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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)

The Latest on OpenStack Adoption | @CloudExpo #Cloud #OpenStack

According to a recent press release, 81 percent of senior IT professionals are planning to move or are already moving to OpenStack private cloud. With that said, many customers are also coming forth with concerns about how their cloud infrastructure should be integrated and managed. For example, respondents to the study conducted by Linux, cloud and storage infrastructure provider SUSE have installation challenges, possible vendor lock-in, and a lack of OpenStack skills in the market on their list of concerns about moving to the OpenStack private cloud. While OpenStack has many ... (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)

Leveraging Open Source and Avoiding Risks in Small Tech Companies

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)

Tesla Motors Releases Patents as Open Source

Earlier this month, Tesla Motors—a darling of many Wall Street investors over the past year or so—announced that it would be releasing all of its electric car patents to the public. According to CEO Elon Musk, Tesla originally was worried that some of the country’s larger manufacturers would copy the Palo Alto, California-based company’s technology and then put it out of business thanks to the massive manufacturing infrastructure those industry juggernauts already have in place. But that has not been the case, according to Musk. And since Tesla’s goal is to combat climate change... (more)