Search resumes for additional Corporation members

first_imgDear Members of the Harvard Community,We write to invite your advice and nominations in regard to the search for new members of the Harvard Corporation.As many of you know, in December 2010, the governing boards adopted a series of changes relating principally to the composition, structure, and practices of the Corporation.  Among them was a decision to enlarge the Corporation from seven to thirteen members over the course of two to three years.  This past July, following an intensive search, we welcomed three new members to the Corporation — Lawrence Bacow, who has just concluded his service as the widely admired president of Tufts University; Susan Graham, a distinguished computer scientist at Berkeley and former president of Harvard’s Board of Overseers; and Joseph O’Donnell, a prominent Boston executive, former Harvard Overseer, and energetic alumni leader.As we now begin the search for additional colleagues, we would welcome your advice on both the key qualities to seek in the Corporation’s future members and on individuals you believe merit serious consideration.  You may send your thoughts, in confidence, to corporationsearch@harvard.edu.  (Please note that nominations submitted in the prior search will remain in the pool for further consideration.)The two of us will be joined on the search committee by our three colleagues on the Corporation’s new governance committee — Nannerl Keohane, William Lee, and James Rothenberg — along with four members of the Board of Overseers:  Joshua Boger, chair of the board’s committee on schools, the College, and continuing education; Leila Fawaz, president of the board; Diana Nelson, co-chair of the boards’ joint committee on alumni affairs and development; and Robert Shapiro, vice chair of the board’s executive committee and chair of its committee on institutional policy.Thank you in advance for your thoughtful advice.Sincerely,Drew Faust, PresidentRobert Reischauer, Senior Fellowlast_img read more

Future Vblock Systems, and Application Centric Infrastructures

first_imgThe hallmark of VCE is our ability to take best-in-class production ready technologies and create a true converged infrastructure that enables unprecedented levels of IT efficiency and agility for mission critical environments – a.k.a, Vblock™ Systems.  Our roadmap collaboration with Cisco, EMC and VMware ensures that VCE is “first and best” in the integration of their new technology, offering our customers the most rapid, risk-free path to take advantage of technology innovation.Speaking of innovation and new technology, you can’t go very far today without hearing about software defined networking (SDN).  There are many interesting and promising strategies with SDN in the marketplace but our research and customer validation indicates that a successful SDN product architecture links physical and virtual networks together with an application centric focus.  Our customers have told us that any detachment from infrastructure creates problems with operational network visibility and complicates analysis and performance optimization.  Because of this, we see that for any emerging SDN technology to succeed it cannot mask a physical network device’s importance by exclusively delivering software features that have limited device awareness.  The answer to operational network challenges is in software and hardware innovation that enables programmatic policy on application-focused endpoint communications, integrating security and load-balancing characteristics with deep operational telemetry.In June of this year, at Cisco Live in Orlando Florida, Insieme Networks was unveiled and the world was given introduction to Application Centric Infrastructure.   Cisco has approached every technology transition with innovations based on architecture first, allowing solutions to adapt to wide ranging customer use cases.  The Application Centric Infrastructure strategy follows this approach, and it’s advent has enabled VCE to speak publicly about the hard work we are doing to bring Application Centric Infrastructure to our customers as a new pillar of future Vblock Systems networking fabrics.VCE, as a joint venture of Cisco, EMC and VMware was built on the premise that customers were looking for an architecture-based answer for mission critical data center computing, optimized for both virtual and physical workloads.   VCE was established to deliver to our customers best in class technologies from each of our investors, utilizing Cisco Servers & Networking, EMC Storage & Data Protection and VMware Server Virtualization & Virtualization Management technologies.  Through their investments in, and support of VCE — Cisco, EMC and VMware have realized leadership positions in the converged infrastructure market.Vblock Systems have always used the Cisco Unified Compute System (UCS) as a transformational platform.  Cisco’s UCS has enabled new efficiencies to be gained by abstracting the physical attributes of a server and introducing the ability for servers to be managed within a policy framework through service definition and centralized management.Much like UCS did with compute, Insieme Networks will bring transformational technology concepts to network architectures — enabling a programmatic, network-centric policy framework, centrally managed as a system, delivering abstracted identity of network connectivity, security and network based services.  Because it will become a key technology capability of future Vblock Systems, this architecture will interconnect business logic in applications running on the underlying physical infrastructure that Vblock Systems are built upon.Application Centric Infrastructure as part of future Vblock Systems will extend the capabilities of these systems by delivering a programmatic, OPEN standard, production ready, scalable and secure converged infrastructure networking fabric.  Building integrated solutions with the most comprehensive technology architectures are what our customers demand from VCE and we are proud to deliver.Application Centric Vblock Systems will be introduced in a phasing of technology release, enabling current VCE customers to deploy these advanced capabilities while protecting their existing investments as new innovations are introduced.Stay tuned for more announcements from VCE and Cisco as the world’s most converged infrastructure goes beyond SDN.last_img read more

The XPS 13 2-in-1 – an Engineering Feat

first_imgIn April 2016, the XPS design team was in an impossible situation.We were in the early stages of designing a new flagship 2-in-1 laptop. We envisioned a laptop that had would spark envy at the airport. It needed to be small, beautiful, powerful and have good battery life.Unfortunately, it was impossible to meet all of these goals with the technology that was available to us in January 2016. With the existing technology it could be mobile or powerful or battery efficient but not all three.We didn’t give up. If we couldn’t do it with existing technology, we’d have to create something new.We started by putting a Core I Y based processor in the laptop. The Y series is designed for maximum mobility. It uses less power which means it runs cool and maximizes battery life. The Y series also enables small, quiet, beautiful design by eliminating the need for fans.However, the typical implementation is only powerful enough for light work like web surfing, doing email or writing novels. To meet our goals, we needed to push more power through the Y series processor than we ever had before. This creates a problem: the processor could get too hot to handle.To solve the problem, we turned to our performance engineering team. They regularly have to meet heat management challenges in our super high performance Alienware and Precision designs.They developed a new grounds-up power management technology called Dynamic Power Mode. Every laptop has power management technology built in but Dynamic Power Mode is uniquely efficient.All power management technology keeps the laptop at a usable temperature by throttling the processor when it gets too hot. The typical technology makes an assumption about how hot a processor can get before the laptop is unusable based on prototype testing. Then it uses that assumption to set a fixed upper limit on how hot the processor can get. The problem with this approach is that it isn’t smart enough to adapt to real world scenarios.Dynamic Power Mode does something different; it uses seven thermal monitors spread throughout the computer to measure ambient computer temperature. It doesn’t have to use broad assumptions because it uses more relevant measurements. Dynamic Power Mode can find more opportunities to comfortably increase performance than the typical power management technology. Alex Shows, our performance engineering lead, wrote a white paper which provides more technical details.The combination of a Y series processor with Dynamic Power Mode allowed us to meet all our design goals. The XPS 13 2-in-1 is the smallest 13 inch 2-in-1 with a sleek fanless design and just the right amount of power. It has won 20+ awards including Most Outstanding of CES 2017 and multiple Best of CES awards. The reviews have been great. For example, HotHardware says “There’s plenty of horsepower available here to meet all but the most demanding power user’s workloads.” Laptop Mag, Reviewed.com, and Notebookcheck agree.I’ve been using an XPS 13 2-in-1 as my primary laptop since January 2017 and it’s been an awesome experience.The small size and convertible functionality have proven invaluable to me as I spend far too much time flying in tiny airplane seats every month. E-mail and spreadsheets have run seamlessly and I’ve been able to create and edit even the largest of presentations with ease.  I’ve even been playing some old-school games like Age of Empires and Defense Grid on it; they run great.If you’re happy with your XPS 13 2-in-1, please let our engineers (Gary Lusk, Alex Shows and others) know with a thank you in the comments as they made the impossible possible for us all to enjoy!last_img read more

Deep Learning Gets a Boost with New Intel Processor

first_imgDell EMC Ready Solutions for HPC incorporate the new 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processor and Intel® Optane™ technology to accelerate deep learning and other parallel-processing workloads.This week has brought some great news for organizations that want to deploy artificial intelligence solutions on Intel-based Dell EMC systems. Specifically, Dell EMC launched new Ready Solutions for HPC that incorporate the latest 2nd Generation  Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor, code-named Cascade Lake. This processor has all kinds of optimizations for people running parallel workloads.Among other advances, the 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processor delivers the groundbreaking Intel® Deep Learning Boost (Intel® DL Boost), known informally as Vector Neural Network Instructions, or VNNI. With this new feature, Intel has reduced the instruction set on the chip, so it will perform faster in the parallel workloads used with many HPC and AI applications, including inferencing. Intel reported that this new technology can increase AI/deep learning inference performance in some applications by up to 17 times compared with Intel® Xeon® Scalable Platinum processors at its announcement.[1]Even when compared to a Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor, (Code named Skylake), the 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable shines — which is something that we at Dell EMC have confirmed in the HPC and AI Innovation Lab. In benchmark testing, our engineers have realized more than 3x faster inferencing for image recognition with INT8, ResNet50. These tests compare the performance of a 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Gold Processor 6248 and an Intel® Xeon® Scalable Gold Processor 6148 (Skylake) on an inference benchmark for image classification, as summarized in this slide.What does all this mean other than faster speeds and feeds? Well, it means that AI is the future and Dell EMC and Intel are helping you get there faster with your existing applications. To take advantage of the Intel DL Boost feature, you don’t need to re-program.With the launch of the 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor, Intel also announced two solution architectures for HPC & AI Converged Clusters, both of which focus on augmenting resource managers to support broader workloads. The first is based on the community project Magpie, which automates the process of generating interfaces between analytics frameworks like SPARK and AI frameworks like TensorFlow, so that they can run seamlessly without any modifications to a traditional HPC resource manager such as Slurm.The second is a more integrated solution that builds on the work of Univa Grid Engine and their Universal Resource Broker, an engine that sits alongside a traditional HPC batch scheduler and can interface into resource manager plugins created with an Apache Mesos* framework. Both solutions allow workload co-existence and workflow convergence across simulation & modeling, analytics, and AI.Tests at Centers of ExcellenceIt’s not just Dell EMC that is putting the new 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processor to the test. At least two of our Dell EMC HPC and AI Centers of Excellence, Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) and the University of Pisa, have been testing Dell EMC PowerEdge servers with the new processor.The new TACC Frontera system will incorporate the 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processor, along with new Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory, for extreme-scale science workloads, in fields ranging from medicine and materials design to natural disasters and climate change. When it goes into production this year, Frontera, based on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, will overtake the TACC Stampede2 cluster to claim the title of the fastest university supercomputer in the United States and one of the most powerful HPC systems in the world.[2]The Frontera supercomputer will also incorporate Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory, which is an innovative new technology. Intel says this memory technology increases server memory capacity with DIMM sizes of up to 512GB, accelerates application performance and, unlike DRAM, offers the benefits of data persistence.A side note: Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory is different from Intel Optane Storage.Intel Optane DC persistent memory moves and maintains larger amounts of data closer to the processor, so workloads and services can be optimized to reduce latencies and enhance overall performance. It also supports App Direct and Memory Mode which enable a host of new use data center use cases.   Intel® Optane™ SSDs enable data centers to deploy bigger, more affordable data sets, accelerate applications, and gain critical, enterprise-level insights that result from working with larger memory pools.You can explore these differences at Intel Optane Technology.The University of Pisa, meanwhile, has tested Intel Optane SSDs, as well as the 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processor. The university is collaborating with the IMAGO7 Foundation to use Intel Optane SSD technology to reduce and accelerate the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examination process. This collaborative effort determined that Intel Optane SSD technology can significantly reduce MRI scanning time while improving the accuracy of scans.[3]Collectively, the recent advances in the Intel portfolio will make it easier for organizations to dive into parallel-processing use cases, such as inferencing in deep neural networks. And, Dell EMC is making the technologies easier to adopt by embedding them in select PowerEdge servers, and Dell EMC Ready Solutions for HPC.To learn moreFor a closer look at the Intel technologies in play at TACC and the University of Pisa, visit our HPC and AI Centers of Excellence site. Also, check out dellemc.com/hpc and the performance benchmarking at www.hpcatdell.com.[1] Intel news release, “Intel Innovations Define the Future of Supercomputing,” November 11, 2018.[2] HPCwire, “TACC’s ‘Frontera’ Supercomputer Expands Horizon for Extreme‑Scale Science,” August 2018.[3] Intel solution brief, “University of Pisa Uses Intel® Optane™ SSDs to Significantly Reduce MRI Scanning Times,” November 2017.last_img read more

Fr. Kollman appointed CSC director

first_imgFr. Paul V. Kollman, associate professor of theology, has been appointed executive director of Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns (CSC), effective July 1, the University announced Monday in a press release. Kollman succeeds Fr. Bill Lies, who was recently named vice president for mission engagement and church affairs. The CSC was designated a University institute under Lies’ leadership. “I’m humbled and honored to be asked to lead the Center for Social Concerns,” Kollman said in the press release. “I look forward to building on the vision of my predecessors, Center founder Fr. Don McNeill and Fr. Bill Lies, and working with the host of talented and committed colleagues who have made the Center a vibrant place of engaged scholarship and service learning. I’m confident that together we can deepen the Center’s role in bringing together education of mind and heart, a goal long central to the mission of the Congregation of Holy Cross and of Notre Dame.” Kollman, who spent this semester teaching theology at Tangaza College in Nairobi, Kenya, was selected for his commitment to service in his experience as a teacher and administrator, Don Pope-Davis, vice president and associate provost for undergraduate studies, said in the press release. “Fr. Kollman’s scholarship and teaching, his commitment to Catholic social teaching and his administrative experience all uniquely equip him for leadership of the Center for Social Concerns,” Pope-Davis said. Kollman has worked with the Center since 2004, including his recent tenure as its acting director. In 2009, he and CSC assistant director Rachel Tomas Morgan co-authored an article in the New Theology Review on the challenges and opportunities of service-learning programs at Catholic universities. Kollman’s theological scholarship and teaching involve African Christianity, mission history and world Christianity. He has pursued research in eastern Africa, Nigeria, South Africa, Europe and the United States. He has published articles and reviews in several journals of theology, African studies and religious studies, and authored the book “The Evangelization of Slaves and Catholic Origins in Eastern Africa.” He is currently working on a book about the Catholic missionary evangelization of eastern Africa and a study of the Catholic Charismatic Movement in Africa. In addition to his commitment to the CSC, Kollman serves as a fellow of three Notre Dame institutes: the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. A Cincinnati native and 1984 Notre Dame alumnus, Kollman earned a master’s degree in theology from the University in 1990 and a doctoral degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 2001.last_img read more

Notre Dame to host annual Sustainability Expo

first_imgThe 2019 Sustainability Expo will be held in the Jordan Hall of Science Galleria at 6:30 p.m. Monday for students interested in learning about research, education programs and professional opportunities focused on sustainability, energy and the environment.“Sustainability studies at Notre Dame is really multifaceted and we have students from every college and from all different majors who are interested in issues related to the environment, but they come at it from a lot of different angles,” Rachel Novick, the director of the minor in sustainability, said. “The Sustainability Expo is a signature event each year that really brings all the different multidisciplinary aspects of sustainability together under one roof, so students can explore the options that they have for educational programs and research opportunities, as well as internship and career opportunities.”Barbara Villarosa, the director of business and communications for ND Energy, said the Expo has grown over the years to reach both undergraduate and graduate students. Over 40 departments, groups and organizations from Notre Dame — in addition to a number of local organizations and companies — will attend the event as resources to students. “There’s been a growing interest by everyone to learn more about energy and the environment and what we can do to get more involved,” Villarosa said. “The field has grown, there’s just so many more job opportunities for students, and we want [the Expo] to match that.”In addition to the expansion of the Expo, Novick said in the past five years sustainability studies at Notre Dame has grown to support students by bridging their academic interests with their careers.“We have an alumni mentoring program, so students can find out what it’s really like to have a job in particular sustainability fields,” she said. “We added the environmental science major, and right now the environmental science major and the sustainability minor are working together with the Center for Career Development and to do the first-ever environmental’s career track.”Villarosa said the ND Energy has also worked to increase local and global opportunities to help students better understand the challenges in maintaining sustainable energy worldwide.“We have a cohort of students going to Cuba and Singapore, and we’re looking at Puerto Rico. We had a group of students this past summer who went to New Zealand,” Villarosa said. “We’re trying to make the energy studies minor more than just classroom-oriented.”Both Novick and Villarosa said they would encourage anyone who is interested in sustainability, energy and environmental studies to attend the Expo and to consider the various programs Notre Dame offers in these subjects.“The world is changing physically faster right now than it ever has since humans have been around,” Novick said. “I think what these kinds of studies are all about is understanding what’s changing, how fast its changing, what the impacts are, who’s affected, what can we do better, how can we plan better, how can we be smarter about the way we use resources and how can we support people who are vulnerable.”Tags: ND Energy, sustainability, Sustainability Expolast_img read more

Multinational Operation Targets Transnational Organized Crime

first_imgBy Dialogo February 09, 2012 Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF South), a component of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), announced on February 8 its participation in Operation MARTILLO (HAMMER), a U.S., European, and Western Hemisphere partner nation effort targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. The United States contribution to this multinational detection, monitoring and interdiction operation includes U.S. Navy and Coast Guard vessels, aircraft from U.S. federal law enforcement agencies, and military and law enforcement units from various nations working together to deny transnational criminal organizations the ability to exploit these transshipment routes for the movement of narcotics, precursor chemicals, bulk cash, and weapons. In describing the purpose of the operation, the commander of SOUTHCOM, U.S. Air Force Gen. Douglas Fraser, highlighted the extent of illicit trafficking in the region and its harmful impact on the lives of citizens within the widely-used transit zone. “More than 80 percent of the cocaine destined for U.S. markets is transported via sea lanes, primarily using littoral routes through Central America,” he said. “Working with our partner nations, we intend to disrupt their operations by limiting their ability to use Central America as a transit zone.” “Illicit trafficking jeopardizes the safety and well being of citizens of every country and has a negative influence on regional and national security,” Fraser added. Operation MARTILLO is a critical component of the U.S. government’s coordinated interagency regional security strategy in support of the White House Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime and the U.S. Central America Regional Security Initiative. In 2011, international and cooperative interagency efforts coordinated through JIATF South resulted in the disruption of 119 metric tons of cocaine, with a wholesale value of US$ 2.35 billion, before it could reach destinations in the United States. JIATF South’s efforts also enabled the interdiction of US$ 21 million in bulk cash destined for traffickers in Central and South America and US$ 16 million worth of black market goods.last_img read more

$25K Reward in Unsolved 1986 Long Beach Murder

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Chaim WeissNassau County police renewed calls for tips Tuesday to help find the killer of a 15-year-old rabbinical student in Long Beach in a case that has been unsolved for 26 years.Chaim Weiss’ father, Anton, joined investigators for the news conference, where they announced that the reward for tips leading to an arrest and conviction in the mystery was increased to $25,000.“We are reviewing everything once again just like we would on a case that just happened today,” Det. Lt. John Azzata, commanding officer of the Homicide Squad, told reporters at police headquarters in Mineola.Weiss was beaten to death in his dorm room on Nov. 1, 1986. Azzata said that there is forensic evidence, but would not specifically describe the nature of that evidence. He added that tips have been coming in since the press conference was announced.“In the homicide squad, we constantly review older cases,” Azzata said. “This is not the only older case we’re looking at at the time. This is just one where we believe there is someone out there that has a secret that can let us know or give us a piece of whats known out there.”Detectives ask anyone with information about this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

Choosing an executive benefits provider for your credit union

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Knowing your responsibility and the relevant regulations is key.by: Fran ZauggThe National Credit Union Administration identifies seven categories of risk to consider when running a credit union: credit, interest rate, liquidity, transaction, compliance, strategic, and reputation. Conduct thorough due diligence on prospective executive benefits providers with these risks in mind, advises John Pesh, director for executive benefits at CUES Supplier member and strategic provider CUNA Mutual Group, Madison, Wis.“The provider should have a history with deferred compensation plans for non-profit entities,” stresses Pesh. “Working with for-profit Fortune 500 companies is very different” when you consider the regulations involved.Pesh recommends asking prospective supplemental retirement plan providers for the following: referrals from credit unions similar to yours; audited financials; its succession plan (to help ensure support throughout the life of the plan); and how the firm will provide oversight of the program and underlying investments.“Make sure they can walk you through how the plan works, and understand state and federal considerations. For instance, some states don’t allow you to make preferential loans to executives,” Pesh says.In addition, adds Scott Albraccio, sales manager for executive benefits at CUNA Mutual Group, “choose a provider that offers a variety of options so you can meet your specific needs.” continue reading »last_img read more

PGN profits drop 77.84 percent in 2019

first_img“As a state-owned enterprise, our commitment remains spreading the utilization of gas in various regions around Indonesia,” PGN corporate secretary Rachmat Hutama said in a statement on Friday (20/3).The statement added that PGN had constructed 253 kilometers of new pipeline last year, which brings the company’s total network to 10,169 km. Going forward, the company will continue developing liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants, household gas pipe connections and new pipelines.PGN stocks, traded on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) under PGAS, fell 6.47 percent on Monday against the benchmark Jakarta Composite Index’s (JCI) fall of 3.83 percent, Bloomberg data shows. Indonesia’s top gas distributor, PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN), experienced a significant drop in profit last year.The state-owned company booked a US$67.58 million profit in 2019, down 77.84 percent from the previous year’s $304.99 million. Profit was pinched between a decrease in revenue and an increase in cost of revenue.PGN’s revenue decreased by a slim 0.55 percent year-on-year (yoy) to $3.84 billion in 2019, mainly due to lower oil and gas sales. In comparison, the cost of revenue, particularly related to gas transmission and distribution, rose 2.3 percent to $2.62 billion in the same period.  Topics :last_img read more