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Cray Launches Hadoop into HPC Airspace
HPCwire

There has been little doubt that the convergence of traditional high performance computing with advanced analytics has been steadily underway, fed in part by a rush of new tools, frameworks and platforms targeting the big data deluge. And when one thinks about the old guard of supercomputing, Cray is one of the first vendors to come to mind, although they’ve been steadily ramping up efforts to mesh into the broader world of enterprise systems with their own...

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When Women Stopped Coding

NPR

Modern computer science is dominated by men. But it hasn't always been this way.

A lot of computing pioneers — the people who programmed the first digital computers — were women. And for decades, the number of women studying computer science was growing faster than the number of men. But in 1984, something changed. The percentage of women in computer science flattened, and then plunged, even as the share of women in other technical and professional fields kept rising.

What happe...

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Google Code-in 2014 Begins December 1, 2014

Contest Dates - December 1, 2014 - January 19, 2015

The 2014 Google Code-in contest has launched to introduce pre-university students (ages 13-17) to the many kinds of contributions that make open source software development possible.For many students the Google Code-in contest is their first introduction to open source development. For Google Code-in, Google works with open source organizations, each of whom has experience mentoring university students in the Google Summer of Code program, to provide "bite sized" ta...

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HPC UNIVERSITY BI-WEEKLY CHALLENGE SOLUTION – Hybrid Parallel Pan Water Cycle

Solution for the week of October 13, 2014:

The "Hybrid Parallel Pan Water Cycle solution" file at the bottom of the challenge contains a solution.

http://hpcuniversity.org/students/weeklyChallenge/85

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ACM-W Athena Lecturer Award - Nomination Deadline: October 31, 2014

Nomination Deadline – October 31, 2014

The ACM-W Athena Lecturer Award celebrates women researchers who have made fundamental contributions to Computer Science. Each year ACM will honor a preeminent woman computer scientist as the Athena Lecturer. Speakers are nominated by SIG officers. The Athena Lecturer will give a one-hour invited talk at an ACM conference determined by the speaker and the SIG which nominated her. A video of the talk will appear on the ACM website. The award includes travel expenses to the meeting and a $10,000 honorarium. Financial suppor...

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Carnegie Mellon Develops HERB: A Robot That Can Unload a Dishwasher and (Sometimes) Take Apart an Oreo

The Washington Post

In an interview, Carnegie Mellon University Personal Computer Lab director and professor Siddhartha Srinivasa discusses his work with the Home Exploring Robot Butler (HERB). The robot has advanced manipulation skills that enable it to perform multiple functions, including unloading a dishwasher, disassembling an Oreo cookie, and acting in a play. "[HERB] was designed and developed with the main goal of manipulating in cluttered and uncertain environments with and around people," Srinivasa notes. HERB was programmed to take the Oreo apart through the ...

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Why the U.S. Might Just Need a Federal Commission on Robots

The Washington Post

University of Washington School of Law professor Ryan Calo makes a compelling argument for establishing a Federal Robotics Commission (FRC), according to a paper published by the Brookings Institution. Calo says an FRC could potentially help extract sense and insight from the many technological applications that separate human agency from execution. As an example of where such a body could be useful, he cites the U.S. Department of Transportation's assignment to investigate possible software issues underlying the sudden acceleration of Toyota vehicle...

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Researchers' New App Outs iPhone and Android Phone Energy Hogs

Network World

Researchers from the University of Helsinki and the University of California, Berkeley have developed Carat, free iOS and Android software that identifies which apps drain the most power from device batteries and visualizes fragmentation in Apple and Android mobile operating systems. Carat already has produced live stats based on about two terabytes of data taken from more than 300,000 apps downloaded by about 750,000 users. Carat takes measurements of app energy use on a device and combines that data with hundreds of thousands of other users' data. Curren...

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Cray Launches Hadoop into HPC Airspace

HPCwire

There has been little doubt that the convergence of traditional high performance computing with advanced analytics has been steadily underway, fed in part by a rush of new tools, frameworks and platforms targeting the big data deluge. And when one thinks about the old guard of supercomputing, Cray is one of the first vendors to come to mind, although they’ve been steadily ramping up efforts to mesh into the broader world of enterprise systems with their own slant on the big data phenomenon. First came the company’s Urika graph analytics appliance just a littl...

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Educator Webinar: NASA STEM Spanish Immersion- National Climate Assessment in Spanish

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 from 4-5pm ET

Investigate the National Climate Assessment (or NCA) report during Earth Science Week with Research Scientist Alison Delgado. Get an in-depth view on how our climate is changing and what observations are telling us all in Spanish. Discover how to integrate the National Climate Assessment into your STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) classroom through NASA hands-on activities in Spanish. Engage students with NASA unique projects including how to use clouds, climate and weather through NASA’s Students�...

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How a Race for Female Tech Talent Might Narrow the Industry’s Gender Pay Gap

In report after report, companies like Apple, Google and Facebook all acknowledge that their workforces tilt heavily male. Silicon Valley companies are notoriously dominated by men, particularly in leadership roles and in jobs involving advanced technical skills. Men account for 7 in 10 workers at Twitter, for example. Many of these companies have ple...

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