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June 2018


From insideHPC

Univa Deploys Million-core Grid Engine Cluster on AWS

Univa Deploys Million-core Grid Engine Cluster on AWS

To demonstrate the unique ability to run very large enterprise HPC clusters and workloads, Univa leveraged AWS to deploy 1,015,022 cores in a single Univa Grid Engine cluster to showcase the advantages of running large-scale …


From BLOG@CACM

The Real Problem With AI

The Real Problem With AI

It's algorithms. And data. They can be wrong.


From insideHPC

Dell EMC HPC and AI Innovation Lab Moves to Liquid Cooling with CoolIT Systems

Dell EMC HPC and AI Innovation Lab Moves to Liquid Cooling with CoolIT Systems

Today CoolIT Systems announced the deployment of a new liquid cooled HPC system at Dell EMC HPC and AI Innovation Lab in Round Rock, Texas. "By providing the opportunity to witness liquid cooling in action, Dell EMC allows customers…


From insideHPC

Video: What HPC technology areas have the greatest potential for growth?

Video: What HPC technology areas have the greatest potential for growth?

In this video, Steve Conway from Hyperion Research describes the HPC technology areas that have the greatest potential for growth. "Hyperion Research helps organizations make effective decisions and seize growth opportunities…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft and Kroger Edge

Microsoft and Kroger Edge

Saw early versions of this in Microsoft innovation spaces.  Look forward to seeing it in place.

Kroger’s smart shelves ditch the paper, drop the lights and delight the shoppers

In Microsoft Transform  By Bill Briggs
The future beckons…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Learn more about the USDA/NIFA Food and Agriculture Cyber-infrastructure and Tools (FACT) Initiative!

Learn more about the USDA/NIFA Food and Agriculture Cyber-infrastructure and Tools (FACT) Initiative!

Recently, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) posted about the USDA/NIFA Food and Agriculture Cyber-infrastructure and Tools (FACT) initiative.  Check out this webinar about FACT on Wednesday, June 27th at 2PM ET.  FACT…


From The Eponymous Pickle

L'Oreal on Advanced Digital Experience

L'Oreal on Advanced Digital Experience

Much more at the link regarding what they are thinking of.   Note the mention of the use of voice assistants.

 In Think with Google:

“New technologies, such as voice, AI, AR, VR, are reshaping the way our consumers discover, try…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Algorithms Beat Humans in Complex Game

AI Algorithms Beat Humans in Complex Game

Yes, quite an interesting inflexion point.  Also note that OpenAI is involved.  Also, the game uses collaboration, which AI based automation will require.

Intelligent Machines
A team of AI algorithms just crushed humans in a complex…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dollar General Tries Scan and Go

Dollar General Tries Scan and Go

Retail continues the move to automating labor-intense retail process.  What other interactions will be enabled?

Dollar General pilots scan & go tech    by Tom Ryan in Retailwire
Dollar General has become the latest retailer and…


From Wild WebMink

Article 13 – An Existential Threat

Article 13 – An Existential Threat


As Europe's latest copyright proposal heads to a critical vote on June 20-21, more than 70 Internet and computing luminaries have spoken out against a dangerous provision, Article 13, that would require Internet platforms to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

CoNFoMa - The Future of Food and The Role of Technology

CoNFoMa - The Future of Food and The Role of Technology

MIT Colleague Shoumen Datta Writes:

" ..... Would you please spread the word? The context of food is vast - from software to sensors and robotics to sewers!

Please inform  your network about "CoNFoMa - The Future of Food and The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chat Apps with Sentiment

Chat Apps with Sentiment

Nice example, technical.  Most interesting is the introduction of sentiment.   We did this for 'Mr Clean', before there were easily integrated sentiment analysis.   Recently have been reexamining sentiment considerations in chat…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How to Read a Privacy Policy

How to Read a Privacy Policy

Thoughtful piece worth reading ...

How to read a privacy policy   By Ashley Carman    @ashleyrcarman  in TheVerge

We haven’t been able to avoid privacy policies in our post-GDPR world, but figuring out what these legal documents…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers ....

The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers ....

Just reading.   Excellent, non technical view.   More to follow ...

The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity   by Byron Reese

As we approach a great turning point in history when technology

In…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Designing Meaningful Conversations

Designing Meaningful Conversations

Back to conversations.  Can they be designed?  Goals are good.   Will our systems become intelligent only when they can carry on a meaningful conversation?

Designing meaningful interactions at work  from SlackHQ

Information designer…


From Putting People First

15 principles of good service design

15 principles of good service design

Lou Downe, Director of Design and Service Standards for the UK Government based at GDS, is concerned that we don’t have discernible professional standards for service design. Instead of talking “about what we’re trying to achieve…


From Schneier on Security

Secure Speculative Execution

Secure Speculative Execution

We're starting to see research into designing speculative execution systems that avoid Spectre- and Meltdown-like security problems. Here's one. I don't know if this particular design secure. My guess is that we're going to see…


From insideHPC

Women in HPC Group to host events at ISC 2018

Women in HPC Group to host events at ISC 2018

Leaders, early career women, and researchers in HPC will gather again this year to participate in the Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) events at ISC High Performance Computing. Networking and training events take place…


From insideHPC

See How the Convergence of HPC and AI is Changing Supercomputing at ISC 2018

See How the Convergence of HPC and AI is Changing Supercomputing at ISC 2018

ISC 2018It’s a fascinating time for High Performance Computing. The convergence of AI, analytics, and simulation and modeling is transforming systems and users. "So, there’s a lot to talk about it at ISC 2018, including announcements…


From insideHPC

Lenovo is now #1 vendor of TOP500 Supercomputers

Lenovo is now #1 vendor of TOP500 Supercomputers

Today Lenovo announced that the company is now ranked as the leading vendor on the TOP500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers. 117 of the 500 most powerful supercomputers included in the TOP500 are Lenovo installations…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA Tensor Core GPUs Accelerate World’s Fastest Supercomputers

NVIDIA Tensor Core GPUs Accelerate World’s Fastest Supercomputers

Today NVIDIA is highlighting news that the world’s top AI supercomputers on the TOP500 are all powered by the company's Tensor Core GPUs. The new "AI supercomputers" on the list include Summit and Sierra in the USA and the ABCI…


From insideHPC

DDN Acquires Lustre Business Unit from Intel

DDN Acquires Lustre Business Unit from Intel

Today DDN announced that the company has acquired Intel’s Lustre File System business and related assets. "This important acquisition reinforces DDN’s presence as the global market leader for data at scale, while providing Lustre…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC runs down the latest TOP500 Fastest Supercomputers

Radio Free HPC runs down the latest TOP500 Fastest Supercomputers

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team reviews the latest TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers. "The TOP500 celebrates its 25th anniversary with a major shakeup at the top of the list. For the first time since …


From The Eponymous Pickle

IFTTT Platform

IFTTT Platform

Continuing to follow IFTTT.   How can you connect a stream of data from a device, app or brand to generate data and alerts for your business?  The idea is here:

https://platform.ifttt.com/ 

One connection, 
countless possibilities…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deep Learning at Your Desk

Deep Learning at Your Desk

Have not yet read the white paper, of interest.   Linked to below.

NVIDIA DGX Systems: Run Deep Learning at Your Desk
IDC offers their analysis on the market trends and the justification for desk-side "supercomputers" such as NVIDIA's…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Leading with Agility

Leading with Agility

Leading with inner agility

By Sam Bourton, Johanne Lavoie, and Tiffany Vogel in Mckinsey

Disruptive times call for transformational leaders with a knack for addressing complex problems. To navigate effectively, we must learn to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

GIGAOM Conversation with David Barrett

GIGAOM Conversation with David Barrett

Voices in AI – Episode 48: A Conversation with David Barrett

Byron Reese: This is Voices in AI brought to you by GigaOm, I’m Byron Reese. Today our guest is

David Barrett. He is both the founder and the CEO of Expensify. He started…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chaos Engineering at Linkedin

Chaos Engineering at Linkedin

Have only interacted with 'Chaos engineering' once.   In particular to look at the broader idea of maintaining process models.  Here a technical view of it used with a popular service. 

Chaos Engineering at LinkedIn: The “LinkedOut…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (June 24th, 2018)

Science and Technology links (June 24th, 2018)

Video gamers may soon be paid more than top pro athletes. Meanwhile, if you want to stand out in a crowd of university professors, point out that you are a fan of videogames. You can get your whole genome sequenced for $500.Continue…


From insideHPC

A Virtual Welcome Wagon for the HPC Community at ISC 2018

A Virtual Welcome Wagon for the HPC Community at ISC 2018

In this video from ISC 2018, Nages Sieslack and Kim McMahon discuss how the conference is working to make it easier for people of all walks of life to participate in the HPC Community. "With our first event dating back over 30…