Microsoft hires supercomputing guru for research team

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Microsoft gets serious about multicore computing, hires supercomputing guru for research team: With AMD and Intel duking it out on the multicore processor front and server and PC makers pushing ever more scalable systems, Microsoft is looking to stay in lockstep. It's latest move is hiring Dan Reed, director of the Renaissance Computing Institute, a major collaborative venture of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, North Carolina State University and the state of North Carolina, as Microsoft Research's director of Scalable and Multicore Computing.

Intel launches power-efficient Penryn processors: Intel on Sunday launched its long-awaited new line of power-efficient microprocessors, code-named Penryn, designed to deliver better graphics and application performance as well as virtualization capabilities.

University sues Google over distributed search patent: Google has been sued by a university and a start-up company in the U.S. for allegedly infringing on a patented technology to run its online search service.

iPod, Xbox and RAZR development shows benefits of taking turns, MIT and Stanford researchers say: Apple, Google, Motorola and others stand to deliver more successful products the more they are willing to cede total control to development partners – at least temporarily, according to new MIT and Stanford University research.

Safeguarding nuclear power reactors: Nothing against blade servers , but it’s comforting to know that supercomputers still have their place, such as in ensuring safety of nuclear power reactors.

Wacky experiments: File this under: why didn't we think to do this? New Scientist has an article on the strangest experiments of all time, such as what happens if you give an elephant LSD (note, you need to register to read the full New Scientist article). The author says he has been collecting examples for years.

Ubuntu and the Boston Celtics: OK, this isn't strictly a network research tidbit, but it did catch my eye. Like much of Boston, I'm fired up for the start of the Boston Celtics basketball season tonight, as the company has retooled in a big way after years of languishing (with a couple of exceptions) since the Larry Bird era. Anyway, got this email today from the Celts informing me about the following ...

DARPA looks to adaptive battlefield wireless nets: A new Department of Defense project is trying to use cutting-edge wireless research to create a tactical radio net that can adapt to keep soldiers linked with each other on the battlefield.

New computer architecture out of Princeton aids emergency response: Princeton University researchers say they have come up with a new way to securely transmit crucial rescue information to first responders to situations such as natural disasters and terrorist attacks.

Facebook, MySpace, etc., not just for fun: A Cornell University professor is making the rounds with a lecture titled "Computational Social Science: Large-Scale Studies of Wikis, Blogs, Social Networking Sites." Daniel Huttenlocher concentrates in his research on the impact of such Web 2.0 technologies on human interactions.

A plan for building quantum computers from scratch: A University of Maryland researcher has come up with a method that he says could one day be used by companies to build nanoscale computer and cell phone components faster and less expensively.

Verizon Business becomes Internet2 corporate member: Verizon Business has been involved in the Internet2 advanced networking consortium since the network's conception in 1996, but this week has strengthened its commitment by becoming a corporate member (annual dues for a company Verizon's size according to the membership FAQ: $30K).

Sun's plan to outsmart Apple (iTunes) and Amazon.com on music recommendations: Sun yesterday opened its labs to the press and among the things it showed off was an open source-based music recommendation service that the company hopes will someday outshine such systems on Apple iTunes and Amazon.com. Paul Lamere, who heads up the Search Inside the Music project, said his system should avoid situations seen in another music recommendation system where fans of the Britney Spears hit “Baby One More Time” were told they might also enjoy an audio recording of the report on prewar intelligence by the U.S. Senate intelligence committee.Not that there aren't people who necessarily wouldn't like both.

Could the electricity grid morph into an Internet-like network?: A Dutch researcher has issued a report on what the electricity grid might look like by 2050 and suggests that it could take on some characteristics of the Internet, such that everyone connected could, within limits, upload and download electrical energy as needed.

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