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July 2017


From insideHPC

Agenda Posted for September HPC User Forum in Milwaukee

Agenda Posted for September HPC User Forum in Milwaukee

Hyperion Research has posted the preliminary agenda for the HPC User Forum Sept. 5-7 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. "The HPC User Forum community includes thousands of people from the steering committee, member organizations, sponsors…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Best Buy Wants to Install Smart Homes

Best Buy Wants to Install Smart Homes

Recall that Amazon just also announced a smart home consultation service, apparently aimed at getting their devices installed.  Probably a requirement for typical aftermarket installations of Smart Homes.  For the 'non digital…


From insideHPC

ANSYS Scales to 200K Cores on Shahin II Supercomputer

ANSYS Scales to 200K Cores on Shahin II Supercomputer

Today ANSYS, Saudi Aramco, and KAUST announced a new supercomputing milestone by scaling ANSYS Fluent to nearly 200,000 processor cores – enabling organizations to make critical and cost-effective decisions faster and increase…


From insideHPC

BSC Comparing Algorithms that Search for Cancer Mutations

BSC Comparing Algorithms that Search for Cancer Mutations

Eduard Porta-Pardo from BSC has undertaken the first ever comparative analysis of sub-gene algorithms that mine the genetic information in cancer databases. These powerful data-sifting tools are helping untangle the complexity…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Jumping Robotics

Jumping Robotics

A small scale, jumping robot.  Quite impressive in details and related efforts.

Salto-1P Is the Most Amazing Jumping Robot We've Ever Seen,   By Evan Ackerman

Salto-1P uses a small motor and a system of linkages and gears to jump…


From insideHPC

Dell Builds Bracewell Supercomputer for Bionic Vision Research at CSIRO in Australia

Dell Builds Bracewell Supercomputer for Bionic Vision Research at CSIRO in Australia

Today CSIRO, Australia’s top science agency, announced deployment of a new Dell EMC supercomputer, kicking off a new generation of research in artificial intelligence. "This new system will provide greater scale and processing…


From insideHPC

Red Hat Showcases ThunderX 2 Development Platform for HPC

Red Hat Showcases ThunderX 2 Development Platform for HPC

In this video, Jon Masters from Red Hat describes the company's multi-architecture solutions that were on display at ISC 2017. "Developing new and adapting existing highly scalable applications to take advantage of the new technological…


From insideHPC

Petabyte-Scale Active Archive in Private Object Storage

Petabyte-Scale Active Archive in Private Object Storage

storageIn big data science, storage archives protect massive volumes of research-critical content. Scientists at the University of Warsaw (UW) Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling (ICM) rely on a petabyte…


From BLOG@CACM

Coding in Schools as New Vocationalism: Larry Cuban on What Schools Are For

Coding in Schools as New Vocationalism: Larry Cuban on What Schools Are For

 What are schools for, and is coding a necessary part of that?


From Schneier on Security

Many of My E-Books for Cheap

Many of My E-Books for Cheap

Humble Bundle is selling a bunch of cybersecurity books very cheaply. You can get copies of Applied Cryptography, Secrets and Lies, and Cryptography Engineering -- and also Ross Anderson's Security Engineering, Adam Shostack's…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Lucy from Equals 3

Lucy from Equals 3

An example of Watson AI.

Superpower your marketing process with Lucy
Pull deep insights from piles of customer data. Make genius decisions. Compress months of work to one day.  ... Get big-brain assistance in research, segmentation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Multiple Selves vs Better Bots

Multiple Selves vs Better Bots

In Linkedin:

'Multiple Selves,' Not Better Bots, Is AI's 'Personal Productivity' Future

Published on April 3, 2017 Featured in: Big Ideas & Innovation, Productivit
y, Technology

by Michael Schrage,   visiting fellow at imperial

MIT…


From The Eponymous Pickle

EBay Looks at AI

EBay Looks at AI

We had some interactions with eBay in their early days.  Now Forbes does a quick look at how they are aiming to use AI methods to produce better focused personalized experiences.     Not a bad place to start, you already have…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teach Me How To Teach

Teach Me How To Teach

Garth Flint hits it out of the part with It is not about coding

Key issue?

"Although both camps were for teachers neither dealt with any pedagogy on how to teach coding or programming. Both stressed syntax and how to read theThis…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF WATCH TALK- 35 Years of Cyberwar: The Squirrels are Winning

NSF WATCH TALK- 35 Years of Cyberwar: The Squirrels are Winning

The next WATCH talk, called 35 Years of Cyberwar: The Squirrels are Winning is Thursday, July 20th, from 12 PM-1 PM ET. The presenter is Cris Thomas (aka Space Rogue) from IBM. Cris has an uncanny ability to link disparate events…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More on the Google PAIR Effort: People+AI

More on the Google PAIR Effort: People+AI

 As important as how smart the methods will be,  will be the means by which we collaborate with them.   Thinking about this as a team, beyond just a person using a machine, will also be key.

Your Best Teammate Might Someday Be…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apple vs Google Maps

Apple vs Google Maps

In Flowingdata:  

In Google and Apple mapping approaches.   I have looked at both of these for years now on the IOS smartphone.  A close comparative look at different mapping approaches.  Variation in data and design.   Choices…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pharma and the Sharing of Data in Drug Discovery

Pharma and the Sharing of Data in Drug Discovery

Not quite what I call crowdsourcing, but rather a  means to make it easier to share and fund expensive research efforts.  Ultimately the very expensive genomic research efforts have to be funded too.   Good to see this direction…


From insideHPC

Exaflow: Collaborating on the Computational Challenges of CFD

Exaflow: Collaborating on the Computational Challenges of CFD

"Fluid Dynamics (FD) simulations provide a powerful tool for the analysis of such fluid flows and are an essential element of many industrial and academic problems. The complexities and nature of fluid flows, often combined with…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machine Learning and Emergence

Machine Learning and Emergence

Complete article at the link in DSC:

The E-Dimension: Why Machine Learning Doesn’t Work Well for Some Problems?
by Shahab Sheikh-Bahaei, Ph.D.*
Principal Data Scientist,  Intertrust Technologies.

Introduction
Machine Learning (ML)…


From insideHPC

Fostering Diversity in HPC at Lenovo

Fostering Diversity in HPC at Lenovo

"Lenovo is an interesting company in that they started in China and the founders realized they need to become diverse in culture and every other way. So what we've found is that they've become a multi-cultural company very, very…


From insideHPC

Intel Xeon Scalable Processors Power New Servers from Advanced Clustering Technologies

Intel Xeon Scalable Processors Power New Servers from Advanced Clustering Technologies

Today Advanced Clustering Technologies announced new systems based on the new Intel Xeon Scalable processors. "Integrating this new breakthrough generation of Intel Xeon processors into our systems means we can provide our customers…


From insideHPC

Video: Supermicro Showcases HPC Solutions at ISC 2017

Video: Supermicro Showcases HPC Solutions at ISC 2017

In this video, Peter Maas from Supermicro gives us a tour of the company's exhibit at ISC 2017. "Supermicro offers the industry’s broadest selection of HPC Solutions in the industry, including 1U, 2U, 3U, 4U SuperServers, FatTwin…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Looks at Big News in Graph Computing

Radio Free HPC Looks at Big News in Graph Computing

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at why the Alan Turing Institute is focusing on Graph Computing with their acquisition of a Cray Urika-GX supercomputer. After that, they cover a series of IT developments that go…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Will People Interact with Machines

How Will People Interact with Machines

I see my former collaborators at IFTF have been working on this problem:

Forecasting How Humans Will Interact with Machines by 2030
By: Chris Preimesberger | July 12, 2017

The Dell-IFTF report forecasts that emerging technologies…


From Computational Complexity

89944 Hat Problems



I've blogged about different hat problems a few times (see here). The question arises: How many hat problems are there? The answer is really infinite (literally) but I will list some parameters and bound them reasonably to get…


From Schneier on Security

Australia Considering New Law Weakening Encryption

Australia Considering New Law Weakening Encryption

News from Australia: Under the law, internet companies would have the same obligations telephone companies do to help law enforcement agencies, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said. Law enforcement agencies would need warrants…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Developing and Marketing Deep Learning

Developing and Marketing Deep Learning

In Zdnet:

Automating automation: a framework for developing and marketing deep learning models 

Are you sold on the benefits of adding automation to your stack, but put off by the high entry barrier to this game? The NeoPulse Framework…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Kitchen Tile Catalog Complete

All tessellating convex polygons found Cropped and combined from src1, src2. Michaël Rao and Marjorie Rice are linked in this month’s news. Rao has just released a paper (see also slides and code here) completing the catalog


From The Eponymous Pickle

Assistant Mission Creep

Assistant Mission Creep

When I read recently that a virtual assistant had called 911 in the US to report a crime in progress, my immediate reaction was:  No that will not work, for a number of reasons. Technical and regulatory. And that was confirmed…