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May 2009


From insideHPC

Green HPC podcast series coming in

Green HPC podcast series coming in

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From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

ACM Co-Sponsors Hill Briefing on Education

ACM Co-Sponsors Hill Briefing on Education

On May 20th, ACM will co-sponsor a briefing on Capitol Hill with the House STEM Education Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus. The event, "Bringing Innovative Computing Curriculum Across the Digital Divide," will be held…


From Putting People First

The moral bankruptcy of Current TV - a personal comment

The moral bankruptcy of Current TV - a personal comment

Until recently, I liked Current TV and its Vanguard journalism group very much. The reporting from such cities as Lagos, Nigeria was superb. I liked their mixture of edgy journalism and user-generated content, and I liked Al…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Alternative Certification for CS Teachers

Alternative Certification for CS Teachers

In the midst of budget cuts (which the politicians claim won't harm education), a colleague of mine reported that a local school system had declared that it would cut costs by dismissing all alternate entry teachers. After the…


From Putting People First

Human-centred design for sustainable development on an urban scale

Human-centred design for sustainable development on an urban scale

The built environment is now the largest negative factor in the stability of ecosystems and the climate. As populations become increasingly urbanized, the evolution of cities will largely shape the outcome of our long dependence…


From Putting People First

Johanna Brewer about ethnography and design

Johanna Brewer about ethnography and design

Nicolas Nova reports on a lecture by Johanna Brewer about “What can ethnography do for technology?” Brewer, who is a PhD candidate in the Informatics department at the University of California, Irvine and a collaborator of Paul…


From Putting People First

Business Innovation Factory launches Student Experience Lab

Business Innovation Factory launches Student Experience Lab

The non-profit Business Innovation Factory (BIF) yesterday launched a new laboratory to enable innovation in higher education. The lab will support the design of solutions that increase college attainment levels, enhance the…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2009-05-12

links for 2009-05-12

"OPS4J stands for Open Participation Software for Java, and this community is trying to build a new, more open model for Open Source development, where not…


From insideHPC

Cambridge builds supercomputer cloud for SMB,

Cambridge builds supercomputer cloud for SMB,

Found at ITPro, an article on U of Cambridge (UK) plans to open up its supercomputing infrastructure for small businesses and other universities that need excess capacity Cambridge University plans to open up its High Performance…


From insideHPC

The winner of the first week’s prize in the “Bribery is Fair Play” survey contest, that is. The winner was long time reader Kevin Buterbaugh. He is already the proud owner of an iPod, so Kevin picked the $50 gift certificate…


From insideHPC

Argonne researchers receive award for MPI performance

Argonne researchers receive award for MPI performance

This just in via email, news that a research team from Argonne National Lab has been selected as one of the award winners at this year’s


From insideHPC

Penguin Powers U of Florida HPC Phase

Penguin Powers U of Florida HPC Phase

Penguin Computing, today, announced details that the University of Florida’s High Performance Computing Center Phase III installation will be a Penguin integrated cluster system.


From insideHPC

HLRS Deploys NEC/QDR

HLRS Deploys NEC/QDR

Voltaire Ltd, popular Infiniband vendor, has announced that the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart [HLRS] has deployed a new cluster based on their quad-data rate Infiniband interconnect technology.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Earned Media

Earned Media

Jonah Bloom on public relations and 'earned media'. Includes a number of principles that are well worth considering.


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

Two Projects in the PipelineAmbassador: Catherine Lang, Australia

Two Projects in the PipelineAmbassador: Catherine Lang, Australia

The Australian ACM-W Ambassador has two exciting projects in the pipeline this year. The first, Digital Divas targets junior secondary school students. It is a collaborative project funded by the Australian Research Council,…


From Putting People First

Bringing the everyday life of people into design

Bringing the everyday life of people into design

“Bringing the everyday life of people into design” is the title of a doctoral dissertation that Froukje Sleeswijk Visser is defending today to obtain her doctoral degree in industrial design engineering at the Technical University…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Announcing: The Shopper Marketing Lab

Announcing: The Shopper Marketing Lab

A radical and valuable idea, from Dave Katz, more details as they emerge:CLIENTONE INTRODUCES SHOPPER MARKETING 2.0 THE SHOPPER MARKETING LAB SHOPPER DATA SETS WITH MARKETING SCIENCE METHODS FIRST IN CPG/RETAIL CATALYST FOR CHANGE…


From The Eponymous Pickle

SAP Expands BI Strategy

SAP Expands BI Strategy

At the current Sapphire meeting SAP has announced a number of expansions of its business intelligence capabilities. These appear to be quite innovative in their approach. This includes: " ... a business analytics search tool…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Customer Loyalty a Bad Thing?

Customer Loyalty a Bad Thing?

Provocative thought, Many efforts underway to promote loyalty. Is is always a good thing? From Harvard Business Publishing: ... It might be tempting to pamper longtime customers with special perks, but is it really profitable…


From The Noisy Channel

Catching Up With Hunch

Catching Up With Hunch

Last week, I stopped by the Hunch office to learn more about what they’re doing, as well as to contribute my own thoughts about socially enhanced decision making. I consider Hunch, like Aardvark, to be an example of social search…


From The Noisy Channel

Catching Up With Hunch

Catching Up With Hunch

Last week, I stopped by the Hunch office to learn more about what they’re doing, as well as to contribute my own thoughts about socially enhanced decision making. I consider Hunch, like Aardvark, to be an example of social search…


From insideHPC

ANL

ANL

The NSF.gov site is running a video interview with Kate Keahey of the Nimbus project, a cloud computing infrastructure developed at Argonne National Lab. Nimbus is an example of such an adaptable system. Keahey and her team developed…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2009-05-11

links for 2009-05-11

Excellent and encouraging analysis from Robin here. Scott McNealy has been saying for years that net-connected devices are the new world after Microsoft…


From The Eponymous Pickle

MySears Community

MySears Community

Recently I took a look at Sears new IPhone application. Not very exciting, but it works well. They are continuing with a social networking called MySears. The tagline is: Get advice before you buy. Includes reviews and discussions…


From insideHPC

SGI Unveils New Org Structure and New

SGI Unveils New Org Structure and New

SGI!? Don


From insideHPC

UK Met tries to cure its black

UK Met tries to cure its black

The UK Met Office (the British government’s weather forecasting agency, founded in 1854) had some bad press in January of this year when the TimesOnline ran an article lambasting the organization for the carbon footprint of their…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tech and Simplicity

Tech and Simplicity

Technology simplifies tasks, but complicates lives. Good reminder, we need it.


From insideHPC

Russian HPC vendor announces Tesla

Russian HPC vendor announces Tesla

T-Platforms announced late last week that they’ve joined the ranks of vendors enthusiastic about NVIDIA’s Prefconfigured Tesla Cluster program T-Platforms, the leading Russian supercomputer developer and manufacturer, and NVIDIA…


From insideHPC

New version of CUDA

New version of CUDA

NVIDIA announced last week that it has released version 2.2 of CUDA, which includes support for Windows 7 among other features. Some of the highlights Visual Profiler for the GPU The most common step in tuning application performance…


From insideHPC

HPCS 2009 program, workshops

HPCS 2009 program, workshops

The Canadian High Performance Computing Symposium 2009 program has been announced and you can find details at www.hpcs2009.org. The symposium is also hosting a series of workshops

Workshop Topics:

Using OpenMP 3.0 for Parallel…

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