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Interview: Patrick Moakley, Director of Marketing for HPC & AI at Lenovo

I recently caught up with Patrick Moakley, Director of Marketing for High Performance Computing (HPC) & Artificial Intelligence (AI) at Lenovo, to get his insights about this fast paced industry. Please view the video interview below to hear what Pat has to say.

Dr. Eng Lim Goh on New Trends in Big Data and Deep Learning for Artificial Intelligence

In this video from SC16, Dr. Eng Lim Goh from HPE/SGI discusses new trends in HPC Energy Efficiency and Deep Learning for Artificial Intelligence. “Recently acquired by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, SGI is a trusted leader in technical computing with a focus on helping customers solve their most demanding business and technology challenges.”

Skytree Patented Automation Gets Smarter and Enables Us to Deliver Machine Learning as a Service with the Release of Skytree 16.0

Skytree, a leader in enterprise machine learning on big data, announces the release of Skytree 16.0 and Skytree’s Machine Learning as a Service offering. We continue our trend of increasing ease of use via unprecedented automation, further enabling non-data scientist users to access the power of enterprise grade machine learning, gain insights, and to add value to their business.

Deep Learning by Yann LeCun

The Institute for Scientific Computing Research (ISCR) sponsored the talk below entitled “Deep Learning” on April 16, 2015, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The talk was presented by Yann LeCun, director of AI research at Facebook and professor of data science, computer science, neural science and electrical engineering at NYU.

Personalization and Scalable Deep Learning with MXNET

The presentation below by Alex Smola is “Personalization and Scalable Deep Learning with MXNET” from the MLconf San Francisco, 2016. User return times and movie preferences are inherently time dependent. In this talk, Alex shows how this can be accomplished efficiently using deep learning by employing an LSTM (Long Short Term Model). Moreover, he shows how to train large scale distributed parallel models using MXNet efficiently.

Monte Carlo Simulations in Ad-Lift Measurement Using Spark

In this talk from Spark Summit East 2016, Prasad Chalasani explores some of the challenges that arise in setting up scalable simulations in a specific application, and share some solutions and lessons learned along the way, in the realms of mathematics and programming.

Data Overload: Raising the Information Generation

In this TEDx presentatin, Reuben Vendeventer’s talk is pitched towards students, but it’s useful for business people too. The value in Vendeventer’s talk is his orientation towards data and the information age. He conceptualizes our knowledge of DNA as data points. This kind of reorientation is a solid start for any learner’s relationship with the data behind business intelligence.

The Weight of Data

In this TEDxVancouver presentation, Jer Thorp’s discussion is stellar because it frames the story of how data can tell our stories. His project,, tracked (willing) participants’ iPhone location data, his own included. His take on his own data’s story—matching each location with his career journey.

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.”

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.