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June 2015


From Schneier on Security

What is the DoD's Position on Backdoors in Security Systems?

What is the DoD's Position on Backdoors in Security Systems?

In May, Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr., vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gave an address at the Joint Service Academies Cyber Security Summit at West Point. After he spoke for twenty minutes on the importance of Internet…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Echo Available

Amazon Echo Available

I see that Amazon Echo will start to be generally available, starting on July 14.  More here.  I have reviewed my early experience during its beta in this blog, see the Echo tag below.   Note its connection to smart home applications…


From insideHPC

Ancillary Events Line up for ISC 2015 in Frankfurt

Ancillary Events Line up for ISC 2015 in Frankfurt

With ISC 2015 coming up in July, a number of ancillary events have been scheduled in Frankfurt to take advantage of this annual gathering of over 2500 supercomputing professionals. On deck are special events from DDN, HP, IDC…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Beacon Radio

Big Beacon Radio

Hi Franz, Thank you for being a valued connection here on LinkedIn, and I've got news of a new radio program that may be of special interest to you. It's called Big Beacon Radio--Transforming Higher Education, and the show airs…


From Schneier on Security

Hayden Mocks NSA Reforms

Hayden Mocks NSA Reforms

Former NSA Director Michael recently mocked the NSA reforms in the recently passed USA Freedom Act: If somebody would come up to me and say, "Look, Hayden, here's the thing: This Snowden thing is going to be a nightmare for you…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

White House OSTP Fall Internship Opportunity

White House OSTP Fall Internship Opportunity

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to work closely with senior White House officials and science and technology (S&T) policy analysts in OSTP’s topic…


From Blog@Ubiquity

Government Surveillance Will Fragment the Internet

Government Surveillance Will Fragment the Internet

The NSA's track record on government surveillance, which many argue violates fundamental constitutional rights, may lead to a fragmented Internet.

The post Government Surveillance Will Fragment the Internet appeared first on …


From insideHPC

Asetek’s Liquid Cooling to Enable Highest Performance on POWER Based Systems

Asetek’s Liquid Cooling to Enable Highest Performance on POWER Based Systems

Today Asetek announced that the company has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community based on the POWER microprocessor architecture.

The post Asetek’s Liquid Cooling to Enable Highest Performance on POWER…


From insideHPC

GE and Cascade Optimize Gas Turbine Simulation

GE and Cascade Optimize Gas Turbine Simulation

Today GE announced a multi-year joint development agreement with Cascade Technologies to improve combustion simulation software. With new visualaztion capabilities, engineers can virtually look inside a gas turbine as it operates…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 22

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 22

House Floor H.R. 805, Domain Openness Through Continued Oversight Matters (DOTCOM) Act of 2015 H.R. 1626, DHS IT Duplication Reduction Act of 2015, as amended H.R. 1637 Federally Funded Research and Development Sunshine Act of…


From insideHPC

Interview: PBS Pro is Biggest Release Ever for Altair

Interview: PBS Pro is Biggest Release Ever for Altair

Today Altair released version 13 of PBS Professional workload manager. To learn more, we caught up with Bill Nitzburg, CTO for Altair PBS Pro.

The post Interview: PBS Pro is Biggest Release Ever for Altair appeared first on insideHPC…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Recipe App Goes live

Watson Recipe App Goes live

Just got a copy of this AI Watson recipe App.  worth a look.   Here reported on by the BBC.  I was a beta users of the original Chef Watson, see the tag link below for more. Plan to use it for an upcoming event, and report on…


From insideHPC

Altair Launches PBS Pro 13

Altair Launches PBS Pro 13

Today Altair announced the general availability of PBS Professional 13.0, the latest version of the market-leading software product for high-performance computing workload management and job scheduling on clusters and supercomputers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Improving Retail Supply Chain Management

Improving Retail Supply Chain Management

In  CIO.  Now as back then,  linking data transparency to analytics is key.Retailers and their suppliers are under more pressure than ever before to deliver more goods to more destinations faster.To stay competitive, “retailers…


From insideHPC

New HP Apollo 4000 Systems Fulfill Booming Big Data Analytics & Object Storage Requirements

New HP Apollo 4000 Systems Fulfill Booming Big Data Analytics & Object Storage Requirements

High Performance Computing and Big Data analytics touch us every day. We each rely on daily weather forecasts, banking and financial information, scientific and health analyses, and thousands of other activities that involve…


From insideHPC

IBTA Launches the RoCE Initiative

IBTA Launches the RoCE Initiative

Today the InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) announced the launch of the RoCE Initiative to further the advancement of RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) technology and promote RoCE awareness.

The post IBTA Launches the RoCE…


From Schneier on Security

Why We Encrypt

Why We Encrypt

Encryption protects our data. It protects our data when it's sitting on our computers and in data centers, and it protects it when it's being transmitted around the Internet. It protects our conversations, whether video, voice…


From insideHPC

Dell Ups its HPC Game with New PowerEdge C-Series

Dell Ups its HPC Game with New PowerEdge C-Series

Today Dell announced the PowerEdge C6320 server for HPC and Big Data. With twice the performance of its predecessor on the LINPACK benchmark, the PowerEdge C6320 delivers extreme performance with four compute nodes in a compact…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Keynote / Attracting Women to Computing and Why it Matters

Keynote / Attracting Women to Computing and Why it Matters

I was invited to give the keynote for Women and Technology 2015, held at Carleton on June 19.  I spoke about women and computing.

Attracting Women to Computing and Why it Matters from Gail Carmichael
I began with an exercise…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Insights for Twitter Service on Bluemix

Insights for Twitter Service on Bluemix

Providing Service Last October, IBM and Twitter announced that they were combining forces to integrate Twitter data with IBM analytics services on the cloud that will help transform how businesses understand their customers,Today…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Seeking Standardized Software Containers.

Seeking Standardized Software Containers.

In Wired:Software Containers Are Bringing the Tech Giants Together   ...Software containers are poised to do the same thing for the web that shipping containers did for logistics. They make it far easier to move applications


From insideHPC

Video: Mellanox Launches Spectrum 25/100 Gigabit Open Ethernet Switch

Video: Mellanox Launches Spectrum 25/100 Gigabit Open Ethernet Switch

In this video, Mellanox launches their new 100G end-to-end Ethernet solutions in New York City.

The post Video: Mellanox Launches Spectrum 25/100 Gigabit Open Ethernet Switch appeared first on insideHPC.


From Schneier on Security

History of the First Crypto War

History of the First Crypto War

As we're all gearing up to fight the Second Crypto War over governments' demands to be able to back-door any cryptographic system, it pays for us to remember the history of the First Crypto War. The Open Technology Instutute…


From Computational Complexity

Learning from teaching a HS student Schur's theorem on change

(All the math this post refers to is in my manuscript which is here.) Recall Schur's theorem on making change as stated in wikipedia and other source: Let a1,...,aL be rel prime coin denominations. Then the number of ways …


From Putting People First

[Book] Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics

[Book] Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics

Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics by Richard H. Thaler W. W. Norton & Company May 2015, 432 pages Richard H. Thaler has spent his career studying the radical notion that the central agents in the economy are humans…


From insideHPC

Interview: How Univa Short Jobs Brings Low Latency to Financial Services

Interview: How Univa Short Jobs Brings Low Latency to Financial Services

With the launch of Univa Small Jobs add-on for Univa Grid Engine, the company, the company offers "the world’s most efficient processing and lowest latency available for important tasks like real-time trading, transactions, and…


From insideHPC

Video: Introduction to XSEDE 2.0 and Beyond

Video: Introduction to XSEDE 2.0 and Beyond

This presentation will briefly review XSEDE, its past mission and accomplishments, and give insight into the direction and vision for the second round of XSEDE.

The post Video: Introduction to XSEDE 2.0 and Beyond appeared first…


From insideHPC

D-Wave Breaks 1000 Qubit Quantum Computing Barrier

D-Wave Breaks 1000 Qubit Quantum Computing Barrier

Today D-Wave Systems announced that it has broken the 1000 qubit barrier, developing a processor about double the size of D-Wave’s previous generation.

The post D-Wave Breaks 1000 Qubit Quantum Computing Barrier appeared first…


From Apophenia

Which Students Get to Have Privacy?

Which Students Get to Have Privacy?

There’s a fresh push to protect student data. But the people who need the most protection are the ones being left behind. It seems that student privacy is trendy right now. At least among elected officials. Congressional aides…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Image Recognition, and Constuction

Image Recognition, and Constuction

In CNet:The surreal dreams of Google's image recognition software  ... Google's artificial neural network can recognise images, but it can also create them -- and results are some trippy business.   ... " Have seen this idea,…