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November 2017


From insideHPC

DDN Powers Radio Astronomy at Pawsey Centre in Australia

DDN Powers Radio Astronomy at Pawsey Centre in Australia

Today DDN announced that Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in Western Australia has deployed a pair of DDN GRIDScaler parallel file system appliances to help deliver the first colored panoramic view of the universe. "The GRIDScaler…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Internet of Risky Things

Internet of Risky Things

Risk increases as things exist in external environments, as does the IOT.

The Internet of Risky Things - What to do about IOT Sceurity?  By Peter Liss in Linkedin
Expert Business Developer in IoT, Telco and Technology

In Part 3

There…


From insideHPC

All about Baselining: RedLine Explains HPC Performance Methodology

All about Baselining: RedLine Explains HPC Performance Methodology

In HPC we talk a lot about performance, and vendors are constantly striving to increase the performance of their components, but who out there is making sure that customers get the performance that they’re paying for? Well, according…


From insideHPC

Building Fast Data Compression Code with Intel Integrated Performance Primitives (Intel IPP) 2018

Building Fast Data Compression Code with Intel Integrated Performance Primitives (Intel IPP) 2018

Intel® Integrated Performance Primitives (Intel IPP) is a highly optimized, production-ready, library for lossless data compression/decompression targeting image, signal, and data processing, and cryptography applications. Intel…


From My Biased Coin

BARC, Copenhagen

BARC, Copenhagen

A few summers ago, I had an opportunity to visit Copenhagen, and work with Rasmus Pagh for a month.   I (and the family) liked it so much we went back the next summer for a hashing workshop.  While algorithms and data structure…


From insideHPC

Rescale & X-ISS offer Professional Services for HPC Cloud Migration

Rescale & X-ISS offer Professional Services for HPC Cloud Migration

Today Rescale announced a partnership with X-ISS to offer professional services to enterprises migrating HPC workloads to the cloud. "At X-ISS, we are very excited to partner with Rescale to eliminate the compute ceilings and…


From Schneier on Security

Facebook Fingerprinting Photos to Prevent Revenge Porn

Facebook Fingerprinting Photos to Prevent Revenge Porn

This is a pilot project in Australia: Individuals who have shared intimate, nude or sexual images with partners and are worried that the partner (or ex-partner) might distribute them without their consent can use Messenger to…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

CS Educator Interview: Adam Newall

CS Educator Interview: Adam Newall

With increasing interest in computer science before high school these days you may have noticed that I have a number of K-8 teachers in this series. Several of them use Bootstrap in middle school. Bootstrap is a great combination…


From insideHPC

Gidel FPGA Tools Speed Development with Intel’s HLS

Gidel FPGA Tools Speed Development with Intel’s HLS

Today Gidel announced the availability of new development tools that take advantage of Intel’s HLS, producing a speed increase of 5x over prior development options. Intel’s High Level Synthesis (HLS) compiler turns untimed C+…


From insideHPC

Announcing the SC17 Inaugural Inclusivity Travel Grant

Announcing the SC17 Inaugural Inclusivity Travel Grant

To open up opportunities to attend the conference, SC17 set up a new “Inclusivity Travel Grant” with the goal of helping individuals with demonstrated interest and passion for HPC that would not otherwise have close to a chance…


From insideHPC

Call for Submissions: ISC 2018 Contributed Program

Call for Submissions: ISC 2018 Contributed Program

The ISC High Performance 2018 contributed program is now open for submissions. As the largest HPC conference and exhibition in Europe, ISC 2018 takes place June 24 – 28, 2018, in Frankfurt, Germany "We welcome submissions for…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How to Store Information in Your Clothes

How to Store Information in Your Clothes

Quite remarkable idea, ready to test this out before buying more storage devices.

How to Store Information in Your Clothes Invisibly, Without Electronics
By University of Washington 

A new type of smart fabric developed at the University…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Science: Challenges and Directions

Data Science: Challenges and Directions

Late to this, but very useful.  Full text at link.  Have always been confused as to the very definition of data science, as opposed say to Analytics.  Science or process task?  This article scopes it well.

Data Science: Challenges…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Is Big Data Done?

Is Big Data Done?

Depends upon what you mean by Big.  Has to be enough, correct, accessible, actionable, process usable,  stable, etc.     We all manage by data, have done that for a long time, but now we have more much of it,  so better to do…


From insideHPC

SC17 Update: Locals’ Guide to Restaurants in Denver

SC17 Update: Locals’ Guide to Restaurants in Denver

Unfortunately, we did not have the opportunity to publish a new Print'nFly magazine for SC17. Not to leave you in a lurch, we've updated this Guide to Restaurants in Denver for 2017. "Forget Yelp. We talked to the locals to get…


From insideHPC

HPE Teams up with DDN for High Speed Storage

HPE Teams up with DDN for High Speed Storage

Today DDN announced it has entered into a partnership with global high-performance computing leader Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Under the agreement, HPE will integrate DDN’s parallel file system storage and flash storage cache…


From insideHPC

SC17 Pub Crawl – Locals’ Guide to Bars and Entertainment in Denver

SC17 Pub Crawl – Locals’ Guide to Bars and Entertainment in Denver

We've updated our Denver Pub Crawl for 2017. "Denver has great bars and entertainment in store for your visit to the Mile-High City. You’ll find that most of the fun places are in the LoDo area of Downtown. It’s a bit of a hike…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Previews the SC17 Student Cluster Competition

Radio Free HPC Previews the SC17 Student Cluster Competition

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team previews the SC17 Student Cluster Competition. "Dan’s got the inside scoop on all the new wrinkles of the competition this year, where 16 international student teams will go head-to-head…


From insideHPC

Cavium Thunder X Cluster to Crunch Big Data at University of Michigan

Cavium Thunder X Cluster to Crunch Big Data at University of Michigan

Today Cavium announced a new partnership that will position the University of Michigan as a leader in data-intensive scientific research by creating a powerful Big Data computing cluster using dual socket servers powered by Cavium…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Distill: For Machine Learning Research

Distill: For Machine Learning Research

Brought to my attention: Distill

Distill:  Machine Learning Research

Should Be Clear, Dynamic and Vivid.
Distill Is Here to Help.

A modern medium for presenting research

The web is a powerful medium to share new ways of thinking.

Publishing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Feature Visualization

Feature Visualization

In the Google Blog, they provide an overview and pointer to deeper information.  An image rich and informative article.

Feature Visualization
Posted by Christopher Olah, Research Scientist, Google Brain Team and Alex Mordvintsev…


From insideHPC

Panasas Doubles Metadata Performance on ActiveStor Scaleout NAS

Panasas Doubles Metadata Performance on ActiveStor Scaleout NAS

Today Panasas introduced the next generation of its ActiveStor scaleout NAS solution, capable of scaling capacity to 57PB and delivering 360GB/s of bandwidth. This flexible system doubles metadata performance to cut data access…


From Schneier on Security

Me on the Equifax Breach

Me on the Equifax Breach

Last week, I testified before the House Energy and Commerce committee on the Equifax hack. You can watch the video here. And you can read my written testimony below. Testimony and Statement for the Record of Bruce Schneier Fellow…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Use the SCRIPT to Develop Your District’s Own #CSforAll Plans

Use the SCRIPT to Develop Your District’s Own #CSforAll Plans

Individual teacher and school champions have enabled participation in K-12 computer science education to soar to new highs in recent years. However, true systemic change will occur when school districts across the nation create…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa as the End of Smartphones?

Alexa as the End of Smartphones?

Had never thought of it quite this way. overall a big challenge.  Mobile is still convenience.  Also not enough about the attentiveness of such systems.  Voice/conversation in intelligent dialog is still crude.

For Amazon, The…


From Putting People First

From human-centered design to humanity-centered design

From human-centered design to humanity-centered design

The design industry’s reigning paradigm is in crisis. It’s time to evolve from human-centered design to humanity-centered design, write Artefact’s Rob Girling and Emilia Palaveeva. If followed blindly and left unchecked, this…


From Putting People First

‘Thick data’ sees the market future when big data can’t

‘Thick data’ sees the market future when big data can’t

“Customers are really the most unpredictable, the most unknown, and the most difficult-to-quantify thing for any business,” said Tricia Wang, ethnographer and co-founder of Sudden Compass, in an interview during the IBM Data …


From Putting People First

Service design at BBVA bank

Service design at BBVA bank

BBVA (an international financial institution with a presence in 35 countries, providing services to 70 million customers) was one of the sponsors of the Service Design Global Conference in Madrid last week. Derek White, BBVA’s…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Valens Offers a Single Copper Cable

Valens Offers a Single Copper Cable

Quite interesting solution that extends the simple .... for the rolling supercomputer.

Valens Automotive Offers Carmakers One Cable To Rule Them All   By Philip E. Ross in IEEE Spectrum

As our cars turn into rolling supercomputers…


From insideHPC

Intel Xeon Scalable Processors power new AWS C5 Instances for HPC

Intel Xeon Scalable Processors power new AWS C5 Instances for HPC

Today, Amazon Web Services announced the availability of C5 instances, the next generation of compute optimized instances for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Designed for compute-heavy applications like batch processing…