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January 2016


From Schneier on Security

UK Government Promoting Backdoor-Enabled Voice Encryption Protocol

UK Government Promoting Backdoor-Enabled Voice Encryption Protocol

The UK government is pushing something called the MIKEY-SAKKE protocol to secure voice. Basically, it's an identity-based system that necessarily requires a trusted key-distribution center. So key escrow is inherently built in…


From insideHPC

FLOW-3D Release Scales CFD up to 512 Cores

FLOW-3D Release Scales CFD up to 512 Cores

Flow Science has just released FLOW-3D/MP v6.1, the high-performance computing version of its flagship CFD software, FLOW-3D. Enhancements include active simulation control, batch post processing and report generation. "Our 5…


From insideHPC

Video: MCDRAM (High Bandwidth Memory) on Knights Landing

Video: MCDRAM (High Bandwidth Memory) on Knights Landing

"The Intel’s next generation Xeon Phi processor family x200 product (code-name Knights Landing) brings in new memory technology, a high bandwidth on package memory called Multi-Channel DRAM (MCDRAM) in addition to the traditional…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Creating Value with Advanced Analytics

Creating Value with Advanced Analytics

Repeating this, it is well put,  Its about where decisions are needed: Bain Company brief:It’s easy for tech-savvy executives to get excited about Big Data and advanced analytics these days. Newly available tools allow companies…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Artificial Intelligence Simplified: Understanding Basic Concepts

Artificial Intelligence Simplified: Understanding Basic Concepts

I am officially a (self-published) author!
I co-authored a book called Artificial Intelligence Simplified: Understanding Basic Concepts.  My expertise is not in AI, but I am skilled at bringing technical content to more general…


From insideHPC

AliCloud & Nvidia to Expand HPC and Deep Learning Market

AliCloud & Nvidia to Expand HPC and Deep Learning Market

Today AliCloud signed a strategic partnership with Nvidia to provide the first GPU-based cloud HPC platform in China. The partnership also plans to provide emerging companies support in areas of HPC and deep learning with comprehensive…


From insideHPC

Bright Cluster Manager 7.2 adds Support for Docker and Intel Omni-Path

Bright Cluster Manager 7.2 adds Support for Docker and Intel Omni-Path

Bright Cluster Manager Version 7.2 is out today, a new release that "extends insight, integration, and ease-of-use for managing clustered and cloud-based IT infrastructures." The new release incorporates a wide range of new features…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Analytics Short Demo

Watson Analytics Short Demo

Short, good,  demonstration via Holly Nielsen of IBM:2 Minute Dashboard With Watson AnalyticsWatch Francis Hall take some typical sales pipeline data from a spreadsheet, and create a compelling, interactive dashboard in under…


From Schneier on Security

Security Trade-offs in the Longbow vs. Crossbow Decision

Security Trade-offs in the Longbow vs. Crossbow Decision

Interesting research: Douglas W. Allen and Peter T. Leeson, "Institutionally Constrained Technology Adoption: Resolving the Longbow Puzzle," Journal of Law and Economics, v. 58, Aug 2015. Abstract: For over a century the longbow…


From insideHPC

Adaptive Computing Achieves Record High Throughput with Supermicro Systems

Adaptive Computing Achieves Record High Throughput with Supermicro Systems

Today Adaptive Computing announces it has set a new record in High Throughput Computing (HTC) in collaboration with Supermicro, a leader in high-performance green computing solutions. Supermicro SuperServers, custom optimized…


From Writing

A Minimum Viable Product Is Not a Product, It's a Process

A Minimum Viable Product Is Not a Product, It's a Process

My blog post on The Macro, Y Combinator’s blog, about one of the most common reasons for startup failure: A Minimum Viable Product Is Not a Product, It’s a Process


From Writing

A Minimum Viable Product Is Not a Product, It's a Process

A Minimum Viable Product Is Not a Product, It's a Process

My blog post on The Macro, Y Combinator’s blog, about one of the most common reasons for startup failure: A Minimum Viable Product Is Not a Product, It’s a Process


From Putting People First

Creating age-friendly cities

Creating age-friendly cities

In a new report the McGraw Hill Financial Global Institute (MHFI) argues that we need a new thinking about how to create “age-friendly cities.” Adapting to the challenges of an aging urban population, they write, requires a fundamental…


From Putting People First

The power of creativity from below

The power of creativity from below

Anthropologist Michael Thompson believes in the power of creativity from below in solving some of the smaller and bigger problems of our time. “People generally are very creative and innovative. Many anthropological case studies…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

A Chess Firewall at Zero?

We halve our blunder rate when infinitesimally ahead, but why? Crop from Seneca chess quote source Lucius Seneca was a Roman playwright, philosopher, and statesman of the first century. He is called “the Younger” because his…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Slack and Skype

Slack and Skype

Was just introduced to Slack and liked it.  Especially for better email focus.  Now what will its (still limited) integration with Skype look like?   More on the integration in CMSWire: " .... According to the Skype blog, the…


From Putting People First

The IBM plan to bring design thinking to big business

The IBM plan to bring design thinking to big business

For going on four years now, IBM has been working to reinvent itself as a design-led business. In 2012, the computing behemoth employed just one designer for every 80 coders. Today, that ratio stands at 1:20. By the end of 2016…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Developing Improved Means to Collect Digital Evidence Eligibility Solicitation

Developing Improved Means to Collect Digital Evidence Eligibility Solicitation

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding to conduct research and technology development leading to the introduction into practice…


From insideHPC

The Death and Life of Traditional HPC

The Death and Life of Traditional HPC

The consensus of the panel was that making full use of Intel SSF requires system thinking at the highest level. This entails deep collaboration with the company’s application end-user customers as well as with its OEM partners…


From insideHPC

Compute Canada Sponsors Human Dimensions Open Data Challenge

Compute Canada Sponsors Human Dimensions Open Data Challenge

Compute Canada is partnering with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to launch the first ever Human Dimensions Open Data Challenge. This challenge, led by social sciences and humanities researchers, will…


From insideHPC

Apply now for HPC Summer School & Blue Waters Graduate Program

Apply now for HPC Summer School & Blue Waters Graduate Program

Application deadlines are fast approaching for the Blue Waters Graduate Program and the International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences.

The post Apply now for HPC Summer School & Blue Waters GraduateinsideHPC…


From The Eponymous Pickle

UL Standards for Wearables

UL Standards for Wearables

In CWorld:  Particularly interesting that they will address privacy issues." ... UL, formerly called Underwriters Labs, soon expects to certify wearables for safety and security, including user privacy. ... Founded in 1894 and…


From insideHPC

Heterogeneous Streams with Intel Xeon Phi

Heterogeneous Streams with Intel Xeon Phi

Matrix multiplies can be decomposed into tiles and executed very fast on the latest generations of coprocessors. Intel has developed the hStreams library that supports task concurrency on heterogeneous platforms. The concurrency…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simulating Human Behavior

Simulating Human Behavior

From the CACM: " ... Researchers at the Charles III University of Madrid (UC3M) in Spain are working on the IBSEN project, which is investigating how to build a system that recreates human behavior.The researchers say the technology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Students and Cognitive Assistants

Students and Cognitive Assistants

Via Jim Spohrer.  More broadly the concept and direction of COG assistants is covered here." .... CEOs need cognitive assistants, and on the other side of the spectrum - students do as well: CSIG is the Cognitive Systems Institute…


From Schneier on Security

El Chapo's Opsec

El Chapo's Opsec

I've already written about Sean Penn's opsec while communicating with El Chapo. Here's the technique of mirroring, explained: El chapo then switched to a complex system of using BBM (Blackberry's Instant Messaging) and Proxies…


From Putting People First

Target CEO goes on ethnographic tour of customers’ homes

Target CEO goes on ethnographic tour of customers’ homes

Target CEO Brian Cornell’s quest to understand shoppers takes him inside customers’ homes, looking in their cupboards and closets during pre-arranged visits. The Target Corporation is the second-largest discount retailer in the…


From Computational Complexity

The Growing Academic Divide

The decreases of the past three years bring the number of advertised jobs to a new low, below the level reached after the severe drop between 2007–08 and 2009–10. 
So reads the Report on the Modern Language Association Job…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Additive Manufacturing at GE Aviation

Additive Manufacturing at GE Aviation

 In GE Aviation's Bike Shop Blog:" ... TIME magazine noted that GE Aviation is producing the interior of its fuel nozzles for the new CFM LEAP engine by using additive manufacturing.  It results in reduced component weight and…


From insideHPC

Do IT Systems Joins Bright Partner Program

Do IT Systems Joins Bright Partner Program

Today Bright Computing announced that Italy-based Do IT Systems has signed up to the Bright Partner Program. "Together, Bright Computing and Do IT Systems offer a compelling proposition for Italian customers that require high…

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