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October 2018


From insideHPC

LLNL Unveils NNSA’s Sierra, World’s Third Fastest Supercomputer

LLNL Unveils NNSA’s Sierra, World’s Third Fastest Supercomputer

Today LLNL unveiled Sierra, one of the world’s fastest supercomputers, at a dedication ceremony to celebrate the system’s completion. "The next frontier of supercomputing lies in artificial intelligence,” said John Kelly, senior…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Macy's Pushes Popup Stores, Works with Facebook

Macy's Pushes Popup Stores, Works with Facebook


Macy's is also partnering with Facebook, to produce a multiple channel interaction.  With expert commentary.

Macy’s expands in-store pop-up concept with Facebook’s help    by George Anderson in Retailwire

There were high hopes

Yesterday…


From Schneier on Security

Detecting Deep Fakes

Detecting Deep Fakes

This story nicely illustrates the arms race between technologies to create fake videos and technologies to detect fake videos: These fakes, while convincing if you watch a few seconds on a phone screen, aren't perfect (yet).…


From insideHPC

Video: NVIDIA and Red Hat Simplify AI Development and Manageability

Video: NVIDIA and Red Hat Simplify AI Development and Manageability

In this video, Tony Paikeday from NVIDIA describes how the DGX-1 for Red Hat Enterprise Linux is transforming enterprise computing with the power of Machine Learning. "Red Hat and NVIDIA have a solution with the certification…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Applying AI for Impact

Applying AI for Impact

Just examining this, appears to be a good look at possibilities:
In McKinsey:

Crossing the frontier: How to apply AI for impact

Cut through the noise around artificial intelligence with this collection of our latest thinking on


From insideHPC

Professor Linda Petzold to Receive Sidney Fernbach Award at SC18

Professor Linda Petzold to Receive Sidney Fernbach Award at SC18

Professor Linda Petzold from UC Santa Barbara has been selected to receive the 2018 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award. "Best known for her pioneering work on the numerical solution of differential-algebraic equations…


From insideHPC

Video: NEC Accelerates Stanford DAWN Project with Vector Computing

Video: NEC Accelerates Stanford DAWN Project with Vector Computing

Today NEC Corporation announced that it is supporting the Stanford DAWN project, an initiative to simplify the building of AI-powered applications, by providing a cluster of new "SX-Aurora TSUBASA" vector computers for research…


From The Eponymous Pickle

What can fMRI Do?

What can fMRI Do?

Useful for an understanding of the challenges of reading minds:

A neuroscientist explains the limits and possibilities of using technology to read our thoughts
Brain activity doesn’t tell us what someone is experiencing
By Angela…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing Turbine Energy with the ExaWind Project

Supercomputing Turbine Energy with the ExaWind Project

ECP’s ExaWind project aims to advance the fundamental comprehension of whole wind plant performance by examining wake formation, the impacts of complex terrain, and the effects of turbine-turbine wake interactions. When validated…


From My Biased Coin

Rabin Postdoctoral Fellowship Advertising Post

Rabin Postdoctoral Fellowship Advertising Post

Michael O. Rabin Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theoretical Computer Science

Deadline for full consideration: December 3, 2018.  Applications can be submitted here:

https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/8512

The Harvard John…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Visualizing Google's Supply Chain

Visualizing Google's Supply Chain

An interesting view of how Google manages a sustainable supply chain for the Pixel phone, and demonstrates its design with immersive VR.   Like the idea of designing,  testing and understanding the risks in a supply chain using…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

DARPA Broad Agency Announcement- Machine Common Sense (MCS)

DARPA Broad Agency Announcement- Machine Common Sense (MCS)

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) just released a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) on Machine Common Sense (MCS) with a December 18, 2018, response date. DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

China as Retail Laboratory

China as Retail Laboratory


China Is the World's Retail Laboratory  in Bloomberg BusinessWeek
By Rachel Chang

Chinese consumers eager for novelty are encouraging Alibaba, Tencent Holdings, and an array of startups to launch and pilot new technologies. One…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Follow Locations on Google Maps

Follow Locations on Google Maps

Interesting idea, follow locations.  I add: Perhaps start thinking of clusters of locations as well?  Subcribe to locations and clusters?  Reminders that you have not been there in some time?

Google Maps now lets you ‘follow’
Follow…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Quantum Network to Test Unhackable Communications

Podcast: Quantum Network to Test Unhackable Communications

In this Big Brains podcast, David Awschalom describes how he’s helping to train a new generation of quantum engineers. "The behavior of these tiny pieces is unlike anything we see in our world,” Awschalom said. “If I pull a wagon…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Community Day Presentations

AI Community Day Presentations

Recording of the October 11 meetings.   Note you do have to sign up to see these, and as I understand it they will only be available for about 90 days.   Good resource provided via the Cognitive Systems Institute:

 ....  “Listen…


From insideHPC

DOE Call for Proposals: HPC for Manufacturing and Materials

DOE Call for Proposals: HPC for Manufacturing and Materials

The DOE High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) Initiative plans to issue its first joint solicitation in November for manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) and materials (HPC4Mtls) research. "The programs are intended to…


From insideHPC

Choosing the Right Type of Cloud for HPC Lets Scientists Focus on Science

Choosing the Right Type of Cloud for HPC Lets Scientists Focus on Science

This sponsored post from Naoki Shibata, founder and CEO of XTREME-D, covers how to choose the right type of cloud computing option for your business to increase efficiency. 


The post Choosing the Right Type of Cloud for HPC Lets…


From Schneier on Security

Android Ad-Fraud Scheme

Android Ad-Fraud Scheme

BuzzFeed is reporting on a scheme where fraudsters buy legitimate Android apps, track users' behavior in order to mimic it in a way that evades bot detectors, and then uses bots to perpetuate an ad-fraud scheme. After being provided…


From Computational Complexity

Good Results Made Meaningless

Sometimes you see a beautiful theorem A that you love to talk about. Then another beautiful theorem B comes around, making the first one meaningless since B trivially implies A. Not just a mere extension of A but B had a completely…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Nominate Someone as a 2018 Champion of Computer Science

Nominate Someone as a 2018 Champion of Computer Science

Know someone or some organization or some school responsible for doing great things in computer science education? Maybe they should be nominated for this award.


In celebration of the 2018 Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek)…


From insideHPC

Interconnect Your Future: Paving the Road to Exascale

Interconnect Your Future: Paving the Road to Exascale

In this slidecast, Gilad Shainer from Mellanox describes how the company's interconnect solutions power HPC and Ai workloads. "Mellanox is leading industry innovation by providing the highest throughput and lowest latency HDR…


From The Eponymous Pickle

3D Print Your Own Razor Handles

3D Print Your Own Razor Handles

Nice idea that sounds fun, now engaging will it be?   How will the ads bring up this concept? Personalization certainly.  I have worked with Gillette.

Gillette Lets Consumers Make 3D-Printed Razor Handles  By CGT Staff  

Procter…


From insideHPC

GCS Sponsors Team deFAUlt at SC18 Student Cluster Competition

GCS Sponsors Team deFAUlt at SC18 Student Cluster Competition

The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) is sponsoring the “deFAUlt” team from FAU at the Student Cluster Competition at SC18 in Dallas. "For the past two years, FAU teams were able to come out of these competitions winning …


From insideHPC

DDN Benchmarks Record SPEC SFS 2014 Performance

DDN Benchmarks Record SPEC SFS 2014 Performance

Today DDN announced record performance results across the entire spectrum of the SPEC SFS 2014 benchmark suite. The SPEC SFS 2014 benchmarks provide a standardized approach to comparing performance for file server throughput …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Plus Channels Ending

Google Plus Channels Ending

For a while I was using Google+ as a semi automated channel for clients in some domain areas.    Was just asked where that service has gone.   Google+ was sun-setted by Google on October 8.  So I have also permanently closed


From insideHPC

European Commission Lays out $1 Billion Roadmap for HPC Expansion

European Commission Lays out $1 Billion Roadmap for HPC Expansion

On September 28, 2018, the Council of Ministers officially backed the European Commission's plans to invest jointly with the Member States in building a world-class European supercomputing infrastructure. "We need supercomputers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Alexa Polly Voices for Context

Amazon Alexa Polly Voices for Context

Useful, will be experimenting with.   Perhaps to use alternative voices for emphasis, effect or indicating alternative contexts?   I like any idea that can 'widen' the voice channel.  From the Dev blog.

 Amazon Polly Voices in…


From insideHPC

PRACE Joins Women in HPC Affiliates Program

PRACE Joins Women in HPC Affiliates Program

The European PRACE initiative has just become one of the first WHPC affiliates as part of Women in HPC's ever-growing pilot expansion program. “We anticipate that the new WHPC affiliates will provide amplification of the WHPC…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deep Learning Foundation

Deep Learning Foundation

Of interest, see a talk being given on 10/25/2018 on the DLF,  the talk and slides will be posted there afterwards.

LF Deep Learning

Open Source Innovation in Artificial Intelligence

LF Deep Learning Foundation is a project of The…