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March 2017


From insideHPC

Exascale Computing Project – Driving a HUGE Change in a Changing World

Exascale Computing Project – Driving a HUGE Change in a Changing World

"In this keynote, Al Geist will discuss the need for future Department of Energy supercomputers to solve emerging data science and machine learning problems in addition to running traditional modeling and simulation applications…


From Computational Complexity

Parity Games in Quasipolynomial Time

In one of the hallway discussions of last week's Dagstuhl I learned about an upcoming STOC paper Deciding Parity Games in Quasipolynomial Time by Cristian Calude, Sanjay Jain, Bakhadyr Khoussainov, Wei Li and Frank Stephan. Hugo…


From Schneier on Security

Kalyna Block Cipher

Kalyna Block Cipher

Kalyna is a block cipher that became a Ukrainian national standard in 2015. It supports block and key sizes of 128, 256, and 512 bits. Its structure looks like AES but optimized for 64-bit CPUs, and it has a complicated key schedule…


From Writing

Terraform: Up & Running has been published!

Terraform: Up & Running has been published!

Today, I’m happy to announce that Terraform: Up & Running has been published!


From Writing

Terraform: Up & Running has been published!

Terraform: Up & Running has been published!

Today, I’m happy to announce that Terraform: Up & Running has been published!


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Never reason from averages

Never reason from averages

StackOverflow published its list of “top paying technologies“. Worldwide, the best-paid programmers, on average, work in Clojure and Rust (these are programming languages in case you are wondering). In the US, the top payingContinue…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

The technology of Mass Effect Andromeda

The technology of Mass Effect Andromeda

Mass Effect Andromeda is the long-awaited sequel to the popular Mass Effect video game series. It is available to a game console near you. It was given a rough time by the critics and many users. The game is set in the far future…


From insideHPC

Asetek Liquid Cooling Solution Coming to HPC Center

Asetek Liquid Cooling Solution Coming to HPC Center

Today Asetek announced a new order from one of its existing OEM partners for its RackCDU D2C (Direct-to-Chip) liquid cooling solution. The order is part of a new installation for an undisclosed HPC customer. "I am very pleased…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Classic Analytics Compared to What is now called Data Science

Classic Analytics Compared to What is now called Data Science

I think I mentioned this before.  Quite useful for those who have been trained and practiced in past eras.   For those people this is a must read. To me it sometimes evokes the question:  Is there a difference?  And my answer…


From insideHPC

UK to Launch Six HPC Centers

UK to Launch Six HPC Centers

The UK is launching six HPC centers this month. Funded by £20 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) the centres are located around the UK, at the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Exeter…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

U.S. Department of Transportation Webinar on Regional Intelligent Transportation Systems Data Sharing

U.S. Department of Transportation Webinar on Regional Intelligent Transportation Systems Data Sharing

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is hosting a free webinar on regional intelligent transportation systems (ITS) data sharing this Friday, March 31st. The webinar will focus on a planned Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) opportunity…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Towards Machines that Improve with Experience

Towards Machines that Improve with Experience

Consider that experience is different from learning.  It means that there is a structure that can embed learning and apply it to multiple contexts.

Toward Machines that Improve with Experience
New program seeks to develop the foundations…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Lowes and Innovation

Lowes and Innovation

Robotics, virtual reality and more.  Always interesting to follow.  Why are they doing this, and how does management integrate innovation  into business process?   How do they see value in their innovation labs?

Lowe’s innovates…


From insideHPC

Video: Why Supercomputing is Important for Science

Video: Why Supercomputing is Important for Science

In this video, Ruben Cruz Garcia from the Earth Sciences department at BSC, describes how supercomputing is key to his research. He also explains what he would do if he had unlimited access to a fully operational exascale computer…


From insideHPC

Video: Computational Fluid Dynamics for Surgical Planning

Video: Computational Fluid Dynamics for Surgical Planning

In this video, Todd Raeker, Research Technology Consultant at the University of Michigan shares how a group of 50 researchers at University of Michigan are using GPUs and OpenACC to accelerate the codes for their data-driven …


From insideHPC

Berkeley Lab Tunes NWChem for Intel Xeon Phi Processor

Berkeley Lab Tunes NWChem for Intel Xeon Phi Processor

A team of researchers at Berkeley Lab, PNNL, and Intel are working hard to make sure that computational chemists are prepared to compute efficiently on next-generation exascale machines. Recently, they achieved a milestone, successfully…


From BLOG@CACM

Cybersecurity in the Trump Era

Cybersecurity in the Trump Era

Deterrence is simply the wrong way to think about cybersecurity.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Open Versus Closed Innovation

Open Versus Closed Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger  on closed versus open innovation.  Very nicely described.    He Writes:

Open Innovation 2.0

I recently read Twelve Principles for Open Innovation 2.0, an article published last year in Nature by Martin



From Schneier on Security

The TSA's Selective Laptop Ban

The TSA's Selective Laptop Ban

Last Monday, the TSA announced a peculiar new security measure to take effect within 96 hours. Passengers flying into the US on foreign airlines from eight Muslim countries would be prohibited from carrying aboard any electronics…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Looks at Europe’s Push for Leadership in Global HPC

Radio Free HPC Looks at Europe’s Push for Leadership in Global HPC

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at some the top High Performance Computing stories from this week. First up, we look at Europe's effort to lead HPC in the next decade. After that, we look at why small companies…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Marketing Led Growth

Marketing Led Growth

Article - McKinsey Quarterly - February 2017
The new battleground for marketing-led growth    By David Court, Dave Elzinga, Bo Finneman, and Jesko Perrey

" ... In the digital age, consumers are always shopping around. New research…


From insideHPC

Register now for the International Conference on Massive Storage Systems and Technology (MSST 2017)

Register now for the International Conference on Massive Storage Systems and Technology (MSST 2017)

Registration is open for the 33rd International Conference on Massive Storage Systems and Technology (MSST 2017.) The event takes place May 15-19 in Santa Clara, California. "Since the conference was founded by the leading national…


From insideHPC

RCE Podcast Looks at Deal.II Finite Element Library

RCE Podcast Looks at Deal.II Finite Element Library

"deal.II — a name that originally meant to indicate that it is the successor to the Differential Equations Analysis Library — is a C++ program library targeted at the computational solution of partial differential equations using…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Shoe Recognition less Invasive?

Shoe Recognition less Invasive?

As opposed to facial recognition and analysis.  Taking images of shoes and deriving information from the images, without the same privacy implications.  In BBC Technology:

Tomorrow's cities: Are your shoes giving away data?  Jane…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Using Lighting for More Generalized Sensing

Using Lighting for More Generalized Sensing

Like the idea of re-purposing systems like lighting for sensing.

GE, AT&T ink smart city deal around Current's CityIQ sensors
GE plans to install Current's CityIQ sensor nodes on 3,200 street light poles across San Diego, with

AT&T…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson and the Supply Chain

Watson and the Supply Chain

Frtom the recent Watson conference on related topics.  Insightful.

Supply Chain Trends Report
Supply chain report highlighting top 2017 trends from the POV of IBMers and business partners such as blockchain, cognitive, and analytics…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Progress of Marketing and AI

The Progress of Marketing and AI

 Below,  a reasonable journalistic look at AI and marketing.   Not doubt there will be pieces of the puzzle solved by pattern matching AI, (See Predicting Campaign Response) but the understanding of underlying process and context…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Adobe Sees Hololens in Retail

Adobe Sees Hololens in Retail

Always looking for ways to augment experience, thus improve retail.   This experience can be that of the customer, the analyst or the designer of retail.  We used Adobe software for these kinds of experience understanding questions…


From insideHPC

New ARM Architecture Targets AI

New ARM Architecture Targets AI

ARM has taken a step into the artificial intelligence market with the announcement of a new micro-architecture - DynamIQ - specifically designed for artificial intelligence (AI). "DynamIQ technology is a monumental shift in multi…


From insideHPC

Huawei to Provide HPC Services to Tenerife in Canary Islands

Huawei to Provide HPC Services to Tenerife in Canary Islands

Today Huawei an agreement with the Institute of Technology and Renewable Energy (ITER) to provide HPC services on Tenerife, one of the Spanish-controlled Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa. "The agreement established…