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Intelligent Indian Elevators
By Clay Breshears (Intel)Posted 08/06/20073
While staying at the Shangri-La Hotel in New Delhi, I was riding up to my room one evening and noticed that the elevators (Otis 300VFE) were being hailed as "The Intelligent Elevator". I thought nothing of this at the time, passing it off as mere marketing hype. One morning as I waited on my coll...
Microsoft appears to have got it's multi-core Shinola together
By Clay Breshears (Intel)Posted 08/04/20070
In the digest that sends me links to interesting online tidbits, the description of a recent ZDNet blog by Mary Jo Foley, provocatively titled What will next-generation multicore apps look like?, made me think it was just going to be another expert wingeing on about the same old things wrong with...
Parallel, like a Protozoa?
By Clay Breshears (Intel)Posted 07/24/20072
Surprise, surprise, surprise! I actually saw an article on multi-core programming in my local newspaper. I guess it shouldn't be all that surprising since I work in Champaign, IL, home of NCSA and twin city to the birthplace of the HAL 9000 computer: Urbana, IL. We should be getting all sorts of ...
Stacking digital books on virtual shelves with binary load lifters
By Clay Breshears (Intel)Posted 07/13/20072
Well, I guess we've got an answer to one of my nagging questions: what can you do with an 80-core processor that doesn't involve massive amounts of linear algebra?  A recent University of Chicago report on the uses of their resident 260-processor Linux-based server cluster, known as Teraport, not...
A Baker's Dozen of IT Skills
By Clay Breshears (Intel)Posted 07/11/20074
Computerworld has published an article listing the 12 skills that IT departments are looking for in job candidates.  Always curious about what new jobs are out there or what skills I might need to get my next job, I looked over the list that was put together by "recruiters, curriculum developers,...
Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?
By Clay Breshears (Intel)Posted 07/05/20073
This tickled me when I read it the other day.  A report in the online Wall street Journal blows the covers off a "human computation" scheme.  It seems that a professor at Carnegie-Mellon University is getting humans to assign keywords to digital images through the guise of an online game.  In the...
But Here's What They Got Right...
By Clay Breshears (Intel)Posted 06/29/20072
One last blog on the new prototype supercomputer announced by Prof. Uzi Vishkin and the A. James Clark School of Engineering at U Maryland and I promise I'll go on to something else. Looking for more details on the intended programming model and methods, I downloaded a slide presentationthat Dr. ...
Baa PRAM Ewe
By Clay Breshears (Intel)Posted 06/28/20073
* Oh no! another one of Clay's long rants. * I was interested in the details of a new parallel programming paradigm that was being (apparently) heralded as the greatest thing since transistors. After scouring the UMIACS website of Prof. Uzi Vishkin and the XMT (eXplicit Multi-Threading) project t...
Been There, Done That, Still Waiting for the T-Shirt
By Clay Breshears (Intel)Posted 06/27/20072
Yet another pioneering effort in the attempt to bring desktop supercomputing to the masses; this time from the University of Maryland.  Prof. Uzi Vishkin has announced a prototype supercomputer system with a 64 core chip and motherboard that was designed and built by researchers at the A. James C...
Cube Combinatorics for Conglomerate Cores
By Clay Breshears (Intel)Posted 06/27/20070
If anything, I thought I might be called on the 'yielding practical results from pure research' claims in my Rubik's Cube entry.  In preparation, I was trying to think of some example.  Since nothing came immediately to mind, I pondered the possibilities of finding a final solution to the minimum...