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India It Spending to Rise 14 Percent in 2010, Gartner Says

Information technology spending in India will grow by 14 percent in 2010 to $67 billion on higher investments by retail and utility firms and government departments...

Defense-Scale Supercomputer Supports Alternative Energy Research
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Defense-Scale Supercomputer Supports Alternative Energy Research

A new supercomputer that more quickly models the most efficient ways to harness energy from the sun, wind and other renewable resources is now operating at Sandia...

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Researchers Develop New Brain-Like Molecular Processor

An international research team from Japan and Michigan Technological University have demonstrated a molecular circuit that can evolve continuously to solve complex...

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A Report From the Visions and Grand Challenges Conferences

The ACM-BCS Visions of Computer Science 2010 and UKCRC Grand Challenges conferences featured invited plenaries and submitted talks focusing on research visions...

Cloud Computing and Developing Nations
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Cloud Computing and Developing Nations

For a growing number of organizations worldwide, cloud computing offers a quick and affordable way to tap into IT infrastructure as an Internet service. But obstacles...

Prace Award 2010 Winners Announced
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Prace Award 2010 Winners Announced

ISC has named Klaus Iglberger and Ulrich Rude, professors at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, the winners of the 2010 Partnership for Advanced Computing...

Cat Brain: A Step Toward the Electronic Equivalent
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Cat Brain: A Step Toward the Electronic Equivalent

A cat can recognize a face faster and more efficiently than a supercomputer. That's one reason a feline brain is the model for a biologically-inspired computer...

In Search of Tomorrow's Cures
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In Search of Tomorrow's Cures

University of Texas at Austin researchers are using physical models and supercomputers to create a more robust way of searching for new drugs. 

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United States, Europe, Japan Agree on Data Center Efficiency Metric

U.S., European, and Japanese government agencies and industry groups are expected to announce an agreement that establishes a common metric that data centers worldwide...

Babbage Nanomachine Promises Low-Energy Computing
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Babbage Nanomachine Promises Low-Energy Computing

Boston University researchers have created a nanoscale mechanical logic gate that could form the basis of tiny mechanical computers, descendants of Babbage's mechanical...

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World Record: Julich Supercomputer Simulates Quantum Computer

University of Groningen and Julich Supercomputing Center researchers recently broke the world record for running software that can simulate the largest quantum...

Nist Racetrack Ion Trap Is a Contender in Quantum Computing Quest
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Nist Racetrack Ion Trap Is a Contender in Quantum Computing Quest

Physicists at NIST have built and tested a device for trapping ions that potentially could process dozens at once with the most versatile control of any trap demonstrated...

Scientists Achieve New World Record in Energy-Efficient Data Processing
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Scientists Achieve New World Record in Energy-Efficient Data Processing

Computer scientists from Frankfurt's Goethe University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have set a new world record in energy-efficient data processing...

The Sheer Delight of Tackling Shear Stress
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The Sheer Delight of Tackling Shear Stress

NASA's commitment to provide aeronautical research opportunities to U.S. universities has led to another success, this time through an inventive student who earned...

Spies Among Us?
From Communications of the ACM

Spies Among Us?

Governments' practice of electronic surveillance—and the growing use of warrantless wiretapping—has observers deeply concerned.

Data Streaming 2.0
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Data Streaming 2.0

In today's real-time Web, data streaming applications no longer have the luxury of making multiple passes over a recorded data set.

Fast, Strong Deltabot Moves Forward in the Robotics Market
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Fast, Strong Deltabot Moves Forward in the Robotics Market

A research team at the University of Waterloo has built DeltaBot, a robot that uses cables for arms instead of rigid components and has a cylinder in the middle...

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Researchers Give ­pdate on Road to Parallelism

University of Illinois researchers have taken several small steps toward developing new parallel programming models to tap the many-core processors of the future...

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Nine Prace Prototypes Are Available For Testing

Researchers from academia and industry have until April 11, 2010, to submit applications for an opportunity to test prototypes of potential future high-performance...

Expert: Bracket Seedings Irrelevant After Sweet Sixteen Round
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Expert: Bracket Seedings Irrelevant After Sweet Sixteen Round

University of Illinois computer science professor Sheldon Jacobson recently completed a study on the NCAA's men basketball tournament showing that picking the higher...
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