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January 2017


From Computational Complexity

60 years of Eric and Mike






As I checked in at the Holiday Inn in New Brunswick Wednesday night, they asked me if I had stayed there before. I said it has been a while and they looked in their computer: October 2007. I was last at DIMACS for the Workshop…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Q&A on PowerAI

Q&A on PowerAI

For research I took a look at the PowerAI offering.  See the complete article:

Putting the “AI” in PowerAI
A Q&A with IBM Research’s Hillery Hunter

IBM’s latest Power servers come with an AI twist. Optimized for deep learning, a…


From Schneier on Security

Duress Codes for Fingerprint Access Control

Duress Codes for Fingerprint Access Control

Mike Specter has an interesting idea on how to make biometric access-control systems more secure: add a duress code. For example, you might configure your iPhone so that either thumb or forefinger unlocks the device, but your…


From insideHPC

IBM Adds TensorFlow Support for PowerAI Deep Learning

IBM Adds TensorFlow Support for PowerAI Deep Learning

Today IBM announced that its PowerAI distribution for popular open source Machine Learning and Deep Learning frameworks on the POWER8 architecture now supports the TensorFlow 0.12 framework that was originally created by Google…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tensorflow and PowerAI

Tensorflow and PowerAI

Great to see integration of key AI software, lets also start to see excellent examples of their use with supporting data architecture.

IBM brings Google's AI tools to its Power hardware

IBM is integrating the open-souce TensorFlow…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Talk on Technology Trends

Talk on Technology Trends

William Chamberlin from IBM Market Development and Insights, presented "IT Technology Trends in 2017... and Beyond."     Slides.   Talk.

 Use the discussion group https://www.linkedin.com/groups/Cognitive-Systems-Institute-6729452…


From insideHPC

Video: Introduction to the Cheyenne Supercomputer

Video: Introduction to the Cheyenne Supercomputer

Cheyenne is a new 5.34-petaflops, high-performance computer built for NCAR by SGI. Cheyenne be a critical tool for researchers across the country studying climate change, severe weather, geomagnetic storms, seismic activity, …


From insideHPC

CUDA Made Easy: An Introduction

CUDA Made Easy: An Introduction

"CUDA C++ is just one of the ways you can create massively parallel applications with CUDA. It lets you use the powerful C++ programming language to develop high performance algorithms accelerated by thousands of parallel threads…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Supercomputing Cancer Research and the Human Brain

Podcast: Supercomputing Cancer Research and the Human Brain

In this WUOT podcast, Jack Wells from ORNL describes how the Titan supercomputer helps advance science. "The world’s third-most powerful supercomputer is located in Oak Ridge, and though it bears the imposing name TITAN, its …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Update on D-Wave

Update on D-Wave

Been following, sometime interacting with  D-Wave for some time, a relatively optimistic update in Nature.  Controversy remains.

D-Wave upgrade: How scientists are using the world’s most controversial quantum computer
Scepticism…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital Whiteboards

Digital Whiteboards

Over the hears have met with a number of companies aiming to make meetings more effective, and attended many meetings.  Have yet to see it well done. Usually the process used itself is not effective. Most often now, its taking…


From insideHPC

Achieving High-Performance Math Processing with Intel MKL 2017

Achieving High-Performance Math Processing with Intel MKL 2017

Gears Working Together"Many of the libraries developed in the 70s and 80s for core linear algebra and scientific math computation, such as BLAS, LAPACK, FFT, are still in use today with C, C++, Fortran, and even Python programs. With MKL, Intel has…


From Schneier on Security

Security Risks of the President's Android Phone

Security Risks of the President's Android Phone

Reports are that President Trump is still using his old Android phone. There are security risks here, but they are not the obvious ones. I'm not concerned about the data. Anything he reads on that screen is coming from the insecure…


From Putting People First

New toolkit to create digital government services

New toolkit to create digital government services

govuk_service_toolkitThe UK’s Government Digital Service has launched a service toolkit that aims to be a one stop shop for service design resources (reports PublicTechnology). The toolkit is a single page on GOV.UK that provides links to all the…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

How to Check a Proof

What to do about claims of hard theorems? Cropped from source Shinichi Mochizuki has claimed the famous ABC conjecture since 2012. It is still unclear whether or not the claimed proof is correct. We covered it then and have mentioned…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pulse Response Biometrics

Pulse Response Biometrics

Had never heard of this biometric, but as a student of 'biometrics' was intrigued.   No idea how unique such a signature is.  Article is non technical.

Authentication Using Pulse-Response Biometrics
By Ivan Martinovic, Kasper Rasmussen…


From insideHPC

Apply Now for 2017 International Summer School on HPC Challenges

Apply Now for 2017 International Summer School on HPC Challenges

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from institutions in Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States are invited to apply for the eighth International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, to be held…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Year of the Virtual Assistant

Year of the Virtual Assistant

In NASDAQ.com

Why 2017 Will Be the Year of the Virtual Assistant
January 24, 2017,  by Danny Vena, Motley Fool

In its annual mobile apps survey, Research firm Gartner predicted that by 2019 virtual assistants will account for 20…


From insideHPC

Russian RSC Group Becomes Elite Intel Lustre Reseller

Russian RSC Group Becomes Elite Intel Lustre Reseller

Today RSC Group from Russia announced that the company has achieved highest Elite status in the Intel Solutions for Lustre Reseller Program. Only 9 Intel partners in Europe currently have this status.


The post Russian RSC Group…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Computer Science Education at SxSWEdu 2017

Computer Science Education at SxSWEdu 2017

sxswedu logoSxSWedu is one big conference I have never been to. Seeing how it is tied to the big South By SouthWest Interactive and Music conferences it has always fascinated me though. Attending doesn’t easily fit with my travel budgetcomputer…


From insideHPC

Scaling HPC at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre

Scaling HPC at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre

In this special guest feature, Tim Gillett from Scientific Computing World interviews Norbert Attig and Thomas Eickermann from the Jülich Supercomputing Centre about how JSC is tackling high performance computing challenges.


From insideHPC

INRIA to Host Workshop on HPC Roadmap for Energy Industry

INRIA to Host Workshop on HPC Roadmap for Energy Industry

The HPC for Energy (HPC4E) project is organizing a workshop entitled HPC Roadmap for Energy Industry. Hosted by INRIA, the event takes place Feb 1 at the French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation. "Energy…


From insideHPC

Former SGI’s CEO Jorge Titinger Joins TransparentBusiness as Chief Strategy Officer

Former SGI’s CEO Jorge Titinger Joins TransparentBusiness as Chief Strategy Officer

Today TransparentBusiness announced the appointment of Jorge Luis Titinger as its Chief Strategy Officer. Mr. Titinger is best known as the former CEO of SGI, a global leader in HPC, which was recently acquired by Hewlett Packard…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sewing Robots

Sewing Robots

Moat interesting direction,  change the materials to conform to the robotics.  I recall seeing some of the same videos which showed how human-complex sewing is.

It was pointed out to me that the precise alignment of the placement…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Google VR

On Google VR

Good Wired piece on how Google is looking at VR, where the user becomes the interface. The Inside Story of Google's Daydream, where VR feels at home  ... " 


From Schneier on Security

Capturing Pattern-Lock Authentication

Capturing Pattern-Lock Authentication

Interesting research -- "Cracking Android Pattern Lock in Five Attempts": Abstract: Pattern lock is widely used as a mechanism for authentication and authorization on Android devices. In this paper, we demonstrate a novel video…


From Putting People First

[OECD Report] Use of Behavioural Insights in Consumer Policy

[OECD Report] Use of Behavioural Insights in Consumer Policy

Use of Behavioural Insights in Consumer Policy OECD 20 Jan 2017 48 pages Over the past decade, behavioural insights have helped make consumer policies more evidence-based and effective. This report examines how behavioural insights…


From The Eponymous Pickle

CSI Talk: IT Technology Trends in 2017

CSI Talk: IT Technology Trends in 2017

From the CSI Group:

" .... This a reminder about our Cognitive Systems Institute Speaker Series on Thursday, January 26, 2016 at 10:30 am ET US (7:30 am PT).  Our speaker is William Chamberlin from IBM Market Development and,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Packaging and the Internet of Things

Packaging and the Internet of Things

Packaging was always been an interest of our innovation group.  Elements of integrating packaging and the net have been talked for a long time.   It is starting to happen in interesting ways.  In Adage:

Packaging Deals Bring Internet…


From insideHPC

Video: Stunning Simulation from Blue Brain Project at SC16

Video: Stunning Simulation from Blue Brain Project at SC16

In this silent video from the Blue Brain Project at SC16, 865 segments from a rodent brain are simulated with isosurfaces generated from Allen Brain Atlas image stacks. For this INCITE project, researchers from École Polytechnique…