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October 2017


From insideHPC

Spectra Logic Launches LTO-8 Pre-Purchase Program

Spectra Logic Launches LTO-8 Pre-Purchase Program

"LTO-8 tape technology doubles the capacity of LTO-7 to an astonishing 30 TB compressed (12TB native) per cartridge, and improves performance by 20 percent, up to 360Mbps. The additional capacity equates to fewer tape cartridges…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Superforecasting for Better Prediction

Superforecasting for Better Prediction

I was reminded today again of the need for the best forecasting possible when doing many kinds of analytics.     I have covered the concept of Superforecasting here a number of times.   Basically the idea that there are people…


From insideHPC

Intel Joins Open Neural Network Exchange

Intel Joins Open Neural Network Exchange

Jason Knight from Intel writes that the company has joined Microsoft, Facebook, and others to participate in the Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX) project. "By joining the project, we plan to further expand the choices developers…


From insideHPC

Intel Delivers 17-Qubit Superconducting Chip with Advanced Packaging to QuTech

Intel Delivers 17-Qubit Superconducting Chip with Advanced Packaging to QuTech

Today, Intel announced the delivery of a 17-qubit superconducting test chip for quantum computing to QuTech, Intel’s quantum research partner in the Netherlands. The new chip was fabricated by Intel and features a unique design…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Awards $36.6 million in New Food-Energy-Water System Grants

NSF Awards $36.6 million in New Food-Energy-Water System Grants

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced a partnership with the Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to create the joint program on Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy…


From insideHPC

Exascale: The Movie

Exascale: The Movie

In this video from HPE, researchers describe how Exascale will advance science and improve the quality of life for all. "Why is the U.S. government throwing down this gauntlet? Many countries are engaged in what has been referred…


From insideHPC

New Book: Using OpenMP – The Next Step

New Book: Using OpenMP – The Next Step

Ruud van der Pas from Oracle has co-authored a new book on OpenMP. It covers the OpenMP 4.5 specifications, with a focus on the practical usage of the language features and constructs. "We start where the specifications end and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Podcast on the Nudge Nobel

Podcast on the Nudge Nobel

How Richard Thaler’s ‘Simple Insights’ Led to a Nobel Prize
Wharton's Katherine Milkman discusses the awarding of the Nobel Prize to behavioral economist  

Richard H. Thaler, the “father of behavioral economics,” has this week

Once…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Optimizing Production

Optimizing Production

My earliest responsibilities in industry were to use optimization technology to improve quality and cost of manufacturing.  So the concern is not new.   We continue to improve this.   In McKinsey:

Optimizing production in the
As…


From insideHPC

Video: Why your school should enter the ISC Student Cluster Competition

Video: Why your school should enter the ISC Student Cluster Competition

In this video, future HPC professionals discuss their participation in the ISC Student Cluster Competition. "Now in its seventh year, the Student Cluster Competition enables international teams to take part in a real-time contest…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Thinking Platform vs Process

Thinking Platform vs Process

Clever way to think about this.

Instead of Optimizing Processes, Reimagine Them as Platforms   by Michael Schrage in HBR

Process optimization can transform user experience. Rethinking process optimization — visualizing processes…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Honda Robotics for Disaster Response

Honda Robotics for Disaster Response

Quite an impressive piece.  An obvious place to use robotics of this type.   A number of images and videos in the article.  Honda has been known for a long time to provide advances in such extreme applications of robotics.  Applications…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs Power New TYAN Server

NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs Power New TYAN Server

Today TYAN showcased their latest GPU-optimized platforms that target the high performance computing and artificial intelligence sectors at the GPU Technology Conference in Munich. "TYAN’s new GPU computing platforms are designed…


From insideHPC

Video: Revolution in Computer and Data-enabled Science and Engineering

Video: Revolution in Computer and Data-enabled Science and Engineering

Ed Seidel from the University of Illinois gave this talk at the 2017 Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing. The theme of his talk centers around the need for interdisciplinary research. "Interdisciplinary research…


From insideHPC

OSS Showcases New HDCA Platforms with Volta GPUs at GTC Europe

OSS Showcases New HDCA Platforms with Volta GPUs at GTC Europe

At GTC Europe this week, One Stop Systems (OSS) will exhibit two of the most powerful GPU accelerators for data scientists and deep learning researchers, the CA16010 and SCA8000. NVIDIA GPU computing is helping researchers and…


From BLOG@CACM

The Binary System Was Created Long Before Leibniz

The Binary System Was Created Long Before Leibniz

There are reports of much older number systems using only two symbols that have been developed mainly in Asia.


From insideHPC

Google Compute Engine offers VMs with 96 Skylake CPUs and 624GB of Memory

Google Compute Engine offers VMs with 96 Skylake CPUs and 624GB of Memory

Google Compute Engine now offers new VMs with the most Skylake vCPUs of any cloud provider. "Skylake in turn provides up to 20% faster compute performance, 82% faster HPC performance, and almost 2X the memory bandwidth compared…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Connected Car as a New Way of Marketing

Connected Car as a New Way of Marketing

A Whole new Way of Marketing in KouponMedia

With connected cars on the rise and the number of minutes spent in the car also increasing, a powerful new marketing channel has emerged. 

The connected car enables brands and retailers…


From insideHPC

Accelerating Quantum Chemistry for Drug Discovery

Accelerating Quantum Chemistry for Drug Discovery

quantumIn the pharmaceutical industry, drug discovery is a long and expensive process. This sponsored post from Nvidia explores how the University of Florida and University of North Carolina developed an anakin-me neural network engine…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gartner Blog on Conversational AI

Gartner Blog on Conversational AI

Conversational Artificial Intelligence. We Need To Talk About It.   by Adrian Lee  in Gartner Blog

Gartner released its Top Strategic Predictions for 2018 and beyond on 29th September. I heaved a sigh of relief when I saw that…


From Schneier on Security

Changes in Password Best Practices

Changes in Password Best Practices

NIST recently published their four-volume SP800-63-3 Digital Identity Guidelines. Among other things, they make three important suggestions when it comes to passwords: Stop it with the annoying password complexity rules. They…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

CS Educator Interview: Vicky Sedgwick

CS Educator Interview: Vicky Sedgwick

My first teaching jobs were teaching in a pair of schools (half time in each) where I saw students from kindergarten through eight grade. It was a great learning experience but I was happy to move on to high school after a year…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

We are restarting The CSTA Advocate Blog!

We are restarting The CSTA Advocate Blog!

Hello fellow educators of CS! After a one year hiatus, we are relaunching The CSTA Advocate Blog. With CSTA Advocate, we will bring people and ideas together. For the next year, I will be editor. We will have a new … Continue…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Advertising Stats: A Cheat Sheet

Advertising Stats: A Cheat Sheet

At first I thought these would define the stats and how they are obtained,  but its a statement of their value, and in some cases trends.  Rounded values.  Mostly US numbers.  Still interesting.  A few links to sources.    In…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Intel Omni-Path adds Performance and Scalalability

Podcast: Intel Omni-Path adds Performance and Scalalability

"Intel OPA, part of Intel Scalable System Framework, is a high-performance fabric enabling the responsiveness, throughput, and scalability required by today's and tomorrow's most-demanding high performance computing workloads…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Critical View of Data Viz Eye Tracking

Critical View of Data Viz Eye Tracking

Data viz expert Stephen Few looks at work done by Tableau using eye tracking methods to get insight about designing data visualizations.    I recall seeing some previous research in this area.   It is not too unlike similar work…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: NSF Accepting Proposals Related to Hurricane Irma

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: NSF Accepting Proposals Related to Hurricane Irma

In the wake of the recent hurricanes that have affected the United States, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has released the following Dear Colleague Letter calling for proposals that focus on solving the challenges related…


From Computational Complexity

Michael Cohen

When I first saw posts about Michael Cohen (see here, here, here) I wondered



is that the same Michael Cohen who I knew as a HS student?



It is.  I share one memory.



Michael Cohen's father is Tom Cohen, a physics professor at…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Spending on Intelligent Assistants

Spending  on Intelligent Assistants

Interesting piece,  note the list of companies sharing their experiences with an intelligence assistance strategy.

Intelligent Assistants Answer the Challenge of Omnichannel CX Editor's Pick!   by Dan Miller in CustomerThink

These…


From insideHPC

Future HPC Leaders Gather at Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing

Future HPC Leaders Gather at Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing

Over at ALCF, Andrea Manning writes that the recent Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing brought together HPC practitioners from around the world. "You can’t get this material out of a textbook,” said Eric Nielsen…