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October 2017


From insideHPC

LTO-8 Type M Tape Boosts Storage Capacity from Spectra Logic

LTO-8 Type M Tape Boosts Storage Capacity from Spectra Logic

Spectra Logic announced today that Spectra Certified LTO-8 Type M media along with LTO-8 drives and all supported media are now available for order. An industry first offering, LTO-8 Type M media provides a 50 percent increase…


From insideHPC

Purdue Develops Intrachip Micro-cooling for HPC

Purdue Develops Intrachip Micro-cooling for HPC

“I think for the first time we have shown a proof of concept for embedded cooling for Department of Defense and potential commercial applications,” Garimella said. “This transformative approach has great promise for use in radar…


From insideHPC

Exascale to Enable Smart Cities

Exascale to Enable Smart Cities

Over at Argonne, Charlie Catlett writes that the advent of Exascale computing will enable Smart Cities designed to improve the quality of life for urban dwellers. Catlett will moderate a panel discussion on Smart Cities at the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

PRI Journal of Retail Analytics 3Q 2017

PRI Journal of Retail Analytics  3Q 2017

Find this publication by PRI very interesting and worth following.  What, nothing is being called AI here?

The most recent edition of the Journal of Retail Analytics is available for free download below. Articles in the 3Q 2017…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Announces Project Cyclops for World’s Fastest Node

Radio Free HPC Announces Project Cyclops for World’s Fastest Node

In this podcast, Dan Olds from OrionX describes Project Cyclops - a benchmarking quest to build the world's fastest single node. "We’ve done more than 150 podcasts talking about topics in high performance computing,” said Dan…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart Pushes Virtual Reality

Wal-Mart Pushes Virtual Reality

When we started our own innovation spaces we also aimed to engage startups like Wal-Mart's Store No. 8 is doing.   The emphasis on VR is interesting.   While it is intriguing to many people, it is still not in use by the typical…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dash Cams and Autonomous Driving

Dash Cams and Autonomous Driving

Had thought before there is some connection between autonomous driving and cameras understanding the context.   Gathering data for autonomous operations.  Here is a development move in that direction.  Also a step towards another…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Robotics Startup

The Robotics Startup

This Robotics Startup Wants to Be the Boston Dynamics of China    By Erico Guizzo in Spectrum IEEE

Of all the legged robots built in labs all over the world, few inspire more awe and reverence than Boston Dynamics’ quadrupeds.


From insideHPC

Beowulf Bash Returns to Denver for SC17

Beowulf Bash Returns to Denver for SC17

The Beowulf Bash is returning to Denver for SC17. The event takes place at the Lucky Strike bowling alley on Monday, Nov. 13 from 9pm to 12 midnight. "Got an urge to try something new? Lucky Strike Denver has you covered. With…


From Schneier on Security

Reaper Botnet

Reaper Botnet

It's based on the Mirai code, but much more virulent: While Mirai caused widespread outages, it impacted IP cameras and internet routers by simply exploiting their weak or default passwords. The latest botnet threat, known as…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

CS Educator Interview: Jackie Corricelli

CS Educator Interview: Jackie Corricelli

Jackie Corricelli conducts Advanced Placement Computer Science summer institutes for teachers. That is how I first met here. And I learned a lot from her. She teaches workshops the way she teaches students so so practices what…


From CERIAS Blog

Another good one gone too soon

Another good one gone too soon

Today, I attended the funeral in Illinois of another good friend in infosec: Ken Olthoff. Ken was my friend for over 25 years, and his death was a surprise to me and to everyone who knew him. It was also a significant loss to…


From CERIAS Blog

Another good one gone too soon

Another good one gone too soon

Today, I attended the funeral in Illinois of another good friend in infosec: Ken Olthoff. Ken was my friend for over 25 years, and his death was a surprise to me and to everyone who knew him. It was also a significant loss to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Looking Back at Second Life

Looking Back at Second Life

Yes, it still exists, and has roughly the same number of users.   Surprised me.  We did quite a bit of experimentation with it.  Worked with several large IT  groups looking at ways to make it useful.  Even a way to do research…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Spotting a Machine Learning Opportunity

Spotting a Machine Learning Opportunity

 Good thoughts, though not quite enough cautions on the implementation.  It contains risk as well as payout.   Also very much like the immediate inclusion of business subject matter experts.  To best measure potential value and…


From The Noisy Channel

Geographical Context

Geographical Context

Location often provides a strong signal of searcher intent. Sometimes location acts as an implicit part of the search query, such as when people are searching for local businesses. Other times, location is can subtly influence…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Day 1 Computing Research: Addressing National Priorities and Societal Needs Symposium

Day 1 Computing Research: Addressing National Priorities and Societal Needs Symposium

So far the 2017 hurricane season has been disastrous, however, as we learned today at Day 1 of the Computing Research: Addressing National Priorities and Societal Needs Symposium, it could have been even more disruptive if not…


From The Eponymous Pickle

FBI Fails at Device Decryption

FBI Fails at Device Decryption

As the article suggests, one more example of another blind spot in accessing data.   And no indications that the big IT and Communications companies are helping.  FBI Tried and Failed To Access 7,000 Devices Because of Encryption…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Process Systems and Automation Anywhere

IBM Process Systems and Automation Anywhere

Attended the first webinar given about the partnership of Automation Anywhere and IBM notably about the integration of RPA (Robotic Process Automation) with other business processes.  A very good high level view.    There are…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

CS for All Means All Y’All

CS for All Means All Y’All

Right about now you should be thinking how great it is to be a K-12 CS educator.  If not, let me give you a few reasons.  How terrific it was to hear that President Donald Trump had re-purposed $200 million … Continue reading…


From insideHPC

Video: What IBM’s 5 Nanometer Transistors Mean for You

Video: What IBM’s 5 Nanometer Transistors Mean for You

In this video, Nicolas Loubet from IBM Research describes how IBM's new 5 nanometer transistors will provide huge power savings that could enable mobile devices to run for days without a charge. "IBM and its Research Alliance…


From insideHPC

Banshee Makes DRAM Cache 33 to 50 percent more efficient

Banshee Makes DRAM Cache 33 to 50 percent more efficient

Researchers from MIT, Intel, and ETH Zurich have developed a new cache-management scheme that improves the data rate of in-package DRAM caches by 33 to 50 percent. "The bandwidth in this in-package DRAM can be five times higher…


From Computational Complexity

Open: PROVE the pumping and reductions can't prove every non-reg lang non-reg.

Whenever I post on regular langs, whatever aspect I am looking at, I get a comment telling me that we should stop proving the pumping lemma (and often ask me to stop talking about it) and have our students prove things not regular…


From insideHPC

Fujitsu Deploys immersion-cooled x86 Cluster for JARI in Japan

Fujitsu Deploys immersion-cooled x86 Cluster for JARI in Japan

Today Fujitsu announced the deployment of a immersion-cooled cluster at the Japan Automobile Research Institute (JARI). The new system will be used simulate automobile collisions. "Going forward, Fujitsu has plans to offer the…


From insideHPC

Cray Supercomputing Comes to Microsoft Azure

Cray Supercomputing Comes to Microsoft Azure

Today Cray announced a partnership with Microsoft to offer dedicated Cray supercomputing systems in Microsoft Azure. Under the partnership agreement, Microsoft and Cray will jointly engage with customers to offer dedicated Cray…


From insideHPC

Register Now For the Intel HPC Developer Conference 2017

Register Now For the Intel HPC Developer Conference 2017

Powerful technologies today fuel tomorrow’s HPC and High-Performance Data Analytics innovations and help organizations accelerate toward discoveries. Get ahead of the curve at the Intel HPC Developer Conference 2017 in Denver…


From insideHPC

Challenges to Managing an HPC Software Stack

Challenges to Managing an HPC Software Stack

HPC SoftwareThe HPC system software stack tends to be complicated, assembled out of a diverse mix of somewhat compatible open source and commercial components. This is the second article in a four-part series that explores using Intel HPC…


From insideHPC

Single Node “Cyclops” Supercomputer Looks to Set Records

Single Node “Cyclops” Supercomputer Looks to Set Records

Today the Radio Free HPC podcast team announced announced plans to build what they hope will be the “fastest single-node supercomputer in the world" for the High Performance Conjugate Gradients Benchmark (HPCG). "Codenamed “Project…


From Schneier on Security

Hacking Back

Hacking Back

Hacking back is a terrible idea that just will not die. Josephine Wolff takes apart the new hacking back bill that was introduced in the House recently....


From Putting People First

Experientia is hiring! Service design intern

Experientia is hiring! Service design intern

Service Design Intern: Lausanne, Switzerland and Turin, Italy Experientia, an international experience design consultancy, is looking for service design interns for our Turin, Italy office, to support research, concept development…