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Big Data Spurs Big Collaborations

The U.S. government's Big Data initiative is sparking more investments in data management projects, especially those involving joint efforts between business and government. Under the sponsorship of the Obama administration initiative, the White House showcased more than 30 Big Data projects Nov. 12...

Refreshed Computer Museum Looks Back at 2 Millennia of Thinking Machines

The Computer History Museum has come a long way since its start in a closet at the Digital Equipment Corporation in 1975, as is evidenced by the institution's $19 million renovated facility opening its doors to the public Thursday. The renovated museum, housed in the former headquarters of Silicon G...

Nortel Asset Sale Punctuates End of Era

Nortel Networks has agreed to sell its two advanced wireless technology business units to Nokia Siemens for $650 million. The companies hope to close the sale by Q3 of this year. It is an ignominious end for the telco, which at one time was one of the dominant players in the global marketplace. In J...

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Corporate Darwinism: Q&A With IBM’s Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Darwin's principle of "survival of the fittest" is in full effect in the corporate world. Over the years, many companies, especially technology firms, have risen to great heights only to fall to great depths. As Darwin's theory implies, when change swept through their industries, these once great fi...

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Corporate Darwinism: Q&A With IBM’s Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Darwin's principle of "survival of the fittest" is in full effect in the corporate world. Over the years, many companies, especially technology firms, have risen to great heights only to fall to great depths. As Darwin's theory implies, when change swept through their industries, these once great fi...

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Corporate Darwinism: Q&A With IBM’s Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Darwin's principle of "survival of the fittest" is in full effect in the corporate world. Over the years, many companies, especially technology firms, have risen to great heights only to fall to great depths. As Darwin's theory implies, when change swept through their industries, these once great fi...

The Virtualization Challenge, Part 1: Many From One

What is virtualization anyway? The short answer is, virtualization is separating the physical layer from the logical layer -- the operating systems and applications. You can virtualize pretty much any aspect of IT. "There is no universal definition of virtualization as it means many things to many p...

OSDL Board Seeks Two-Way Communication With Vendors, Developers

The Open Source Development Labs on Wednesday announced the formation of a new Technical Advisory Board. The group's initial goal is to improve communication among Linux stakeholders. The OSDL is a non-profit global consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux-based operating systems i...

Intel Looks to Transitive for RISC-Enabled Chips

Emulation and translation software company Transitive announced on Tuesday it's collaborating with Intel to drive the migration of older, RISC environments and applications that previously ran on non-Intel hardware to Intel's Itanium 2 and Xeon processors. Although the companies do not yet have prod...

Fast NASA Action Begets World’s Largest Linux Supercomputer

The space shuttle Columbia disaster on Feb. 1, 2003 sparked development of the world's second largest supercomputer, a system with 10,240 Intel Itanium 2 processors capable of performing 51.87 trillion calculations per second. Not only did the supercomputer, appropriately dubbed Columbia, stretch Li...

NASA-SGI Supercomputer: Tops in Speed and Research

While its 20 clustered Linux systems joining more than 10,000 Intel Itanium 2 processors may put it at the top of the speed list, the scientists who have access to the new "Columbia" supercomputer at the NASA Ames Advanced Supercomputing facilities tout the amazing research abilities of the super sy...

IBM To Build Supercomputer for US Military

IBM has won the right to build a powerful Linux-based supercomputer for the Department of Defense that will be used to design and test weapons systems, the company announced Tuesday. Nicknamed "Stryker," the machine will run at a speed of 10 trillion calculations per second, placing it among the 20 ...

NASA, Intel and SGI Plan Linux Supercomputer

Silicon Graphics (SGI) announced that NASA has chosen the company's Altix as the foundation of Project Columbia, a collaboration between SGI and Intel that is expected to foster scientific breakthroughs in space exploration, global warming research and aerospace engineering. For the project, NASA pl...

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NASA Enlists 10,240-Processor SGI Altix Supercomputer

Silicon Graphics today announced that NASA has chosen SGI's Altix as the foundation of Project Columbia, a collaboration with SGI and Intel that is expected to fuel scientific breakthroughs in space exploration, global warming research and aerospace engineering. With Project Columbia, NASA plans to ...

SGI Pushes ‘Big Data’ with 10 Gigabit Ethernet

Reinforcing its strategy of squarely targeting the high-performance computing market, Silicon Graphics today announced that it will offer 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity across its product lines of servers, workstations, graphics systems and storage technologies. SGI is offering the new PCI-X adapt...

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