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June 2018


From insideHPC

Why Demand for In-Memory Computing Platforms Keeps Growing

Why Demand for In-Memory Computing Platforms Keeps Growing

IMC platformsThe demand for in-memory computing (IMC) and new IMC platforms continues to grow. What's pushing this growth as new products like the GridGain in-memory computing platform hit the market? Download the new white paper from GridGain…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Trying Cashierless

Microsoft Trying Cashierless

Another company trying the space,  Will it be a common thing very soon?  I recall seeing an example at Microsoft's retail innovation space,  but did not know they were emphasizing that space any more.

Microsoft reportedly has
Reuters…


From Schneier on Security

Thomas Dullien on Complexity and Security

Thomas Dullien on Complexity and Security

For many years, I have said that complexity is the worst enemy of security. At CyCon earlier this month, Thomas Dullien gave an excellent talk on the subject with far more detail than I've ever provided. Video. Slides....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Complexity of Taste Expertise

Complexity of Taste Expertise

Learned the complexity of this in the favor space for roasted coffee.  Some people just cannot do it.  How do you make machines do it?

Learning to Become a Taste Expert
by Kathryn A. Latour and John A. Deighton in HBS Working knowledge…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quick Statistics for Anyone

Quick Statistics for Anyone

Nicely done!   A first job in the enterprise was informing decision makers about hard topics like statistics and analytics.   This would have been useful.  Its about beliefs and decisions and certainty!  In Towardsdatascience…


From The Eponymous Pickle

High Performance Codes

High Performance Codes

As the volume and complexity increase, and as we try to improve more complex processes we need more high performance computing (HPC).  Its a complex thing to build code that we know will operate correctly and predict well at

'A…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Automates with Algorithms

Amazon Automates with Algorithms

Most companies that have gone deeply digital have or are starting to automate some of these processes, especially in areas like supply chain and other operations that are already heavily digitized. These can be driven by algorithm…


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

Congratulations to our Best Facebook Post Winner!

Congratulations to our Best Facebook Post Winner!

We are happy to announce the winner of our best Facebook post contest is the ACM-W Chapter at the University of Central Florida. This chapter designed a team-building exercise that sounds like loads of fun: a CS-themed escape…


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

Congratulations to our Best Officer Winner!

Congratulations to our Best Officer Winner!

Congratulations to Sukriti Paul from Manipal University, Manipal, India, for winning our best officer contest for 2018!


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tableau Acquires AI for Data Understanding

Tableau Acquires AI for Data Understanding

Makes sense to integrate visualization with analytical methods and AI methods.  Visualization is a form of human understanding,  AI augments these human methods.  Look forward to seeing how this works, was a long time user of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Introduction to Game Theory

Introduction to Game Theory

We used Game theory linked methods to try to understand competitive activity.   We used these methods not necessarily to solve for a best strategy, but to think about how to gather data about the underlying competitive process…


From insideHPC

Agenda Posted for ExaComm 2018 Workshop in Frankfurt

Agenda Posted for ExaComm 2018 Workshop in Frankfurt

The ExaComm 2018 workshop has posted their Speaker Agenda. Held in conjunction with ISC 2018, the Fourth International Workshop on Communication Architectures for HPC, Big Data, Deep Learning and Clouds at Extreme Scale takes…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Retail Re-imagining Post-Amazon

Retail Re-imagining Post-Amazon

Interesting Podcast and transcript:

Retail Reimagining: Why Being Great Is no Longer Good Enough

 The retail industry is undergoing a major repositioning as legacy stores and brands that were once customer favorites fall victim…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

The Surprising Security Benefits of End-to-End Formal Proofs

The Surprising Security Benefits of End-to-End Formal Proofs

The following is a guest blog post by Adam Chlipala, associate professor of computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Many discussions of computer security adopt metaphors from war or biology. There is an…


From insideHPC

MareNostrum 4 Adds POWER9 Racks with Volta GPUS for AI Research

MareNostrum 4 Adds POWER9 Racks with Volta GPUS for AI Research

The Barcelona Supercomputing Centre has augmented their hybrid MareNostrum supercomputer with the new racks of IBM AC922 servers. This upgrade makes BSC becomes the first center in Europe to offer access to the same technologies…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The AI Need for Forgetting

The AI Need for Forgetting

Hackernoon discusses the need for forgetting.

Forgetting. A long time concept, and true in its essence, but forgetting needs to be in context, like remembering, and we do too little remembering of conversational context today,…


From insideHPC

Improving Deep Learning scalability on HPE servers with NovuMind: GPU RDMA made easy

Improving Deep Learning scalability on HPE servers with NovuMind: GPU RDMA made easy

Bruno Monnet from HPE gave this talk at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference. "Deep Learning demands massive amounts of computational power. Those computation power usually involve heterogeneous computation resources, e.g., GPUs…


From insideHPC

GE’s Flow Simulator Software Now Available Exclusively from Altair

GE’s Flow Simulator Software Now Available Exclusively from Altair

Today Altair announced that the company has added GE’s Flow Simulator software to the Altair Partner Alliance (APA) and offer direct licenses to Altair customers. Flow Simulator is an integrated flow, heat transfer, and combustion…


From insideHPC

How Do I Network vSAN Ready Nodes?

How Do I Network vSAN Ready Nodes?

vSan ready nodesDell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes are built on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers that have been pre-configured, tested and certified to run VMware vSAN. This post outlines how to network vSan ready nodes. "As an integrated feature of the ESXi…


From Schneier on Security

Russian Censorship of Telegram

Russian Censorship of Telegram

Internet censors have a new strategy in their bid to block applications and websites: pressuring the large cloud providers that host them. These providers have concerns that are much broader than the targets of censorship efforts…


From Putting People First

Invito: DesAlps design thinking workshop per la tua startup

Invito: DesAlps design thinking workshop per la tua startup

Hai una startup? Hai mai pensato ai benefici che potrebbe trarre dal Design Thinking? Questa è l’opportunità per scoprirlo! DesAlps Workshop #2: Il Design Thinking per la tua startup! Giovedì 28 giugno 2018 – dalle 9:30 alle…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Artificial Synapses

Artificial Synapses

Synapses are where the learning takes place.  Energy efficient is good, learning faster and more useably, better yet.

AI Could Get 100 Times More Energy-Efficient with IBM's New Artificial Synapses  By Technology Review 

Neural…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simulating the Universe

Simulating the Universe

And how can we simulate business process?  We did, but not enough.

The Universe Is Not a Simulation, but We Can Now Simulate It  In Quanta Magazine 

In the early 2000s, a small community of coder-cosmologists set out to simulate…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Home now Handles Three Requests at Once

Google Home now Handles Three Requests at Once

Assistants getting more capabilities to multitask.  Another step towards more complex conversations and dialog.    How much will this be used?  Looking towards more conversational memory and context awareness.

Google Home now
Multitask…


From The Eponymous Pickle

CSIG Talk on Predicting Surgical Outcomes

CSIG Talk on Predicting Surgical Outcomes

 Collecting Movement Data and Predicting Surgical Outcomes in the Age of Deep Learning

Talk Link: https://zoom.us/j/7371462221   June 14, 10:30 AM EDT

Slides and Talk Recording: http://cognitive-science.info/community/weekly-update…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

2018 NAACL Student Research Workshop

2018 NAACL Student Research Workshop

Sam Bowman from New York University provided contributions to this post. The 16th Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies (NAACL HLT 2018)…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Contract

Smart Contract

Part of a larger look at Blockchain:  in O'Reilly

The concept of smart contracts in O'Reilly.

While the initial blockchain implementation (bitcoin) wasn't intended to deliver a smart contract platform, it inherently contained a…


From insideHPC

Working with the Dell EMC AI & HPC Innovation Lab

Working with the Dell EMC AI & HPC Innovation Lab

In this video from the Dell EMC HPC Community meeting in Austin, Garima Kochhar from Dell describes how the company works with customers at the Dell EMC AI & HPC Innovation Lab. "The HPC Innovation Lab gives our customers access…


From insideHPC

Maximizing Performance of HiFUN* CFD Solver on Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processor With Intel MPI Library

Maximizing Performance of HiFUN* CFD Solver on Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processor With Intel MPI Library

The HiFUN CFD solver shows that the latest-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor enhances single-node performance due to the availability of large cache, higher core density per CPU, higher memory speed, and larger memory…


From insideHPC

HP-CAST Returns to Franfurt for ISC 2018

HP-CAST Returns to Franfurt for ISC 2018

Hewlett Packard Enterprise will host HP-CAST once again this year at ISC 2018. The event takes place June 22-23 in Frankfurt, Germany. "The High Performance Consortium for Advanced Scientific and Technical (HP-CAST) computing…