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October 2017


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Great Innovative Idea- 3D Printing Soft Robots and Design Rules

Great Innovative Idea- 3D Printing Soft Robots and Design Rules

The following Great Innovative Idea is from Osman Dogan Yirmibesoglu, from Oregon State University. His paper called 3D Printing Soft Robots and Design Rules, coauthored by John Morrow and Yigit Menguc, was one of the featured…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Update on Hololens

Update on Hololens

Micorosft's update on  AR work.  Always looking for practical business examples.   A bit thin on new applications covered.  Here covered:

Driving collaboration in car design
Ford design and engineering teams are able to iterate…


From insideHPC

NCI Doubles Raijin Supercomputer Throughput with IBM POWER8

NCI Doubles Raijin Supercomputer Throughput with IBM POWER8

Today NCI in Australia announced that it has adopted IBM’s Power8 architecture as part of Raijin, the system  fastest supercomputer in the Southern Hemisphere. The hybrid x86/Power8 system will offer local researchers the opportunity…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Shoppers Allocating Research, Shopping Time

Shoppers Allocating Research, Shopping Time

Good piece in Thinking with Google:   How do provide true assistance that is seen as value?  Good embedded statistics.

Holiday shoppers want more help in a hurry—here’s how to succeed this season
By Emily Eberhard 

   "  ... holidays…


From The Eponymous Pickle

What is Watson and How is it Used Today

What is Watson and How is it Used Today

Have now been involved in a number of AI and expertise delivery projects over the years.   In recent years much of the conversation starts with Watson.   And solution methods I have worked with are have often started with Watson…


From insideHPC

Win Supercomputer Access in the ARCTUR Be Innovative HPC Challenge

Win Supercomputer Access in the ARCTUR Be Innovative HPC Challenge

Today the ARCTUR group in Slovenia announced the ARCTUR Be Innovative HPC Challenge. In this contest, 350,000 EUR worth of ARCTUR HPC resources will be granted to the proposal with the most interesting applications. "The goal…


From Computational Complexity

2017 Fall Jobs Post

You're finishing up grad school or a postdoc and ask yourself what should I do for the rest of my life? We can't answer that for you but we can help you figure out your options in the annual fall jobs post. We focus mostly on…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA GPU Cloud comes to AWS with Volta GPUs

NVIDIA GPU Cloud comes to AWS with Volta GPUs

"In just a few steps, the NVIDIA GPU Cloud (NGC) container registry helps developers get started with no-cost access to a comprehensive, easy-to-use, fully optimized deep learning software stack. The cloud-based service is available…


From insideHPC

Versity names Meghan McClelland VP of Product

Versity names Meghan McClelland VP of Product

Today Versity Software announced the addition of Meghan McClelland as Vice President of Product. Meghan will oversee the launch of Versity’s next generation cloud scale archiving product. She brings decades of leadership experience…


From insideHPC

Intel Compilers 18.0 Tune for AVX-512 ISA Extensions

Intel Compilers 18.0 Tune for AVX-512 ISA Extensions

Intel Compilers 18.0 and Intel Parallel Studio XE 2018 tuning software fully support the AVX-512 instructions. By widening and deepening the vector registers, the new instructions and added enhancements let the compiler squeeze…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

CS Educator Interview: Adam Michlin

CS Educator Interview: Adam Michlin

Adam and I interact mostly on Facebook where he has created a number of very active Facebook groups including one called Computer Science Educators He's a man of ideas and opinions as well as a seemingly insatiable drive to share…


From Schneier on Security

The Science of Interrogation

The Science of Interrogation

Fascinating article about two psychologists who are studying interrogation techniques. Now, two British researchers are quietly revolutionising the study and practice of interrogation. Earlier this year, in a meeting room at…


From Putting People First

Epic storytelling with video

Epic storytelling with video

Another EPIC conference come and gone, and no, we’re not using “epic” in the way under-10s use it about cool things on the internet. EPIC is the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference, one of the most important annual events…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Key Starts to Deliver

Amazon Key Starts to Deliver

Amazon starts to test another novel supply chain solution.  Easier than direct drone delivery?  Akin to some of the lock box solutions we tested.  But also radically different. The customer buys a $250 technology package that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blockchain Taking over the World

Blockchain Taking over the World

Good introductory piece arguing the universality of the approach, starting with Bitcoin.  In CACM.

Why Blockchain is Taking Over the World   By Logan Kugler 

You've probably heard of bitcoin, the digital currency making investors…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Crowd Sourced Research

Crowd Sourced Research

We did something related by giving knowledgeable people the ability to compete, in a gamelike way,  in finding solutions to a sub task.   It was often hard to define the sub task well enough.

A Stanford-Led Platform for Crowdsourced…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Much Data do you Need for Deep Learning?

How Much Data do you Need for Deep Learning?

I have been many times involved with the question for many kinds of analytic methods.    100 datapoints is too few for something that's expected to precisely predictive, but how much is enough? The question itself is not precisely…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chronophobia: Fear of Future

Chronophobia: Fear of Future

Not sure I agree,  based on Pew,  people will say they dislike the future, yet they continually pay, as much as they are able, to participate in that future.   That will change if they are not part of the future.

Chronophobia:…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Observations on Parents Shopping for High Schools

Observations on Parents Shopping for High Schools

We had an open house for prospective students and their parents at school on Sunday. We’re a private school so getting parents to see a reason to spend the money for their children to come is important. We talk to a lot of parents…


From insideHPC

JPCU Deploys Immersion-cooled Supercomputer

JPCU Deploys Immersion-cooled Supercomputer

Today Green Revolution Cooling announced the latest installation of its liquid immersion computing system at John Paul Catholic University (JPCU) in San Diego. The high density cluster made up of industry standard servers optimized…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Marketing and Augmented Reality

Marketing and Augmented Reality

Good piece, examination of technology and statistics on the topic.

How Augmented Reality Will Enhance Marketing Campaigns    By Mark van Rijmenam In Linkedin

 Often, I write about emerging technologies such as big data, blockchain…


From insideHPC

Vectors are Back: The new NEC SX-Aurora TSUBASA Supercomputer

Vectors are Back: The new NEC SX-Aurora TSUBASA Supercomputer

Today NEC Corporation launched their new high-end HPC product line, the SX-Aurora TSUBASA. "Utilizing cutting-edge chip integration technology, the new product features a complete multi-core vector processor in the form of a …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Baidu Does Many Accents: Deep Voice 3

Baidu Does Many Accents: Deep Voice 3

Further developments in the many voices required to make global work.   Can we learn user experience requirements this way?

Baidu’s new system can learn to imitate every accent
One AI, 10,000 different characters   by Ben Popper…


From insideHPC

Firing up a Continent with HPC

Firing up a Continent with HPC

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Nox Moyake describes the process of entrenching and developing HPC in South Africa. "The CHPC currently has about 1,000 users; most are in academia and others in …


From insideHPC

HPE Unveils a Set Artificial Intelligence Platforms and Services

HPE Unveils a Set Artificial Intelligence Platforms and Services

Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced new purpose-built platforms and services capabilities to help companies simplify the adoption of Artificial Intelligence, with an initial focus on a key subset of AI known as deep learning…


From insideHPC

Video: House Hearing on American Leadership in Quantum Technology

Video: House Hearing on American Leadership in Quantum Technology

In this video. the House Subcommittee on Research & Technology and Subcommittee on Energy holds a hearing on American Leadership in Quantum Technology. "Quantum technology can completely transform many areas of science and a …


From Schneier on Security

CSE Releases Malware Analysis Tool

CSE Releases Malware Analysis Tool

The Communications Security Establishment of Canada -- basically, Canada's version of the NSA -- has released a suite of malware analysis tools: Assemblyline is described by CSE as akin to a conveyor belt: files go in, and a…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Epicurious Cooking Skill

Alexa Epicurious Cooking Skill

Am a avid cook and fan of the Epicurious (EPI) Conde Nast cooking sites.  They have asked me to test their Echo based skill.  Just started that.   Not encyclopedic, like Allrecipes, but a way to do a small set of recipes well…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Gadgets for Games

Alexa Gadgets for Games

Intriguing, especially if game developers get involved.  Could the voice personalization be used to recognize players?  Different players in a household participate in a game?   Remote players.  Still not available but you can…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Algorithm for Stream Data

New Algorithm for Stream Data

Almost every business deals with streams of data.   Determining patterns in a stream is essential, one of recent clients makes most of their profit in it. here in Quanta Mag, some new methods for addressing the problem. Not technically…