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July 2017


From insideHPC

Maxeler Technologies Accelerates Analytics on UK G-Cloud

Maxeler Technologies Accelerates Analytics on UK G-Cloud

Today Maxeler Technologies announced it is now on the G-Cloud 9 framework and can offer its world class accelerated compute performance to the entire UK Public Sector. "I am delighted we can support all parts of the UK Public…


From insideHPC

NEC’s Aurora Vector Engine & Advanced Storage Speed HPC & Machine Learning at ISC 2017

NEC’s Aurora Vector Engine & Advanced Storage Speed HPC & Machine Learning at ISC 2017

In this video from ISC 2017, Oliver Tennert from NEC Deutschland GmbH introduces the company's advanced technologies for HPC and Machine Learning. "Today NEC Corporation announced that it has developed data processing technology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alibaba Builds Echo for China

Alibaba Builds Echo for China

Apparently only in Mandarin for now.  Continued competition in this space.

Alibaba Challenges Google, Amazon With New Echo-Like Device
By Lulu Yilun Chen  in Bloomberg

Tencent, Baidu also developing their own home assistants

The

The…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA and Baidu Partner Up to Accelerate AI

NVIDIA and Baidu Partner Up to Accelerate AI

Today NVIDIA and Baidu today announced a broad partnership to bring the world’s leading artificial intelligence technology to cloud computing, self-driving vehicles and AI home assistants. “We believe AI is the most powerful …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Echo as Intercom

Amazon Echo as Intercom

Has now rolled out, have used it daily for a week, obvious useful add for the smart home.

Alexa gets room-to-room intercom support between Echo devices
by Chaim Gartenberg@cgartenberg  ..... " 

Something we wanted early on.  Addresses…


From Computational Complexity

The Complexity of Rubik's Cube

In my book I use Rubik's Cube as an example of a puzzle we can computationally solve efficiently (as opposed to Sudoku or Rush Hour). How does this square with the new result of Erik Demaine, Sarah Eisenstat and Mikhail Rudoy…


From Schneier on Security

Commentary on US Election Security

Commentary on US Election Security

Good commentaries from Ed Felten and Matt Blaze. Both make a point that I have also been saying: hacks can undermine the legitimacy of an election, even if there is no actual voter or vote manipulation. Felten: The second lesson…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Overview of Recurrent Neural Networks

Overview of Recurrent Neural Networks

An overview of recurrent neural networks, and a tour of different types used for deep learning applications.   Note in particular, such problems that require sequencing, like forecasting.  Once again, nicely done by Jason Brownlee…


From Schneier on Security

GoldenEye Malware

GoldenEye Malware

I don't have anything to say -- mostly because I'm otherwise busy -- about the malware known as GoldenEye, NotPetya, or ExPetr. But I wanted a post to park links. Please add any good revelent links in the comments....


From insideHPC

Liquid Cooling Ecosystem Expands for HPC with CoolIT Systems

Liquid Cooling Ecosystem Expands for HPC with CoolIT Systems

In this video, CoolIT Systems debuts high TDP processor coldplates, STULZ Micro Data Center with Rack DCLC™, and new liquid cooled OEM servers at ISC High Performance 2017 in Frankfurt Germany.


The post Liquid Cooling Ecosystem…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing New Tools for Cancer Detection

Supercomputing New Tools for Cancer Detection

"In the future, though, it may be possible to diagnose cancer much earlier using more sensitive body scans, new types of biomarker tests, and even nano-sensors working in the bloodstream. Experimenting with these techniques in…


From insideHPC

Intel’s Raj Hazra on how new technologies are Clouding our Future

Intel’s Raj Hazra on how new technologies are Clouding our Future

In this video from ISC 2017, Raj Hazra, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Enterprise and Government Group at Intel, discusses key trends impacting the future growth of High Performance Computing. He focuses …


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI for Manufacturing Process Control

AI for Manufacturing Process Control

Interesting process manufacturing example.  Weight control is a very often used, and a simple control process.   Interesting to see how this differs.

Hershey adopts AI process to perfect Twizzlers production

The Hershey Co. is…


From The Eponymous Pickle

API Economy

API Economy

Expanding business models

2017 Is Quickly Becoming The Year Of The API Economy

This year more CIOs will have their bonuses tied to how many new business models they help create with existing and planned IT platforms than ever before…


From Writing

Yak Shaving Series #1: All I need is a little bit of disk space

Yak Shaving Series #1: All I need is a little bit of disk space

I just published the first entry in The Yak Shaving Series, where we share stories of some of the unexpected, bizarre, painful, and time-consuming problems we’ve had to solve while working on DevOps and infrastructure: Yak…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Acquires Souq

Amazon Acquires Souq

In Chain Store Age.  Full article requires registration.

Amazon gains huge foothold in Middle East
Amazon has completed its acquisition of e-commerce company souq.com, a leader in the Middle East's online shopping market. ....


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Pruning spaces from strings quickly on ARM processors

Pruning spaces from strings quickly on ARM processors

Suppose that I give you a relatively long string and you want to remove all spaces from it. In ASCII, we can define spaces as the space character (‘ ‘), and the line ending characters (‘\r’ and ‘\n’). I am mostly interested in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smelling with VR for Immersion

Smelling  with VR for Immersion

The CPG company I worked with for years used to have a big foods component and smell and aroma were major sensory components of products and product development.  So we paid much attention to understand how these sensory components…


From insideHPC

NEC Vector Computers Accelerate Machine Learning

NEC Vector Computers Accelerate Machine Learning

Today NEC Corporation announced that it has developed data processing technology that accelerates the execution of machine learning on vector computers by more than 50 times in comparison to Spark technologies. "This technology…


From insideHPC

Atos to Build 4.3 Petaflop Bull Sequana Supercomputer for AWE in the UK

Atos to Build 4.3 Petaflop Bull Sequana Supercomputer for AWE in the UK

Today Atos announced that a new Bull Sequana supercomputer will enable high-performance computing solutions to boost next-generation scientific modeling for the UK defense organization. The new system will feature a single Bull…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Yes to Operational Intelligence

Yes to Operational Intelligence

Never called it that, but it was what we did when we sought to do analytics (Statistical, Neural networks, Bayesian, graphical, AI, modeling...) and apply that directly to a real operating dynamic business process.  Used to be…


From insideHPC

DEEP-EST Project Looks to Building-blocks for Exascale

DEEP-EST Project Looks to Building-blocks for Exascale

The DEEP exascale research computing project has entered its next phase with launch of the DEEP-EST project at the Jülich Supercomputing Center in Germany. "The optimization of homogeneous systems has more or less reached its…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hadoop, Spark and Map Reduce

Hadoop, Spark and Map Reduce

Very good, not too technical , good selection and useful articles from DSC.  Join the group to get resources like this ongoing:

11 Great Hadoop, Spark and Map-Reduce Articles     Posted by Vincent Granville  

This reference is…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots, AI and Jobs

Robots, AI and Jobs

In Gartner, with some interesting links.     The Ongoing Debate – Do Robots and AI Destroy Jobs?    by Andrew White


From Schneier on Security

A Man-in-the-Middle Attack against a Password Reset System

A Man-in-the-Middle Attack against a Password Reset System

This is nice work: "The Password Reset MitM Attack," by Nethanel Gelerntor, Senia Kalma, Bar Magnezi, and Hen Porcilan: Abstract: We present the password reset MitM (PRMitM) attack and show how it can be used to take over user…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Pharma and AI

Big Pharma and AI

Nothing new they would be interested in the topic.    But the scale on these interactions is advancing.

Big pharma turns to artificial intelligence to speed drug discovery, GSK signs deal
By Ben Hirschler

LONDON (Reuters) - The

Other…


From Writing

Introducing: The Yak Shaving Series

Introducing: The Yak Shaving Series

Today, we are kicking off a series of blog posts where we share the pain of DevOps through short stories: Introducing: The Yak Shaving Series.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Another Look at Siri Capabilities

Another Look at Siri Capabilities

I am an iPhone user, and from time use Siri as an assistant.  So I am on board and provide them with relevant data. Usually I do simple things like setting timers and alarms. Only rarely the next step up, say sending an email…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wikipedia Games

Wikipedia Games

Some time ago was introduced to developers that were using the Wikipedia API to do classification tasks.   Now discovered that people are using this to do things like creating exploring games and and even constructing novels.…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing the Impact of Loan Forgiveness Programs

Supercomputing the Impact of Loan Forgiveness Programs

Graduate Assistant Hongyu Chen used data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth to model individuals’ education, career, borrowing, and spending decisions based on whether or not they were part of a loan forgiveness program…