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December 2017


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gaming Machine Learning

Gaming Machine Learning

Previously mentioned.   A good means for applying simulation.  Here in further detail.  And Gaming. 

Gaming Machine Learning   By Samuel Greengard 

Communications of the ACM, Vol. 60 No. 12, Pages 14-16

Over the last few years,

All…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analytics to Combat Opiod Epidemic

Analytics to Combat Opiod Epidemic

Becoming an epidemic in our area.  Good thoughts here, but would have liked more in the area of pattern detection, predictive and prescriptive applications.  Though once you did more accurate data gathering,  you would get more…


From insideHPC

Verne Global Launches hpcDIRECT, an HPC as a Service Platform

Verne Global Launches hpcDIRECT, an HPC as a Service Platform

Today Verne Global in Iceland announced hpcDIRECT, a powerful, agile and efficient HPC-as-a-service (HPCaaS) platform. hpcDIRECT provides a fully scalable, bare metal service with the ability to rapidly provision the full performance…


From insideHPC

Intel SC17 Booth Tour: Driving Innovation in HPC

Intel SC17 Booth Tour: Driving Innovation in HPC

In this video, David Warberg gives us a quick tour of the Intel booth at SC17. "Intel unveiled new HPC advancements for optimized workloads, including the the addition of a new family of HPC solutions to the Intel Select Solutions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

NVidia Democratizing AI

NVidia Democratizing AI

Specialized hardware is becoming important for edge resident AI and analytics.  Also for more broadly available analytic and cognitive skills.

Nvidia Corp. is moving to lower the entry barrier to developing artificial intelligence…


From insideHPC

Mellanox and NEC Partner to Deliver High-Performance Artificial Intelligence Platforms

Mellanox and NEC Partner to Deliver High-Performance Artificial Intelligence Platforms

Today Mellanox announced in collaboration with NEC Corporation support for the newly announced SX-Aurora TSUBASA systems with Mellanox ConnectX InfiniBand adapters. "We appreciate the performance, efficiency and scalability advantages…


From insideHPC

DDN Simplifies High Performance Storage at SC17

DDN Simplifies High Performance Storage at SC17

In this video from SC17 in Denver, James Coomer from DDN describes how the company is driving high performance storage for HPC. For more than 15 years, DDN has designed, developed, deployed, and optimized systems, software, and…


From insideHPC

Benchmarking Optimized 3D Electromagnetic Simulation Tools

Benchmarking Optimized 3D Electromagnetic Simulation Tools

New benchmarks from Computer Simulation Technology on their recently optimized 3D electromagnetic field simulation tools compare the performance of the new Intel Xeon Scalable processors with previous generation Intel Xeon processors…


From Schneier on Security

Matt Blaze on Securing Voting Machines

Matt Blaze on Securing Voting Machines

Matt Blaze's House testimony on the security of voting machines is an excellent read. (Details on the entire hearing is here.) I have not watched the video....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bayesian Networks for Marketing

Bayesian Networks for Marketing

Some good and fairly straightforward examples of the technology in marketing.

Bayesia Presents:
Benoit Hubert: From Marketing Science to Artificial Intelligence with Bayesian Networks

Benoit Hubert (GfK) presents at the 5th Annual…


From Computational Complexity

Fireside chat with Simons Inst Director Dick Karp

Fireside chat with Dick Karp


Above link is Samir Khuller interviewing Dick Karp, though its labelled as a fireside chat with Dick Karp.

Very interesting to hear how TCS has evolved. More generally its good to know…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Stanford Creates an AI Index

Stanford Creates an AI Index

Recall an effort to do this back then as well. 

Stanford-Led Artificial Intelligence Index Tracks Emerging Field 
Stanford News  by Andrew Myers

A Stanford University-led team called the AI100 has launched the AI Index, the first…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Video Understanding

Video Understanding

Very good piece, with as you might expect, good demonstration video.   This takes such methods beyond captioning and close to what we continually do as humans, visually interpret and understand a contextually changing view. 

Helping…


From insideHPC

Kingston NVMe Technologies Speed Up HPC at SC17

Kingston NVMe Technologies Speed Up HPC at SC17

In this video from SC17 in Denver, Rich Kanadjian from Kingston describes the company's wide array server memory and NVMe PCIe Flash solutions for HPC. "Today’s supercomputing installations are capable of doing billions of calculations…


From insideHPC

Consumer GPUs come to NVIDIA GPU Cloud for AI Research

Consumer GPUs come to NVIDIA GPU Cloud for AI Research

Today NVIDIA announced that hundreds of thousands of AI researchers using desktop GPUs can now tap into the power of NVIDIA GPU Cloud. “With GPU-optimized software now available to hundreds of thousands of researchers using NVIDIA…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Lecture- Soft Materials Research in the Era of Machine Learning

NSF Lecture- Soft Materials Research in the Era of Machine Learning

Professor Juan de Pablo from the Institute for Molecular Engineering at University of Chicago will be giving a lecture on Soft Materials Research in the Era of Machine Learning at the National Science Foundation (NSF) on Monday…


From insideHPC

Video: PASC18 to Focus on Big Data & Computation

Video: PASC18 to Focus on Big Data & Computation

In this video, Florina Ciorba from University of Basel describes the theme of the upcoming PASC18 conference. With a focus on the convergence of Big Data and Computation, the conference takes place from July 2-4, 2018 in Basel…


From insideHPC

Intel Omni Path Gains Momentum at SC17

Intel Omni Path Gains Momentum at SC17

"On the November 2017 TOP500 list, Intel-powered supercomputers accounted for six of the top 10 systems and a record high of 471 out of 500 systems. Intel Omni-Path Architecture (Intel OPA) gained momentum, delivering a majority…


From Schneier on Security

"Crypto" Is Being Redefined as Cryptocurrencies

"Crypto" Is Being Redefined as Cryptocurrencies

I agree with Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, "Cryptocurrencies aren't 'crypto'": Lately on the internet, people in the world of Bitcoin and other digital currencies are starting to use the word "crypto" as a catch-all term for…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Looks at a Controversy in the Irish Supercomputing List

Radio Free HPC Looks at a Controversy in the Irish Supercomputing List

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at a controversy stirred up by the recent Irish Supercomputing List.


The 9th Irish Supercomputer List was released this week. For the first time, Ireland has four computers ranked…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Rekognition Announces New Features

Amazon Rekognition Announces New Features

For a prototype project have been examining applications of face and image analysis.  I see that Amazon has added a number of new features to their Rekognition Services, which is used in Pinterist.

Amazon Adds New Features to …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Empathy and Product Design

Empathy and Product Design

Have followed this site for some time, follow along. 

Empathy and the Art of Product Design
By Vignesh Ramesh in UXMatters.

Solving extraordinary problems and creating customer-centric products and services that people want and

Product…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chatbots Driving Future of Content Marketing

Chatbots Driving Future of Content Marketing

Based on our own experience, I concur.  Probably driven most by people starting to experience more conversations with chatbots.   Authenticity helps, but the authenticity is being accepted as a 'robotic' style.  Still has to

How…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Software can Identify People from DNA

Software can Identify People from DNA

This software can Identify People from their DNA in minutes  via the Hindu Times

“We’re especially excited about the potential to improve cell authentication in cancer research and potentially speed up the discovery of new treatments…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smalt: A Smart Salt Shaker

Smalt: A Smart Salt Shaker

A Smart Salt Shaker?  Uses in commercial cooking applications?  More generally in any blending design and testing application?   In CBInsights.com by Anand Sanwal

" .... You can now pay money to buy a smart salt shaker that you…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Capital One Rethinking Banking: Multimodal Skills

Capital One Rethinking Banking: Multimodal Skills

A useful example of multimodal assistance development. Voice plus visual.   Following with another example of skill in this space.

Session recording now available! How Capital One Rethought Multimodal Voice Experiences and Brought…


From insideHPC

RCE Podcast Looks at PMIx Process Management Interface for Exascale

RCE Podcast Looks at PMIx Process Management Interface for Exascale

In this RCE Podcast, Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres discuss PMIx with Ralph Castain from Intel. "The Process Management Interface (PMI) has been used for quite some time as a means of exchanging wireup information needed for interprocess…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Self Destructing Drones

Self Destructing Drones

In these cases you have to think about the liability risk from the infrastructure  of your supply chain.

Amazon Working on Self-Dismantling Drone by Ethan Baron in CIO Today

Nobody wants a drone falling on their head, especially…


From insideHPC

Video: Australian Bureau of Meteorology moves to a new Data Production Service

Video: Australian Bureau of Meteorology moves to a new Data Production Service

Tim Pugh from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology gave this talk at the DDN User Group in Denver. "The Bureau of Meteorology, Australia’s national weather, climate and water agency, relies on DDN’s GRIDScaler Enterprise NAS…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kuri Update and Future

Kuri Update and Future

The updated newsletter for the Kuri home robot includes extensive new information.  Very nicely presented. The system is now scheduled for shipment this month.  It costs $799 plus shipping and handling.   Expensive.  Still have…