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Atom Images Raise Quantum Computer Hopes
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Atom Images Raise Quantum Computer Hopes

Fast quantum computers made of atoms trapped by beams of light could be a step closer, thanks to the first images of the individual atoms in such a grid.

What Does 'p vs. Np' Mean For the Rest of Us?
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What Does 'p vs. Np' Mean For the Rest of Us?

A proposed "proof" is probably a bust—but even failed attempts can advance computer science.

Building a Cloud Out of Smart Phones
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Building a Cloud Out of Smart Phones

An international group of researchers has developed Misco, a version of Google's MapReduce algorithm powered by cell phones in a self-contained cloud computing...

Riders on a Swarm
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Riders on a Swarm

Mimicking the behaviour of ants, bees and birds started as a poor man’s version of artificial intelligence. It may, though, be the key to the real thing.

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P ? Np? It's Bad News For the Power of Computing

Has the biggest question in computer science been solved? On 6 August, Vinay Deolalikar, a mathematician at Hewlett-Packard Labs in Palo Alto, California, sentdraft...

Elite U.s. Cyber Team Courts Hackers to Fight Terror
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Elite U.s. Cyber Team Courts Hackers to Fight Terror

A U.S. cybersecurity team that has clandestinely tracks cybercriminals wants to swell its ranks with an additional 1,750 "vetted volunteers" by 2012, and to this...

$7.5 Million U.S. Grant to Support Development of Quantum Supercomputers
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$7.5 Million U.S. Grant to Support Development of Quantum Supercomputers

A University of Pittsburgh research team recently received a five-year, $7.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to solve some of the problems preventing...

Computing at the Speed of Light
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Computing at the Speed of Light

Replacing metal wiring with fiber optics could change everything from supercomputers to laptops.

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Ornl, Allinea Prep Debugging Tool For Petascale Supercomputers

A collaboration between ORNL and software toolmaker Allinea Software has produced a formidable weapon in the fight against software application bugs.

Research Project to Investigate Cloud Computing Technologies
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Research Project to Investigate Cloud Computing Technologies

Aston University researchers are investigating the possibilities of next-generation cloud computing technologies for large scale and complex information technology...

High-Speed Laser Chips Move Data at 50 Gbps
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High-Speed Laser Chips Move Data at 50 Gbps

A new research breakthrough from Intel combines silicon chips and lasers to transmit data at 50 gigabits per second—and someday, maybe as fast as a terabit per...

Celebrating the Legacy of Plato
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Celebrating the Legacy of Plato

The PLATO@50 Conference marked the semicentennial of the computer system that was the forerunner of today's social media and interactive education.

Building Skills That Count
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Building Skills That Count

The Texas Advanced Computing Center has created a supercomputing curriculum designed to teach advanced computing skills to undergraduate and graduate students at...

Predicting Success With Niwa Supercomputer
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Predicting Success With Niwa Supercomputer

New Zealand's National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research has launched the most powerful computer in the southern hemisphere. The new supercomputer can...

Neurons to Power Future Computers
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Neurons to Power Future Computers

Researchers are developing novel computers by mimicking the way that neurons are built and how they talk to each other.

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IBM ­nveils a New Generation of Mainframes

The mainframe business is to IBM what manufacturing is to the American economy, a shrinking but strategically vital part of the franchise. With the introduction...

Spending Soars on Internet's Plumbing
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Spending Soars on Internet's Plumbing

Behind the recovery in business spending is a surge in purchases of the computers that form the backbone of the Internet, as companies scramble to meet growing...

Passwords that Are Simple
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Passwords that Are Simple

Researchers at Microsoft have come up with a way to create easy-to-remember passwords without making a system more vulnerable to hackers.

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New Research Can Spot Cloud Computing Problems Before They Start

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a system that will enable large-scale, computer-hosting infrastructure providers to more accurately predict...

At Irobot, Moving Way Beyond the Roomba
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At Irobot, Moving Way Beyond the Roomba

I have seen the future of military robotics, and it is autonomy.
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