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.
…all this and more in this week’s compendium of open source news!
Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
Sounds like a Strauss Waltz? Almost. After 10 years the city of Munich’s
love affair with open source may be coming to an end. Despite saving $16
million by using the custom Linux distribution LiMux, the city is considering
switching back to Windows due to user complaints. Read more about the
motives surrounding the discussion at Network World.
Governments on GitHub
Governments across the globe have long been dabbling with open source
software. Use of Open Source products like... (more)
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)
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)
Today's software development is geared more towards building upon previous
work and less about reinventing content from scratch. Resourceful software
development organizations and developers use a combination of previously
created code, commercial software, open source software, and their own
creative content to produce the desired software product or functionality.
Outsourced code can also be used, which can contain any of the above
combination of software.
There are many good reasons for using off-the-shelf and especially open
source software, with the greatest being its abili... (more)