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.
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)
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)
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)