In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at Smart Cities. As the featured topic this year at the SC17 Plenary, the Smart Cities initiative looks to improve the quality of life for residents using urban informatics and other technologies to improve the efficiency of services.
With the accelerating volume of data about cities, HPC is helping cities to optimize their services, from making food safety inspections more effective to identifying children most at risk for lead poisoning. HPC is supporting the creation of computational models of urban sectors such as transportation, energy demand, or economics. And increasingly there is opportunity—and need—to develop multi-scale, coupled modeling systems that harness new data sources and measurement techniques and that capture the interdependencies between these sectors to provide a more holistic modeling capability for urban designers, planners, and developers. This plenary panel will discuss emerging needs and opportunities suggesting an increasing role for HPC in cities, with perspectives from city government, planning and design, and embedded urban HPC systems.
The SC17 Plenary on Smart Cities takes place 5:30pm – 6:30pm on Nov. 13 at the Denver convention center.
After that, we do our Catch of the Week:
- Dan points us to reports that the Russians used Kaspersky anti-virus software to hack a home computer from an NSA contractor.
- Shahin likes the video of recent experiment that used ball bearings to reveal the invisible magnetic fields. He also notes that the rise of Bitcoin is paving the way for Money 3.0.
- Rich notes that the cryptocurrency community is debunking claims from the man claiming to be the infamous Satoshi, inventor of Bitcoin. His suspicion is that the real Satoshi is also known as HPC Guru.