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February 2018


From insideHPC

The 3 Types of Cloud Computing For Hpc Systems Management

The 3 Types of Cloud Computing For Hpc Systems Management

cloud computingThree types of clouds have been developed: public clouds, private clouds and hybrid clouds. We continue our insideHPC series of features exploring new resource management solutions for workload convergence, such as Bright Cluster…


From Schneier on Security

Poor Security at the Uk National Health Service

Poor Security at the Uk National Health Service

The Guardian is reporting that "every NHS trust assessed for cyber security vulnerabilities has failed to meet the standard required." This is the same NHS that was debilitated by WannaCry....


From Computational Complexity

"How can you use your research for ugrad projects?'- the wrong question

I was helping a math PhD who worked in computable ramsey theory prepare his teaching and research statements for his job application. One of the questions various schools wanted to know was



How can you use your research as the…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Don’t underestimate the nerds

Don’t underestimate the nerds

I’m a little nerdy. According to my wife, I even look like a nerd. I am not very big. I have a long resume posted online, and I’ll proudly post my follower count, but if you meet me in person, I am unlikely to come across asContinue…


From Schneier on Security

Sensitive Super-Bowl Security Documents Left on an Airplane

Sensitive Super-Bowl Security Documents Left on an Airplane

A CNN reporter found...


From The Eponymous Pickle

Impact of Innovation from Surveyed Execs

Impact of Innovation from Surveyed Execs

From former correspondent Paul Gillin, always a good writer.  Not sure there is a sharp divide though,  it's more the how and when this will happen.  And how much it is to replace versus augment our skills.   We also interviewed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Marketing and AI

Marketing and AI

Non Technical look at what is happening in marketing.   Lots of places for augmentation in marketing activities.  All this is not new, were doing it in the very early days of the biggest marketers.

 AI Opportunities to Solve Digital…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Data Science Webinar- Tools for data, science, scientists and reasoning machines

NSF Data Science Webinar- Tools for data, science, scientists and reasoning machines

The AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellows at the National Science Foundation (NSF) have organized another webinar in their Data Science Seminar Series from Stan Ahalt on Tools for data, science, scientists and reasoning…


From insideHPC

ISC STEM Student Day & Gala is Back with a Stronger Program

ISC STEM Student Day & Gala is Back with a Stronger Program

Today the ISC 2018 conference announced the return of the ISC STEM Student Day, with an attractive program for students and sponsoring organizations. Students attending the program will receive an exclusive tutorial on high performance…


From insideHPC

Ampere Computing Startup to Bring Arm to the Datacenter

Ampere Computing Startup to Bring Arm to the Datacenter

Today a new Arm server company called Ampere launched with a mission to address memory performance, cost, space and power constraints for the datacenter. Of note is the company's leadership team, which is comprised of semiconductor…


From insideHPC

First Public Disclosure of Isambard Supercomputer Performance Results

First Public Disclosure of Isambard Supercomputer Performance Results

In this video from the GoingARM Workshop, Prof. Simon McIntosh-Smith from the University of Bristol presents: First Public Disclosure of Performance Results from Isambard Arm-based Supercomputer. " Isambard is a unique system…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC looks at New Leadership at HPE

Radio Free HPC looks at New Leadership at HPE

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at HPE's new CEO, Antonio Neri, a longtime HPE executive who previously served as President of the company. As the number 1 server vendor in the HPC space, this change will be one…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intel Builds Smart Glasses

Intel Builds Smart Glasses

Still waiting for workable examples.  Ultimately how AR will be delivered  A little surprise to see Intel in this space.  We looked at a number of applications that seemed obvious, but did not prosper.    The idea may be like…


From Mostafa Dehghani

Fidelity-Weighted Learning

Fidelity-Weighted Learning

Our paper "Fidelity-Weighted Learning", with Arash Mehrjou, Stephan Gouws, Jaap Kamps, Bernhard Schölkopf, has been accepted at Sixth International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR2018). \o/ The success of deep neural…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Innovation Vision of the Cognitive Era

Innovation Vision of the Cognitive Era

This recorded session presents a complete innovative vision to the cognitive era ...

By Hesham Soultan,  Senior IT Architect at IBM

Further discussion at the Linkedin: Cognitive Institute Group  Join us.



From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Does Anyone Read the Error Messages?

Does Anyone Read the Error Messages?

I suspect most if not every Computer Science teacher has had this conversation:

Student: Hey, I’m getting an error.
Teacher: What error are you getting?
Student: I don’t know.Often they have dismissed the message without reading…


From insideHPC

Artificial Intelligence: The Next Industrial Revolution

Artificial Intelligence: The Next Industrial Revolution

artificial intelligenceIt has been said that artificial intelligence will create the next industrial revolution, the fourth industrial revolution that modern-day society has experienced since the dawn of mechanical production and steam power energy…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Privacy and Data Use

Privacy and Data Use

  Leveraging the use (or threatening the use) of user data.    Its not clear if the tweet referenced below went just to the people referred to.   If not is it just a statistical snippet, or still clearly a 'We know who you are"…


From The Eponymous Pickle

MIT Intelligence Quest

MIT Intelligence Quest

Quite a challenge.  The ultimate goal of what we agree is collective intelligence.  Much more at the MIT IQ  link below, than at the Boston Globe article.

MIT Enlisting Hundreds of Scientists in Effort to Make Computers Think …


From insideHPC

Video: Lustre File System on ARM

Video: Lustre File System on ARM

Carlos Thomaz from DDN gave this talk at LAD'17 in Paris. "With the first set of Arm-based HPC servers debuting at SC17 in Denver, the platform is being evaluated for Lustre performance by a number of other organizations including…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Predicting Perfectly with Machine Learning?

Predicting Perfectly with Machine Learning?

Been in the forecasting business for a long time.   Taught it, used it, made excuses for it.   So always skeptical about perfect forecasting.   It does not exist, except in the most narrow contexts.   Can we do it better, perfectly…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Integrated Work System

Integrated Work System

A conversation with former enterprise colleagues led me to this piece on reliability innovation I had a small part in.    See the tag links to Los Alamos Labs, which was also involved.  Here to pass this on to my readers for

Pointer…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Computational Scientist at Virginia Tech

Job of the Week: Computational Scientist at Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is seeking a Computational Scientist in our Job of the Week. "In this faculty role, you will develop and teach science and engineering educational programs; workshops, lecture series, and for credit courses, for…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Barriers to Smartphone Checkout

Barriers to Smartphone Checkout

A major them in our retail tech innovation center.

How steep are the barriers to smartphone checkout?

"To improve conversion retailers should improve their UX but also create mobile specific incentives that will make shoppers buy…


From insideHPC

Agenda Posted for April HPC User Forum in Tucson

Agenda Posted for April HPC User Forum in Tucson

The HPC User Forum has posted their speaker agenda for their upcoming meeting in Tucson. Hosted by Hyperion Research, the event takes place April 16-18 at Loews Ventana Canyon. "The April meeting will explore the status and prospects…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Autonomy Ecosystems

Autonomy Ecosystems

A conversation yesterday led to the problem, challenges  and opportunity of planning for value ecosystems:

In Addreessen:

The Autonomy Ecosystem: From Self-Driving Cars to Beyond!    by Frank Chen

The story of technology is not

Discussions…


From insideHPC

Let’s Talk Exascale Podcast looks at Parallel I/O with ExaHDF5

Let’s Talk Exascale Podcast looks at Parallel I/O with ExaHDF5

In this Let's Talk Exascale podcast, Suren Byna of LBNL and Quincey Koziol of the NERSC describe ExaHDF5, an I/O platform for exascale data. "One milestone that we have achieved so far is a feature called Data Elevator. The Data…


From Wild WebMink

Happy Anniversary—the Next 20 Years of Open Source Begins

Happy Anniversary—the Next 20 Years of Open Source Begins


Open Source Software—yes, we did coin the term (thanks Christine Peterson) and started the movement—is software that can be freely used, changed, and shared (in modified or unmodified form) by anyone.

Thirty-five years ago…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Human Team Collaboration

Human Team Collaboration

U.S. Army Scientists Improve Human-Agent Teaming by Making AI Agents More Transparent
ARL News

Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) have developed ways to improve collaboration between humans and artificially…


From Putting People First

Anthropology in Industry w/ Natalie Hanson

Anthropology in Industry w/ Natalie Hanson

Design and anthropology have been seen together with increasing frequency over the last few years, but how do design and anthropology fit together in relation to industry? And, how does this pairing create insight? The team of…