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July 2018


From The Eponymous Pickle

Beauty Marketing

Beauty Marketing

Its about the dimensions of digital, and the better ability to manipulate those dimensions.  Digital and thus numerical, can be sliced, attached, personalized, measured and valued.

Via Think with Google:

A century-old brand shows…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Call for Papers – Workshop on Quantum Computing for Sustainable Computing

Call for Papers – Workshop on Quantum Computing for Sustainable Computing

Drs. Travis Humble (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) and Himanshu Thapliyal (University of Kentucky) have released a call for papers in order to participate in their upcoming Workshop on Quantum Computing for Sustainable Computing…


From insideHPC

Video: Xtreme Stargate Launches at ISC 2018

Video: Xtreme Stargate Launches at ISC 2018

In this video from ISC 2018 in Frankfurt, Naoki Shibata from Xtreme-D demonstrates XTREME-Stargate, a solution that combines Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and an HPC gateway appliance to deliver a new way to access and manage…


From Schneier on Security

Google Employees Use a Physical Token as Their Second Authentication Factor

Google Employees Use a Physical Token as Their Second Authentication Factor

Krebs on Security is reporting that all 85,000 Google employees use two-factor authentication with a physical token. A Google spokesperson said Security Keys now form the basis of all account access at Google. "We have had no…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Writing about software and building software are different jobs

Writing about software and building software are different jobs

Code taken from a blog post is meant to illustrate an idea. Blogging is literature, not engineering. Don’t build production systems by copying and pasting random code form the Internet. It will not end well. A reader commented…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kuri Rolling Assistant Stops Manufacturing

Kuri  Rolling Assistant Stops Manufacturing

The family friendly rolling assistant Kuri has stopped manufacturing and is refunding new orders.    Was called 'adorable' by some.   Have followed it here since its inception.   The supporting  company Bosch,  apparently has…


From insideHPC

Cray XC50 Supercomputer Powers National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

Cray XC50 Supercomputer Powers National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

Today Cray announced that it has delivered and installed a Cray XC50 supercomputer at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ). The supercomputer, nicknamed NS-05 “ATERUI II,” provides more than 3 peak petaflops …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Understanding

Data Understanding

Good and broad look at data understanding.

Sharpening your Data Instincts     By Peter Gleeson in Medium

Writer on topics in data science, statistics and programming
How to sharpen your data instincts ... "


From insideHPC

Professor Steve Furber Joins Tachyum Board of Advisors

Professor Steve Furber Joins Tachyum Board of Advisors

Today Silicon Valley startup Tachyum Inc. announced that Professor Steve Furber, the highly regarded original designer of the world’s leading embedded processor, the ARM microprocessor, has joined its Board of Advisors. In this…


From insideHPC

Next Generation Data Management Requirements

Next Generation Data Management Requirements

data managementNext generation workloads in High Performance Computing involve more unstructured data than ever before. In this edition of Industry Perspectives, HPE explores the next generation of data management requirements as the growing…


From insideHPC

AMD steps up to HPC Workloads at ISC 2018

AMD steps up to HPC Workloads at ISC 2018

In this video from ISC 2018, Derek Bouius from AMD describes how HPC users can take advantage of new AMD EPYC processors and Radeon GPUs to accelerate their applications. "With the introduction of new EPYC processor based servers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Adds AI to G Suite

Google Adds AI to G Suite

More assistant services, in places that make sense.  Have used Suite for university group interactions.

Google adds AI features to G Suite, including ‘Smart Reply’ for Hangouts Chat in ComputerWorld

The company also touted new

SAN…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Glass is Back, AI on the Factory Floor

Google Glass is Back, AI on the Factory Floor

Like the direction of this, it is where we experimented with the idea.   Look forward to seeing this in action.  Like the connection to the notion of an 'Assistant', with eyes and ears and everywhere connections to knowledge

Google…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Ethics, Accessibility, and Security–Condiment or Ingredient

Ethics, Accessibility, and Security–Condiment or Ingredient

Too often people think of ethics, accessibility, and security as condiments; something to add at the end rather than ingredients essential from the beginning.

Last night was the latest #EthicalCS Twitter chat and as usual it got…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Review: The Fourth Age by Byron Reese

Review:  The Fourth Age by Byron Reese

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

Good book.  I have been an explorer and practitioner in this space for decades.   He covers the space well.   First, I much
like the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Scientific Paper is Obsolete

Scientific Paper is Obsolete

Should the scientific paper be a distributed 'package' of statements, data, descriptive need for advances, collaborative linkages, proposed tests, results?  ....


The Scientific Paper Is Obsolete  By James Somers in The Atlantic…


From Schneier on Security

DARPA Wants Research into Resilient Anonymous Communications

DARPA Wants Research into Resilient Anonymous Communications

DARPA is funding research into resilient anonymous communications systems....


From The Eponymous Pickle

ISSIP Board Meeting

ISSIP Board Meeting

From the ISSIP Board meeting today      See ISSIP.org

The International Society of Service Innovation Professionals, ISSIP (pronounced iZip),  is a 501 (C) (3) professional association co-founded by IBM, Cisco, HP and several

Service…


From Schneier on Security

Major Bluetooth Vulnerability

Major Bluetooth Vulnerability

Bluetooth has a serious security vulnerability: In some implementations, the elliptic curve parameters are not all validated by the cryptographic algorithm implementation, which may allow a remote attacker within wireless range…


From insideHPC

Video: Intro to OpenMP

Video: Intro to OpenMP

In this video, Markus Eisenbach and Dmitry Liakh from ORNL present: Intro to OpenMP, Part 1. "This video was recorded as part of the "Introduction to HPC" workshop that took place at ORNL from June 26-28. This is video 1 of 2…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Supporting Multiphysics Application Development

Podcast: Supporting Multiphysics Application Development

In this episode of Let's Talk Exascale, Computational scientist Ben Bergen of Los Alamos National Laboratory describes the Advanced Technology Development and Mitigation (ATDM) subprogram‘s Flexible Computational Science Infrastructure…


From BLOG@CACM

Discussing Empirical Answers to Questions of Software Engineering

Discussing Empirical Answers to Questions of Software Engineering

Focusing on what helps software developers.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Figure Eight and Google for AutoML Training

Figure Eight and Google for AutoML Training

Yes, this is the Grail ... good training data, initially and ongoing, is essential.  Also sufficient contextual metadata.   We had projects fail because we did not consider these issues.  Was much impressed with a Figure Eight…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

It is more complicated than I thought: -mtune, -march in GCC

It is more complicated than I thought: -mtune, -march in GCC

My favourite C compilers are GNU GCC and LLVM’s Clang. In C, you compile for some architecture. Thus you have to tell the compiler what kind of machine you have. In theory, you could recompile all the code for the exact machine…


From insideHPC

Biocomplexity Institute moves forward with HPC and Dell EMC

Biocomplexity Institute moves forward with HPC and Dell EMC

In this video from the Dell EMC HPC Community Meeting, Kevin Shinpaugh from Virginia Tech describes how Dell EMC works with the Biocomplexity Institute. "The Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech's IT group provides the infrastructure…


From insideHPC

Performance in the Datacenter

Performance in the Datacenter

applicationsMany modern applications are being developed with so called run-time languages, which are compiled at execution time. The performance of these applications in cloud data centers is important for anyone considering moving their…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Skim view or Deep Dive?

Skim view or Deep Dive?

I like Mckinsey's new method of providing a 5 minute overview of a technical topic,  and the ability to take a fifty minute look at the same topic.  You choose the path through the information,  in infograpic and text snippets…


From Computational Complexity

Need EASY approaches to getting unif random from non-random sources

Teaching crypto for the first time next semester I am looking into lots of stuff I always meant to look into but now I have to. NOT a complaint- good to be forced to expand my horizons (within TCS).



I"m also finding out that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon and Private Label

Amazon and Private Label

Watched this early on and it seemed the were digging deeply here.

Supermarket chains can breathe easy — for now, at least — about Amazon’s grocery push on one front: private label.  in Supermarket News

Of Amazon’s roughly 7,000…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Electronic IOT Stickers

Electronic IOT Stickers

Simple, cheap?.  Easily attachable and removable.  Sensing contextual environment.  Security?

Electronic stickers on a set of blocks. Electronic Stickers to Streamline Large-Scale 'Internet of Things'

Purdue University News   

Purdue…