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March 2016


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft too, is Emphasizing Voice

Microsoft  too, is Emphasizing Voice

Voice is also much beyond just commands.  It is that, and conversation, augmentation, memory, learning, expectation, value building, persuasion and more ...Microsoft's Future Involves A Lot of Talkingby  Jonathan Vanian in Fortune…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Dash Moves Ahead, Usage Data

Amazon Dash Moves Ahead, Usage Data

Adage reports data on the share of Amazon Dash button pushes, via 1010Data.  Article has other interesting data." ... In reporting that consumer packaged goods e-commerce sales had soared 42% last year, 1010data credited Dash…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Where The Jobs Are – 2016 Edition

Where The Jobs Are – 2016 Edition

The following is a guest blog post from Ed Lazowska, Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington and Founding Chair of the Computing Community Consortium (2007-2013).  The 2016…


From insideHPC

Intel Rolls Out New Xeon Processors & 3D NAND SSDs

Intel Rolls Out New Xeon Processors & 3D NAND SSDs

Today Intel announced new technologies, investments and industry collaborations that make it easier for any business to harness the power of the cloud. The news featured the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 product family …


From insideHPC

OpenSFS Releases Lustre 2.8.0 for LUG 2016 Conference

OpenSFS Releases Lustre 2.8.0 for LUG 2016 Conference

Today the Open Scalable File Systems (OpenSFS) community announced the release of Lustre 2.8.0, the fastest and most scalable parallel file system. OpenSFS, founded in 2010 to advance Lustre development, is the premier non-profit…


From Blog@Ubiquity

Spike those “Luddite” Awards: Not all innovation is good

Spike those “Luddite” Awards: Not all innovation is good

Luddites attacking powered looms, 1812 (Source: Wikimedia Commons) The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) published its annual “Luddite Awards” for 2014 and 2015. These would-be rogues galleries target organizations…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Intel Moves HPC Forward with Broadwell Family of Xeon Processors

Podcast: Intel Moves HPC Forward with Broadwell Family of Xeon Processors

In this podcast, Rich Brueckner interviews Hugo Saleh, Director of Marketing for the Intel High Performance Computing Platform Group. They discuss the new Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v4 product family, based upon the Broadwell…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Multimodal Robotic Drones

Multimodal Robotic Drones

From the University of PA Grasp lab, in IEEE Spectrum.    Bimodal, here meaning it can walk or fly.   Applications that make sense?     Bi specialization for specific environments or needs." ... Some of the most versatile and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Google is Approaching AI

How Google is Approaching AI

Its not all just about winning the game 'Go', but how an increasing number of components can be used to address performance of cognitive intelligence.  Still a challenge, but we are approaching solutions. I suggest linking these…


From insideHPC

Video: Huawei Powers Efficient and Scalable HPC

Video: Huawei Powers Efficient and Scalable HPC

"Huawei focuses on R&D of IT infrastructure, cooling solutions, software integration, and provides end-to-end HPC solution by building ecosystems with partners. Huawei help customers from different sectors and fields, solving…


From insideHPC

Allinea Taps the Power of GPUs for High Performance Code

Allinea Taps the Power of GPUs for High Performance Code

Today Allinea announced plans to showcase its software tools for developing and optimizing high performance code at the GPU Technology Conference April 4-7 in San Jose. The company will highlight the best practices required to…


From Phys.org Technology News

Should we 3D print a new Palmyra?

Should we 3D print a new Palmyra?

The destruction at the ancient city of Palmyra symbolises the suffering of the Syrian people at the hands of the terrorist group known as Islamic State (IS). Palmyra was a largely Roman city located at a desert oasis on a vital…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Ken Calvert Appointed as NSF CISE/CNS Division Director

Ken Calvert Appointed as NSF CISE/CNS Division Director

National Science Foundation (NSF) Assistant Director for the Directorate of Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) James Kurose has issued the following letter to the community to announce the appointment of Ken…


From Schneier on Security

ISIS Encryption Opsec

ISIS Encryption Opsec

Tidbits from the New York Times: The final phase of Mr. Hame's training took place at an Internet cafe in Raqqa, where an Islamic State computer specialist handed him a USB key. It contained CCleaner, a program used to erase…


From insideHPC

Reducing the Time to Science with Efficient Clouds

Reducing the Time to Science with Efficient Clouds

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Dr Bruno Silva from The Francis Crick Institute in London writes that new cloud technologies will make the cloud even more important to scientific computing. "The…


From Writing

Infrastructure as code: running microservices on AWS using Docker, Terraform, and ECS

Infrastructure as code: running microservices on AWS using Docker, Terraform, and ECS

Docker and Amazon ECS are a powerful combination. In previous posts, I showed how to use Docker to package your code and how to manually deploy Docker containers on Amazon ECS. In this post, I’m sharing the slides and code from…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Managing Customer Reviews

Managing Customer Reviews

In HBS Working Knowledge: On the issue of managing customer reviews.  I discover that I have personally started to read more of them and considering them as a group.


From Schneier on Security

Lawful Hacking and Continuing Vulnerabilities

Lawful Hacking and Continuing Vulnerabilities

The FBI's legal battle with Apple is over, but the way it ended may not be good news for anyone. Federal agents had been seeking to compel Apple to break the security of an iPhone 5c that had been used by one of the San Bernardino…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Can Smart Homes go Mainstream?

How Can Smart Homes go Mainstream?

A look at the challenge.  In Knowledge@Wharton:" ... Amazon’s popular Echo device powered by an artificial intelligence personal assistant called Alexa has rekindled hopes that the smart home — where everything from entertainment…


From insideHPC

Jeff Squyres on Building Community at OpenHPC

Jeff Squyres on Building Community at OpenHPC

"As a community, we are excited about enabling HPC for everyone. If OpenHPC can really make it so easy to install HPC systems that more people join the ecosystem – as users, system administrators, resource managers, or developers…


From insideHPC

European Research Infrastructure Launched for Human Brain Project

European Research Infrastructure Launched for Human Brain Project

The Human Brain Project (HBP) is developing a shared European research infrastructure with the aim of examining the organization of the brain using detailed analyses and simulations and thus combating neurological and psychiatric…


From insideHPC

Tutorial on the EasyBuild Framework

Tutorial on the EasyBuild Framework

Kenneth Hoste from the University Ghent presented this tutorial at the Switzerland HPC Conference. "One unnecessarily time-consuming task for HPC user support teams is installing software for users. Due to the advanced nature…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Social Media is the New Brand Discovery

Social Media is the New Brand Discovery

Interesting changing statistics.  In Retailwire: Is social media taking over brand discovery?" ... Word-of-mouth (62 percent) edges TV ads (61 percent) and online ads (61 percent) as the leading way by which teens hear about…


From insideHPC

PSC Powers 3D-Reconstruction of Excitatory Visual Neuron Wiring

PSC Powers 3D-Reconstruction of Excitatory Visual Neuron Wiring

With help from the Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center, an international team of researchers has published the largest network to date of connections between neurons in the cortex, where high-level processing occurs, and have revealed…


From insideHPC

Panel Discussion on Exascale Computing

Panel Discussion on Exascale Computing

In this video from the 2016 HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference, Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research moderates a panel discussion on Exascale computing. “Exascale computing will uniquely provide knowledge leading…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gartner Visual of the Buying Cycle

Gartner Visual of the Buying Cycle

Nice graphic of the process by Hank Barnes of Gartner.   Visualizing it is a great start to understanding it.  Would be very useful if it became a standard for talking about Buying process.   Would like to see it linked to specific…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Individualized Marketing

Individualized Marketing

In the Teradata Blog:  Good view of the topic from a data perspective.   " ...  Make the Right Connection … Every Time ... So what is individualized marketing, and what does it mean for you? It means that you must ensure that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM CIO on Agile

IBM CIO on Agile

The CIO Of IBM On How To Create An Agile EnterpriseJacob Morgan     What this episode is about and why you should care:When you are leading one of the world’s largest organizations with hundreds of thousands of employees you…


From Phys.org Technology News

The unfulfilled potential of the Danube as a transportation route

The unfulfilled potential of the Danube as a transportation route

Europe's rivers could be used to transport goods much more efficiently. In order to do this, however, the existing international regulations would have to be implemented consistently.


From Putting People First

Six more UX-related articles on PMLive

Six more UX-related articles on PMLive

PMLiVE continues to inform us about UX approaches and developments in the pharmaceutical industry (older series of articles here): Why health psychology should inform pharma strategyv Ella Nuttall – 30 March 2016 We asked Ella…

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