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Globus Online File Transfer Service Debuts

The creators of Globus Online have announced the general availability of the cloud-hosted high-performance, secure file transfer service. Globus Online eliminates...

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Nsa: Our Development Methods Are in the Open Now

Despite its reputation for secrecy, the U.S. National Security Agency doesn't have a set of secret practices that make its applications and systems bulletproof...

Nist Tool Uses Combination Testing to Catch Software Bugs
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Nist Tool Uses Combination Testing to Catch Software Bugs

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have released a computer system testing tool that can cut costs by more efficiently finding software...

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'wireless' Humans Could Form Backbone of New Mobile Networks

Members of the public could form the backbone of powerful new mobile Internet networks by carrying wearable sensors, according to researchers from Queen's University...

Career Opportunities
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Career Opportunities

What are the job prospects for today's—and tomorrow's—graduates?

Security in the Cloud
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Security in the Cloud

Cloud computing offers many advantages, but also involves security risks. Fortunately, researchers are devising some ingenious solutions.

Turning Data Into Knowledge
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Turning Data Into Knowledge

Today's data deluge is leading to new approaches to visualize, analyze, and catalog enormous datasets.

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Outsourcing No Longer 'dirty Word' as Tech Spending Rises

First-time customers seeking to simplify back-office operations or upgrade rickety computer systems are helping information technology services companies grow faster...

Computational Power Against Noise
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Computational Power Against Noise

The Swiss Federal Office for the Environment is working with Empa's Acoustics and Noise Control Laboratory to develop a computer model to simulate noise levels...

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China's Leap in Supercomputer Rankings

When a list of the world's 500 fastest supercomputers is released on Nov. 15, some industry experts believe that China will be ranked first. "There's a great belief...

Researchers Generate Compelling Results on Tacc's Visualization Cluster
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Researchers Generate Compelling Results on Tacc's Visualization Cluster

The Texas Advanced Computing Center's hardware-accelerated interactive visualization cluster, called Longhorn, is providing researchers with new visualization capabilities...

Should Code Be Released?
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Should Code Be Released?

Software code can provide important insights into the results of research, but it's up to individual scientists whether their code is released---and many opt not...

Personal Fabrication
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Personal Fabrication

Open source 3D printers could herald the start of a new industrial revolution.

Study: Servers Run Well Around Zero Degrees
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Study: Servers Run Well Around Zero Degrees

Researchers in Finland are studying the use of outdoor air to cool data centers in northern climates. They have been running servers in a tent on a roof terrace...

Virtual CS School Educates a Record Number of Participants
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Virtual CS School Educates a Record Number of Participants

Over 1,000 graduate students and researchers registered for courses offered by the Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering this summer. The courses...

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Sensor Networks Top Social Networks For Big Data

The Internet of Things—with sensors that monitor, for example, road use or airline flights—is poised to dwarf social media sites in its ability to generate data...

IBM Ceo: Smart Grid Is Internet of Things
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IBM Ceo: Smart Grid Is Internet of Things

In a rare public speaking occasion, IBM CEO Sam Palmisano said that today's energy infrastructure needs to be further digitized and focused on the end consumer...

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Powerful Argument for Cutting IT Energy Consumption

Although technology is growing more and more energy efficient, more innovation is needed to offset the growing use of computers in countries such as India and China...

Peripheral Developers Are Key Contributors to Open-Source Projects, Study Finds
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Peripheral Developers Are Key Contributors to Open-Source Projects, Study Finds

An information systems researcher at the University of Arkansas has found that peripheral developers outside the core development team make significant contributions...

Computer Scientist Puts NSF Funding to Work for More Reliable Computing
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Computer Scientist Puts NSF Funding to Work for More Reliable Computing

University of California, San Diego professor Yuanyuan Zhou recently received several grants for research projects aimed at making computer systems more reliable...
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