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December 2018


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Nominations Sought for New CCC Council Members

Nominations Sought for New CCC Council Members

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is charged with catalyzing and empowering the U.S. computing research community to articulate and advance major research directions for the field. Established in 2006 through a cooperative…


From insideHPC

Interview: The Importance of Message Passing Interface to Supercomputing

Interview: The Importance of Message Passing Interface to Supercomputing

In this video, Mike Bernhardt from the Exascale Computing Project catches up with ORNL's David Bernholdt at SC18. They discuss supercomputing the conference, his career, the evolution and significance of message passing interface…


From insideHPC

NOAA Report: Effects of Persistent Arctic Warming Continue to Mount

NOAA Report: Effects of Persistent Arctic Warming Continue to Mount

NOAA is out with their 2018 Arctic Report Card and the news is not good, folks. Issued annually since 2006, the Arctic Report Card is a timely and peer-reviewed source for clear, reliable and concise environmental information…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Python Tricks

Python Tricks

Beginner Python Coding tricks.  Whenever you start a new language, its nice to see lots of relatively simple examples that relate to the kinds of things you might want to do.  This is kind of like that, for beginners, but has…


From insideHPC

Red Hat Steps Up with HPC Software Solutions at SC18

Red Hat Steps Up with HPC Software Solutions at SC18

In this video from SC18 in Dallas, Yan Fisher and Dan McGuan from Red Hat describe the company's powerful software solutions for HPC and Ai workloads. "All supercomputers on the coveted Top500 list run on Linux, a scalable operating…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Newsletters from the HBR, Sloan

Newsletters from the HBR, Sloan

I see that HBR has set up some 15 technology and management topic newsletters.  This is similar to what MIT has done with a number of topics.  These newsletters are mores scannable than blogs.  Also can be more up to the minute…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Changing Nature of Retirement

Changing Nature of Retirement

Correspondent Steve King of Small Business Labs on the Changing Nature of Retirement.   Its a topic their blog has covered many times,  especially with relation to key resource and knowledge retention.   We struggled with it


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Driven Marketing for CPG

AI Driven Marketing for CPG

Examples are CPG Food.    We worked on optimization examples of this for years, now the approach is broadening and getting closer to high level decision makers.

Packaged Goods Makers Embrace AI-Driven Marketing
By CGT Staff - 11…


From insideHPC

XTREME-D IaaS Platform Works to Simplify HPC Cloud Cluster Management

XTREME-D IaaS Platform Works to Simplify HPC Cloud Cluster Management

IaaS platformAn IaaS platform can help keep HPC cloud cluster users out of the cluster management business. A new white paper from XTREME-D, "Point and Click HPC: The XTREME-Stargate IaaS Platform", explores how the Stargate platform, that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Hunches for Smart Homes

Alexa Hunches for Smart Homes

Just started experimenting with Alex Hunches, a method that claims to makes suggestions (Nudges from a Nudge engine?)   Can a skill tune your hunches to a context?  Based on data regarding your behavior ...   Will report further…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Finishing Your Sentences with Common Sense

Finishing Your Sentences with Common Sense

Yes, it's one way to tailor common-sense-driven sentences. Here some snippets of work underway in the space, starting with a NYT article, then links to technical details.  The overall challenge for common sense natural language…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Great Innovative Idea: Building up Speaking Skills in an online learning community

Great Innovative Idea: Building up Speaking Skills in an online learning community

The following Great Innovative Idea is from Ehsan Hoque, Asaro-Biggar (’92) Family assistant professor of Computer Science and interim Director of the Goergen Institute for Data Science at the University of Rochester. Hoque was…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Optimizing Infrastructure Resources

Optimizing Infrastructure Resources

Optimizing Infrastructure Through AI

Makes sense that Cisco would be into this, nicely explained below.   I like the visualization of the process.  Optimization of all sorts of static and dynamic resources to achieve a goal is…


From [email protected]

Short Take: Big Data and IoT in Practice

Short Take: Big Data and IoT in Practice

Looking at some use cases for the adoption of big data in industries that deal with physical things, and drawing some inferences.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tracking Location and Activity

Tracking Location and Activity

Further, related to my current data and activity investigation, its also very useful to see how Google uses Location History Tracking to infer aspects of behavior and activity, implications are that it works very well.   You

In…


From insideHPC

Video: Scientific Benchmarking of Parallel Computing Systems

Video: Scientific Benchmarking of Parallel Computing Systems

In this video, Torsten Hoefler from ETH Zurich presents: Scientific Benchmarking of Parallel Computing Systems. "Measuring and reporting performance of parallel computers constitutes the basis for scientific advancement of high…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Whats Blockchain Good For?

Whats Blockchain Good For?

Nothing?  Well at least not what they expected, or were willing to reveal.  Still, negative examples are useful.

Blockchain: What’s it good for? Absolutely nothing, report finds

In a joint report for the Monitoring, Evaluation,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Asset Management

Asset Management

Management in context and some forecast of future context is powerful.

" ... Achieving digital alpha in asset management

The ability to generate value through digitization will increasingly separate leaders and followers in North…


From Schneier on Security

2018 Annual Report from AI Now

2018 Annual Report from AI Now

The research group AI Now just published its annual report. It's an excellent summary of today's AI security challenges, as well as a policy agenda to address them. This is related, and also worth reading....


From insideHPC

OCF Deploys Largest IBM POWER9 Machine Learning Cluster in the UK

OCF Deploys Largest IBM POWER9 Machine Learning Cluster in the UK

With a new upgrade, the University of Birmingham is set to benefit from the largest IBM POWER9 machine learning cluster in the UK, delivering unprecedented performance for AI workloads. Working with OCF, the high-performance …


From insideHPC

VMware Powers Machine Learning & HPC Workloads

VMware Powers Machine Learning & HPC Workloads

In this video from SC18 in Dallas, Ziv Kalminovich from VMware describes how the company's powerful virtualization capabilities bring flexibility and performance to HPC workloads. "With VMware, you can capture the benefits of…


From insideHPC

Intel Pushes the Envelope at SC18

Intel Pushes the Envelope at SC18

Intel at SC18Intel has a long history of making important announcements at the annual Supercomputer shows, and this year was no exception. This guest post from Intel covers what new technology was front and center from Intel at SC18, including…


From Computational Complexity

Super Asymmetry on The Big Bang Theory: How Realistic?

The TV show The Big Bang Theory portrays academia so I am naturally curious how realistic it is. I have posted about this before (see here) in the context of whether actual things they say about physics are true. Today I post…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Transposing

On the arithmetic complexity of the matrix transpose [ KKB ] Michael Kaminski, David Kirkpatrick, and Nader Bshouty are complexity theorists who together and separately have proved many wonderful theorems. They wrote an interesting…


From updated sporadically at best

A Tribute to Scott Krulcik

A Tribute to Scott Krulcik

Yesterday morning, I read a news article that my former student Scott Krulcik had died. Surely they’ve got the wrong guy, I thought.

Scott on an apple-picking trip that he helped organize.
Almost comically wholesome, Scott was…


From insideHPC

Video: How OpenACC Enables Scientists to port their codes to GPUs and Beyond

Video: How OpenACC Enables Scientists to port their codes to GPUs and Beyond

In this video SC18, Jack Wells from ORNL describes how OpenACC enables scientists to port their codes to GPUs and other HPC platforms. "OpenACC, a directive-based high-level parallel programming model, has gained rapid momentum…


From insideHPC

Equus Rolls out G2660 2U 2xGPU Server for HPC & Ai

Equus Rolls out G2660 2U 2xGPU Server for HPC & Ai

Today Equus Compute Solutions rolled out its new G2660 2U 2xGPU server, ideal for artificial intelligence and deep learning environments. This GPU platform offers higher performance, reduced rack space requirements, and lower…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Asking Questions to Gather Knowledge

Asking Questions to Gather Knowledge

The Game of Questions, once again looking at a means of questioning to gather knowledge ... we explored this idea from a game perspective.

Back in 2013, posted about this:

https://eponymouspickle.blogspot.com/2013/09/asking-questions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nielsen and Microsoft Strategic Data Alliance

Nielsen and Microsoft Strategic Data Alliance

Making data more intelligently available to analytics.   Integrating data assets.

Nielsen, Microsoft Unveil Strategic Data Alliance

Nielsen and Microsoft have jointly developed an enterprise solution that brings the former’s consumer…


From The Noisy Channel

I recommend the links at the bottom of Peter Norvig’s post: https://norvig.com/spell-correct.html

I recommend the links at the bottom of Peter Norvig’s post: https://norvig.com/spell-correct.html

I recommend the links at the bottom of Peter Norvig’s post: https://norvig.com/spell-correct.html