIST: "Considerations for Managing Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity and Privacy Risks." It's still in draft. Remember, there are many others....


From insideHPC

Innovation Unbound: What Would You do with a Million Cores?

Innovation Unbound: What Would You do with a Million Cores?

coresIn this sponsored post from Ian Colle, General Manager-AWS Batch and HPC, for Amazon Web Services, he explores how we are always looking for resources to "do everything we want to do." What if the number of cores were virtually…


From Schneier on Security

Counting People Through a Wall with WiFi

Counting People Through a Wall with WiFi

Interesting research: In the team's experiments, one WiFi transmitter and one WiFi receiver are behind walls, outside a room in which a number of people are present. The room can get very crowded with as many as 20 people zigzagging…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Progressive Code Demonstration Programs

Progressive Code Demonstration Programs

One of my goals this year is to improve my demonstration code. As part of that I want some demos that build on top of one another. A lot of things beginners code is complicated because they don’t have all the tools they should…


From insideHPC

Towards Exascale Engine Simulations with NEK5000

Towards Exascale Engine Simulations with NEK5000

In this video from the HPC User Forum in Detroit, Muhsin Ameen from Argonne National Laboratory presents: Towards Exascale Engine Simulations with NEK5000. "High-order methods have the potential to overcome the current limitations…


From Computational Complexity

Still Typecasting from Dagstuhl

Lance: Bill, in our typecast earlier this week I said you were older than me. But 68? You don't look day over 66.



Bill: Neither do you. But seriously, why do you think I'm 68?



Lance: I just Google'd "How old is Bill Gasarch…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Opens Physical Store featuring Highly Rated Online Items

Amazon Opens Physical Store featuring Highly Rated Online Items

Yet another experiment by Amazon, linking online and physical retailing.  Once more an interesting source of multi channel data.   The Amazon name alone will drive traffic.

Amazon is opening a new brick-and-mortar store with a…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Reading Into Atiyah’s Proof

The Todd function method MacTutor biography source John Todd was a British geometer who worked at Cambridge for most of his life. Michael Atiyah took classes from him there. He was not Atiyah’s doctoral advisor—that was William…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analyze an ML Model without More Coding

Analyze an ML Model without More Coding

Once a system has been taught it acts as an experimental model of its learning.  When we built such neural models you had to write code or use data manipulation tools to test against new data sets.  Classic method for all analytic…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Jeffrey Dean Wants YOU To Take A Machine Learning Class

Jeffrey Dean Wants YOU To Take A Machine Learning Class

Only day two of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum and the term machine learning or “ML” has been popping up throughout during talks and in conversations with young researchers and the laureates. Machine learning uses statistical…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart's New Productivity Apps

Wal-Mart's New Productivity Apps

Whats especially interesting here is what Wal-Mart is emphasizing for the workflow of their employees. includes description and detail of their operation.  Nice effort.

Walmart's new apps help employees complete tasks  in ProgressiveGrocer…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Says Elite MIDS Should Govern our Data

Microsoft Says Elite MIDS Should Govern our Data

Quite an interesting piece, certainly not obvious, a proposal for what are called MIDs or 'Mediators of Individual Data'.    I excerpt a short piece below, but the total document is quite long.   I believe in simple solutions…


From insideHPC

Maximum Performance, Minimum Effort: Intel® Performance Libraries

Maximum Performance, Minimum Effort: Intel® Performance Libraries

"Over two decades, Intel continued its efforts to refine libraries optimized to coax the greatest performance from Intel® processors. In this video, Noah Clemons, staff technical consulting engineer at Intel talks about the latest…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cisco on AI Operations Srategy

Cisco on AI Operations Srategy

Good thoughts.   Ultimately operational considerations will be required.

Cisco Intersight: AI-Driven IT Operations Strategy
In the Cisco Blog

Cisco launched our cloud-based platform for AI-driven IT operations (a.k.a. AI Ops), Cisco…


From insideHPC

Microsoft is Making Progress on Quantum Computing as a Service

Microsoft is Making Progress on Quantum Computing as a Service

Just one year after launch, Microsoft is touting their progress towards building Quantum Computing as a Service. "The Microsoft Quantum Development Kit is the fastest path to quantum development. Available for Linux, MacOS, and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson AI for Industries

Watson AI for Industries

Watson AI aimed at a number of industries, aiming at key workflows for each, much more below

Watson AI helps your industry do more
Watson AI is at work globally – in farms, factories and offices – streamlining workflows, increasing…


From Putting People First

Videos from the MyData 2018 conference

Videos from the MyData 2018 conference

The MyData 2018 conference took place in Helsinki on August 29-31. The core idea behind the MyData movement is that we, you and I, should have an easy way to see where data about us goes, specify who can use it, and alter these…


From insideHPC

Intel Beefs up FPGA Line

Intel Beefs up FPGA Line

Today Intel introduced the Intel Programmable Acceleration Card (PAC) with Intel Stratix 10 SX FPGA. The card leverages the Acceleration Stack for Intel Xeon CPU with FPGAs, providing data center developers a robust platform …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Linkedin Does Business Network Intelligence

Linkedin Does Business Network Intelligence

Been waiting for this for some time, based on conversations with Linkedin long ago.  The data and architecture is there.  Analyzing any company, your competitors, your clients, even your own company to determine what disruption…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Improved Drug Design Towards Personalized Medicine

Improved Drug Design Towards Personalized Medicine

Note the inclusion of multiple drugs in patient treatment.

Artificial Intelligence-Driven Designer Drug Combinations: From Drug Development to Personalized Medicine

Masturah Bte Mohd Abdul Rashid, Edward Kai-Hua Chow, First Published…


From insideHPC

Noctua Supercomputer Inaugurated at Paderborn University

Noctua Supercomputer Inaugurated at Paderborn University

A new supercomputer called “Noctua” was inaugurated recently at Paderborn University. The high-performance computing system is expected to be one of the ten most powerful university installations within Germany. "Integrating …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Segments, Personalization

Segments, Personalization

But enough to make a difference in their buying behavior?

People don’t like being lumped into marketing segments in Retailwire
by Guest contributor  includes expert discussions at link

MarketingCharts staff  

Through a special arrangement…