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    December 2018


    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    Great Innovative Idea: Building up Speaking Skills in an online learning community

    Great Innovative Idea: Building up Speaking Skills in an online learning community

    The following Great Innovative Idea is from Ehsan Hoque, Asaro-Biggar (’92) Family assistant professor of Computer Science and interim Director of the Goergen Institute for Data Science at the University of Rochester. Hoque was…

    Helen Wright | December 10, 2018 at 02:12 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Optimizing Infrastructure Resources

    Optimizing Infrastructure Resources

    Optimizing Infrastructure Through AI

    Makes sense that Cisco would be into this, nicely explained below.   I like the visualization of the process.  Optimization of all sorts of static and dynamic resources to achieve a goal is…

    Franz Dill | December 10, 2018 at 01:04 PM

    From [email protected]

    Short Take: Big Data and IoT in Practice

    Short Take: Big Data and IoT in Practice

    Looking at some use cases for the adoption of big data in industries that deal with physical things, and drawing some inferences.

    Saurabh Bagchi | December 10, 2018 at 01:00 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Tracking Location and Activity

    Tracking Location and Activity

    Further, related to my current data and activity investigation, its also very useful to see how Google uses Location History Tracking to infer aspects of behavior and activity, implications are that it works very well.   You

    In…

    Franz Dill | December 10, 2018 at 12:59 PM

    From insideHPC

    Video: Scientific Benchmarking of Parallel Computing Systems

    Video: Scientific Benchmarking of Parallel Computing Systems

    In this video, Torsten Hoefler from ETH Zurich presents: Scientific Benchmarking of Parallel Computing Systems. "Measuring and reporting performance of parallel computers constitutes the basis for scientific advancement of high…

    Rich Brueckner | December 10, 2018 at 11:38 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Whats Blockchain Good For?

    Whats Blockchain Good For?

    Nothing?  Well at least not what they expected, or were willing to reveal.  Still, negative examples are useful.

    Blockchain: What’s it good for? Absolutely nothing, report finds

    In a joint report for the Monitoring, Evaluation,…

    Franz Dill | December 10, 2018 at 11:33 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Asset Management

    Asset Management

    Management in context and some forecast of future context is powerful.

    " ... Achieving digital alpha in asset management

    The ability to generate value through digitization will increasingly separate leaders and followers in North…

    Franz Dill | December 10, 2018 at 11:30 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    2018 Annual Report from AI Now

    2018 Annual Report from AI Now

    The research group AI Now just published its annual report. It's an excellent summary of today's AI security challenges, as well as a policy agenda to address them. This is related, and also worth reading....

    Bruce Schneier | December 10, 2018 at 10:27 AM

    From insideHPC

    OCF Deploys Largest IBM POWER9 Machine Learning Cluster in the UK

    OCF Deploys Largest IBM POWER9 Machine Learning Cluster in the UK

    With a new upgrade, the University of Birmingham is set to benefit from the largest IBM POWER9 machine learning cluster in the UK, delivering unprecedented performance for AI workloads. Working with OCF, the high-performance …

    Rich Brueckner | December 10, 2018 at 10:13 AM

    From insideHPC

    VMware Powers Machine Learning & HPC Workloads

    VMware Powers Machine Learning & HPC Workloads

    In this video from SC18 in Dallas, Ziv Kalminovich from VMware describes how the company's powerful virtualization capabilities bring flexibility and performance to HPC workloads. "With VMware, you can capture the benefits of…

    Rich Brueckner | December 10, 2018 at 09:46 AM

    From insideHPC

    Intel Pushes the Envelope at SC18

    Intel Pushes the Envelope at SC18

    Intel at SC18Intel has a long history of making important announcements at the annual Supercomputer shows, and this year was no exception. This guest post from Intel covers what new technology was front and center from Intel at SC18, including…

    staff | December 10, 2018 at 09:30 AM

    From Computational Complexity

    Super Asymmetry on The Big Bang Theory: How Realistic?

    The TV show The Big Bang Theory portrays academia so I am naturally curious how realistic it is. I have posted about this before (see here) in the context of whether actual things they say about physics are true. Today I post…

    GASARCH | December 10, 2018 at 12:42 AM

    From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

    Transposing

    On the arithmetic complexity of the matrix transpose [ KKB ] Michael Kaminski, David Kirkpatrick, and Nader Bshouty are complexity theorists who together and separately have proved many wonderful theorems. They wrote an interesting…

    rjlipton | December 9, 2018 at 11:00 PM

    From updated sporadically at best

    A Tribute to Scott Krulcik

    A Tribute to Scott Krulcik

    Yesterday morning, I read a news article that my former student Scott Krulcik had died. Surely they’ve got the wrong guy, I thought.

    Scott on an apple-picking trip that he helped organize.
    Almost comically wholesome, Scott was…

    Jean | December 9, 2018 at 04:44 PM

    From insideHPC

    Video: How OpenACC Enables Scientists to port their codes to GPUs and Beyond

    Video: How OpenACC Enables Scientists to port their codes to GPUs and Beyond

    In this video SC18, Jack Wells from ORNL describes how OpenACC enables scientists to port their codes to GPUs and other HPC platforms. "OpenACC, a directive-based high-level parallel programming model, has gained rapid momentum…

    Rich Brueckner | December 9, 2018 at 01:54 PM

    From insideHPC

    Equus Rolls out G2660 2U 2xGPU Server for HPC & Ai

    Equus Rolls out G2660 2U 2xGPU Server for HPC & Ai

    Today Equus Compute Solutions rolled out its new G2660 2U 2xGPU server, ideal for artificial intelligence and deep learning environments. This GPU platform offers higher performance, reduced rack space requirements, and lower…

    staff | December 9, 2018 at 01:31 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Asking Questions to Gather Knowledge

    Asking Questions to Gather Knowledge

    The Game of Questions, once again looking at a means of questioning to gather knowledge ... we explored this idea from a game perspective.

    Back in 2013, posted about this:

    https://eponymouspickle.blogspot.com/2013/09/asking-questions…

    Franz Dill | December 9, 2018 at 09:59 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Nielsen and Microsoft Strategic Data Alliance

    Nielsen and Microsoft Strategic Data Alliance

    Making data more intelligently available to analytics.   Integrating data assets.

    Nielsen, Microsoft Unveil Strategic Data Alliance

    Nielsen and Microsoft have jointly developed an enterprise solution that brings the former’s consumer…

    Franz Dill | December 9, 2018 at 09:46 AM

    From The Noisy Channel

    I recommend the links at the bottom of Peter Norvig’s post: https://norvig.com/spell-correct.html

    I recommend the links at the bottom of Peter Norvig’s post: https://norvig.com/spell-correct.html

    I recommend the links at the bottom of Peter Norvig’s post: https://norvig.com/spell-correct.html

    Daniel Tunkelang | December 8, 2018 at 02:50 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    AINow Publishes Recommendations

    AINow Publishes Recommendations

    Followup with AINow,  promoting regulation and transparency in the AI development space.

    After a Year of Tech Scandals, Our 10 Recommendations for AI  (Outline Overview) 

    Let’s begin with better regulation, protecting workers,
    Today…

    Franz Dill | December 8, 2018 at 02:29 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Opsgenie for Incidents in Process Modeling

    Opsgenie for Incidents in Process Modeling

    In the process of looking at modeling processes that link to and handle incident driven operations, I was pointed to:

    Atlassian: Opsgenie

    Plan and prepare for incidents
    Determine who should respond
    Use templates to prepare messaging…

    Franz Dill | December 8, 2018 at 01:44 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Whats Best

    Whats Best

    I like the pieces from Think with Google, good to follow.

    We often addressed the problem when dealing with the term 'Optimal', which often followed with the question:  In what context?  under what Constraints?    When we use 'best'…

    Franz Dill | December 8, 2018 at 12:48 PM

    From Daniel Lemire's Blog

    Science and Technology links (December 8th 2018)

    Science and Technology links (December 8th 2018)

    The energy density of lithium-ion batteries doubled between 1995 and 2005 but only increased by about 15% between 2005 and 2015. It is estimated that there is relatively little further gains in energy density possible with lithium…

    Daniel Lemire | December 8, 2018 at 10:35 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Robot Scientist Creates New Materials

    Robot Scientist Creates New Materials

    Machines doing design, and the creative process.  How do they interact with people?

    A Robot Scientist Will Dream Up New Materials 
    Technology Review   By Will Knight

    Cambridge, MA-based startup Kebotix has created machine learning…

    Franz Dill | December 8, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    R&D in the Age of Agile

    R&D in the Age of Agile

    Pharma R&D in the ‘age of agile’  From McKinsey

    As innovation reshapes the pharma landscape, pharma companies will need to revisit their R&D operating models to thrive. ... 

    Sent from McKinsey Insights, available in the App Store…

    Franz Dill | December 8, 2018 at 10:23 AM

    From insideHPC

    Video: Arm + Lustre in HPC

    Video: Arm + Lustre in HPC

    In this video from DDN booth at SC18, Brent Gorda from ARM presents: Arm + Lustre in HPC. At the show, DDN announced that its Whamcloud division is delivering professional support for Lustre clients on Arm architectures. With…

    Rich Brueckner | December 8, 2018 at 09:19 AM

    From insideHPC

    Job of the Week: HPC Software Developer at the HDF Group

    Job of the Week: HPC Software Developer at the HDF Group

    The good folks at the Hierarchical Data Format (HDF) Group in Champaign, Illinois is seeking an HPC Software Developer in our Job of the Week. "The HDF Group provides a unique suite of technologies and supporting services that…

    Rich Brueckner | December 8, 2018 at 09:00 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    Problems with the Squid Emoji

    Problems with the Squid Emoji

    The Monterey Bay Aquarium has some problems with the squid emoji. 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....

    Bruce Schneier | December 7, 2018 at 05:00 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Report from the Stanford AI100 Study

    Report from the Stanford AI100 Study

    Initial report from this work:

    Stanford:    One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence (AI100)

    Stanford University has invited leading thinkers from several institutions to begin a 100-year effort to study and anticipate…

    Franz Dill | December 7, 2018 at 04:47 PM

    From Schneier on Security

    Back Issues of the NSA's Cryptolog

    Back Issues of the NSA's Cryptolog

    Five years ago, the NSA published 23 years of its internal magazine, Cryptolog. There were lots of redactions, of course. What's new is a nice user interface for the issues, noting highlights and levels of redaction....

    Bruce Schneier | December 7, 2018 at 01:06 PM
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