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Alan House
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Attended Northeastern State University
Lives in Frisco, TX
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Milky Way at Writing-on-Stone: View 1
Alan: "The summer Milky Way over the sandstone formations at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park in southern Alberta, on a dark of the Moon night, July 31, 2016. The foreground is illuminated only by starlight. No artificial light painting was employed here. The Lagoon Nebula and objects in Sagittarius and Scutum are to the south here at centre."

Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park (Alberta, Canada)
www.albertaparks.ca/writing-on-stone.aspx

Credit: Alan Dyer
Alan's Website: http://amazingsky.net
Release Date: August 1, 2016

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Technical details: This is a composite of a single untracked exposure for the sky, and a mean-combine average stack of 10 exposures for the ground (to smooth noise), all 30-second exposures at f/2 with the 20mm Sigma Art lens at f/2 and Nikon D750 at ISO 4000. They were shot at the end of a motion-control sequence for a time-lapse movie, shot with the Syrp Genie Mini. These frames are from the end of the sequence when the camera had ramped to a stop. Some airglow and light pollution discolour the sky.

#Astronomy #Space #Science #Stars #MilkyWay #Galaxy #Airglow #Earth #Alberta #Canada #Astrophotography #Art #Cosmos #Universe #LightPollution 
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Hi there! Here is a way to make a #Drupal website content editor’s life much easier. It’s called the Inline Entity Form #module , and it’s been ported to #Drupal8 earlier this year. The #InlineEntityForm will be useful for many sites, but especially for online stores with various product groups. Read on: http://internetdevels.com/blog/inline-entity-form-module-in-drupal-8
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15 UCS 5108-AC2 chassis with eight B200 M4 blades per chassis (20 physical/40 logical cores per blade 2400 logical cores total). Memory 396GB of memory per blade (46TB total). All deployed in two days with vSphere 6.0.

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Tensor Processing Units (TPUs)
I'm very excited that we can finally discuss this in public. Today at Google I/O +Sundar Pichai revealed the TPU (Tensor Processing Unit), a custom ASIC that Google has designed and built specifically for machine learning applications. We've had TPUs deployed in Google datacenters for more than a year, and they are an order of magnitude faster and more power efficient per operation than other computational solutions for the kinds of models we are deploying to improve our products. This computational speed allows us to use larger, more powerful machine learned models, expressed and seemlessly deployed using TensorFlow (tensorflow.org) into our products, and to deliver the excellent results from those models in less time.

TPUs are used on every Google Search to power RankBrain (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RankBrain), they were a key secret ingredient in the recent AlphaGo match against Lee Sedol, they are used for speech and image recognition, and they are powering a growing list of other smart products and features.

+Norm Jouppi and the rest of the team that developed this ASIC did a fabulous job, and it's great to see it discussed in public!

Blog post:
https://cloudplatform.googleblog.com/2016/05/Google-supercharges-machine-learning-tasks-with-custom-chip.html

Link to the part of the keynote where Sundar discusses TPUs:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=862r3XS2YB0&feature=youtu.be&t=7300

WSJ article:
http://www.wsj.com/articles/google-isnt-playing-games-with-new-chip-1463597820

Edit: Added a link and some text.
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I am a software engineer specializing in Artificial Intelligence and high performance software, Unix operating systems and database systems.

I started a software and consulting business in 1984 and I can't see myself doing anything else.  I love my career, have great colleges and competition.

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I give my clients solutions that others can't. I work with legacy and current technologies.
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  • Northeastern State University
    Computer Science, 1983 - 1987
  • Muskogee High School
    1980 - 1983
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Consultant / Software Architect
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  • Software Developments, LLC
    President, Chief Architect, 1984 - present
  • Sabre Holdings
    Technical Analyst, 2000 - 2002
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