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April 2018


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Are You In On the Social Media Conversation around CS Education?

Are You In On the Social Media Conversation around CS Education?

Today is the absolute deadline for my students in Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles to upload their Create Performance Task to the Digital Portfolio. One of my top students was having trouble getting a file to upload…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Managing Insurance with a Blockchain

Managing Insurance with a Blockchain

Why use the architecture of Blockchain to manage insurance.   A well told piece makes the case.  Said to be the first significant application in insurance.

ANZ and IBM build insurance management blockchain for New Zealand   By…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Blue Sky Ideas Conference Track at ISWC 2018

Blue Sky Ideas Conference Track at ISWC 2018

The 17th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) on October 8-12, 2018 in Monterey, CA is having an outrageous ideas paper track sponsored by the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Blue Sky ideas Conference track. The…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Is software prefetching (__builtin_prefetch) useful for performance?

Is software prefetching (__builtin_prefetch) useful for performance?

Many software performance problems have to do with data access. You could have the most powerful processor in the world, if the data is not available at the right time, the computation will be delayed. It is intuitive. We used…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Serverless Computing

Serverless Computing

Paul Gillin does a good job of describing the latest architecture thing.  Destined to replace the Cloud?

Finally comfy in the cloud? Get ready for another jolt: serverless computing   By Paul Gillin in SiliconAngle ...


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Analytics Sample Dataset for BigQuery

Google Analytics Sample Dataset for BigQuery

Worthwhile if you are using Google Analytics.  I like the idea of a usefully big and complex sample database and sample code.

Introducing the Google Analytics Sample Dataset for BigQuery

The Google Analytics 360 integration with…


From insideHPC

Seagate Storage Devices Achieve Common Criteria Certification for GDPR Security

Seagate Storage Devices Achieve Common Criteria Certification for GDPR Security

Today Seagate announced that it has achieved Common Criteria (CC) certification across a broad portfolio of its Hard Disc Drives and SSDs, expanding on its existing Seagate Secure Certified Service Level. "Seagate remains committed…


From insideHPC

Intel Saffron AI Speeds Issue Resolution for Manufacturing

Intel Saffron AI Speeds Issue Resolution for Manufacturing

Today Intel released the Intel Saffron AI Quality and Maintenance Decision Support Suite – a suite of artificial intelligence (AI)-powered software applications using associative memory learning and reasoning to facilitate faster…


From insideHPC

Video: Moving Towards Personalized Medicine at The UberCloud

Video: Moving Towards Personalized Medicine at The UberCloud

"In the last six years UberCloud has performed 200 cloud experiments with engineers and scientists and their complex applications. In a series of challenging high performance computing applications in the Life Sciences, UberCloud…


From insideHPC

Announcing the Dell EMC AI Challenge

Announcing the Dell EMC AI Challenge

In this video from the Dell EMC HPC Community meeting, Shreya Shar and Onur Celebioglu from Dell describe the new Dell EMC AI Challenge. "Dell EMC invites you to participate in an AI Challenge! Abstracts and proposals will be…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Looks at New USA Supercomputing Map

Radio Free HPC Looks at New USA Supercomputing Map

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the new interactive USA Supercomputing Map from Hyperion Research. "As part of the discussion, Rich recaps Hyperion’s recent HPC User Forum in Tucson. The event featured an extended…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Podcast on GDPR Implications for Startups

Podcast on GDPR Implications for Startups

In Andreessen Horowitz

a16z Podcast: What to Know about GDPR  with Lisa Hawke and Steven Sinofsky

Given concern around data breaches, the EU Parliament finally passed GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) after four years of…


From insideHPC

Exploring the Possibilities of Deep Learning Software

Exploring the Possibilities of Deep Learning Software

deep learning softwareThis is the second post in a five-part series from a report that explores the potential of unified deep learning with CPU, GPU and FGPA technologies. This post explores the possibilities and functions of software for deep learning…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Charlene Li Looks at Groundswell

Charlene Li Looks at Groundswell

Happened on this, interesting to see some predictions of the future and how they played out.

Reflecting on 10 Years of Groundswell and What To Do Next by Charlene Li

10 years ago, my co-author Josh Bernoff and I released our first…


From Computational Complexity

Gahering for Gardner 13 - the first or third of many posts

I attended G4G13 (Gathering for Gardner- meeting 13).  Martin Gardner was the Scientific American Mathematical Recreations columnist from 1956 until 1981.  He had a great influence on many math-people of my generation.



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From The Eponymous Pickle

Age Detection using AI

Age Detection using AI

A problem we looked at in recent years. 

Scientists Use AI to Predict Biological Age Based on Smartphone, Wearables Data

MIPT News (Russia)

Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) researchers in Russia have demonstrated…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Stanford Develops Technique to See Objects Around Corners

Stanford Develops Technique to See Objects Around Corners

Recall testing clamp and fork lifts in warehouses for better viewing.

Stanford researchers develop technique to see objects hidden around corners

Someday your self-driving car could react to hazards before you even see them, thanks…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Towards an Autonomous Future

Towards an Autonomous Future

Good read.  Yes, expect more autonomy, more technology.    More at the link.

How Organizations Will Produce in an Autonomous Future

Big Idea: Artificial Intelligence and Business StrategyBlog
By James Gips, Brendan Guerin, and…


From Schneier on Security

Security Vulnerabilities in VingCard Electronic Locks

Security Vulnerabilities in VingCard Electronic Locks

Researchers have disclosed a massive vulnerability in the VingCard eletronic lock system, used in hotel rooms around the world: With a $300 Proxmark RFID card reading and writing tool, any expired keycard pulled from the trash…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Finding Coprime Pairs

Deferring or avoiding randomization Great Discoveries in STEM source Claude Bachet de Méziriac was a French mathematician of the early 1600s. He is the first person we know to have posed and solved the problem, given relatively…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sales Growth with Analytics

Sales Growth with Analytics

Some reasonable thoughts from McKinsey.  Get the data right.

Starting the analytics journey: Where you can find sales growth right now

By Charles Atkins, Mitra Mahdavian, Katelyn McCarthy, and Michael Viertler

By getting five basic…


From insideHPC

Video: Big Data Assimilation Revolutionizing Weather Prediction

Video: Big Data Assimilation Revolutionizing Weather Prediction

In this video from the HPC User Forum in Tucson, Miyoshi Takemasa from RIKEN presents: Big Data Assimilation Revolutionizing Weather Prediction. "A new project harnessing data from a Japanese satellite called Himawari-8 could…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (April 29th, 2018)

Science and Technology links (April 29th, 2018)

Our heart regenerates very poorly. That is why many of us will die of a heart condition. Harvard researchers find the mice that exercise generate many more new heart cells. The researchers hint at the fact that you might be able…


From insideHPC

Call for Proposals: ALCF Data Science Program at Argonne

Call for Proposals: ALCF Data Science Program at Argonne

Argonne is now accepting proposals for the ALCF Data Science Program (ADSP). "The program, which currently supports eight projects, allocates computing time and supporting resources to research teams focused on using the ALCF…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Never-Ending Learning Continues at CMU

Never-Ending Learning Continues at CMU

Was reminded of this effort.  During our early work with AI, based on very large and messy rule bases, we tried to introduce learning capabilities.   I note this has been going on at CMU since 2010.  How might this connect with…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Will People Give Amazon Keys to their Cars?

Will People Give Amazon Keys to their Cars?

Delivery to the car trunk, in collaboration with some automobile manufacturers.  Seems a very narrow niche, examples and use cases, but why not try it if the architecture is there?  This has been much in the news.  Amazon is

Will…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dealing with Health Data

Dealing with Health Data

Good and considerable piece.  Needs to be rethought before losing the complete power of medical data.

Finding a Healthier Approach to Managing Medical Data  By Samuel Greengard 
Communications of the ACM, Vol. 61 No. 5, Pages 31…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Forrester Examines Conversational Computing Platforms

Forrester Examines Conversational Computing Platforms

Passed along to me, useful, but ultimately this is about a choice in specific context.  In supporting architecture.

The Forrester New Wave™: Conversational Computing Platforms, Q2 2018The Seven Providers That Matter Most And How…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AHold Partnership for AI Research

AHold Partnership for AI Research

A major retailer makes an interesting play.   To better compete with the likes of Wal-mart and Amazon I am sure.  Some intriguing details.

Ahold Delhaize joins partnership for AI research

Ahold Delahize is launching a partnership…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Scientific Applications Engineer at Ohio State University

Job of the Week: Scientific Applications Engineer at Ohio State University

The Ohio State University is seeking an Scientific Applications Engineer in our Job of the Week. "The OSC Scientific Applications (SA) Group is responsible for provisioning, optimizing, and maintaining the library and application…

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