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Researchers at Binghamton University recently became the first to create an open source graphics processor unit (GPU). The GPU they created, called Nyami, is appropriate for general purposes as well as graphics-specific work. Nyami is significant in the research, computing and open source communities because it marks the first time open source has been used to design a GPU, as well as the first time a research team was able to test how different hardware and software configurations affect GPU performance. The results of the experiments the researchers performed are now part of the open source community, and that work will help others follow in the original research team’s footsteps. According to Timothy Miller, a computer science assistant professor at Binghamton, as others create their own GPUs using open source, it will push computing power to the next level. GPUs... (more)

Defining ‘Freedom’ in the Open Source Software Space | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Recently, Forbes contributing writer and enterprise software, application development, and data management expert Adrian Bridgwater discussed how important it is to understand what freedom really means in the open source world. In open source, the word “free” refers to the liberty that users have in running, distributing, changing and improving the software, rather than its price. In fact, while “free” is an appealing word to many C-suite executives, it’s of prime importance that those who are just now considering implementing open source software in their organization understan... (more)

What Developers Need to Know About Open Source Vulnerability Management

As a resourceful developer, you're not writing code from scratch anymore. You probably have access to a vast amount of code you wrote at previous jobs, and a lot of your development probably relies at least in some part around third party or open source software. Every savvy developer knows their way around Sourceforge, Codeplex, or GitHub, and with access to readily available code that frees you up to tackle real challenges, there really is no downside to open source code. Sure, you're probably aware that many open source projects have license obligations tied to them. And lice... (more)

Open Source Software License Obligations in Cloud Applications

The latest technology buzz, after the Internet, telecom, and mobile, is cloud computing. Hype or not, in various names and forms, cloud computing providers - platforms and applications alike - are counting on more than $40 billion in revenue in 2011 alone, growing to more than $241 billion in 2020, according to a recent report on "Sizing the Cloud" by Forrester Research. Open Source Software in the Clouds Most software applications today incorporate some open source software directly or indirectly (dynamically linked). Developer's resourcefulness, code reuse, and efficiencies of d... (more)

Open Source: Helping Governments Mitigate Natural Disasters

No matter how sophisticated technologies become and how much mankind evolves, there is little—if anything—we can do to prevent natural disasters from occurring. What we can do, however, is implement technologies that help streamline the way we respond to such disasters. And that’s where the World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) comes into the equation. The organization educates governments and communities on how to respond most efficiently and effectively to natural disasters. One aspect of that management is Code for Resilience, an initiative ru... (more)