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September 2017


From insideHPC

Ohio Supercomputer Center open-sources HPC Access Portal

Ohio Supercomputer Center open-sources HPC Access Portal

Open OnDemand is an NSF-funded project to develop a widely shareable web portal that provides HPC centers with advanced web and graphical interface capabilities. Through OnDemand, HPC clients can upload and download files, create…


From insideHPC

EPFL Building New Particle Detector for Large Hadron Collider

EPFL Building New Particle Detector for Large Hadron Collider

EPFL’s physicists are moving forward in their efforts to solve the mysteries of the universe. A particle detector made up of 10,000 kilometers of scintillating fiber is under construction and will be added onto CERN's particle…


From insideHPC

Interview: Jeffrey Schwab on Building the World’s Fastest Network at SC17

Interview: Jeffrey Schwab on Building the World’s Fastest Network at SC17

In this guest feature, Jeffrey Schwab describes his role as SCinet Chair at SC17 and how his team of volunteers is building the fastest and most powerful volunteer-built network in the world. "I believe the main attraction for…


From insideHPC

Announcing the EuroEXA Project for Exascale

Announcing the EuroEXA Project for Exascale

Today, 16 organizations met at the Barcelona Supercomputer Centre to mark the start of the EuroEXA project and the commencement of the execution in the next stage of EU investment towards realizing Exa-Scale computing in Europe…


From My Biased Coin

Simulated Annealing for JPEG Quantization

Simulated Annealing for JPEG Quantization

I have a new paper on the arxiv (web page describing results, and full version** available) with two Harvard undergrads, Max Hopkins and Sebastian Wagner-Carrena (who may both be applying for grad school, and who are both great…


From insideHPC

The Intel Scalable System: Kick-Starting the AI Revolution

The Intel Scalable System: Kick-Starting the AI Revolution

intel scalable systemLike many other HPC workloads, deep learning is a tightly coupled application that alternates between compute-intensive number-crunching and high-volume data sharing. Intel explores how the Intel Scalable System can act as a …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cisco on Meetings

Cisco on Meetings

From the Cisco Blog, good points made, not very new,  but worth repeating.   Nothing on the possible use of AI attentive methods to gather data about what has happened.

Improving the Meeting Experience, One Click at a Time   Jens…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Interpreting Machine Learning

Interpreting Machine Learning

Interesting piece,  somewhat wordy with embedded technical aspect.  But worth the read.

Ideas on interpreting machine learning
Mix-and-match approaches for visualizing data and interpreting machine learning models and results.By…


From Schneier on Security

Security Vulnerabilities in AT&T Routers

Security Vulnerabilities in AT&T Routers

They're actually Arris routers, sold or given away by AT&T. There are several security vulnerabilities, some of them very serious. They can be fixed, but because these are routers it takes some skill. We don't know how many routers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa will be a Concierge

Alexa will be a Concierge

Its the ultimate kind of intelligence.  We called it a concierge skill.  Its not what you know, its who you know, or what you have that knows, and can apply it to your need.    Its the simplest and most useful kind of dialog.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Will we all be Wearing Cams Soon?

Will we all be Wearing Cams Soon?

Followed this once at the request of a retail research client.  Tested it in the aisle. Will it now be common?

Why you'll wear a body camera

As costs go down, quality goes up and ease of use improves, wearable cameras will become…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Does Music Remix

Google Does Music Remix

Google’s Inside Music makes anyone a remix artist
It separates a song’s components, allowing you to turn them off and on.
By Mallory Locklear, @mallorylocklear  ... 

" ... You can check out Inside Music now and Google has made its…


From Schneier on Security

Security Flaw in Estonian National ID Card

Security Flaw in Estonian National ID Card

We have no idea how bad this really is: On 30 August, an international team of researchers informed the Estonian Information System Authority (RIA) of a vulnerability potentially affecting the digital use of Estonian ID cards…


From My Biased Coin

Grace Hopper College

Grace Hopper College

I hadn't seen the news about Yale renaming Calhoun College to Hopper College;  it just popped into one of my newslines here in the New York times.  I guess I hadn't seen that it was in the works months and months ago, as described…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Curriculum is Hard

Curriculum is Hard

Generally speaking I am a roll my own sort of teacher when it comes to curriculum. This year that is a bit overwhelming because I am teaching four different courses. Now two of them are easy. I have been teaching our freshmen…


From The Noisy Channel

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Machine Learning

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Machine Learning

As someone who often finds himself explaining machine learning to non-experts, I offer the following list as a public service announcement.

Machine learning means learning from data; AI is a buzzword. Machine learning lives …


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC and MForesight Launch Event for Cybersecurity for Manufacturers Report

CCC and MForesight Launch Event for Cybersecurity for Manufacturers Report

The organizers from the MForesight and Computing Community Consortium (CCC) workshop on Cyber Security for Manufacturers will be releasing their workshop report at a Launch Event hosted by the House Manufacturing Caucus on September…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Map-R for Event Driven Microservices

Map-R for Event Driven Microservices

As I see this, it gets closer to being able to simulate operationally services you are looking to improve in Map-R.  Via event driven services.   Correct?  And thus addressing the complexity of process, and measuring results.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Fridge that will Bring you a Beer

A Fridge that will Bring you a Beer

Notably a Panasonic concept device that wont be available for 'a few years'.  Points out that the complexity of navigation, even in the realm of a non-custom built smart home, is being addressed.  Also voice control is becoming…


From insideHPC

OCF DATA to sell Bullion High-end Servers

OCF DATA to sell Bullion High-end Servers

Today Atos announced it has signed a channel partner agreement with OCF DATA Limited to resell Atos Bullion servers. OCF will sell the Bullion devices to higher education, manufacturing, and utilities sectors in the UK. "This…


From insideHPC

Predicting Earthquakes with Machine Learning

Predicting Earthquakes with Machine Learning

Researchers at LANL are using Machine Learning to predict earthquakes. “The novelty of our work is the use of machine learning to discover and understand new physics of failure, through examination of the recorded auditory signal…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chaos Engineering in Practice

Chaos Engineering in Practice



Don't remember ever hearing of Chaos Engineering, but had done some engineering in Chaotic, non predictable situations.  It should be noted that this is not about chaos theory, in a mathematical sense, but rather testing andNora…


From insideHPC

OCF Builds Isca Supercomputer for Life Sciences at University of Exeter

OCF Builds Isca Supercomputer for Life Sciences at University of Exeter

Researchers from across the University of Exeter can now benefit from a new HPC machine - Isca - that was configured and integrated by OCF to give the university a larger capacity for computational research. "We’ve seen in the…


From insideHPC

Univa Open Sources Universal Resource Broker for Kubernetes

Univa Open Sources Universal Resource Broker for Kubernetes

Today Univa announced the open source availability of the Universal Resource Broker (URB) adapter for Kubernetes. This new URB adapter will be of interest for organizations running Apache Mesos frameworks that are looking to …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Marketing Chatbots

Marketing Chatbots

10 Ways to Use Chatbots for Marketing and Sales

Chatbots have become increasingly popular as messaging applications have become the way brands reach consumers.   By Murray Newlands 

Chatbots have evolved significantly in recent…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Looks at High Performance Interconnects

Radio Free HPC Looks at High Performance Interconnects

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at Dan’s recent talk on High Performance Interconnects. "When it comes to choosing an interconnect for your HPC cluster, what is the best way to go? Is offloading better than onloading…


From The Eponymous Pickle

LG to Double Smart Home Investment by 2020

LG to Double Smart Home Investment by 2020

Makes sense, given how much LG has done with advanced appliances, we examined a number of these.

LG to double smart home investment by 2020     By Lee Min-hyung

Song Dae-hyun, president at LG Electronics' home appliance and air…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Businesses Succeed with AI: Survey of Execs.

How Businesses Succeed with AI: Survey of Execs.

In the HBR via O'Reilly ... Good thoughts here.  Much more at the link.

A Survey of 3,000 Executives Reveals How Businesses Succeed with AI
Jacques Bughin, Brian McCarthy, Michael Chui

The buzz over artificial intelligence (AI)

While…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Baxter Robotics

Baxter Robotics

Recall reading about Baxter in the past, as a 'User Friendly' robot worker.  Back in a 2012 post. Easier to work with, to train, to learn from example?  See my tags from previous posts.   How successful has the idea been?   Here…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Smart Home Moves Slowly

The Smart Home Moves Slowly

Daniel Cooper looks at appliances in the smart home.  We can dole out music and light relatively easily as on demand and intelligent information activity.  I have a dozen such devices in my home. But the Washers, Dryers, Frigs…