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July 2017


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mapping Critical Knowledge

Mapping Critical Knowledge

Always liked the idea of using a map, especially for group interactions.  Does require some paying attention to maintaining the knowledge involved.  Here in Knowledge@Wharton:
Mapping Critical Knowledge for Digital Transformation…


From Schneier on Security

Forged Documents and Microsoft Fonts

Forged Documents and Microsoft Fonts

A set of documents in Pakistan were detected as forgeries because their fonts were not in circulation at the time the documents were dated....


From insideHPC

Lustre 2.10.0 Released

Lustre 2.10.0 Released

Today OpenSFS announced that the Lustre 2.10.0 release has been declared GA and is available download. "Thanks to all those who have contributed to the creation of this release. This is the first release of the 2.10.x LTS release…


From Computational Complexity

Solutions to some Hat Problem AND some points of interest.

In my last blog here I asked three (known) hat problems since they may be new to you (one of them I just learned last week) and I had a point to make about them. I have WRITTEN UP the proofs  here since html is clumsy with math…


From insideHPC

Teradata Acquires StackIQ

Teradata Acquires StackIQ

Today Teradata announced the acquisition of StackIQ, developers of one of the industry’s fastest bare metal software provisioning platforms which has managed the deployment of cloud and analytics software at millions of servers…


From insideHPC

Panel Looks at Improving Diversity in HPC

Panel Looks at Improving Diversity in HPC

In this video from ISC 2017, Lara Kisielewska moderates a panel discussion on Diversity in HPC. "Through collaboration and networking, the Women in HPC community strives to bring together women in HPC and technical computing …


From insideHPC

WekaIO Unveils Industry’s First Cloud-native Scalable File System

WekaIO Unveils Industry’s First Cloud-native Scalable File System

Today WekaIO, a venture backed high-performance cloud storage software company, today emerged from stealth to introduce the industry's first cloud-native scalable file system that delivers unprecedented performance to applications…


From insideHPC

Interview: Dr. Christoph Schär on Escaping the Data Avalanche for Climate Modeling

Interview: Dr. Christoph Schär on Escaping the Data Avalanche for Climate Modeling

"There are large efforts towards refining the horizontal resolution of climate models to O(1 km) with the intent to represent convective clouds explicitly rather than using semi-empirical parameterizations. This refinement would…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

DataScience@NIH Updates

DataScience@NIH Updates

Check out the following updates from Data Science at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Data Science Opportunities: The NIH is looking for mentors for the Friday Afternoon Data Science Mentorship Program (FAM). The mentorship…


From insideHPC

Alan Turing Institute to Acquire Cray Urika-GX Graph Supercomputer

Alan Turing Institute to Acquire Cray Urika-GX Graph Supercomputer

Today Cray announced the Company will provide a Cray Urika-GX system to the Alan Turing Institute. “The rise of data-intensive computing – where big data analytics, artificial intelligence, and supercomputing converge – has opened…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Science Pipelines

Data Science Pipelines

So rarely well thought out in the enterprise, a high level view.    Well presented.  Via O'Reilly and in Medium:

How to build a data science pipeline  by Balázs Kégl 
Start with y. Concentrate on formalizing the predictive problem…


From insideHPC

Cycles Per Instruction – Why it matters

Cycles Per Instruction – Why it matters

To compare how one version of a part of the code is running to another version, since this is a ratio, it is important to keep one of the values constant in order to understand if the optimization is working. If more cpu cycles…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Measuring Omnichannel in Retail

Measuring Omnichannel in Retail

With some good expert discussion:

Are retailers measuring omnichannel all wrong?     by Nikki Baird

Through a special arrangement, what follows is an excerpt of an article from Retail Paradox, RSR Research’s weekly analysis on

There…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Pushes AI Research

Microsoft Pushes AI Research

Microsoft creates an AI research lab to challenge Google and DeepMind
 by Darrell Etherington (@etherington)

Microsoft has created a new research lab with a focus on developing general-purpose artificial intelligence technology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Banning Recordings

Banning Recordings

I used to work gathering data about retail practices, and it was drilled into us that we needed to get permission from a store manager to do picture or video recordings in a store.     As a customer I also gathered data from

Course…


From Schneier on Security

Tomato-Plant Security

Tomato-Plant Security

I have a soft spot for interesting biological security measures, especially by plants. I've used them as examples in several of my books. Here's a new one: when tomato plants are attacked by caterpillars, they release a chemical…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Decisions and Process

Decisions and Process

In McKinsey:

" ... Untangling your organization’s decision making
By Aaron De Smet, Gerald Lackey, and Leigh M. Weiss

Any organization can improve the speed and quality of its decisions by paying more attention to what it’s deciding…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google's MultiModel for Multiple Tasks

Google's MultiModel for Multiple Tasks

New to me, examining.  Premise sounds very useful.  Or is it carrying the neural model architecture too far?   Defining a useful task as?  The architecture does make you think.

Google Presents MultiModel: A Neural Network Capable…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Computer Architecture Visioning — Why Not Emulate?

Computer Architecture Visioning — Why Not Emulate?

The following blog was written by CCC Vice Chair Mark D. Hill, with contributions from Sarita Adve and Alvin Lebeck.  As readers of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) blog know, CCC seeks to promote information technology…


From insideHPC

IO Management with DDN IME 1.1

IO Management with DDN IME 1.1

In this video from the 2017 DDN User Group meeting at ISC, James Coomer from DDN presents: IME Update - I/O Profiling of applications. "DDN’s Infinite Memory Engine (IME) is a scale-out, flash-native, software-defined, storage…


From The Eponymous Pickle

KDNuggets Observer Paper

KDNuggets Observer Paper

The latest headline paper from KDNuggets, a source that has been around for a long time, and always very useful.  Good place to quickly scan Analytics and Machine Learning news and resources.    Worth following.   I won't continue…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Optimizes Drive Writes Per Day for SSDs

Radio Free HPC Optimizes Drive Writes Per Day for SSDs

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at why Drive Writes Per Day are such an important metric for acquiring the right kind of SSD for your particular workload. "Drive writes per day (DWPD) is an endurance rating that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Launches 'Echo Squad' Help for Alexa Installs and Beyond

Amazon Launches  'Echo Squad' Help for Alexa Installs and Beyond

Had only a minor problem installing Alexa,  Had somewhat more trouble with Google Home, which could have stymied a non tech user.  In both cases dial-in help was helpful.  Though depending on the 'smarthome 'architecture', there…


From insideHPC

Silicon Mechanics steps up with Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

Silicon Mechanics steps up with Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

Today Silicon Mechanics announced immediate availability of Intel's new family of processors, the Intel Xeon Scalable platform, formerly code-named Purley. Intel's newest processing platform features a selection of Intel Xeon…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More Uses of Digital Twins

More Uses of Digital Twins

Datascience Central article on Digital Twins.  I was introduced to the idea at GE, and then later through interaction with their analytics methods.  This example is interesting because it addresses other kinds of applications…


From insideHPC

Nvidia Volta GPUs Power HPC & AI at ISC 2017

Nvidia Volta GPUs Power HPC & AI at ISC 2017

In this video from ISC 2017, Keith Morris from NVIDIA describes how the company's next-generation Volta GPU technology will drive HPC and AI applications to new levels of performance. "GV100 not only builds upon the advances …


From insideHPC

New Intel Xeon Scalable Processors Accelerate HPC Systems

New Intel Xeon Scalable Processors Accelerate HPC Systems

Intel outlines the highlights and features of the company's new Intel Xeon Scalable processors designed to accelerate HPC systems. The Intel Xeon processor Scalable Family, the newest Intel Xeon processors, are optimized to address…


From The Eponymous Pickle

iPhone Security

iPhone Security

Don't usually follow this kind of news, but this seems very serious.  Apple has this reputation for good security, which this seems to erode considerably, even on current and up to date devices.  Contact Apple and complain, else…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Why People Can't Write

Why People Can't Write

Steven Pinker writes about writing, have heard this point of his before.  Good thoughts.  Particularly important in technical topics.  Where communications have to be made to non technical management.

The Single Reason Why People…


From Schneier on Security

More on the NSA's Use of Traffic Shaping

More on the NSA's Use of Traffic Shaping

"Traffic shaping" -- the practice of tricking data to flow through a particular route on the Internet so it can be more easily surveiled -- is an NSA technique that has gotten much less attention than it deserves. It's a powerful…