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Two Rival Supercomputers Duke It Out For Top Spot
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Two Rival Supercomputers Duke It Out For Top Spot

A Cray supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has regained the title of the world's most powerful supercomputer, overtaking the installation that was ranked...

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Google Launches New Programming Language: Go

Google has unveiled Go, a new programming language the company says offers the speed of working in a dynamic language such as Python and the performance and safety...

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Spdy: An Experimental Protocol For a Faster Web

As part of the "Let's make the web faster" initiative, we are experimenting with alternative protocols to help reduce the latency of web pages. One of these experiments...

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Wi-Fi Certification Might Be Tweaked For Smart Grids

The Wi-Fi Alliance has formed a task group to determine what standards need to be modified to ensure Wi-Fi is the tool of choice for smart-grid applications. The...

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Now We Know Where We Stand, and It's About Time

America has seen its last Lost Generation. Thanks to an invisible armada of incessantly broadcasting satellites, collectively called the Global Positioning System...

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­nlimited Compute Capacity Coming, IBM Says

IBM Canada Lab director Martin Wildberger predicts that unlimited computing capacity will become a reality in the near future, putting the power of modern mainframes...

Green500 Expands Coverage of Energy-Efficient Supercomputers
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Green500 Expands Coverage of Energy-Efficient Supercomputers

Virginia Tech's Green500 list is getting a refresh. Since its 2007 debut, the Green500 has ranked only the energy efficiency of the world's 500 fastest performing...

Splitting ­p Search
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Splitting ­p Search

Searching the Web could become faster for users and much more efficient for search companies if search engines were split up and distributed around the world, according...

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ACM Initiative Addresses Long-Term Preservation of Digital Library Content

ACM announced that it is providing institutional library customers with advanced electronic archiving services to help preserve their electronic resources. The...

Nsf Awards $20 Million to Sdsc to Develop Shared-Memory Supercomputer
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Nsf Awards $20 Million to Sdsc to Develop Shared-Memory Supercomputer

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego has been awarded a five-year, $20 million grant from the U.S. National Science...

Research Continues on Secure, Mobile, Quantum Communications
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Research Continues on Secure, Mobile, Quantum Communications

Air Force Research Laboratory researcher David H. Hughes is using an optical laser link to create secure quantum communication capabilities for military use. The...

K-State Freshman Manages Largest Supercomputer in Kansas
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K-State Freshman Manages Largest Supercomputer in Kansas

Kansas State University's (KSU's) Beocat is a cluster of 122 servers that work together to form Kansas' largest academic research supercomputer. "It's easier to...

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Software That Fixes Itself

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers led by professor Martin Rinard have developed ClearView, software capable of finding and fixing certain types...

Defense ­niversity Builds China's Fastest Supercomputer
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Defense ­niversity Builds China's Fastest Supercomputer

China's National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) has unveiled the Tianhe supercomputer, the fastest supercomputer in China. Tianhe runs at 563.1 teraflops...

Open Source Identity: Ruby on Rails Creator David Heinemeier Hansson
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Open Source Identity: Ruby on Rails Creator David Heinemeier Hansson

One of the most popular and successful open source software development initiatives is Ruby on Rails, created by David Heinemeier Hansson. "I think the fundamental...

­c Researchers Create All-Electric Spintronics
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­c Researchers Create All-Electric Spintronics

University of Cincinnati (UC) researchers have developed a way to control an electron's spin orientation using only electrical means. Previous methods to develop...

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DARPA Looks to Send the Internet Into Orbit

There’ve been satellites orbiting Earth for half a century. But getting information to and from them is still a pain. Which is why Pentagon research arm Darpa is...

Silicon-Air Battery: Non-Stop Power For Thousands of Hours
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Silicon-Air Battery: Non-Stop Power For Thousands of Hours

Scientists at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed a new, environmentally friendly silicon-air battery capable of supplying non-stop power...

Robot Integrates Audio, Visual Data
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Robot Integrates Audio, Visual Data

European researchers developed technology that enables a robot to combine data from both sound and vision to create combined, purposeful perception. In the process...

Rensselaer To Lead Research Center for Social and Cognitive Networks
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Rensselaer To Lead Research Center for Social and Cognitive Networks

With $16.75 million in funding from the Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will launch a new interdisciplinary research center devoted...
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