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September 2017


From Computational Complexity

Science fiction viewers used to embrace diversity (or did they) and now they don't (or do they)

(This post is inspired by the choice of a female to be the next Doctor on the TV show Dr. Who. Note that you can't say `the next Dr. Who will be female' since Dr. Who is not the name of the character. The name has not been revealed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Designing Customer Experience: Woo, Wow and Win

Designing Customer Experience: Woo, Wow and Win

Podcast

Authors Thomas A. Stewart and Patricia O'Connell talk about their book on designing the right customer experience.

Companies carefully craft the products they sell to customers, but rarely do they give the same thoughtfulness…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IFTTT for Google Drive

IFTTT for Google Drive

I continue to watch the updates to IFTTT (IF This, Then That).  Which allows you to add rule like commands to examine streams of data and manipulate them.  They have just added a number of capabilities which let you work with…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Communicating with a Language of Colors

Communicating with a Language of Colors

Applications to communications, advertising, user interface?

Analyzing the language of color
Cognitive scientists find that people can more easily communicate warmer colors than cool ones.

(video)

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office 

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From The Eponymous Pickle

Cloud Dataprep by Google with Trifacta

Cloud Dataprep by Google with Trifacta

Its all about the data and how you wrangle it.  Good links to TensorFlow?  Checking.

Google Launches Public Beta of Cloud Dataprep, Built in Collaboration With Trifacta

Google recently announced that Google Cloud Dataprep—the new…


From insideHPC

LANL Steps Up to HPC for Materials Program

LANL Steps Up to HPC for Materials Program

"Understanding and predicting material performance under extreme environments is a foundational capability at Los Alamos,” said David Teter, Materials Science and Technology division leader at Los Alamos. “We are well suited …


From insideHPC

Scaling Deep Learning Algorithms on Extreme Scale Architectures

Scaling Deep Learning Algorithms on Extreme Scale Architectures

Abhinav Vishnu from PNNL gave this talk at the MVAPICH User Group. "Deep Learning (DL) is ubiquitous. Yet leveraging distributed memory systems for DL algorithms is incredibly hard. In this talk, we will present approaches to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reusing Computer Code

Reusing Computer Code

Efficiency and using pretested and standardized code is useful.  Common data representations implied is also a good idea.

Automatic Code Reuse 

MIT News   By Larry Hardesty

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Loyalty and Retention

Loyalty and Retention

Good idea, with emphasis on good experience design to make this happen.

A Loyalty Program Becomes a Retention Hub
Written by Alex McEachern | @alexmcea

 .... Today’s top ecommerce sites are using retention to battle increasing digital…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Drones in the Dark

Drones in the Dark

Working with a company that does image analysis and photography with drones

Drones Can Almost See in the Dark 
University of Zurich
September 20, 2017

Researchers at the University of Zurich (UZH) in Switzerland and NCCR Robotics…


From The Eponymous Pickle

SailFish Exchange for Data Curation

SailFish Exchange for Data Curation

A clever idea.  A Pinterest for data.  Approach to data democratization.   From Booz Allen Hamilton
  .
Sailfish™ Exchange
Socially Charged Data Curation
Sailfish Exchange simplifies the data curation process. Using a social community…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IoT Earthquake Warning Network

IoT Earthquake Warning Network

Warning versus predicting.

Zizmos Continues Its Quest to Create an IoT Earthquake-Warning Network    By Tekla S. Perry

 A simulation of Zizmos' earthquake early warning system shows the progression of a temblor in the San Francisco…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bots Scraping Data

Bots Scraping Data

Data scraping is not new.   Just much more convenient.  Was used to gather information about horse racing to leverage off track betting starting in the 18th century.   Just much more convenient these days.  When is data about…


From insideHPC

SC17 Session Preview: Dr. Pradeep Dubey on AI & The Virtuous Cycle of Compute

SC17 Session Preview: Dr. Pradeep Dubey on AI & The Virtuous Cycle of Compute

Deep Learning was recently scaled to obtain 15PF performance on the Cori supercomputer at NERSC. Cori Phase II features over 9600 KNL processors. It can significantly impact how we do computing and what computing can do for us…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing Jet Noise for a Quieter World

Supercomputing Jet Noise for a Quieter World

Researchers at the University of Minnesota are using Argonne supercomputers to to look for new ways to reduce the noise produced by jet engines. Among the loudest sources of human-made noise that exist, jet engines can produce…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ford Using MS HoloLens for Car Design

Ford Using MS HoloLens for Car Design


Complex and cooperative design continues to be a place where augmented reality is likely to be valuable.

Ford Using Microsoft HoloLens For Car Design By Rebecca Hills-Duty in VR Focus.

HoloLens allows designers and engineers to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Anomaly Detection

Anomaly Detection

A number of analytics sytems we worked with were essentially anomaly detection.  So this is close to home. In particular, that in almost all cases the systems need to be re-calibrated and re run over time.

In O'Reilly, Video:

"…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Delivering Perishables to the Smart Home

Delivering Perishables to the Smart Home

We tested a number of solutions to perishable delivery in out smart home labs. Obviously this requires some expensive refitting of the home.

Walmart tests new delivery drop-off point — the customer’s fridge
By Deena M. Amato-McCoy…


From insideHPC

Video: Will HPC Move to the Cloud?

Video: Will HPC Move to the Cloud?

Gabriel Broner from Rescale gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. "HPC has transitioned from unique and proprietary designs, to clusters of many dual-CPU Intel nodes. Vendors’ products are now differentiated more by packaging…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Americans Loving Cooking?

Americans Loving Cooking?

As a long time amateur cook, found this very interesting.  Are the statistics shown right?   The aricle follows with ab analysis of how this influences grocery choices.

The Grocery Industry Confronts a New Problem: Only 10% of…


From insideHPC

Hiring? Sign up for the SC17 Student/Post Doc Job Fair

Hiring? Sign up for the SC17 Student/Post Doc Job Fair

Is your organization looking to hire HPC talent? Be sure to book a table at the SC17 Student/Post Doc Job Fair. "This face-to-face event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in rooms 702-704-706 in the Colorado…


From insideHPC

PSSC Labs to Power Biosoft Devices for Genetics Research

PSSC Labs to Power Biosoft Devices for Genetics Research

PSSC Labs will work with BSI to create truly, turn-key HPC clusters, servers and storage solutions. PSSC Labs has already delivered several hundred computing platforms for worldwide genomics and bioinformatics research. Utilizing…


From insideHPC

Intel awards Paderborn University a Hybrid Cluster with Arria 10 FPGAs

Intel awards Paderborn University a Hybrid Cluster with Arria 10 FPGAs

The Paderborn Center for Parallel Computing (PC²) has been selected by Intel to host a computer cluster that uses Intel’s Xeon processor with its Arria 10 FPGA software development platform. " The availability of these systems…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Personality Classification

Personality Classification

Been examining various personality classifiers, starting with a project we did with the Watson Bluemix system.  Here is another, covered in some detail in  Datanami:   Deep Learning Reveals New Insights About People:

" ... Can…


From The Eponymous Pickle

B to B Sales and Consolidated Marketing Platforms

B to B Sales and Consolidated Marketing Platforms

From CustomerThink

The Salesman’s Resurrection by AI Featured Column by CustomerThink Advisor!  by Thomas Wieberneit

The B2B salesperson is dead. .... Or so it is said.

There are scores of studies telling us that most of a customer…


From Schneier on Security

Boston Red Sox Caught Using Technology to Steal Signs

Boston Red Sox Caught Using Technology to Steal Signs

The Boston Red Sox admitted to eavesdropping on the communications channel between catcher and pitcher. Stealing signs is believed to be particularly effective when there is a runner on second base who can both watch what hand…


From Computational Complexity

Acronyms and PHP

Whenever I teach discrete math and use FML to mean Formula the students laugh since its a common acroynm for  Fuck My Life. Now they laugh, and I say I know why you are laughing, I know what it means  and they laugh even harder…


From insideHPC

KISTI in South Korea orders up a Cray CS500 Supercomputer

KISTI in South Korea orders up a Cray CS500 Supercomputer

Today Cray announced the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) has awarded the Company a contract valued at more than $48 million for a Cray CS500 cluster supercomputer. The 128-rack system, which includes…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Streamlined Product Codes

Streamlined Product Codes

Used to work with the GMA in our Innovation efforts.  Not in the business anymore,  but work ongoing is worth understanding as it interacts and communicates with consumers.

Watching a Good Idea on Streamlined Product Code Date…


From The Eponymous Pickle

GE on 3D Printing

GE on 3D Printing

Much more in the full article at the link.

A silent revolution: Avio Aero and Arcam’s relationship is built on additive manufacturing  by The Bike Shop

Less complexity, costs, waste and noise: additive manufacturing is the industry…