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September 2018


From insideHPC

Altair Open Sources Model-Based Development Software

Altair Open Sources Model-Based Development Software

"Altair is now open-sourcing its open matrix language – a high-level, matrix-based numerical computing language – to encourage interested scientists and engineers to expand the language, add toolboxes, and employ it for their…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Oracle Whitepaper on AI

Oracle Whitepaper on AI

Interesting White paper offer by Oracle, requires a detailed sign up ...

Gartner research estimates that artificial intelligence (AI) bots will power 85% of customer service interactions for 2020. What does this fast-growing technology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

SAP and Supply Chain

SAP and Supply Chain

Earlier we worked with SAP for optimizing the manufacturing supply chain.  Some elements of automatic augmentation based on predictions.

SAP introduces intelligent capabilities for digital supply chain

CHICAGO, Sept. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire…


From The Eponymous Pickle

HBR on Understanding Digital Strategy

HBR on Understanding Digital Strategy

Very true, its not the flashy technical thing that is the focus, its the business process that is essential.  Not only knowing that is the case, but its also knowing the existing business process in detail.  So talk it, model…


From insideHPC

Contest Winner Proposes Using AI for Earth-wide Plant and Deforestation Database

Contest Winner Proposes Using AI for Earth-wide Plant and Deforestation Database

Today Intel announced Rosemarie Day as the winner of the Super Explorer Mission of the Intel AI Interplanetary Challenge to use artificial intelligence for space exploration and planetary research using Intel-optimized AI technology…


From insideHPC

Interview: Brent Gorda on his New Role as Head of ARM HPC

Interview: Brent Gorda on his New Role as Head of ARM HPC

Former Whamcloud CEO Brent Gorda has a new role as Senior Director for the HPC business at Arm. We caught up with Brent to learn more about the company's plans to grow their business in the Datacenter, HPC space, and on to Exascale…


From insideHPC

MERIL-2 Project Launches Tool for Mapping Research Infrastructure in Europe

MERIL-2 Project Launches Tool for Mapping Research Infrastructure in Europe

Today the European Commission MERIL-2 project introduced a new Data Visualization tool that allows users to discover all of the European research infrastructures in the MERIL database interactively. With the new tool, users can…


From insideHPC

Intel® Compilers Overview: Scalable Performance for Intel® Processors

Intel® Compilers Overview: Scalable Performance for Intel® Processors

Intel Compilers for C/C++ and Fortran empower developers to derive the greatest performance from applications and hardware. In this video, Igor Vorobtsov discusses nuances of Intel compiler features which enable high-level optimization…


From Schneier on Security

Security Vulnerability in Smart Electric Outlets

Security Vulnerability in Smart Electric Outlets

A security vulnerability in Belkin's Wemo Insight "smartplugs" allows hackers to not only take over the plug, but use it as a jumping-off point to attack everything else on the network. From the Register: The bug underscores…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Searches for Alien Megastructure

AI Searches for Alien Megastructure

Its all about the patterns.

Earth’s most powerful alien-hunting telescope turns its gaze to mysterious star   By Dyllan Furness in DigitalTrends — 

The Most Important Technologies Developed by NASA

A mysterious structure orbits

Most…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Great Innovative Idea: A Task-Centric Framework to Revolutionize Big Data Systems Research

Great Innovative Idea: A Task-Centric Framework to Revolutionize Big Data Systems Research

The following Great Innovative Idea is from Da Yan, tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Yan presented his poster, A Task-Centric Framework…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Accenture Keynote: AI Benefit to Business and Society

Accenture Keynote: AI Benefit to Business and Society

Well put.

Raising AI to benefit business and society

Kishore Durg explains why deploying AI requires raising it to act as a responsible representative of the business and a contributing member of society.

This is a keynote from

This…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Procter has the Factory of the Future

Procter has the Factory of the Future

Lots more opportunity to make these innovations work elsewhere.

P&G’s second-oldest plant called ‘factory of the future’     By Barrett J. Brunsman  – Staff reporter, Cincinnati Business Courier

Procter & Gamble Co.’s soap manufacturing…


From Computational Complexity

The Tenure system is broken but not in the way that you think (Anon Guest Post)



This is an ANONYMOUSE Guest Post. Even I don't know who it is! They emailed me asking if they

could post on this topic, I said I would need to see the post, and it was fine.



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From insideHPC

Seagate Rolls Out 14 Terabyte Hard Drives

Seagate Rolls Out 14 Terabyte Hard Drives

Today Seagate launched the industry’s widest range of advanced 14TB hard drives, enhancing the company’s enterprise and specialty drive portfolio. Their new IronWolf drives for network attached storage (NAS) applications are …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sonos Links Music for Assistants with IFTTT

Sonos Links Music for Assistants with IFTTT

Makes lots of sense.   I experimented with the detailed music stream that IFTTT captures to look at something like this.  Right now most assistants watch your music listening and can recommend music based on that.   Linking skills…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Choosing the Optimal AI Algorithm

Choosing the Optimal AI Algorithm

Automating aspects of deep learning is an obvious next step.   Note also the method described here is an evolutionary algorithm.    Consider also that the selection and testing of data needs to be addressed.  That's usually harder…


From insideHPC

A Guide to High Performance Computing in the AWS Cloud

A Guide to High Performance Computing in the AWS Cloud

AWS cloud

A new ebook from Intel and AWS explores how AWS cloud can mitigate some of today's top HPC challenges and enable engineers and researchers to innovate without constraints.


The post A Guide to High Performance Computing in the…


From insideHPC

Video: Computer Vision for Autonomous Vehicles

Video: Computer Vision for Autonomous Vehicles

Xiaoming Liu from Michigan State University gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Detroit. "At Michigan State University, researchers are involved in the work that will someday make self-driving vehicles not just a reality,…


From Schneier on Security

Using Hacked IoT Devices to Disrupt the Power Grid

Using Hacked IoT Devices to Disrupt the Power Grid

This is really interesting research: "BlackIoT: IoT Botnet of High Wattage Devices Can Disrupt the Power Grid": Abstract: We demonstrate that an Internet of Things (IoT) botnet of high wattage devices-such as air conditioners…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Consumer Goods Companies Driving Growth

Consumer Goods Companies Driving Growth

It was clear for decades, prediction of product growth was the key. In McKinsey, a considerable piece:

"  ... From lab to leader: How consumer companies can drive growth at scale with disruptive innovation

In the era of “fast products…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Do We Really Need CS Focused High Schools?

Do We Really Need CS Focused High Schools?

Last week Bill Gates visited the Academy for Software Engineering, a computer science focused high school in New York City. and wrote about his visit. At first reading I was thinking the visit was a good thing. I still thinkThat…


From The Eponymous Pickle

ISSIP Monthly Newsletter

ISSIP Monthly Newsletter

The most recent issue of the ISSIP newsletter.    Worth a look.   Have been a member for years.   More here:

The International Society of Service Innovation Professionals, ISSIP (pronounced iZip),  is a 501 (C) (3) professional…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Engineered AI Still Matters for Question Answering

Engineered AI Still Matters for Question Answering

Upcoming CGI Meeting on a crucial area of AI application.

Via Karolyn Schalk, Manager
Executive and Technical Expertise, Cloud, AI and IT Operations

Sept. 13 10:30 AM ET Engineered AI Still Matters for Question Answering, By J.

Zoom…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Eye Tracking of 200 Eye Movements

AI Eye Tracking of 200 Eye Movements

What appears to be a deeper kind of Eye movement biometric analysis than is common.  Dealing with both enhrent traits, and also real time changes?  Note that the test mentioned included retail interaction.  Consider comparison…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Echolocation Robot

Echolocation Robot

Besides navigation is also doing classification of objects it encounters

Bat-Inspired Robot Uses Echolocation to Navigate 

By Kenny Walter, Tel Aviv University

Researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel have developed Robat, a…


From My Biased Coin

Lenore Blum interview

Lenore Blum interview

I've just read this, and do not have any specific comments, but I thought this interview with Lenore Blum on her recently announced resignation from CMU would be something of interest to the larger community.  (Thanks to Margo…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Apply for the CCC’s Thermodynamic Computing Workshop

Apply for the CCC’s Thermodynamic Computing Workshop

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) will hold a workshop from January 3rd to 5th, 2019 in Hawaii to create a vision for thermodynamic computing, a statement of research needs, and a summary of the current state of understanding…


From insideHPC

Rigetti Rolls Out Quantum Cloud Services

Rigetti Rolls Out Quantum Cloud Services

Over at the Rigetti Blog, Chad Rigetti writes that the company just rolled out Quantum Cloud Services (QCS), the "only quantum-first cloud computing platform." With QCS, for the first time, quantum processors are tightly integrated…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Looks at IDC Server Market Numbers Reflecting Remarkable Growth from Cloud

Radio Free HPC Looks at IDC Server Market Numbers Reflecting Remarkable Growth from Cloud

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the latest server watch numbers from IDC. The takeaway? The Server industry up 43 percent year over year. Component prices have gone up, so there may be multiple contributing …