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Delivering Heterogeneous Computing in C++

Date Thursday 09 Mar 2017
Time 18:00 - for a 18:30 start
Free admission
Speaker

Duncan McBain

About the speaker

Duncan McBain is a Staff Software Engineer, ComputeCpp at Codeplay. He started out on the EU-funded LPGPU project, looking at ways of improving performance on and reducing power usage of GPU devices. Since then he has worked on client projects and recently was working on Codeplay's implementation of SYCL, ComputeCpp. Most recently, he has been providing support to external developers who use ComputeCpp.

Duncan was first exposed to heterogeneous programming in the High Performance Computing course at the University of Edinburgh. For his dissertation he used the CUDA platform to speed up FFT calculations in an open-source primality-testing code. This experience was enough to instigate a fascination with heterogeneous devices and the performance possibilities that they bring.

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Location Room N311, RGU, Riverside East Building, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7GJ
Car parking is available on site during the evening.
Abstract

Gordon Moore famously predicted that the number of transistors on a circuit would double every two years, later popularised as processor performance doubling every 18 months by an Intel executive. This “law” held for a long time, but in the last decade clock frequencies have remained essentially constant. However, the demand for high-performance, low-power computing power has never been higher, so how can we continue to deliver performant applications for consumers?

At Codeplay, we believe that the answer lies in custom accelerator hardware (such as GPUs), and we are developing tools to help developers unlock the performance that heterogeneous computing can bring. I will talk about what heterogeneous computing is, why it's important, which options developers have today for accessing this hardware and finally what the future might bring. The talk will primarily be aimed at our work with C++, but the ideas are transferable and could be accessed from, say, a library.

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See Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipDPMpMC4HM

BCS Aberdeen AGM

Date Monday 12 Sep 2016
Time 18:00 - for a 18:30 start
Free admission
Speaker

David Evans - BCS

About the speaker

David Evans is the Director for Policy and Community at BCS. His brief details can be found here, along with those of other Directors, http://www.bcs.org/category/18548

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Location Room N309, RGU, Riverside East Building, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7GJ
Car parking is available on site during the evening.
Abstract

Our BCS autumn session is opening, as usual, with a short AGM followed by a talk by a visiting speaker.

Our AGM is an important opportunity to influence plans for future talks and events and also to JOIN the COMMITTEE. As usual, we are particularly keen to recruit new members from an industrial background. If you wish to join us please COME EARLY and make yourself known to Jon Tyler, Norman Bain or Peter Gray during the coffee period from 6 pm.

See Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrRHAQu98nM

New GDP Regulation and Impact on Cyber Security

Date Monday 24 Oct 2016
Time 18:00 - for a 18:30 start
Free admission
Speaker

George Scott - KPMG

About the speaker

George is Director of KPMG’s Cyber Security & Privacy practice in Scotland. Over the last 20+ years, George has held various senior roles in industry and in practice, focusing mainly on information risk management, technology audit and security.

His experience includes advising companies across Scotland for the last 5 years on how to manage cyber and privacy risk, spending more than 2 years as the first Head of Information Security at a well-known UK ‘challenger’ bank and leading a 65 strong Group Internal Audit function in a major Scottish financial services company. In recent years, George has also led information risk and security reviews across a range of public and private sector organisations, including conducting investigative work in response to publicly reported incidents.

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Location Room N204, RGU, Riverside East Building, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7GJ
Car parking is available on site during the evening.
Abstract

It is George’s view that cyber security practitioners need to make ‘cyber’ more accessible to senior executives and explain the looming issues, and what is being done about them, in terms that are clear, understandable and engaging. It is also his view that more needs to be done to ensure companies take a holistic view of their information risks so that the right decisions can be taken in a timely manner.

In this presentation, George will share some of the information he has recently presented to senior executives to help them grasp current issues and offer his thoughts around how to better engage at senior levels. He will also provide insights into possible priorities for IT risk and audit functions in 2017, including the General Data Protection Regulation. This will include highlighting the aspects of the GDPR that are expected to cause greatest difficulty for IT teams as companies head towards compliance.

George’s presentation style is relatively informal and he will welcome contributions or questions from the audience.

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See Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1J2Htecs2-c

Cyber Security - Are your devices really that secure?

Date Tuesday 22 Nov 2016
Time 18:00 - for a 18:30 start
Free admission
Speaker

Christopher McDermott and Ian Harris - RGU Computing

About the speakers

Christopher McDermott has taught and researched Network Security for over 15 years and is CCNA & CCNA Security certified. His current research interests include security in IoT.

Ian Harris has previously worked in the industrial and commercial sector for over 10 years. Now focusing on information security risk and mitigation, lecturing in computer and network security.

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Location Room N309, RGU, Riverside East Building, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7GJ
Car parking is available on site during the evening.
Abstract

Talk One:

The Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to usher in an era of increased connectivity, with Cisco estimating 50 billion devices could be connected to the Internet by 2020. The rapid growth in smart devices and Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs), combined with the adoption of IPv6 raises a number of challenges for the IoT. We will explore questions surrounding data security and privacy, and explore key security questions including the potential for new IoT botnets.

Talk Two:

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) are becoming less expensive, mass produced, and easy to operate. As recent news reports indicate, they can be misused through naivety, or deliberately used to commit crimes. Drugs may be smuggled into prisons, privacy could be invaded, or commercial air traffic put at risk. This presentation will demonstrate the ability to identify drone activity within a local area and track movement.

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Beyond the search box: Evolving search into a creative assistant

Date Thursday 23 Feb 2017
Time 18:00 - for a 18:30 start
Free admission
Speaker

Paul Cleverley

About the speaker

Paul Cleverley is a Geoscientist by background and has worked in the international Oil and Gas (O&G) exploration industry for over twenty five years. This includes small independents such as BG Group, Enterprise Oil and LASMO through to large multinationals such as Royal Dutch Shell. He has also worked for both small IT companies as well as multinationals such as IBM.

He is currently researching a PhD at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, re-examining and re-conceptualizing enterprise search and discovery, towards a model for the causal factors and generative mechanisms for search task outcomes. This research has been conducted primarily in the O&G industry, however the transferability of findings has been investigated with other knowledge rich sectors such as aerospace, publishing, defence, pharmaceuticals and e-commerce. www.paulhcleverley.com

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Location Room N311, RGU, Riverside East Building, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7GJ
Car parking is available on site during the evening.
Abstract

Increasingly for organizations, enterprise search information retrieval technology is how they 'come to know', ranking algorithms are a form of epistemology. What is most popular dominates. There may be a bias towards the 'Google habitus', lookup/known item search (find existing knowledge) meeting existing needs and saving time.

However, there may be a latent need within organizations to 'show me something I don't already know'. The findings from focus groups with scientists held in two organizations will be presented using search term word association stimulants. Designing for serendipity does not appear to be a widely held principle in enterprise search and discovery deployments. Word association techniques are shown to be capable of stimulating new discoveries which may lead to new business opportunities for organizations.

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See Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4kJTH24Kbo