Google, IBM launch parallel-computing initiative

Google and IBM are going back to school to teach university students about parallel computing.

The two companies announced today that they have developed a joint initiative to help computer science students gain more knowledge of highly parallel-computing practices. Parallel computing is a method for computers to more quickly carry out large-scale tasks by simultaneously handling several different instructions through multiple processors. Researchers at the University of Maryland, for instance, developed a parallel processing desktop computer this summer that they say runs 100 times faster than today’s PCs.

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