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October 2017


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Scientific Computing Senior Engineer at NREL in Colorado

Job of the Week: Scientific Computing Senior Engineer at NREL in Colorado

NREL in Golden, Colorado is seeking a Scientific Computing Senior Engineer in our Job of the Week. "We have an immediate opening for a Systems Engineer (Job Req #R2314). This senior position is responsible for implementing and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cautions About Using this Blog

Cautions About Using this Blog

Because of the nature of a blog,  and the way it presents information serially, please be careful to read the publication date of information.  It may render information invalid.    Also note that I cannot guarantee that links…


From insideHPC

SciDAC funding to Move Quantum Chromodynamics forward at Jefferson Lab

SciDAC funding to Move Quantum Chromodynamics forward at Jefferson Lab

As nuclear physicists delve ever deeper into the heart of matter, they require the tools to reveal the next layer of nature's secrets. Nowhere is that more true than in computational nuclear physics. A new research effort led…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Infrastructure Automation

Infrastructure Automation

Basic Infrastructure Automation is a No-Brainer – Why Aren’t You Doing It?    Chris Gardner,  Senior Analyst  Forrester

Everyone knows they need to automate. That is not a thought-provoking statement. In fact, when we ask infrastructure…


From insideHPC

John Gustafson to host BoF on Posit Arithmetic at SC17

John Gustafson to host BoF on Posit Arithmetic at SC17

John Gustafson from A*STAR will host a BoF on Posit arithmetic at SC17. Entitled, "Improving Numerical Computation with Practical Tools and Novel Computer Arithmetic,"  this BOF will be co-hosted by Mike Lam with discussions …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Fake Data

Fake Data

My colleague Kaiser Fung talks fake data.  Good thoughts and pointers to examples and resources. Read his whole article at the link.

Here is a problem staring many digital/Web/social media analysts in the face today: what if you…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ahold Digital Strategy

Ahold Digital Strategy

Considerable detail in this Progressive Grocer piece.

Ahold's digital strategy pays off
Ahold USA has seen success with a new digital strategy that has brought on 1 million new digital users, increased monthly app usage by 76%


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: International Squid Awareness Day

Friday Squid Blogging: International Squid Awareness Day

It's International Cephalopod Awareness Days this week, and Tuesday was Squid Day. I can't believe I missed it. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered.…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

GHC17 / Changing of the Guard: Welcome to the New ABI President and CEO

GHC17 / Changing of the Guard: Welcome to the New ABI President and CEO

At the opening keynote of this year's Grace Hopper Celebration, eighteen thousand technical women got to meet AnitaB.org's new President and CEO, Brenda Darden Wilkerson. She introduced herself as a warm, eloquent, and passionate…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Capturing the Value of APIs

Capturing the Value of APIs

Good general discussion of the architecture.   Good choices can make API possible and an asset.   In McKinsey.

What it really takes to capture the value of APIs

By Keerthi Iyengar, Somesh Khanna, Srinivas Ramadath, and Daniel Stephens…


From Schneier on Security

My Blogging

My Blogging

Blog regulars will notice that I haven't been posting as much lately as I have in the past. There are two reasons. One, it feels harder to find things to write about. So often it's the same stories over and over. I don't like…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing Virus Structures at Nanoscale with XFEL

Supercomputing Virus Structures at Nanoscale with XFEL

A team at Berkeley Lab are using innovative computational methods to enable new X-ray science. "The creation of XFEL facilities, including the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) and the European X-FEL, have created opportunities…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Shopping Free with the Google Assistant

Shopping Free with the Google Assistant

Starting an examination of the user experience of hands free voice shopping at well known retailers.   The Google Home assistant has this capability using what they call Google Express.  I just received some instructions by mail…


From insideHPC

Call for Submissions: PASC18 in Basel

Call for Submissions: PASC18 in Basel

The PASC18 Organizing Team has posted their Call for Submissions. Proposals are now being accepted for minisymposium, papers, and posters. The conference takes place July 2-4 in Basel, Switzerland (the week after ISC 2018 in …


From insideHPC

How the POP Performance Optimization Centre at BSC is Speeding up HPC in Europe

How the POP Performance Optimization Centre at BSC is Speeding up HPC in Europe

In this video, Jesús Labarta from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center describes the POP (Performance Optimization and Productivity) Centre of Excellence led by BSC. According to Labarta, POP’s performance analysis results in …


From The Eponymous Pickle

G-Drive Tips

G-Drive Tips

We were previously a shop that worked entirely with Microsoft Office 365, but connecting with Universities find ourselves working with Google drive products.   Which I have grown used to for collaborative efforts.  Found these…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Short Sentences are not Always Better

Short Sentences are not Always Better

Today you rarely see short sentences.  So it is best to at least best to think about shortening your expression.

Why Writing ShortSentences may be Short-Changing Your Reader
Ubiquity,  | By Philip Yaffe

" .... Virtually every article…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

CSTA 2018 Conference Call for Proposals

CSTA 2018 Conference Call for Proposals

It’s that time again! I have to get to work on a proposal. Or two. This is the best conference for computer science educators. If you have something good to share you should definitely submit a proposal.


CSTA Logo whiteThe Computer Science Teachers…


From insideHPC

HPC Connects: How Supercomputers Are Unraveling the Mystery of the Human Brain

HPC Connects: How Supercomputers Are Unraveling the Mystery of the Human Brain

In this video from SC17, Katrin Amunts from Jülich highlights how the massive European-based Human Brain Project (HBP), comprising a veritable orchestra of scientists, collaborates to deliver the most exquisitely detailed human…


From insideHPC

Agenda Posted for Intel HPC Developer Conference at SC17

Agenda Posted for Intel HPC Developer Conference at SC17

The Intel HPC Developer conference at SC17 has posted its Session Agenda. The conference takes place Nov. 11-12 in Denver. "The Intel HPC Developer Conference is the premier technical training event to meet and hear from Intel…


From Schneier on Security

Technology to Out Sex Workers

Technology to Out Sex Workers

Two related stories: PornHub is using machine learning algorithms to identify actors in different videos, so as to better index them. People are worried that it can really identify them, by linking their stage names to their…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Computing Research: Addressing National Priorities and Societal Needs Symposium

CCC Computing Research: Addressing National Priorities and Societal Needs Symposium

On October 23-24, 2017, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) will hold the Computing Research: Addressing National Priorities and Societal Needs Symposium in order to address the current and future contribution of computing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alibaba Wants to put Virtual Helpers Everywhere

Alibaba Wants to put Virtual Helpers Everywhere

The idea of virtual assistance continues to expand. Look for more contextually focused solutions from a number of directions.

Alibaba Aims to “Master the Laws” of AI and Put Virtual Helpers Everywhere

CTO of the e-commerce giant…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Teen Prime Logins

Amazon Teen Prime Logins

Good further discussion at the link.  Will this lead to more use of assistants.  Good further discussion at the link.

Amazon gives teens their own Prime logins   by George Anderson in RetailWire.

Many teens already think of Amazon…


From insideHPC

NERSC lends a hand to 2017 Tapia Conference on Diversity in Computing

NERSC lends a hand to 2017 Tapia Conference on Diversity in Computing

The recent Tapia Conference on Diversity in Computing in Atlanta brought together some 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers and professionals in computing from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kasparov Book: Deep Thinking

Kasparov Book: Deep Thinking

See Garry Kasparov's blog featuring information about his book: Deep Thinking

“Writing this book became type of therapy. It was a painful process, but I learned a great deal about myself and my opponent, and am now very glad I…


From insideHPC

GPUs Power Near-global Climate Simulation at 1 km Resolution

GPUs Power Near-global Climate Simulation at 1 km Resolution

A new peer-reviewed paper is reportedly causing a stir in the climatology community. "The best hope for reducing long-standing global climate model biases, is through increasing the resolution to the kilometer scale. Here we …


From insideHPC

Introducing the European EXDCI initiative for HPC

Introducing the European EXDCI initiative for HPC

"The European Extreme Data & Computing Initiative (EXDCI) objective is to support the development and implementation of a common strategy for the European HPC Ecosystem. One of the main goals of the meeting in Bologna was to …


From insideHPC

Diagnose Cluster Health with Intel® Cluster Checker

Diagnose Cluster Health with Intel® Cluster Checker

Intel® Cluster Checker, distributed as part of Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2018 Cluster Edition, provides a set of system diagnostics and analysis methods in a single tool to assist managing clusters of any size. "Think of Intel…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Engaging with Customers on Facebook

Engaging with Customers on Facebook

We looked at ways to connect effectively to customers to do product development.  How should it be done?

Does Engaging with Customers on Facebook Lead to Better Product Ideas?    By Irene Bertschek, Reinhold Kesler

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