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Research Project Limits Computer Power Consumption

A new scheduling algorithm developed by researchers at the University of Sydney promises to cut the energy consumption of processors in data centers by more than...

Stimulus Funds to Further Cyber Security Research
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Stimulus Funds to Further Cyber Security Research

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will fund a project designed to protect the privacy and security of business information systems and data centers...

Purdue Receives $105 Million to Lead National Earthquake Engineering Network
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Purdue Receives $105 Million to Lead National Earthquake Engineering Network

The U.S. National Science Foundation awarded $105 million to a Purdue-led team to spearhead a center that will serve as headquarters for the operations of the George...

How Do You Say Grid Computing in Spanish?
From ICT Results

How Do You Say Grid Computing in Spanish?

Encouraged by the success of grid computing in Europe, scientists there set out to help their Latin American colleagues develop grid capability. The result today...

Arkansas Receives $3.3 Million Grant From National Science Foundation
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Arkansas Receives $3.3 Million Grant From National Science Foundation

The University of Arkansas has received a $3.3 million National Science Foundation grant to build and support a cyberinfrastructure and to train students and workers...

Powerful Supercomputers Boost ­.s. Weather Forecasts
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Powerful Supercomputers Boost ­.s. Weather Forecasts

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has completed implementation of the final phase of a nine year, $180 million contract by installing the...

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IBM Japan Giving ­niversities Taste of Cloud Computing

IBM Japan Ltd. is accelerating the proliferation of cloud computing at universities as part of a global strategy by parent company IBM Corp. aimed at attracting...

Career Advice: High-Tech, Healthcare Best Choices For College Students
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Career Advice: High-Tech, Healthcare Best Choices For College Students

College students seeking careers in computer science and engineering have the best chance of being hired in the wake of the recession, according to a Challenger...

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Paris Event to Showcase Informatics Advances, Honor European Pioneers

The fifth edition of the European Computer Science Summit (ECSS) will take place in Paris on October 8-9, 2009, with a special workshop for new (and not so new)...

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Budget, Personnel Cutbacks Could Be a Cause of It Outages

When eBay Inc.'s PayPal unit suffered a worldwide outage early last month, Sailrite Enterprises Inc., a sailing supply company based in Churubusco, Ind., lost its...

Trying to Woo Partners, Cloud Computing Vendors Show Them the Money
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Trying to Woo Partners, Cloud Computing Vendors Show Them the Money

One of the early promises of software-as-a-service and cloud computing was that it would allow start-ups to directly market their Web services while skipping the...

Rfid Significantly Improves Item-Level Inventory Accuracy
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Rfid Significantly Improves Item-Level Inventory Accuracy

A new study on the use of radio-frequency identification tags on individual retail items shows that inventory accuracy decreases or diminishes over time with conventional...

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Computer Scientists at Yale Develop New Hybrid Database System

Yale computer scientists recently demonstrated HadoopDB, their new open source system for managing huge amounts of data, at the VLDB conference in Lyon, France....

Moral Machines
From ACM TechNews

Moral Machines

Scientists at the Universidade Nova De Lisboa, in Portugal, and the Universitas Indonesia, in Indonesia, are researching artificial intelligence and the application...

Nsf Funds CM­ Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Privacy and Security
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Nsf Funds CM­ Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Privacy and Security

Carnegie Mellon University has received a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to launch a Ph.D. program in usable privacy and security...

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Defying Experts, Rogue Computer Code Still Lurks

Like a ghost ship, a rogue software program that glided onto the Internet last November has confounded the efforts of top security experts to eradicate the program...

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Managing Disasters With High-Tech Imaging Could Save Lives

The Information Products Laboratory for Emergency Response, a partnership between the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and the University at Buffalo (UB)...

Fujitsu Aims For 10-Petaflop Supercomputer
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Fujitsu Aims For 10-Petaflop Supercomputer

Fujitsu is building a 10-petaflop supercomputer based on its upcoming Sparc64 VIIIfx processor. The new processor has eight processor cores, with each running...

Computer Science Meets Environmental Science
From Communications of the ACM

Computer Science Meets Environmental Science

Scientists share knowledge and seek collaborators at computational sustainability conference.

Facing an Age-Old Problem
From Communications of the ACM

Facing an Age-Old Problem

Researchers are addressing the computing challenges of older individuals, whose needs are different — and too often disregarded.
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