More than five years ago, the fastest supercomputers were just a collection
of individual CPUs that could be found in your average high-end Sun or IBM
But then computer scientists began marrying GPUs to these collections and the
result was a new breed of hybrid supercomputer.
This week SoftLayer has taken things to the next level with a hosted service
that runs on a hybrid GPU/CPU stack.
You can read more in my article that was posted on Tom’s IT Pro here.
A new search site is in beta called DeepDyve that has some promise. First,
they claim that they index millions of medical papers from paid journals and
free sites. The problem in the past is that this content wasn’t too readily
available. Yes, there is Medline, but not a very user-friendly tool. Second,
getting copies of the papers to read has never been easy, particularly for
those of us in the lay community that don’t have medical center accounts or
access to medical libraries.
This is where DeepDyve comes in. They charge a buck to rent the paper for 24
hours. You can get other... (more)
Google Session at Cloud Expo
The news last week that Italian authorities have convicted three Google
executives with criminal privacy violations got my attention for two reasons.
One, the charges are based on a video that shows an autistic boy being
bullied, a video that Google did not create or post. It was filmed by cell
cameras and posted more than three years ago, and indeed one of the
executives has since retired from Google. Two, none of the three live or work
in Italy, and a fourth executive – a product manager – was acquitted. We
truly live in a global village, and one in... (more)
You would think I would be all over Geocaching – the hobby that involves
searching for hidden treasure caches around the world by using a combination
of your own wits, a portable GPS receiver, and a lot of persistence. It
involves solving puzzles and rather obscure clues to find the caches, check.
And hiking in the great outdoors, check. It has a Web 2.0 component, with the
site geocaching.com that keeps track of caches and finds, check.
But for some reason geocaching has passed me by. Maybe it is because I just
spend too much time doing geeky things already. Don’t really know, bu... (more)
You know by now not to open unexpected email attachments, but what if someone
that appears legit sends you a PDF? How harmful can it be? As it turns out,
very. This week a harmless-looking invitation to a Nobel Prize ceremony was a
nasty piece of business indeed. When saved to a hard drive and opened, it
sets up a backdoor so that the bad guys can take over your PC at will, all
while you think nothing is going on. What is troubling is that this isn’t
This PDF exploit has been around for several years, yet it seems that it
doesn’t get much attention from the general public. ... (more)