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September 2016


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On Avoiding Stress Culture

On Avoiding Stress Culture

I've been at Carnegie Mellon University as an Assistant Professor for a little over a month now, and the students tell me we're approaching "Deep Semester." The glow of summer vacation has worn off. People are skipping classes…


From Phys.org Technology News

New York police to buy 1,000 body cameras

New York police to buy 1,000 body cameras

The New York Police Department, the largest city police force in the United States, has agreed to buy 1,000 body cameras, officials confirmed Friday.


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Cannibal Squid

Friday Squid Blogging: Cannibal Squid

The Gonatus squid eats its own kind. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From The Eponymous Pickle

More Data Changes Decision Making

More Data Changes Decision Making

Good thoughts about who is in control, and how. Will this be solved by more autonomy of the organization to react to changes in data?

How the Big Data Explosion Has Changed Decision Making
by Michael Schrage

Organizations I work…


From The Noisy Channel

Professional Networking

Professional Networking

I’m a strong believer in professional networking, as you may have guessed from my long-term obsession with LinkedIn.


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Releases Dataworks

IBM Releases Dataworks

And IBM makes a play with linking enterprise data and data science.  Very important, especially for ongoing applications, to have process, data and analytical methods continually aligned and updated. All this aims at better process…


From insideHPC

SC16 Tutorial to Focus on Node-Level Performance Engineering

SC16 Tutorial to Focus on Node-Level Performance Engineering

georgeSure, your code seems fast, but how do you know if you are leaving potential performance on the table? Recognized HPC experts Georg Hager and Gerhard Wellein will teach a tutorial on Node-Level Performance Engineering at SC16…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Can Leverage AI and Skill Networks

Microsoft Can Leverage AI and Skill Networks

Microsoft continues the move towards more democratized AI.   Certainly from their efforts like Cortana, but don't forget the proposed acquisition of Linkedin and the integration of massive networks representing people and their…


From insideHPC

Supermicro Rolls Out New Servers with Tesla P100 GPUs

Supermicro Rolls Out New Servers with Tesla P100 GPUs

sys-4027gr-tr"Our high-performance computing solutions enable deep learning, engineering, and scientific fields to scale out their compute clusters to accelerate their most demanding workloads and achieve fastest time-to-results with maximum…


From Phys.org Technology News

American hopes IT switch doesn't snag flights this weekend

American hopes IT switch doesn't snag flights this weekend

American Airlines will make a big technology change this weekend involving planes and pilots, but passengers won't notice a thing if all goes well.


From insideHPC

Video: Experiences in eXtreme Scale HPC

Video: Experiences in eXtreme Scale HPC

fastmath3In this video from the 2016 Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing, Mark Miller from LLNL leads a panel discussion on Experiences in eXtreme Scale in HPC with FASTMATH team members. "The FASTMath SciDAC Institute…


From insideHPC

Bridges Supercomputer to Power Research at North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

Bridges Supercomputer to Power Research at North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

PrintToday XSEDE announced it has awarded 30,000 core-hours of supercomputing time on the Bridges supercomputer to the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM). Funded with a $9.65M NSF grant, Bridges contains a large…


From insideHPC

GPUs Power New AWS P2 Instances for Science & Engineering in the Cloud

GPUs Power New AWS P2 Instances for Science & Engineering in the Cloud

p2Today Amazon Web Services announced the availability of P2 instances, a new GPU instance type for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud designed for compute-intensive applications that require massive parallel floating point performance…


From The Eponymous Pickle

From Big Data to Human Level AI.

From Big Data to Human Level AI.

From O'Reilly,   Some key unresolved issues of practical AI.

From big data to human-level artificial intelligence
What explains the gap between what machines do well and what people do well? And what needs to happen before machines…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sentiment Analytics Master Class

Sentiment Analytics Master Class

Quite a lengthy, complete and interesting view I am looking at.  In Linkedin.

Sentiment Analytics Triology - A master class on extracting sentiments or aspects from data

Published on September 28, 2016 Featured in: Customer Experience…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Minimum Viable Bureaucracy

Minimum Viable Bureaucracy

Like the bare statement of the idea, not that I understand the implementation.  Detailed below.

Minimum Viable Bureaucracy—A Practical Approach to Scaling Agile Project Management
by Adam Rose

Companies transforming alongside new…


From Schneier on Security

The Hacking of Yahoo

The Hacking of Yahoo

Last week, Yahoo! announced that it was hacked pretty massively in 2014. Over half a billion usernames and passwords were affected, making this the largest data breach of all time. Yahoo! claimed it was a government that did…


From Putting People First

The Adaptive Reuse Toolkit

The Adaptive Reuse Toolkit

adaptivereuseThe Adaptive Reuse Toolkit – How Cities Can Turn their Industrial Legacy 
into Infrastructure for Innovation and Growth by Matteo Robiglio Policy Paper, September 2016 The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) All over…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hololens and Lowes

Hololens and Lowes

I was reminded today of Lowes and Hololens via Ignite   A natural use case in the design and evaluation realm.
Microsoft HoloLens and Lowe’s, working to redefine your next home renovation
By Scott Erickson / General Manager, Microsoft…


From Computational Complexity

Give a second order statement true in (R,+) but false in (Q,+) or show there isn't one

Here is a logic question I will ask today and answer next week. Feel free to leave comments with

the answer- you may come up with a different proof than me and that would be great!



Our lang will have the usual logic symbols,…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing Experts Lend Expertise to Address STEM Gender Gap

Supercomputing Experts Lend Expertise to Address STEM Gender Gap

Trish Damkroger, Acting Associate Director for Computation at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and a senior member of the SC16 leadership team.Men still outnumber women in STEM training and employment, and engineering leaders are working to bring awareness to that diversity gap and the opportunities it presents. SC16 is calling upon all organizations to look at the …


From insideHPC

Supercomputing Plant Polymers for Biofuels

Supercomputing Plant Polymers for Biofuels

plant-biofuel_simA huge barrier in converting cellulose polymers to biofuel lies in removing other biomass polymers that subvert this chemical process. To overcome this hurdle, large-scale computational simulations are picking apart lignin, one…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Can Swift code call C code without overhead?

Can Swift code call C code without overhead?

Swift is the latest hot new language from Apple. It is becoming the standard programming language on Apple systems. I complained in a previous post that Swift 3.0 has only about half of Java’s speed in tests that I care about…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Myths About Machine Learning

Myths About Machine Learning

A number of useful points are embedded here.  Useful to know these objections, since they will be brought up by thoughtful management.  I am not sure I would call all of these 'myths'.  They all have elements of caution and truth…


From insideHPC

Video: Analysis of SSDs on SGI UV 300

Video: Analysis of SSDs on SGI UV 300

uv300Nikos Trikoupis from the City University of New York gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Austin. "We focus on measuring the aggregate throughput delivered by 12 Intel SSD DC P3700 for NVMe cards installed on the SGI UV 300…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tom Davenport on the Four Eras of Analytics

Tom Davenport on the Four Eras of Analytics

Tom Davenport gave this talk to our Columbia University Adjunct group for the School of Professional Studies, recording below.  He also mentions me and some of our work at P&G.  I verified the link works, but not sure  how long…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Purdue Exploratory Systems Lab

Purdue Exploratory Systems Lab

Purdue's Exploratory Systems Lab. 

Talk Given Today:  Mohammad Sadoghi   “ExpoDB: An Exploratory Data Science Platform” ... " ... Insight is lost in islands of data ... " 

Slides.  Recorded talk will be here.


From insideHPC

Penguin Computing Adds Remote Desktop Collaboration to Scyld Cloud Workstation

Penguin Computing Adds Remote Desktop Collaboration to Scyld Cloud Workstation

cloud computingToday Penguin Computing announced Scyld Cloud Workstation 3.0, a 3D-accelerated remote desktop solution which provides true multi-user remote desktop collaboration for cloud-based Linux and Windows desktops. "Unlike other remote…


From insideHPC

SC16 Plenary Session to Focus on HPC and Precision Medicine

SC16 Plenary Session to Focus on HPC and Precision Medicine

SC16SC16 will continue its HPC Matters Plenary session series this year with a panel discussion on HPC and Precision Medicine. "The success of all of these research programs hinge on harnessing the power of HPC to analyze volumes…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

World’s Largest Technology Companies Create Historic Partnership on AI

World’s Largest Technology Companies Create Historic Partnership on AI

This is a guest blog post by Greg Hager, Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Past Chair and Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University, with contributions from Eric Horvitz the Technical Fellow…

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