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October 2017


From insideHPC

Google Compute Engine offers VMs with 96 Skylake CPUs and 624GB of Memory

Google Compute Engine offers VMs with 96 Skylake CPUs and 624GB of Memory

Google Compute Engine now offers new VMs with the most Skylake vCPUs of any cloud provider. "Skylake in turn provides up to 20% faster compute performance, 82% faster HPC performance, and almost 2X the memory bandwidth compared…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Connected Car as a New Way of Marketing

Connected Car as a New Way of Marketing

A Whole new Way of Marketing in KouponMedia

With connected cars on the rise and the number of minutes spent in the car also increasing, a powerful new marketing channel has emerged. 

The connected car enables brands and retailers…


From insideHPC

Accelerating Quantum Chemistry for Drug Discovery

Accelerating Quantum Chemistry for Drug Discovery

quantumIn the pharmaceutical industry, drug discovery is a long and expensive process. This sponsored post from Nvidia explores how the University of Florida and University of North Carolina developed an anakin-me neural network engine…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gartner Blog on Conversational AI

Gartner Blog on Conversational AI

Conversational Artificial Intelligence. We Need To Talk About It.   by Adrian Lee  in Gartner Blog

Gartner released its Top Strategic Predictions for 2018 and beyond on 29th September. I heaved a sigh of relief when I saw that…


From Schneier on Security

Changes in Password Best Practices

Changes in Password Best Practices

NIST recently published their four-volume SP800-63-3 Digital Identity Guidelines. Among other things, they make three important suggestions when it comes to passwords: Stop it with the annoying password complexity rules. They…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

CS Educator Interview: Vicky Sedgwick

CS Educator Interview: Vicky Sedgwick

My first teaching jobs were teaching in a pair of schools (half time in each) where I saw students from kindergarten through eight grade. It was a great learning experience but I was happy to move on to high school after a year…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

We are restarting The CSTA Advocate Blog!

We are restarting The CSTA Advocate Blog!

Hello fellow educators of CS! After a one year hiatus, we are relaunching The CSTA Advocate Blog. With CSTA Advocate, we will bring people and ideas together. For the next year, I will be editor. We will have a new … Continue…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Advertising Stats: A Cheat Sheet

Advertising Stats: A Cheat Sheet

At first I thought these would define the stats and how they are obtained,  but its a statement of their value, and in some cases trends.  Rounded values.  Mostly US numbers.  Still interesting.  A few links to sources.    In…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Intel Omni-Path adds Performance and Scalalability

Podcast: Intel Omni-Path adds Performance and Scalalability

"Intel OPA, part of Intel Scalable System Framework, is a high-performance fabric enabling the responsiveness, throughput, and scalability required by today's and tomorrow's most-demanding high performance computing workloads…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Critical View of Data Viz Eye Tracking

Critical View of Data Viz Eye Tracking

Data viz expert Stephen Few looks at work done by Tableau using eye tracking methods to get insight about designing data visualizations.    I recall seeing some previous research in this area.   It is not too unlike similar work…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: NSF Accepting Proposals Related to Hurricane Irma

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: NSF Accepting Proposals Related to Hurricane Irma

In the wake of the recent hurricanes that have affected the United States, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has released the following Dear Colleague Letter calling for proposals that focus on solving the challenges related…


From Computational Complexity

Michael Cohen

When I first saw posts about Michael Cohen (see here, here, here) I wondered



is that the same Michael Cohen who I knew as a HS student?



It is.  I share one memory.



Michael Cohen's father is Tom Cohen, a physics professor at…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Spending on Intelligent Assistants

Spending  on Intelligent Assistants

Interesting piece,  note the list of companies sharing their experiences with an intelligence assistance strategy.

Intelligent Assistants Answer the Challenge of Omnichannel CX Editor's Pick!   by Dan Miller in CustomerThink

These…


From insideHPC

Future HPC Leaders Gather at Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing

Future HPC Leaders Gather at Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing

Over at ALCF, Andrea Manning writes that the recent Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing brought together HPC practitioners from around the world. "You can’t get this material out of a textbook,” said Eric Nielsen…


From The Noisy Channel

Session Context

Session Context

The most immediate context for a search query is a search session, a sequence of activities the searcher performs in order to pursue an information-seeking task. Relating a search query to the searcher’s previous session activities…


From insideHPC

PRACE Awards 1.7 Million Core Hours for Research Projects in Europe

PRACE Awards 1.7 Million Core Hours for Research Projects in Europe

Today the European PRACE initiative announced that 46 Awards from their recent 15th Call for Proposals total up to nearly 1.7 thousand million core hours. The 46 awarded projects are led by principal investigators from 12 different…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Patient Centric Hospitals of the Future

Patient Centric Hospitals of the Future

Below was an article that came up in my survey of patient-centric hospital designs, and the use of Hospital Virtual assistants.    Where might virtual assistance be best inserted?

Building Patient-Centric Hospital Of Future 
By…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Previews the SC17 Plenary on Smart Cities

Radio Free HPC Previews the SC17 Plenary on Smart Cities

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at Smart Cities. As the featured topic this year at the SC17 Plenary, the Smart Cities initiative looks to improve the quality of life for residents using urban informatics and other…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nudge Behavioral Economist Gets Nobel

Nudge Behavioral Economist Gets Nobel

In the BBC, this has gotten criticism because it can be seen as manipulative.  Who has decided what nudges we need?   And to what extent?  This has always reminded me of work by BJ Fogg on Persuasive techniques, but Thaler chose…


From insideHPC

Fujitsu to Build 37 Petaflop AI Supercomputer for AIST in Japan

Fujitsu to Build 37 Petaflop AI Supercomputer for AIST in Japan

Nikkei in Japan reports that Fujitsu is building a 37 Petaflop supercomputer for the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). "Targeted at Deep Learning workloads, the machine will power the AI…


From Schneier on Security

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's Cell Phone was Tapped

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's Cell Phone was Tapped

Politico reports that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's cell phone was compromised back in December. I know this is news because of who he is, but I hope every major government official of any country assumes that their…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pew Research: Automation in Everyday Life

Pew Research: Automation in Everyday Life

An extensive report based on surveys. Pointer is to an overview, and then links further to a full PDF report I am reading.  Addressing fear about the future of technology.  Nicely done so far.

Pew Research Center for Internet

Automation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots Train Ants to be Helpers

Robots Train Ants to be Helpers

A novel application linking robots and insects.   Not really Biomimicy, but a sort of Biosynthesis. Not sure how practical this is for a real application, but impressed by the novelty of what EPFL in Lausanne is doing.

Two small…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Testing Voice Shopping at Walmart

Testing Voice Shopping at Walmart

This started a week ago.  I will be testing this in the coming weeks.  Will typical retail store searching and shopping work this way for the Wal-Mart shopper?

Walmart goes live  By  Marianne Wilson in ChainStoreAge

Walmart has…


From insideHPC

Video: Argonne’s Theta Supercomputer Architecture

Video: Argonne’s Theta Supercomputer Architecture

Scott Parker gave this talk at the Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing. "Designed in collaboration with Intel and Cray, Theta is a 9.65-petaflops system based on the second-generation Intel Xeon Phi processor …


From insideHPC

COMSOL Conference Showcases Next-Gen Multiphysics

COMSOL Conference Showcases Next-Gen Multiphysics

Attendees of the COMSOL Conference in Boston this week were treated to a sneak preview future developments of the popular multiphysics software from Svante Littmarck, President and CEO of COMSOL. The conference featured a robust…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Outlined New Capabilities for Google Home

Outlined New Capabilities for Google Home

Perhaps mundane, but since I have a multiple assistant smart home and office, I like that fact that it will include multiple voices.   So you can readily know who you are talking to.  One of the most basic elements of any conversation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Amazon Playbook

The Amazon Playbook

Good overview, in general this has been my external view as well.

The Amazon Playbook for Speed and Agility 
Jeff Toister   In CustomerThink

It’s no secret Amazon is a customer-obsessed organization.

What’s fascinating to me is how…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blockchain and Insurance Industry

Blockchain and Insurance Industry

Blockchain Could Make the Insurance Industry Much More Transparent
10 Voices - HarvardBusiness.org by Dante Disparte  

While Edward Lloyd is largely credited with commercializing the insurance industry, with the creation of his…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Brain Built from Atomic Switches

Brain Built from Atomic Switches

A Brain Built From Atomic Switches Can Learn
Quanta Magazine
By Andreas von Bubnoff

A tiny self-organized mesh full of artificial synapses recalls its experiences and can solve simple problems. Its inventors hope it points the way…