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December 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Big Data Visualization

On Big Data Visualization

From InsideBigData:In this special guest feature, Jans Aasman Ph.D., psychologist and expert in cognitive science as well as CEO of Franz Inc., discusses the use of semantic visual discovery to make big data meaningful. Dr. Aasman…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Localized Web Pages for Beacons and Search

Localized Web Pages for Beacons and Search

In Retailwire: With obvious applications to beacon interactions and segmentation attached to locations.  Other integrations with analytics?    What is the best segmentation linking online and physical retail.    Or?" ... ForBrickwork…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Science of Skylines

Science of Skylines

When suggestions were being made as to the change of the Cincinnati skyline I recall talking to an architect on the implications.  And how technology of the time could be used to interactively display the design alternatives.…


From insideHPC

HPC Facility in London Named After Dr Rosalind Franklin

HPC Facility in London Named After Dr Rosalind Franklin

A new high performance computing and cloud facility has been unveiled by scientists in London, named after Dr Rosalind Franklin, the unsung heroine of elucidating the double-helix structure of DNA. "Before Rosalind, if we wanted…


From insideHPC

Video: InfiniBand Trade Association Update

Video: InfiniBand Trade Association Update

Bill Lee presented this talk at the Mellanox booth at SC15. "The InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) was founded in 1999 and is chartered with maintaining and furthering the InfiniBand specification. The IBTA is led by a distinguished…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Workshop for Network Theory

A Workshop for Network Theory

A recent meeting on network theory by the Santa Fe Institute.  We used these approaches for supply chain models, and for marketing decisions.   Looking for more that came out of this conference.  Some at the link.  " ... Networks…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robot Bartenders

Robot Bartenders

We are getting closer,  A step forward?   Despite the complexity, still a narrow dimension of human interaction and need.   " ... Sure, we've seen machines that can mix drinks with the help of an app and robot bartenders that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How to be a Good Boss

How to be a Good Boss

In FastCompany:  Googler impression of what it takes to be a good boss.  " .... Kim Scott has built her career around a simple goal: Creating bullshit-free zones where people love their work and working together. She first tried…


From updated sporadically at best

What to Wear for Academic Interviews, or How to Dress Like a Man Without Looking Like a Man

What to Wear for Academic Interviews, or How to Dress Like a Man Without Looking Like a Man

Wearing the Computer Science "uniform."
I first became aware of the problem when I took a female faculty interview candidate out to lunch a few years ago."Deciding what to wear to interviews is a real challenge," she had toldWhy…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Christmas

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Christmas

Squid sighting in this Christmas cartoon. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. And Happy Christmas for those who celebrate it....


From insideHPC

Obsidian Introduces Global InfiniBand Fabrics

Obsidian Introduces Global InfiniBand Fabrics

In this video, Dr. David Southwell from Obsidian Strategics discusses conventional InfiniBand technology and goes on to describe how the company's Longbow, Crossbow and Bowman devices enable what is generally considered as an…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC Algorithm and Software Engineer for Energy Systems at NREL

Job of the Week: HPC Algorithm and Software Engineer for Energy Systems at NREL

NREL in Golden, Colorado is seeking an HPC Algorithm and Software Engineer for Energy Systems in our Job of the Week.

The post Job of the Week: HPC Algorithm and Software Engineer for Energy Systems at NREL appeared first on …


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Merry Christsmas 2016

Merry Christsmas 2016

It’s Christmas at my home. If you are also celebrating I wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva i s Novim Godom Joyeux No…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Planning Chatbots in Messengers Leveraging Cognitive AI

Google Planning Chatbots in Messengers Leveraging Cognitive AI

I recently mentioned the linking of chatbots and messenger systems.  Recall we addressed this in early assistance systems.   See the Mr Clean tag below.In Forbes:  Google To Launch An Artificial Intelligence Messenger Service…


From Schneier on Security

Burglary Footage Turned into Commercial

Burglary Footage Turned into Commercial

Earlier this month, a Las Vegas taco shop was robbed in the middle of the night. The restaurant took the surveillance-video footage and turned it into a combination commercial for their tacos and request for help identifying…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Your software should follow your hardware: the CLHash example

Your software should follow your hardware: the CLHash example

The new Intel Skylake processors released this year (2015) have been met with disappointment. It is widely reported that they improved over the two years old Haswell (2013) processors by a mere 5%. Intel claims that it is more…


From insideHPC

Save up to 20 Percent on Travel to ISC 2016 Through the Star Alliance

Save up to 20 Percent on Travel to ISC 2016 Through the Star Alliance

Are you planning to ISC 2016 in June? Special flight discounts are now available through Star Alliance member airlines.

The post Save up to 20 Percent on Travel to ISC 2016 Through the Star Alliance appeared first on insideHPC…


From insideHPC

Video: Enabling Application Portability across HPC Platforms

Video: Enabling Application Portability across HPC Platforms

"In this presentation, we will discuss several important goals and requirements of portable standards in the context of OpenMP. We will also encourage audience participation as we discuss and formulate the current state-of-the…


From insideHPC

Tracing Radio Frequencies with Intel Xeon Phi

Tracing Radio Frequencies with Intel Xeon Phi

Taking direction and experience from a computer graphics in which rays are traced to determine the color of a pixel, the same techniques can be applied to tracing RF waves. In many instances, the number of rays that would need…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sharing Your Data on Your Terms

Sharing Your Data on Your Terms

In FastCompany: MIT's Enigma Project would allow you to sell the rights to use your data in aggregate without having to grant access to your raw information.     By Steven Melendez  .... A new Massachusetts Institute of Technology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

What if Ford and Google Partner?

What if Ford and Google Partner?

Most car makers are examining the space.   Implications are still unclear.  Would direct partnership with a car maker radically change the industry?Who Wins If  Ford and Google Partner?    Phil LeBeau, correspondent at CNBCIndustry…


From The Eponymous Pickle

What if Everything had a Chip?

What if Everything had a Chip?

In the early days of working with the MIT lab on the 'Penny Tag' project, a thought experiment often posed was:  What if everything manufactured were tagged, or more radically,  intelligently chipped?   What could be done with…


From Schneier on Security

Police Dog Sniffs for Hard Drives

Police Dog Sniffs for Hard Drives

This weird story describes a "porn dog" that is trained to find hidden hard drives. It's used in child porn investigations. I suppose it's reasonable that computer disks have a particular chemical smell, but I wonder what it…


From insideHPC

NetApp to Acquire SolidFire for All-Flash SSDs

NetApp to Acquire SolidFire for All-Flash SSDs

Today NetApp announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SolidFire for $870 million in cash. Founded in 2010, SolidFire is a market leader in all-flash storage systems built for the next-generation data center…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Changes in Managing Risk

Changes in Managing Risk

Noting the need to connect risk directly to relevant decision process.How Managing Risk Has Changed    (Podcast and Transcript)The problem with many catastrophic risks isn’t just that their impacts, when they hit, are so massive…


From insideHPC

Piz Kesch: The Making of a GPU-based Weather Forecasting System

Piz Kesch: The Making of a GPU-based Weather Forecasting System

Thomas Schulthess from CSCS presented this talk at the Nvidia booth at SC15. "On October 1, 2015 "Piz Kesch", a Cray CS-Storm system with NVIDIA K80 GPUs became operational at CSCS on behalf of MeteoSwiss. In this talk, we will…


From insideHPC

Call for Doctoral Dissertation Colloquium Abstracts: HPCS 2016

Call for Doctoral Dissertation Colloquium  Abstracts: HPCS 2016

The 2016 International Conference on High Performance Computing & Simulation (HPCS 2016) has issued its Call for Doctoral Dissertation Colloquium Abstracts. The mission of HPCS is to address, explore and exchange information …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chatbots are Back for Services

Chatbots are Back for Services

Google working on a chatbot filled messaging service.  We experimented with chatbots.  And I see thet the 'Slack' messaging service claims one as well.   It is a natural place to place a service that interprets interactions and…


From insideHPC

Building A Real-Time, Closed Loop fMRI Data Analysis System for Neuroscience Experiments

Building A Real-Time, Closed Loop fMRI Data Analysis System for Neuroscience Experiments

Prof. Kai Li from Princeton presented this talk at the Intel HPC Developer Conference at SC15. "Full correlation matrix analysis (FCMA) is an unbiased approach for exhaustively studying interactions among brain regions in functional…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

New Education Law Recognizes Importance of Computer Science

New Education Law Recognizes Importance of Computer Science

ACM praised the enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law as an important and historic step forward for K-12 education in the United States. The law recognizes computer science as one of the central subjects…