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Submission + - OpenSPL - Moving development from the temporal to the spatial

spookyinc writes: Taken from the site: OpenSPL is an open standard for a novel Spatial Programming Language. It is based on the core concept that a program executes in space, rather than in time sequence. All operations are assumed to be parallel unless specified to be sequential. This is similar to a factory floor where all operations execute in parallel, but each operation executes a different part of the overall process. Temporal Programming is a recipe for the execution of actions, whereas Spatial Programming builds a factory to execute the recipe. More information available here
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - JPMorgan Rolls Out (Another) FPGA Supercomputer (computerworlduk.com)

An anonymous reader writes: JP Morgan is expanding its use of dataflow supercomputers to speed up more of its fixed income trading operations. Earlier this year, the bank revealed how it reduced the time it took to run an end-of-day risk calculation from eight hours down to just 238 seconds. The new dataflow supercomputer, where the computer chips are tailored to perform specific, bespoke tasks (as explained in this Wall Street Journal article) — will be equivalent to more than 12,000 conventional x86 cores, providing 128 Teraflops of performance.
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - Steve Jobs to take leave of absence from Apple

x_IamSpartacus_x writes: Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs said Wednesday he will take a leave of absence from the computer and music player maker because of health issues. Jobs, who announced last week that he suffered from a hormone imbalance that caused him to lose weight, said he will be away from the job until the end of June. "In order to take myself out of the limelight and focus on my health, and to allow everyone at Apple to focus on delivering extraordinary products, I have decided to take a medical leave of absence until the end of June," Jobs said in a statement.

Submission + - AMD quad-core "Barcelona" processors revie

EconolineCrush writes: "AMD has finally taken the wraps off Barcelona, its first native quad core processor. The Tech Report has a comprehensive review of AMD's latest Barcelona-based Opterons, comparing their performance, power consumption, and even energy usage against a trio of Core 2-based Xeon chips from Intel. The review also probes the performance of a 2.5GHz Barcelona chip that provides a first look at how upcoming Phenom desktop processors will compare with Intel's Core 2 lineup."

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