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first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article LettersOn 18 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today This week’s lettersHR must do best job at all times Am I am missing something in your news story “Quality of staff slips asHR cuts cost of hiring” (News 4 December). Why is this news? The surveyfindings are worrying and as an HR professional who considers herself business-focused,I don’t want to be tarred with this brush. Cost cutting should not be a reasonfor quality cutting. Surely all HR professionals should be constantly seeking to cut costs inboth good times and bad, and finding ways of improving their recruitmentmethods every time they recruit. It is part of reducing overheads andincreasing the bottom line in whichever organisation you work. HR is a direct overhead for most organisations. The benefit of maintainingthat overhead should be quantifiable – making tangible savings is a part ofthat. The fact that 40 per cent of those surveyed are not doing this does notsay much about us as a profession. Also ask the fundamental questions – is using recruitment agencies the onlymethod you can adopt in your industry sector? I work in the IT sector and havedone for 15 years. It is a tough market and you have to be creative – in somecases recruiting overseas has been the answer. If HR is to be a business-focused profession and rid itself of the”cardigan and Kleenex” image, cutting costs while maintaining anever-improving quality should be a constant activity – otherwise it’s not doingits job. Helen Carless MCIPD Why gloss over PC hypocrisy? The news story “Decent lip gloss a career essential” (News, 27November) encapsulated perfectly the tyranny that society exercises overwomen’s appearance at work. I’m 24, a graduate from a good university, a size 12, with long blonde hair,and, yes, I wear make-up. How could I not, being all too aware of the prejudiceand vilification that going bare-faced in today’s business world attracts? How intriguing it would be to see how willingly the company directors (who Isuspect are male) questioned would wake up half an hour earlier to make uptheir faces if it seemed their career prospects depended on it. If theyresisted, how meekly would they bear the accusation that it looked as though”they cannot be bothered to make the effort”? I disagree with Khalid Aziz’s assertion that this survey is an issue of”political correctness”. It simply reveals an alarming level ofhypocrisy, lack of integrity, and bad manners at the top of Britain’scompanies. Surely, we should be approaching each person we meet with an open mind anddetermination to consider them on their merits, not on some nebulously unknownquantity of what amounts to beauty. Sarah Lougee Remuneration strategy, DLO Human Resources Pick your victim for cushy number It is ironic isn’t it? We rail against the Taliban while at the same timeforcing girls to experiment with make up against their will. Then, when theygrow up and throw off these shackles, men discriminate against them –absolutely typical. Still, the legal item “Pregnancy offers no bars to fixed termcontracts” (Legal 27 November) is excellent news for women. If Iunderstand it correctly, a pregnant woman will now be able to apply for atemporary position, lie about her condition, and, if she times it cleverly,will not have to do a day’s work. Further to this – providing the company has a contractual maternity payscheme in place not dependent on minimum length of service – she will receivefull pay for the duration of the contract. Come on girls, what are you waiting for? Just a word of caution, ensure youpick a company with a commitment to a good gender equality programme.Opportunity Now will be only too happy to provide you with a list of theirmembers. S Jette Westminster House, Winchester Editor: Would S. Jette care to reveal his true identity? After all,he couldn’t possibly be afraid of “make-up wearing girls”. last_img read more

Man to be tried for Iffley Road murder

first_imgA 51-year-old man appeared in court yesterday for the murder of Adrian Greenwood in his house on Iffley Road and could be tried in October.A suspect aged 26 who was initially arrested after being chased up High St by a Thames Valley police car was released without charge on April 10, three days after the police were called to the crime scene.Adrian Greenwood, described as an “historian, biographer, author and art dealer with a particular interest in nineteenth century British military history” on his own website, was found dead at number 25 Iffley Road in the afternoon of April 7. The police reported he had multiple stab wounds over head and chest, and observed the likeliness of an altercation that left the attacker himself equally injured.Michael Danaher appeared in court before 10.30am yesterday to state his name by video, speaking from Woodhill Prison where he is being kept for the moment. The court has decided that he will talk again on July 1, until which date Danaher will be detained at Woodhill. The provisional trial date however is set for the beginning of October and could last for ten days, prosecutor Michael Roques has suggested.last_img read more

Judgment For Ex-Notre Dame Prof Who Stole Grant Funds Reversed

first_imgA fired Notre Dame professor convicted of a felony for theft of grant money and found to have possessed pornographic images on university computers lost on appeal a judgment in his favor of more than $500,000 in a breach of contract lawsuit against the university.While employed as an electrical engineering professor at Notre Dame University, Oliver Collins received $266,516 from the National Science Foundation to purchase five pieces of “high speed, mixed signal test equipment” and a computer as part of a grant award. Notre Dame contributed matching funds, and NSF further awarded Collins $240,000 to support another project, which the university also matched.However, NSF suspended its grants to Collins years later upon discovery that he had used the funds to purchase different equipment for a different purpose than what the grant monies were intended.Collins received a letter of sanctions and dismissal from the school listing numerous charges, including that he had “used equipment purchased with NSF funds for extensive personal purposes, with negligible if any scientific use of the equipment” and “took and stored sexually explicit and pornographic images using university computing resources.” Several computers that were in Collins’ care and under his responsibility also contained sexually explicit and pornographic images.A hearing committee selected to review the case consisted of three elected, tenured members of the academic council, including Father John Coughlin, who also participated in informal mediation efforts. The committee ultimately concluded unanimously that Collins should be dismissed for “serious cause” that had been shown by clear and convincing evidence.Collins was dismissed from the university, and he later pleaded guilty to a federal felony charge arising from his conduct of misusing government grant money. Before his guilty plea, Collins filed a breach of contract suit against Notre Dame, alleging it had breached his contract because the hearing committee’s findings did not meet the definition of “serious cause.”The Northern District Court granted summary judgment to Collins based on his argument that the university violated the contract’s procedural requirements, finding that Coughlin should have recused himself from his service on the hearing committee. It did not however, determine if there was a serious cause for dismissal, but did find Collins had been wrongfully terminated as a result of the procedural breach. Northern District Judge Joseph S. Van Bokkelen rejected Notre Dame’s argument that the procedural breach found was not material, awarding Collins $501,367 in damages for lost compensation from the date of his dismissal from Notre Dame until the date of his felony conviction. However, a second hearing committee again unanimously found “serious cause” to dismiss Collins given his guilty plea and the conduct that was the subject of the first adjudication.The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the lower court’s grant of judgment and award of damages to Collins Friday in Oliver Collins v. University of Notre Dame Du Lac, 18-2579, 18-2559. In addressing the issue of Coughlin’s participation on the hearing committee, the 7thCircuit found that although participation in the informal resolution process may give rise to bias or interest, it does not necessarily do so.“There is no evidence in the record of any actual bias or interest on the part of Father Coughlin arising from his role in the informal mediation or anything else. As best we can tell, Dr. Collins did not try to prove actual bias on the part of Father Coughlin, whether arising from the brief attempt at mediation or otherwise,” Circuit Judge David F. Hamilton wrote for the panel.“Accordingly, we conclude that the undisputed facts show that Notre Dame complied with the contractual procedures in Dr. Collins’s adjudication. There was no procedural breach of the contract in the 2010 dismissal,” Hamilton continued. “We must therefore reverse the judgment of the district court, which was based on an erroneous finding of such a procedural breach.”The 7th Circuit further found serious cause existed for his dismissal in the facts of the case as determined by the hearing committee’s findings, which fall squarely within the Academic Articles’ definition of “serious cause.”“Given that a felony conviction is listed as an event that constitutes serious cause, we see no room for debate about whether his firing was substantively justified,” the panel added. It thus reversed the district court’s award of judgment and damages to Collins and remanded with instructions to enter judgment in Notre Dame’s favor. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharecenter_img Katie Stancombe for www.theindianalawyer.comlast_img read more

Crazy for cupcakes

first_imgWith National Cupcake Week now set for September 14-19, suppliers are already beginning to capitalise on the boom in cupcake sales, as the cupcake craze sweeps the nation. It’s a trend that’s set to continue, with market figures on the up.”As the demand for kitsch, retro treats continues to grow, the cupcake market is demonstrating a continual rise in sales figures year-on-year – a trend that is set to soar even further in 2009,” predicts Lisa Boswell, marketing manager at BakeMark UK. “Increased household penetration has meant that sales in the last two years have rocketed.”Boswell encourages bakers to try out the newly launched BakeMark Extra Moist Toffee Cake Mix, which joins the Plain and Chocolate Extra Moist Cake Mixes from Craigmillar, to broaden their cupcake range. “The distinct growth in the cupcake market means a key focus within new product development is on offering a greater variety of choice within the sector,” she says.Ingredients supplier Ingrams, which specialises in fudges, is offering Richmeadow and Madison Fudgices in chocolate and caramel, in addition to a wide range of flavours, such as strawberry and peppermint. The Fudgices can be warmed and flooded or beaten with or without buttercream, and piped to produce a high definition icing; it is also freeze-thaw stable. Ingrams also offers a dedicated cupcake icing for flooding, which is available in either ready-to-use or concentrated formats.The addition of Ingrams’ Choc Fudge Base allows the creation of American-style choc icings; simply add the base to buttercream or fondant to produce the icing, again freeze-thaw stable. It has also developed a new range of freeze-thaw stable dusting sugars, to enhance the texture and mouth feel of cupcakes.”Icing is so subjective,” says MD Mark Young. “Tesco is offering a firm set icing cupcake alongside a piped icing cupcake, so it’s about offering customers a choice. Cupcakes are embryonic in the market and the way it develops will depend on the baker’s flair.”Alternatively, if you’re after finished goods, Delice de France has launched a thaw-and-serve range called Loves Cupcakes, which are free from artificial additives and come in mixed boxes of three varieties for bakery retailers and cafés to display; they have a coffee shop-suited RRP of £1.49.”Anybody who serves any kind of snacking opportunity could sell these cupcakes,” says Ian Toal, MD of Delice de France. “They are significantly different to anything on the market right now, and we made sure, in these tough times, that they are an affordable treat.”There are three varieties to each of the three collections – Loves Chocolate Trio, Loves – Very Berry & Friends and Loves – Happy Days Collection, complemented by limited seasonal editions. Special recyclable boxes, which hold four cakes, have been designed to encourage consumers to buy and share. Operators are being encouraged to box up the products as gifts or for sharing in the office.”They’re larger than the average cupcake and they feel like a substantial eat,” says Toal. “I think cupcakes could become as big as flowerpot muffins – it is growing incredibly; the revolution from America is coming over and we wanted to be first to market with something that was available nationally.”—-=== Cupcakes: 13.6% year-on-year growth ===l In the last 12 months, sales of cupcakes in the UK grew by 13.6% to £33.5ml In total, over the last two years, £10m has been added to the value of the cupcake categoryl Volume also grew by 6% with 37.4m packs being purchased in the 12-month period ended 28 December 2008l The reason for this rapid growth is due to an increase in penetrationl The number of UK households that purchased cupcakes in the last year grew by 11.6%l A total of 32.6% of UK households now buy into this categorySource: BakeMark/TNS Data, 12 months ending 28 Dec 2008last_img read more

Stein receives Viscardi Award disability rights work

first_img Read Full Story Harvard Law School Visiting Professor Michael Ashley Stein ’88 was awarded the 2013 Viscardi Award, which honors people living with disabilities for their work and influence in the global disability community.With Harvard Law School Professor William Alford ‘77, Stein co-founded the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, which works to promote the human rights of people with disabilities worldwide. (See profile of HPOD, “Able Lawyering,” in the Summer 2011 Harvard Law Bulletin.) Stein is Executive Director of the Project.The Cabell Professor of Law at the William & Mary School of Law, Stein is one of the world’s foremost experts on disability law and rights. He participated in the drafting of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, works with disabled persons organizations around the world, actively consults with international governments on their disability laws and policies, and advises a number of United Nations bodies.The Viscardi Award is named after Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., one of the world’s leading advocates for people with disabilities. The March 4 award announcement coincides with the 80th anniversary of the inauguration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who as a member of the disability community was among the most influential figures of the 20th century and one of eight presidents whom Viscardi advised during his lifetime.Read more on the Harvard Law School website.last_img read more

Melding the Web and the tactile

first_imgAlessa Moscoso and Mike Seward peered at the mountain lion just a few feet away. The animal didn’t peer back, or do anything else.That’s because the two Harvard undergraduates were looking at a specimen in the mammalogy collection of Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ). The mountain lion shares a cabinet in the basement of the Northwest Laboratory Building with jaguars and wolves, and a room with thousands of other specimens, carefully cataloged and arranged in the large, cream-colored cabinets that take up most of the floor space.The students were touring the collection as part of an unusual, multi-institutional class that seeks to better integrate the vast museum collections at Harvard and a handful of other universities into classroom teaching. After the tour, Moscoso and Seward returned to the Northwest Lab classroom where technicians had been setting up the videoconferencing equipment needed for the day’s lesson.Using built-in cameras and three large screens at the front of the room, guest lecturer Sarah Kocher, a postdoctoral fellow working with Naomi Pierce, Hessel Professor of Biology, and Hopi Hoekstra, professor of organismic and evolutionary biology, taught a class to students at Harvard, Occidental College, and the University of New Mexico.The other institutions’ students joined the Northwest Lab class remotely, their own classrooms displayed on a large screen at the front, creating a single virtual classroom. A second screen showed Kocher as she spoke, while a third displayed her presentation on the use of museum collections in research into the genomics of social behavior in bees.“Our main goal is to get people to increase the use of museum collections and to realize that there’s a treasure trove of research and teaching information in these collections,” said Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Scott Edwards, who leads the class. “Many museum collections go back over a century. These collections offer an amazing resource to convey to students basic concepts in biology and evolution.”The class is part of a five-year initiative whose goal is to increase the use of museum collections in teaching. The initiative, called AIM-UP, or Advancing Integration of Museums into Undergraduate Programs, is funded by the National Science Foundation and is headed by a steering committee that includes Edwards, Joseph Cook at the University of New Mexico’s Museum of Southwestern Biology, Stefanie Ickert-Bond of the University of Alaska’s Museum of the North, and Eileen Lacey of the University of California’s Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.Each year, a different institution takes the lead in presenting a class that highlights the importance of museum collections in a different way. Last year, the University of New Mexico offered a class on the interdisciplinary use of collections in biology and art. This year’s class, OEB 275br, is on evolutionary genomics and museum collections.Seward, a sophomore in Dunster House, said he took the class after receiving an email notice sent to organismic and evolutionary biology (OEB) concentrators.“As a kid growing up, I used to love museums,” Seward said. “I used to love the animal exhibits at the Museum of Science.”With just a handful of students, the small size of the class is a draw for Moscoso, an Adams House junior, who said many of her prior biology classes were taught in large lecture formats.“It’s really one-on-one; it’s been great,” Moscoso said.Curatorial assistant Mark Omura (from left) shows Alessa Moscoso ’14 and her sister, Oksana Moscoso, platypus specimens. The small size of the class is a draw for Alessa, who said many of her prior biology classes were taught in large lecture formats.More and more, museums are digitizing collections, creating Internet-based databases of their specimens, posting information on the Web about where specimens were collected, and when and by whom, along with photographs, and in some cases three-dimensional scans.The AIM-UP initiative has been strengthened by this growing digitization, Edwards said, which not only has highlighted the vast amounts of information that collections hold but also has made the data much more accessible. Scholars can use the arrayed specimens to understand the range of characteristics of a species, and modern genomics can explore the creatures’ DNA and give a deeper understanding of their relationships to other species. Often collected over decades, the specimens can provide a look back in time at how a species has changed, or, by looking for trace pollutants, how the environment has changed.One challenge facing AIM-UP is to make the use of these collections in education more acceptable. For generations, curators’ main mission has been to ensure that collections are available into the future, something that may be endangered by the wear and tear of classroom use. While the MCZ doesn’t have a teaching collection, Edwards said some institutions have solved the problem by setting aside some specimens for classroom use.In the middle of April, the MCZ hosted AIM-UP’s annual workshop, with more than a dozen representatives of participating institutions coming to Cambridge to talk about challenges, learn what fellow institutions are doing, and discuss new educational modules and other initiatives that incorporate museum collections.Students in the class are developing educational projects that teach scientific concepts using the collections. Seward is working on a project that compares creatures’ family trees made using genetic relationships with those reconstructed using physical characteristics. Moscoso is examining the evolution of specific disease genes in Neanderthals, humans, and other primates.“I think the project shows that there’s a lot of data out there all over the place,” Moscoso said.last_img read more

Charles Preston Whitlock service held

first_imgFormer Harvard College Dean Charles Preston Whitlock died on April 27 after a brief illness. He was 95.Whitlock was the husband of Patricia H. “Patsy” (Hoey) Whitlock, with whom he shared 55 years of marriage. He was a resident of Gloucester for the past 33 years, having previously lived in Cambridge.Whitlock spent his entire career at Harvard University, where he earned a master’s degree in English in 1947. Beginning in the late 1940s he lectured in social psychology for more than two decades. From 1948 to 1958 he served as associate director of the Bureau of Study Counsel, where he co-authored “The Harvard Reading Films” with William G. Perry Jr. He later held a variety of administrative posts, serving as assistant for governmental relations to President Nathan Pusey from 1958 to 1970; associate dean, acting dean, and then dean of Harvard College from 1970 to 1976; and associate dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences from 1976 until his retirement in 1982.Whitlock had a long relationship with Dudley House, where he served as senior tutor from 1952 to 1958 and as master from 1976 to 1982. He is also remembered for his work with Phillips Brooks House.Whitlock’s time at Harvard saw particular challenges. Having served as a liaison to the City of Cambridge under Pusey, he was deputized during the student unrest of the late 1960s and worked to advance negotiations between students and the administration. As dean in the early 1970s he helped oversee the merger of Harvard and Radcliffe colleges.Whitlock was an enthusiast of exotic plants, especially bromeliads. He had extensive knowledge of music history, and especially loved both big band jazz and classical. He enjoyed spending time with family and appreciated the outdoors.He was born in New Brunswick, N.J., on June 19, 1919, to Frank and Rosena (Foster) Whitlock. A 1937 graduate of New Brunswick High School, he went on to attend Rutgers University and excelled both academically and in the ROTC program, where he was named best soldier. Whitlock graduated in 1941 as cadet colonel with a bachelor’s degree in English.As a pilot with the Army Air Force in World War II, Whitlock flew 57 combat missions in B-24s over the South Pacific, eventually becoming a squadron commander. He was highly decorated, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Silver Star, among other commendations. Following the war he remained in the reserves and was officially retired from the Air Force in 1979 as a full colonel.In addition to his wife, he is survived by five children, Carol Whitlock of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Adam Whitlock and his wife, Linda, of San Diego, Susan Whitlock and her husband, Earl Lewis, of New York City, Matthew Whitlock and his wife, Penelope Neal, of Gloucester, and Beth Whitlock and her husband, Christopher Houlihan, of Sudbury; one brother, Baird Whitlock, and his wife, Joan, of Belfast, Maine; seven grandchildren, Christopher Fost, Ella Houlihan, Samuel Houlihan, Max Lewis, Suzanne Lewis, Lindsey Mickelson, and Michael Mickelson; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.He was the father of the late Cary Whitlock, grandfather of the late Gregory Fost, and brother of the late Foster Whitlock and Eloise Dunn.Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at the Annisquam Village Church, 820 Washington St., Gloucester, on Saturday at 10 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations to be made to the Trustees of Reservations, 572 Essex St., Beverly, MA 01915-1530 (www.thetrustees.org) or the Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St., Gloucester, MA 01930 (www.capeannmuseum.org).Arrangements are under the direction of the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St. Gloucester. For online condolences and register-book please visit www.pikenewhall.com.last_img read more

Our Great Opportunity to Transform Lives

first_imgHow do we make the world a better place?Just the enormity of that statement may deter any one person from acting because the task, on the surface, seems so daunting. We’re battling poverty, hunger, environmental issues and the list goes on. But as with any huge project, it is important to start small. To take a step back and understand the root of what you’re trying to accomplish, how you are going to tackle it, and what tools and resources you’re going to use to get there.Working together to achieve a better futureThe UN has identified their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), their blueprint for achieving a better future for us all.In total, we are looking at 17 goals that if achieved, will help address the global challenges we face as a society. From inequality, to environmental degradation to peace and justice. But how are we going to accomplish all of this? Because it’s not enough to state our goals, we need to make progress in achieving them. With something so grand in scale as changing the world, the initial reaction for most is to throw some money at the problem. But money is not always the answer. In fact, research has found that as we make more money and as areas around the world get richer, though social progress improves, it only does so up to a certain point. After that, each dollar is buying less and less social progress. We know all too well that wealth, unfortunately, does not equally distribute in developing areas. Income inequality has the potential to increase – often creating more harm than good.In short, economic prosperity does not equal Social Progress. But why is this happening? And what can we do to help? Dell Technologies see a correlation between technology access and the achievement of social development goals. In fact, it’s believed that for 65% of the SDGs, there is a positive correlation with digital access at the entry level of analysis across the world. The strongest link is found between Social SDGs that improve quality of life and Economic SDGs that foster equitable growth. We believe that if a community is given access to technology, can include technology as a resource within their community, and can then innovate using that technology, they have a higher likelihood of achieving true social progress.Powering India’s rural healthcare revolution with Digital LifeCare solutions.Consider access to healthcare. People of all age groups, regions, and countries are affected by noncommunicable diseases. Each year, 15 million people die from an NCD between the ages of 30 and 69 years. Over 85% of these often-preventable deaths occur in low-and middle-income countries. The key to battling NCDs? Detection, screening, and access to treatment.In India alone, nearly two thirds of their 1.3B citizens live in rural areas. What if we could deliver preventative healthcare screenings to over 800 million people – diagnosing completely treatable conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes. We could then provide the right treatment that prevents those conditions from causing larger health problems.That’s what we’ve done with our Digital LifeCare solutions. Together, with India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and our customer Tata Trusts, we’ve developed a cloud-based mobile app that harnesses the full power of the Dell Technologies portfolio to deliver a game-changing solution. With our Digital LifeCare solutions, we are serving an initial target population of nearly 37 million people over the age of 30.Finding new hope for rare childhood diseases with TGenIf we can provide communities with the access to technology and in turn create technology as a resource – we are then in the perfect position to create an engine of innovation for the benefit of the broader society. Take for example, our work with pediatric cancer. TGen is a leader in sequencing the human genome and developing personalized treatments for patients.Dr. Jeffrey Trent, who pioneered the 1st Human Genome sequencing Project, approached Dell about an idea to combine the work he was doing with our technology and apply it to a very rare form of pediatric cancer.  From the start, we both saw where the future of healthcare was going and the role that technology and Big Data would play. Since those initial conversations, we’ve created a solution that dramatically reduces the time it takes to perform genome sequencing analysis, from weeks to hours, and it has been a game-changer for the children and families. Now, doctors can quickly identify treatments specifically designed for each child. And we’re seeing that precision medicine is 2X to 3X more effective than alternative methods. And we know that ~70% of relapsed and refractory pediatric cancer patients see clinical benefit from genomics-guided therapy.This is an immeasurable benefit to patients and their families who previously had to suffer the emotional turmoil of no diagnosis, or what can be the harsh side effects of ineffective drugs when there is a misdiagnosis. Our work with TGen is now expanding to other pediatric cancers and rare childhood diseases. And we are proud to share that more than 275 children with cancer, their families, and their communities have been touched by our work in four precision medicine clinical trialslast_img read more

Supercharging Performance using NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server on Dell EMC Servers

first_imgA new Reference Architecture for NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server (vCS) on Dell EMC infrastructure provides a solution to enable server GPU virtualization.  A recent study that analyzed GPU utilization metrics across different customer sites running AI workloads revealed that GPU resources were underutilized in most cases. Here we present the study’s two key findings, along with recommendations for solving them.Nearly a third of the users are averaging less than 15% utilization. Average GPU memory usage is quite similar. Given that the users are experienced deep learning practitioners, this is very surprising. GPUs are getting faster and faster, but it doesn’t matter if the applications don’t completely use them.Recommendation: Improve utilization by sharing the GPU across multiple users by using virtualization. Those who use optimal batch size, learning rates and hyper-parameters to fully utilize the GPU memory and compute core capabilities can be allocated a dedicated virtualized GPU instance or multiple GPUs inside a single virtual machine (VM).There’s another, probably larger, waste of resources — GPUs that sit unused. It’s hard to queue up work efficiently for GPUs. In a typical workflow, a data scientist will set up many experiments, wait for them to finish, and then spend quite a lot of time digesting the results while the GPUs sit idle.Recommendation: GPU pooling and disaggregation can solve this problem by providing the ability to dynamically re-assign and spin up resources, allowing idle resources to be used by other data scientist applications. Using VMware® vSphere® vMotion™ to dynamically transfer GPU-accelerated VMs and workloads will reduce GPU resources.New NVIDIA A100 offers GPU partitioningNVIDIA® recently announced hardware partitioning with the NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPU as a complementary solution to virtualization. The A100 in multi-instance GPU (MIG) mode can run any mix of up to seven AI or HPC workloads of different sizes simultaneously. GPU partitioning is especially useful for AI inferencing jobs as well as early-stage AI development work that typically do not  consume all the performance that a modern GPU delivers. With GPU virtualization software, a virtual machine (VM) can be run on each of these MIG instances so organizations can take advantage of management, monitoring, and operational benefits of hypervisor-based server virtualization.For many years, data centers have used server CPU virtualization to increase IT agility and improve the utilization of their compute hardware. Today, this focus on virtualization is expanding to encompass the GPUs that accelerate many compute-intensive workloads, such as AI training and inferencing as well as data analytics. With virtualization, data centers can make GPUs available to more users, while increasing the overall utilization of these valuable assets.Virtualizing GPUs inside Dell EMC serversAt Dell Technologies, we’ve worked closely with our technology partners to make GPU virtualization available in our line of GPU-accelerated Dell EMC PowerEdge servers. We took a big step in this direction in August 2019 when we rolled out support for NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server software to enable hypervisor-based virtualization on GPU-accelerated servers equipped with NVIDIA Mellanox® ConnectX-5 or newer network interface cards (NICs). NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server allows data centers to accelerate server virtualization with the latest GPUs so that the most compute-intensive workloads can run in virtual machines.Today, we’re taking another big step forward with a new Dell EMC reference architecture for NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server. With this solution, your IT administrators can allocate partitions of GPU resources within VMware vSphere, as well as support the live migration of virtual machines running NVIDIA CUDA™ workloads.There are many valuable benefits in the move to GPU virtualization with Virtual Compute Server with Dell EMC PowerEdge servers. For example, virtualization helps your IT administrators:Democratize GPU access by providing partitions of GPUs on demandScale GPU resource assignments up and down, as needed andSupport live migration of GPU memoryIf your IT organization is considering GPU virtualization in your data center, the Dell EMC reference architecture for NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server is a great place to get started. It walks you through the use cases for Virtual Compute Server and your options for NVIDIA GPUs in Dell EMC PowerEdge servers.Putting Virtual Compute Server to the TestDell Technologies engineers investigated how GPU virtualization with Virtual Compute Server impacts overall performance. These tests initially compared an NVIDIA GPU running on bare-metal Linux to a virtualized GPU. After establishing that baseline of performance, the team conducted additional testing with multiple virtual GPUs and virtual GPU partitions.Test results show that in most cases, users can expect a small difference in performance, in the range of two to five percent, compared to bare metal when using virtual GPU profiles for machine learning and deep learning workloads. And in an interesting twist, there are scenarios where the performance difference is favorable. For example, when VMs running a mix of workloads, you might see faster time to result using multiple fractional GPUs in parallel than you would using a full GPU and scheduling the tasks to run serially. This can occur when workloads across virtual machines aren’t executed at the same time, or aren’t always GPU-bound. Choosing the appropriate GPU scheduling policy can impact performance, and the team compared performance of different scheduling policies.For full details on the performance tests conducted in the Dell EMC Server CTO lab, along with detailed configuration information, see Virtualizing GPUs in VMware vSphere using NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server on Dell EMC infrastructure. Visit here to learn more about Dell EMC PowerEdge server accelerators.last_img read more

Roger Rees, Tracey Ullman, Michael McKean & Laura Osnes Will Star in The Band Wagon

first_img Laura Osnes Roger Rees, Tracey Ullman, Michael McKean and Laura Osnes will join the previously announced Brian Stokes Mitchell in The Band Wagon. Michael Berresse and Don Stephenson will also appear in the Encores! special event, based on the classic movie of the same name. Directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, the production will play a limited engagement November 6 through November 16 at City Center.Rees won the Tony for playing Nicholas in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.  Other Broadway credits The Winslow Boy and The Addams Family. Ullman garnered two Emmys for her work on The Tracey Ullman Show. McKean’s Broadway credits include All The Way, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man and Hairspray. He received an Oscar nomination for A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow. Osnes received a Tony nod for Cinderella. Other Broadway credits include Bonnie and Clyde and Anything Goes. Berresse’s Broadway credits include Kiss Me, Kate, The Light in the Piazza and A Chorus Line. Stephenson’s Broadway credits include The Producers and A Gentleman¹s Guide to Love & Murder.The Band Wagon is a classic backstage musical: A washed-up Hollywood star trying to make a comeback by doing a Broadway show, a British director who is a genius but has no business directing a musical, a leading lady who’s never done a show before, and a composer and a lyricist who are at each other’s throats. All the things that could never happen in the New York theater today.The production will have a book by Douglas Carter Beane, adapted from the screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, with music by Arthur Schwartz and lyrics by Howard Dietz. Music direction will be by Todd Ellison, with sets by Derek McLane, costumes by William Ivey Long, lighting by Peter Kaczorowski and sound design by Brian Ronan.Comden and Green, Broadway’s ultimate insiders, penned the 1953 film using Schwartz and Dietz’s songs to tell their story. The movie took its title from the famed 1931 Broadway revue written by Schwartz, Dietz, and George S. Kaufman. Star Filescenter_img View Commentslast_img read more