Justin Rattner, Intel’s CTO and an R&D Magazine Scientist of the Year, this week unveiled more than 35 innovative research projects at the company’s annual Research at Intel event in California. The work, which involves dozens of industry and academic partners, offers a glimpse at near-future computing advances, includes many-core processing, cryptography, and wireless energy sensing.
A Univ. of California, San Diego faculty-student team is about to demonstrate a first-of-its kind, phase-change memory solid state storage device that provides performance thousands of times faster than a conventional hard drive and up to seven times faster than current state-of-the-art solid-state drives (SSDs).
Physicists from Oak Ridge National Laborator, the Univ. of Tennessee, and Germany's GSI in Darmstadt recently used ORNL's Jaguar supercomputer to explore the pair bonding of neutrons in one uncommon isotope—germanium-72. In doing so they discovered that changes in temperature and rotation take the nucleus through at least two physical phases.
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) Data Storage Institute (DSI) recently entered into a strategic partnership with 4DS, Inc. to develop a 16 kilobit (Kbit) resistive random access memory (RRAM) prototype and memory controller.
Researchers at MIT, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Japan’s Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, and NEC have developed a new technique that extends the time a qubit can stay in superposition. Perhaps even more important, the same technique can be used to measure the physical characteristics of qubits that knock them out of superposition in the first place, paving the way to better qubit designs.
Kodak remains the world's biggest film manufacturer, with Japan's Fuji right on its tail. But the consumer and professional films they make have dwindled to a precious few dozen film stocks in a handful of formats, becoming one more factor in a mammoth drop-off in film processing. Digital photography is closing the quality gap with film, and may soon consign the once-ubiquitous technology to the bin containing vinyl records and magnetic tape.
Sandia National Laboratories and supercomputer manufacturer Cray Inc. are forming an institute focused on data-intensive supercomputers. The Supercomputing Institute for Learning and Knowledge Systems (SILKS), to be located at Sandia in Albuquerque, will take advantage of the strengths of Sandia and Cray by making software and hardware resources available to researchers who focus on a relatively new application of supercomputing.
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed two new techniques related to common efficiency strategies like prefetching and bandwidth allocation to help maximize the performance of multi-core computer chips by allowing them to retrieve data more efficiently, which boosts chip performance by 10 to 40%.
Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have succeeded in encoding data at a rate of 26 terabits per second on a single laser beam, transmitting them over a distance of 50 km, and decoding them successfully. This is the largest data volume ever transported on a laser beam.
Rice Univ. will send an experiment to the International Space Station (ISS) later this year. If all goes perfectly, it will be precisely the same when it returns two years later. Memory chips made of silicon oxide will go aloft aboard a Russian Progress cargo ship in August for a lengthy stay at the ISS to see if radiation affects their nanoscale circuits.
A recent study at NIST may have revealed the optimal characteristics for a new type of computer memory now under development. The work, performed in collaboration with researchers from George Mason Univ. (GMU), aims to optimize nanowire-based charge-trapping memory devices, potentially illuminating the path to creating portable computers and cell phones that can operate for days between charging sessions.
A Toledo, Ohio, physicist has implemented a new mathematical approach that accelerates some complex computer calculations used to simulate the formation of micro-thin materials.
Security concerns are one of the key obstacles to the adoption of new non-volatile main memory (NVMM) technology in next-generation computers, which would improve computer start times and boost memory capacity. But now researchers from North Carolina State Univ. have developed new encryption hardware for use with NVMM to protect personal information and other data.
At first glance, a diagram of the complex network of genes that regulate cellular metabolism might seem hopelessly complex, and efforts to control such a system futile. However, an MIT researcher has come up with a new computational model that can analyze any type of complex network—biological, social, or electronic—and reveal the critical points that can be used to control the entire system.
As Star Trek is so fond of reminding us, we’re carbon-based life forms. But the event that jump-started the universe, the Big Bang, didn't actually produce any carbon, so where did it—and we—come from? An NC State researcher has helped create supercomputer simulations that demonstrate how carbon is produced in stars, proving an old theory correct.
A spinoff from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne has pioneered a new way to generate fast, cheap, large-scale 3D models without investing in heavy, localized computer processing. The method involves the use of micro aerial vehicles and introduces the property of time to the 3D models.
At the MobiSocial Lab, an engineering research team asks fundamental questions about the marriage of mobile communications and social networking, and begins to design the future of open-source social networking.
Thanks to stimulus grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Rice Univ. expects to more than double its supercomputing capacity this month. Dozens of Rice researchers studying everything from artificial hearts to earthquakes are gearing up to use two powerful new supercomputers that are set to come online soon.
Learning how to program a computer to display the words "Hello World" once may have excited students, but that hoary chestnut of a lesson doesn’t cut it in a world of videogames, smartphones, and Twitter. One option to take its place and engage a new generation of students in computer programming is a Carnegie Mellon Univ.-developed robot called Finch.
IDBS, a global provider of data management, analytics, and modeling solutions, announced that BASF has selected IDBS to deliver a data management and process development platform across its global research organization.
Since their invention by Bell Labs more than 50 years ago, transistors have almost always been “flat”. By adding a third dimension — "fins" that jut up from the base — Intel says it will be able to make both transistors and chips smaller. Chips with the 3-D transistors will be in full production this year and appear in computers in 2012.
The world’s first interactive paper computer is set to revolutionize the world of interactive computing. The smartphone prototype, called PaperPhone is best described as a flexible iPhone—it does everything a smartphone does, like store books, play music, or make phone calls. But its display consists of a 9.5 cm diagonal thin film flexible E Ink display.
As manufacturers and other businesses step up efforts to cut waste, reduce energy use, and improve the overall sustainability of their products and processes, the number of planet-friendly standards and regulations also is increasing at a rapid clip, creating a sometimes-confusing array of options for "going green." NIST researchers have prototyped a framework to help organizations of all types sort through the welter of choices and evaluate and implement sustainability standards most appropriate for their operations and interests.
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon Univ.'s Robotics Institute have leveraged the latest browser technology to create GigaPan Time Machine, a system that enables viewers to explore gigapixel-scale, high-resolution videos and image sequences by panning or zooming in and out of the images while simultaneously moving back and forth through time.
A better understanding of corrosion resistance may be possible using a data-mining tool, according to Penn State material scientists. This tool may also aid research in other areas where massive amounts of information exist.