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Comment Re:Isn't there a fundamental problem... (Score 1) 176

Nothing stops anyone from using the APIs, I'm talking about a working implementation.

OpenGL is supported on pretty much all available platforms and has a standard implementation on them: Windows has opengl32.dll, Linux has Mesa3d, and Apple also has a default implementation.

I guess the point I'm trying to make here that an API is worthless without an implementation: the library containing the actual functionality. What are you loading if you don't have a IHV implementation available? Nothing. Just like OpenGL, OpenCL will need a default, software, implementation supported on all platforms.

And I can promise you that Microsoft will not be jumping on this OpenCL bandwagon (providing a platform default software implementation) with their development Direct3D Compute Shaders and the fact that Microsoft is no longer a Khronos partner. If they do in the next version of Windows I'll be very pleasantly surprised.

Comment Re:GPUs are dying - the cycle continues (Score 1) 176

CPUs are infamously bad at processing floating point operations, this is the reason that dedicated GPUs were invented in the first place. A graphics processor like the GTX 285 has 240 stream processors that are manufactured for processing floating point numbers but really bad at integer operations. A CPU like a Core 2 Quad has four cores that are really good at integer operations but requires CPU extensions like SSE to do high performance floating point operations.

Both Intel and AMD are currently manufacturing CPU/GPU hybrids that would kind of balance both these worlds: Larrabee a GPU-like addon, AMD Fusion an on-chip solution. We'll see what kind of API hell they will bring.

Comment Re:Isn't there a fundamental problem... (Score 2, Interesting) 176

IMO, the fundamental problem with OpenCL is the same as with OpenAL, which is that Operating System vendors don't provide a standard implementation as is done with OpenGL.

(Bus) speed isn't an issue as creating a CPU or GPU context requires a specific creation flag, so one would know what the target platform is.

Comment Re:Not the first time... (Score 2, Insightful) 492

Just one word came to mind when I read the blurb on the CentOS front page: unprofessional. Seeing a message like that on the site of the developer of my operating system would scare the crap out of me. Commercial software packages go on hiatus sometimes, nobody knows why, but at least they (AFAIK) don't scare their user base away by making a very public announcement about an individual teammate.
Supercomputing

US Supercomputer Lead Sparks Russian Govt's Competitive Drive 74

CWmike writes "Russia's launch of Sputnik in 1957 triggered a crisis of confidence in the US that helped drive the creation of a space program. Now, Russia is comparing the US's achievements in supercomputing with theirs, and they don't like what they see. In a speech on Tuesday, Russia's President, Dmitry Medvedev, criticized his country's IT industry almost to the point of sarcasm for failing to develop supercomputing technology, and urged a dramatic change in Russia's use of high-performance computing. Medvedev, at the opening address of a Security Council Meeting on Supercomputers in Moscow, told attendees that 476 out of the 500 supercomputers on the Top500 list were manufactured in the United States. 'Therefore, in general, our situation is very difficult,' he said."
Earth

Submission + - Are Compact Fluorescents Really Green? (inhabitat.com)

Mike writes: "Ever since An Inconvenient Truth debuted houses, businesses, and even entire nations have switched from incandescent bulbs to more energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps. However concerns have grown recently over the toxic mercury contained within CFLs, and competing technologies like LEDs and OLEDs are casting a shadow over the bulb's eco merits. An in-depth report explores the current state of the debate and where the future of energy efficient lighting is heading."
Space

Submission + - Transparent aluminium is 'new state of matter' (physorg.com) 2

Professor_Quail writes: Oxford scientists have created a transparent form of aluminum by bombarding the metal with the world's most powerful soft X-ray laser. 'Transparent aluminum' previously only existed in science fiction, featuring in the movie Star Trek IV, but the real material is an exotic new state of matter with implications for planetary science and nuclear fusion.
Media

Submission + - Music industry thrives in an era of file sharing (zeropaid.com)

levicivita writes: "Zero Paid analyzes a recent study "Adding up the Music Industry for 2008" by "Will Page, the Chief Economist for PRS for Music, a UK-based royalty collecting group for music writers, composers, and publishers" which found that "total music industry revenues are up 4.7% since 2007 [which] corroborates what many studies have shown, that P2P actually increases music consumption." How is that possible? Will reports that "sales of recorded music fell 6% [...], digital was up 50% while physical dropped 10%, but concert ticket sales grew by 13%.""
Enlightenment

Submission + - People Emit Visible Light (aol.com)

Anonymous Coward writes: "The human body literally glows, emitting a visible light in extremely small quantities at levels that rise and fall with the day, scientists now reveal. Japanese researchers have shown that the body emits visible light, 1,000 times less intense than the levels to which our naked eyes are sensitive. In fact, virtually all living creatures emit very weak light, which is thought to be a byproduct of biochemical reactions involving free radicals."
Programming

Submission + - New C++ standard delayed until 2010 or later

wandazulu writes: At the end of an article written by the creator of C++ where he talks about removing a feature from the new C++ standard, he drops a bombshell: The new C++ standard (typically referred to as C++0x) has been delayed until 2010 or later. What does this mean? No new C++ features like threads, proper enum classes, or hash tables. C++0x is dead, long live C++1x!.
Idle

Submission + - Carbon Fiber Stops Fart Smell (carbonfibergear.com)

SystemLogicNet writes: At the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, a group of people set out to try and find a material that would help minimize problems with odoriferous rectal gas — aka fart smell.

The tests were done by instilling a tube of 100 ml of nitrogen containing 40 ppm of sulfide gases and 0.5% H(2) at the anus of six healthy volunteers. They volunteers all wore gas impermeable Mylar pantaloons over their garments. They then had them put pads inside the underwear with a variety of materials.

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