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February 2018


From insideHPC

Gen-Z Consortium Announces the Public Release of Its Core Specification 1.0

Gen-Z Consortium Announces the Public Release of Its Core Specification 1.0

Today the Gen-Z Consortium released the Gen-Z Core Specification 1.0 on its website. As an open systems interconnect, Gen-Z is designed to provide memory semantic access to data and devices via direct-attached, switched or fabric…


From insideHPC

EasyBuild: Past, Present & Future

EasyBuild: Past, Present & Future

Kenneth Hoste from Ghent University this talk at the EasyBuild User Meeting in Amsterdam. "EasyBuild is a software build and installation framework that allows you to manage (scientific) software on HPC systems in an efficient…


From insideHPC

HPC System Management: Scheduling to Optimize Infrastructure

HPC System Management: Scheduling to Optimize Infrastructure

hpc system managementWhether the application is floating-point intensive, integer based, uses a lot of memory, has significant I/O requirements, or its widespread use is limited by purchased licenses, a system that assigns the right job to the right…


From Schneier on Security

Jumping Air Gaps

Jumping Air Gaps

Nice profile of Mordechai Guri, who researches a variety of clever ways to steal data over air-gapped computers. Guri and his fellow Ben-Gurion researchers have shown, for instance, that it's possible to trick a fully offline…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots Cooperate to open a Door

Robots Cooperate to open a Door

Video released today.  Two Boston Dynamics SpotMini robots cooperate to open a fairly standard door:



An impressive and somewhat creepy demonstration of the advance of robotics within normal human contexts.  Closer to a robot apocalypse…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Call for Proposals: Creating Visions for Computing Research

Call for Proposals: Creating Visions for Computing Research

The mission of Computing Research Association’s (CRA) Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is to catalyze the computing research community and enable the pursuit of innovative, high-impact research. CCC conducts activities that…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teaching Diversity in Computing

Teaching Diversity in Computing

One of the important topics in computing these days is diversity. Why? Well there are things like concern about equal opportunity. (Why Can’t Silicon Valley Solve Its Diversity Problem?) and that is part of it. It’s often hard…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Store Assistant: Wal-Mart Makes Its App Smarter

Store Assistant: Wal-Mart Makes Its App Smarter

Much more detail at the link.  Note the renaming of this as an assistant.  Good, but the system also has to be transparent, very easy to use, bump-free financials and delivery options.  What is a 'reimagined experience"?    How…


From insideHPC

TACC and DOD to Co-Develop Novel Computational Approaches

TACC and DOD to Co-Develop Novel Computational Approaches

Today the Texas Advanced Computing Center announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense to provide researchers with access to advanced computing resources as part of an effort to develop novel computational approaches…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Towards Crowd Sourcing Conversational Agents

Towards Crowd Sourcing Conversational Agents

Intriguing thought, not sure it actually is the same as what we did and called a 'Concierge' model, linking appropriately to other smart agents or people.   More like Facebook's attempt to include humans within the now defunct…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Designing Alexa Chips

Amazon Designing Alexa Chips

Amazon designs deeper.  Which ultimately will be the way you get better intelligence, conversation and engagement.   Faster and more on-point.

Amazon is reportedly designing AI chips to improve Alexa
It follows in the footsteps…


From insideHPC

Google Cloud TPU Machine Learning Accelerators now in Beta

Google Cloud TPU Machine Learning Accelerators now in Beta

John Barrus writes that Cloud TPUs are available in beta on Google Cloud Platform to help machine learning experts train and run their ML models more quickly. "Cloud TPUs are a family of Google-designed hardware accelerators …


From insideHPC

Optalysys Optical Processing Achieves 90 percent energy savings for DNA Sequence Alignment

Optalysys Optical Processing Achieves 90 percent energy savings for DNA Sequence Alignment

The GENESYS project applied Optalysys’s unique optical processing technology to perform large-scale DNA sequence alignment. "The collaboration with EI has been a great success,” said Dr. Nick New, founder and CEO of Optalysys…


From insideHPC

CPU 24/7 Acquired by IAV GmbH for Automotive HPC Managed Services

CPU 24/7 Acquired by IAV GmbH for Automotive HPC Managed Services

HPC managed services provider CPU 24/7 has been acquired by IAV GmbH, a leading engineering services firm for the automotive industry. "We are very happy we found such a good home for our company”, says Dr. Matthias Reyer, Co…


From insideHPC

Alan Turing Institute Looks at Meltdown and Spectre

Alan Turing Institute Looks at Meltdown and Spectre

In this video, Mark Handley will explain what modern CPUs actually do to go fast, discuss how this leads to the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, and summarize the mitigations that are being put in place. "Operating systems…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Add Human Touch to Big Data

Add Human Touch to Big Data

Short but thoughtful piece from SAS.  But do remember that humans are also good at adding bias.

Why is it important to add a human touch to big data?  

By Jay Paulson on SAS Voices 

In the hype and excitement surrounding artificial…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Shopping Looking like Amazon

Google Shopping Looking like Amazon

Continued competition in the online retail world.

Google Shopping is becoming a lot like browsing on Amazon
Search results with related items are just the start.

By Timothy J. Seppala, @timseppala in Engadget.


From Schneier on Security

Internet Security Threats at the Olympics

Internet Security Threats at the Olympics

There are a lot: The cybersecurity company McAfee recently uncovered a cyber operation, dubbed Operation GoldDragon, attacking South Korean organizations related to the Winter Olympics. McAfee believes the attack came from a…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Center for Machine Intelligence

Center for Machine Intelligence

New efforts to address machine intelligence and Society.

Center for Machine Intelligence Launched to Help Build a Smarter and Safer Society    University of Southampton

The University of Southampton in the U.K. recently launched…


From The Eponymous Pickle

What is AI?

What is AI?

Another look at the elusive definition.    I am still of the opinion it is what it can do for us.   Augment and improve our decisions.   So yes then, just about everything computing is to some degree.  Its how much of this it…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Trading with Reinforcement Leaning

Trading with Reinforcement Leaning

Nice example of reinforcement learning.  Not really prediction of the kind might want, below just the introduction that sets the stage, click through to more detail that makes the case for usefulness of the method.   Also make…


From The Eponymous Pickle

GIS and Big Data

GIS and Big Data

We were early users of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) when we helped manage Alberta Pine forests.   True it predated 'Big Data', but emerged at about the same time as optimization analytics, which we used to great value…


From insideHPC

Call for Proposals: International Conference on Parallel Processing in Oregon

Call for Proposals: International Conference on Parallel Processing in Oregon

The 47th International Conference on Parallel Processing has issued its Call for Proposals. Sponsored by ACM SIGHPC, the event takes place August 13-16 in Eugene, Oregon. "Parallel and distributed computing is a central topic…


From insideHPC

Realizing Exabyte-scale PM Centric Architectures and Memory Fabrics

Realizing Exabyte-scale PM Centric Architectures and Memory Fabrics

Zvonimir Bandic from Western Digital gave this talk at the SNIA Persistent Memory Summit. "Much has been debated about would it take to scale a system to exabyte main memory with the right levels of latencies to address the world…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Using Analytics to Improve Customer Engagement

Using Analytics to Improve Customer Engagement

Always thought this was obvious, and it did not have to be artificial anything, just had to promote understanding  and efficiently leveraging shared data.   Survey analysis here.

Organizations that turn data into insights are
by…


From The Eponymous Pickle

VR at the Olympics

VR at the Olympics

While listening to the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics.  I noted the statement that some of the things being seen on my 2 dimensional screen had been projected there from a VR model, and may (or may not) have been…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google AutoML Learns

Google AutoML Learns

Its long been suggested that the best AI is one that is the best learner.  Then it can learn from other humans, other AIs and the masses of data we are gathering.   Leading to an ultimate intelligence.  This is not quite that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Consciousness as Instinct

Consciousness as Instinct

As a long ago reader of William James, always amazed at how modern it seemed. Now what does this mean, ultimately, for the goals of AI?  Is Conscious alive?

What William James Got Right About Consciousness   By Michael S. Gazzaniga…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing the Origin of Mass

Supercomputing the Origin of Mass

In this video, Professor Derek Leinweber from the University of Adelaide presents his research in Lattice Quantum Field Theory; revealing the origin of mass in the universe. "While the fundamental interactions are well understood…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing Frontiers Europe Announces Keynote Speakers

Supercomputing Frontiers Europe Announces Keynote Speakers

The Supercomputing Frontiers conference has announced it Full Agenda and Keynote Speakers. The event takes place March 12-15 in Warsaw, Poland. "Supercomputing Frontiers is an annual international conference that provides a platform…