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February 2017


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger Merges in-store, Online Shopping

Kroger Merges in-store, Online Shopping

From FMI Smartech: 

Kroger turns to Tech to merge in-store, online shopping
Kroger strives to create an in-store shopping experience that is similar to online shopping, tapping technology including infrared sensors, data algorithms…


From insideHPC

One Stop Systems Rolls Out Rugged 4U All-Flash Array Data Storage Unit

One Stop Systems Rolls Out Rugged 4U All-Flash Array Data Storage Unit

Today One Stop Systems introduced an all-flash array Data Storage Unit. The Data Storage Unit is available in both a rugged version and a commercial version. The rugged version as deployed in a military aircraft is an all-flash…


From insideHPC

Video: An Overview of the Blue Waters Supercomputer at NCSA

Video: An Overview of the Blue Waters Supercomputer at NCSA

In this video, Robert Brunner from NCSA presents: Blue Waters System Overview. "Blue Waters is one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. Scientists and engineers across the country use the computing and data power…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Workshop Report on Grand Challenges in Edge Computing

NSF Workshop Report on Grand Challenges in Edge Computing

The following is a guest blog post by Weisong Shi, a Charles H. Gershenson Distinguished Faculty Fellow and a Professor of Computer Science at Wayne State University. The organizing committee for the National Science Foundation…


From insideHPC

RCE Podcast Looks at SAGE2 Scalable Amplified Group Environment

RCE Podcast Looks at SAGE2 Scalable Amplified Group Environment

In this RCE Podcast, Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres speak with the creators of SAGE2 Scalable Amplified Group Environment. SAGE2 is a browser tool to enhance data-intensive, co-located, and remote collaboration. "The original SAGE…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google and Apple to rule Augmented Reality

Google and Apple to rule Augmented Reality

Don't see this as the case as yet, the Microsoft Hololens applications I have seen are impressive
Why Google and Apple will rule mixed reality     Sorry, Microsoft and Magic Leap, the Silicon Valley smartphone giants have oneMike…


From insideHPC

Tutorial on In-Network Computing: SHARP Technology for MPI Offloads

Tutorial on In-Network Computing: SHARP Technology for MPI Offloads

"Increased system size and a greater reliance on utilizing system parallelism to achieve computational needs, requires innovative system architectures to meet the simulation challenges. As a step towards a new network class of…


From insideHPC

GPUs and Flash in Radar Simulation and Anti-Submarine Warfare Applications

GPUs and Flash in Radar Simulation and Anti-Submarine Warfare Applications

Katie Garrison, One Stop SystemsIn this week’s Sponsored Post, Katie Garrison, of One Stop Systems explains how GPUs and Flash solutions are used in radar simulation and anti-submarine warfare applications. "High-performance compute and flash solutions are …


From The Noisy Channel

How To Improve Your Search Experience

How To Improve Your Search Experience

As a high-class consultant, I spend a lot of time helping companies improve their search experiences. Every company has a unique set of…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

International Symposium on Spatial and Temporal Databases Call for Papers

International Symposium on Spatial and Temporal Databases Call for Papers

The International Symposium on Spatial and Temporal Databases (SSTD 2017) is the 15th event of a series of biannual symposia that discuss new and exciting research in spatial, temporal and spatio-temporal data management and…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA Pascal GPUs come to Advanced Clustering Technologies

NVIDIA Pascal GPUs come to Advanced Clustering Technologies

Missouri-based Advanced Clustering Technologies is helping customers solve challenges by integrating NVIDIA Tesla P100 accelerators into its line of high performance computing clusters. Advanced Clustering Technologies builds…


From insideHPC

Hammer PLC to Distribute Spectra Logic Storage in Europe

Hammer PLC to Distribute Spectra Logic Storage in Europe

Today UK-based Hammer PLC announced that it will be the exclusive distributer of Spectra Logic of storage technology in Europe. "This is an excellent opportunity to increase our high-performance computing offering to our partners…


From insideHPC

Interview: Cray’s Steve Scott on What’s Next for Supercomputing

Interview: Cray’s Steve Scott on What’s Next for Supercomputing

In this video from KAUST, Steve Scott from at Cray explains where supercomputing is going and why there is a never-ending demand for faster and faster computers. Responsible for guiding Cray's long term product roadmap in high…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Managing Remote Teams

Managing Remote Teams

What we have learned about managing remote teams, have now been involved in many such efforts, in companies, large and small, in the HBR: 

What 20 Years as a Remote Organization Has Taught Us About Managing Remote Teams
by Randy…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Gets the Scoop from Dan’s Daughter in Washington, D.C.

Radio Free HPC Gets the Scoop from Dan’s Daughter in Washington, D.C.

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team hosts Dan’s daughter Elizabeth. How did Dan get this way? We’re on a mission to find out even as Elizabeth complains of the early onset of Curmudgeon’s Syndrome. Somehow she has turned…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Loyalty Miles

On Loyalty Miles


Looking at loyalty points, customer miles as a liability.   In CustomerThink.


From Schneier on Security

German Government Classifies Doll as Illegal Spyware

German Government Classifies Doll as Illegal Spyware

This is interesting: The My Friend Cayla doll, which is manufactured by the US company Genesis Toys and distributed in Europe by Guildford-based Vivid Toy Group, allows children to access the internet via speech recognition software…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Executive Overview of AI

Executive Overview of AI

A not bad, non technical overview of AI, provided in Data Science Central.    But again, I would like more about linking it to specific business process.  Say with bot applications.

Executive Guide to Artificial Intelligence
Posted…


From Computational Complexity

The benefits of Recreational Mathematics

Why study Recreational Mathematics?



Why do recreational Mathematics?



1)  The line between recreational and serious mathematics is thin. Some of the problems in so-called recreational math are harder than they look.



2) Inspiring…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bio Bots

Bio Bots

Like the idea of combining biological cells and digital.    At a kind of fundamental layer.  A synthetic Biology of sorts.

Now You Can 'Build Your Own' Bio-Bot
By University of Illinois News Bureau
February 16, 2017

Researchers at…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Talk to Your Email With Notion

Talk to Your Email With Notion

Started to look at a system called Notion AI that will allow you to listen to your emails on assistant systems.  Here is a general description.   And the site for the system Notion and how it can be used with Alexa.  Also note…


From insideHPC

XGC Fusion Code Selected for all 3 Pre-exascale Supercomputers

XGC Fusion Code Selected for all 3 Pre-exascale Supercomputers

When the DOE's pre-exascale supercomputers come online soon, all three will be running an optimized version of the XGC dynamic fusion code. Developed by a team at the DOE's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), the XGC …


From insideHPC

Adrian Cockcroft Presents: Shrinking Microservices to Functions

Adrian Cockcroft Presents: Shrinking Microservices to Functions

In this fascinating talk, Cockcroft describes how hardware networking has reshaped how services like Machine Learning are being developed rapidly in the cloud with AWS Lamda. "We've seen the same service oriented architecture…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On CPG Supersized Deals

On CPG Supersized Deals

Having read about the proposed merger deal between Unilever and Kraft Heinz, and as the owner of CPG options, this article in Strategy-Business was of interest.   Where is CPG going?

Megadeals in Consumer Packaged Goods
How supersized…


From insideHPC

Call for Exhibitors: PASC17 in Lugano

Call for Exhibitors: PASC17 in Lugano

Industry and academic institutions are invited to showcase their R&D at PASC17, an interdisciplinary event in high performance computing that brings together domain science, applied mathematics and computer science. The event…


From insideHPC

Addison Snell Presents: HPC Computing Trends

Addison Snell Presents: HPC Computing Trends

Addison Snell presented this deck at the Stanford HPC Conference. "Intersect360 Research returns with an annual deep dive into the trends, technologies and usage models that will be propelling the HPC community through 2017 and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

My Friend Cayla Doll Banned

My Friend Cayla Doll Banned

The 'My Friend Cayla' doll was previously mentioned with regard to US COPPA law.  Possible implications for other attentive listening assistants?    In Engadget: 

" ... German watchdog group the Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Block Chain for Food Safety

Block Chain for Food Safety

In Progressive Grocer:   Previously mentioned.

PG Web Extra: Walmart Adopts Blockchain Technology
Mega-retailer aims to improve fresh food safety, security  By Jenny McTaggart


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

ACM Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education Grabs Spotlight at U.S. Congressional Hearing

ACM Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education Grabs Spotlight at U.S. Congressional Hearing

The ACM Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education seized the spotlight during a congressional hearing on “Strengthening U.S. Cybersecurity Capabilities” on Capitol Hill on February 14, 2017. The hearing before the House Committee…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: The Strawberry Squid's Lopsided Eyes

Friday Squid Blogging: The Strawberry Squid's Lopsided Eyes

The evolutionary reasons why the strawberry squid has two different eyes. Additional articles. Original paper. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered..…