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June 2018


From The Eponymous Pickle

Look at Microsoft Teams

Look at Microsoft Teams

Would think that Teams would be a good thing to connect to Skype, Linkedin and Office tools.  Is it becoming that?

Microsoft Teams: Its features, how it compares to Slack and other rivals

Microsoft's latest entry in the crowded…


From insideHPC

Energy Companies Embrace Deep Learning for Inspections, Exploration & More

Energy Companies Embrace Deep Learning for Inspections, Exploration & More

deep learningThis is the second entry in a five-part insideHPC series that takes an in-depth look at how machine learning, deep learning and AI are being used in the energy industry. Read on to learn how energy companies are embracing deep…


From insideHPC

NEC and Quobyte team up for HPC Storage

NEC and Quobyte team up for HPC Storage

Today Quobyte and NEC Deutschland GmbH announced a partnership to develop a complete HPC storage solution stack based on NEC HPC hardware and Quobyte’s Data Center File System software. "Quobyte’s full stack Data Center File …


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Reflections on Programming and Teaching

Reflections on Programming and Teaching

Mark Guzdial has an interesting post called Reflections of a CS Professor and an End-User Programmer in which he compares end-user programming and professional programming and how.if/what we teach for the two. I started a comment…


From Schneier on Security

New iPhone OS May Include Device-Unlocking Security

New iPhone OS May Include Device-Unlocking Security

iOS 12, the next release of Apple's iPhone operating system, may include features to prevent someone from unlocking your phone without your permission: The feature essentially forces users to unlock the iPhone with the passcode…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI, Machine Learning and their role in Automation

AI, Machine Learning and their role in Automation

Very thoughtfully done piece.   Its not all about Machine Learning.  ML is usually just a focused element of the overall goal.  A key question that should be asked: What is the local definition of automation?  How is it embedded…


From insideHPC

SMART Global Holdings Acquires Penguin Computing for $85 Million

SMART Global Holdings Acquires Penguin Computing for $85 Million

cloud computingToday SMART Global Holdings, Inc. announced that it has acquired HPC vendor Penguin Computing. "Penguin will continue as a standalone operation being the first part of a new business unit, SMART Specialty Compute & Storage Solutions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Deals with Carrefour Retailer to Sell Groceries Online

Google Deals with Carrefour Retailer to Sell Groceries Online

We worked with Carrefour in our innovation spaces and in France and China.  Looks like Home and Google Assistant will be utilized. Emphasis on fresh foods.  Competition seems to be driving this.  Amazon has just announced rollout…


From insideHPC

ISC Travel Grant brings Young HPC Leaders to Conference from Nepal and Botswana

ISC Travel Grant brings Young HPC Leaders to Conference from Nepal and Botswana

Today ISC 2018 announced the winners of the ISC High Performance Travel Grant Program. Designed to enable university students and young researchers to attend the conference in Germany, the ISC Travel Grant was introduced this…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Boosting Memories by Electrical Reintroduction

Boosting Memories by Electrical Reintroduction

View image on TwitterThe measures, accuracy,  scope and specificity of this ability would be interesting.

Thanks For The Memories  By Joe Dysart in CACM

Researchers have found a way to boost memory in the human brain by digitally recording memories…


From insideHPC

ThinkparQ Teams with QCT to Demonstrate BeeGFS

ThinkparQ Teams with QCT to Demonstrate BeeGFS

Today ThinkParQ announced that the company is working with Quanta Cloud Technology on a prototype HPC system to demonstrate the power of their combined technologies. Using the BeeGFS parallel file system, the demo cluster will…


From insideHPC

Video: Researchers Step Up with the New Summit Supercomputer

Video: Researchers Step Up with the New Summit Supercomputer

"The biggest problems in science require supercomputers of unprecedented capability. That’s why the ORNL launched Summit, a system 8 times more powerful than their previous top-ranked system, Titan. Summit is providing scientists…


From The Eponymous Pickle

MIT Testing Smart Contracts and Oracles

MIT Testing Smart Contracts and Oracles

Been looking for more reviews in this area.   Following this in Reddit as well.

MIT Researchers Test Oracles and Smart Contracts on Bitcoin Lightning    | by Kent Weare in InfoQ

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Appointment of Dr. Rance Cleaveland as Division Director for the NSF/CISE Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF)

NSF Appointment of Dr. Rance Cleaveland as Division Director for the NSF/CISE Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF)

The following is a letter to the community from Erwin Gianchandani, Acting Assistant Director, of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate of Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE).  Dear CISE Community,…


From insideHPC

New eGuide: Practical Considerations for Embracing AI in Your HPC Environment

New eGuide: Practical Considerations for Embracing AI in Your HPC Environment

AIThe advent of AI is creating new possibilities to tackle increasingly complex research beyond the traditional HPC analytics, modeling, and simulation workloads. This guest post from Intel highlights key points from its new eGuide…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

School Year is Over, Time to Get Ready for Next Year

School Year is Over, Time to Get Ready for Next Year

It is teacher wrap up day at Bishop Guertin. The warning bell for homeroom just rang but of course the students were done on Friday so there are no students coming into my room. It feels a bit off.

I started planning for nextI've…


From Schneier on Security

Router Vulnerability and the VPNFilter Botnet

Router Vulnerability and the VPNFilter Botnet

On May 25, the FBI asked us all to reboot our routers. The story behind this request is one of sophisticated malware and unsophisticated home-network security, and it's a harbinger of the sorts of pervasive threats ­ from nation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Self Driving Dataset

Self Driving Dataset

As in all intelligent  learning situations, you need lots of data to define the context, more than you think you need.  But smaller amounts can help you start defining the process.

How Do Autonomous Vehicles Learn to Drive? Download…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Key AI for Smarter Phones

Key AI for Smarter Phones

A good forward look about how smart phones are evolving to an expectation of smarter phones and telecom in the near future.  Conversation, value driven services, increased awareness, integration of user and use history and deeper…


From Computational Complexity

How the Villarino-Gasarch-Regan paper came about

(This post overlaps a prior one here. The paper I am blogging about was also blogged about by Lipton here. The paper itself is on arxiv here. My slides for a talk I will be giving on this material are here)'







Todays post is…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tutorial on Association Rules

Tutorial on Association Rules

Good piece in KDNuggets,  the approach is useful because it is transparent and thus easily visualized. Here is a further technical definition,  from the approach of set mining and rule generation.  Note this applies in many domains…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Creates Doodle Games with Garden Gnomes

Google Creates Doodle Games with Garden Gnomes

Once again Google leverages their search page to present a clever yet simple gaming idea.  I like their use of their entry page to teach about history, technology and even approaches to simple game design.  Very hard to predict…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Human AI Collaboration and the Nature of Work

Human AI Collaboration and the Nature of Work

 Via MIT Sloan.  Note the decomposition of jobs into tasks in context, which we also examined.

Why human-AI collaboration will dominate the future of work

At the 2018 MIT Sloan CIO Summit, a panel of AI experts discussed how machine…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI and Smell Digitization Classification, and Health

AI and Smell Digitization Classification, and Health

We actively worked on digitally reproducing the senses of smell and taste.   Both in their classification and their production.   In one case for taste of products like coffee and also the analysis of aromas produced by perfumes…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Systems Dynamics and Data Science

Systems Dynamics and Data Science

Interesting connection, though I have never heard of systems dynamics directly invoked in a business process model in a very long time.   Embedded yes in things like process and systems control, but not in high level process.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reactions to Images, Packaging as Password?

Reactions to Images, Packaging as Password?

So could we use this differently?  Could your reaction to a product change its price,  or be a kind of loyalty connection?  Integrated with product detection in an automated checkout, 'Amazon Go' type interaction?

Your Reaction…


From insideHPC

Women in HPC Workshop Returns to ISC 2018

Women in HPC Workshop Returns to ISC 2018

The eighth international Women in HPC workshop will be held June 28 at ISC 2018 in Frankfurt. "This workshop provides leaders and managers in the HPC community with methods to improve diversity and also to provide early career…


From insideHPC

Energy Efficiency and Water-Cool-Technology Innovations at Lenovo

Energy Efficiency and Water-Cool-Technology Innovations at Lenovo

Karsten Kutzer from Lenovo gave this talk at the 2018 Swiss HPC Conference. "This session will discuss why water cooling is becoming more and more important for HPC data centers, Lenovo’s series of innovations in the area of …


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (June 9th, 2018)

Science and Technology links (June 9th, 2018)

A woman with late-stage breast cancer has been successfully cured using immunotherapy. She was preparing to die. She is now going to live hopefully many more years in good health. Deep learning generalizes poorly, in at least…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Free Books on Data Science and Machine Learning

Free Books on Data Science and Machine Learning

KDNuggets has been very good in pointing these out.    Very high quality.  Good price (free).  We live in amazing times.  Books that cover breaking technology insights.  Have you looked at the cost of required texts for college…

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