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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


Supercomputers 'will Fit in a Sugar Cube,' Ibm Says
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Supercomputers 'will Fit in a Sugar Cube,' Ibm Says

IBM researchers led by Bruno Michel have developed a water-cooling method for creating supercomputer processors that could shrink them to the size of a sugar cube...

China Supercomputer Is Probably World's Fastest . . . But Not for Long
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China Supercomputer Is Probably World's Fastest . . . But Not for Long

In late October, China unveiled the world's "fastest" supercomputer, the Tianhe 1A. But around the world there are several systems currently being planned or...

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Supercomputing Fest Will Spotlight World's Fastest Computers, High-Performance Issues

The SC10 supercomputing conference to be held in New Orleans will highlight high-performance computing advances in computation, networking, storage, and analysis...

Nist Tool Uses Combination Testing to Catch Software Bugs
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Nist Tool Uses Combination Testing to Catch Software Bugs

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have released a computer system testing tool that can cut costs by more efficiently finding software...

Quantum Computing Reaches for True Power
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Quantum Computing Reaches for True Power

In 1981 the physicist Richard Feynman speculated about the possibility of "tiny computers obeying quantum mechanical laws." He suggested that such a quantum computer...

Research Team Takes Another Big Step in Creating Small Chips
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Research Team Takes Another Big Step in Creating Small Chips

Researchers at the University of Alberta and the National Institute for Nanotechnology have developed a method for heating plastic in a microwave oven that could...

Nanogenerators Power Conventional Electronic Devices
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Nanogenerators Power Conventional Electronic Devices

Researchers have reached a significant milestone in their development of nanometer-scale generators that harvest mechanical energy from the environment using an...

Multi-Million Dollar Initiative Aims to Improve Internet Architecture
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Multi-Million Dollar Initiative Aims to Improve Internet Architecture

University of Arizona researchers are participating in a U.S. National Science Foundation effort that is investigating ways to revolutionize the Internet's architecture...

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New Help on Testing For Common Cause of Software Bugs

As part of the Automated Combinatorial Testing for Software program, the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology has developed algorithms for automated...

Georgia Tech Supports Darpa's $100 Million Next-Generation Hpc Project
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Georgia Tech Supports Darpa's $100 Million Next-Generation Hpc Project

The $100 million DARPA Ubiquitous High Performance Computing initiative aims to fit a high performance petaflop computer into a single rack measuring 24 inches...

China's Supercomputers to Sharpen Competitive Edge
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China's Supercomputers to Sharpen Competitive Edge

As a China-made supercomputer was recently ranked as the world's fastest, Chinese high performance computer manufacturers are inspired to sharpen their competitive...

Robot's Space Debut 'giant Leap For Tinmankind'
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Robot's Space Debut 'giant Leap For Tinmankind'

NASA is sending a humanoid robot, called Robonaut 2, to the International Space Station for the first time. R2 has more than 350 electrical sensors throughout...

Ncsa Director: Gpu Is Future of Supercomputing
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Ncsa Director: Gpu Is Future of Supercomputing

The director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications has seen the future of supercomputing and it can be summed up in three letters: GPU.

Virtual Engineer to Predict Machine Failure
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Virtual Engineer to Predict Machine Failure

University of Portsmouth scientists have created a system that uses artificial intelligence techniques and sensors to monitor vulnerable parts of a machine, plus...

China Wrests Supercomputer Title From ­.s.
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China Wrests Supercomputer Title From ­.s.

A Chinese scientific research center has built the fastest supercomputer ever made, replacing the United States as maker of the swiftest machine, and giving China...

Researchers Attack Transistors to Slay Vampire Power
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Researchers Attack Transistors to Slay Vampire Power

The European Union is sponsoring a multimillion-dollar research project to boost the efficiency of everyday electronics and choke the constant flow of wasted...

Wide Open Spaces
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Wide Open Spaces

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's decision to open frequencies in the broadcast spectrum could enable broadband networks in rural areas, permit smart...

Career Opportunities
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Career Opportunities

What are the job prospects for today's—and tomorrow's—graduates?

Security in the Cloud
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Security in the Cloud

Cloud computing offers many advantages, but also involves security risks. Fortunately, researchers are devising some ingenious solutions.

Turning Data Into Knowledge
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Turning Data Into Knowledge

Today's data deluge is leading to new approaches to visualize, analyze, and catalog enormous datasets.
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