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January 2019


From insideHPC

Raj Hazra from Intel presents: Our Journey… Accelerating

Raj Hazra from Intel presents: Our Journey… Accelerating

In this video from the Intel User Forum at SC18, Raj Hazra from Intel presents: Our Journey…Accelerating. "This talk highlights the innovations needed at the infrastructure, compute, and programming level to realize the “fourth…


From insideHPC

Choice Comes to HPC: A Year in Processor Development

Choice Comes to HPC: A Year in Processor Development

In this special guest feature, Robert Roe from Scientific Computing World writes that a whole new set of processor choices could shake up high performance computing. "While Intel is undoubtedly the king of the hill when it comes…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (January 26th, 2019)

Science and Technology links (January 26th, 2019)

We are training many more doctors (PhDs) than we need, when looking at the number of new faculty positions. In science, this has been true since at least the 1980s. It is not uncommon for even so-so faculty positions to receive…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Scale Free Networks

Scale Free Networks

Technical but interesting view here, we examined and experimented with the SantaFe Institute about using consumer networks to market and advertise,  To some success, but not as good as we wanted.   Hints and previous writings…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC Computational Scientist at the American University of Sharjah

Job of the Week: HPC Computational Scientist at the American University of Sharjah

The American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates is seeking an HPC Computational Scientist in our Job of the Week. "American University of Sharjah (AUS) invites applications for an HPC computational scientist position…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Weather Forecasting Goes Crowdsourcing, Q means Quantum

Podcast: Weather Forecasting Goes Crowdsourcing, Q means Quantum

In this episode of Radio Free HPC, Dan, Henry, and Shahin start with a spirited discussion of IBM’s recent announcement regarding their crowd sourced weather prediction application. "Henry was dubious as to whether Big Blue could…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Modern Elders in a Multi-Generational Workforce

Modern Elders in a Multi-Generational Workforce

Am one myself.   Also a kind of diversity, but hardly emphasized these days.    Here a podcast and transcript on the topic of inter-generational workforces and 'Modern Elders',

Wisdom at Work: Why the Modern Elder Is Relevant …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Japans Rush to Consumer Cryptocurrency

Japans Rush to Consumer Cryptocurrency

A serious step forward, heading towards the olympics.  Premature?

Will People Ditch Cash for Cryptocurrency? Japan Is About to Find Out 
Technology Review by Mike Orcutt

Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe wants 40% of payments in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Seeing Around the Corner

Seeing Around the Corner

More examples of seeing normally hidden objects.

Program Allows Ordinary Digital Camera to See Round Corners 
The Guardian   by Ian Sample

Boston University researchers have demonstrated a computer program that turns a normal digital…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ensemble Models for Deep Learning

Ensemble Models for Deep Learning

Ensemble models are now commonly used in all sorts of analytics.  You use the results of multiple models and combine the results.  Jason Brownlee shows how this can be done for deep learning methods.  Good tutorial explanation…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squids on the Tree of Life

Friday Squid Blogging: Squids on the Tree of Life

Interesting. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. Read my blog posting guidelines here....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Customer Experience Metrics

Customer Experience Metrics

Good metrics matter.    A good recent survey.

Does it matter which customer experience metric you choose?   By Alyona Medelyan in CustomerThink

Are you responsible for measuring the progress in improving customer experience? If…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Car Language by Jaguar

Car Language by Jaguar

Intriguing idea.  talking, conversation?   In one ways sounds absurd, but keep the design simple.

Jaguar is creating a language so autonomous cars can talk to pedestrians
By Ronan Glon  in Digitaltrend.

Autonomous cars will not

Instead…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Passive Bluetooth Sensor

Passive Bluetooth Sensor

Intriguing.   More details at the link.

Wiliot Unveils Passive Bluetooth Sensor

The innovative semiconductor firm has also announced that it has raised an additional $30 million in funding from Avery Dennison, Amazon Web Services…


From insideHPC

Podcast: How AI and HPC Are Converging with Support from Intel Technology

Podcast: How AI and HPC Are Converging with Support from Intel Technology

In this Intel Chip Chat podcast, Dr. Pradeep Dubey, Intel Fellow and director of its Parallel Computing Lab, explains why it makes sense for the HPC and Ai to come together and how Intel is supporting this convergence. "AI developers…


From Computational Complexity

The Paradigm Shift in FinTech Computation and the need for a Computational Toolkit (Guest Post by Evangelos Georgiadis)

The Paradigm Shift in FinTech Computation and the need for a Computational Toolkit



(Guest Post by Evangelos Georgiadis)



We are experiencing a paradigm shift in finance as we are entering the era of algorithmic FinTech computation…


From insideHPC

Video: Scale-out AI Training on Massive Core Systems from HPC to Fabric-based SOC

Video: Scale-out AI Training on Massive Core Systems from HPC to Fabric-based SOC

In this video from Arm HPC Asia 2019, Fu Li from Quantum Cloud presents: Scale out AI Training on Massive Core System from HPC to Fabric based SOC. "The purpose of these workshops has been to bring together the leading Arm vendors…


From insideHPC

Queen Mary University to Drive AI Analysis of History

Queen Mary University to Drive AI Analysis of History

Queen Mary University of London is leading a major new research project, ‘Living with Machines,’ which is set to be one of the biggest and most ambitious humanities and science research initiatives ever to launch in the UK. ‘Living…


From insideHPC

Fast Simulation with Generative Adversarial Networks

Fast Simulation with Generative Adversarial Networks

In this video from the Intel User Forum at SC18, Dr. Sofia Vallecorsa from CERN openlab presents: Fast Simulation with Generative Adversarial Networks. "This talk presents an approach based on generative adversarial networks …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Lessons from Corporate Nudging

Lessons from Corporate Nudging

Mixing Behavioral Science, Economics and Psychology.    Its likely that this concept will influence AI methods as implemented in assistant technologies.  But there are lots of issues in such methods.  Utimately its a test of

Lessons…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kraft Heinz Does Innovation Shuffle

Kraft Heinz Does Innovation Shuffle

Case study for CPG food and advancing technology.

How Kraft Heinz's CIO avoids getting lost in the shuffle of innovation

Francesco Tinto posed the question, "are we really changing the way we're operating, or just operating the…


From Schneier on Security

Hacking the GCHQ Backdoor

Hacking the GCHQ Backdoor

Last week, I evaluated the security of a recent GCHQ backdoor proposal for communications systems. Furthering the debate, Nate Cardozo and Seth Schoen of EFF explain how this sort of backdoor can be detected: In fact, we think…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IOTA Wallet Theft Solved?

IOTA Wallet Theft Solved?

Last years theft of some 11 million Euros from IOTA wallets using insecure random number choices,  has reportedly been solved.   Some of the security details have leaked, which could lead to better user choices.   The IOTA system…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Computer Science Standards and Frameworks

Computer Science Standards and Frameworks

I’ve been thinking a lot about computer science standards and frameworks the last couple of days. It’s all Mark Guzdial’s fault because he posted Frameworks and Standards can be limiting and long-lasting: Alan Kay was right Following…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Wants the Last Mile

Amazon Wants the Last Mile

Pretty clear they are experimenting everywhere on this.  Good roundup here.

Amazon takes multi-pronged approach to owning the last mile  by George Anderson in Retailwire with expert comments. 

Forget drones for home deliveries

A…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Figure 8 Talks Active Learning

Figure 8 Talks Active Learning

Have now been a 'guest' in many machine learning efforts.  My experience that the pre consideration of how you effectively learn and continue to learn is rare.   Leads back to the truth we discovered early on, that maintenance…


From insideHPC

Ayar Labs Readies Optical Interconnect Silicon to Meet Industry Demand

Ayar Labs Readies Optical Interconnect Silicon to Meet Industry Demand

Ayar Labs is leveraging its recent Series A funding to bring optical interconnect silicon to the Cloud, HPC, and Telecommunication markets. "We’re seeing significant industry interest in optical chip-to-chip connectivity-- based…


From insideHPC

Dell EMC Powers Powers Physics at Nikhef with AMD EPYC Servers

Dell EMC Powers Powers Physics at Nikhef with AMD EPYC Servers

The Nikhef National Institutee for Subatomic Physics in Amsterdam has expanded its data center with a cluster of powerful Dell EMC PowerEdge R6415 servers powered by the AMD EPYC processor. "It is a continuous challenge to optimize…


From insideHPC

Video: Lenovo & Intel Give Platform to University AI Researchers

Video: Lenovo & Intel Give Platform to University AI Researchers

For the second year, Lenovo, the largest worldwide provider of supercomputers, and Intel, a leader in the semiconductor industry, co-sponsored the University Artificial Intelligence Challenge, which aims to recognize outstanding…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apple's Finger Controllers

Apple's Finger Controllers

Apple has interesting patents in this area.   How will gesture be successfully be used as user interface?    By definition its not hands-free like voice.  Still have yet to see gesture commonly used in a business environment.…