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May 2017


From insideHPC

Penguin Computing Adds Support for Singularity Containers on POD HPC Cloud

Penguin Computing Adds Support for Singularity Containers on POD HPC Cloud

cloud computingToday Penguin Computing announced support for Singularity containers on its Penguin Computing On-Demand (POD) HPC Cloud and Scyld ClusterWare HPC management software. "Our researchers are excited about using Singularity on POD…


From insideHPC

Mellanox InfiniBand to Power Science at University of Waterloo

Mellanox InfiniBand to Power Science at University of Waterloo

Today Mellanox announced that the University of Waterloo selected Mellanox EDR 100G InfiniBand solutions to accelerate their new supercomputer. The new supercomputer will support a broad and diverse range of academic and scientific…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Has the Internet killed real estate agents yet?

Has the Internet killed real estate agents yet?

Back in 2002 when I was first interested in buying a house, I went on the Internet and found lots of houses for sale, directly from the sellers. I bought the house I own right now directly from the seller. At the time, I wasContinue…


From insideHPC

Gauss Centre in Germany Awards 2.1 Billion Core Hours for Science

Gauss Centre in Germany Awards 2.1 Billion Core Hours for Science

Today the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) in Germany approved 30 large-scale projects as part of their 17th call for large-scale proposals. Combined, these projects received 2.1 billion core hours, marking the highest total…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Personal Assistants Come to the Fridge

Personal Assistants Come to the Fridge

Assistants spreading out through the home.   Note again that Samsung owns Harman-Kardon, which is embedding Cortana in a future smart speaker.   This is getting complex.

Samsung’s Bixby assistant is coming to smart fridges
by Ashley…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Looks at the New Volta GPUs for HPC & AI

Radio Free HPC Looks at the New Volta GPUs for HPC & AI

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at Volta, Nvidia's new GPU architecture that delivers up to 5x the performance of its predecessor. "At the GPU Technology Conference, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang introduced a lineup…


From insideHPC

Intel Omni-Path Architecture: What’s a Supercomputer App Want?

Intel Omni-Path Architecture: What’s a Supercomputer App Want?

supercomputer appsThe Intel Omni-Path Architecture is the next-generation fabric for high-performance computing. In this feature, we will focus on what it takes for for supercomputer application to scale well by taking full advantage of processor…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Manipulators of the Mind

Manipulators of the Mind

Was brought up in this same age of of behavioral economics and advertising tricks. But they never came of age until there was technology interactive enough to deliver them.   Good or bad?

In News from the Edge:  https://www.edge…


From Schneier on Security

Yacht Security

Yacht Security

Turns out, multi-million dollar yachts are no more secure than anything else out there: The ease with which ocean-going oligarchs or other billionaires can be hijacked on the high seas was revealed at a superyacht conference…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

A Mother’s Day Cryptogram?

Or just human ingenuity at finding patterns in ‘random’ data? Cropped from source Bill Clinton was the 42nd President of the United States. He came close to becoming the first First Gentleman—or whatever we will call the husband…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of Artificial Intelligence

Future of Artificial Intelligence

An interesting discussion in Infoq:

The Future of Artificial Intelligence  (Recorded talk):

Participants: 
  
Carrie Solinger is Industry Analyst, IDC. Michael Natusch is Global Head of AI, Prudential. Bhairav Mehta is Manager, Apple…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machine Learning for Summarizing Text

Machine Learning for Summarizing Text

Accurately and efficiently summarizing text has been a classic goal of AI systems, of interest that Salesforce, known for doing AI experimenting in this space, is working on it:   In TheVerge:  (with demo):

Salesforce created…


From insideHPC

InfiniBand Roadmap Foretells a World Where Server Connectivity is at 1000 Gb/sec

InfiniBand Roadmap Foretells a World Where Server Connectivity is at 1000 Gb/sec

The InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) has updated their InfiniBand Roadmap. With HDR 200 Gb/sec technolgies shipping this year, the roadmap looks out to an XDR world where server connectivity reaches 1000 Gb/sec. "The IBTA‘s…


From insideHPC

Lorena Barba Presents: Data Science for All

Lorena Barba Presents: Data Science for All

"In this new world, every citizen needs data science literacy. UC Berkeley is leading the way on broad curricular immersion with data science, and other universities will soon follow suit. The definitive data science curriculum…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Extracting Knowledge from Job Descriptions

Extracting Knowledge from Job Descriptions

Below was brought to my attention, no so much as to aid HR, but to better understand the nature of jobs and their component tasks.  And how that links to augmentation and replacement.  An ongoing study. In KDNuggets:

" ... We…


From Computational Complexity

William Tutte (1917-2002)

Today we celebrate our mothers of course, but also the 100th anniversary of the birth of Bill Tutte, best known for his role in decrypting the Lorenz cipher used by the Nazi high command. Tutte also made many important advances…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Reader Agreement Update

Google Reader Agreement Update

Have followed Google book scanning project for years.  Why not create the universal library? Full text would be available free only for the huge numbers of books that are out of print.   Google Books exists today.  https://books…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Procter Uses Simple Text for Razor Reorder

Procter Uses Simple Text for Razor Reorder

Addressing  the Razor blade club competition.  Procter's Gillette is using a simple text for order and replenishment.  How does this compare with approaches like Amazon Dash?  Other automated replenishment methods?

In Bizjournals…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Where is AI Making an Impact?

Where is AI Making an Impact?

Nicely done overview, from CBInsights:

Emerging AI: 7 Industries Including Law, HR, Travel And Media Where AI Is Making An Impact

We take a look at categories where AI startups are beginning to emerge. A majority of them are in…


From insideHPC

Video: ARM HPC Ecosystem

Video: ARM HPC Ecosystem

Darren Cepulis from ARM gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. "ARM delivers enabling technology behind HPC. The 64-bit design of the ARMv8-A architecture combined with Advanced SIMD vectorization are ideal to enable large scientific…


From The Eponymous Pickle

UC Analytics Summit next Week!

UC Analytics Summit next Week!

I will be speaking at the below summit on the future of analytics and AI.   Join us.     - Franz

" ... Analytics Summit 2013  will be held on May 31, 8:15AM-5:00PM at the University of Cincinnati. Analytics Summit 2013 is the

The…


From insideHPC

IBM’s New PowerAI Software Speeds Deep Learning

IBM’s New PowerAI Software Speeds Deep Learning

IBM PowerAI on Power servers with GPU accelerators provide at least twice the performance of our x86 platform; everything is faster and easier: adding memory, setting up new servers and so on,” said current PowerAI customer Ari…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Fluent Design System

Fluent Design System

Had head this term being used recently.  In Engadget:

Microsoft's design rules push Windows 'beyond mere rectangles'
Exploring the core tenets of the Fluent Design System

by Sean Buckley, @seaniccus

Microsoft's Fall Creators Update…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Loyalty Cards

Loyalty Cards

In Customer Think.   Are loyalty cards dead?  A discussion.  Hardly dead because I have several in my wallet.  But the only ones that work are connected to some significant and periodic, but not annoying,  promotional message…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Paths

Watson Paths

Was reminded of Watson Path, and its use of Sankey Diagrams to communicate with medicine domain experts.  Nice idea, though the term for this kind of visualization is never mentioned.  Yes, that's a criticism.

 " ..... The projects…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

My review of Change Agent: A Novel (by Daniel Suarez)

My review of Change Agent: A Novel (by  Daniel Suarez)

Change Agent is a sci-fi novel still hot from the presses. It set in our near future (2049). The genre has been captured by writers who love dystopian futures. Suarez can’t quite distance himself from this trend. We are in for…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Video Content Recognition by Microsoft

Video Content Recognition by Microsoft

As part of Microsoft Build Meetings.  Following and looking for more details.

Microsoft Takes Aim at Google and Amazon With a New Recognition Tool  Reuters

Microsoft on Wednesday turned up the heat on other technology giants by…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Vint Cerf Criticizes AI

Vint Cerf Criticizes AI

In Nextgov:   Some of the cautions mentions are noted.

" ... Vint Cerf is often called the “father of the internet” and he frequently speaks about technology to large groups of people as Google’s chief internet evangelist.

He isn…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Building Behavioral Models of People

Building Behavioral Models of People

Intriguing behavioral modeling approach.

Computers Learn to Understand Humans Better by Modeling Them
Aalto University

Researchers at Aalto University in Finland, the University of Birmingham in the U.K., and the University of Oslo…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Marc Hamilton on how Volta GPUs will Power Next-Generation HPC and AI

Podcast: Marc Hamilton on how Volta GPUs will Power Next-Generation HPC and AI

In this podcast, Marc Hamilton from Nvidia describes how the new Volta GPUs will power the next generation of systems for HPC and AI. According to Nvidia, the Tesla V100 accelerator is the world’s highest performing parallel …

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