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    April 2017


    From Schneier on Security

    Advances in Ad Blocking

    Advances in Ad Blocking

    Ad blockers represent the largest consumer boycott in human history. They're also an arms race between the blockers and the blocker blockers. This article discusses a new ad-blocking technology that represents another advance…

    Bruce Schneier | April 25, 2017 at 01:07 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Microsoft Channels Process for Intelligence

    Microsoft Channels Process for Intelligence

    This sounds remarkably like using/building a process model for given tasks.   We experimented with this do define and decompose jobs-tasks.   Like the idea that these exist and can be re-purposed to make things that look intelligent…

    Franz Dill | April 25, 2017 at 12:02 PM

    From insideHPC

    Paula Stephan and Paul Morin to Keynote PEARC17 in New Orleans

    Paula Stephan and Paul Morin to Keynote PEARC17 in New Orleans

    Today the PEARC17 conference announced their lineup of keynote speakers. The conference takes place in July 9–13 in New Orleans.


    The post Paula Stephan and Paul Morin to Keynote PEARC17 in New Orleans appeared first on insideHPC…

    staff | April 25, 2017 at 11:51 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Smart Home Tracks Health

    Smart Home Tracks Health

    Great thought, but its still a bit of an effort to set things up just to turn the lights on and off.   Our own smart home demonstrations made it clear that most homes had to be wired and outfitted during construction to makein…

    Franz Dill | April 25, 2017 at 11:41 AM

    From insideHPC

    Panel Discussion on Disruptive Technologies for HPC

    Panel Discussion on Disruptive Technologies for HPC

    In this video from the HPC User Forum, Bob Sorensen from Hyperion Research moderates a panel discussion on Disruptive Technologies for HPC. "A disruptive innovation is an innovation that creates a new market and value network…

    Rich Brueckner | April 25, 2017 at 11:06 AM

    From XRDS

    Top 3 Winning Articles of the “The Time is Write 2.0” Competition

    Top 3 Winning Articles of the “The Time is Write 2.0” Competition

    Here are the three winners of our The Time is Write 2.0 competition! You can read the three articles below, but first: congrats to Dipika Rajesh, Aditi Balaji and Pratyush Singh. The Time is Write is an article writing competition…

    Pedro Lopes | April 25, 2017 at 10:46 AM

    From insideHPC

    Echelon Code on Minksy Servers Sets Record for Oil & Gas Simulation

    Echelon Code on Minksy Servers Sets Record for Oil & Gas Simulation

    IBM and Stone Ridge Technology have announced a new performance milestone in reservoir simulation that will improve efficiency and lower the cost of production. Working with Nvidia, the companies reported that they had beat previous…

    staff | April 25, 2017 at 10:29 AM

    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    CCC Announces New Council Members

    CCC Announces New Council Members

    The Computing Research Association (CRA), in consultation with the National Science Foundation (NSF), has appointed six new members to the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council: Nadya Bliss, Arizona State University Elizabeth…

    Khari Douglas | April 25, 2017 at 10:28 AM

    From insideHPC

    Your Workload Manager is Your Latest X Factor

    Your Workload Manager is Your Latest X Factor

    Enterprise customers consistently demand improved performance from every component in their HPC infrastructure, including their workload manager. Ian Lumb, Solutions Architect at Univa Corp., speaks on the importance of an innovative…

    staff | April 25, 2017 at 09:30 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    Faking Domain Names with Unicode Characters

    Faking Domain Names with Unicode Characters

    It's things like this that make phishing attacks easier. News article....

    Bruce Schneier | April 25, 2017 at 06:25 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Thoughts on Data Engineering

    Thoughts on Data Engineering

    All analytics is data engineering.  Manipulating data content in context to achieve useful results, using a proven process.

    A Data Engineer's Guide To Non-Traditional Data Storage    by Irina Papuc:

    Data Engineering
    With the rise…

    Franz Dill | April 25, 2017 at 12:59 AM

    From Computational Complexity

    I was at the March for Science on Saturday

    (Will blog on Harry Lewis's 70th Bday next week-- Today's post is more time sensitive.)



    I was on the March for Science on April 22. Here are some Kolmogorov random comments



    1) Why should I go to it? One less person there would…

    GASARCH | April 24, 2017 at 05:09 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    IBM Announces Watson Marketing Insights

    IBM Announces Watson Marketing Insights

    Just announced, looked at this in beta form.  IBM continues to apply Watson learning to different expertise domains, following retail applications.    Likely to continue see such specialized applications in the future, a reasonable…

    Franz Dill | April 24, 2017 at 04:30 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Which ML Algorithms to Use?

    Which ML Algorithms to Use?

    A somewhat unusual thing to see from SAS.  In the SAS blog, a cheat sheet for using machine learning algorithms for the beginner.   Largely non technical.  Nicely done piece that worth linking to. See also many such cheat sheets…

    Franz Dill | April 24, 2017 at 02:37 PM

    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    Congressional Briefing on Cybersecurity for Manufacturers Recap

    Congressional Briefing on Cybersecurity for Manufacturers Recap

    CCC Council Member Kevin Fu from the University of Michigan contributed to this post.  On April 12th, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) and MForesight: Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight (MForesight), in conjunction…

    Khari Douglas | April 24, 2017 at 02:18 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Amazon Wants to Handle Your Subscription Replenishment

    Amazon Wants to Handle Your Subscription Replenishment

    Pushing the subscription model used to be one of the biggest futurist conversations in CPG enterprise, I am sure the conversation continues.  Assure your sales volume with quality product, and automatic replenishment.  You can…

    Franz Dill | April 24, 2017 at 01:54 PM

    From insideHPC

    Argonne Seeking Proposals to Advance Big Data in Science

    Argonne Seeking Proposals to Advance Big Data in Science

    The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility Data Science Program (ADSP) is now accepting proposals for projects hoping to gain insight into very large datasets produced by experimental, simulation, or observational methods. The…

    staff | April 24, 2017 at 12:36 PM

    From insideHPC

    Radio Free HPC Catches Up with the Exascale Computing Project

    Radio Free HPC Catches Up with the Exascale Computing Project

    In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at a recent update on the Exascale Computing Project by Paul Messina. “The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) was established with the goals of maximizing the benefits of HPC for the…

    Rich Brueckner | April 24, 2017 at 12:12 PM

    From insideHPC

    Video: 2016 HPC Market Results, Growth Projections, and Trends

    Video: 2016 HPC Market Results, Growth Projections, and Trends

    In this video from the HPC User Forum in Santa Fe, Earl Joseph from Hyperion Research provides an HPC Market Update. "Formerly the IDC HPC Research Group, Hyperion Research tracks the high performance market."


    The post Video:…

    Rich Brueckner | April 24, 2017 at 11:46 AM

    From insideHPC

    Mellanox InfiniBand Delivers up to 250 Percent Higher ROI for HPC

    Mellanox InfiniBand Delivers up to 250 Percent Higher ROI for HPC

    Today Mellanox announced that EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand solutions have demonstrated from 30 to 250 percent higher HPC applications performance versus Omni-Path. These performance tests were conducted at end-user installations and…

    staff | April 24, 2017 at 11:00 AM

    From insideHPC

    OCF Builds POWER8 Supercomputer for Atomic Weapons Establishment in the UK

    OCF Builds POWER8 Supercomputer for Atomic Weapons Establishment in the UK

    High Performance Computing integrator OCF is supporting scientific research at the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), with the design, testing and implementation of a new HPC cluster and a separate big data storage system…

    Rich Brueckner | April 24, 2017 at 10:37 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    AI Driven Clothes Shopping

    AI Driven Clothes Shopping

    I think I have seen at least three recommender-engine driven apparel selection systems pitched to me, none have survived.  This is a tough sell.  Touch and 3D would help.  Another mirror like idea utilizing machine vision.  In…

    Franz Dill | April 24, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    From BLOG@CACM

    Fact over Fiction

    Fact over Fiction

    Given a choice between the right to mass-disinform and democracy, I choose democracy.

    John Langford | April 24, 2017 at 10:04 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Sensor Filled Gloves

    Sensor Filled Gloves

    A prototype for gloves that contain health sensors

    Sensor-filled glove could help doctors take guesswork out of physical exams

    " .... Now, an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of California San Diego and Rady…

    Franz Dill | April 24, 2017 at 09:24 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    UPS Using Beacons for Accuracy

    UPS Using Beacons for Accuracy

    It sounds like the beacons are being used to get indoor accuracy to affirm location.  And alert the system to misplacement. Reducing error.   In ChainstoreAge: 

    UPS uses beacons to quell shipping errors,   By Deena M Amato-McCoy…

    Franz Dill | April 24, 2017 at 08:59 AM

    From Daniel Lemire's Blog

    The real lesson of the human genome project

    The real lesson of the human genome project

    When I was pursuing my PhD, the human genome project was often both regarded as overly ambitious (maybe even impossible) and full of possibilities. To many people’s surprise, the project was declared complete back in 2003, much…

    Daniel Lemire | April 23, 2017 at 09:21 PM

    From BLOG@CACM

    Evaluating Computer Science Undergraduate Teaching: Why Student Evaluations Are Likely Biased

    Evaluating Computer Science Undergraduate Teaching: Why Student Evaluations Are Likely Biased

    Unconscious bias is pervasive in computing, and training is our best remedy, how can untrained students evaluate their CS teachers without bias?

    Mark Guzdial | April 23, 2017 at 09:11 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Editing Photos with Neural Networks

    Editing Photos with Neural Networks

    In NVidia Blog, quite interesting piece on generating new photos from collections of photos.  In other words editing them.   The article is quite technical, but outlines  how new problems are being solved this way.  Also offers…

    Franz Dill | April 23, 2017 at 05:30 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    A Broad View of Amazon

    A Broad View of Amazon

    Interesting view from CBInsights about Amazon.  Pointer to a further strategy document.  I agree, quite a breadth of directions by a former book seller.

    Amazon Strategy Teardown: Building New Business Pillars In AI, Next-Gen

    Seattle…

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

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    PC Magazine Reviews Watson Analytics

    PC Magazine Reviews Watson Analytics

    A review in PC Magazine that much likes Watson Analytics, describing it as a self-service analytics tool rather than cognitive.

    Franz Dill | April 23, 2017 at 12:46 PM
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