Despite the Cloud, Supercomputer Demand Strong
Feb14

Despite the Cloud, Supercomputer Demand Strong

Seattle — For PGS, an oil-imaging company in Oslo, Norway, finding pockets of oil and natural gas in the ground essentially starts by taking a large ultrasound picture of Earth. “It involves huge amounts of data,” said Guillaume Cambois, PGS’ executive vice president of imaging and engineering. “And, of course, time is of the essence.” PGS, short for Petroleum Geo-Services, this year tried to speed up that work by buying a...

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The Computer Heat Is Off, Maybe
May03

The Computer Heat Is Off, Maybe

Philadelphia — The concentrated heat radiating from your laptop. The sudden roar of the cooling fan from inside your desktop computer. Familiar signs of wasted energy, caused largely by the increasing numbers of transistors crammed into the innards of our electronic gadgets. As you reach once again for that charging cable, be aware that an amiable pair of University of Pennsylvania physicists may have hit on the beginnings of a...

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Summer Camps Have Cyber Mission

Montpelier — At Vermont’s Norwich University, 20 high school students will build computers they’ll be able to take home. At Dakota State University in South Dakota, about 200 students will learn about programming. In Southern California, 250 middle school Girl Scouts will be given tiny computers, the chance to fly drones and earn special patches. And none of the children or their parents will have to pay a cent. The camps are part of...

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