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+ - Is there something wrong with the Adapteva Supercomputers?-> 1

Submitted by Art Popp
Art Popp (29075) writes "I need for a super computer to do some very branch-diverse AI experimentation for gaming AI development. I can't afford EC2 for an extended period. Caught up in the magic of GPU computing, I now have 5 CUDA books fully digested and an Nvidia 580GTX completely idle (except for Portal nights), and it turns out it's going to be nightmarishly tricky to bend a GPU to my needs because of the inherent dislike SIMD architectures have for this kind of code. I just came across the Parallella Kickstarter and backed it. The 64 individual cores, the non-SIMD layout, the decent memory throughput and the simple C programming interface make it sound pretty awesome, but CUDA was the wrong flavor of awesome for my needs. Is there a reason there aren't more backers for a $200 supercomputer? Or should I buy three?"
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+ - Adapteva Kickstarts Hundred-Dollar Supercomputer -> 4

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Fabless chip vendor Adapteva Inc. has launched Parallella, a Kickstarter initiative that could fund the development of the startup’s multicore processors and create an open source community for parallel programming.

The startup is asking for $750,000 to pay for a mask set for its 16-core Epiphany chip. If it gets the money it promises to deliver a $99 reference board for the chip. With two days left, they are just about $100,000 short of their goal.

The parallela hardware is a credit-card sized board with an A9 dual core chip running Ubuntu 12.04, connected to their 16 core epiphany chip, offering a total of over 20GFlops of computing for only 5 watts of power."

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Comment: Re:The Death of SPARC? (Score 1) 207

by andyfrommk (#27819915) Attached to: IBM Doubles Rewards For Ditching Sun

Oh come on that is not in the Spirit of Open Source. Free is Free no matter what the real overhead it.

I'm not denigrating it, I would love to run Linux or OpenSolaris on an OpenSPARC but I don't have the time to solder that many transistors together, anyway the OpenSPARC documentation is in a hardware description language not the traditional logic-gated schematic that I was expecting.

Comment: Re:Daily Mail crap (Score 1) 312

by andyfrommk (#27817541) Attached to: UK Possibly Exploring "Google Tax"

A government dept considering a thing is far from the same thing as doing it....

I think they leaked the proposal to gauge the public's appetite for taxing on-line ads.
They don't have the balls to come out with something just in case they look foolish so they leak, gauge reaction then decide wether to go with it.

why should they not consider all options, even the stupid ones like this one?

I thought my taxes were for the underprivileged and less-well-off, the BBC doesn't strike me as such.

Portables

HTC Shift + ThinkPad X300 + MacBook Air = Perfect Notebook? 108

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the pipe-dreams dept.
Tom's Hardware has an interesting look at the HTC Shift, the newest contender in the ultralight portable arena, with a strong compare and contrast to the other two heavyweights, the ThinkPad X300 and the Macbook Air. "As some of you know, I actually like the Macbook Air but found the Lenovo ThinkPad X300 to be a vastly more useful product in the class. I'm one of the few folks that have been using an early version of the HTC Shift , a smaller screened ultra light tablet with a keyboard and a touch screen which is superior to both offerings in some ways and just released on Amazon.com for $1500 (someone screwed up, this wasn't supposed to happen until next week). This got me thinking: The perfect next generation ultra-sexy notebook should be a blend of all three products."
Space

Winking Star Decoded as Root of Planetary System 40

Posted by Soulskill
from the cool-looking-space-things dept.
sam1am points out a New York Times report on a recent paper published in Nature about the formation of planetary systems. A binary star system surrounded by a protoplanetary disc was observed over a period of six years by scientists at Wesleyan University. The orbit of the stars around each other caused changes in illumination from within the disc and allowed the researchers to learn a great deal about its composition. Some of the basic data is posted on the university's site. An animation of the system is also available. From the NYTimes: "'This is the first step in going from smoke particles to macroscopic things like planets and asteroids,' Dr. Herbst said in an interview, noting that these grains were about the same size as those found in many meteorites. Observing starlight reflected from these grains, he said, represented a rare opportunity to study the structure and chemical properties of material in the inner parts of another planetary system."
Games

Games That Could Have Been 99

Posted by Zonk
from the sparks-in-their-creators-eyes dept.
Gamespot, to accompany a piece on the art of pitching a game has up a companion article on a few good pitches from talented developers that never quite made it into games. My favorite of the three, from Will Wright: "I've always been fascinated with airships, and I wanted to do a game about the Hindenburg. And it was originally conceived as a cross between Myst and a flight simulator, if you can imagine that. You basically wake up on the Hindenburg. You're all alone. It's flying toward Lakehurst, New Jersey. You can walk anywhere on the ship. You can turn lights on and off. You can steer. You can adjust the engines. But every time you come into Lakehurst, it blows up. And you have to figure out why, and it becomes like this weird mystery flight simulator thing. I'd still love to do that."
United States

Al Gore Shares Nobel Peace Prize with UN Panel 937

Posted by Zonk
from the who-woulda-thunk dept.
eldavojohn writes "Former US Vice President Al Gore has been announced as a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work on environmental awareness & climate change. He shares his award with the the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. 'Speaking in Washington, Mr Gore praised the IPCC, "whose members have worked tirelessly and selflessly for many years". "We face a true planetary emergency," Mr Gore warned. "It is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity." He said he would donate his half of the $1.5m prize money to the Alliance for Climate Protection, reported the news agency Reuters.'"
Communications

+ - Open Source Linux Phone Released-> 1

Submitted by
andyfrommk
andyfrommk writes "The worlds first truly open phone has been released. the Neo 1973 has been designed for the open source hacker.
From the website

The Neo 1973 boasts the following hardware specifications

* 2.8" VGA TFT color display
* Touchscreen, usable with stylus or fingers
* 266HZ Samsung System on a Chip (SOC)
* USB 1.1, switchable between Client and Host (unpowered)
* Integrated AGPS
* 2.5G GSM — quad band, voice, CSD, GPRS
* Bluetooth 2.0
* Micro SD slot
* High Quality audio codec
"

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Portables

+ - OpenMoko Open Source Smart Phone is Ready for Sale->

Submitted by
Alias777
Alias777 writes "The smart phone OpenMoko is completely open source, its interface and applications can be modified by anyone. And, starting in July, it is set to go on sale. The OpenMoko Neo and Neo Advanced will cost $300 and $450 respectively, a deep discount on the originally announced $450 and $600 price. If the word gets out there, will this cut into the iPhone's market share?"
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