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Cryptocurrencies are a Target for Cybercriminals – Social Platforms are Next (Part 2)

Continuation from part 1: Cryptocurrencies are a Target for Cybercriminals – The New Risks of Innovation Cyber criminals are always looking for victims and ways to exploit them.  Stealing what is valuable is the goal.  Cryptocurrencies hold tremendous wealth, but … Read more >

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Event Recap: PAX West 2016


Figure 1 Intel Booth at PAX West featured streamers, ProGamers, VR, Indie Games, and even a DJ and cooking!

Going to PAX and announcing the winners of our Intel® Level Up Game Dev Contest is amongst my top 3 things I get to do each year. That has been the central focus of my participation in PAX for last few PAXes. In order to further our mission statement of helping game developers to be more successful, this year at PAX West the Intel Game Dev Program team was able to help over 60 indie devs at the west coast’s largest enthusiast gaming event. This came through a mix of booth activities, sponsorships and scholarships as well as through our Demo Depot Rentals program.

On Thursday, we kicked things off with a 2016 Intel® Level Up Game Dev Contest Awards Stream on our Twitch channel, followed by an informal dinner with the winners and judges.


Figure 2 Yacine Salmi, Salmi Games receiving his awards for Ellipsis (coming soon on Steam), which won Best Action and Game of the Year on our Awards Stream

Eight of the Level Up Winners showed their games on ½ day rotation on a Razer Blade Stealth. The other two Level Up Winners, Tooth and Tail and Goatpunks, which are 4 person local multiplayer, joined 6 other games (also on ½ day rotation) on a Living Room Gaming station using the Intel Skull Canyon NUC.

Figure 3 (Left) – Level Up Winners demonstrating on the Razer Blade Stealth, (Right) 4 person local multiplayer on Core i7 powered Intel NUC (codenamed Skull Canyon)

Around the show floor, game devs took advantage of our Demo Depot Rentals program which offers game devs equipment and on-site support at very competitive rates. In addition to the nearly dozen or so studios around the floor with our rental hardware, our sponsorship of Indie Mega Booth loaned in about 40 TVs and helped offset the cost of booth for some deserving teams.

Figure 4 (Upper Left) – Interabang, Supertype and High Horse all showing their games in The MIX space. (Upper Right) – SMG showing Death Squared in MegaBooth (Lower Left) Surprise Attack showing as part of the PAX AUS Roadshow on the 6th floor (Lower Right) Vlambeer showed all 12 of their games

Overall it was another fun filled PAX where I’m seeing more and more interest in indie games by the attendees which makes our ability to help devs even more rewarding. If you’re interested in how you can get involved with Intel, join our program and feel free to reach out!

~Mitch


Figure 5. Me and Kelly Wallick of Indie MegaBooth with our sweet new hats designed by Jess Floyd

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Cryptocurrencies are a Target for Cybercriminals – The New Risks of Innovation (part 1)

All cryptocurrencies are a target for cybercriminals.  Anywhere there is value, criminals, fraudsters, and charlatans will soon follow.  It is the Willie Sutton principle.  Willie, a famous bank robber in the 20’s-30’s, was asked why he robbed banks.  He was … Read more >

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The power of simulation and why developers should consider it mandatory—A conversation with IoT expert Sangeeta Ghangam

Getting your system and software architecture right is very important to the success of a product. It is particularly important when the system you are building has a long expected life time. Internet-of-Things (IoT) edge analytics is such a system, … Read more >

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Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) Tutorial Series: Looking ahead

Part 4 of the Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) Tutorial Series will be coming out in the next few days. In it, we’ll be starting our enclave implementation, focusing on the bridge/proxy functions for the enclave itself as well as the middleware layer needed for the C++ code to interact with it.

If you recall from the introduction, we are planning five broad phases in the series. With part 4 we complete our transition from the first phase, which focused on concepts and design, to the development and integration in the second. I want to take a few minutes to talk about what else is coming up and roughly where we are headed over the coming weeks.

  • Part 5 will complete the development of the enclave. While part 4 is focused on the enclave interface layer and the enclave definition language (EDL), in part 5 we will code up the internals of enclave itself.
  • In part 6, we’ll add support for dual code paths so that the application runs on hardware that is both Intel SGX capable and incapable.
  • In a change from our original plan for the series, part 7 will look at power events (specifically, suspend and resume) and its impact on enclaves.
  • After that, we’ll enter into the third phase of the tutorial which focuses on testing and validation. Here, we’ll demonstrate that Intel SGX is providing the expected security benefits. We’ll also look at tuning the enclave configuration to better match our usage.
  • The final two phases, packaging and deployment, and disposition, will follow.

I should point out that these are all still plans and plans can change! The series is being developed as it’s being released so we may find that topics need to be adjusted, added, or even dropped as we go. But for now, this is how things are shaping up.

Thank you for following along!

 

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Intel Distribution for Python

I am pleased to announce the first product release of Intel® Distribution for Python* powered by Anaconda*. Why is Intel making a python distribution? We want python users to get the productivity they are accustomed to without having to compromise on performance. Our customers told us that it was difficult to get a Python that could fully utilize the latest processors. A single socket Xeon Phi system can do 4600 single precision FLOPS/cycle, but some of the commonly used python software stacks only could do 4 FLOPS/cycle because they did not leverage multiple cores or the latest SIMD instructions.

Intel Distribution for Python contains a python interpreter and highly optimized versions of the core numeric packages. We use  Intel® Math Kernel Library (Intel MKL), Intel ® Threading Building Blocks (Intel TBB),  and the Intel® Compiler so whether you  are using an Atom, Xeon, or Xeon Phi processor you will get great performance for computationally and data intensive programs.

We know performance is not everything. You are likely using Python because of the large number of high quality packages. We wanted to ensure that you would have easy access to the commonly used python packages. We have been working closely with Continuum Analytics and are now proud to say Intel Distribution for Python is “Powered by Anaconda.” We use the same build recipes as Anaconda to ensure high compatibility between the distributions. We use conda for package management so you have full access to the large and growing set of conda packages, and we publish our packages on Anaconda Cloud so Anaconda users are only a few keystrokes away from trying out Intel Distribution for Python in a familiar environment.

Our measurements show that python can get close to native performance for the key algorithms in dense linear algebra, but there is room for improvement in many of the algorithms in numpy, scipy, and scikit-learn. Our python distribution delivers large speedups for threading, random number generation, and FFT. We are working to contribute these improvements upstream so all python users will benefit, whatever way you obtain python.

Please try out Intel Distribution for Python and let us know what you think.

Robert Cohn

 

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New 7th Gen Intel® Core™ Processor: Built for the Immersive Internet

What makes the release of the 7th Gen Intel® Core™ processor so exciting are the experiences that this processor upgrade can deliver. The way we communicate, work and play has evolved—with video being an increasingly important component. What we call the … Read more >

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Setting the Stage for Smart Cities in the 5G Era

By 2050, it’s estimated that 66% of the world population will live in urban areas. Meeting the demands of a growing urban population while reducing its environmental impact, improving public safety, and optimizing efficiency will require transformative technologies and concerted planning. … Read more >

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Intel Presents at Inaugural Commerce Department Workshop on IoT

By Bridget Karlin, Internet of Things Group Managing Director Understanding the challenges and opportunities facing the Internet of Things (IoT) is a key focus for the U.S. Department of Commerce, which today kicked off its inaugural Internet of Things workshop … Read more >

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