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Jeff Dozier of ­csb Wins Microsoft Research's Jim Gray Award
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Jeff Dozier of ­csb Wins Microsoft Research's Jim Gray Award

University of California, Santa Barbara professor Jeff Dozier has received Microsoft Research's second annual Jim Gray eScience Award. The award was created to...

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What Kind of Cloud Computing Project Would You Build With $32m?

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) plans to build a large cloud computing test bed in an effort to determine whether cloud computing can help meet scientists'...

Obama Awards National Science, Technology Medals
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Obama Awards National Science, Technology Medals

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama linked scientific discovery to helping the struggling economy Wednesday as he honored those who invented batteries for implanted...

­.s. Begins Antitrust Inquiry of I.b.m.
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­.s. Begins Antitrust Inquiry of I.b.m.

The Justice Department has started a preliminary investigation into whether I.B.M. has abused its monopoly position in the market for mainframe computers, which...

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Threat of next world war may be in cyberspace: ­N

"Cyber war!" flashes on the screen at an Internet security conference. The next world war could take place in cyberspace, the UN telecommunications agency chief...

Itu Sets 'green Ict' Agenda
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Itu Sets 'green Ict' Agenda

Information and communications technology (ICT) needs to play a bigger part in helping reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, says Malcolm Johnson, director of...

Sdsc Part 'futuregrid' Computer Network Project
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Sdsc Part 'futuregrid' Computer Network Project

The U.S. National Science Foundation has selected the San Diego Supercomputing Center (SDSC) to be part of a team to construct and operate an experimental high-performance...

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­nix at 40: Hanging on Despite Strong Linux, Windows Challenges

After four decades, the Unix platform is still very important to enterprise information technology and has many years of usefulness left to it, even though Linux...

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Augmented Reality Gets Off to a Wobbly Start

Although the iPhone can superimpose navigation routes or reviews on top of real-time images, augmented reality (AR) still has a long way to go. The iPhone's application...

Gaming Tech Aids Scientists Building Virtual Synthetic Chromatophore
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Gaming Tech Aids Scientists Building Virtual Synthetic Chromatophore

Researchers are relying on graphics processing units to help build a highly complex computer simulation depicting how chromatophore proteins create photosynthesis...

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Alliance Aims to Provide Mashup Interoperability

Eleven information technology companies are forming the Open Mashup Alliance (OMA) to promote and support the Enterprise Mashup Markup Language (EMML), which members...

American Graduate Programs With Overseas Partners Are on the Rise
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American Graduate Programs With Overseas Partners Are on the Rise

International joint- and dual-degree programs are becoming more numerous in Europe, but interest also is rising in the United States, according to presenters at...

Greener Computing in the Cloud
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Greener Computing in the Cloud

Researchers say that custom data centers being built for cloud computing systems are very energy efficient. "There are issues with property rights and confidentiality...

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Supercomputers Often Run Outdated Software

Supercomputing experts discussed the issue of supercomputing software during a recent conference in Washington, D.C., celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Coalition...

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­k's Centre For Cyber-Security Opens at Queen's

The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) recently opened at Queen's University Belfast. CSIT will create 80 new positions and serve as the United...

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New Russian Top50 Supercomputers List Released

The Research Computing Center of Lomonosov at Moscow State University (MSU) and the RAS Joint Supercomputer Center have released the latest Top50 list of the most...

The Sum of Knowledge
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The Sum of Knowledge

European researchers are creating new technology that could, ultimately, make accessible the sum of humankind’s knowledge. Hundreds of organisations and millions...

Moving Toward a New Vision of Education
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Moving Toward a New Vision of Education

Researchers from the University of Basque Country have finished a 10-year study examining the effects of information and communications technologies (ICT) in the...

Debating Net Neutrality
From Communications of the ACM

Debating Net Neutrality

Advocates seek to protect users from potential business practices, but defenders of the status quo say that concerns are overblown.

Managing Data
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Managing Data

Dealing with terabytes of data is not the monumental task it once was. The difficult part is presenting enormous amounts of information in ways that are most useful...
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