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    March 2017


    From insideHPC

    IEEE Looks Beyond Moore’s Law with IRDS Technology Roadmap

    IEEE Looks Beyond Moore’s Law with IRDS Technology Roadmap

    “As a team, we are laying the foundation to identify challenges and recommendations on possible solutions to the industry’s current limitations defined by Moore’s Law. With the launch of the nine white papers on our new website…

    staff | March 24, 2017 at 10:55 AM

    From insideHPC

    Berkeley Lab Algorithm Boosts Resolution on Cryo–EM

    Berkeley Lab Algorithm Boosts Resolution on Cryo–EM

    Berkeley Lab researchers have developed the first 3-D atomic-scale model of P22 virus that identifies the protein interactions crucial for its stability. "This is a great example of how to exploit electron microscopy technology…

    staff | March 24, 2017 at 10:31 AM

    From insideHPC

    Asperitas Unveils Liquid-cooled Modular Datacenter Solution

    Asperitas Unveils Liquid-cooled Modular Datacenter Solution

    According to Asperitas, Immersed Computing is a concept driven by sustainability, efficiency and flexibility and goes far beyond just technology. In many situations, Immersed Computing can save more than 50% of the total energy…

    staff | March 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    New Scale in City Advertising

    New Scale in City Advertising

    In the BBC:

    How giant digital adverts could soon be in our cities   By Mark Smith
    Technology of Business reporter

    Passers-by on a London street were recently amazed to see a fleeting image of a pink tongue protruding from fruitily…

    Franz Dill | March 24, 2017 at 09:33 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    Second WikiLeaks Dump of CIA Documents

    Second WikiLeaks Dump of CIA Documents

    There are more CIA documents up on WikiLeaks. It seems to be mostly MacOS and iOS. News article....

    Bruce Schneier | March 24, 2017 at 07:46 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    More WalMart and Amazon by the Numbers

    More WalMart and Amazon by the Numbers

    Insightful numbers and visuals:

    Supply Chain News: Walmart and Amazon by the Numbers 2017 Part 2
    More Analysis from Our Annual Review of the World's Two Most Important Retailers    By Dan Gilmore ...  " 


    Franz Dill | March 23, 2017 at 01:33 PM

    From insideHPC

    Job of the Week: HPC System Administrator at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

    Job of the Week: HPC System Administrator at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach is seeking a High Performance Computing System Administrator in our Job of the Week. "The HPC Specialist is responsible for technical systems management, administration, and…

    Rich Brueckner | March 23, 2017 at 12:48 PM

    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) For Social Good

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) For Social Good

    The organizing committee for the AI for Social Good Workshop has released their workshop report called Artificial Intelligence for Social Good. The Computing Community Consortium (CCC), along with the White House Office of Science…

    Helen Wright | March 23, 2017 at 12:11 PM

    From insideHPC

    Intel Aligns its AI Efforts into a Single Organization

    Intel Aligns its AI Efforts into a Single Organization

    "Intel sees the huge potential in AI and are moving mountains to take full advantage of it," said Patrick Moorhead from Moor Insights & Strategy. "They have acquired Altera, Nervana Systems and other IP, need to connect to their…

    Rich Brueckner | March 23, 2017 at 12:09 PM

    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    CCC Council Member Cynthia Dwork is One of the Recipients of the 2017 Gödel Prize

    CCC Council Member Cynthia Dwork is One of the Recipients of the 2017 Gödel Prize

    The Gödel Prize for outstanding papers in the area of theoretical computer science is sponsored jointly by the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS) and the Association for Computing Machinery, Special…

    Helen Wright | March 23, 2017 at 11:53 AM

    From insideHPC

    Panel Discussion on How Europe Can Attain World Leadership in HPC

    Panel Discussion on How Europe Can Attain World Leadership in HPC

    "HPC is moving towards its next frontier - more than 100 times faster than the fastest machines currently available in Europe," said Andrus Ansip, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market. "But not all…

    Rich Brueckner | March 23, 2017 at 11:31 AM

    From insideHPC

    Megware to Install CooLMUC 3 Supercomputer at LRZ in Germany

    Megware to Install CooLMUC 3 Supercomputer at LRZ in Germany

    "The new CooLMUC 3 system outperforms its predecessors in a number of respects, including its key feature of cooling in thermally insulated racks all compute and login nodes, power supply units, and Omni-Path switches directly…

    staff | March 23, 2017 at 10:37 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    Hackers Threaten to Erase Apple Customer Data

    Hackers Threaten to Erase Apple Customer Data

    Turkish hackers are threatening to erase millions of iCloud user accounts unless Apple pays a ransom. This is a weird story, and I'm skeptical of some of the details. Presumably Apple has decided that it's smarter to spend the…

    Bruce Schneier | March 23, 2017 at 10:09 AM

    From insideHPC

    Intel MKL and Intel TBB Working Together for Performance

    Intel MKL and Intel TBB Working Together for Performance

    When used in a TBB environment, Intel has demonstrated a many-fold performance improvement over the same parallelized code using Intel MKL in an OpenMP environment. Intel TBB-enabled Intel MKL is ideal when there is heavy threading…

    Richard Friedman | March 23, 2017 at 09:57 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    On Embedded Blog Links

    On Embedded Blog Links

    I was reminded by a recent query that links that are embedded in posts in this blog may not always work. The history of this blog goes back to 2005, and so especially older post links may have gone stale.  Sometimes I fix these…

    Franz Dill | March 23, 2017 at 09:56 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Miller Tries Voice/Push Button Beer Ordering

    Miller Tries Voice/Push Button Beer Ordering

    Voice and push-button ordering expands ...

    In Adage:  Push-Button Beer Ordering? Miller Lite Gives It a Try   By E.J. Schultz.

    " ....  MillerCoors is giving lazy beer drinkers another excuse to stay put: The option to order beer…

    Franz Dill | March 23, 2017 at 09:40 AM

    From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

    ACM and CSTA Announce Cutler-Bell Prize Student Winners

    ACM and CSTA Announce Cutler-Bell Prize Student Winners

    Make no mistake I think the Cutler-Bell Prize is an outstanding award. I love that it recognizes early computer scientists (high school students!) for outstanding achievement.

    This year's winners appear (based on the names) to…

    Alfred Thompson | March 23, 2017 at 06:37 AM

    From Computational Complexity

    The Dagstuhl Family

    This week I'm at the Dagstuhl workshop on Computational Complexity of Discrete Problems. As you long time readers know Dagstuhl is a German center that hosts weekly computer science workshops. I've been coming to Dagstuhl

    Lance Fortnow | March 23, 2017 at 05:16 AM

    From insideHPC

    ISC 2017 Adds STEM Student Day

    ISC 2017 Adds STEM Student Day

    Today ISC 2017 announced the inclusion of the STEM Student Day & Gala at this year’s conference. Taking place June 21 in Frankfurt, the new program aims to connect the next generation of regional and international STEM practitioners…

    staff | March 23, 2017 at 04:04 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    How Machine Learning is Used at Google

    How Machine Learning is Used at Google

    Video via O'Reilly:

    Machine learning at Google
    Rob Craft shares some of the ways machine learning is being used inside of Google. ...  


    Franz Dill | March 23, 2017 at 12:10 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    NSA Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper Competition

    NSA Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper Competition

    Every year, the NSA has a competition for the best cybersecurity paper. Winners get to go to the NSA to pick up the award. (Warning: you will almost certainly be fingerprinted while you're there.) Submission guidelines and nomination…

    Bruce Schneier | March 22, 2017 at 01:17 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Nest Protect Expands on IFTTT

    Nest Protect Expands on IFTTT

    Today an update of IFTTT capabilities for interacting with Nest-Protect sensor devices in the home. IFTTT lets you add layers of simple intelligence to the smart home (or business) based on streams of information from the an

    Plan…

    Franz Dill | March 22, 2017 at 01:00 PM

    From insideHPC

    Andrew Ng Leaving Baidu for Next Chapter in AI

    Andrew Ng Leaving Baidu for Next Chapter in AI

    "As the founding lead of the Google Brain project, and more recently through my role at Baidu, I have played a role in the transformation of two leading technology companies into “AI companies.” But AI’s potential is far bigger…

    Rich Brueckner | March 22, 2017 at 11:54 AM

    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    NSF Announces Big Data Spokes Solicitation for 2018

    NSF Announces Big Data Spokes Solicitation for 2018

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently announced a new program solicitation for the Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications (BD Spokes). The original award gave $10…

    Khari Douglas | March 22, 2017 at 11:38 AM

    From insideHPC

    1.5 Petaflop Supercomputer coming to IIT-Kharagpur in India

    1.5 Petaflop Supercomputer coming to IIT-Kharagpur in India

    Today the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur announced that it will be the first academic institution to open a supercomputing facility under India's National Supercomputing Mission (NSM). This will provide large computational…

    staff | March 22, 2017 at 11:38 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Retail Implications for Alexa on iPhone

    Retail Implications for Alexa on iPhone

    Seems it just increases choice and lets competition play out. May well drive Siri to more shopping options as well.  Asking for trivia does not pay out.   I would bet that Amazon knows more now about how to make voice channel…

    Franz Dill | March 22, 2017 at 11:36 AM

    From insideHPC

    Penguin Computing Adds Omni-Path and Lustre to its HPC Cloud

    Penguin Computing Adds Omni-Path and Lustre to its HPC Cloud

    cloud computingToday Penguin Computing announced a significant expansion of their Penguin Computing On-Demand (POD) High Performance Computing Cloud. The new offering includes the latest Intel Xeon processorss, Lustre, and Intel Omni-Path. …

    staff | March 22, 2017 at 11:14 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Rallying Around Common Goals

    Rallying Around Common Goals

    A most important topic,  even more so today in our heavily interacting world.   Focus.

    Podcast:   In Knowledge@Wharton
    Meaningful Work: What Leaders Can Learn from NASA and the Space Race  ... 

    New Wharton research looks at how


    Franz Dill | March 22, 2017 at 11:14 AM

    From insideHPC

    Scalable Informatics Closes Down their Shop

    Scalable Informatics Closes Down their Shop

    We are sad to report that HPC vendor Scalable Informatics has gone out of business. Headed up by CEO Joe Landman, Scalable Informatics spent the last 12 years building 'Simply Faster" software-defined storage and compute solutions…

    Rich Brueckner | March 22, 2017 at 10:47 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Google Maps Location Sharing

    Google Maps Location Sharing

    Google Maps Location Sharing is being rolled out.  Google had a service like this some time ago, that allowed you to very selectively share your instantaneous location among trusted 'friends and family'.   We examined it forin…

    Franz Dill | March 22, 2017 at 10:30 AM
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