2011/01/25

NEW NET Weekly List for 25 Jan 2011

Below is the final list of issues for the Tuesday, 25 January 2011, NEW NET (Northeast Wisconsin Network for Economy and Technology) 7:00 - 9:00 pm weekly gathering atSergio's Restaurant, 2639 South Oneida Street, Appleton, Wisconsin, USA.

The ‘net

1. Peer 2 Peer University: Free and low-cost tech classes http://blogs.computerworld.com/17670/free_and_low_cost_tech_classes I've just signed up for my first class at "Peer 2 Peer University," which isn't a university at all but what it calls a "grassroots open education project" matching volunteer instructors with learners around the world. All classes are free…Based on the writeup of my course instructor -- a Carnegie Mellon student who spent last summer teaching in rural Uganda, -- this seemed worth a try. I found it…a good sign -- that instructors vet us would-be students…it's all too easy to apply for a class that's free and then fizzle out, and openings are limited. (Students needed to send in some HTML/CSS code before being admitted to class.)…If volunteer schooling isn't your cup of tea, yet you a) want to learn a new skill but b) can't commit to getting to a classroom regularly, here are a couple of other Web-based instruction sites I've used recently…O'Reilly School of Technology…Lynda.com…Ed2go…”

2. Wayback Machine Way Better in Beta http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/wayback_machine_way_better_in_beta.php “…the Wayback Machine, which allows users access to websites that have long since passed their sell-by date, has undergone a…transmogrification…and it's now in open beta…first, it's a wholesale migration of the site from a proprietary software to an open source platform…second, there are interface changes that make it easier to be more precise in your digital time traveling…The Internet Archive site is also in beta and with the same cleaner more navigable UI…”

3. AOL Bets on Hyperlocal News, Finding Progress Where Many Have Failed http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/17/business/media/17local.html “…Over the last year and a half, AOL, the former Internet colossus, has spent tens of millions of dollars to build local news sites across the country through Patch.com. The idea is that the service would fill the gap in coverage left by local newspapers…By the end of this year, it expects that to be in 1,000 — each one with an editor and a team of freelance writers…over the years, a number of so-called hyperlocal news sites have failed, and the idea is largely unproved financially…Patch faces competition from Yahoo, Google and local news companies, all vying for a piece of local online advertising — gift shops, plumbers, regional hospitals, car dealers — which is expected to reach $15.9 billion this year…A failed effort to find online information about volunteer opportunities for his family in their hometown gave Mr. Armstrong the idea for Patch…Patch’s news coverage varies in its depth. The sites for some towns are full of articles, while others are largely filled with inconsequential briefs…Patch’s competitors…include Examiner.com…Patch has hired hundreds of journalists, each equipped with a laptop computer, digital camera, cellphone and police scanner. The journalists, which AOL calls local editors, generally earn $38,000 to $45,000 annually, and work from home. They are expected to publish up to five items daily — short articles, slide shows or video — in addition to overseeing freelance writers…the bare-bones staffing…can…mean working seven days a week and publishing articles that lack depth simply to meet a quota…Patch’s focus is on relatively affluent towns that are more attractive to advertisers…Posts about the police, schools and local sports generate the most traffic…Bill Lynch, editor in chief and publisher of The Sonoma Index-Tribune…doubts that Patch will succeed in his town, despite its big spending. Most residents have never heard of Patch, he said, and its limited staffing means that it will have trouble competing against newspapers with more reporters…”

4. Qwiki Interactive Search Engine to Take on Google http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/qwiki-change-search-engine-experience/story?id=12737804 “……”

Security, Privacy & Digital Controls

5. Using Your Blackberry In Illinois Could Send You To Prison http://techcrunch.com/2011/01/22/using-your-blackberry-in-illinois-could-send-you-to-prison/ This is one of those technology and legal stories that is hard to believe in this day and age. If you are in Illinois, you better be careful where you point your cameraphone or voice recorder. Chris Drew…and Tiawanda Moore…are facing up to 15 years in prison for eavesdropping…Drew used an Olympus voice recorder to commit his crime and Moore used her Blackberry…Moore claims the investigators tried to get her to drop her complaint, so she took out her Blackberry and started a recording which resulted in her arrest. Drew goes on trial in April for recording his conversation with Chicago police officers, without their permission, when he was arrested for selling art without a permit. It’s just a misdemeanor to sell art with no permit, but the voice recorder is causing much bigger problems. Both are being charged under…The Illinois Eavesdropping Act, which makes it illegal to audio-record either private or public conversations without the consent of all parties. Illinois is one of 12 states with “two-party consent” eavesdropping laws…That’s saying there is freedom of speech, but even in public, there isn’t freedom to record…Audio recording a civilian in Illinois is a felony with up to 3 years in prison the first time you do it…But…Audio-recording a law-enforcement officer, state’s attorney, assistant state’s attorney, attorney general, assistant attorney general or judge in the performance of his or her duties is a Class 1 felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Most states have an exception for civilians recording police conversations in public. But not Illinois. There is an exception in Illinois that allows law-enforcement officers to legally record civilians in private or public. But, not the other way around…” [Wonderful Illinois, home of the Chicago political machine and Pres. Barack Obama…]

6. Chinese company files US IP lawsuit against USA company http://gigaom.com/2011/01/24/pot-calls-kettle-black-huawei-sues-motorola/ “…a Chinese telecom company, which has in the past been accused of industrial espionage by U.S. companies…filed suit Monday to stop Motorola Solutions from selling its wireless network business to Nokia Siemens Networks…Motorola had accused Huawei of industrial espionage in July 2010…From the lawsuit: Such a transfer, if consummated in its originally contemplated form, will result in the massive disclosure of Huawei’s confidential information to NSN, with irreparable harm to Huawei...The irony here is that Huawei, which has been considered a cut-rate Chinese telecommunications provider, is using an intellectual property offensive to stop this deal. As such, this lawsuit could be a wake up call to the rest of the world. Huawei owns more than 49,000 patents worldwide…Huawei is not merely a private telecommunications company; it has direct and cultural ties to China’s government, and this suit could be an initial test of the IP firepower China has been gathering in the last few years…Since its establishment in 1985, China’s patent system has matured considerably, breaking new records and significantly improving the country’s innovative capacity…From January to October 2010 alone, the number of applications for invention patents totaled 295,275, up 25 percent over the same period in 2009….Huawei drove the point home, saying it spends 10 percent of its revenue on R&D and noting that half its 100,000 employees are engaged in some type of research and development…”

Mobile Computing & Communicating

7. 2G, 3G, 4G, and everything in between http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/17/2g-3g-4g-and-everything-in-between-an-engadget-wireless-prim/ “…"G" stands for "generation," so…a "4G network,"…means…a wireless network based on fourth-generation technology…first, let's take a trip down memory lane into the primordial ooze that gave rise to the first generation way back in the day…1G…in the early 1980s…the introduction of several groundbreaking network technologies: AMPS in the US and a combination of TACS and NMT in Europe…commonly considered to be the first generation -- "1G," if you will -- because they made cellphones practical to the masses for the very first time…conceived and designed for voice calls and very little else…2G…GSM got off to an early start in Europe, while D-AMPS and an early version of Qualcomm's CDMA known as IS-95 took hold in the US…decade had gone by at that point since the first 1G networks had gone live…2G standards didn't have…tightly-coupled support for data services woven into them…they…supported something called...circuit-switched data. CSD allowed you to place a dial-up data call digitally…up to 14.4kbps…CSD was a hack -- a way to repurpose these voice-centric networks for data…Unless you had a company writing a check for your wireless bill every month, using CSD for anything more than an occasional novelty wasn't practical…General Packet Radio Service -- GPRS -- marked a watershed moment in cellular history…because it offered a bolt-on for GSM networks that permitted "always-on" data services…3G, 3.5G, 3.75G... oh, and 2.75G…UMTS rose to the top as the 3G choice for GSM operators, and CDMA2000 came about as the backward-compatible successor to IS-95…CDMA2000 offered CDMA networks an "always-on" data connection in the form of a technology called 1xRTT…CDMA2000 also defined the more advanced 1xEV-DO protocol, and that's where the real 3G money was at, topping out at around 2.5Mbps…EDGE -- Enhanced Data-rates for GSM Evolution -- was conceived as an easy way for operators of GSM networks to squeeze some extra juice out of their 2.5G rigs without investing serious money on UMTS hardware upgrades and spectrum…CDMA2000 networks would get a nifty software upgrade to EV-DO Revision A, offering slightly faster downlink speeds and significantly faster uplink speeds…Ditto for UMTS: HSDPA would add significantly faster downlink speeds, and HSUPA would do the same for the uplink. Further refinements to UMTS would produce HSPA+, dual-carrier HSPA+, and HSPA+ Evolution, ranging in theoretical speeds from 14Mbps all the way past a mind-boggling 600Mbps…Lies, damn lies, and 4G…”

8. Starbucks to announce that shoppers can pay for coffee with cell phones http://venturebeat.com/2011/01/19/starbucks-to-announce-that-shoppers-can-pay-for-coffee-with-cell-phones/ Starbucks…will let shoppers buy coffee at its stores nationwide with cell phones instead of credit cards or gift cards…The development could herald the arrival of mobile payments in the mainstream…Owners of BlackBerrys, iPhones or iPod Touches can pay by downloading the free Starbucks Card app and holding their phones in front of a scanner at a cash register. The money is debited from the account, which can be credited via credit card. On the iPhone, users can load their account with PayPal funds. Starbucks says a third of its customers already have smartphones and that this new method will be the fastest way to pay. Hopefully, hackers won’t crack this payment system really fast…” http://redtape.msnbc.com/2011/01/buying-coffee-with-a-cell-phone-is-fun-and-a-game-changer.html “…I've tried mobile airplane boarding passes, for example, then been embarrassed as haggard TSA agents tried in vain to scan my iPod Touch at the airport security line, causing substantial backups. I expected much the same experience at Starbucks…I was wrong. It was simple…I sat down, entered the card number into the app, waited about 30 seconds, and my app registered my new $10 balance. I then went back to the counter and ordered my coffee and a small vanilla bean scone. The cashier pointed to the bar-code reader on the counter and asked me to wave my iPod Touch under it. I pressed the "touch to pay" button on the screen, a bar code image appeared, and my purchase registered instantly. My app immediately indicated I had $7.41 cents left in my account…One of the grand mysteries of life as a U.S. consumer is: What's the balance on my gift cards? Starbucks had solved this problem for us…So there are at least two rational reasons to whip out a gadget instead of a credit card to buy something at a store that you actually want. This is big news…”

9. Apple Dismisses Android Tablets As “Bizarre” http://techcrunch.com/2011/01/18/apple-cook-android-bizarre/ “…Apple COO Tim Cook has “no concerns” with the tablets that are out there today, and goes so far to call current Android tablets “bizarre.”Cook characterized the competition as falling into two buckets: Windows-based tablets…and…Android tablets…the ones using a Windows-based operating system…big, heavy and expensive. Weak battery life. Need keyboard or stylus…Then you have the Android tablets…the OS wasn’t designed for a tablet…It’s a “scaled-up smartphone” – that’s a bizarre product in our view. Those are what is shipping today…We have a huge first-mover advantage. And a huge user advantage from iTunes to the App Store…He thinks Apple is just scratching the surface in terms of fulfilling demand for tablet computing…”

10. Is 7-inches the better size for a media tablet? http://www.betanews.com/joewilcox/article/Is-7inches-the-better-size-for-a-media-tablet/1295798647 “……”

11. iPhones 180x More Likely to Be Current Than Androids. Not. http://gigaom.com/mobile/iphones-180x-more-likely-to-be-current-than-androids-not/ “……” http://techcrunch.com/2011/01/17/ios-android-breakdown/

Open Source

12. Details Emerge of Patents Novell Is Selling to Microsoft http://www.pcworld.com/article/216931/ “…details have emerged regarding the more than 800 patents Novell is selling to the Microsoft-led consortium CPTN Holdings for US$450 million…"The issued patents and patent applications to be sold to CPTN ... relate primarily to enterprise-level computer systems management software, enterprise-level file management and collaboration software in addition to patents relevant to our identity and security management business, although it is possible that certain of such issued patents and patent applications read on a range of different software products,"…Apple, Oracle and EMC are involved with CPTN…Novell has stated that Attachmate would retain control of its prized Unix operating system copyrights…The reference to "enterprise-level computer systems management software" could be aimed at Novell's PlateSpin family of data center workload management tools. Novell sells a File Management Suite as well as the GroupWise collaboration platform and a range of identity management software…”

13. Running on a PlugPC http://software.intel.com/en-us/blogs/2011/01/18/meshcentralcom-running-on-a-plugpc/ “…I got my first PlugPC and successfully compiled the mesh agent to run on it. The PlugPC looks like wall plug, but it runs a full computer with Ubuntu…I installed the compiler (gcc) on the plug and got the agent compiled and running. It took no time at all and immediately started meshing with other nodes on my network. In the video below, I show how you can access the command prompt and file system from any browser using MeshCentral.com…this plug could be used to monitor computers on the network along with other things. It can be on all the time but uses very little power. One possible usage would be to monitor sleeping Intel vPro computers or used to send wake-on-lan packets to any computer on the local network to wake them up from the web…”

SkyNet

14. No copied Java code or weapons of mass destruction found in Android http://www.zdnet.com/blog/burnette/oops-no-copied-java-code-or-weapons-of-mass-destruction-found-in-android/2162 Sometimes the sheer wrongness of what is posted on the web leaves us speechless. Especially when it’s picked up and repeated as gospel by otherwise reputable sites like Engadget. “Google copied Oracle’s Java code, pasted in a new license, and shipped it,” they reported…Sorry, but that just isn’t true…Sadly, while sensational articles like Engadget’s and Mueller’s will get splashed all over the web and lavished with thousands of views and hundreds of comments, the boring truth will rate no such attention

15. Google search and search engine spam http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/google-search-and-search-engine-spam.html January brought a spate of stories about Google’s search quality. Reading through some of these recent articles, you might ask whether our search quality has gotten worse…we have seen a slight uptick of spam in recent months, and while we’ve already made progress, we have new efforts underway to continue to improve our search quality…We’ve also radically improved our ability to detect hacked sites, which were a major source of spam in 2010. And we’re evaluating multiple changes that should help drive spam levels even lower, including one change that primarily affects sites that copy others’ content and sites with low levels of original content. We’ll continue to explore ways to reduce spam, including new ways for users to give more explicit feedback about spammy and low-quality sites. As “pure webspam” has decreased over time, attention has shifted instead to “content farms,” which are sites with shallow or low-quality content. In 2010, we launched two major algorithmic changes focused on low-quality sites. Nonetheless, we hear the feedback from the web loud and clear: people are asking for even stronger action on content farms and sites that consist primarily of spammy or low-quality content…”

16. Google Docs to Add Preview Pane, Music Player, Collections http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2011/01/google-docs-to-add-preview-pane-music.html “……”

General Technology

17. Neverware Means Never Buying a New Computer Again http://www.observer.com/2011/tech/neverware-means-never-buying-new-computer-again “…Jonathan Hefter…sits me down at his workstation in front of a Dell GX150, considered state of the art in 2000, now available for $70 from a second-hand dealer online…in a flash I'm logged into Microsoft's newest operating system, Windows 7…I log on to the internet, check my email and stream a video. Microsoft recommends a machine with at least 1 gigahertz processor and 1 gigabyte of RAM in order to work in Windows 7, but this computer seems to handle it just fine…Heftner has transformed this old Dell into a what's known as a virtual desktop. The processing power, the memory, even the operating system itself are being delivered from a small unit the size of a pizza box tucked into a closet down the hall. That single piece of equipment, dubbed the "juicebox" by Hefter, can power hundreds of terminals on a cloud based network…Hefter has named his company Neverware, "Because with us, they will never have to buy a new computer again."… in May of 2009…Hefter, now 25, had graduated from Wharton with a degree in economics. He had several job offers on the table, but decided to move back in with his parents in Long Island and set up shop in the garage…"I wanted him to go get his PhD," said his mother, Eva. "But he just kept telling me he wanted to change the world…Hefter, a self-taught computer whiz, created a working prototype of the Neverware technology in under a year and in May of 2010 was invited to join Dogpatch Labs in New York. There he caught the eye of Diana Rhoten, co-founder of Startl, an organization that looks to identify and accelerate interesting projects in the realm of education technology…Before founding Startl, Rhoten was the program director at the National Science Foundation's Office of Cyberinfrastructure…"When I saw what Jonathan had done, I realized that this was the solution I kept picturing in my head but didn't know how to create myself." The key difference between what was on the market and what Neverware was offering, says Rhoten, is that Hefter's project was built from the ground up to be lean and light. "The virtual desktop solutions that most of the big corporations offer are too expensive and complex for schools to deploy," says Rhoten. Hefter's technology, by comparison, was cheap, worked with whatever computer the school already had and reduced the amount of oversight needed on a daily basis…”

18. AMD G-Series Brings APUs to the x86 Embedded Market http://www.anandtech.com/show/4133/amd-gseries-brings-apus-to-the-x86-embedded-market The AMD Embedded G-Series platform being introduced tonight is the world's first Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) for embedded systems…The embedded market space is dominated by SoCs based on RISC processors such as ARM and MIPS. For most power sensitive embedded applications, PowerPC and x86 based solutions do not make the cut. x86, in particular, has been the dark horse due to the excessive power consumption for systems based on that architecture. Process shrinks have helped lower the power consumption numbers. However, we are still a few nodes away from when the x86 based solutions can really compete with RISC based solutions on the power front…solutions like what we are seeing from AMD today integrate premium graphics capabilities within power envelops similar to what x86 used to consume in the previous generation—so you get CPU+GPU instead of just a CPU…”

19. Mapping Our Friendships Over Time and Space: The Future of Social Network Analysis http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/your_social_graph_researchers_identify_new_opportu.php “……”

20. 'Universal' memory aims to replace flash/DRAM http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-01-device-revolutionize-memory.html “……”

21. It's Lights Out For The Incandescent Bulb In Calif http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=133159031 “……” http://www.vancouversun.com/health/want+incandescent+light+bulbs+back/4154445/story.html “……”

22. Back to the Future with Peter Thiel http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/257531/back-future-peter-thiel-interview “……”

DHMN Technology

23. Art + Technology = Pulse http://savannahnow.com/do/2011-01-20/art-technology-pulse “…Weinberg, who created the world's first robotic musician capable of improvising with human musicians, will present a lecture about the evolution of music and technology and demonstrate a live performance by a robotic musician as part of the 2011 Pulse: Art and Technology Festival…the Pulse Festival promotes an edgy, creative interpretation of art and technology through a wide range of free programs. This nine-day celebration of art and technology includes dozens of demonstrations, workshops, lectures and exhibitions. Pulse is…the only annual festival of new media art and educational programs in Savannah and the state of Georgia, and for that matter one of the very few in the United States," said Harry DeLorme, senior curator of education for the Telfair Museums. "It's also unique in that is an educational program for all ages…”

24. Cutting-edge tech fuses with art at Sundance exhibit http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sundance/51097625-177/art-frontier-installation-weiler.html.csp “…artist Lance Weiler…art installation at the festival’s New Frontier series is part mission control center, part social-networking experiment. And it’s all cutting-edge technology…Weiler’s installation is a multi-platform piece that’s as much about using today’s digital technology as it is about exploring emotions and ideas with art…Weiler’s “Pandemic 1.0” is a look at the spread of a mysterious virus around the world that’s currently attacking people in Park City…In one room is a multi-screened presentation that looks much like Mission Control, designed to analyze the spread of the disease. On multiple projection screens are photos around Park City, graphics symbolizing the spread of the virus, and a Twitter feed of people following the pandemic. In the middle is a touchscreen table, much like a giant iPhone, with a map of Earth that users can zoom in on. In the second room are photographic portraits of some of the “dead” who can be brought back to life…Weiler’s massive “Pandemic” experiment involves crowd-sourcing, as 50 strangers will each be given a cell phone and assigned to perform a task, such as, taking a picture of something…they bring the phone back to the art installation and upload their pictures. They may wave the phone in front of one of the pictures of the “dead” to see a video of that person coming back to life. To save another life, they are asked to pass the phone on to a stranger in Park City…”

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Leisure & Entertainment

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Economy and Technology

27. I Can Has Funding: Cheezburger Raises $30M http://techcrunch.com/2011/01/17/i-can-has-funding-cheezburger-raises-30m-for-lolcats-fail-blog-and-other-memes/ Cheezburger, the internet publisher responsible for LOLcats, FAIL Blog, and other memes, has raised a whopping $30 million in new funding led by the Foundry Group with Madrona Venture Group, Avalon Ventures, and SoftBank Capital participating in the round. Brad Feld of Foundry Group, Greg Gottesman of Madrona Venture Group, and Rich Levandov of Avalon Ventures will be joining Cheezburger’s board of directors. This latest investment brings the startup’s total funding to $32.5 million. Founded in 2007 by former journalist Ben Huh, Cheezburger has grown from a small site to a network of fifty sites that have brought internet memes and tech culture mainstream. Cheezburger’s network of sites has a total user base of 16.5 million people who upload more than 500,000 pictures and videos as well as view 375 million pages and 110 million videos each month…”

28. Steve Jobs Show Shares 'Shocking' Details From Factory Floor http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/man-show-spins-story-steve-jobs-genius-shocking/story?id=12743763 “…When the 37-year-old monologist decided to go to China last year to explore the factories behind Apple's popular products, he said, journalists in the U.S. and Hong Kong warned him against the "fruitless, probably dangerous, exercise." Security at the factories is notoriously so tight that, last year, a Reuters reporter revealed he was roughed up by guards while just standing outside a gate taking pictures…Daisey used his art to find his own way in. He printed up fake business cards and, posing as an American industrialist, finagled his way to exclusive, invitation-only tours of the Foxconn factories where, on behalf of Apple, the proverbial sausage is usually made in secret…Daisey not only tells the story of his journey, but what it means for the rest of us soaked in a tech-obsessed society. "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs" celebrates the genius of Apple's visionary founder and CEO, but also shines a bright light on the human cost of bringing his revolutionary concepts to life…he said their stories were worse than he imagined they would be…I expected the conditions to be bad," he said. "I did not expect them to be as bad as they are. I was shocked at the scale of it. I was shocked at the inhumanity of it."…he saw the dormitories where 10 workers sleep in 10-foot by 10-foot "concrete cells."…Daisey said he observed something like an "alternate universe…”

29. The Wave of iPad Purchasing Has Just Begun http://www.businessinsider.com/the-wave-of-ipad-purchasing-has-just-begun-2011-1 “……”

30. Crunchie Awards: Best Tech Startups of 2010 http://techcrunch.com/2011/01/21/congratulations-crunchies-winners-twitter-takes-best-startup-of-2010/ “……”

31. Mobile App Market Will Be Worth $25 Billion By 2015 – Apple’s Share: 20% http://www.readwriteweb.com/mobile/2011/01/mobile-app-market-25-billion-by-2015.php “……”

32. With 60 Million Downloads, Outfit7 Builds an App Empire for Children of the iPad Generation http://www.insidemobileapps.com/2011/01/23/outfit7/ “……”

33. Fly Or Die: GroupMe, Uber, Square http://techcrunch.com/2011/01/23/fly-or-die-groupme-uber-square/ “……”

34. Blatant IP Theft In App Store Garners Little Response From Apple http://www.mobilecrunch.com/2011/01/21/blatant-ip-theft-in-app-store-garners-little-response-from-apple/ “……”

Civilian Aerospace

35. SpaceX aims for next milestone: carrying astronauts http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-spacex-20110124,0,921834.story After becoming the first private company ever to blast a spacecraft into Earth orbit and have it return intact last month, Hawthorne rocket maker Space Exploration Technologies Corp. is pushing toward its next big step. The company known as SpaceX wants to be the first commercial firm to launch astronauts into outer space and has submitted a proposal to NASA. SpaceX wants in on the potentially multibillion-dollar job of ferrying astronauts to and from the International Space Station after the space shuttle is retired this year. The company is already building rockets and capsules to deliver cargo to the station. NASA's Commercial Crew Development program hopes to award about $200 million in seed money in March to companies to develop rockets and spacecraft for the next step in manned spaceflight after the shuttle. Several aerospace companies, including SpaceX and aerospace giant Boeing Co., have submitted proposals…”

Supercomputing & GPUs

36. Nvidia To Fuse Cortex A15 & Geforce In Fermi Successor? http://www.itproportal.com/2011/01/21/nvidia-fuse-cortex-a15-geforce-together-fermi-successor/ “Nvidia has revealed that Maxwell, the successor to its Fermi GPGPU, will be combine with Nvidia's GPU for supercomputing applications, potentially leapfrogging the likes of AMD, Intel or IBM as early as 2013…Maxwell will be the first end-product to use Project Denver, which has been confirmed as being more than just a simple GPU-on-Silicon project…NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang confirmed that Maxwell will offer a 16x improvement over Fermi…this means that Maxwell will offer 16GFLOPS per watt or a whopping 4TFLOPs in double precision in computing power (assuming that the each consumes up to 250W) and the jump in performance will be partly due to the inclusion of the Cortex A15 as part of the mix (as well as a move to 28nm manufacturing). The implications are mind-boggling for the world of super computers; a PetaFLOP (one million GFLOPS) computer based on Nvidia's Technology would require a mere 250 Maxwell cores or just over three 42U racks…”


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