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May 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

Building Foundational Enterprise Apps

Building Foundational Enterprise Apps

Enterprise, Cognitive Apps needed.  In the early days of Apps we formed a team to look at what kinds of data and Apps could be linked to focus people on their jobs. It gets back to the job-task-microtask conversations we have…


From Putting People First

A Bauhaus-inspired, human-centered internet of things

A Bauhaus-inspired, human-centered internet of things

In a short opinion piece in The Guardian, Jenny Judge and Julia Powles state that the Bauhaus movement could be a model for a more human-centered internet of things: “Back in the early 20th century, the Bauhaus movement defined…


From insideHPC

Lustre & Kerberos: In Theory and In Practice

Lustre & Kerberos: In Theory and In Practice

"Kerberos is the most famous way to allow safe communications over a non-secure network, by providing authentication and encryption. Plain old lustre.org has a section about Kerberos Lustre setup, and in the past presentations…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 25 May 2015

Interesting Links 25 May 2015

Memorial Day in the US today. We remember those who died in battle fighting for our country. A somber day in some ways. In other, it makes the unofficial start of summer, it is a bit of a celebration day. I’ll be spending the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Jack Hughes Honored in Golden Buckeye Hall of Fame

Jack Hughes Honored in Golden Buckeye Hall of Fame

My early mentor at P&G, John (Jack) Hughes, has been honored with induction into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame .  It is not mentioned in the article linked to, but Jack was among the people who brought the first computer…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Game Theorist John Nash Dies in Car Crash

Game Theorist John Nash Dies in Car Crash

John Nash, who inspired some of our game oriented modeling: In Mashable:  " .... John Forbes Nash, Jr., the famed mathematician whose life was the subject of Oscar-winning biopic A Beautiful Mind, died Saturday in a car crash…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chaos Theory in Games

Chaos Theory in Games

Also relates to results in AI, which we discovered in creating and editing knwoledge. Chaos theory in games.  " ... In theory, programming a video game should be nice and mathematical, with each line of code following an ordered…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Storytelling and Data Visualization

Storytelling and Data Visualization

Linking storytelling and data visualization is gaining ground.  It has always been done, but new and easy to use methods are making the process possible from the earliest planning stages.  This Toronto conference has some writes…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of the Home Robot

Future of the Home Robot

In Wired: Colin Angle of iRobot on the future of the Roomba.  Recognizing things and making maps of our world.  Continue to be interested in how robotics will work with us in our day to day lives.    And how an internet of things…


From insideHPC

Hunting Supernovas with Supercomputers

Hunting Supernovas with Supercomputers

Caltech researchers are using NERSC supercomputers to search for newly born supernovas. The details of their findings appear May 20 in an advance online issue of Nature.

The post Hunting Supernovas with Supercomputers appeared…


From insideHPC

Video: Accelerated Quantum Chemistry with CP2K

Video: Accelerated Quantum Chemistry with CP2K

"Learn how we achieve great GPU performance with an auto-tuned sparse matrix multiplication library, enabling quantum simulation of millions of electrons."

The post Video: Accelerated Quantum Chemistry with CP2K appeared first…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Daimler, Qualcomm and the Connected Car

Daimler, Qualcomm and the Connected Car

Via Engadget.   A considerable partnership.  Another wave of data will result.Press release: Daimler and Qualcomm announce strategic collaboration on Connected Car TechnologiesMonaco/Stuttgart – Today, Daimler AG (DAI) and Qualcomm…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Personal Drone Security

Personal Drone Security

A drone that follows you around and takes pictures.   Perhaps still a very alpha concept, but all the technology is there, just needs some adjustment.  A weird hint at a not very improbable future.  I am thinking of all of the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Language of Innovation

Language of Innovation

The Language of Innovation with Doug WilliamsThe Innovation Engine is a podcast series that discusses innovation through the lenses of corporate leadership, company culture, and emerging trends and technologies. This episode…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Concerns about AI

Concerns about AI

As an early practitioner in AI,  I continue to watch the progress of the technology.  Recall reading some of Stuart Russell's work in the 80s, we used his textbook.  Notable for Inductive reasoning.:  Now in Wired: This Artificial…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machine Learning from Oxford

Machine Learning from Oxford

Via Vincent Granville.  Free  Machine Learning Classes at Oxford University   Slides and video, This is a very technical introduction, not for everyone.Format is good,  instructor updates slides live with marker,  but sound is…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Lead Research Systems Engineer in Portland

Job of the Week: Lead Research Systems Engineer in Portland

InfoGroup Northwest is seeking a Lead Research Systems Engineer in Portland in our Job of the Week.

The post Job of the Week: Lead Research Systems Engineer in Portland appeared first on insideHPC.


From insideHPC

Video: High Performance Computing with Python

Video: High Performance Computing with Python

"This talk will discuss various strategies to make a serial Python code faster, for example using libraries like NumPy, or tools like Cython which compile Python code. The talk will also discuss the available tools for running…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Giant Squid Washes Up in New Zealand

Friday Squid Blogging: Giant Squid Washes Up in New Zealand

The latest one. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From BLOG@CACM

The Babble of Computing Education: Diverse Perspectives, Confusing Definitions

The Babble of Computing Education: Diverse Perspectives, Confusing Definitions

 A wide range of differing definitions and diverse adoptions in computing education make it hard to understand and define


From Schneier on Security

USPS Tracking Queries to Its Package Tracking Website

USPS Tracking Queries to Its Package Tracking Website

A man was arrested for drug dealing based on the IP address he used while querying the USPS package tracking website....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Vora Ventures Demo Day

Vora Ventures Demo Day

Have worked with components of Vora Ventures a number of times.  They write:Vora Ventures was named Cincinnati’s 2015 Tech Company of the Year at the Business Courier Innovation and Technology Awards!  http://www.vinimaya.com…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Would Alan Turing Fix AI?

How Would Alan Turing Fix AI?

In CWorld: by John Ball:  of Thinking Solutions. Some interesting points about AI:   " ...  Computers were designed to compress and duplicate information. They don’t handle A.I. well because they leave too much work to programmers…


From insideHPC

Call for Papers: HiPEAC 2016 in Prague

Call for Papers: HiPEAC 2016 in Prague

The HiPEAC 2016 Conference has issued its Call for Papers. HiPEAC is the European Network of Excellence on High Performance and Embedded Architecture and Compilation.

The post Call for Papers: HiPEAC 2016 in Prague appeared first…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Storytelling Tool

Storytelling Tool

Was brought up in an advertising and marketing world.  So the concept of broadening the use of storytelling techniques has always been of interest.   What is the best way to have technology help?   In Fastcompany.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Coding is Your Child's Key to Future

Coding is Your Child's Key to Future

Not sure I completely agree.  But coding trains anyone in logic, understanding the measurement of  results and paying strict attention to detail.    All are useful anywhere.


From insideHPC

Sandia’s Mark Taylor Receives DOE Secretary’s Honor Award

Sandia’s Mark Taylor Receives DOE Secretary’s Honor Award

Today Sandia National Laboratories announced that researcher Mark Taylor has received the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 2014 Secretary’s Honor Award — the department’s highest non-monetary employee recognition — for his work…


From insideHPC

New Magazine Celebrates PRACE Women in HPC

New Magazine Celebrates PRACE Women in HPC

The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe in Europe has published the first edition of PRACE Women in HPC Magazine, a collection of success stories celebrating the contribution women make to HPC and computational science…


From insideHPC

GCS in Germany Awards Close to 1 Billion Core Hours

GCS in Germany Awards Close to 1 Billion Core Hours

Today the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) in Germany announced the award of close to 1 billion compute core hours to scientifically outstanding national research projects.

The post GCS in Germany Awards Close to 1 Billion…


From Schneier on Security

Why the Current Section 215 Reform Debate Doesn't Matter Much

Why the Current Section 215 Reform Debate Doesn't  Matter Much

The ACLU's Chris Soghoian explains (time 25:52-30:55) why the current debate over Section 215 of the Patriot Act is just a minor facet of a large and complex bulk collection program by the FBI and the NSA. There were 180 orders…