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April 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

Leading Indicators of Innovation

Leading Indicators of Innovation

Good general thoughts, but no precise metrics.   Bottom line, results in your domain. " ... Metrics, indicators, best practices, success stories – everyone is looking for the magical baseline data to compare to in order to define…


From The Eponymous Pickle

McKinsey Quarterly on Golden Age of Marketing and Analytics

McKinsey Quarterly on Golden Age of Marketing and Analytics

McKinsey Quarterly 2015 Number 1: Overview and full issueThis issue of the Quarterly, available here as a PDF download, describes the dawn of marketing’s next golden age, new ways to create value in the sales channel, the power…


From Schneier on Security

The History of Lockpicking

The History of Lockpicking

Interesting....


From Computational Complexity

Advice on running a theory day

Last semester I ran a THEORY DAY AT UMCP. Below I have ADVICE for people running theory days. Some I did, some I didn't do but wish I did, and some are just questions you need to ask yourself. 1) Picking the day- I had two external…


From insideHPC

Video: Understanding Hadoop Performance on Lustre

Video: Understanding Hadoop Performance on Lustre

"In this talk, Seagate presents details on its efforts and achievements around improving Hadoop performance on Lustre including a summary on why and how HDFS and Lustre are different and how those differences affect Hadoop performance…


From insideHPC

Penguin Computing Extends Open Networking with Artica Switches

Penguin Computing Extends Open Networking with Artica Switches

Today Penguin Computing announced the Arctica 4804ip switch and a collaboration with Cumulus Networks.

The post Penguin Computing Extends Open Networking with Artica Switches appeared first on insideHPC.


From insideHPC

PBS Pro Becomes Cray’s Preferred Workload Manager

PBS Pro Becomes Cray’s Preferred Workload Manager

Today Altair announced an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement with Cray Inc. PBS Professional is now Cray’s preferred workload manager and job scheduler.

The post PBS Pro Becomes Cray’s Preferred Workload ManagerinsideHPC…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Ads to Watch You

Google Ads to Watch You

In Wired:GOOGLE IS ABOUT to make ads on television work just like ads on the web. Through Google, advertisers will know how many times their ads were viewed. They’ll be able to target audiences based on location and viewing history…


From insideHPC

INCITE Seeking Proposals for U.S. Leadership Computing

INCITE Seeking Proposals for U.S. Leadership Computing

The Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program is now accepting proposals for high-impact, computationally intensive research campaigns.

The post INCITE Seeking Proposals for U.S. Leadership…


From Schneier on Security

The Further Democratization of Stingray

The Further Democratization of Stingray

Stingray is the code name for an IMSI-catcher, which is basically a fake cell phone tower sold by Harris Corporation to various law enforcement agencies. (It's actually just one of a series of devices with fish names -- Amberjack…


From insideHPC

Call for Papers: Novel Mathematical Methods for Exascale

Call for Papers: Novel Mathematical Methods for Exascale

The Journal of Computational Science is seeking submissions for a special issue on The Route to Exascale: Novel Mathematical Methods, Scalable Algorithms Skills Training.

The post Call for Papers: Novel Mathematical Methods for…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 27 April 2015

Interesting Links 27 April 2015

Here in New Hampshire we are on school vacation this week. Seems like a lot of places were on vacation last week. Like a lot of teachers I will be spending break time catching up both around the house and on school work. Grades…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

The Anti-Pigeonhole Conjecture

A conjecture about faculty behavior “Dr. Kibzwang” source Colin Potts is Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Georgia Tech. His job includes being a member of the President’s Cabinet—our president, not the real one—and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chartjunk Tufte Extract

Chartjunk Tufte Extract

If you have yet to see it,  over the years have picked up several copies of the book, have seen Edward Tufte present it a few times, always something new stands out, here is an extract to get you interested:Edward Tufte, The:…


From insideHPC

Video: Lustre + Linux – Putting the House in Order

Video: Lustre + Linux – Putting the House in Order

In this video from LUG 2015 in Denver, James Simmons from ORNL presents: Lustre + Linux - Putting the House in Order. "In the last year great strides have been made to sync up the lustre Intel branch to what is upstream. We present…


From insideHPC

Jeff Layton on How 3D Flash is Changing the Market

Jeff Layton on How 3D Flash is Changing the Market

"For a period of time, it didn't look like flash drives were going to decrease in price very much. Flash cell technology is limited to around 20nm because of cost and complexity considerations, but manufacturers have found ways…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Linkurious: New Tool for Graph Data Visualization

Linkurious: New Tool for Graph Data Visualization

An interesting new tool I had not heard of, it competes with tools like Gephi (Open source, free) and Polinode,  which I have used.  Have not had experience with this one as yet.Linkurious unveils enterprise graph data visualization…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Book: Open Source Operation Research (OR) Tools

Book: Open Source Operation Research (OR) Tools

New book:Operations Research using Open-Source Tools,  Hardcover – April 8, 2015by Jeffrey StricklandThey write: ...Operations Research using open-source tools is a book that is affordable to everyone and uses tools that do not…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Disrupting Markets with Data

Disrupting Markets with Data

Using Big Data technology to disrupt markets.  " ... Big data has made a dramatic impact on companies all over America, but running big data programs is only one side of the puzzle. After collecting the data, companies need to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

What is Operations Research?

What is Operations Research?

Nicely done overview of OR, my formal training and thirty plus years of experience.  Closely connected to Analytics, with the inclusion of the decisions needed.   By Jeffrey Strickland.   " .... Many people probably never heard…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Peak Work Performance

Peak Work Performance

Former P&G and Microsoft executive Bob Herbold on How to Achieve Peak Work Performance.  In his insightful blog." ... A couple of years ago a management research firm did a massive survey of almost 100,000 people employed worldwide…


From insideHPC

Video: Monitoring a Heterogeneous Lustre Environment with Splunk

Video: Monitoring a Heterogeneous Lustre Environment with Splunk

"Monitoring a large Lustre site, running multiple generations of Lustre filesystems can be a challenge. Some equipment offer vendor specific monitoring interfaces while others, built on open source Lustre, have minimal monitoring…


From My Biased Coin

Girls Who Code (Newton) Visit to Harvard

Girls Who Code (Newton) Visit to Harvard

My friend David Miller is looking for instructors to help out with the Newton Girls who Code club.  Here's an announcement, please connect with him if you're interested.  They visited Harvard last week -- David gave me permission…


From insideHPC

SGI Powers Fionn Supercomputer at ICHEC in Ireland

SGI Powers Fionn Supercomputer at ICHEC in Ireland

In this video, Niall Wilson describes how ICHEC delivers top-quality technology services and support to universities and enterprises. "Based on the solution’s superior price performance, ICHEC deployed Fionn, a supercomputer …


From The Eponymous Pickle

New System Modeler Capabilities: Reliability

New System Modeler Capabilities: Reliability

Wolfram's new SystemModeler version brings new capabilities, examining.  I like the mention of 'cyber-physical' systems.    Most anything these days can be considered a member of that set.  And has performance, reliability and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Coke Consumer Clusters

Coke Consumer Clusters

Coca-Cola rewiring marketing around ‘consumer clusters’ to make sales pop The drinks maker’s chief executive Muhtar Kent let slip the strategic shift today (22 April) when he told analysts on a conference call that its focus …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Convergence of Retail and Mobile

Convergence of Retail and Mobile

In Think with Google:In this month's Creative Shortlist, John Boiler, founder of 72andSunny, spotlights digital campaigns from brands such as Target and Topman that are changing the way we shop. But as retail and mobile converge…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Lack of Broadband Limits Telemedicine

Lack of Broadband Limits Telemedicine

 In CWorld: A lack of broadband service is limiting the deployment of telemedicine services in some places of the U.S., and not just remote rural areas, some experts say.Panasonic of North America, while providing Internet-based…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: The Unique Reproductive Habits of the Vampire Squid

Friday Squid Blogging: The Unique Reproductive Habits of the Vampire Squid

Interesting: While most female squid and octopuses have just one reproductive cycle before they die, vampire squid go through dozens of egg-making cycles in their lifetimes, scientists have found. As usual, you can also use this…


From Schneier on Security

Signed Copies of Data and Goliath

Signed Copies of Data and Goliath

You can now order signed copies of Data and Goliath from my website....