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January 2009


From insideHPC

Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit

Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit

The Linux Foundation recently announced details of their third annual Collaboration Summit.


From insideHPC

Taiwan U becomes CUDA center of

Taiwan U becomes CUDA center of

From NVIDIA late last week comes news of the latest CUDA center of excellence NVIDIA Corporation and National Taiwan University (NTU), one of the world


From insideHPC

U of Illinois Launches Parallel Computing Seminar

U of Illinois Launches Parallel Computing Seminar

Found at HPCwire The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is launching a 13-week seminar series on emerging applications for parallel computing, bringing together hardware engineers with the software developers who require…


From Putting People First

Call centres and user-centred design

Call centres and user-centred design

Robert Schumacher, managing Director of User Centric, has published a long article in the Financial Post of Canada on the user-centred design challenge of call centres. “As the scale of contact centre operations increases, it…


From Wild WebMink

Intellectual Privilege

Intellectual Privilege

Speaking at conferences like linux.conf.au (where I delivered a keynote last Friday) and OSCON is great fun. It's challenging to speak to an audience that's so diverse that it includes both the creator of the Linux kernel and…


From Putting People First

Two Experientia workshops at the upcoming LIFT conference

Two Experientia workshops at the upcoming LIFT conference

Experientia, in collaboration with the Vodafone User Experience team, is running two workshops on 25 February at the upcoming LIFT conference to present the results of two recent projects and explore their impact. KashKlash:…


From Putting People First

Book: Designing Social Interfaces

Book: Designing Social Interfaces

Designing Social Interfaces Principles, Patterns, and Practices for Improving the User Experience Christian Crumlish and Erin Malone O’Reilly Media and Yahoo! Press Abstract Designing for social interaction is hard. People are…


From Putting People First

Dissolving service design

Dissolving service design

Dan Saffer, who together with Interaction-Ivrea alumni Jennifer Bove, recently started the interaction design studio Kicker, is working on a revision of his book Designing for Interaction. Most interestingly, he will dissolve…


From Putting People First

Matt Jones on Dopplr

Matt Jones on Dopplr


From The Eponymous Pickle

Artificial Intelligence Comes of Age

Artificial Intelligence Comes of Age

Good article in ComputerWorld on the current state of AI (Artificial Intelligence) . This time no mention that we will soon create intelligence as there was in the 80s and 60s. Emphasis on faster computing, more data from sensors…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Some Very Interesting AP CS Numbers

Some Very Interesting AP CS Numbers

The number of students taking the Advance Placement Computer Science A exam has been increasing since 2005. In 2008 15,014 students nationally took this exam. One might assume that the increase in students since 2005 is nationwide…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nielsen Suspends In-Store Metric

Nielsen Suspends In-Store Metric

Missed the press release on Friday: Nielsen Suspends PRISM Data System, apparently indefinitely, although they blame it on the economy, has to be in part because of Wal-Mart's pullout from participation. Previously in this blog…


From Putting People First

The OLPC versus the mobile phone - a false dichotomy

The OLPC versus the mobile phone - a false dichotomy

Katrin Verclas of Mobile Active reports on the ongoing debate over the value of cheap and open laptops for users in developing countries as opposed to mobile phones continues, most recently with a post from Cory Doctorow in the…


From insideHPC

SGI Sets Date for Q2-FY09 Numbers

SGI Sets Date for Q2-FY09 Numbers

Silicon Graphics has announced that it has set a date to release its second quarter, fiscal year 2009 financial results.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tesco and Twitter

Tesco and Twitter

The article below, and their web site, and on Twitter. Following them at this time, though there is too much buzz for my taste there. Tesco tunes in to the art of Twitter Tesco has become one of the first British retailers to…


From insideHPC

University of Magdeburg to Deploy

University of Magdeburg to Deploy

The University of Magdeburg of Germany has announced that MEGWARE Computer GmbH, the SiCortex partner in Germany, has been selected to install a new SiCortex 5832 system.


From insideHPC

Butte Super May Pay off for Butte

Butte Super May Pay off for Butte

We’ve recently been following the progress of a new supercomputing project spawned by the folks in Butte, Montana.


From Putting People First

The unforeseen consequences of the social web

The unforeseen consequences of the social web

Lidija Davis reflects on ReadWriteWeb on the consequences of what you do on social media and its traces that cannot be easily removed from the Web. The social Web has given users great power: the ability to create and share content…


From insideHPC

Hardware is

Hardware is

From Doug Eadline over at Linux Magazine When I


From insideHPC

Symposium on Application Accelerators in

Symposium on Application Accelerators in

The NCSA-hosted Symposium on Application Accelerators in HPC is gearing up for sumissions for its July 2009 conference The first annual 2009 Symposium on Application Accelerators in High-Performance Computing (SAAHPC’09) aims…


From insideHPC

Gov Bill Richardson points to the next job for

Gov Bill Richardson points to the next job for

You’ll recall that early last year New Mexico’s big (like number 3 on the Nov 2007 list big) SGI started running jobs from outside users, and that NM’s plans for the machine were such that it would “pay for itself.” Gov Richardson…


From insideHPC

Class action lawsuit filed against Rackable for alleged violiations of securities

Class action lawsuit filed against Rackable for alleged violiations of securities

Attorneys are getting geared up to press a class action against Rackable. There are several attorney announcements out there trying to gather members of the class (google “Rackable class action suit” and you’ll find them). One…


From Springenwerk Blog

"item" is a Reserved Word in Internet Explorer 6 and 7

Arg! I know every web developer hates the IE. But sometimes the reasons why we hate it so much become so painfully obvious again. Like today. I've been working on an OpenSocial application and while testing it in IE, I got this…


From insideHPC

IDC forecasts declining HPC systems

IDC forecasts declining HPC systems

This sounds like a no-brainer, but keep in mind that predictions right now are all over the map and depend upon how you slice the market. The Platform/Waters survey predicts HPC sales will be up in the financial sector (and this…


From insideHPC

Focusing on core

Focusing on core

I’ve been really busy lately, and Joe Landman has a post on recent RIFs in the HPC ecosystem that nicely lays out what’s going on lately, only some of which has been reported here. In short, it’s ugly out there people News (I…


From insideHPC

Searching for the -gpu

Searching for the -gpu

Jeff Layton over at Cluster Monkey is on the quest for the -gpu option — a quick way to take an existing code and optimize it for GPUs without a rewrite. He isn’t sure that we’ll ever get there either, but on the way you get…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Retail Drama

A Retail Drama

Yesterday I walked Costco with a cart. I take more than a casual interest in these kinds of excursions. I look for assortment, costs, technologies and shelf design. I also view the store from the perspective of a 'foodie'.…


From Putting People First

What technology has taught us at dizzying speed

What technology has taught us at dizzying speed

Alice Rawsthorn, the design critic of the International Herald Tribune, reflects on what skills have, because of technology, become less useful than they would have been 10 years ago and what we have them replaced them with. In…


From Putting People First

Horizon Report 2009

Horizon Report 2009

The annual Horizon Report describes the continuing work of the New Media Consortium (NMC)


From Putting People First

People-centric sensing in the city of the near future

People-centric sensing in the city of the near future

Fabien Girardin, whose work I start to know (and appreciate) more and more, just uploaded the presentation of his research work in the domain of people-centric sensing, presented last week at Yahoo! Research lab in Barcelona.…