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November 2017


From The Eponymous Pickle

Guide to Chatbots

Guide to Chatbots

A guide and survey of chatbots.  Looks good.  Will follow.

Beginners Guide to Chatbots  Posted by William Vorhies 

Summary:  This is the first in a series about Chatbots.  In this first installment we cover the basics including…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Six Analytics Books

Six Analytics Books

KD Nuggets books of interest to the data scientist.  Nice selection.  Mostly in the moderately technical domain.  Some of these are more background books that are good reads rather than 'how to'.


From insideHPC

Time-Lapse Video: Building SCinet at SC17 in 30 seconds

Time-Lapse Video: Building SCinet at SC17 in 30 seconds

In this time-lapse video from SC17, a team of volunteers build the high-speed SCinet network for the conference in 30 seconds flat. "Check out this behind-the-scenes look at the well-orchestrated frenzy that is SCinet staging…


From insideHPC

SC17 Preview: Molecular Simulation at the Mesoscale

SC17 Preview: Molecular Simulation at the Mesoscale

SC17 will continue its HPC Matters Plenary session series this year a talk on Molecular Simulation at the Mesoscale. "We are developing new capabilities for multi-scale dynamic simulations that cross spatial scales from the molecular…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gartner on Digital Retail Strategies

Gartner on Digital Retail Strategies

Most Retail Digital Strategies Not Yet Harvesting Results   by Robert Hetu   

The retail CIO agenda for 2018 reflects the existential threat to many retailers, caused by digitally enabled consumers, new entrants and new business…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Life After Driving

Life After Driving

Imagining a self-driving world.  Life After Driving

A very broad look at self driving vehicles, the near term and unexpected social and technical consequences.

In  the NY Times Mag.   Nicely done.


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Season May Start Earlier Next Year

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Season May Start Earlier Next Year

Squid fisherman in Argentina have asked regulators to start the squid season earlier in 2018. 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…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Who Wants an Amazon Key?

Who Wants an Amazon Key?

Still intrigued by the Amazon Key as a means to open a unique channel to the consumer.   But who wants it, who fears it, and what do they expect to get out of it?  Can it deliver?  Recode looks at some numbers.

Most Amazon Prime…


From insideHPC

Quantum Computing Ecosystem moves forward with IBM Q Systems

Quantum Computing Ecosystem moves forward with IBM Q Systems

"Over the next year, IBM Q scientists will continue to work to improve its devices including the quality of qubits, circuit connectivity, and error rates of operations. For example, within six months, the IBM team was able to…


From insideHPC

CoolIT Systems Unveils AHx2 Heat Exchange Module

CoolIT Systems Unveils AHx2 Heat Exchange Module

Today CoolIT Systems announced their new AHx2 Heat Exchange Module. This compact Liquid-to-Air heat exchanger makes it possible for Direct Contact Liquid Cooling (DCLC) enabled servers to be thermally tested during the factory…


From The Noisy Channel

Better Search through Better Queries

Better Search through Better Queries

I spend a lot of time helping companies improve their search engines. Much of my work involves returning better results for their users’ search queries. But there’s a better strategy: improving the queries themselves.

Less is More…


From insideHPC

Rescale Cloud adds HPE and SGI Server Capability

Rescale Cloud adds HPE and SGI Server Capability

Today Rescale announced that it will support HPE and SGI servers on its HPC platform, allowing HPE customers to seamlessly access and manage a hybrid environment of cloud and on-premises HPC systems in a single unified platform…


From insideHPC

Video: The Legion Programming Model

Video: The Legion Programming Model

"Developed by Stanford University, Legion is a data-centric programming model for writing high-performance applications for distributed heterogeneous architectures. Legion provides a common framework for implementing applications…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Maps Show Checkout Line Length

Google Maps Show Checkout Line Length

Adding line lengths to maps of stores.  Saw a similar approach done at a Kroger, but just for their store.  The data will be crowd sourced, which can lead to incorrect numbers.   With expert discussion:

Has Google solved the problem…


From insideHPC

WekaIO Partners with HPE to Develop All-Flash Storage for HPC and AI

WekaIO Partners with HPE to Develop All-Flash Storage for HPC and AI

Today WekaIO announced a partnership with HPE to deliver integrated flash-based parallel file system capabilities that can significantly accelerate compute-intensive workloads. The WekaIO Matrix software-defined storage solution…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chinese Economics

Chinese Economics

Been looking at the 'One Belt, One Road Initiative'.  Earlier we had looked at modeling retail demand in Chinese markets using agent simulation modeling, as it predicted future supply chains.    See china tag and 'Agent Models'…


From insideHPC

HPC Connects: The Search for Elusive Proteins that perform Gene Editing

HPC Connects: The Search for Elusive Proteins that perform Gene Editing

In this video from the SC17 HPC Connects series, David Paez-Espino from the Joint Genome Institute describes how researchers are using supercomputing to search for elusive proteins that perform gene editing. "This revolutionary…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Baidu Launches Conversational OS

Baidu Launches Conversational OS

Ultimately it will be system that can natural converse with us that will be AI.  Not just systems that can recognize language, but systems that can carry on an ongoing, intelligent, useful dialog based on changing context  Still…


From insideHPC

Toshiba to Demo NVMe Over Fabrics at SC17

Toshiba to Demo NVMe Over Fabrics at SC17

Today Toshiba Memory America announced plans to demonstrate High Performance Computing NVM Express over Fabrics at SC17 in Denver. "NVMe-oF brings direct-connect NVMe SSD performance to the storage fabric with the flexibility…


From insideHPC

Gidel Launches Acceleration Boards Based on Intel Stratix 10 FPGAs

Gidel Launches Acceleration Boards Based on Intel Stratix 10 FPGAs

Today Gidel launched their Proc10S family of high performance, scalable compute acceleration boards. The devices are based on the Stratix 10 FPGA, which was released by Intel in late 2016. "Gidel’s newest acceleration board was…


From Schneier on Security

New Research in Invisible Inks

New Research in Invisible Inks

It's a lot more chemistry than I understand: Invisible inks based on "smart" fluorescent materials have been shining brightly (if only you could see them) in the data-encryption/decryption arena lately.... But some of the materials…


From Schneier on Security

Hacking a Fingerprint Biometric

Hacking a Fingerprint Biometric

Embedded in this story about infidelity and a mid-flight altercation, there's an interesting security tidbit: The woman had unlocked her husband's phone using his thumb impression when he was sleeping......


From insideHPC

Japanese HPC Cloud Startup XTREME Design Raises $2.75M

Japanese HPC Cloud Startup XTREME Design Raises $2.75M

Today Japanese HPC Cloud Startup XTREME Design announced the completion of a $2.75M financing agreement in Series-A round funding led by World Innovation Lab (WiL). "XTREME Design provides access to supercomputing resources for…


From Computational Complexity

Advice for the Advisor

A soon-to-be professor asked me recently if I could share some ideas on on how to advise students. I started to write some notes only to realize that I had already posted on the topic in 2006.
Have students work on problems…


From The Eponymous Pickle

State of Machine Intelligence

State of Machine Intelligence

Well done piece, with useful charting out of the state of intelligence.  Below just a brief excerpt:

The current state of machine intelligence 3.0
Watching the appeal and applications of machine intelligence expand.
By Shivon Zilis…


From insideHPC

CoolIT Systems AHx10 Heat Exchanger Delivers Rack Level Cooling without Facility Water

CoolIT Systems AHx10 Heat Exchanger Delivers Rack Level Cooling without Facility Water

Today CoolIT Systems unveiled their new AHx10 Heat Exchange Module. This latest member of the CoolIT lineup is a rack mounted Liquid-to- Air heat exchanger that enables dramatic increases in server density without the need for…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AlphaX Decision Sciences

AlphaX Decision Sciences

Brought to my attention,  Advanced Analytics for Oil Companies.

About AlphaX: 

AlphaX Decision Sciences, LLC is incorporated in Delaware with offices in Houston, San Jose and Dubai. The Company’s ten employees are dedicated to


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…

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