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Computers Bring Efficiency to the Infrastructure
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Computers Bring Efficiency to the Infrastructure

Low-cost sensors, clever software, and computing firepower are key ingredients of an emerging computing trend called smart infrastructure — efficient and environmentally...

Team Recreates Ancient Karnak, Brings Pharaohs' Complex to Life
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Team Recreates Ancient Karnak, Brings Pharaohs' Complex to Life

A team of more than 24 scholars and technicians at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has created the Digital Karnak, a three-dimensional (3D) simulation...

Ibm Computer Program to Take on 'jeopardy!'
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Ibm Computer Program to Take on 'jeopardy!'

IBM is developing software designed to compete against human "Jeopardy!" contestants, which, if successful, could mark a major advancement in artificial intelligence...

Computer Model Simulates Mammalian Brain
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Computer Model Simulates Mammalian Brain

The Blue Brain project is focused on reverse-engineering mammal brains from laboratory data and to develop a computer model down to the level of the molecules that...

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Nist Nudges Quantum Computers Toward Commercial Viability

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated an error suppression technique that they say makes multistep quantum...

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Computing Revolution Creating Desktop Supercomputers

University of Western Australia (UWA) Ph.D. candidate Chris Harris is investigating the use of graphics processing units (GPUs) in radio astronomy data processing...

A Genomic Clue For Cloud Computing
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A Genomic Clue For Cloud Computing

University of Maryland computer science researchers recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation Cluster Exploratory Program (CluE) to fund research...

'instant On' Computing
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'instant On' Computing

Researchers supported by the National Science Foundation have achieved a breakthrough in adding ferroelectric materials to silicon, without intervening reaction...

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Crypto Pioneers Differ on Cloud-Computing Risks

A group of pioneers in the security field, whose work in encryption is used to protect Internet data and communications every day, spoke recently about the state...

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Cloud Computing Tapped For Data-Intensive Research on Oceans, Galaxies

The University of Washington will apply cloud computing to analyze climate simulation results and astronomical images. The university has won three recent awards...

Tech Mainstays Promote Machines That Fix Themselves
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Tech Mainstays Promote Machines That Fix Themselves

Technology companies are embracing self-healing technology, a computing strategy that could have a major impact on the data center and the desktop. IBM uses self...

Argonne Works to Reduce Supercomputer's Electricity Requirement
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Argonne Works to Reduce Supercomputer's Electricity Requirement

Cooling a supercomputer consumes more electricity than is required to run the machine, even machines as powerful as the IBM Blue Gene/P — called Intrepid — at the...

Supercomputer Project Moves Forward in Wyoming
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Supercomputer Project Moves Forward in Wyoming

Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal has signed a bill to contribute approximately $40 million to the National Center for Atmospheric Research's new supercomputer project...

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Quantum Computers Will Require Complex Software to Manage Errors

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) theorists have demonstrated that a type of software operation, believed to be a solution to the fundamental...

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Carnegie Mellon to Oversee IBM Smart Grid Model

The Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition, which is composed of IBM and several utility companies, has passed control of their Smart Grid Maturity Model...

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Yahoo! Partners With Top Universities to Advance Cloud Computing Research

Yahoo! has expanded its partnerships with top U.S. universities to advance cloud computing research. The University of California at Berkeley, Cornell University...

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Hpc Experts Meet to Discuss Fault Tolerance

At the Fault Tolerance for Extreme Scalability Workshop, co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation Office of Cyberinfrastructure's Blue Waters and TeraGrid...

World's Most Efficient Supercomputer Gets to Work
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World's Most Efficient Supercomputer Gets to Work

The new Fujitsu FX1 supercomputer in Japan has a peak performance of 110.6 teraflops, making it the most powerful machine in Japan and the most efficient supercomputer...

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Rti Sponsors Hpc Adoption Conference

The 2009 High-Performance Computing Adoption Conference will be held May 11-13 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport Hotel. The three-day event will define...

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Grid Gives Europe a Supercomputing Boost

What’s faster than the speediest supercomputer? How about a high-speed grid linking 12 world-class supercomputers? That’s what a European research consortium has...
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