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September 2017


From insideHPC

HPC Challenges in Simulating the World’s Most Powerful Tornados

HPC Challenges in Simulating the World’s Most Powerful Tornados

"What makes this work significant is the use of supercomputing resources to produce simulations of supercells where data is saved with extremely high spatial and temporal resolution, and the use of visualization techniques (such…


From insideHPC

Call for Participation: GTC 2018 in San Jose

Call for Participation: GTC 2018 in San Jose

The GPU Technology Conference (GTC 2018) has issued their Call for Participation. The event takes place March 26-29 in San Jose, California. "Don’t miss this unique opportunity to participate in the world’s most important GPU…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Plantoids: Plant Robotics

Plantoids: Plant Robotics

I am a botanist from way back, so from time to time you will see tech oriented agri and horti cultural notes.   Here from Kickstarter, a still unavailable robotic plant pot that seeks out the best place to live in an environment…


From Putting People First

[Book] Everyday Schooling in the Digital Age

[Book] Everyday Schooling in the Digital Age

Everyday Schooling in the Digital Age: High School, High Tech? By Neil Selwyn, Selena Nemorin, Scott Bulfin, Nicola F. Johnson Routledge 2018 – 224 pages [Amazon link] Today’s high schools are increasingly based around the use…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Brands engineering Social Media Content

Brands engineering Social Media Content

Brands Engineering Social Media Content

Wharton's Kartik Hosanagar discusses his research on brand content and consumer engagement on social media.

In the world of social media advertising, the biggest win for firms is when consumers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Library to Preserve Sounds

Library to Preserve Sounds

Usually don't think of sounds in general,  as opposed to music, but interesting to explore. The link has the ability to see a number of examples.

British Library exhibit to highlight the sounds it’s fighting to save
"Listen: 140…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quantum Bayesian Networks

Quantum Bayesian Networks

Looks to be of interest, follow along:

Quantum Bayesian Networks   August 15, 2017

Resistance is Futile: Jupyter Borg Threatens to Assimilate Quantum Computing Universe
Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 5:00 pm 

A week ago,

The…


From insideHPC

Video: The State of Bioinformatics in HPC

Video: The State of Bioinformatics in HPC

"In the last few years DNA sequencing technologies have become extremely cheap enabling us to quickly generate terabytes of data for a few thousand dollars. Analysis of this data has become the new bottleneck. Novel compute-intensive…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Jerry Pournelle Passes

Jerry Pournelle Passes

Jerry Pournelle passes, an early adopter of computing technology, " ... the first author to write a novel on a computer ... " ,  science fiction writer and journalist.   I was a follower from the beginning of personal computing…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC System Administrator at Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

Job of the Week: HPC System Administrator at Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in Australia is seeking an HPC System Administrator in our Job of the Week. "Pawsey’s Supercomputing Team is responsible for configuring the infrastructure to fulfil the needs of the Australian…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ultimate Customer Experiences

Ultimate Customer Experiences

How AI, Machine Learning & Data Visualization are Defining the Ultimate Customer Experience      by Philip Piletic 


The words artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and data visualization are everywhere right now.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sequence Prediction Problems

Sequence Prediction Problems

A handy tutorial on the use of machine learning to do sequence prediction, by Jason Brownlee.  A kind of elementary forecasting.   Nicely done.    Read his piece and sign up for more of his services:

'  ... Sequence prediction…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Science of Creativity

Science of Creativity

AI and Machine learning find us answers, but do they make us curious about deeper values? Discussion podcast:

" ...  Astrophysicist and author Mario Livio discusses his new book on curiosity.

 Curiosity is a fundamental human trait…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Make-Your-Own Squid Candy

Friday Squid Blogging: Make-Your-Own Squid Candy

It's Japanese. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. Read my blog posting guidelines here....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Improving Siris Voice

Improving Siris Voice

Looking forward to this change.  Voice can imply intelligence and empathy, and is a very meaningful feature.

How Apple Finally Made Siri Sound mode Human   By David Pierce in Wired

" ... This fall, when iOS 11 hits millions of

Apple…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Advanced Analytics. Interviews with the C Suite

Advanced Analytics.  Interviews with the C Suite

We had much experience in this area, delivering analytics to many executives.   It seems the connections have slipped in general.   It takes more than interviewing them, it takes ongoing connection and review of the goals, processes…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Decision Trees in Practice

Decision Trees in Practice

They can also work because they are transparent.     But that transparency can also show they are difficult to use operationally.   Which can be a good thing.

Why do Decision Trees Work?   in DSC
Posted by Amelia Matteson 

This

In…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Pacemaker Recall Exposes National Need for Research and Education in Embedded Security

Pacemaker Recall Exposes National Need for Research and Education in Embedded Security

The following is a guest blog post from CCC Council Member and Cybersecurity Task Force Chair Kevin Fu from the University of Michigan. “From pacemakers to autonomous vehicles, national computing research and education initiatives…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Express Expanding in Retail

Google Express Expanding in Retail

Another strong movement to online retail,  but I do note that many of these interactions are not exclusive.  Many retailers will likely look at multiple options. Who will provide the better and most engaging interaction, to the…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF and CISE information related to Hurricane Harvey

NSF and CISE information related to Hurricane Harvey

The following is a letter to the community from James Kurose, Assistant Director, and Erwin Gianchandani, Deputy Assistant Director, of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate of Computer & Information Science & Engineering…


From The Eponymous Pickle

BBC Launches R&D Unit for Virtual and Augmented Reality

BBC Launches R&D Unit for Virtual and Augmented Reality

Bottom line,  VR especially needs more content to drive interest from consumers,  AR also needs strong interest from companies looking for strong marketing channels.

BBC launches specific R&D unit for AR and VR research.  By Rebecca…


From insideHPC

Trends in the Worldwide HPC Market

Trends in the Worldwide HPC Market

In this video from the HPC User Forum in Milwaukee, Earl Joseph and Steve Conway from Hyperion Research present and update on HPC, AI, and Storage markets. "Hyperion Research forecasts that the worldwide HPC server-based AI market…


From insideHPC

Podcast: HPE Sends a Supercomputer into Orbit

Podcast: HPE Sends a Supercomputer into Orbit

In this TechNative Podcast, Mark Fernandez from HPE describes the company’s collaboration to send a supercomputer into orbit. "“By NASA’s rules, not just any computer can go into space. Their components must be radiation hardened…


From insideHPC

X2 Firebird CAE Software Comes to Rescale HPC Cloud

X2 Firebird CAE Software Comes to Rescale HPC Cloud

Today Rescale announced plans to offer X2 Firebird CAE software on the company’s ScaleX cloud HPC platform. X2 Firebird will be deployed as the first on-demand, cloud-only numerical simulation software for scientists and engineers…


From insideHPC

Asetek lands new OEM, Channel Partner, and HPC Installation

Asetek lands new OEM, Channel Partner, and HPC Installation

Today Asetek announced an order from a new channel partner to service demand from a new OEM customer for an undisclosed HPC installation. All parties remain undisclosed at this time. "Adding OEMs has been a key goal for our datacenter…


From insideHPC

Overview of the MVAPICH Project and Future Roadmap

Overview of the MVAPICH Project and Future Roadmap

"This talk will provide an overview of the MVAPICH project (past, present and future). Future roadmap and features for upcoming releases of the MVAPICH2 software family (including MVAPICH2-X, MVAPICH2-GDR, MVAPICH2-Virt, MVAPICH2…


From Schneier on Security

ShadowBrokers Releases NSA UNITEDRAKE Manual

ShadowBrokers Releases NSA UNITEDRAKE Manual

The ShadowBrokers released the manual for UNITEDRAKE, a sophisticated NSA Trojan that targets Windows machines: Able to compromise Windows PCs running on XP, Windows Server 2003 and 2008, Vista, Windows 7 SP 1 and below, as well…


From insideHPC

Canada’s Biggest Radio Telescope to use CoolIT Systems Liquid Cooling

Canada’s Biggest Radio Telescope to use CoolIT Systems Liquid Cooling

With support from CoolIT Systems with a custom Direct Liquid Cooling solution, the CHIME telescope will map out the entire northern sky each day, aiming to constrain the properties and evolution of Dark Energy over a broad swath…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Uber Shows Data and Op Visualization Tools

Uber Shows Data and Op Visualization Tools

Impressive examples of visualizing data especially for non technical consumption.  Animated examples at the link.

Uber shows off its autonomous driving program’s snazzy visualization tools  by Devin Coldewey in TechCrunch.

Uber…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Blue Sky Ideas Track Held at SSTD 2017

Blue Sky Ideas Track Held at SSTD 2017

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) recently sponsored a Blue Sky Ideas Conference Track at the 15th International Symposium on Spatial & Temporal Databases (SSTD), August  21-23, 2017 in Arlington, VA. The purpose of this…