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November 2017


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Now Institute to Research Impact of AI on Society

AI Now Institute to Research Impact of AI on Society

The Field of AI Research Is About to Get Way Bigger Than Code 
in NextGov.com   by Dave Gershgorn
November 16, 2017

Microsoft Research's Kate Crawford and Open Research at Google founder Meredith Whittaker on Thursday announced


From insideHPC

New TeraBox 1U FPGA Server Doubles Compute and I/O Density

New TeraBox 1U FPGA Server Doubles Compute and I/O Density

Today BittWare announced the TeraBox 1432D high density 1U FPGA server at SC17. Based on a Dell PowerEdge C4130, the customized TeraBox 1432D provides an unprecedented thirty-two 100GbE ports directly connected to four large …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Project Management with Asana and Gmail.

Project Management with Asana and Gmail.

Was pointed to Asana as a good system for project management when using Gmail.

" ... Asana lets teams track projects from start to finish so everyone knows who is doing what and by which deadline and its current status. Teams

More…


From insideHPC

Video: Atos and ParTec to deploy 12 Petaflop Supercomputer at Jülich

Video: Atos and ParTec to deploy 12 Petaflop Supercomputer at Jülich

In this video, Hugo Falter from Par-Tec describes the new 12 Petaflop supercomputer coming to the Jülich Supercomputing Centre in Germany. "Modular supercomputing, an idea conceived by Dr. Lippert almost 20 years ago, was realised…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Mirrors

Smart Mirrors

Short piece on the conceptual advances of the 'Smart Mirror'.  Was also a discussion point in our innovation centers.  Could they inform you,  inspire you?

Siri Siri on the wall, is this smart mirror society’s downfall?
An iHome…


From insideHPC

Xtreme Design Showcases Innovative Solutions for Deploying and Managing HPC Clouds

Xtreme Design Showcases Innovative Solutions for Deploying and Managing HPC Clouds

In this video from SC17, Naoki Shibata from Xtreme Design describes the company's innovative solutions for deploying and managing HPC clouds. "XTREME-D is well-known in Japan for architecting technical computing in the cloud.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Identifying Viral Bots

Identifying Viral Bots

In O'Reilly,  a considerable look at the problem of bots in social.  Like the use of network diagrams for analytics.   Bringing up the concept of 'information entropy'.   There is so much noise in social this needs to be carefully…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simulation Tools

Simulation Tools

Just reexamined the simulation tools that exist today.     Would like to also see more as it applies to process optimization and higher level event based systems.   Found this,  Finite element examples mainly here:

Co-Design Center…


From insideHPC

BOXX rolls out AMD EPYC Deep Learning Server at SC17

BOXX rolls out AMD EPYC Deep Learning Server at SC17

This week at SC17, BOXX Technologies debuted the new GX8-M server, featuring dual AMD EPYC 7000-series processors, eight full-size AMD or NVIDIA graphics cards, and other innovative features designed to accelerate high performance…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Model for Cybersecurity

Model for Cybersecurity

Defining a New Model for Cybersecurity Trust With Blockchain     By eWeek

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) David Shrier recently detailed the MIT Trust::Data Consortium's efforts to build new systems that rethink…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Go and the Problem of Checkout

Amazon Go and the Problem of Checkout

Remember using this as a scenario at our innovation centers.  What if a shopper could just walk out, setting up a frictionless way to shop?  Does it bring more shoppers in?   In an era when we tested RFID tagging.   What are

Amazon's…


From Schneier on Security

New White House Announcement on the Vulnerability Equities Process

New White House Announcement on the Vulnerability Equities Process

The White House has released a new version of the Vulnerabilities Equities Process (VEP). This is the inter-agency process by which the US government decides whether to inform the software vendor of a vulnerability it finds,…


From Mostafa Dehghani

Christophe's Thesis Cover

Christophe's Thesis Cover

Another ILPSer, Christophe Van Gysel, has just defended his PhD dissertation, on "Remedies against the Vocabulary Gap in Information Retrieval". I've designed his thesis cover: and here  is its the bookmark:


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google and Conversational Apps

Google and Conversational Apps

Am a long time developer and proponent of intelligent and conversation enabled interactions.

Google supporting Voice and Dialog Based Interactions

Introducing Dialogflow Enterprise Edition, a new way to build voice and text conversational…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Resources for Teachers and the AP CS Principles Tasks

Resources for Teachers and the AP CS Principles Tasks

If you are teaching Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles for the first time as I am you probably still have lots of questions about the performance tasks. I know I do. Well it look like Jill Westerlund has our back.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital Ultimatum

Digital Ultimatum

 46 Days Left, P&G's Marc Pritchard on the state of his Digital Ultimatum

By Jack Neff. Published on November 15, 2017. in AdAge

Time's almost up for major digital ad sellers to show that they've improved, Procter & Gamble Chief…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Caption Generation Tutorial

Caption Generation Tutorial

 Jason Brownlee on caption generation using neural networks, an old problem we addressed.  I like the explanations Jason does.  Get on his instructive solutions mailings.

" ...  Hi, this week we have a gentle intro to neural nets…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Delivering Ingredients for Allrecipes by Amazon

Delivering Ingredients for Allrecipes by Amazon

A long time cook here. Have tested Allrecipes on Echo where it works well, with some reservations about how well the interface works with serial step recipe use.   Vocally at least.

Amazon works with Allrecipes to let you order…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Learning from Microsoft's Bots

Learning from Microsoft's Bots

Like I have mentioned many times, we built consumer facing bots that engaged and delivered expertise.   Saw Microsoft live demo the construction of an Azure based bot lately in a conference.  Good thoughts in this piece:

Lessons…


From insideHPC

Video: ZFS Improvements for Lustre

Video: ZFS Improvements for Lustre

In this video from LAD'17 in Paris, Adreas Dilger from Intel presents: ZFS Improvements for Lustre. "Lustre is the Parallel file system of choice for High Performance Computing and large file applications. To meet the capacity…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Intelligent Infrastructure for our Cities and Communities

Intelligent Infrastructure for our Cities and Communities

Last week the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) posted an overview blog about our recent 2017 Symposium on Addressing National Priorities and Societal Needs. Over the next few weeks, we will highlight each panel session on…


From The Eponymous Pickle

November-December Analytics Magazine

November-December Analytics Magazine

From the Informs Organization:

Analytics Magazine: Sneak Preview

The November/December issue of Analytics magazine takes a close look at a wide range of topics, including predictive analytics in the public sector, survey sampling…


From insideHPC

Lenovo Accelerates AI to Solve Humanity’s Greatest Challenges

Lenovo Accelerates AI to Solve Humanity’s Greatest Challenges

Today at SC17, Lenovo announced new initiatives designed to empower customers to embrace Artificial Intelligence and make it a true reality for their organizations to achieve augmented intelligence capabilities for increased …


From insideHPC

Intel Select Solutions for HPC Debut at SC17

Intel Select Solutions for HPC Debut at SC17

Intel Select Solutions HPC provide a fast path for purchasing and deploying a cluster for simulation and modeling workloads with a pre-validated selection of components designed to meet the demands of HPC applications and workflows…


From insideHPC

New Report Offers insight on OpenMP

New Report Offers insight on OpenMP

Technical Report 6 demonstrates the importance of user feedback to the OpenMP specification,” says Bronis R. de Supinski, the Chair of the OpenMP Language Committee. “Users have indicated that several features are vitally important…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reconfigurable Camera Systems

Reconfigurable Camera Systems

Shree Nayar discusses "Cambits: A Reconfigurable Camera System" (cacm.acm.org/magazines/2017/11/222170), a Contributed Article in the November 2017 CACM.

 .... Cambit pieces can be assembled to create a dozen different imaging…


From insideHPC

Bright Computing Offers Fast Onramp to Deep Learning

Bright Computing Offers Fast Onramp to Deep Learning

Today Bright Computing announced Bright Cluster Manager for Data Science, an all-in-one product for data scientists. The new product brings together all of the tools needed to build, manage, and operate an enterprise-class data…


From insideHPC

Ray Tracing on Intel Xeon Phi with Embree

Ray Tracing on Intel Xeon Phi with Embree

In computer graphics, ray tracing is a rendering technique for generating an image by tracing the path of light as pixels in an image plane and simulating the effects of its encounters with virtual objects. "Experienced computer…


From My Biased Coin

Harvard CS Concentrators Jump Again

Harvard CS Concentrators Jump Again

During my time as Area Dean for computer science, the number of computer science majors at Harvard more than doubled.  Growth has continued, and according to the Crimson, we're now clearly the second largest concentration at.…


From Computational Complexity

A Tale of Three Rankings

In the Spring of 2018 the US News and World Report should release their latest rankings of US graduate science programs including computer science. These are the most cited of the deluge of computer science rankings we see out…