The Worshipful Company of Bakers is offering successful bakers the chance to attend a three-day course in Italy, through its annual scholarships, bursaries and accolade opportunities.Available to those at bakery schools, colleges and in the industry, the recipients of the ABIM-, Joseph Travelling-, and Piero Scacco awards, will fly out to Bologna from 4-8 October 2011, for an expenses-paid trip. The three-day course – conducted in English – in conjunction with Club Arti & Mestieri, includes one day on Italian breads, one day on Italian pastries and a one day study tour Italian bakery laboratories and shops.The Piero Scacco Award is provided by the Worshipful Company of Bakers and is awarded to two individuals. The ABIM Award is provided by the Association of Bakery Ingredient Manufacturers and is for one person. The Joseph Travelling Award is for one mature successful applicant to further his or her knowledge abroad to the benefit of the UK baking industry.The closing date for applications is Monday 2 May, with interviews to take place on Tuesday 10 May.For more details call telephone: 020 7623 2223, email: [email protected] or visit www.bakers.co.uk.
With Gregg Allman recently taking ill, two major sets on this weekend’s Peach Music Festival schedule were thrown up in the air: Allman’s band performance and his collaboration with The String Cheese Incident. Today we have information about the latter, as Peach has announced plans for The Allman Brothers Family Incident.The newly-announced set will see the members of SCI collaborate with a number of musicians from the Allman Brothers Band family, including Butch Trucks, Jaimoe, Oteil Burbridge, Marc Quinones, Scott Sharrard, and Bruce Katz. Considering how much time SCI has been spending on the ABB catalog, it will be nice to hear them performing that music with the musicians that helped to create it. The set should also serve as a moving tribute to Allman while he is recovering.It still remains unclear who will replace Gregg Allman in the headlining slot. We’ll be sure to update once The Peach Music Festival has made that announcement.
I’m on the road quite a bit and get the opportunity to engage many customers on a range of topics and problems. These discussions provide direct feedback that helps the Server team focus on customer- oriented problems and potential challenges vs. creating technology looking for a home. In earlier blogs, I mentioned how the performance CAGR was not keeping up at the same time we had new emerging problems.Previously, we believed the impact of Moore’s Law on FPGA’s (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) would be more profound than ever – prior it seemed FPGAs were never quite big enough, couldn’t run fast enough and were difficult to program. Technology moves quickly and those attributes of FPGAs have changed lot – they are certainly big enough now, clock rates are up, you can even get an embedded ARM core, and lastly the programming has improved a lot. OpenCL has made it easier and more portable – NOTE: I said easier NOT easy – but the results for the right problem makes it worthwhile.Let me do some context setting on where FPGAs work best – this is not an absolute but rather some high-level guidance. If we take a step back, it’s clear that we’ve been operating in a world of Compute Intensive problems – meaning, problems and data that you can move to the compute because you are going to crunch on it for a result. Generally, this has been a lot of structured data, convergence algorithms and complex math, and general purpose x86 has been awesome at these problems. Also, sometimes we throw GPUs at the problem – especially in life science problems.But, there is a law of opposites. The opposite of Compute Intensive is Data Intensive. Data Intensive is simple data that is unstructured and only used for simple operations. In this case, we want the compute and simple operators to move as close to the data as possible. For example, if you’re trying to count the number of blue balls in a bucket that’s a pretty simple operation that’s data intensive – you’re not trying to compute the next digit of π. Computing the average size of each ball in the bucket would be more compute intensive.The law of opposites for general purpose compute is optimized compute…that one is easy. So, the X-Y coordinate 4 world approximately looks like below showing where various technologies best fit.But why are CPUs not great for everything, and why are we talking about FPGAs today? Well, CPUs are very memory-cache hierarchical centric to get data in and out from DRAM to Cache to registers for the CPU to do an operation – as it takes just as much data movement to do complex math as simple math with a general purpose CPU. In this new world of big unstructured data that memory-cache hierarchy can get in the way.If you think about the link list pointer chasing problem shown to the left here– in a general purpose CPU when you need to traverse the link list every time you do a head/tail pointer fetch due to the data’s unstructured nature you get a cache miss, and thus, the CPU does a cache line fill – generally 8 datum’s. But only the head/tail pointer was needed, which means 7/8th’s of the memory bus bandwidth was wasted on unnecessary accesses – potentially blocking another CPU core from getting datum it needed. Therein lies a big problem for general purpose CPUs in some of these new problems face today.Now, let’s focus on some real world examples:As mentioned earlier, programming is now simpler (simpler – NOT easy). Open Computing Language (OpenCL) is a framework in C++ for writing programs that execute across heterogeneous platforms consisting of CPUs, GPUs, DSPs, and FPGAs. OpenCL provides a standard interface for parallel computing using task- and data-based parallelism. A quick example and flow is shown below.Now, I’ll walk you thru two examples that we’ve worked on in the Server Solutions Group to prove out FPGA technology and make sure our server platforms intercept the technology when it’s ready.Problem #1: “Drowning in pictures, save me…..”Say you’re a picture gallery site, social media, etc… who want end users to upload full size images from their mega pixel smart phones, so that they can enjoy them on a wide range of devices/screen sizes – how do you solve this problem? The typical approach is using scale out compute and resize as needed for the end device. However, as shown above, it’s not a great fit for general purpose compute, as it scales at a higher cost and you must manage scale out. Other options are batching processes and saving static images of all the sizes you needed – so it becomes a blowout storage problem. Or, force the end user device to resize, but you must send down the entire image – blowing out your network and delivering a poor customer experience.To avoid any of the above options, we decided to do a real time offload resizing on the FPGA. For large images, we saw around a 70x speedup and about 20x speedup on small images. We replaced 20-70 servers into 1 and saved power, cost, and increased performance – easy TCO. So, now the CPU is handling the request for resized images and delivery but using an FPGA to process the images. Below is high level pictorial.Problem #2: “I have all these images, and I’d like to sort them by feature”Digital content is everywhere, and we’re moving from text search to image search. Edge detection is an image processing technique for finding the boundaries of objects within images. It works by detecting discontinuities in brightness. Edge detection is also used for image segmentation and data extraction in areas such as image processing, computer vision, and machine vision. In this example, we simply wanted to see what we could accomplish on a CPU and FPGA. We started on the CPU with OpenCL and quickly discovered that the performance was not up to par…. less than 1FPS (frames per second). The compiler was struggling so we manually unrolled the code to swamp every core (all 32 of them) and got up to 110FPS. But at 85% CPU load across 32 cores you could barely move the mouse.The next step was the same OpenCL code (different #defines) and targeted an FPGA. With the FPGA and parallel nature of the problem we could hit 108FPS. In the FPGA offload case the CPU was ONLY 1% loaded, so we had a server with compute cycles left to do something useful. To experiment, we went back to the CPU and forced a 1% CPU load limit and found we could not even get 1FPS. Point being that in this new world of different compute architectures and emerging problems “it depends” will come up a lot. Below is the data showing the various results I described.Future ProblemsIn the future, emerging workloads and use cases (below) will continue to drive the need for new and different compute. Every company will become a data compute company and must optimize for these new uses. If not, they are open to disruption by those who embrace change more aggressively. FPGAs can be a part of this journey when applied to the right problem. Machine learning inference is a great example, along with network protocol acceleration/inspection, image processing as shown, and others can benefit from the reprogrammable nature of FPGAs.SummarySo, FPGAs can be really useful and can help solve real-world problems. Ultimately, we are heading down a path of more heterogeneous computing where you will hear “it depends” more than you’ll might like. But, as my Dad says, “use the right tool for the right job.” If you have questions about how to use FPGAs in your solutions contact your Dell EMC account rep. Maybe we can help you to.(The data in this BLOG was made possible by the awesome FPGA team in the Server Solutions Group CTO Office – Duk Kim, Nelson, Mak, Krishna Ramaswamy)
Indiana Public Access Counselor Luke Britt sided with Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) on Monday in responding to a complaint filed with his office last month by The Observer. The complaint concerned the police force and Notre Dame’s denial of records requests in November, despite a change in state law last year that might have required them to grant access.The relevant law hinges on the legal distinction between private and public agencies.Under Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act (APRA), “public agencies” — like local police departments — are required to release certain records by law. However, private university police departments like NDSP have long been considered private agencies under state law, and therefore not subject to APRA.Last spring, the Indiana State Legislature passed HB 1022, which would have required private university police departments to disclose records only in situations where someone was arrested or incarcerated, shielding them specifically from the rest of APRA. It was vetoed by then-Gov. Mike Pence in March.But in November, the South Bend Tribune reported another law — HB 1019 — was also passed last year containing language such that it inadvertently changed the state’s definition of a “public agency” to specifically include university police departments.Effective July 1 of last year, the law changed the term’s definition, which now reads in the Indiana State Code as the following:“‘Public agency,’ except as provided in section 2.1 of this chapter, means the following: … (11) A private university police department. The term does not include the governing board of a private university or any other department, division, board, entity, or office of a private university.”Of the change in the definition, Britt said it was “inadvertently inserted into HB 1019.”Britt said in a letter that his office became aware of the error in July 2016, and that “on the advice of the Legislative Services agency,” he began to advise his constituents that the changed definition had “the full force of law.”“In August of 2016, however, the Indiana Legislative Council voted unanimously to include the error in the 2017 Technical Corrections Bill, HB 1181,” Britt said. “As of the date of this writing [Jan. 30] it had been referred to the Judiciary Committee but had not yet been passed.”Britt also cited the state Supreme Court’s decision in ESPN’s lawsuit against Notre Dame, which ruled in November that private universities in Indiana are not obligated to disclose police records.“While I may respectfully disagree with that ruling as Public Access Counselor for policy reasons, I defer to the Court’s opinion as the binding and final authority on the matter,” Britt said.Ultimately, Britt said his interpretation of the events surrounding HB 1019 is that the change regarding private university police departments was unintentional.“While the language itself and its impact is substantive and not technical in nature, it was obviously an oversight to include it in the bill,” he said. “I hesitate to categorize it as a simple scrivener’s error, however, it appears to be done in error.“It has been my modus to evaluate the totality of circumstances of an issue and not make determinations on a technicality.”Because he believes the correction will pass the General Assembly and because of his interpretation of the original bill’s intent, Britt said he would “defer to the General Assembly.”If, however, the section regarding APRA is removed from or altered in the legislative corrections bill and private university police departments remain in the definition of “public agency,” Britt said he would revisit the issue.Tags: APRA, HB 1019, HB 1022, NDSP, police records
Robert F. Cooper, owner and CEO of Burlington Foodservice Company, Colchester, Vermont, and Mario Bonacorsi, President of Bonacorsi & Sons, Inc, Barre, Vermont, announced the signing of a Letter of Intent for Burlington Foodservice Company to acquire the stock of Bonacorsi and Sons, Inc.Burlington Foodservice Company, a Vermont based company, is the largest, independent, broadline foodservice distribution company in Northern New England with projected sales in 2002 of $47 million. Bonacorsi & Sons anticipates sales of $8.5 million in 2002. With this acquisition, Burlington Foodservice Company is projecting sales of $61 million for 2003.In March of 2002, Bob Cooper became CEO and announced the hiring of Chris Kurek as President of Burlington Foodservice Company. Mr. Kurek has a wide background in all areas of foodservice distribution, including sales and marketing, procurement, and operations. Mario Bonacorsi will remain with Burlington Foodservice Company as Regional Vice President of Sales in Central Vermont.The Bonacorsi family purchased the wholesale grocery business from the Santarini family in March of 1973, and changed the corporate name in 1978 to Bonacorsi & Sons, Inc. Bonacorsi has expanded its product line and geographic territory covering most of Vermont and parts of New Hampshire focusing on the foodservice distribution business. Currently, Bonacorsi has over 600 customers and 24 experienced employees. The company has developed a reputation over the years for friendly and professional service to its loyal customers.This merger of assets will continue to increase Burlington Foodservice Company’s productivity and produce additional benefits to their customers as the best of both organizations are combined. These benefits will include increasing their product lines as well as more frequent deliveries to their customers. The additional purchasing power will enable them to lower product costs while continuing to enhance their long term relationships with their suppliers.Burlington Foodservice Company’s focus is selling more to existing customers and securing new customers as well. New customers represent the life blood of any growing foodservice distribution company and are essential for financial stability and long term security.Burlington Foodservice Company, with its 120 employees, services over 2500 customers throughout Vermont, Western New Hampshire, Northeast New York and Northern Massachusetts. With approximately 5000 items, 2/3’s of their sales volume is with independent restaurants. There is also a strong emphasis on schools and universities, healthcare facilities, deli’s and convenience stores, summer and winter resorts, and government facilities.Both Burlington Foodservice Company and Bonacorsi are shareholder members of Unipro Foodservice Inc, a $20 billion foodservice distribution cooperative consisting of 350 independent distributors nationwide. Bob Cooper is a board member of Unipro. The affiliation provides Burlington Foodservice Company with “Global Sourcing” and “Local Service”.Bob Cooper feels confident that Burlington Foodservice Company is positioned to grow and become one of the nation’s top 50 independent distribution companies in the foodservice industry over the next 5 years, a benchmark for all broadline foodservice distributors. He feels this merger will be an excellent alternative choice for the independent commercial foodservice establishment as this locally operated company positions itself to compete on any level.
Voice technology has not hit the tipping point yet, but it soon will and credit unions need to be ready, says Elizabeth Robins, product director at Best Innovation Group, a CUNA consulting partner.“Voice technology is about to run you over like a freight train,” she says.The good news, however, is that there’s still time to prepare, Robins tells AXFI Conference attendees in Minneapolis.Three ways credit unions can prepare:1. Think through member adoption. Think about past adoptions of new technologies. Find ways to prepare your members and make them comfortable with the change.You’ll need to create continued good outcomes and experiences for members to continue to use the new technology. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
374SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ed SanFilippo Edward J. SanFilippo is a freelance writer, editor, and researcher with expertise across a broad range of topics. He has nearly 20 years of experience writing for public agencies, private … Web: www.financialfeed.com Details For some of us, one of the best parts of summer involves time spent in front of a hot grill. Whether you’re roasting vegetables or making the perfect steak, the combination of fair weather, food, and friends/family is hard to beat. Depending on your menu and the number of guests, the cost of a single barbequing effort can be expensive, and multiple efforts across an entire summer can break your budget in a hurry. Here are five quick tips for managing the cost.Make it a potluck: In some cases, treating your loved ones to a fully prepared meal is extremely satisfying, but if you’re the only one with a swimming pool and thus always the host, these costs add up. Having guests bring sides or dessert is pretty standard, but if you’re concerned about the level of effort this might impose, simpler requests include drinks, ice, plates, utensils, and activities for the kids (including the grown-up ones!).Serve water: If you’re providing drinks for a crowd, the cost of sodas, juices, and/or alcohol can be one of the biggest expenses. Bottled water can be purchased in bulk at a relatively inexpensive cost, especially if you have access to stores like Costco. Alternatively, fill pitchers with water, plenty of ice, and various subtle flavorings (lemons, cucumbers, etc.) to spice things up a bit.Use smaller plates: The smaller plates might not cost less money, but they can help you reduce waste. Bigger plates lead to bigger portions, some proportion of which will always end up in your trash can. With smaller plates, your guests can always grab second helpings if they’re still hungry, less food should find its way to the garbage, and you might have delicious leftovers for a couple days.Grill more veggies: For many folks, meat is a big barbeque expense. Buying bulk or cheaper cuts of meat can help mitigate this, but vegetables are also a delicious grilled option that can be made in larger quantities for a lower cost. Your doctor and bank account are likely to agree that there are numerous benefits to this approach.And about those activities… At some barbeques, the emphasis is totally on the food, with little else to pass the time. This can be just fine! If you’re looking to have your guests interact more while eating less, there is a wide range of backyard or outdoor-oriented activities for kids of all ages. Your guests will have a fun, memorable experience, and you’ll probably save yourself a little money.
Since the development began more than 10 years ago, some 700 homesites have been created in masterplanned community which is situated in the Moreton Bay town of Ningi as part of the gateway to Bribie Island, 45 minutes north of Brisbane.Two years ago it was Baby Boomers buying in to the masterplanned community of Sandstone Lakes which is part of the mainland gateway to Bribie Island, north of Brisbane. MORE Sandstone Lakes masterplanned community The Sandstone Lakes masterplanned community in Ningi. Photo: suppliedThree homesites are all that remain in the masterplanned community of Sandstone Lakes near Bribie Island after recent government grants caused a land grab.Developer QM Properties announced the final release of large sites just before the Federal Government announced details of its $25,000 HomeBuilder grant to boost the construction industry, which has been hit by the COVID-led economic recession. Homeowners call on style gurus to spruce up their homes The rush on sales led to 12 properties selling in one week, bringing to 25 the total number of sales in the past two months.“Property has been walking out the door,” QM Properties general sales manager Damien Ross said.He said the remaining blocks, two of 600sq m and one of around 400sq m, were not expected to last more than a few days.“There is no other land in that area, these are the last blocks in the community.” But with smaller blocks becoming available in the last land releases, local first-home buyers, who may be eligible for more than $40,000 worth of grants under various government packages, have recorded the largest increase in interest.Mr Ross said young buyers were choosing to buy in or close to the neighbourhoods they grew up in, to stay connected to family, friends and the shops, schools and restaurants they are familiar with.“It’s reassuring for any buyer to purchase a property in an area they know well, and we are seeing this trend become more pronounced with first time buyers,” Mr Ross said.“Generally speaking, it also means they have a better understanding of what properties in that area are worth and what is fair value for money,” he said. More from newsTropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019Character-filled Queenslander on private, leafy block20 Sep 2019Martine Felschow and Curtis Court have recently bought into Sandstone Lakes. Photo: suppliedFirst-home buyers Martine Felschow and Curtis Court grew up on Bribie Island and still have family there.Deciding it was more affordable to buy land and build than to rent an existing property, they are among the latest to invest in the Sandstone Lakes community surrounded by 46 hectares of natural melaleuca forest with a recreational lake and canals. Developer QM Properties Prices Land from 515sq m to 730sq m priced from $245,000; house and land packages start at $369,000; three blocks remaining Location Sandstone Boulevard, Ningi Contact (07) 3874 0140 THE BASICS Brookwater’s designer dress circle MORE PROPERTY FOR SALE IN NINGI
Two new 14,000 TEU containerships chartered by Taiwanese shipping company Yang Ming have been splashed in Japan.The launching ceremony took place at Imabari shipyard on March 6, 2019.Named YM Warranty and YM Wellspring, the newbuilds are the fourth and the fifth of the five 14,000 TEU ultra large container vessels (ULCVs) Yang Ming chartered from Shoei Kisen Kaisha.YM Warranty and YM Wellspring — both flying the flag of Panama — currently have a market value of USD 95.6 million and USD 99.1 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.They belong to the same type as YM Wellbeing, YM Wonderland and YM Wisdom which were delivered to Yang Ming recently.The ships are designed with a nominal capacity of 14,220 TEU and equipped with 1,000 reefer plugs. Each of them features a length of 366.44 meters and a beam of 51.2 meters. The vessels can reach a speed of up to 23 knots.Since 2015, a total of 20 newly-built 14,000 TEU full-container vessels have been added to the Yang Ming fleet. YM Warranty and YM Wellspring are the last two of them and will join Yang Ming’s service in the near future.In addition to the 14,000 TEU vessels, Yang Ming will also deploy its own ten 2,800 TEU ships and fourteen chartered-in 11,000 TEU ships, which are to be delivered between 2020 and 2022.As of November 2018, the company operated a fleet of 101 vessels with a capacity of 7.44 million dwt or 643 thousand TEUs.Image Courtesy: Yang Ming
Canadian shipping company Algoma Central Corporation wrapped up the second quarter of 2019 with higher net income, driven by an increase in operating earnings.Algoma’s net earnings rose to CAD 22.1 million (USD 16.7 million) in Q2 2019 from CAD 14.4 million (USD 10.9 million) seen in the corresponding period a year earlier.As explained, profit was higher as a result of a rise in operating earnings and a foreign currency gain versus a loss reported last year.Consolidated revenue for the 2019 second quarter was CAD 159.2 million, an increase of 14% compared to CAD 139.4 million reported for the same period in 2018.Specifically, product tanker operating earnings grew 222% which was driven by high customer demand and having two additional vessels operating in the quarter compared to last year. During the quarter, the company added the tanker Algoterra to the Canadian fleet.The ocean self-unloader segment grew earnings by 85% based on strong pool performance and the acquisition of three vessels that began operating for Algoma in the CSL Pool in June.On the other hand, domestic drybulk results were lower due to having one less vessel in operation, partially offset by a strong pricing environment on the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway.“Since last fall we have added six new vessels into our core businesses, each of which have been strong contributors to our year to date earnings,” Gregg Ruhl, President and CEO of the company, commented.“These new vessels have integrated well into the Algoma fleet and we look forward to continued strong results with the added capacity going forward,” he added.Algoma owns and operates the largest fleet of dry and liquid bulk carriers operating on the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Waterway, including self-unloading dry-bulk carriers, gearless dry-bulk carriers and product tankers. Algoma also owns ocean self-unloading dry-bulk vessels operating in international markets and a 50% interest in NovaAlgoma.