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April 2017


From Schneier on Security

The DEA Is Buying Cyberweapons from Hacking Team

The DEA Is Buying Cyberweapons from Hacking Team

The US Drug Enforcement Agency has purchased zero-day exploits from the cyberweapons arms manufacturer Hacking Team. BoingBoing post....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Social Media Demographics

Social Media Demographics

A view of most major social media their demographics and buying habits in 2017.  Interesting, but overly infographic.  Could be done in a single visual page.   Useful information.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bain on the Firm of the Future

Bain on the Firm of the Future

Not so much technology oriented, but about the basic notion of the firm.  Good, broad view.   Especially for technologists, who often believe it is all about tech advances.  Its also about business process and how to deliver

The…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) Community Updates

Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) Community Updates

The registration of 2017 Global City Teams Challenge Expo (GCTC) is now open. The Expo will take place at Walter E. Washington Convention Center on August 28-29, 2017 in Washington, DC. It will bring together over 100 cities…


From insideHPC

MIT Professor Runs Record Google Compute Engine job with 220K Cores

MIT Professor Runs Record Google Compute Engine job with 220K Cores

Over at the Google Blog, Alex Barrett writes that an MIT math professor recently broke the record for the largest-ever Compute Engine cluster, with 220,000 cores on Preemptible VMs. According to Google, this is the largest known…


From The Eponymous Pickle

GE Digital Approach to Digital Transformation

GE Digital Approach to Digital Transformation

Doing work with GE Digital on an upcoming Analytics Summit.

They send along this Webinar, reviewing their approaches:

" ... Gain insights into the five pillars of digital industrial transformation based on GE’s own playbook. .…


From insideHPC

Michael Resch Named Chairman of GCS in Germany

Michael Resch Named Chairman of GCS in Germany

Today the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing in Germany announced that Prof. Dr. Michael M. Resch is the new chairman of the GCS Board of Directors. “Over the coming years, GCS is devoted to keeping its leading European position…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Viruses Spread

How Viruses Spread

An impressive visual and description of of how viruses spread.  In Quartz   " ... A new genetic tool maps how deadly viruses spread around the world in real time ... ".   Recall a recent post on Kellogg work in using cell data…


From insideHPC

Dr. Eng Lim Goh presents: HPC Technology Trends

Dr. Eng Lim Goh presents: HPC Technology Trends

Dr. Eng Lim Goh from Hewlett Packard Enterprise gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. "SGI’s highly complementary portfolio, including its in-memory high-performance data analytics technology and leading high-performance computing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robotics Newsletter

Robotics Newsletter

Konrad Holubek writes:
 
" ... I wanted to let you know that I collect and send out a weekly email on robotics, a subject I am very passionate about. 

You can see an example of the latest newsletter here : http://snip.ly/v4kjf

If…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Retail Analytics Trends

Retail Analytics Trends

Fairly general look at retail analytics and their future.

In Bridge2i
Categories Analytics, Blogs Customer Intelligence, Retail
Retail Analytics Trends 2017 and Beyond .... 



From insideHPC

Intel® Graphics Performance Analyzer for Faster Graphics Performance

Intel® Graphics Performance Analyzer for Faster Graphics Performance

"Just as developers need tools to understand the performance of a CPU intensive application in order to modify the code for higher performance, so do those that develop interactive 3D computer graphics applications. An excellent…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Introduction to Machine Learning

Introduction to Machine Learning

A good, largely non technical guide to the basics of machine learning.  Useful for the interested and motivated decision maker or executive.   Part I here, others apparently to follow.


From Schneier on Security

Smart TV Hack via the Broadcast Signal

Smart TV Hack via the Broadcast Signal

This is impressive: The proof-of-concept exploit uses a low-cost transmitter to embed malicious commands into a rogue TV signal. That signal is then broadcast to nearby devices. It worked against two fully updated TV models made…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

New Program Solicitation for the CISE Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)

New Program Solicitation for the CISE Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released a new program solicitation for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII). The CRII program aims to award grants that support…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Procter Singapore Supply Chain Center

Procter Singapore Supply Chain Center

In Business Journal, about Procter&Gamble:

" ... The Singapore E-Center will be the Cincinnati-based company’s (NYSE: PG) first of its kind outside the U.S. and is designed to fuel end-to-end digital innovation across its supply…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Expands Cognitive Services

Microsoft Expands Cognitive Services

I remain disappointed by the integration level of Cortana assistant with other MS services, but at least now Microsoft seems to be advancing on cognitive services.  Now developers can take the capabilities further.  Includes'Build…


From insideHPC

Intel to Open Source All Lustre Code as Brent Gorda Leaves the Company

Intel to Open Source All Lustre Code as Brent Gorda Leaves the Company

"Starting today, Intel will contribute all Lustre features and enhancements to the open source community. This will mean that we will no longer provide Intel-branded releases of Lustre, and instead align our efforts and support…


From insideHPC

PSSC Labs Updates CBeST Cluster Management Software

PSSC Labs Updates CBeST Cluster Management Software

Today PSSC Labs announced it has refreshed its CBeST (Complete Beowulf Software Toolkit) cluster management package. CBeST is already a proven platform deployed on over 2200 PowerWulf Clusters to date and with this refresh PSSC…


From insideHPC

Update on the Exascale Computing Project (ECP)

Update on the Exascale Computing Project (ECP)

Paul Messina from Argonne presented this talk at the HPC User Forum in Santa Fe. "The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) was established with the goals of maximizing the benefits of HPC for the United States and accelerating the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

End of Brand Loyalty?

End of Brand Loyalty?

Of much importance to my former employer and all of CPG.  Still don't see its involved with culture. just the channels that cultures currently use for information.   Those channels can be selected by marketing.  In Forbes: 

The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Oracle and Moat for Measurement and Analytics

Oracle and Moat for Measurement and Analytics

Its all about accurate and universal measurement, directly and indirectly through the results of analytics.  So this is not surprising.

Oracle buys Moat
Creates the World's Most Comprehensive Cloud Platform for Marketing Data and…


From insideHPC

Rock Stars of HPC: John Stone

Rock Stars of HPC: John Stone

This Rock Stars of HPC series is about the men and women who are changing the way the HPC community develops, deploys, and operates the supercomputers and social and economic impact of their discoveries. "As the lead developer…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Facebook using Augmented Reality

Facebook using Augmented Reality

Zuckerberg talking how AR will play in Facebook.    And suggests that it will first play through the cameras in people's phones.   Less cumbersome than a headset,  but less stability too.  In VRFocus:

The Camera To Be ‘The First…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Talk: Artificial Intelligence in the Car

Talk: Artificial Intelligence in the Car

Upcoming CSIG Talk this week.  

" ... This a reminder about our Cognitive Systems Institute Speaker Series on Thursday, April 20, 2016 at 10:30 am ET US (7:30 am PT).  Our speakers are Roberto Sicconi and Maggie Styś, Founders…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Robotics Expert to Lead Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF)

Robotics Expert to Lead Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF)

Dawn Tilbury, professor of mechanical engineering and former associate dean for research at the University of Michigan‘s College of Engineering, will become the Assistant Director for Engineering (ENG) at the National Science…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Flow and Buttons

Microsoft Flow and Buttons

In SiliconAngle: 

" ... (Microsoft) The company has also introduced something it calls Flow-compatible hardware buttons. They’re somewhat reminiscent of Amazon.com Inc.’s Dash buttons, which allow consumers to restock their supplies…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Using AR To Transfer Images

Using AR To Transfer Images

If you can't draw well, or precisely, perhaps you can trace images from a phone App using Augmented Reality.   Clever idea for the right kind of application.  Warns that this is best done with the aid of a tripod.  Available

In…


From insideHPC

High Performance Interconnects – Assessments, Rankings and Landscape

High Performance Interconnects – Assessments, Rankings and Landscape

Dan Olds from OrionX.net presented this talk at the Switzerland HPC Conference. "Dan Olds will present recent research into the history of High Performance Interconnects (HPI), the current state of the HPI market, where HPIs …


From insideHPC

Rescale Announces ScaleX Labs with Intel Xeon Phi and Omni-Path

Rescale Announces ScaleX Labs with Intel Xeon Phi and Omni-Path

Today the Rescale HPC Cloud introduced the ScaleX Labs with Intel Xeon Phi processors and Intel Omni-Path Fabric managed by R Systems. The collaboration brings lightning-fast, next-generation computation to Rescale’s cloud platform…

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