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May 2017


From insideHPC

Drilling Down into Machine Learning and Deep Learning

Drilling Down into Machine Learning and Deep Learning

machine learningArtificial intelligence and machine learning are rising in popularity as the needs of big data call for systems that exceed human capabilities. This article is part of a special insideHPC report that explores trends in machine…


From BLOG@CACM

The Mythical Brooks Law

The Mythical Brooks Law

Yes, you can make a project less late by adding manpower. If you are a good manager.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Most Powerful Quantum Computer

Most Powerful Quantum Computer

IBM unveils its most powerful quantum processor yet
And the company is seeking your algorithms and experiments to run on it.  .. Andrew Dalton, @dolftown


From Schneier on Security

Extending the Airplane Laptop Ban

Extending the Airplane Laptop Ban

The Department of Homeland Security is rumored to be considering extending the current travel ban on large electronics for Middle Eastern flights to European ones as well. The likely reaction of airlines will be to implement…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Whats Next in AI and Automation

Whats Next in AI and Automation

Excellent overview, with useful detail:

What’s now and next in analytics, AI, and automation

Innovations in digitization, analytics, artificial intelligence, and automation are creating performance and productivity opportunities…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Examining the Drone Economy

Examining the Drone Economy

Drones go to Work   by Chris Anderson in the HBR.  Excellent piece.
The disruptive economics of unmanned vehicles are taking hold. Here’s how to think about the drone economy and your place in it.  .... " 

Plus:  Drone challenges…


From insideHPC

Storage-as-a-Service Demo Center Opens in Munich

Storage-as-a-Service Demo Center Opens in Munich

Today Zadara Storage announced the opening of a new Storage-as-a-Service demo center near Munich, Germany, in collaboration with Intel Corporation. Customers and prospects are now able to experience the Zadara Storage-as-a-Service…


From insideHPC

Bridging Big – Small, Fast – Slow with Campaign Storage

Bridging Big – Small, Fast – Slow with Campaign Storage

Peter Braam gave this talk at the MSST 2017 Mass Storage Conference. "Campaign Storage offers radical revisions of old workflows and adapts to new technologies. But it also leverages widely available technologies and interfaces…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cortana as a Bot Channel

Cortana as a Bot Channel

I like thinking of it in this way.  Saw it demonstrated by MSFT using Cortana this week.   Still means the architecture, operations, context and memory of the bot have to be developed and work well and seamlessly.   Still a challenge…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon and Pharma

Amazon and Pharma

Discussion.  In Retailwire.

Is the $400B prescription drug business ripe for an Amazon disruption?
by George Anderson

CNBC reported yesterday that Amazon.com is hiring an executive to lead its entry into the pharmacy business. Two…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Flash Organizations

Flash Organizations

Useful idea, now link it to right data.

Stanford Researchers Develop Crowdsourcing Software to Convene Rapid, On-Demand 'Flash Organizations'

Researchers at Stanford University have developed software that integrates crowdsourcing's…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Looking for a long Chat

Looking for a long Chat

Interesting goal.  Length of a chat implies some engagement, but not necessarily value to the human involved.   If the goal is to get a useful answer I want it to be short and without error. Scripting should do this, but hasThe…


From insideHPC

How Intel FPGAs Power Azure Deep Learning

How Intel FPGAs Power Azure Deep Learning

Microsoft Azure CTO Mark Russinovich recently disclosed major advances in Microsoft’s hyperscale deployment of Intel field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). These advances have resulted in the industry’s fastest public cloud …


From insideHPC

An Update on MarFS in Production

An Update on MarFS in Production

David Bonnie from LANL presented this deck at the MSST 2017 Mass Storage Conference. MarFS is a Near-POSIX File System using cloud storage for data and many POSIX file systems for metadata. "With MarFS in production at LANL since…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Interview with Vint Cerf

Interview with Vint Cerf

Non technical view of the history and future of the Internet.  I should note that this piece contradicts another piece quoting him regarding AI I recently posted.  You have to always be wary of the context of these pieces. He…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Text Mining Memes Online

Text Mining Memes Online

Interesting progress in text mining that includes repeated memes and context.   Technical.

A system for extracting and comparing memes in online forums

Héctor Beck-Fernandeza, , David F. Nettletonb, , , Lorena Recaldeb, , Diego…


From BLOG@CACM

Will Machine Learning Prevent ­S From Achieving the Goals of Teaching Computing to Everyone?

Will Machine Learning Prevent ­S From Achieving the Goals of Teaching Computing to Everyone?

At TURC, ACM leaders consider the future of AI, and I ask about the implications for computing education


From The Eponymous Pickle

Basic Attention Token

Basic Attention Token

The BAT, just brought to my attention, the basic attention token, quite an interesting play, with a browser and a blockchain.  Makes sense, but what will the advertisers think?   Rollout soon.  They describe, more at the link…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Giant Squid Caught Off the Coast of Ireland

Friday Squid Blogging: Giant Squid Caught Off the Coast of Ireland

It's rare: Fishermen caught a 19-foot-long giant squid off the coast of Ireland on Monday, only the fifth to be seen there since 1673. Also the first in 22 years. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Podcast: Amazon v Traditional Retail

Podcast: Amazon v Traditional Retail

Podcast from Knowledge@Wharton:

Why Amazon Is Leaving Legacy Retailers in the Dust?

Wharton's Barbara Kahn and Columbia's Mark A. Cohen discuss what's behind Amazon's continuing success.

What is the secret to the unparalleled success…


From Schneier on Security

NSA Abandons "About" Searches

NSA Abandons "About" Searches

Earlier this month, the NSA said that it would no longer conduct "about" searches of bulk communications data. This was the practice of collecting the communications of Americans based on keywords and phrases in the contents…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (May 18th, 2017)

Science and Technology links (May 18th, 2017)

Google has announced at its annual conference (I/O 2017) that it has computing pods capable of 11.5 petaflops. They are made of 64 customized TPU (processors specialized for deep learning/AI), each generate 180 teraflops. ItContinue…


From insideHPC

A Recap of the 2017 OpenFabrics Workshop

A Recap of the 2017 OpenFabrics Workshop

The 13th Annual OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) Workshop wrapped at the end of March with a look toward the future. The annual gathering, held this year in Austin, Texas, was devoted to advancing cutting edge networking technology…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Senior Scientific App Engineer at Ohio State

Job of the Week: Senior Scientific App Engineer at Ohio State

The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) seeks a Senior Scientific Applications Engineer to support the overall mission of the group and in particular to contribute to the overall mission of the Center with a focus on application …


From insideHPC

ISC 2017 Workshop Preview: Optimizing Linux Containers for HPC & Big Data Workloads

ISC 2017 Workshop Preview: Optimizing Linux Containers for HPC & Big Data Workloads

Christian Kniep is hosting a half-day Linux Container Workshop on Optimizing IT Infrastructure and High-Performance Workloads on June 23 in Frankfurt. "Docker as the dominant flavor of Linux Container continues to gain momentum…


From insideHPC

Announcing the Emerging Woman Leader in Technical Computing Award

Announcing the Emerging Woman Leader in Technical Computing Award

The new ACM SIGHPC Emerging Woman Leader in Technical Computing award will be presented every two years, with the first presentation in November during SC17. "The obvious benefit is the recognition and exposure that can come …


From insideHPC

Liqid Showcases Composable Infrastructure for GPUs at GTC 2017

Liqid Showcases Composable Infrastructure for GPUs at GTC 2017

In this video from GTC 2017, from Liqid describe the company's innovative composable infrastructure technology for servers and GPUs. "The Liqid Composable Infrastructure (CI) Platform is the first solution to support GPUs as …


From Schneier on Security

WannaCry Ransomware

WannaCry Ransomware

Criminals go where the money is, and cybercriminals are no exception. And right now, the money is in ransomware. ' It's a simple scam. Encrypt the victim's hard drive, then extract a fee to decrypt it. The scammers can't charge…


From insideHPC

A Seat at the Table – The Value of Women in High-Performance Computing

A Seat at the Table – The Value of Women in High-Performance Computing

It’s fair to say that women continue to be underrepresented in STEM, but the question is whether there is a systemic bias making it difficult for women to join and succeed in tech industries, or has the tech industry failed to…


From Schneier on Security

Human Rights Watch Needs an Information Security Director

Human Rights Watch Needs an Information Security Director

I'm sure it pays less than the industry average, and the stakes are much higher than the average. But if you want to be a Director of Information Security that makes a difference, Human Rights Watch is hiring....

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