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January 2018


From insideHPC

Video: Weather and Climate Modeling at Convection-Resolving Resolution

Video: Weather and Climate Modeling at Convection-Resolving Resolution

David Leutwyler from ETH Zurich gave this talk at the 2017 Chaos Communication Congress. "The representation of thunderstorms (deep convection) and rain showers in climate models represents a major challenge, as this process …


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

ACM-W Connections – January 2018

ACM-W Connections – January 2018

Letter from ACM-W chair News from ACM-W Celebrations News from ACM-W Professional Chapters News from ACM-W Scholarships News from ACM SIG News from ACM-W India and ACM-W Europe Welcome from the ACM-W Chair Happy New Year! This…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI as Storytelling Assistant

AI as Storytelling Assistant

Interesting proposition, but have yet to see examples of any value.   The first step should be, can we assign useful value measures to a partial or complete story?    How should that be tested?    Have been in meetings that looked…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Assistants for Your Job

Assistants for Your Job

Is What I call figuring out what the nature of assistance is.   Varies also in different industries.  And once it ascends to doing the job ....

AI might give you a personal assistant instead of taking your job
Karl RedenbachCofounder…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Capgemini: Trends in Conversational Commerce

Capgemini: Trends in Conversational Commerce

Good overview of the space and future with statistics.

Conversational Commerce
Why Consumers Are Embracing Voice Assistants  in Their Lives

Introduction

Conversational Commerce, consumer purchase of products and services via voice…


From The Eponymous Pickle

SAP and Blockchain

SAP and Blockchain

SAP's Blog talks its approach to specific applications of Blockchain.  Nicely described. " ... The blockchain technology, from a business perspective, can be seen as the next-gen collaborative business process improvement software…


From insideHPC

Video: Thomas Zacharia from ORNL Testifies at House Hearing on the Need for Supercomputing

Video: Thomas Zacharia from ORNL Testifies at House Hearing on the Need for Supercomputing

In this video, Thomas Zacharia from ORNL testifies before the House Energy and Commerce hearing on DOE Modernization. "At the OLCF, we are deploying a system that may well be the world’s most powerful supercomputer when it begins…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: System Administrator at D.E. Shaw Research

Job of the Week: System Administrator at D.E. Shaw Research

D.E. Shaw Research in NYC is seeking a System Administrator for Servers, Clusters and Supercomputers for Computational Biochemistry in our Job of the Week. "Exceptional sysadmins sought to manage systems, storage, and network…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Speakers/Assistants Reduce TV Use?

Smart Speakers/Assistants Reduce TV Use?

Intriguing stats embedded here.   Now will the integration of Assistants with devices with screams bring the mediums together?   Note how rapidly this has occurred, in the last two years. Soon with the opportunity to start real…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dolphins Tracked with Sound Classification

Dolphins Tracked with Sound Classification

Note the statement of the problem of classification here:

Tracking Dolphins With Algorithms You Might Find on Facebook 
The New York Times    By Steph Yin

Researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography have used a machine…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Timing Leaks Everything

Facing the awful truth that computers are physical machines As moderator of RSA 2016 panel Paul Kocher is the lead author on the second of two papers detailing a longstanding class of security vulnerability that was recognized…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Japanese "Dude Food" Includes Squid

Friday Squid Blogging: Japanese "Dude Food" Includes Squid

This seems to be a trend. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. Read my blog posting guidelines here....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Displays beyond Voice?

Smart Displays beyond Voice?

Now emerging, the 'Smart Display', which takes voice interaction to a new place, which is why amazon is calling it voice-first on their Show and Spot assistants.  Now Google is planning to introduce this year 'smart displays'…


From Schneier on Security

XKCD's Smartphone Security System

XKCD's Smartphone Security System

Funny....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Considering Chatbots

Considering Chatbots

A good, very broad look at chatbots in DSC.   Starting with the 'AI Shrink', which it turns out, many people trusted more than their real doctors.   Though to my knowledge it never replaced any psychiatrists. History, experiments…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Automobile Dashboard of the Future

Automobile Dashboard of the Future

An interesting view that makes you think about all the design architecture of the steering wheel and what a car would be without it.  Will the term steering wheel sound as archaic as a buggy whip in the future? Some say thisIn…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sound Classification

Sound Classification

Sounds are important.  Getting them right can make the difference between correct and incorrect advice.  Those of you experimenting with advisors have now seen this.

Sound Classification with TensorFlow

Having this solution along…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Hype and Reality

AI Hype and Reality

In Knowledge@Wharton, good cautionary thoughts. 

Wharton Global Forum from this summer on Hype and Reality in AI.

The Future of Artificial Intelligence: Why the Hype Has Outrun Reality

Robots that serve dinner, self-driving cars…


From insideHPC

Registration Opens for LUG 2018 in April

Registration Opens for LUG 2018 in April

Registration is now open for LUG 2018. Sponsored by Globus. the 2018 Lustre User Group (LUG) conference will be held April 23-26, 2018 at Argonne National Laboratory. "As always, LUG provides technical sessions on the latest …


From insideHPC

Fighting Cancer with Deep Learning at Scale with the CANDLE Project

Fighting Cancer with Deep Learning at Scale with the CANDLE Project

In this episode of Let's Talk Exascale, Mike Bernhardt discusses the CANDLE project for cancer research with Rick Stevens from Argonne National Lab. The CANcer Distributed Learning Environment (CANDLE) is an ECP application development…


From insideHPC

HPC4Mfg Program Selects New Industry Projects

HPC4Mfg Program Selects New Industry Projects

Today the DOE announced $1.87 million for seven projects to advance innovation in U.S. manufacturing through HPC. "The HPC4Mfg program leverages world-class technical expertise with high performance computing to tackle manufacturing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Business Process Modeling and Assistants

Business Process Modeling and Assistants

Would suggest that anyone looking at constructing serious assistants also look at understanding the underlying process that includes the assistant.    I am just now looking at IBM's offerings in this space at https://www.ibm.com…


From insideHPC

Call for Papers: International Workshop on Accelerators and Hybrid Exascale Systems

Call for Papers: International Workshop on Accelerators and Hybrid Exascale Systems

The eight annual  International Workshop on Accelerators and Hybrid Exascale Systems (AsHES) has issued its Call for Papers. Held in conjunction with the 32nd IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, …


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (January 12th, 2018)

Science and Technology links (January 12th, 2018)

A few years ago, researchers in Danemark expressed concerns regarding high concentrations of pesticides that are showing up in urine samples of Danish mothers and children. Last time I was in Danemark, a newspaper was reporting…


From insideHPC

Video: Molecular Simulation at the Mesoscale

Video: Molecular Simulation at the Mesoscale

Dr. Rommie E. Amaro gave this talk at SC17. "We are developing new capabilities for multi-scale dynamic simulations that cross spatial scales from the molecular (angstrom) to cellular ultrastructure (near micron), and temporal…


From Schneier on Security

Facial Recognition Is Coming to Retail

Facial Recognition Is Coming to Retail

Summary article....


From The Eponymous Pickle

China Tuya for IoT

China Tuya for IoT

China’s Tuya expands its reach further with launch of IoT platform for the U.S.   By Clayton Moore  in DigitalTrends 

Tuya, one of the world’s largest and most widespread Internet of Things (IoT) OS providers, landed in the United…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rethinking Process for AI Applications

Rethinking Process for AI Applications

 Ultimately this is a key point for any innovative change, how does it link to actual current or proposed business process?   And especially for scaled solutions.  Good piece, but due to the fact its in the WSJ,  you need to

To…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dash Buttons Open to Developers

Dash Buttons Open to Developers

Besides just buying things, how else might they be used?

Amazon opens up virtual Dash Buttons to third-party developers   By Swapna Krishna, @skrishna in Engadget


It also added new companies to its Dash Replenishment program

If

Amazon…


From insideHPC

Dark Energy Survey Releases First Three Years of Data

Dark Energy Survey Releases First Three Years of Data

Today scientists from the Dark Energy Survey (DES) released their first three years of data. This first major release of data from the Survey includes information on about 400 million astronomical objects, including distant galaxies…