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Computing Research That Changed the World

The Computing Community Consortium held a day-long symposium at the Library of Congress in late March titled "Computing Research That Changed the World: Reflections...

Data Center Overload
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Data Center Overload

Much of the daily material of our lives is now dematerialized and outsourced to a far-flung, unseen network. The stack of letters becomes the e-mail database on...

Supercomputing From Clusters to Clouds
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Supercomputing From Clusters to Clouds

The Intrepid supercomputer is the largest installation of IBM's Blue Gene architecture to date. Part of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, the $77 million...

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Cloud Computing Goes Global

Three far-flung research organizations have joined the cloud computing test bed run by Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and Yahoo. The locations of these new converts —...

Nist Team Deeply Studying Cloud Computing
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Nist Team Deeply Studying Cloud Computing

The National Institute for Standards and Technology's (NIST's) interest in cloud computing goes beyond developing a definition for the concept. NIST views the...

Simulated Black Holes Collide
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Simulated Black Holes Collide

Louisiana State University students and researchers have created an award-winning computer simulation of two black holes colliding and the gravitational waves the...

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Grid Enables Vector Supercomputing Environment

Tohoku University's Cyberscience Center, Osaka University's Cybermedia Center, Japan's National Institute of Informatics, and NEC Corp. recently announced the successful...

Simulated Data Center Tests Heat Control Techniques
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Simulated Data Center Tests Heat Control Techniques

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are using a 1,100-square-foot simulated data center to optimize cooling strategies and develop new heat transfer...

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Black Hole Simulation Wins First Prize at International Competition

A team from the Louisiana State University (LSU) Center for Computation and Technology (CCT) won the top prize at the recent SCALE 2009 challenge. The grid-computing...

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Computex to Present Design Awards

Computex Taipei will present awards in five different categories on Monday (June 1) to top international innovators and designers in the field of information technology...

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Nasa Launches 'nebula' Compute Cloud

NASA is developing Nebula, an open source-based cloud computing initiative that would support space missions and as well as an overhaul of the agency's Web sites...

Europe's Fastest Computer ­nveiled in Julich
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Europe's Fastest Computer ­nveiled in Julich

The German supercomputing center in Julich has added three supercomputers, including the fastest machine in Europe. The new supercomputer at Forschungszentrum Julich...

Computer Security Team Proposes Cloud Computing Definition
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Computer Security Team Proposes Cloud Computing Definition

A working definition for cloud computing  has been released by a team of computer security experts at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)....

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Superstumble For Japan's Supercomputer

Two private companies have recently withdrawn from a Japanese consortium established to build the world's fastest supercomputer. The Next-Generation Supercomputer...

Micromedicine to the Rescue
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Micromedicine to the Rescue

Medical researchers have long dreamed of "magic bullets" that go directly where they are needed. Now micromedicine and nanotechnology are making a range of molecules...

A Nimbus Rises in the World of Cloud Computing
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A Nimbus Rises in the World of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is a hot topic in the technology world these days, called by television and business magazines the way of the future. While it's difficult to predict...

Shedding Light on the Catacombs of Rome
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Shedding Light on the Catacombs of Rome

Researchers have completed a three-year project to create the first comprehensive, three-dimensional (3D) image of the Catacombs in Rome. The project used laser...

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When Really Big Numbers Aren't Nearly Enough

Unallocated Internet Protocol (IP) addresses are expected to be depleted by some time in 2012, according to IPv6 Forum fellow Tony Hain. He and others advocate...

Asia's Fastest Supercomputer Keys 3D Animation
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Asia's Fastest Supercomputer Keys 3D Animation

Eka, the fastest supercomputer in Asia today, is a firm pillar of the 3D animation scene in Pune, India. With peak powers of 172 TeraFlops, Eka was used in the...

U.S. Simulation Superiority Slips
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U.S. Simulation Superiority Slips

Today's  supercomputers require programming skills that too few U.S. researchers have to produce advanced computer simulations, and affordable computers and committed...
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