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November 2016


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Delivers Serious AI Services

Amazon Delivers Serious AI Services

   More tools being added to the box.  Previously some from IBM and Google.  Can remarkable AI be far behind?  In Computerworld.

AWS comes out swinging with A.I. services
Trying to entice enterprises and catch up with cloud rivals…


From Phys.org Technology News

Senate takes aim at 'bots' that snap up concert seats

Senate takes aim at 'bots' that snap up concert seats

The Senate is cracking down on computer software used by ticket brokers to snap up tickets to concerts and shows.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deep Learning and Optimization

Deep Learning and Optimization

Technical point about deep learning, diagrams at the link:

The hard thing about deep learning
Deeper neural nets often yield harder optimization problems.  By Reza Zadeh

At the heart of deep learning lies a hard optimization problem…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

When Data Serves Turkey

A head-scratching inconsistency in large amounts of chess data Slate source Benjamin Franklin was the first American scientist and was sometimes called “The First American.” He also admired the American turkey, counter to our…


From Computational Complexity

A Few Interesting Computer Science Papers

Probabilistic Rank and Matrix Rigidity by Josh Alman and Ryan Williams



Leslie Valiant outlined an approach to proving circuit lower bounds from matrix rigidity. A matrix is rigid if you need to change many entries to significantly…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Applications Open for Blue Waters Graduate Fellowships and Internships

Applications Open for Blue Waters Graduate Fellowships and Internships

Applications are now being accepted for Blue Waters Graduate Fellowships and Undergraduate Internships.  Blue Waters is a truly extraordinary supercomputer used by researchers across the country to gain new understanding of how…


From insideHPC

DDN Re-Energizes HPC Workflows at SC16

DDN Re-Energizes HPC Workflows at SC16

ddn"At SC16, DDN demonstrated centralized storage implementations that accelerate financial and scientific analytics by 5x – extracting maximum efficiency, value and ROI in real-world customer environments using DDN products and…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU Review

NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU Review

Accelerated computing continues to gain momentum as the HPC community moves towards Exascale. Our recent Tesla P100 GPU review shows how these accelerators are opening up new worlds of performance vs. traditional CPU-based systems…


From insideHPC

Bernd Mohr on how #hpcconnects on Road to SC17

Bernd Mohr on how #hpcconnects on Road to SC17

Bernd Mohr, SC17 General ChairIn this special guest feature, SC17 General Chair Bernd Mohr write that the conference will focus on making connections. "We are very confident, that SC17 will once again be THE gathering of scientists, engineers, researchers…


From insideHPC

Asetek Lands Nine Installations on the Green500

Asetek Lands Nine Installations on the Green500

Asetek_300x250-September"As seen at installations included on both the Green500 and Top500 lists, Asetek’s distributed liquid cooling architecture enables cluster energy efficiency in addition to sustained and un-throttled cluster performance,” said…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Getting a job in the software industry

Getting a job in the software industry

I am routinely asked about how to break into the software industry as a programmer. It is true that there is high demand for qualified programmers, but not all jobs are equal. There are good and bad tracks. And most jobs aren…


From Schneier on Security

DigiTally

DigiTally

Ross Anderson describes DigiTally, a secure payments system for use in areas where there is little or no network connectivity....


From insideHPC

Huawei Showcases HPC Solutions at SC16

Huawei Showcases HPC Solutions at SC16

huawei"Huawei has increasingly become more prominent in the HPC market. It has successfully deployed HPC clusters for a large number of global vehicle producers, large-scale supercomputing centers, and research institutions. These …


From Phys.org Technology News

The surprising technology behind the future of autonomous driving

The surprising technology behind the future of autonomous driving

As autonomous driving (AD) technology brings new advances and features to mobility, important questions inevitably arise. For example, how will drivers come to trust their autonomous vehicles? How will vehicles communicate with…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Key New AI Deals

Key New AI Deals

In Inc:  Some key acquisitions in AI that are worth examining:

Artificial Intelligence Deals Top $1 Billion
Apple, Google, Intel, Salesforce and Samsung are among the most aggressive acquirers   By Lisa Calhoun  .... " 


From Phys.org Technology News

Colombia plane crash—how can people survive deadly air disasters?

Colombia plane crash—how can people survive deadly air disasters?

A plane crash in Colombia has killed at least 75 people including most of one of Brazil's top football teams, leaving just six survivors. While the investigation may take some time to reveal the factors behind the accident, the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Service Innovation Talk: Emotional Intelligence

Service Innovation Talk: Emotional Intelligence

Intriguing ...

" ... Eric J. McNulty’s presentation for the ISSIP Service Innovation Weekly Speaker Series.
Title of his presentation is “Integrating Human Factors into Incident Command: Emotional Intelligence and Beyond”.
http:…


From updated sporadically at best

Why We Need to Talk About the Collaboration Problem

Why We Need to Talk About the Collaboration Problem

Today I spoke with a Computer Science professor who is finishing a semester of teaching a notoriously challenging advanced undergraduate course.

"I figured out the problem with my female students," he told me. "It's their partners…


From Phys.org Technology News

Growing fears of IS use of weaponised drones

Growing fears of IS use of weaponised drones

The Mosul battle in Iraq has seen the Islamic State group increasingly resort to weaponised drones, which Western governments fear could lead to a new type of attack at home.


From XRDS

The World’s Most Active ACM Chapters Series in Video, Episode 1: UPES ACM Student Chapter, Uttarakhand, India

The World’s Most Active ACM Chapters Series in Video, Episode 1: UPES ACM Student Chapter, Uttarakhand, India

Working as Departments Chief for ACM XRDS Magazine over the past few years has put me in contact with talented individuals and interest groups ranging from California’s exuberant Silicon Valley to Indonesia’s remote tapestryContinue…


From insideHPC

SGI Paves the Way to the Future with HPE at SC16

SGI Paves the Way to the Future with HPE at SC16

Gabriel Broner and Rich Brueckner behind the wheel of a carbon-fiber Elemental car designed using SGI technologies.In this video from SC16, Gabriel Broner from SGI describes the company's full breadth of HPC solutions. Recently acquired by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, SGI's product technologies such as the SGI ICE XA system and SGI UV big …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Genes, Games, Randomness and the Power of Algorithms

Genes, Games, Randomness and the Power of Algorithms

In the CACM:  Sex as an algorithm.   Fascinating piece.  Not really technical, but a conceptually dense description.  Reminds me of some of our own experiments with genetic algorithms to solve complex corporate problems.  More…


From insideHPC

New InfiniBand Architecture Specifications Extends Virtualization Support

New InfiniBand Architecture Specifications Extends Virtualization Support

ibta"As performance demands continue to evolve in both HPC and enterprise cloud applications, the IBTA saw an increasing need for new enhancements to InfiniBand’s network capabilities, support features and overall interoperability…


From BLOG@CACM

The Work and Inspiration of the APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Computers

The Work and Inspiration of the APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Computers

 The Newsletter of the Committee on Computing and Philosophy of the American Philosophical Association offers a wide range of scholarly work in the philosophy of computer science, affording entry to this field for practitioners…


From Blog@Ubiquity

The Funny Side of Science

The Funny Side of Science

Some people have the strange idea that science is too straight-laced to be funny. These people are not scientists. True scientists love to tell jokes about themselves. To prove the point (scientists are always trying to prove…


From insideHPC

How Dell EMC Delivers HPC Cloud with R-Systems

How Dell EMC Delivers HPC Cloud with R-Systems

dellr-systems"Learn how you can cost effectively accelerate innovation with a secure private cloud environment, hosted and managed by Dell and R Systems Bare Metal Solution. The HPC infrastructure consists of Dell processing, power, storage…


From insideHPC

13.7 Petaflop MareNostrum 4 Supercomputer Coming to BSC

13.7 Petaflop MareNostrum 4 Supercomputer Coming to BSC

marenostrum3Today the Barcelona Supercomputing Center announced plans to MareNostrum 4, a 13.7 Petaflop supercomputer that will be 12.4 times more powerful than the current MareNostrum 3 system. In a contract valued at almost €30 million…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IOT and Marketing

IOT and Marketing

A fairly broad look at what IOT is, but interesting statistics on adoption.

Among Marketers, IoT Is Seen as Critical Emerging Technology
More businesses are in mature deployment stages this year  ...    "



From insideHPC

Avere Speeds Hybrid Cloud at SC16

Avere Speeds Hybrid Cloud at SC16

bernie"Avere Hybrid Cloud is a groundbreaking solution that changes the economics and functionality of data storage and computing. Avere Hybrid Cloud enables companies to leverage public and private storage clouds, IaaS, and elastic…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Global Cities Team Challenge Public WiFi SuperCluster Conference Call

Global Cities Team Challenge Public WiFi SuperCluster Conference Call

The Global Cities Team Challenge (GCTC) will hold their first group conference call for the Public WiFi SuperCluster. Anyone who is interested in the Public WiFi SuperCluster is welcome to join. When: 2pm US Eastern Time, Thursday…

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