Hewlett-Packard and National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s HP Apollo supercomputing platform approaches HPC from an entirely new perspective as the system is cooled directly with warm water. This is done through a “dry-disconnect” cooling concept that has been implemented with the simple but efficient use of heat pipes. Unlike cooling fans, which are designed for maximum load, the heat pipes can be optimized by administrators.
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Every person, company and government organization is faced with continuously flowing, massive streams of data that can’t be manually analyzed. Computers help, but the sheer volume of data has foiled many approaches. Software engineers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have now developed a new way of dealing with this seemingly intractable problem.
Container ships are designed to always be at sea, transporting goods. But slow loading and unloading—a common occurrence at congested ports—can cost them money. To help speed this process, researchers at the Institute for Information Industry (III) have developed CraneAbide, a container transship management technology that applies existing technologies to help manage an often overlooked factor at many ports: trailer positioning.
The 2nd Generation Intel Core processors are Intel Corp.'s first architecture to merge the company's high-end graphics technology with performance-leading microprocessors on a single chip. A 32-nm manufacturing node allows higher processing speeds than ever before.
The 2010 Intel Core processor family is based on Intel's 32-nm high-k silicon microarchitecture technology and is paired with a 45-nm graphics processing unit (GPU) to bring faster and more efficient computing to mainstream consumers.
Dell Inc.'s PowerEdge R810 is a scalable 25/45 2U-rack server that provides performance and scalability for workload consolidation or high virtualization machine density.
The VirtuaCore Desktop Virtualization Computer Sharing shares the resources of a single dual- or quad-core CPU between two or four fully functioning workstations. It operates without process slowdowns.
The Maglev 200 Magnetic Levitation Haptic Interface, the first device to be based on magnetic levitation principles rather than electromechanical systems, provides more than an order of magnitude improvement in performance over electromechanical haptic devices.
Quantapoint, Inc. (Pittsburgh, Pa.) has developed Quantapoint QuantaCAD, a software technology that works with Quantapoint 3-D laser scanning to enable 3-D laser models to be accessed within 3-D CAD tools.
High-resolution population distribution data are critical to successfully address important issues ranging from socio-environmental research to public health to homeland security. Commonly available census population data are severely constrained both in space and time and do not capture the population dynamics as functions of space and time. To that end, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) have developed the LandScan 2004 Global Population Database. Land-Scan describes 24-hour average population distributions for every 30 arc second (approximately 1 km x 1 km) grid cell covering the world.
Engineering Matters, Inc., Newton, Mass., developed The EMF Joystick, a force feedback joystick for simulation markets that uses a direct drive system with a 1 kHz bandwidth, allowing the user to experience a much broader range of feedback. In addition to the responsiveness, the fact that there is only one moving part reduces the maintenance and increases the reliability of the device.
Normally, if you stick a supercomputer in a dusty, 85° room, you are asking for trouble. But that is exactly where Green Destiny has been for the past year. A team led by Wu-chun Feng (pictured) at Los Alamos National Laboratory, N.M., has built Green Destiny, a 240-processor cluster that takes up just 0.5 m2 and requires no cooling.