The International Top 500 list of supercomputers for November, 2008, was published today. Only two computers exceed the Petaflop mark, with the max being 1.105 Petaflops, up from just one in June. The slowest computer in the top 500 came in at 12.6 Teraflops. For only the second time the Top 500 list contains power consumption information. And while the #1 computer is the most powerful, it is also nearly 3x more energy efficient.
NASA announced yesterday that the Space Shuttle Endeavour arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) at 5:01pm EST just above China. Its doors were opened at 7:16pm, allowing the two crews to exchange greetings and pause for a hair-up photo op. NASA reported the crew was awakened Sunday morning at 8:25am to a song by The Rolling Stones - Start Me Up.
NASA successfully launched its Endeavour orbiter as planned on Friday
at 7:55 pm EDT. The space shuttle had a spectacular and picture-perfect
lift off and was orbiting Earth in less than ten minutes. The crew is
now on its way to the International Space Station (ISS) to deliver
equipment and perform repairs. SLIDESHOW
Microsoft and Nintendo saw substantial upticks in their console
shipments in October, while Sony experienced another drop and the
lowest results since April of this year, according to market estimates
released by market research firm NPD. While Nintendo’s Wii continues to
draw from strong Wii Fit shipments, Xbox 360 sales were boosted by a
strong launch of the release of Fable II. Sony had no Top 5 game title
in October and it seems that the PS3 will need some support sooner or
AMD told analysts yesterday that Phenom II X4 would launch at CES 2009 in January. This Shanghai-equivalent desktop product of the Deneb core, will serve as a launching platform for AMD's new industry focus, which is on value and mainstream and markedly away from enterprise. AMD's executives also stated that Intel's Nehalem-based Core i7 is out of touch with the marketplace.
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has taken the first ever visible light picture of a planet in orbit around a distant star. The planet, dubbed Fomalhaut b, is estimated to be three times the mass of Jupiter. It orbits Fomalhaut, some 25 light years from Earth. The star system is in the constellation Piscis Australis, or the "Southern Fish." Singing... "When you see the Southern Fish for the first time..."
Scientists of Canada’s National Research Council (NRC) succeeded in
taking images of an extrasolar star system, or at least parts of it. It
is the first time we can see three planets circling a star other than
the sun. The star, called HR 8799, is approximately 762.5 trillion
miles away from the earth.
Analyst Opinion - The impact of Web 2.0 technologies on the current
global economic downturn will hasten the demise of closed and siloed
corporate cultures while providing a reality-based balm on those
companies that seek transformation and adaptation by tapping the wisdom
of its communities.
Bo Albinsson and his team at Chalmers University of Technology (CUT) have demonstrated that self-assembling strands of DNA can be used as nanoscale fiber optic wires. They believe future optical computers may utilize DNA for component interconnects, just as similar "photonic wires" do in micro-organisms today - like algae, moving sunlight around the cell to where it is needed most.
The developers of a research-focused search engine claim that the
technology is capable of reaching depths of the web that are
inaccessible to Google.
NASA today decided to go ahead with the countdown for the Endeavour
launch and its flight to the International Space Station (ISS). The
Liftoff is scheduled for 7:55 pm local time on Friday.
Several years ago in anticipation of future needs, several hundred thousand miles of fiber optics was laid around the United States. While much of this goes unused even today, this "dark fiber" is beginning to pique interests as an untapped resource. In the case of Arizona State University (ASU) and a genetics research institute 10 miles away, it means the difference between 7 days of data transfer using copper wire, and less than one hour using dark fiber.
Researchers at The University of Nottingham, one of UK's Top 10 universities, also ranking in the world's Top 100, stated yesterday that Project Nanodevice is underway. Their goal is to create molecular memory built of telescoping carbon nanotubes. "In this project a new device for storing information will be developed, made entirely of carbon nanotubes and combining the speed and price of dynamic memory with the non-volatility of flash memory."
Spam is without doubt one of the most annoying and dangerous negative
sides of the Internet. However, if you begin looking into spam, the
people behind it, the mechanisms, the technology and the economics it
is also a fascinating component of a cat-and-mouse game we play in our
email inboxes every day. Researchers from UC Berkeley dug deeper into
researching the background of spammers and published the most
comprehensive paper on the likely profit we are aware of. We admit that
the result surprised us and we are sure you will be surprised as well.
We can’t help but be impressed with the recent concepts of vehicles
that promise to boost gas efficiency in territories we previously
believed were not achievable. One of the most attractive concepts to
date comes from Italian scooter manufacturer Piaggio, mainly known for
its legendary Vespa series: The company said it will be rolling out a
hybrid version of its three-wheeled MP3 scooter – which zips from 0-60
mph faster than most cars on the market today and promises a gas
efficiency of 141 mpg.
Apple's iPhone has displaced Motorola Razr as America's top-selling
consumer handset in the third quarter of the year, according to market
research firm NPD. Despite Motorola’s financial problems and declining
unit sales, RAZR phones remained unchallenged for three straight years
in the U.S. consumer market. The unseating the Razr reflects a shift in
consumers' preference, highlighted by NPD findings that indicate that
Internet and music player capabilities are the most important trends in
the mobile phone space.