Super Fast Super Computers and Other Tech Headlines for 3/24-3/28

by Modis on March 21, 2014

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Nvidia and IBM Partner to Make Supercomputing Faster

Nvidia announced a partnership with IBM this week, to develop an interconnect unit. The unit will be integrated into future graphics processing units, allowing GPUs and CPUs to share data five times faster than they are able to now. The fatter pipe connection will allow data flow at rates higher than 80 GB per second, compared to just 16 GB per second today.  The interconnect is scheduled for release sometime in 2016. GPUs serve to help CPUs get work done faster.  A GPU has a fast but small memory, whereas a CPU has a large but slow memory. Together, the two work to produce faster supercomputing power.

IT Experts Propose Smart Cities

Pakistan is facing a number of challenges related to urban efficiency as the growing population puts more pressure on the country’s infrastructure. As a result, the country’s IT experts are proposing smart cities that will improve the infrastructure while highlighting technologies the country should adopt in order to be able to compete on an international level. Solutions would include things such as smart energy, smart water, smart public services, and smart mobility to balance the demand and supply. Right now, the infrastructure is dealing with water shortage and power outages, so turning to smart technology could improve conditions in the area.

Secret History of the iPhone Revealed

Apple Senior engineer Greg Christie was a member of the team who helped develop the iPhone in 2005. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal this week that precludes the next part of the legal battle between Apple and Samsung, he revealed details about the device’s early history. Christie is the man behind the patent for the iPhone slide to unlock feature. The idea for the iPhone was a mixture between a touchscreen phone and iPod. Christie says that Steve Jobs was determined to keep the project the secret by having employees encrypt early images of the iPhone, among other things.

Pursuing Open Source Software Adoption in Governments

Free and open source software fits in well with government; however, there are still many barriers to adoption. Reasons for governments to adopt open source software include: access, participation, public ownership, transparency, archiving, competition, and most importantly cost. Governments around the world are making progress, as Munich has finally switched its desktops to LINUX and Open Office software, though the process took them 13 years. Spain and the United Kingdom are also making promises to switch. Many of the countries that could benefit from using free software are held back due to a lack of experienced IT staff with the ability to do so.

Mozilla Leadership Changes

This week, the Mozilla Board of Directors announced that co-founder and current CTO Brendan Eich will step into the role as CEO of Mozilla, effective immediately. Li Gong will be named as COO, and his organization will now be in charge of IT, Marketplace, Mobile & Research, platform engineering, and cloud services. Mitchell Baker will remain Executive Chairwoman and will continue a partnership with Brendan as Co-Founder. Brendan is stepping up to replace Jay Sullivan, who has worked with Mozilla for six years. He will stay on through a transitional period to support the team and then leave to pursue other opportunities.

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