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For you this week:
The guy who curates the Top500 supercomputers list tells us how the cloud is changing the equation for researchers. Plus, the nonprofit Save the Children shares its strategy for hiring the kind of people who can deliver relief services in intense environments like the wake of a typhoon.

By Jeff Erickson, Oracle 
Supercomputer
Supercomputer Innovations Open Science, Engineering Frontiers
Machine learning models running on supercomputers give scientists “that starting point,” says distinguished researcher Jack Dongarra, who curates the Top500 supercomputers list. Scientists later prove these approximations with mathematical and statistical programming techniques in areas including weather forecasting and automobile crash testing. How the cloud changes the equation.
Startups
Oracle Launches Revamped Program to Court Startups
Oracle has revamped its program for startups, offering cloud credits, software discounts, and online mentoring, all with a quick online sign-up process. Such resources are “invaluable to us as we scale globally,” says Molecula founder Higinio (H.O.) Maycotte. What else is new in the offering?
Save the Children
Save the Children Helps Indian Families Recover from Devastation
After Cyclone Fani’s 127-mile-per-hour winds devastated the eastern Indian state of Odisha last April, relief workers traveled daily to communities, providing food, water purification tablets, and other emergency supplies. The response is typical of Save the Children, which is marking its 100th anniversary. Using tools such as Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud helps it recruit the types of workers who can brave intensely challenging situations to deliver service as well as hope.
Call Center Bots
Three Safe Ways to Test Bots in Your Call Center 
#1: Convert hotlines to “botlines.” Up to 60% of tech support calls are for basic questions like mobile device compatibility. Why not train a bot to walk customers through these, and let highly trained agents deal with complex problems that require expert, human support? Two more ideas.
Subramaniam
Venkat Subramaniam: Java Developers Are Ready for the Future
Calling 24-year-old Java “a perfect storm,” Subramaniam, a computer science professor and Oracle Code New York speaker, lists reasons for its continued growth. First, it’s the language with the most developers. Second, it’s built on the strong platform of the JVM. And third, the language started evolving in new ways about six years ago, and the pace has accelerated. Right now it’s evolving quickly to meet the needs of cloud native developers.
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