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FPGAs Speed Machine Learning at SC16 Intel Discovery Zone

In this video from SC16, Intel demonstrates how Altera FPGAs can accelerate Machine Learning applications with greater power efficiency. “The demo was put together using OpenCL design tools and then compiled to FPGA. From an end-user perspective, they tied it together using Intel MKL-DNN with CAFFE on top of that. This week, Intel announced the DLIA Deep Learning Inference Accelerator that brings the whole solution together in a box.”

Big Data Events by MapR Coming to So Cal

MapR, the company behind the Converged Data Platform, is hosting two very timely upcoming big data events in Southern California. If you find yourself in Los Angeles, specifically Newport Beach in Orange County, and/or Santa Monica, please consider registering now.

The Math Behind Basketball’s Wildest Moves

If basketball is of more interest to you than business intelligence, you’ll like this TED talk by Rajiv Maheswaran. If you want pithy examples of what algorithms and machine learning are, you’ll like Maheswaran’s talk even more. Algorithms are necessary to the functioning of any BI software, and machine learning has been called “the new BI.” Googling those terms is useful, but a little dull.

It’s Time to Redesign Medical Data

In the TEDMED talk below, Thomas Goetz looks at medical data, making a bold call to redesign it and get more insight from it. Your medical chart: it’s hard to access, impossible to read — and full of information that could make you healthier if you just knew how to use it.

Pikazo: Deep Neural Network Art on Intel Architecture

In this video from the Intel HPC Developer Conference, Noah Rosenberg and Karl Stiefvater from Pikazo describe the company’s innovative Pikazo App for smartphones. “Pikazo was developed in 2015 using neural style transfer algorithms. It is a collaboration between human, machine, and our concept of art. It is a universal art machine that paints any image in the style of any other, producing sometimes-beautiful, sometimes-disturbing, always-surprising artworks. Pikazo allows novice artists to create impressive imagery via a technique known as neural style transfer.”

Data Analytics, Machine Learning, and HPC in Today’s Changing Application Environment

In this video from the Intel HPC Developer Conference, Franz Kiraly from Imperial College London and the Alan Turing Institute describes why many companies and organizations are beginning to scope their potential for applying rigorous quantitative methodology and machine learning.

Performance Optimization of Deep Learning Frameworks on Modern Intel Architectures

In this video from the Intel HPC Developer Conference, Elmoustapha Ould-ahmed-vall from Intel describes how the company is doubling down to optimize Machine Learning frameworks for Intel Platforms. Using open source frameworks as a starting point, surprising speedups are possible using Intel technologies.

SC-16 The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis

SC16 returns to Salt Lake City on Nov. 13-18. The Six-day supercomputing event features internationally-known expert speakers, cutting-edge workshops and sessions, a non-stop student competition, the world’s largest supercomputing exhibition,panel discussions and much more.

Apache Spark Survey Reveals Increased Growth in Users and New Workloads Including Exploratory Data Science and Machine Learning

In order to better understand Apache Spark’s growing role in big data, Taneja Group conducted a major market research project, surveying approximately 7,000 people. The sample was made up of technical and managerial job roles from around the world directly involved in big data.

Tableau Unveils Future Product Vision at Tableau Conference 2016

In its ninth annual global conference, Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA) came together with over 13,000 data fanatics from the Tableau Community.