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August 2017


From insideHPC

Oak Ridge Turns to Deep Learning for Big Data Problems

Oak Ridge Turns to Deep Learning for Big Data Problems

The Advances in Machine Learning to Improve Scientific Discovery at Exascale and Beyond (ASCEND) project aims to use deep learning to assist researchers in making sense of massive datasets produced at the world's most sophisticated…


From Wild WebMink

How Can Open Source Become User-Centric?

How Can Open Source Become User-Centric?


Including design and UX in a true community project is a challenging matter of balance because of the motivational model behind open source projects.

According to The Cathedral and the Bazaar, the key motivation for participants…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Facebook's Static vs Dynamic Software Analysis for Bugs

Facebook's Static vs Dynamic Software Analysis for Bugs

Recall using just such tools a long time ago,  to test out simulations of software in operational conditions, now there are open source tools, produced by Facebook, which manages some of the most used software on earth.  Open…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Moving Groceries

Moving Groceries

Interesting example of the delivery problem.

Space, Time and Groceries
Grocery delivery visualized in python with datashader.

At Instacart, we deliver a lot of groceries. By the end of next year, 80% of American households will

Over…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tizen Operating System

Tizen Operating System

Was brought to my attention through its use as an operating system for phones, watches and appliances.    Best known for its use by Samsung as a standard OS.  I am told that although it is framed as open source,  Samsung attaches…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Samsung Bixby to Expand

Samsung Bixby to Expand

Despite my less than stellar interaction with Samsung appliances, we saw that they were likely to be champions in the Smart Home through sheer presence in complex devices.  Saw a demo of their Tizen systems in our own innovation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Executing Intelligence at the Edge

Executing Intelligence at the Edge

You would like to get the execution of deep learning neural nets to the edge of the network.  It is ultimately where we want to execute learned knowledge.    Training them has evolved to new efficiencies by using adapted net

Google…


From insideHPC

Video: Security in HPC Environments

Video: Security in HPC Environments

"Modern HPC systems do some things very similar to ordinary IT computing, but they also have some significant differences. Two key security challenges are the notions that traditional security solutions often are not effective…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the Hype of AI

On the Hype of AI

Been rare lately that I have seen the word 'Hype' in an article on AI.   Oliver Schabenberger Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer  of SAS makes some reasonable and non-technical comments on the topic.   We continue…


From insideHPC

Preliminary Agenda Posted for HP-CAST at SC17 in Denver

Preliminary Agenda Posted for HP-CAST at SC17 in Denver

HPE has posted the preliminary preliminary agenda for HP-CAST at SC17 in Denver. Now open for registration, the event takes place Nov. 10-11 at the Grand Hyatt hotel.

"The High Performance Consortium for Advanced Scientific and…


From XRDS

Traceroute to the Front Door: Trimming Public Net Hops

Traceroute to the Front Door: Trimming Public Net Hops

Hop_0: Traceroute is a wonderful computer networking diagnostic tool. This article will attempt a traceroute script written in Python, including a customization that can identify just the routers within your private network (from…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data ScienceTerms

Data ScienceTerms

In DSC,  a good list of common data science terms. 

" ... post by Mic Farris. Mic is a Decision Science & Analytics Leader at CenturyLink. Two of the biggest buzzwords in our industry are “big data” and “data science”. Big Data…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Swarms of Internal Drones

Swarms of Internal Drones

Precisely what we proposed at one time internally, but the tech of the time did not permit it.  Primary issues was battery life, size and sensor capability.  Linking to RFID was attractive.   Tasking these swarms to look for

MIT…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Why Andrew Ng Teaches AI

Why Andrew Ng Teaches AI

Why AI Visionary Andrew Ng Teaches Humans to Teach Computers 
Associated Press  by Ryan Nakashima

Stanford University professor Andrew Ng's current area of concentration is teaching next-generation artificial intelligence (AI)…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Prehistoric Dolphins that Ate Squid

Friday Squid Blogging: Prehistoric Dolphins that Ate Squid

Paleontologists have discovered a prehistoric toothless dolphin that fed by vacuuming up squid: There actually are modern odontocetes that don't really use their teeth either. Male beaked whales, for example, usually have one…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Find the Best Way to Deliver These

Find the Best Way to Deliver These

Its an old problem.   It was one of the first problem types I worked on at the enterprise.   It has been declared solved a number of times, but some other little complexities are always being added,  just to make it difficult…


From The Eponymous Pickle

APIs for Data Scientists

APIs for Data Scientists

Good piece here,  the architecture is key, and well written APIs can make that happen.

How will APIs change the role of data scientists?  
By Gregor Herrmann on Hidden Insights   in SAS.com 

Application programming interfaces, otherwise…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Fashion Designer

AI Fashion Designer

Note the use of a classic recommendation approach.  Does this embody creativity as well?  Would like to see this compared direct to human design and measures like sales.

Amazon Has Developed an AI Fashion Designer 
Technology Review…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tacobots: Brands Telling Stories, Taking Orders

Tacobots: Brands Telling Stories, Taking Orders

How well we know this.   See the tags on our approaches.    Chatbots can make it happen.  But carefully applied.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is reinventing the creative landscape for marketers. One big leap: Brands are no longer…


From insideHPC

Video: Introduction to High Performance Computing

Video: Introduction to High Performance Computing

Dr. Erwin Laure from the PDC Center for HPC in Sweden presented this talk at the 4th Human Brain Project School in Austria. The 4th HBP School offered a comprehensive program covering all aspects of software, hardware, simulation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How is Amazon Changing Whole Foods?

How is Amazon Changing Whole Foods?

Announcements not very remarkable, would like to see more technology in store,  that supports the idea of fresh,  integration of ingredients, cooking and innovation. How about robotic virtual and physical assembly of fresh recipes…


From insideHPC

Heroes of Deep Learning: Andrew Ng interviews Pieter Abbeel

Heroes of Deep Learning: Andrew Ng interviews Pieter Abbeel

In this video from the Heroes of Deep Learning series, Andrew Ng interviews Pieter Abbeel from UC Berkeley. "Work in Artificial Intelligence in the EECS department at Berkeley involves foundational research in core areas of knowledge…


From insideHPC

NSF Announces $17.7 Million Funding for Data Science Projects

NSF Announces $17.7 Million Funding for Data Science Projects

Today the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced $17.7 million in funding for 12 Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science (TRIPODS) projects, which will bring together the statistics, mathematics and theoretical…


From insideHPC

SC17 Exhibition Setting Records

SC17 Exhibition Setting Records

Even though SC17 is still more than two months away, this year’s Exhibition is already setting records.


We are excited to report that we have already smashed the record for both net square feet of exhibit space sold as well as…


From Schneier on Security

Military Robots as a Nature Analog

Military Robots as a Nature Analog

This very interesting essay looks at the future of military robotics and finds many analogs in nature: Imagine a low-cost drone with the range of a Canada goose, a bird that can cover 1,500 miles in a single day at an average…


From Putting People First

Design Thinking is bullshit

Design Thinking is bullshit

Here is Pentagram partner and designer Natasha Jen‘s definition of design thinking: Design thinking packages a designer’s way of working for a non-designer audience by codifying their processes into a prescriptive, step-by-step…


From Putting People First

Design Thinking needs to think bigger

Design Thinking needs to think bigger

We live in a massively complex, intricately interconnected global system. And it’s increasingly impossible to be designers (or human beings) without taking into account how we affect and are, in turn, affected by all the moving…


From Putting People First

Should we delight the customer?

Should we delight the customer?

Growing the service design industry requires more than simply educating the next generation of service designers. Business students can also benefit from learning how service design can be used to innovate and address complex…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Forecast and Fulfillment

Forecast and Fulfillment


Discussion in Retailwire.     This remains a most important question.  The results of forecasts are driven by context, and that is always changing.    Even with large quantities of data.  Is inept forecasting holding back online…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Claims new Level of Speech Reco Accuracy

Microsoft Claims new Level of Speech Reco Accuracy

Claims to yet better cognitive performance.  Note the claim to improved contextual dialogs, utimately essential to speech interaction.  More open AI please.

Microsoft Claims New Speech Recognition Record, Achieving a Superhuman…