Revolution Analytics and Zementis Deliver Decision Engine for R

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 23 — Revolution Analytics, the leading commercial provider of R software, services and support, today announced a strategic partnership with Zementis, a leader in predictive analytics solutions. R data models developed on the company’s flagship product, Revolution R Enterprise, are now accessible through the Zementis ADAPA Decision Engine and cloud computing platform. The joint solution extends the reach of predictive analytics to key enterprise systems including Excel, CRM deployments, call center systems, online ad platforms and more — all in real-time. Using RevoDeployR, Revolution Analytics’ R-based web services framework, ADAPA can seamlessly deploy and score R data models.

“The ability to bring R into any business application in real-time is where the true value of predictive analytics is realized, ” said Michael Zeller, CEO of Zementis. “R is incredibly popular and our strategic partnership with Revolution Analytics stems from the company’s extensive ability to support commercial R. It also reinforces both companies’ dedication to bring advanced analytic capabilities and real-time operational insight to line-of-business users.”

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February 24, 2011 at 7:21 am Leave a comment

AMD Intros OpenCL University Kit

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 23 — AMD today announced the introduction of the OpenCL University Kit, a set of materials that can be leveraged by any university to assist them in teaching a semester course in OpenCL programming.

This effort underscores AMD’s commitment to the educational community, which currently includes a number of strategic research initiatives, to enable the next generation of software developers and programmers with the knowledge needed to lead the era of heterogeneous computing. OpenCL, the only non-proprietary industry standard available today for true heterogeneous computing, helps developers to harness the full compute power of both the CPU and GPU to create innovative applications for vivid computing experiences.

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February 24, 2011 at 7:13 am Leave a comment

Web Experts Ask Scientists to Use the Web to Improve Understanding, Sharing of Their Data

Feb. 14 — Peter Fox and James Hendler of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are calling for scientists to take a few tips from the users of the World Wide Web when presenting their data to the public and other scientists in the Feb. 11 issue of Science magazine. Fox and Hendler, both professors within the Tetherless World Research Constellation at Rensselaer, outline a new vision for the visualization of scientific data in a perspective piece titled “Changing the Equation on Scientific Data Visualization.”

As the researchers explain, visualizations provide a means to enable the understanding of complex data. The problem with the current use of visualization in the scientific community, according to Fox and Hendler, is that when visualizations are actually included by scientists, they are often an end product of research used to simply illustrate the results and are inconsistently incorporated into the entire scientific process. Their visualizations are also static and cannot be easily updated or modified when new information arises.

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February 24, 2011 at 7:03 am Leave a comment

How to make voice calls on Samsung Galaxy Tab

The Samsung Galaxy Tab was launched in Nov 2010 and considered as the iPad killer. In general view, this product has many features which are more powerful than iPad. Although few reviews show that the Samsung tablet performance can not compare to iPad, it is worth the price for lighter weight, smaller size, Flash support, front and back cameras and external storage support (micro SD cards) . I think this tablet is the combination of iPhone 4, iPad and Amazon Kindle. One of the most important features attracted me is the ability of a cell phone. Oh NO! This was my biggest illusion because all US versions of Samsung Galaxy Tab currently don’t support the voice calling; only text message and internet access work. But it doesn’t mater since you’re not going to hold this beast up to your head. Anyway, for anyone who love to use it as a real phone, we still have few alternative ways to make the voice calls.

  1. Use Google Talk to make phone call (require wi-fi access)
  2. Use Skype to make phone call (require wi-fi access)
  3. Use other VoIP applications (require wi-fi access)
  4. Hack it to enable the voice calling function. One solution can be found here. I did not try this method so I am not sure if it works.
  5. Buy the European version of Samsung Galaxy Tab for the full voice calling function.
  6. Waiting ! Samsung may change their mind and enable this feature in their newer versions.

I don’t know why Samsung had to disable this feature on US versions but the carriers may earn more contracts because of that. Below are some hardware specifications of Samsung Galaxy Tab

  • Android 2.2 running TouchWiz 3.0
  • 7-inch TFT LCD with 1024 x 600 resolution (WSVGA)
  • Weighs 380 grams
  • 1GHz Cortex A8 processor
  • 16GB or 32GB internal storage
  • microSD expansion for up to 32GB additional storage
  • Front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera and rear 3 megapixel camera with flash
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • 3G data / voice (there’s a speakerphone and Bluetooth for phone calls, but no earpiece)
  • 5GHz dual-band 802.11n WiFi
  • Standard back color is white, carriers might offer different colors
  • Full HD video playback
  • There’s a 30-pin dock connector on the bottom that allows for HDMI, USB, and docking accessories (a car dock at least is planned)

A review of Samsung Galaxy Tab vs. Apple iPad

For anyone who want to use it as a small laptop, you can buy a tablet case with bluetooth keyboard. These accessories will cost you about $50.

February 9, 2011 at 11:18 am 2 comments

Bright Cluster Manager Added to Dell High Performance Computing Portfolio

Bright Computing, a leader in cluster management software, today announced that Bright Cluster Manager is now available through Dell, Inc., as an option for High Performance Computing Clusters (HPCC). Bright Cluster Manager is already used to manage more than 50 Dell HPC installations worldwide, including three TOP500 supercomputing systems. Bright installations on Dell platforms comprise universities (Cambridge, Oxford, University of Houston, City University of New York and others); commercial enterprises (Merck, Saudi Aramco, Genus, CD-adapco and others); and various national laboratories, including the FutureGrid cluster at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). Further, Bright Cluster Manager is running on the Dell benchmark clusters, also located at TACC.

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February 7, 2011 at 11:03 am Leave a comment

Microsoft wants Intel to build 16 core Atom chip

Microsoft has asked Intel to develop a 16-core version of its low power Atom chip for use in servers, part of a wider effort to reduce power consumption in its massive data centres, a Microsoft executive said Thursday.

There’s a “huge opportunity” to improve energy efficiency by using servers based on small, low-power chip designs such as Intel’s Atom and Advanced Micro Devices’ Bobcat, said Dileep Bhandarkar, a distinguished engineer with Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services, which runs the company’s data centres.

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February 4, 2011 at 4:14 pm Leave a comment

Revolution Analytics Unlocks SAS Data for R

Revolution Analytics, the leading commercial provider of software and support for the popular open source R statistics language, today released Revolution R Enterprise 4.2, which, for the first time, adds the ability to natively import data from SAS files into the R environment without data size limitations. Now, companies looking to apply the advanced statistical capabilities of R to data locked in the SAS environment can easily import the data into Revolution R Enterprise.

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February 3, 2011 at 5:18 pm Leave a comment

SAS: Statistical Analysis System

SAS (pronounced “sass”, originally Statistical Analysis System) is an integrated system of software products provided by SAS Institute Inc. that enables programmers to perform:

In addition, SAS has many business solutions that enable large-scale software solutions for areas such as IT management, human resource management, financial management, business intelligence, customer relationship management and more.

Source: Wikipedia

February 3, 2011 at 5:03 pm Leave a comment

Strategy Analytics: Multi-Core Processors to Penetrate 45 Percent of Smartphones by 2015

Over the next few years multi-core processors are expected to play an important role in enabling high-performance mobile computing at low-power consumption, according to, “Multi-core Processor Penetration in Smartphones Will Hit 15 Percent in 2011,” from Strategy Analytics’ Handset Component Technologies service. Samsung, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, ST-Ericsson, Texas Instruments, Marvell, Renesas and Broadcom are well-positioned to capture market share in the smartphone multi-core applications processor market.

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February 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm Leave a comment

Command line error D8016 : ‘/openmp’ and ‘/clr:pure’ command-line options are incompatible

Did you get this error when compiled the OpenMP program with Visual C++ ?

Error “Command line error D8016 : ‘/openmp’ and ‘/clr:pure’ command-line options are incompatible

That is because  Microsoft’s OpenMP implementation is not compatible with Pure MSIL Common Language Runtime (/clr:pure) or Safe MSIL Common Language Runtime (/clr:safe ). To fix this issue, you will need to use /clr command-line option instead of /clr:pure. Following is steps to change this option:

  1. Select menu Project or right-click on project name of Solution Explorer
  2. Choose the Properties to open properties window of the project
  3. Select General in Configuration Properties
  4. In the Common Language Runtime, choose /clr
  5. Then OK and re-compile your project

January 25, 2011 at 10:42 pm 2 comments

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