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June 2016


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Computing Research Symposium Poster Session

Computing Research Symposium Poster Session

The following is a guest blog post by Liz Bradley from the University of Colorado and a member of the CCC Executive Committee. Last week we summarized the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) May 2016 Symposium, Computing Research…


From insideHPC

Video: Analyst Crossfire from ISC 2016

Video: Analyst Crossfire from ISC 2016

In this this lively panel discussion from ISC 2016, moderator Addison Snell asks visionary leaders from the supercomputing community to comment on forward-looking trends that will shape the industry this year and beyond.

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From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Gets Competition for the Dash Buy Button

Amazon Gets Competition for the Dash Buy Button

More buttons in the home for retail.  Not sure how far this will go without Amazon's marketing muscle.  Will homes be outfitted with standard needs buttons?  Be commissioned to include an array of buttons as a loyalty or subscription…


From insideHPC

Seeking Submissions for the SC16 Impact Showcase

Seeking Submissions for the SC16 Impact Showcase

"Organizations who are currently employing high performance computing to advance their competitiveness and innovation in the global marketplace can highlight their compelling/interesting/novel real-world applications at SC16’s…


From insideHPC

Mellanox Technology Accelerates the World’s Fastest Supercomputer

Mellanox Technology Accelerates the World’s Fastest Supercomputer

Today Mellanox announced that the company's interconnect technology accelerates the world's fastest supercomputer at the supercomputing center in Wuxi, China. The new number one supercomputer delivers 93 Petaflops (3 times higher…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

A fast alternative to the modulo reduction

A fast alternative to the modulo reduction

Suppose you want to pick an integer at random in a set of N elements. Your computer has functions to generate random 32-bit integers, how do you transform such numbers into indexes no larger than N? Suppose you have a hash table…


From insideHPC

Calyos Demonstrates Water Free Cooling at ISC 2016

Calyos Demonstrates Water Free Cooling at ISC 2016

In this video from ISC 2016, Olivier de Laet from Calyos describes the company’s innovative cooling technology for high performance computing. "The HPC industry is ever facing is facing the challenge of ever-increasing cooling…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Learning by Analogy

Learning by Analogy

Particularly interesting suggestion of how people are 'intelligent'.Making Computers Reason and Learn by AnalogyStructure-mapping engine enables computers to reason and learn like humans, including solving moral dilemmas    by…


From insideHPC

Industries That Need Flexible HPC

Industries That Need Flexible HPC

Organizations that implement high-performance computing technologies have a wide range of requirements. From small manufacturing suppliers to national research institutions, using significant computing technologies is critical…


From Phys.org Technology News

Court dismisses Snowden request for safe travel to Norway

Court dismisses Snowden request for safe travel to Norway

A Norwegian court has dismissed a lawsuit that sought a legal guarantee to allow Edward Snowden to travel to Norway without risk of being extradited to the United States.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger Opens Culinary Training Center in Cincinnati

Kroger Opens Culinary Training Center in Cincinnati

In Supermarketews: Shows the direction of retail to better understanding of the art and science of food.  Reminds me of our own work in innovation,  can focus on engagement, fun, future.


From The Eponymous Pickle

IOT for Product Performance

IOT for Product Performance

Using IoT Data to Understand How Your Products Perform" .... Yet it would be a mistake to think the IoT is a game only for high rollers and crack technologists. Our research and client engagement experience has shown us that…


From Schneier on Security

Crowdsourcing a Database of Hotel Rooms

Crowdsourcing a Database of Hotel Rooms

There's an app that allows people to submit photographs of hotel rooms around the world into a centralized database. The idea is that photographs of victims of human trafficking are often taken in hotel rooms, and the database…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Authentically Engaging Your Customers

Authentically Engaging Your Customers

From Kellogg Insight: " ... For decades, one-off marketing campaigns were the biggest game in town.Since the rise of the internet, however—and, in particular, the rise of social media— customer behavior has changed dramatically…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Quantum Computer Primer

A Quantum Computer Primer

Via Andreessen Horowitz     A 28 minute video:" .... So what is a quantum computer and “qubits” — especially as compared to a traditional computer and bits? What is Grover’s Algorithm? And besides speed of processing, what are…


From Computational Complexity

There is now a Bounded Discrete Envy Free Cake Cutting Protocol!

Lance: Bill, there is a new result on cake cutting that was presented at STOC! Do you want to blog about it? Bill: Do snakes have hips! Does a chicken have lips! Lance:  No to the first one and I don't know to the second one…


From Computational Complexity

There is now a Bounded Discrete Envy Free Cake Cutting Protocol!

Lance: Bill, there is a new result on cake cutting that was presented at STOC! Do you want to blog about it? Bill: Do snakes have hips! Does a chicken have lips! Lance:  No to the first one and I don't know to the second one…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Teaching Hard Math to Children

Teaching Hard Math to  Children

Adventures in math metaphors for teachers and parents.  How to you teach what most students fear, even to the very young?  Pass it on.    In Reddit. 


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Microsoft US MIE Forum 2016–Day 2

Microsoft US MIE Forum 2016–Day 2

Day two started with a keynote by Stephen Reid about game playing in education. It was very interesting and he showed samples of a lot of games. He spent the most time on Minecraft. It does seems like some interesting cross curriculum…


From insideHPC

Video: How HPC Unlocks Competitive Advantage

Video: How HPC Unlocks Competitive Advantage

In this video, Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research shares how HPC can unlock innovations for a competitive advantage. "Dell HPC solutions are deployed across the globe as the computational foundation for industrial, academic…


From insideHPC

Mellanox and PNNL to Collaborate on Exascale System

Mellanox and PNNL to Collaborate on Exascale System

Today Mellanox announced a joint technology collaboration with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to architect, design and explore technologies for future Exascale platforms. The agreement will explore the advanced …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Performance Metrics

Performance Metrics

Bernard Marr concisely writes on the 'little data' of performance metrics.   This links well with my constant refrain, the data, big or otherwise, however cleverly analyzed, is only good as far as it relates to business process…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rethinking Design Thinking

Rethinking Design Thinking

Rethink Design ThinkingPublished on May 20, 2016  by Subbu IyerDesign Thinking is not a Problem Solving Tool.Start believing that it is one of the most natural ways in which one can imagine growth. It is a method that generates…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Teaching Journalists About Data

Teaching Journalists About Data

Although this seems more about writing it very large than getting it correct and interactive and usable by everyone.The Office of Creative Research, a New York data lab, has a lot to teach journalists  By Melody Kramer ....


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Microsoft US MIE Forum 2016–Day 1

Microsoft US MIE Forum 2016–Day 1

I’m in Denver for the Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Forum this weekend. I’ve spent some time at these events in the past but those times I was there as a Microsoft employee. This time I am there as one of the teachers …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Graphs in Smart Data Lakes

Graphs in Smart Data Lakes

Just lately noticed the similarity between the concept of a graphical databases and data visualization.  So why not use graph visualization to best understand broad, rich  and dynamic data resources in a data lake?    Make them…


From updated sporadically at best

Counter-Advice for the PhD

Counter-Advice for the PhD

Recently I attended the Programming Languages Mentoring Workshop, a program to introduce advanced undergraduates and early-stage PhD students to research in general and research in our field. While listening to advice from other…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Turning Your mail into a Personal Assistant

Turning Your mail into a Personal Assistant

Interesting piece out of the IFTTT blog. Here with GMail.   This shows a pretty trivial example of how to look at a stream like your GMail, apply some logic intelligence to it, and alert you to related needs.    I don't think…


From insideHPC

Altair Releases PBS Pro Source Code

Altair Releases PBS Pro Source Code

Open source licensing for Altair’s market-leading HPC workload manager, PBS Professional, is now available. PBS Pro development communities are now forming and the full-core open source version of PBS Pro can be downloaded at…


From insideHPC

Intel to Distribute SUSE High Performance Computing Stack

Intel to Distribute SUSE High Performance Computing Stack

"The SUSE and Intel collaboration on Intel HPC Orchestrator and OpenHPC puts this power within reach of a whole new range of industries and enterprises that need data-driven insights to compete and advance. This is an industry…