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November 2017


From insideHPC

Video: Project Cyclops comes to SC17 in a Quest to Build the World’s Fastest Node

Video: Project Cyclops comes to SC17 in a Quest to Build the World’s Fastest Node

In this video from SC17, Rich Brueckner from insideHPC describes Project Cyclops, a benchmarking quest to build the world’s fastest single node. The single-node Cyclops supercomputer demonstrates the computational power that …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Private, Portable Deep Learning

Private, Portable Deep Learning

More mobile deep machine learning:

New Technology Makes Artificial Intelligence More Private and Portable 
University of Waterloo News  by Matthew Grant

Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada say they have developed…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Great Innovative Idea- Big Graph Analytics Systems and Their Applications

Great Innovative Idea- Big Graph Analytics Systems and Their Applications

The following Great Innovative Idea is from Da Yan, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Yan presented his poster, Big Data Frameworks…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Aims to put AI Anywhere

Google Aims to put AI Anywhere

Note this says machine learning, not AI.  Which is appropriate.  ML is an important part of AI, but it is not all of it.   From Google: 

Announcing TensorFlow Lite     Posted by the TensorFlow team

Today, we're happy to announce…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mariott Guestroom Lab

Mariott Guestroom Lab

We were involved as a corporate customer of hotel space.  And saw many future hotel scenarios to attract the business traveler.  Here is Mariott's take,  collaborating with tech companies:

Marriott Guestroom Lab brings cutting…


From insideHPC

SC17 Preview: BoF Session on IEEE Consortium on HPC

SC17 Preview: BoF Session on IEEE Consortium on HPC

Are you at SC17 in Denver? Please join a special session for the IEEE Computer Society Technical Consortium on High Performance Computing (TCHPC). The meeting takes place (Wednesday Nov 15, 2017) in room 201-203 at the Denver…


From insideHPC

AMD Delivers ‘Supercomputing for All’ at SC17

AMD Delivers ‘Supercomputing for All’ at SC17

At SC17 in Denver, AMD and its ecosystem partners announced at SC17 immediate availability of a suite of new, high performance systems powered by AMD EPYC CPUs and AMD Radeon Instinct GPUs to accelerate innovation in supercomputing…


From insideHPC

Cray to Power AI Innovation at Samsung

Cray to Power AI Innovation at Samsung

Today Cray announced that Samsung has purchased a Cray CS-Storm accelerated cluster supercomputer. The Samsung Strategy & Innovation Center (SSIC) procured the system for use in its research into Artificial Intelligence and deep…


From insideHPC

HPE Steps Up with AI Innovation at SC17

HPE Steps Up with AI Innovation at SC17

Today at SC17, Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced new high-density compute and storage solutions that enable enterprises to harness the power of high performance computing and artificial intelligence applications. “Today, HPE…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Risk Detection is Important

Risk Detection is Important

Not often covered well enough, worth thinking about.  Detecting the Risk, working with business partners to understand its implications, is important.  In my observation, not often done well. 

The neglected art of risk detection…


From insideHPC

Bright Computing and SUSE Collaborate at SC17

Bright Computing and SUSE Collaborate at SC17

"The Bright Computing and SUSE partnership was first announced in 2009, enabling customers to deploy, manage, and monitor SUSE Linux Enterprise Server clusters using the Bright interface. Since then, the companies have collaborated…


From insideHPC

One Stop Systems Rolls Out Composable Infrastructure Solutions at SC17

One Stop Systems Rolls Out Composable Infrastructure Solutions at SC17

This week at SC17, One Stop Systems is showcasing all-new "HPC composable infrastructure solutions" designed for data scientists requiring flexible high performance infrastructure across multiple nodes. "By adding NVIDIA GPU …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machines Writing Music

Machines Writing Music

Delivering a level of creativity is always of interest.

From Mozard to Botzard: when machines write our music
Paris (AFP) - Machines are already taking our jobs, will they soon be writing our music too?

Swiss researchers said Thursday…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cognitive Manufacturing

Cognitive Manufacturing

Reviewing

View from the Marketplace
IBM Watson Video Series - Cognitive Manufacturing

By using data and predictive analytics, it’s possible to improve the manufacturing process from the supply chain through to production. ... " 


From Schneier on Security

Apple FaceID Hacked

Apple FaceID Hacked

It only took a week: On Friday, Vietnamese security firm Bkav released a blog post and video showing that -- by all appearances -- they'd cracked FaceID with a composite mask of 3-D-printed plastic, silicone, makeup, and simple…


From insideHPC

Catch Today’s ‘Artificial Intelligence and The Virtuous Cycle of Compute’ Presentation by Intel

Catch Today’s ‘Artificial Intelligence and The Virtuous Cycle of Compute’ Presentation by Intel

At SC17, Intel is reinforcing its ongoing commitment to HPC and AI technologies. If you want to learn more about Intel’s investment in Artificial Intelligence, and the convergence with HPC, then be sure to catch the future-focused…


From Putting People First

[Book] Designing Better Services: A Strategic Approach from Design to Evaluation

[Book] Designing Better Services: A Strategic Approach from Design to Evaluation

Designing Better Services: A Strategic Approach from Design to Evaluation by Francesca Foglieni, Beatrice Villari and Stefano Maffei (Polytechnic University of Milan) Springer International Publishing, 2018 VIII, 115 pages This…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Reading Stories in Computer Science Class

Reading Stories in Computer Science Class

Stories are an entertaining way to introduce or reinforce computer science concepts and help students to understand abstract concepts in a more concrete way. Do you read picture books, chapter books, or short stories to yourContinue…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Virtual Beauty in Augmented Reality

Virtual Beauty in Augmented Reality

We spend some time looking at Virtual Beauty applications.  Was never successful in our day.   What can make it work here?   Is this an example of AR success?   A review.

MAC Virtual Try-on Mirror review
It's crazy how well MAC's…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge Conference on Feb 6-7, 2018 in Washington, DC

Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge Conference on Feb 6-7, 2018 in Washington, DC

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate are co-hosting the 2018 kickoff conference for the GCTC – Smart and Secure Cities and…


From insideHPC

SC17 Preview: Artificial Intelligence and The Virtuous Cycle of Compute

SC17 Preview: Artificial Intelligence and The Virtuous Cycle of Compute

In this video, Pradeep Dubey from Intel Labs describes his upcoming SC17 Invited Talk on Artificial Intelligence. "Dubey will discuss how the convergence of AI, Big Data, HPC systems, and algorithmic advances are transforming…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Fashion AI by Alibaba

Fashion AI by Alibaba

Examined the use of this kind of in store technology to engage. Personalization and privacy were key aspects.   But we also discovered that the environment of such interactions had to be carefully controlled.

Alibaba’s AI Fashion…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education Draft Report

Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education Draft Report

The Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education is working on curriculum recommendations for post secondary schools but I think their work will be of interest to teachers of other levels as well. It is probably going to be interesting…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Pills Approved

Smart Pills Approved

An old idea we talked in the innovation centers:

Smart Pills Are Headed to American Patients
The FDA has approved America’s first digital pill. The tablets, called Abilify MyCite, are an antipsychotic which can be used to treat…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Home Adds Intercom

Google Home Adds Intercom

Been using a similar function in Amazon Alexa for some time, its a popular function in the Smart Home.   Especially if you have a larger space.  Only makes sense if you have have more than one device. Google has added some clever…


From insideHPC

Top 10 Things to Look Forward to at SC17

Top 10 Things to Look Forward to at SC17

In this special guest feature, Kim McMahon offers up her annual Top 10 list of things she's looking forward to as SC17 this week. "It’s that time of year we all look forward to! We have been waiting for it all year, preparing…


From insideHPC

Ellexus Releases I/O Profiling Tool Suites Based for Arm Architecture

Ellexus Releases I/O Profiling Tool Suites Based for Arm Architecture

Today Ellexus released versions of its flagship I/O profiling products Breeze, Healthcheck and Mistral, all based on the Arm v8-A architecture. The move comes as part of the company’s strategy to provide cross-platform support…


From insideHPC

Jülich Supercomputer Adds 5 Petaflop Booster Upgrade from Dell EMC

Jülich Supercomputer Adds 5 Petaflop Booster Upgrade from Dell EMC

The JURECA supercomputer in Germany just got a major upgrade with help from Dell EMC. "Thanks to the additional 5 petaflops, the Jülich supercomputer now appears as one of the fastest computers in Europe on the TOP500 list of…


From insideHPC

Livestream: SC17 Keynote Presentation on the SKA Telescope Project

Livestream: SC17 Keynote Presentation on the SKA Telescope Project

We are very excited to present this live keynote presentation on the SKA Telescope Project live from SC17. It all starts here Tuesday, Nov 14 at 8:30am Mountain Time.


The post Livestream: SC17 Keynote Presentation on the SKAinsideHPC…


From insideHPC

An Overview of AI in the HPC Landscape

An Overview of AI in the HPC Landscape

AIThe demand for performant and scalable AI solutions has stimulated a convergence of science, algorithm development, and affordable technologies to create a software ecosystem designed to support the data scientist. This is the…