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November 2017


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

AI and Amplifying Human Abilities

AI and Amplifying Human Abilities

While wearable computing might seem like a new thing, it has been a part of our imagination since 1945 when Vannevar Bush headed the U.S. Office of Scientific Research and Development and envisioned the head-mounted camera that…


From insideHPC

Video: A Petascale HPC System at BASF

Video: A Petascale HPC System at BASF

Dr. Stephan Schenk from BASF gave this talk at the DDN User Group at SC17. "BASF’s strategic goal is to decisively take advantage of the enormous opportunities that digitalization offers along the entire value chain. In doing…


From insideHPC

Call for Workshops: European HPC Summit Week 2018

Call for Workshops: European HPC Summit Week 2018

The European HPC Summit Week 2018 conference has released their Call for Workshops. The event takes place place May 28 - June 1 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. "This call for workshops is addressed to all possible participants interested…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa in the Office

Alexa in the Office

Have had many conversations about how Alexa and other skill/voice/attentive systems could be used in the office.    How could it have been used to link with our 'Business Sphere' data visualization space for executive decisions…


From insideHPC

OpenMP ARB Releases New Technical Report and Asks for Feedback

OpenMP ARB Releases New Technical Report and Asks for Feedback

In this video from SC17 in Denver, Michael Klemm from the OpenMP ARB describes how the OpenMP programming community is moving forward to new levels of scalable performance. The OpenMP Architecture Review Board (ARB) is seeking…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

CS Educator Interview: Sheena Vaidyanathan

CS Educator Interview: Sheena Vaidyanathan

Sheena is a wonderful innovative teacher who I have know for several years. We also served on the CSTA Board together. She works across grad levels (K-8) at a school district in California. She’s doing some very cool things.WHERE…


From insideHPC

A New Way to Visualize Performance Optimization Tradeoffs

A New Way to Visualize Performance Optimization Tradeoffs

A valuable feature of Intel Advisor is its Roofline Analysis Chart, which provides an intuitive and powerful visualization of actual performance measured against hardware-imposed performance ceilings. Intel Advisor's vector parallelism…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Promoting Service Innovation

Promoting Service Innovation

Been a member for a while.  Worth following

The International Society of Service Innovation Professionals, ISSIP (pronounced iZip).

Latest newsletter.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Definitive Healthcare Newsletter

Definitive Healthcare Newsletter

Brought to my attention, a newsletter on big data management and analytics

" ... Definitive Healthcare was founded in 2008 as a database covering the hospital and IDN market. After years of consistent growth Definitive’s databases…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Millennials and Brands

Millennials and Brands

In Fastcompany:

 As Millennials Demand More Meaning, Older Brands Are Not Aging Well

Ask millenials and boomers what companies they value most and you’ll get very different answers. If brands want to make an impact with the consumers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Complexity

Complexity

A means of understanding how systems work and interact with our world, and ultimately what can be solved or not solved by machine learning systems.  Technical.

Chasing Complexity

MIT News  Larry Hardesty

Massachusetts Institute


From Schneier on Security

NSA "Red Disk" Data Leak

NSA "Red Disk" Data Leak

ZDNet is reporting about another data leak, this one from US Army's Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), which is also within to the NSA. The disk image, when unpacked and loaded, is a snapshot of a hard drive dating back…


From Computational Complexity

Kolmogorov Complexity and the Primes

Bill's post on how to derive the non-finiteness of the primes from Van der Waerden's theorem reminds me of a nice proof using Kolmogorov complexity.



A quick primer: Fixed some universal programming language. Let C(x), the Kolmogorov…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Running out of Ideas?

Running out of Ideas?

Are we?  Intriguing piece in Freakonomics blog.

Are We Running Out of Ideas?
by Stephen J. Dubner in Freakonomics

Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “Are We Running Out of Ideas?” (You can subscribe to the podcast at…


From Putting People First

New European study on e-Government initiatives

New European study on e-Government initiatives

The latest eGovernment benchmark report of the European Commission shows significant improvement on cross-border availability of digital public services and accessibility of public websites from mobile devices in EU Member states…


From Putting People First

New European study on e-Government initiatives

New European study on e-Government initiatives

The latest eGovernment benchmark report of the European Commission shows significant improvement on cross-border availability of digital public services and accessibility of public websites from mobile devices in EU Member states…


From Putting People First

New Zealand’s policy methods toolbox

New Zealand’s policy methods toolbox

The Policy Methods Toolbox is a repository of policy development methods that helps policy practitioners identify and select the right approach for their policy initiative. It is developed by The Policy Project, a unit of New…


From Putting People First

New Zealand’s policy methods toolbox

New Zealand’s policy methods toolbox

The Policy Methods Toolbox is a repository of policy development methods that helps policy practitioners identify and select the right approach for their policy initiative. It is developed by The Policy Project, a unit of New…


From insideHPC

Liqid steps up with Composable Infrastructure for HPC at SC17

Liqid steps up with Composable Infrastructure for HPC at SC17

In this video, Jay Breakstone and Sumit Puri from Liqid describe the company's innovative composable infrastructure technology for HPC. "Liqid Grid enables once-static infrastructure to scale on demand to effectively manage the…


From insideHPC

Cavium Showcases ThunderX2 Arm-based Server Platforms for HPC

Cavium Showcases ThunderX2 Arm-based Server Platforms for HPC

At SC17 in Denver, Cavium showcased a wide variety of ThunderX2 Arm-based server platforms for high performance computing. "ThunderX2 server SoC integrates fully out-of-order, high-performance custom cores supporting single and…


From insideHPC

Quantum Drives High Performance Storage at SC17

Quantum Drives High Performance Storage at SC17

In this video from SC17, Molly Presley from Quantum describes how the company's high performance storage systems power HPC. "So why have an autonomous car at a Supercomputing show? The answer is Big Data. The Autonomous Stuff…


From insideHPC

Call for Papers: IEEE Cluster 2018 in Belfast

Call for Papers: IEEE Cluster 2018 in Belfast

The IEEE Cluster 2018 conference has issued it Call for Papers. The event takes place September 10-14, 2018 in Belfast UK. "Following the successes of previous IEEE Cluster conferences, for IEEE Cluster 2018, which will be held…


From insideHPC

Accelerating Cryo-EM with Intel Technologies

Accelerating Cryo-EM with Intel Technologies

In this video from the Intel HPC Developer Conference, Erik Lindahl from Stockholm University describes the challenges of cryo-EM, a technique that fires beams of electrons at proteins that have been frozen in solution, to deduce…


From insideHPC

Ireland Reaches #1 in TOP500 Supercomputers per capita

Ireland Reaches #1 in TOP500 Supercomputers per capita

The 9th Irish Supercomputer List was released today. For the first time, Ireland has four computers ranked on the Top500 and Ireland is now ranked number one globally in terms of number of Top500 supercomputers per capita.


The…


From insideHPC

IBM Readies Power9 Coral Supercomputers at SC17

IBM Readies Power9 Coral Supercomputers at SC17

In this video from SC17, Ken King describes how new Power9 compute nodes will power the next generation of the world's most powerful Coral supercomputers at ORNL and LLNL. "We’re pleased to announce that we are delivering on …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots Taking Jobs: A Prediction

Robots Taking Jobs:  A Prediction

Click on for link to full report PDF:

Robots Could Force 375 Million People to Switch Occupation by 2030  In TechnologyReview

So says a new report by think tank McKinsey Global Institute, which predicts how labor demand will shift…


From insideHPC

AI and HPC: Inferencing, Platforms & Infrastructure

AI and HPC: Inferencing, Platforms & Infrastructure

inferencingThe popularity of “better than human” classification on tasks that people do well (such as recognizing faces, Internet image search, self-driving cars, etcetera) has reached a mass audience. "What has been lacking is coverage…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Waze Gets Voice Controls

Waze Gets Voice Controls

Voice expanding into other hands-free applications.

Navigation app gets the Google treatment with ‘OK Waze’ voice controls
By Christian de Looper   in DigitalTrends ...


From Schneier on Security

Warrant Protections against Police Searches of Our Data

Warrant Protections against Police Searches of Our Data

The cell phones we carry with us constantly are the most perfect surveillance device ever invented, and our laws haven't caught up to that reality. That might change soon. This week, the Supreme Court will hear a case with profound…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Free TensorFlow Report

Free TensorFlow Report

Via O-Reilly:

Considering TensorFlow for the Enterprise

Download this report, compliments of TensorFlow .... 

Considering TensorFlow for the Enterprise

Deep learning is enabling the next generation of successful companies. The question…

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