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Pioneering Seac Computer Remembered on 60th Anniversary
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Pioneering Seac Computer Remembered on 60th Anniversary

Sixty years ago this week, the National Bureau of Standards dedicated the first programmable computer in U.S. history.

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Is Cloud Computing Fast Enough For Science?

The U.S. Department of Energy's Magellan cloud computing testbed has shown that commercially available clouds suffer in performance when operating message passing...

Eric Brewer: Change Agent
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Eric Brewer: Change Agent

Eric Brewer's latest project involves designing and deploying low-cost wireless infrastructure in developing regions.

Committed to Success
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Committed to Success

Charles P. Thacker talks about the importance of simplicity, reusable tools, thinking broadly, and his practice of Tom Sawyering.

Censored!
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Censored!

Countries use Internet censorship to dominate the political dialogue, but also to create favorable conditions for government-controlled businesses.

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European Research Program Targets Energy-Aware Electronics Design

Semiconductor companies are collaborating with European design centers, universities, and research institutions to develop standards and contribute to building...

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Gaming Chips Score in Data Centers

Computers based on the graphical processing unit chips that power today's computer games are increasingly being used in place of supercomputers for many technical...

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Sandia to Play Major Role in Creation of 'virtual' Nuclear Reactor

Sandia National Laboratories computational scientists will lead two of five technical areas in a U.S. Department of Energy effort to create a "virtual" nuclear...

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Europe's PRACE HPC Grid Aims for Exaflop Power by 2019

The EC is funding a project to develop a grid of up to six "tier 0" high-performance computing systems and is aiming for a combined computing power in the multi...

Military Taps Social Networking Skills
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Military Taps Social Networking Skills

As a teenager, Jamie Christopher would tap instant messages to make plans with friends, and later she became a Facebook regular. Now a freckle-faced 25, a first...

New Video Camera Sees It All
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New Video Camera Sees It All

The DHS' Imaging System for Immersive Surveillance promises 360° real-time surveillance video in high-res detail, with multiple views and DVR features.

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Water Main Break Floods Dallas Data Center

IT systems in Dallas County were offline for more than three days last week after a water main break flooded the basement of the Dallas County Records Building...

Open-Source Could Mean an Open Door For Hackers
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Open-Source Could Mean an Open Door For Hackers

The ability to access the code of open-source applications may give attackers an edge in developing exploits for the software, according to a paper analyzing two...

New Tsunami Early Warning System Stands Guard
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New Tsunami Early Warning System Stands Guard

The 2004 Boxing Day tsunami killed 230,000 people. The next time a tsunami threatens Indian Ocean nations, a lifesaving early warning system spearheaded by the...

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Project Aims to Halve Cost of a Data Center

Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute plans to create Container Computer 1.0, a set of standards for building data centers inside 20-foot shipping containers...

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New Automated Tool 'debugs' Nuclear Weapon Simulations

Purdue University researchers, working with high-performance computing experts at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, have created an automated program to "debug"...

China's Nebulae Supercomputer on Tail of Ornl Jaguar in Newest Top500 List
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China's Nebulae Supercomputer on Tail of Ornl Jaguar in Newest Top500 List

The newest version of the TOP500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers, which is issued twice yearly, was formally presented Monday (May 31) at the ISC'10...

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Chinese Edge Toward Supercomputer Record

A Chinese supercomputer has been ranked as the world's second-fastest machine, underscoring China's aggressive commitment to science and technology.

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Wireless Revolution May Reach Inside Microchips

Wireless technology is often credited with making us more productive. Now it looks like it could also improve the inner workings of our computers. Wireless transmission...

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Tokyo Tech Announces Plans For 2.4 Petaflop Supercomputer

The Tokyo Institute of Technology announced that the TSUBAME 2.0 supercomputer, a green, cloud-based supercomputer system with a top speed of 2.4 petaflops, will...
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