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.
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)
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)
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)