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May 2017


From insideHPC

RCE Podcast Looks at Reproducibility of Scientific Results

RCE Podcast Looks at Reproducibility of Scientific Results

"In recent years there has been increasing concern about the reproducibility of scientific results. Because scientific research represents a major public investment and is the basis for many decisions that we make in medicine…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Advances PowerAI Enterprise Solution

IBM Advances PowerAI Enterprise Solution

IBM's New PowerAI Features Again Demonstrate Enterprise AI Leadership  by Patrick Moorhead  in Forbes.

What appears to be a semi automation of various areas of machine learning, to make them easier to create and maintain and work…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Common Big Data Quality Issues

Common Big Data Quality Issues

In KDNuggets, a good overview of quality issues, some related to the 'Big' part, but generally applicable to any kind of non-trivial data.  I have found that data quality errors are mostly dealt with afterwards in practice.  …


From insideHPC

Evolving Storage and Cyber Infrastructure at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation

Evolving Storage and Cyber Infrastructure at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation

Ellen Salmon from NASA gave this talk at the 2017 MSST conference. "This talk will describe recent developments at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation, which is funded by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, and supports the…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Cloud Performance Architect at Oracle in Seattle

Job of the Week: Cloud Performance Architect at Oracle in Seattle

Oracle in Seattle is seeking a Cloud Performance Architect in our Job of the Week. "As a Cloud Performance Architect, you will be a leading contributor in improving performance of Oracle’s latest Cloud Services Technologies. …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Marketing Attribution

Google Marketing Attribution

More machines learning, by a company that has much of the data.

Google Brings Machine Learning to Online Marketing Assessment  By David Jones    In EcommerceTimes.

 Google earlier this week unveiled Google Attribution, a tool that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pushing Intelligence out to the Edge

Pushing Intelligence out to the Edge

Will see more of this.  Intelligence placed in the device, on the edge.   A reminder of the announced TPU's of Google.  Is this enough,  or does it depend too much upon chip architecture?  Neural or otherwise?  Or will we need…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid and Chips

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid and Chips

The excellent Montreal chef Marc-Olivier Frappier, of Joe Beef fame, has created a squid and chips dish for Brit & Chips restaurant. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Cognitive Computing and Innovation

AI Cognitive Computing and Innovation


Dianne Fraher Fodell   Manager
Program Director, IBM Global University Programs

Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Computing, and Innovating in Practice - Cristina Mele

Cristina Mele (PhD), Full Professor of Management and coordinator…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Allari on PowerPivot

Allari on PowerPivot

Don't forget, if you have data, insight into your business problem, and software, you are a data scientist.   Here is a simple example:

The Business Intelligence Software You Didn't Know You Had   Posted by Ravi Madhavan

Users



From Schneier on Security

Forbes Names Beyond Fear as One of the "13 Books Technology Executives Should Have On Their Shelves"

Forbes Names Beyond Fear as One of the "13 Books Technology Executives Should Have On Their Shelves"

It's a good list....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Brian Christian Talk on Algorithms and Decisions

Brian Christian Talk on Algorithms and Decisions

Brian Christian spoke at our Innovation Summit last week.   Very nicely done and informative. Makes me want to read his book on the use of Algorithms.  Not so much about about to do the analytics to get to some solution,  but…


From Schneier on Security

Hacking the Galaxy S8's Iris Biometric

Hacking the Galaxy S8's Iris Biometric

It was easy: The hackers took a medium range photo of their subject with a digital camera's night mode, and printed the infrared image. Then, presumably to give the image some depth, the hackers placed a contact lens on top of…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (May 26th, 2017)

Science and Technology links (May 26th, 2017)

Linux, the operating system driving cloud computing and the web, was developed using an open source model. For a time, Linux was seen as a direct competitor to Microsoft, but things have changed and Microsoft is happy to seeContinue…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bot Personality Types

Bot Personality Types

Something we looked at closely with our own Bot experiment.   Even thought of experimenting with adjusting the type online. But ended up with a friendly and humorous type.  Findings at the link are fairly obvious.   Depends too…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Personalization Efforts

Personalization Efforts

What is holding back marketers’ personalization efforts?

" ... A survey of digital marketers by Evergage found that e-mail (72 percent) and websites (57 percent) are the only channels in which a majority of respondents are using…


From insideHPC

ExaComm 2017 Workshop at ISC High Performance posts Full Agenda

ExaComm 2017 Workshop at ISC High Performance posts Full Agenda

The ExaComm 2017 Workshop at ISC High Performance has posted its Full Agenda. As the Third International Workshop on Communication Architectures for HPC, Big Data, Deep Learning and Clouds at Extreme Scale, the one day workshop…


From insideHPC

CyVerse’s Atmosphere Platform comes to Massachusetts Open Cloud

CyVerse’s Atmosphere Platform comes to Massachusetts Open Cloud

Recently, the Massachusetts Open Cloud (MOC) adopted Atmosphere as a means of making it easier for academics to access cloud resources. MOC is a public computational cloud based upon the Open Cloud Exchange model in which many…


From insideHPC

iRODS User Group Meeting to Preview New Capabilities

iRODS User Group Meeting to Preview New Capabilities

The worldwide iRODS community will gather June 13 – 15 for their first User Group Meeting to be held at Utrecht University in The Netherlands. Along with use cases and presentations by iRODS users from at least seven countries…


From insideHPC

Video: 5 Petaflop Booster System from Dell EMC coming to Jülich

Video: 5 Petaflop Booster System from Dell EMC coming to Jülich

In this video from the Dell EMC HPC Community meeting in Austin, Thomas Lippert from the Jülich Supercomputing Centre describes their pending 5 Petaflop Booster system. "This will be the first-ever demonstration in a production…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hershey and Digital

Hershey and Digital

Don't normally think of Hershey in this space, so this was revealing.   Note the dependence on the physical space and impulse purchases.

Can Hershey help grocers transition to a digitally-dominated future? by Dale Buss in Retailwire…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Standard Browser

The Standard Browser

In my own interactions with the enterprise saw this to be very much the case.   In one example it appeared that IE was the standard, but after having problems with it's interaction with local software, was pulled aside and told…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Inventing New Sounds, Musical Instruments

Inventing New Sounds, Musical Instruments

More in the space of creativity process.

Google’s AI Invents Sounds Humans Have Never Heard Before

JESSE ENGEL IS playing an instrument that’s somewhere between a clavichord and a Hammond organ—18th-century classical crossed with…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

U.S. and European Computing Researchers and Practitioners Announce Steps to Prevent Algorithmic Bias

U.S. and European Computing Researchers and Practitioners Announce Steps to Prevent Algorithmic Bias

Recognizing the ubiquity of algorithms in our daily lives, as well as their far-reaching impact, the ACM US Public Policy Council and the ACM Europe Council Policy Committee today issued a joint statement with a list of seven…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On European Privacy Laws

On European Privacy Laws

Opinion: Europe's Strict New Privacy Rules Are Scary but Right  By Jason Kint in Adage.

" .... The most significant change to data privacy regulation in more than two decades will go into effect on May 25, 2018. Under the EU's…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Baidu Mimicing Speech

Baidu Mimicing Speech

Quite a need for Chinese regional accents.

Baidu’s text-to-speech system mimics a variety of accents ‘perfectly'
What used to take hours of neural net training now takes under 30 minutes.
 Timothy J. Seppala, @timseppala

Chinese…


From Schneier on Security

Security and Human Behavior (SHB 2017)

Security and Human Behavior (SHB 2017)

I'm in Cambridge University, at the tenth Workshop on Security and Human Behavior. SHB is a small invitational gathering of people studying various aspects of the human side of security, organized each year by Ross Anderson,…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Great Innovative Idea- Spreading Awareness about HIV Among Homeless Youth Using Artificial Intelligence

Great Innovative Idea- Spreading Awareness about HIV Among Homeless Youth Using Artificial Intelligence

The following Great Innovative Idea is from Amulya Yadav, a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Computer Science Department at the University of Southern California (USC). Yadav was a co-organizer of the Computing Community Consortium…


From insideHPC

The New Nvidia HGX-1: GPU Power for Machine Learning at Hyperscale

The New Nvidia HGX-1: GPU Power for Machine Learning at Hyperscale

Rob Ober from Nvidia describes the company's new HGX-1 reference platform for GPU computing. "Powered by NVIDIA Tesla GPUs and NVIDIA NVLink high-speed interconnect technology; the HGX-1 comes as AI workloads—from autonomous …


From insideHPC

OpenMP ARB Appoints Duncan Poole and Kathryn O’Brien to its Board

OpenMP ARB Appoints Duncan Poole and Kathryn O’Brien to its Board

Today the OpenMP ARB announced the appointment of Duncan Poole and Kathryn O’Brien to its Board of Directors. As industry veterans, they bring a wealth of experience to the OpenMP ARB.


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