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Everything You Need to Know about Quantum Computing (Apr 1, 2018)
As our demand for powerful processors rises, our need for a solution outside classical computing mounts. Quantum computing could help solve some of the more complex problems plaguing us. With quantum computers, we could map complex climate systems, solve impossibly complex encryption puzzles, and simulate advanced chemical processes. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.



Removing the Storage Bottleneck for AI (Apr 1, 2018)
If the history of high performance computing has taught us anything, it is that we cannot focus too much on compute at the expense of storage and networking. Having all of the compute in the world doesn’t mean diddlysquat if the storage can’t get data to the compute elements – whatever they might be – in a timely fashion with good sustained performance.



Facebook’s Crisis Demands a Reevaluation of Computer Science Itself (Mar 31, 2018)
As Robert Oppenheimer watched a mushroom cloud from the first nuclear detonation bloom over a New Mexico test site, he repeated a line from the Hindu epic Bhagavad-Gita: “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” The scientist who helped build the world’s most lethal weapon saw how physicists would forever confront the consequences of their discoveries.



Do CISOs Need Computer Science Degrees? (Mar 31, 2018)
As high-profile data breaches continue to make headlines, CISOs have been thrust under the microscope as their work histories, educational backgrounds and qualifications are scrutinized. That scrutiny has sparked a debate over whether or not information security professionals, particularly CISOs, should be required to have computer science degrees. One of the most recent examples involves Equifax, which suffered a catastrophic breach last year; the credit rating agency's CSO, Susan Mauldin, came...
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In Unprecedented Move, Third-Party Providers Expand Availability of AP Computer Science (Mar 30, 2018)
Historically, the College Board has been the sole designer and provider of Advanced Placement, or AP, frameworks in high schools across the country. When considering the AP Computer Science Principles course for a 2016 launch, however, Maureen Reyes, executive director of the AP Program, knew that something different had to be done.



Let’s Talk Exascale: Software Ecosystem for High-Performance Numerical Libraries (Mar 30, 2018)
In this Let’s Talk Exascale podcast, Lois Curfman McInnes from Argonne National Laboratory describes the Extreme-scale Scientific Software Development Kit (xSDK) for ECP, which is working toward a software ecosystem for high-performance numerical libraries. She also partners with Michael Heroux of Sandia National Laboratories to lead the IDEAS scientific software productivity project.



This Stanford Computer Science Genius Aims To Crack The Code Of Learning And Leadership (Mar 29, 2018)
"It's not that a white male can't lead. I've done it," says John Hennessy, the 65-year-old president emeritus of Stanford University, long-time Google board member and new non-executive chair of its parent company, Alphabet. "It's that we all benefit by being exposed to a diverse cohort of people, working in a diverse community. Because if you're in a leadership position, you're not leading just people who look like you."



How Can Data Centers Support High-Performance Computing? (Mar 29, 2018)
The growth in technology in absolutely every business is driving a dramatic change in the way that data in processed and used. Until relatively recently, intense data crunching was the privilege of computer science labs, research institutes, government departments and defense facilities. Today however, data is becoming the new currency, as it is used increasingly to create competitive edge and drive new business models.



Teaching Machines to Spot the Essential (Mar 28, 2018)
Two physicists at ETH Zurich and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have developed a novel machine-learning algorithm that analyses large data sets describing a physical system and extract from them the essential information needed to understand the underlying physics.



Women and Minorities in Tech, By the Numbers (Mar 28, 2018)
IF YOU FEEL like you keep reading about diversity in tech, well, that’s because there is still not enough ... diversity in tech. The juggernauts of the first computing revolution like HP and IBM actually had reasonable gender diversity, and IBM had its first female VP back in 1943. But fast forward to 2014 and just 31 percent of Facebook’s employees are women.



Pioneers of Modern Computer Architecture Receive ACM A.M. Turing Award (Mar 26, 2018)
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, today named John L. Hennessy, former President of Stanford University, and David A. Patterson, retired Professor of the University of California, Berkeley, recipients of the 2017 ACM A.M. Turing Award for pioneering a systematic, quantitative approach to the design and evaluation of computer architectures with enduring impact on the microprocessor industry. Hennessy and Patterson created a systematic and quantitative approach to designing faster, low...
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A World of Opportunities for HPC and AI (Mar 26, 2018)
My head is turned to the stars quite often these days. The main reason, of course, is that we’re now seven months into the year-long mission of HPE’s Spaceborne supercomputer on the International Space Station (ISS). The first high performance commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) computer system ever sent into space, the Spaceborne mission is to see if an onboard supercomputer can support astronauts on a lengthy journey to Mars someday.



Expanding HPC to Cloud Computing and Big Data (Mar 23, 2018)
An increasing number of High-Performance Computing (HPC) users are combining HPC with big data and cloud infrastructure to apply common management platforms and paradigms across them. In response to this demand, the EU-funded BRIGHT-BEYOND HPC project expanded Bright Computing’s capabilities. This Dutch company provides comprehensive software solutions for the provision and management of HPC clusters and OpenStack private clouds.



Engineering team develops radiation-resistant Computers Capable of High-Performance Computing in the Harshness of Space (Mar 23, 2018)
In T minus 8,760 hours, or roughly one year, the Space Test Program-Houston 6 (STP-H6) hybrid and reconfigurable space supercomputer will board the International Space Station. The newest mission to the ISS featuring research and technology from the University of Pittsburgh's NSF Center for Space, High-performance, and Resilient Computing (SHREC) will bring an unprecedented amount of computing power into space and invaluable research opportunities from the ground station on Pitt's Oakland campus...
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Computer Science Faces an Ethics Crisis. The Cambridge Analytica Scandal Proves It. (Mar 22, 2018)
Cambridge Analytica built a weapon. They did so understanding what uses its buyers had for it, and it worked exactly as intended. To help clients manipulate voters, the company built psychological profiles from data that it surreptitiously harvested from the accounts of 50 million Facebook users. But what Cambridge Analytica did was hardly unique or unusual in recent years: a week rarely goes by when some part of the Internet, working as intended, doesn’t cause appreciable harm.



Online, Cheap -- and Elite (Mar 22, 2018)
Five years ago the Georgia Institute of Technology began a bold experiment -- to take a high-profile graduate program, put it online and offer it to students at a fraction of the cost of the in-person degree. Working with the massive open online course provider Udacity, and armed with a $2 million corporate investment from AT&T, Georgia Tech launched its online master of science in computer science in spring 2014. The tuition was $6,630 -- about a sixth of the cost of an on-campus degree.



Computer Science Grads Can Earn More Than MBAs (Mar 21, 2018)
When it came to choosing a graduate program, 36-year-old Babak Keyvani wanted a degree that would lead to a high salary and good career prospects. "I was thinking of obtaining an MBA after my bachelor's, since I was working as a project manager at some point in my life. But I think I've always been more passionate about computers," says Keyvani, who is pursuing an online master's degree in computer science at the Georgia Institute of Technology.



How Early Is Too Early to Teach Computer Science? (Mar 21, 2018)
Parents and teachers are concerned about young kids getting too much screen time. Should they allow any? Will kids fall behind if they aren’t allowed much screen time? How and when should youngsters learn how to use computers, learn about computer science, and start developing skills that eventually lead to coding? These are all valuable competencies that will serve them well in the high-tech workplace someday. But do kids really need to start getting prepared for the jobs of the future as ear...
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Ag Robot Speeds Data Collection, Analyses of Crops as They Grow (Mar 20, 2018)
A new lightweight, low-cost agricultural robot could transform data collection and field scouting for agronomists, seed companies and farmers. The TerraSentia crop phenotyping robot, developed by a team of scientists at the University of Illinois, will be featured at the 2018 Energy Innovation Summit Technology Showcase in National Harbor, Maryland, on March 14.



Overcoming Roadblocks in Computational Networks (Mar 20, 2018)
Researchers at ESnet are working on new algorithms to identify network problems and find solutions on the fly so information moves quickly and on time. Like other complex systems, computer networks can break down and suffer bottlenecks. Keeping such systems running requires algorithms that can identify problems and find solutions on the fly so information moves quickly and on time.



The Long History of Computer Science and Psychology Comes into View (Mar 19, 2018)
The truth is finally out about Cambridge Analytic. In a series of eye-popping articles for the Guardian, Carole Cadwalladr and her colleagues have detailed the full story of how research linking Facebook demographic data to personality traits apparently ended up in the hands of Steve Bannon, Robert Mercer, and the Donald Trump campaign.



Computer Science Professor Named One of Forbes' "30 under 30" in Science (Mar 19, 2018)
Assistant Professor Zhou Yu of the Department of Computer Science was named one of Forbes’ “30 under 30” in the field of science for 2018. Holding a doctorate from the Language Technology Institute from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as undergraduate degrees in computer science and English, Yu’s research is interested in the intersection of language and machine learning. Beyond receiving the accolade, Yu is excited about the possibilities it will bring her.



Weaving a Streaming Stack Like Twitter and Yahoo (Mar 18, 2018)
The hyperscalers of the world have to deal with dataset sizes – both streaming and at rest – and real-time processing requirements that put them into an entirely different class of computing. They are constantly inventing and reinventing what they do in compute, storage, and networking not just because they enjoy the intellectual challenge, but because they have swelling customer bases that hammer on their systems so hard they can break them.



Princeton Team Using Deep Learning to Develop Fusion Energy (Mar 17, 2018)
Since the ’50s, scientists have chased the promise of clean energy from sun-like reactions between deuterium and tritium, the plentiful isotopes of hydrogen. This carbon-free energy, achieved at temperatures of 360 million degrees Fahrenheit, would offer a great way to heat water and, in turn, spin turbines to create countless kilowatts of electricity.



4 Critical Areas Small Businesses Should Incorporate AI (Mar 17, 2018)
While the large majority of business leaders agree that AI capabilities provide businesses with a distinct advantage over the competition, many of the smaller businesses are still holding back. After all, AI comes with a big price tag and requires a specific skill-set and job training that small businesses simply do not have the funds for.

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