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March 2017


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Launches Open Source Site

Google Launches Open Source Site

Worth taking a look at.  Description in Techcrunch:

Google launches new site to showcase its open source projects and processes   by Frederic Lardinois (@fredericl) ... "

" ... 2,000 Projects and Counting

At Google, we’ve always…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft on Enterprise AI

Microsoft on Enterprise AI

Interesting question on the 'adaptability' of AI.    It can certainly be used today by focusing it to specific problems.  It is being done.  Can it be used to cognitively control large sections of industry that require by their…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analytics Revolution?

Analytics Revolution?

This relates to the talk I gave yesterday.  Interview In SiliconAngle:

An analytics revolution: the shift to deep learning and cognitive computing   by Tim Hawkins

 With the position of Chief Data Officer being a relatively new…


From insideHPC

GW4 Unveils ARM-Powered Isambard Supercomputer from Cray

GW4 Unveils ARM-Powered Isambard Supercomputer from Cray

Today the GW4 Alliance in the UK unveiled Isambard, the world’s first ARM-based production supercomputer at today’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) launch at the Thinktank science museum in Birmingham…


From insideHPC

Prof. Dieter Kranzlmüller Named Chairman of the Board at LRZ in Germany

Prof. Dieter Kranzlmüller Named Chairman of the Board at LRZ in Germany

Today the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) announced that Prof. Dr. Dieter Kranzlmüller is the new Chairman of the Board of Directors at GCS member Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ).


The post Prof. Dieter Kranzlmüller…


From insideHPC

Purdue Supercomputer Gets Second Life in Colombia

Purdue Supercomputer Gets Second Life in Colombia

"Besides trying to identify likely drug targets for new HIV treatments, EAFIT’s first supercomputer, named Apolo, is being used for everything from earthquake science in a country regularly shaken by tremors, to a groundbreaking…


From insideHPC

Dell Powers New Owens Cluster at Ohio State

Dell Powers New Owens Cluster at Ohio State

Today the Ohio Supercomputer Center dedicated its newest, most powerful supercomputer: the Owens Cluster. The Dell cluster, named for the iconic Olympic champion Jesse Owens, delivers 1.5 petaflops of total peak performance. …


From insideHPC

Register Now for PRACEdays17 in Barcelona

Register Now for PRACEdays17 in Barcelona

Registration is now open for PRACEdays17. The event May 16-18 in Barcelona, Spain. "The PRACEdays17 program will follow the tradition set by the first three editions and will include international keynote presentations from high…


From insideHPC

Recent Topics in the IBTA… and a Look Ahead

Recent Topics in the IBTA… and a Look Ahead

Bill Magro from IBTA gave this talk at the OpenFabrics Workshop. "This talk discusses some recent activities in the InfiniBand Trade Association including recent specification updates. It also provides a glimpse into the future…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ikea Does Smart Light Bulbs

Ikea Does Smart Light Bulbs

Found this intriguing because it gave some evidence for a fringe-standardness of some basic components of the smart home.  Been doing some very incremental updating of my smart home.   This stuff is still too expensive for the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Taking Risks

Taking Risks

 None of us do this well.  Here a Poker Players view,  not perhaps always the best context, from Inc:

How to Get Better At Taking Risks. According to a Former Pro-Poker Player
It's time to start playing to win, instead of playing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Whats needed for AI

Whats needed for AI

Good general piece in InfoQ about how you need to get the information right to do something that looks like AI.  I add that you also need to get the structure of process you are claiming to do intelligently.  Process assurance…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Open Data Science in the Enterprise

Open Data Science in the Enterprise

From O'Reilly:

5 tips for embracing open data science in the enterprise
Transform the way you approach analytics. By Alice LaPlante

 Download the free ebook Breaking Data Science Open, a new ebook by leading figures at Continuum…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blockchain for Supply Chain Management

Blockchain for Supply Chain Management

More on Supply chain management and blockchain.  " .... U.S. retail giant, Walmart, is about to start a major test of blockchain technology for supply chain management, The Wall Street Journal reports. A pilot project, which

This…


From The Eponymous Pickle

VRFocus Redesigns

VRFocus Redesigns

The VrFocus web site is redesigned, does good coverage of the topic of Virtual Reality.  Commercial and otherwise.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Call for Proposals: Creating Visions for Computing Research

Call for Proposals: Creating Visions for Computing Research

The mission of Computing Research Association’s (CRA) Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is to catalyze the computing research community and enable the pursuit of innovative, high-impact research. CCC conducts activities that…


From Putting People First

Dan Hill argues for more identity, not less

Dan Hill argues for more identity, not less

Dan Hill (Associate Director, Arup, London) reflects in a long essay on the meaning of identity in the face of Brexit and Trump and what that implies for strategic design, service design and the infrastructure of everyday life…


From insideHPC

NICE Software Releases EnginFrame 2017

NICE Software Releases EnginFrame 2017

"Since the NICE acquisition by Amazon Web Services (AWS), many customers asked us how to make the HPC experience in the Cloud as simple as the one they have on premises, while still leveraging the elasticity and flexibility that…


From insideHPC

Video: RDMA on ARM

Video: RDMA on ARM

Pavel Shamis from ARM Research presented this talk at the OpenFabrics Workshop. "With the emerging availability server platforms based on ARM CPU architecture, it is important to understand ARM integrates with RDMA hardware and…


From insideHPC

Quantum Startup Rigetti Computing Raises $64 Million in Funding

Quantum Startup Rigetti Computing Raises $64 Million in Funding

Today Rigetti Computing, a leading quantum computing start-up, announced it has raised $64 million in Series A and B funding. "Quantum computing will enable people to tackle a whole new set of problems that were previously unsolvable…


From insideHPC

Intel Xeon Phi Cluster Mode Programming (and interactions with memory modes) in a Nutshell

Intel Xeon Phi Cluster Mode Programming (and interactions with memory modes) in a Nutshell

In previous articles (1 and 2) here on insideHPC, James Reinders described “Intel Xeon Phi processor Programming in a Nutshell” for Intel’s 72-core processor. In this special guest feature, he discusses cluster modes and the …


From insideHPC

New Univa Grid Engine Release Doubles Performance over Previous Versions

New Univa Grid Engine Release Doubles Performance over Previous Versions

"Grid Engine 8.5’s significant performance improvement for submitting jobs and reduced scheduling times will have a profound impact to our customers’ bottom line as they can now get more work done in the same amount of time. …


From Schneier on Security

Security Orchestration and Incident Response

Security Orchestration and Incident Response

Last month at the RSA Conference, I saw a lot of companies selling security incident response automation. Their promise was to replace people with computers ­-- sometimes with the addition of machine learning or other artificial…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Gender Bias: It Is Worse Than You Think

q Science meets bias and diversity Deborah Belle is a psychology professor at Boston University (BU) who is interested in gender differences in social behavior. She has reported a shocking result about bias. Today I thought I…


From BLOG@CACM

Generation CS: When Undergraduates Realized They Needed Computing

Generation CS: When Undergraduates Realized They Needed Computing

 A new Computing Research Association report describes the dramatic influx of undergraduates into computer science classes.


From The Noisy Channel

Query Relaxation

Query Relaxation

In the previous post, we discussed query expansion as a way to increase recall. In this post we’ll discuss the other major technique for increasing recall: query relaxation.

Query relaxation feels like the opposite of query expansion…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Putting AI into Devices

Putting AI into Devices

Putting the AI on the edge, that is in the device itself rather than the cloud.  In IEEE Spectrum:

Nvidia wants AI to Get Out of the Cloud and Into a Camera, Drone, or Other Gadget Near You  By Tekla S. Perry ...   Makes sense…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Free 700 Page eBook on Deep Learning

Free 700 Page eBook on Deep Learning

Via Data Science Central.

An MIT Press book  by Ian Goodfellow and Yoshua Bengio and Aaron Courville

The Deep Learning textbook is a resource intended to help students and practitioners enter the field of machine learning in general…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IFTTT Open Platform

IFTTT Open Platform

I was reminded of IFTTT  new Open Platform. and also now with analytics.

Integrate quickly with hundreds of services
It’s easy to put familiar brands and new experiences in front of your users, from the latest bots and IoT, to…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Math vs Programming

Math vs Programming

MathTake a look at these two equations. I found the first one on Facebook. The second is my first attempt at rewriting it for the computer. What is the answer?

Well the first answer is 1. The second answer is 9. How is that possible…

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