West Lafayette, Ind. -- Staff at Purdue University said Monday they put together the Big Ten school's new supercomputer in super-fast fashion.
The 812-node supercomputer -- the largest independent processor of any school in the conference -- was expected to take a whole day to build but it turned out by 1 p.m. more than 500 nodes were already running 1,400 campus research projects, the school announced in a news release. The work started about 6 a.m.
"The assembly was finished much faster than we expected, and by noon we were doing science," said Gerry McCartney, vice president for information technology and chief information officer. "The staff was enthusiastic, the weather was great, and there were no problems installing the hardware or software. There is no cloud to accompany this silver lining."
Austin -- The University of Texas at Austin says it received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to teach new technology to construction workers.
The grant went to William O'Brien; assistant professor of civil engineering; Randolph Bias, associate professor of information; Christine Julien, assistant professor of computer engineering, and Kathy Schmidt, director of the university's Cockrell School of Engineering's Faculty Innovation Center. It will allow them to expand a previous small-scale project that involved incorporating computing and sensing technologies into construction sites.
The team plans to expand their work into a unified learning environment easily copied and customized to local conditions.
"Construction sites are unique, large and dynamic, with lots of worker choice of actions," O'Brien said. "Complicating it further are the often low education levels of craft workers.
Princeton -- U.S. engineers say they've created a method that rids microchips of tiny defects, possibly leading the way to smaller, more powerful nanometer-scale chips.
Princeton University researchers said their new nanotechnology enables more precise shaping of microchip components than has been possible. And, they said, more precise component shapes could help manufacturers build smaller and better microchips.
"We are able to achieve a precision and improvement far beyond what was previously thought achievable," said engineering Professor Stephen Chou, who developed the method with graduate student Qiangfei Xia.
Microchips work best when the structures fabricated on them are straight, thin and tall, the scientists said. Rough edges and other defects can degrade or even ruin chip performance in most applications.
Xobni, a company that revolutionizes the way people manage email relationships, today (May 5) launched its long-anticipated Outlook plug-in that the company boasts will significantly save users’ time finding email conversations, contacts and attachments.
Microsoft Corp.’s three-month battle for control of Yahoo came to an abrupt end on Saturday after the software mammoth said it was walking away from Yahoo! deal. Microsoft decided to drop its blockbuster bid to acquire Internet media firm late Saturday, after the two tech titans could not agree on a price.
Viacom (NYSE: VIA)(NYSE: VIA-B) is doing a lot of things right lately. The cable TV giant and general entertainment jack-of-all-trades reported earnings of $270 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, on $3.1 billion in revenue, which was up from $0.29 per share on $2.7 billion of sales a year ago.
There's a new era brewing in the entertainment industry, as technological advances force movie studios and record labels to think and act in entirely new ways.
We just took another step into that brighter entertainment future, in which new content will be available in a plethora of convenient formats on the theatrical release date, and the consumer chooses not only what to watch, but also when, where, and how to watch it.
Koei Corp., a Japanese video game publisher and developer, this week announced that it will release Fatal Inertia EX, a PSN revamp of the 2007 Xbox 360 racing title, exclusively to Sony Corp.'s PlayStation Network for the PlayStation 3 in late May.
Washington -- The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall Thursday of SoleusAir Space Heathers due to a fire hazard.
Soleus International of El Monte, Calif., has received nine reports of flames inside or breaking out of the heaters and 70 reports of overheating, sparking, melting and burning odors.
The heater is a 25-inch tall black or charcoal-colored space heater that is canister-shaped. The units have "SoleusAir 360 Micathermic Heater" printed on the front label.
The units, which were made in China, were sold by QVC of West Chester, Pa., either online or through the retailer's televised shopping program from December 2007 through March 2008. They sold for $65 to $80.
Consumers were advised to stop using the heaters immediately. Those who have not received an instruction packet on how to obtain a refund should contact QVC.
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