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February 2018


From The Eponymous Pickle

Portal for Scientific Discovery

Portal for Scientific Discovery

Augmentation for discovery is something we examined for research.

Networking, Data Experts Design a Better Portal for Scientific Discovery
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Exploratory Advanced Research Program 2018 Broad Agency Announcement

Exploratory Advanced Research Program 2018 Broad Agency Announcement

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a Presolicitation Notice for its 2018 Exploratory Advanced Research Program’s Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) with an anticipated posting date soon. Through the issuance of this…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hacking Phone Pins with Sensor Data

Hacking Phone Pins with Sensor Data

Disturbing Situation ... You have to think about what data is being gathered by sensors, and if that new data can be used to predict other data ... and beyond.  A whole stream of inference to check.  Note the prediction does

Hackers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dimensions of Digital Trust

Dimensions of Digital Trust

Fascinating take.  A little skeptical about the approach to gathering this detailed information.  Why just 4 dimensions?   Worth the read.

The 4 Dimensions of Digital Trust, Charted Across 42 Countries  By Bhaskar Chakravorti,…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing Graphene Applications in Nanoscale Electronics

Supercomputing Graphene Applications in Nanoscale Electronics

Researchers at North Carolina State University are using the Blue Waters Supercomputer to explore graphene’s applications, including its use in nanoscale electronics and electrical DNA sequencing. "We’re looking at what’s beyond…


From insideHPC

Agenda Posted: OpenPOWER 2018 Summit in Las Vegas

Agenda Posted: OpenPOWER 2018 Summit in Las Vegas

The OpenPOWER Summit has posted its speaker agenda. Held in conjunction with IBM Think 2018, the event takes place March 19 in Las Vegas. "The OpenPOWER Foundation is an open technical community based on the POWER architecture…


From insideHPC

Video: Computing Challenges at the Large Hadron Collider

Video: Computing Challenges at the Large Hadron Collider

CERN's Maria Girona gave this talk at the HiPEAC 2018 conference in Manchester. "The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is one of the largest and most complicated scientific apparata ever constructed. "In this keynote, I will discuss…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Looks at Diverging Chip Architectures in the Wake of Spectre and Meltdown

Radio Free HPC Looks at Diverging Chip Architectures in the Wake of Spectre and Meltdown

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the tradeoff between chip performance and security. In the aftermath of the recently disclosed Spectre and Meltdown exploits, Cryptograpy guru Paul Kocher from Rambus is calling…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Drop Ship Stress Panel

Drop Ship Stress Panel

Does Drop Ship Put too Much Stress on the Supply Chain?
Dan Gilmore in Retailwire.

Through a special arrangement, presented here for discussion is a summary of a current article from Supply Chain Digest. .... 

A panel at last month…


From Computational Complexity

The web bad/People using it bad.

I was going to write a post about how hard it was to find what grades mean at different schools (e.g., at UMCP W (for withdraw) means the student dropped the course, but at UT Austin its Q (for Quit?)) but then I found that my…


From insideHPC

HACC: Fitting the Universe inside a Supercomputer

HACC: Fitting the Universe inside a Supercomputer

Nicholas Frontiere from the University of Chicago gave this talk at the DOE CSGF Program Review meeting. "In response to the plethora of data from current and future large-scale structure surveys of the universe, sophisticated…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC Systems Engineer at Washington State University

Job of the Week: HPC Systems Engineer at Washington State University

The Center for Institutional Research Computing at Washington State University is seeking a High-Performance Computing Systems Engineer in our Job of the Week. "This position will play a vital role in the engineering and administration…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Electronic Skins as Health Sensors

Electronic Skins as Health Sensors

More novel health sensors.

Electronic skin can display a heartbeat on your hand 
You'd know someone's health just by looking at them.

By Jon Fingas, @jonfingas in Engadget.

Electronic skins might not only detect health troubles in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Marketing and AI

Marketing and AI

Artificial Intelligence Interview with ESOMAR  (the WORLD Association for Social, Opinion and Market Research)    By Tom H. C. Anderson  .... 

What Market Researchers Should Know about AI and Machine Learning – A Q&A with ESOMAR…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Security Risks for Alexa in Business

Security Risks for Alexa in Business

Some good points made for the business use of assistants and other attentive systems.  Methods like voice recognition, biometrics  and validation methods will have to be added and tested for such systems to be viable in the enterprise…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gillette

Gillette

Gillette: Fat, Happy and Vulnerable in Its Own Fiefdom
By Bob Herbold on his blog .... 

A recent article in Fortune magazine discussed the massive loss of market share by Gillette; moving from 71% when it was acquired by Procter…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cortana Gets IFTTT

Cortana Gets IFTTT

Was wondering why this was taking so long.  Crucial not only because it links in data that can be used, but also shows some of the possibilities for future connections.  Now all the major assistant players link to IFTTT.   Have…


From insideHPC

Video: Deep Reinforcement Learning and Systems Infrastructure at DeepMind

Video: Deep Reinforcement Learning and Systems Infrastructure at DeepMind

In this video from HiPEAC 2018 in Manchester, Dan Belov from DeepMind describe the company's machine learning technology and some of the challenges ahead. "DeepMind Inc. is well known for state of the art Deep Reinforcement Learning…


From insideHPC

Adaptive Computing rolls out Moab HPC Suite 9.1.2

Adaptive Computing rolls out Moab HPC Suite 9.1.2

Today Adaptive Computing announced the release of Moab 9.1.2, an update which has undergone thousands of quality tests and includes scores of customer-requested enhancements. "Moab is a world leader in dynamically optimizing …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simple Example of TensorFlow

Simple Example of TensorFlow

A good, detailed example of using TensorFlow for one of the most well known analytics techniques.  Instructive.

Linear Regression in Tensorflow  by Aaqib Saeed
Predicting house prices in Boston area

Tensorflow is an open source


From The Eponymous Pickle

Drones in Uncertain Environments

Drones in Uncertain Environments

Long been a student of uncertainty.

A little Uncertainty can help Drones dodge Obstacles at High Speeds, says MIT  By James Vincent    @jjvincent in TheVerge

For drones trying to navigate a busy environment like a warehouse or

With…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

A Coup(e) of Duchamp

From “readymade” works to surreal hash table wildness in chess programs fooled by him Toutfait.com source Marcel Duchamp was a leading French chess player whose career was sandwiched between two forays into the art world. He…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (February 16th, 2018)

Science and Technology links (February 16th, 2018)

In all countries, in all years–without exception–girls did better than boys in academic performance (PISA) tests. Vinod Khosla said: There are, perhaps, a few hundred sensors in the typical car and none in the body. A singleContinue…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Pin

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Pin

There's a squid pin on Kickstarter. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. Read my blog posting guidelines here....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Open Technology AI

Open Technology AI

How do we architect and deliver Open AI?

From my Linkedin Cognitive Systems Institute Group

Karolyn Schalk,  Moderator
Executive and Technical Expertise, Cloud, AI and IT Operations

   "Opentech AI – Architecture, Ecosystem and…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Self Driving Everything

Self Driving Everything

Nissan put together this cute little video that starts with self driving slippers and moves on to self driving pillows and chairs and, well, watch it.


What's next? That is the question I would ask students - what else should be…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger Opens Culinary Innovation Center

Kroger Opens Culinary Innovation Center

Always interested in how we can innovate, was part of a number of innovation center efforts. Surprised that Kroger has not done this before.  Now I would ask, how will this do things like spot trends in foods, in consumer process…


From insideHPC

Intel Rolls out new 3D NAND SSDs

Intel Rolls out new 3D NAND SSDs

Today, Intel announced the Intel SSD DC P4510 Series for data center applications. As a high performance storage device, the P4510 Series uses 64-layer TLC Intel 3D NAND to enable end users to do more per server, support broader…


From insideHPC

Interview: European cHiPSet Event focuses on High-Performance Modeling and Simulation for Big Data Applications

Interview: European cHiPSet Event focuses on High-Performance Modeling and Simulation for Big Data Applications

The cHIPSet Annual Plenary Meeting takes place in France next month. To learn more, we caught up with the Vice-Chair for the project, Dr. Horacio González-Vélez, Associate Professor and Head of the Cloud Competency Centre at …


From Schneier on Security

New National Academies Report on Crypto Policy

New National Academies Report on Crypto Policy

The National Academies has just published "Decrypting the Encryption Debate: A Framework for Decision Makers." It looks really good, although I have not read it yet. Not much news or analysis yet. Please post any links you find…