p2k16 Hackathon Report: espie@ on proot

Our very first p2k16 hackathon report comes from none other than Marc Espie, who writes:

Lots of thanks to Gilles Chehade, Epitech Nantes, and Aymeric Fouchault for the organization. It was top-notch. The only complaint I might have is that the food was so good that I might have eaten too much.
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Bitcoin Price Support and Resistance

Bitcoin price will make many people rich this year. The bullish prospects are self-evident and a steady parabolic advance, some time this year, will give bitcoin traders what they want. Bitcoin price waves, like all market charts, advance and decline between established support and resistance zones. This analysis is provided by xbt.social with a 3-hour […]

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Peace & Stability through the Blockchain: Policing

This is part 4 of CCN’s “Peace & Stability Through The Blockchain” Series.  For part 1, click here. For part 2, click here. For part 3, click here. In this edition, we explore the way in which policing can be changed via public ledger technology.  Similar to how blockchain-forward technologies streamline the border, the same […]

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proot: dpb meets chroot

With the p2k16 hackathon just coming to a close, Marc Espie has revealed one of the new things he worked on.

I've been using dpb(1) chroot'd for a long time, using my own methods. This is a first try at making things "simple." Basically,

proot -B /build

should more or less do something sane, and then you can build ports in that chroot.

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Plug Pulled On Keza App Allowing Bitcoin Investing In Stocks

The Keza app, an IOS app which allowed users to invest in bitcoin stocks and fixed incomes, has closed down shortly after launching, according to its website. The project had received $357,000 in funding backed by Digital Currency Group and Jason Calacanis of HOF Capital. The closing marks a setback for bitcoin investing in stocks since […]

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Russia’s NDS Uses Blockchain For E-Proxy Voting

Recently the Russia’s National Settlement Depository (NDS), an organization that provides settlement and depository services, began testing blockchain technology as a potential solution for a corporate e-proxy voting system. The results will not shock you but the origin of praise for the system just might. NDS began looking into solutions for e-proxy voting in August of […]

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GPU-Powered Systems Take Top Spot, Set New Record in Student Supercomputer Competition

For the fourth consecutive year, our Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform helped set new milestones in the Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge, the world’s largest supercomputer competition.

Each year, the brightest minds from universities around the world compete to find out who can build the fastest, most efficient supercomputer.

At ASC16, GPUs once again powered the winning team, and helped another break the performance record on an industry-standard supercomputing benchmark.

Huazhong University of Science and Technology Earns Top Spot

Some 175 teams from universities in North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania participated in ASC16. Of these, 16 advanced to the final round held last week at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China.

Armed with their custom-built systems, finalists competed on six different supercomputing application benchmarks within a 3,000W system power limit.

The benchmarks included the surface wave numerical model, MASNUM; the material simulation software, ABINIT; the High Performance Conjugate Gradients benchmark; and ABySS, a de novo, parallel sequence assembler. Teams also had to train a deep neural network for speech recognition.

The final test was LINPACK, the industry benchmark used to measure the performance of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, like the Titan system at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Thanks to our Tesla K80 GPU accelerators, Huazhong University beat out the field of competitors, grabbing the highest overall score.

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The victorious team from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

Zhejiang University Breaks LINPACK Record

The team from Zhejiang University used a system with eight NVIDIA Tesla K80 GPUs to establish a new record on LINPACK.

Clocking in at a remarkable 12.03 teraflops – 12 trillion floating-point operations per second – Zhejiang’s system overturned the previous record of 11.92 teraflops.

Nanyang Technological University achieved that record at ASC15. Sun Yat-sen University set a record of 9.27 teraflops using Tesla K40 GPUs at ASC14.

NVIDIA GPUs continue to help computer scientists, researchers and engineers around the world tackle massive computational challenges. Through competitions like ASC, they’re preparing new generations of experts to address tomorrow’s toughest problems.

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