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October 2018


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

JAMIA Special Focus Issue: Health Informatics and Health Equity: Improving Our Reach and Impact

JAMIA Special Focus Issue: Health Informatics and Health Equity: Improving Our Reach and Impact

This blog post contains contributions from an upcoming special issue of Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association In April 2018, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) held a visioning workshop on Sociotechnical…


From insideHPC

Video: Powered by GPUs, Altair and Oracle Accelerate CFD in the Cloud

Video: Powered by GPUs, Altair and Oracle Accelerate CFD in the Cloud

Today Altair and Oracle announced a joint HPC Cloud solution that leverages GPU technology for exceptional CFD simulation performance. Now part of the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, the technology effectively accelerates external…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Talk on the Deep Learning Foundation

Talk on the Deep Learning Foundation

Date and Time: October 25, 2018 - 10:30am US Eastern
Talk Title: The LF Deep Learning Foundation

Speaker: Scott Nicholas, Linux Foundation

Talk Description: 
Scott will review the mission and scope of the LF Deep Learning Foundation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pricing and Data Science

Pricing and Data Science

More regarding pricing.  Large amount of data included is interesting. 

Using Data Science to Avoid Global Pricing Chaos    By Andrea Marron
What every industry can learn from luxury fashion.

 Luxury Fashion Global Pricing Business…


From Schneier on Security

China's Hacking of the Border Gateway Protocol

China's Hacking of the Border Gateway Protocol

This is a long -- and somewhat technical -- paper by Chris C. Demchak and Yuval Shavitt about China's repeated hacking of the Internet Border Gateway Protocol (BGP): "China's Maxim ­ Leave No Access Point Unexploited: The Hidden…


From Putting People First

How do we make smart cities civic?

How do we make smart cities civic?

Engagement Lab, an applied research and design lab associated with Emerson College that investigates and creates media and technology to reduce disparities in civic participation, announced via a twitter thread the launch of …


From Putting People First

[Book] Challenging the City Scale

[Book] Challenging the City Scale

Challenging The City Scale: Journeys in People-Centred Design Ed. by Cité du Design (Saint-Etienne) and Clear Village (London) Birkhäuser, 2018, 176 pages (free ebook) This 176 pages book is released by the famous international…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Downsides of Dynamic Pricing

Downsides of Dynamic Pricing

Intriguing abstract and link to full PDF of technical paper:

Opportunistic Returns and Dynamic Pricing: Empirical Evidence from Online Retailing in Emerging Markets  by Chaithanya Bandi, Antonio Moreno, Donald Ngwe, and Zhiji …


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Early Career Researcher Symposium Summary

Early Career Researcher Symposium Summary

In August, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) held the Early Career Researcher Symposium (ECR) as a capstone event for the CIFellows program. It brought together 73 former CIFellows, postdoctoral students, and early career…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Is WebAssembly faster than JavaScript?

Is WebAssembly faster than JavaScript?

Most programs running on web sites are written in JavaScript. There are still a few Java applets and other plugins hanging around, but they are considered obsolete at this point. While JavaScript is superbly fast, some people…


From The Eponymous Pickle

CYC: Logical Reasoning with a Knowledge Base

CYC: Logical Reasoning with a Knowledge Base

My recent post prompted me take a a look at the CYC site again, first time in a long time, here is an excerpt as to what they are about.    Further looking to see what the granularity of their knowledge base looks like, and how…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cell Sized Medical Robotics

Cell Sized Medical Robotics

Quite an interesting advance.   Includes a video.

How to mass produce cell-sized robots
Technique from MIT could lead to tiny, self-powered devices for environmental, industrial, or medical monitoring.     By David L. ChandlerMIT…


From insideHPC

Asperitas and 2CRSI Announce Immersed Computing Partnership

Asperitas and 2CRSI Announce Immersed Computing Partnership

Dutch cleantech company Asperitas and French IT specialists 2CRSI have announced a partnership on Immersed Computing during the GITEX international technology week in Dubai. "With the combination of 2CRSI and Asperitas’ Immersed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machine Common Sense

Machine Common Sense

Been a challenge for along time. At DARPA and elsewhere.   One of our first challenges during the first AI revolution.     Putting humans in the loop is the easiest current solution, assuming you can leverage the common sense…


From The Eponymous Pickle

In the Edge: Paul Allen Remembered

In the Edge: Paul Allen Remembered

More on Paul Allen and the connection to the history of personal computing.  The Edge is always interesting. 

Paul Allen Remembered
by Edward H. "Eddie" Currie

It was Microsoft’s phenomenal success, early in the evolution of the…


From insideHPC

Call for Participation: Stanford HPC Conference in February

Call for Participation: Stanford HPC Conference in February

Today the HPC-AI Advisory Council announced their Call for Sponsors and Session Proposals for the annual Stanford Conference. The event takes place February 14-15, 2019. "Breakthrough discoveries, research, new technologies and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intent is the New Funnel

Intent is the New Funnel

I like Think with Google, some interesting thoughts

Go Think with Google
Journeys as unique as each consumer

The formula for driving growth has changed. And predicting intent is now a critical part of the equation.

Predictions and…


From insideHPC

Red Hat Powers NVIDIA DGX-1 for Ai Workloads

Red Hat Powers NVIDIA DGX-1 for Ai Workloads

Today Red Hat announced it is collaborating with NVIDIA to bring a new wave of open innovation around emerging workloads like artificial intelligence, deep learning and data science to enterprise datacenters around the world.…


From insideHPC

Optimizing HPC Code with Roofline Analysis

Optimizing HPC Code with Roofline Analysis

In this special guest feature, James Reinders describes why roofline estimation is a great tool for code optimization in HPC. "As a long-time teacher of optimization techniques, I can confidently say that Roofline analysis is…


From Schneier on Security

On Disguise

On Disguise

The former CIA Chief of Disguise has a fascinating video about her work....


From insideHPC

OpenVDNA Project Learns Visual DNA

OpenVDNA Project Learns Visual DNA

Fans of open source Machine Learning got a boost today with the launch of an Exascale Visual AI initiative to sequence Visual DNA from images using Volume Learning to enable new applications. “A global backbone of supercomputers…


From Computational Complexity

Please Don't call them Guidance Counselors

As I mentor many HS students I was recently in email contact with the HS contact for projects and I noticed that the sign off was



Allie Downey

Guidance School Counselor



This piqued my interest so I emailed her asking why the…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

IARPA- Future Computer Systems (FCS) RFI

IARPA- Future Computer Systems (FCS) RFI

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is seeking information on research efforts in the area of innovative, new computer hardware and software architectures with intelligent computer environments. This…


From The Eponymous Pickle

ViniMaya Procurement merged with, became Aquiire last year

ViniMaya Procurement merged with, became Aquiire last year

Was late to report this, but:

ViniMaya merged with and became Aquiire last year:
Still part of Cincinnati located Vora Ventures.

See  https://www.aquiire.com/

Impressive new eprocurement capabilities.

See also my other posts in procurement…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Voice Commerce only Talk?

Voice Commerce only Talk?

How much voice driven shopping happens?

Report says voice commerce is all talk   by Matthew Stern in VentureBeat

Shopping via voice assistant has become one of the most discussed trends in the world of retail technology. But recently…


From The Eponymous Pickle

ID'ing the Retail Customer

ID'ing the Retail Customer

Recall this being brought up during some of our retail process analyses.     Do customers want this?

 Stores rarely ID customers before they check out   by Tom Ryan in Retailwire

According to BRP’s “2018 Customer Experience/Unified…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Work Motivation

Work Motivation

From HBS Working Knowledge, Covers a number of motivations.

Motivate Me, Please
  
People are often coin-operated when it comes to work, but managers can bring out their best performance by using other motivators.

Former Sun Microsystems…


From BLOG@CACM

Scalable Intelligent Systems by 2025

Scalable Intelligent Systems by 2025

People are fundamental to a Scalable Intelligent System; there is no computer-only solution that can implement such a system.


From insideHPC

Univa Offering Free Exhibit Passes for SC18

Univa Offering Free Exhibit Passes for SC18

Our friends at Univa are offering free exhibit passes for SC18. "Univa will be exhibiting at SC18 in Dallas between November 12 and 15, 2018 (booth #2226). We invite you to meet our representatives at The Kay Bailey Hutchison…


From insideHPC

SLAC Researchers use ESnet for Record Speed Transfer of 1 Petabyte of Data

SLAC Researchers use ESnet for Record Speed Transfer of 1 Petabyte of Data

"The innovative and versatile nature of ESnet's OSCARS enabled us to design a unique 5000-mile 100 Gbps loop, which our ESnet colleagues quickly helped establish in 2015," said Zettar Founder and CEO Chin Fang. "We were thus …