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Rethinking computing and cyberspace

By George Mattathil – There are two characteristics that determine the value of applications:

  1. Intrinsic data intensity, and
  2. Economic utility.

Weather prediction, gene sequencing and product design simulations are high data intensity applications with high economic utility.

Entertainment videos are examples of high data intensive application with low economic utility.

Electronic payment is a low data intensity application with high economic utility. more> http://t.co/KeeCW98SbL



IBM Sets the Stage for the Next Era of Computing

IBM – IBM (NYSE:IBM) today (Apr 11, 2012) announced a major step forward in a new, simpler era of computing with the introduction of a new category of “expert integrated systems.” This new family is the first with built-in expertise based on IBM’s decades of experience running IT operations for tens of thousands of clients in 170 countries.

IBM’s expert integrated systems family – PureSystems – is the result of $2 billion in R&D and acquisitions over four years, an unprecedented move by IBM to integrate all IT elements, both physical and virtual.

The prime challenge facing companies worldwide is the need to spend 70 percent or more of IT budgets on simple operations and maintenance, leaving little to invest in innovation.

With the introduction of the new PureSystems family, IBM is unveiling three major advances that point to a new era of computing technology that is designed to allow businesses to slash the high costs and nagging complexity associated with managing information technology.

  • Scale-In” System Design: With PureSystems, IBM is introducing a new concept in system design that integrates the server, storage, and networking into a highly automated, simple-to-manage machine. Scale-in design provides for increased density – PureSystems can handle twice as many applications compared to some IBM systems, doubling the computing power per square foot of data center space.
  • Patterns of Expertise:  For the first time, IBM is embedding technology and industry expertise through first-of-a-kind software that allows the systems to automatically handle basic, time-consuming tasks such as configuration, upgrades, and application requirements.
  • Cloud Ready integration: Out of the box, all PureSystems family members are built for the cloud, enabling corporations to quickly create private, self-service cloud offerings that can scale up and down automatically.

“With its new scale-in design and built-in expertise, PureSystems represents an important advance in the evolution of computing,” said Steve Mills, senior vice president and group executive, software and systems, IBM. “By tightening the connections between hardware and software, and adding incomparable software know-how, PureSystems is designed to help clients to free up time and money to focus on innovation that many businesses cannot address due to ever rising costs and staffing needs in the traditional data center.” more> http://tinyurl.com/c4o99vy

CISE Computing Research Infrastructure (CRI)

NSF – The CISE Computing Research Infrastructure (CRI) program drives discovery and learning in the computing disciplines by supporting the creation, enhancement and operation of world-class computing research infrastructure. Further, through the CRI program CISE seeks to ensure that individuals from a diverse range of academic institutions, including minority-serving and predominantly undergraduate institutions, have access to such infrastructure.

Full Proposal Deadline Date: August 4, 2010 more> http://tinyurl.com/2g75ctl

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Seagate Launches 3TB External Hard Drive

By Antone Gonsalves – Seagate has released what it claims is the industry first 3 TB external hard drive. The high-capacity FreeAgent GoFlex Desk, released Tuesday, easily surpasses rival Western Digital’s maximum of 2 TB on a hard disk drive. In addition, Seagate has kept the price competitive at $250, or about 8 cents per gigabyte. more> http://bwbx.io/v2Zd


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IBM and the Jeopardy Challenge

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PBS Newshour

It takes all those chips to compete in a game show!

IBM is building a natural language processing computer code-named Watson to compete in the game show Jeopardy.