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    September 2017


    From Computational Complexity

    Acronyms and PHP

    Whenever I teach discrete math and use FML to mean Formula the students laugh since its a common acroynm for  Fuck My Life. Now they laugh, and I say I know why you are laughing, I know what it means  and they laugh even harder…

    GASARCH | September 21, 2017 at 07:46 PM

    From insideHPC

    KISTI in South Korea orders up a Cray CS500 Supercomputer

    KISTI in South Korea orders up a Cray CS500 Supercomputer

    Today Cray announced the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) has awarded the Company a contract valued at more than $48 million for a Cray CS500 cluster supercomputer. The 128-rack system, which includes…

    staff | September 21, 2017 at 04:25 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Streamlined Product Codes

    Streamlined Product Codes

    Used to work with the GMA in our Innovation efforts.  Not in the business anymore,  but work ongoing is worth understanding as it interacts and communicates with consumers.

    Watching a Good Idea on Streamlined Product Code Date…

    Franz Dill | September 21, 2017 at 03:58 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    GE on 3D Printing

    GE on 3D Printing

    Much more in the full article at the link.

    A silent revolution: Avio Aero and Arcam’s relationship is built on additive manufacturing  by The Bike Shop

    Less complexity, costs, waste and noise: additive manufacturing is the industry…

    Franz Dill | September 21, 2017 at 03:33 PM

    From insideHPC

    NVIDIA P100 GPUs come to Google Cloud Platform

    NVIDIA P100 GPUs come to Google Cloud Platform

    Today the good folks at the Google Compute Platform announced the availability of NVIDIA GPUs in the Cloud for multiple geographies. Cloud GPUs can accelerate workloads such as machine learning training and inference, geophysical…

    staff | September 21, 2017 at 01:30 PM

    From insideHPC

    GigaSpaces Simplifies Artificial Intelligence Development with Intel BigDL

    GigaSpaces Simplifies Artificial Intelligence Development with Intel BigDL

    "BigDL’s efficient large-scale distributed deep learning framework, built on Apache Spark, expands the accessibility of deep learning to a broader range of big data users and data scientists,” said Michael Greene, Vice President…

    staff | September 21, 2017 at 12:45 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Dynamical Machine Learning

    Dynamical Machine Learning

    Good piece, which combines process and sensors and IoT. Much more detail at the link. Reminds me comments made here before, about how we used classic process control in similar ways, and tried to link it to AI.  As long as it…

    Franz Dill | September 21, 2017 at 12:24 PM

    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    NSF Issues First Convergence Awards – Including those in Human Technology Frontier Space

    NSF Issues First Convergence Awards – Including those in Human Technology Frontier Space

    Recently, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has been looking to highlight the value of convergence. The deep integration of multiple disciplines in order to advance scientific discovery and innovation. As a result, they have…

    Helen Wright | September 21, 2017 at 12:07 PM

    From insideHPC

    Slidecast: How Optalysis Accelerates FFTs with Optical Processing

    Slidecast: How Optalysis Accelerates FFTs with Optical Processing

    In this RichReport slidecast, Dr. Nick New from Optalysis describes how the company's optical processing technology delivers accelerated performance for FFTs and Bioinformatics. "Our prototype is on track to achieve game-changing…

    Rich Brueckner | September 21, 2017 at 11:30 AM

    From insideHPC

    New HPC for Materials Program to Help American Industry

    New HPC for Materials Program to Help American Industry

    Earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced a new high-performance computing initiative that will help U.S. industry accelerate the development of new or improved materials for use in severe environments.…

    staff | September 21, 2017 at 10:31 AM

    From insideHPC

    Intel Parallel Studio XE 2018 For Demanding HPC Applications

    Intel Parallel Studio XE 2018 For Demanding HPC Applications

    Unlock Performance"For those that develop HPC applications, there are usually two main areas that must be considered. The first is the translation of the algorithm, whether simulation based, physics based or pure research into the code that a …

    MichaelS | September 21, 2017 at 10:08 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Solid State Cooling from SRI

    Solid State Cooling from SRI

    Fascinating development reported in IEEE Spectrum.  Have long been a minor student of the physics of refrigeration,  will this development be practical for cooling or even refrigeration?   Also a mention of SRI, who we worked…

    Franz Dill | September 21, 2017 at 09:14 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    ISO Rejects NSA Encryption Algorithms

    ISO Rejects NSA Encryption Algorithms

    The ISO has decided not to approve two NSA-designed block encryption algorithms: Speck and Simon. It's because the NSA is not trusted to put security ahead of surveillance: A number of them voiced their distrust in emails to…

    Bruce Schneier | September 21, 2017 at 06:50 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Best Buy Banks on Smart Homes

    Best Buy Banks on Smart Homes

    A natural step forward, and a place to connect beyond entertainment.  Selection, design, installation, training, security ....  services come into play with devices and software.

    Best Buy Banks on Smart Homes, Experiential Merchandising…

    Franz Dill | September 20, 2017 at 07:10 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Machines Learn to be Curious

    Machines Learn to be Curious

    Clever Machines Learn How to Be Curious 
    Quanta Magazine  by John Pavlus

    In Quanta.  Machines Learn to be Curious.
    The University of California, Berkeley's Pulkit Agrawal is embedding curiosity, or intrinsic motivation, into artificial…

    Franz Dill | September 20, 2017 at 05:17 PM

    From insideHPC

    Yokohama City University Installs Cray XC50-AC Supercomputer for Life Sciences

    Yokohama City University Installs Cray XC50-AC Supercomputer for Life Sciences

    Today Cray announced that the Yokohama City University in Japan has put a Cray XC50-AC supercomputer into production. Located in the University’s Advanced Medical Research Center, the new Cray supercomputer will power computational…

    staff | September 20, 2017 at 04:21 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    AI Joins the Meeting

    AI Joins the Meeting

    Attentive systems for meeting enhancements.

    When AI Joins Your Meeting
    By Rowan Trollope  

    One of the best things about working at a company with Cisco’s resources is you get to blend fundamental technology research with macroeconomic…

    Franz Dill | September 20, 2017 at 03:18 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Coca Cola, AI and Big Data

    Coca Cola, AI and Big Data

    The Amazing Ways Coca Cola Uses Artificial Intelligence And Big Data To Drive Success    By Bernard Marr 

    " ... In fact, Coca Cola was one of the first globally-recognized brands outside of the IT market to speak about Big Data…

    Franz Dill | September 20, 2017 at 01:16 PM

    From insideHPC

    Freshly Funded Optalysys Optical Processing to Speed Genomics

    Freshly Funded Optalysys Optical Processing to Speed Genomics

    Optalysys, a start-up pioneering the development of light-speed optical coprocessors, today announced the company raised 3.95 million U.S. dollars from angel investors. Optalysys will use the funds to manufacture the first commercially…

    staff | September 20, 2017 at 11:39 AM

    From insideHPC

    HPE to Bundle Altair PBS Pro Workload Manager

    HPE to Bundle Altair PBS Pro Workload Manager

    Today Altair announced a multi-year original equipment manufacturing (OEM) agreement with HPE. This agreement represents an expansion of the long-term partnership between HPE and SGI (whom HPE recently acquired). HPE will now…

    Rich Brueckner | September 20, 2017 at 11:26 AM

    From insideHPC

    Preferred Networks in Japan Deploys 4.7 Petaflop Supercomputer for Deep Learning

    Preferred Networks in Japan Deploys 4.7 Petaflop Supercomputer for Deep Learning

    Today Preferred Networks announced the launch of a private supercomputer designed to facilitate research and development of deep learning, including autonomous driving and cancer diagnosis. The new 4.7 Petaflop machine is one…

    staff | September 20, 2017 at 11:15 AM

    From insideHPC

    DeepL Deployes 5 Petaflop Supercomputer at Verne Global in Iceland

    DeepL Deployes 5 Petaflop Supercomputer at Verne Global in Iceland

    Today Verne Global announced that DeepL has deployed its 5.1 petaFLOPS supercomputer in its campus in Iceland. Designed to support DeepL’s artificial intelligence driven, neural network translation service, this supercomputer…

    Rich Brueckner | September 20, 2017 at 10:54 AM

    From insideHPC

    Exascale Computing Project Names Doug Kothe as Director

    Exascale Computing Project Names Doug Kothe as Director

    The Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has named Doug Kothe as its new director effective October 1. "Doug’s credentials in this area and familiarity with every aspect of the ECP make him the ideal person…

    staff | September 20, 2017 at 10:14 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Foot Traffic Counting

    Foot Traffic Counting

    This company called Density was brought back to my attention for possible analysis.  we did this kind of analysis in the retail aisle.  (Their site at Density.io  no longer exists, leaving this here to state the problem)

    " ...…

    Franz Dill | September 20, 2017 at 09:25 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Amazon Looking at Smart Glasses

    Amazon Looking at Smart Glasses

    Ultimately there will be non obtrusive, wearable communications devices in common use.

    Report: Amazon is working on smart glasses powered by Alexa   in FastCompany

    Amazon’s first wearable would tether wirelessly to a smartphone…

    Franz Dill | September 20, 2017 at 08:57 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Digital Factory Showing an Agile Way

    Digital Factory Showing an Agile Way

    Podcast on Digital Factory Model

    Companies are beginning to use digital factories as incubators of more agile ways of working, often filtering the best attributes of the factory culture back to the larger organization.

    A digital…

    Franz Dill | September 20, 2017 at 08:26 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    What the NSA Collects via 702

    What the NSA Collects via 702

    New York Times reporter Charlie Savage writes about some bad statistics we're all using: Among surveillance legal policy specialists, it is common to cite a set of statistics from an October 2011 opinion by Judge John Bates,…

    Bruce Schneier | September 20, 2017 at 07:12 AM

    From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

    Drama Therapy: A Math Viewpoint

    What is drama therapy? Kathryn Farley obtained her PhD from Northwestern University in performance studies in 2007. After almost a decade working in that area, she has just started a Master’s program at New York University in…

    rjlipton | September 19, 2017 at 11:11 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Alexa Powered Lamp by GE

    Alexa Powered Lamp by GE


    Had heard of this late last year, it is here:

    GE's Sol lamp is the world's first Alexa-powered desk lamp, and it's brilliant  ... "

    Amazon's Alexa voice assistant can no longer be contained to the company's Echo devices.

    From smartwatches…

    Franz Dill | September 19, 2017 at 06:15 PM

    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    Computer Hardware’s Ongoing Metamorphosis, as reported in the New York Times

    Computer Hardware’s Ongoing Metamorphosis, as reported in the New York Times

    The following is a guest blog post from CCC Vice Chair and Post Moore’s Law Computing Task Force Chair Mark Hill from University of Wisconsin-Madison and former CCC Chair and Artificial Intelligence Task Force Chair Greg Hager…

    Khari Douglas | September 19, 2017 at 02:12 PM
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