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  • IBM tests grid with games

    Posted August 22, 2003 - 10:12 am

    With only 80 simultaneous players, the first test may have failed to stress the system. But don't expect that to deter the University of Wisconsin students who developed GameGrid.
  • Wi-Fi still stumping telecoms

    Posted August 21, 2003 - 1:52 pm

    The paradox was on display at a recent industry conference: consumers are clamoring for Wi-Fi services, but major telecom providers can't figure out a business model for making money off of them. According to some analysts, though, the unregulated nature of the 802.11 spectrum may help the industry find its way.
  • Microsoft preps 200,000 CDs to fight Blaster in Japan

    Posted August 21, 2003 - 10:32 am

    Microsoft Co. Ltd., the Japanese unit of Microsoft Corp., will begin distributing 200,000 compact discs this weekend as part of its efforts to stop the Blaster worm.
  • Definition: Utility computing

    Posted August 20, 2003 - 4:55 pm

    This definition of utility computing interestingly puts utility computing at the same level as on-demand computing, grid computing, and metered services, rather than considering those as part of the overall utility computing vision. A good jumping off point, nonetheless.
  • Oracle puts app server on the grid

    Posted August 20, 2003 - 4:03 pm

    Oracle Corp. is adding grid computing capabilities to a new version of its application server software, part of a broader effort to revamp its entire product line around the utility computing model. Analysts say the goal is worthy but don't see customers rushing to build grids just yet.
  • EDS intros Microsoft desktop management service

    Posted August 20, 2003 - 8:47 am

    Electronic Data Systems Corp. (EDS) is today unveiling a service to manage the deployment of Microsoft Corp. desktop applications and system software in companies and government agencies.
  • The data grid: Revolution or desperation?

    Posted August 19, 2003 - 1:53 pm

    The commercial application of computing grids, seen through the lens of Moore's Law, is eerily reminiscent of the disruptive technologies so vividly descibed by Clay Christensen in The Innovator's Dilemma. Read the full post for a truly interesting and insightful view on utility computing's place in the march toward commoditization.
  • Grids grow up

    Posted August 18, 2003 - 4:06 pm

    This article offers an interesting analysis of the current grid landscape, including the positioning of the major players and startups, acquisitions activity, and battles over standards.
  • WLAN security on a budget

    Posted August 15, 2003 - 2:53 pm

    As managers become increasingly concerned about WLAN security, a brisk business has grown up for wireless appliances and software that purport to lock down your network. While these tools can be useful, you should also know that your current wireless network and equipment has security features that you're probably not making full use of. These tips will help you make the most of current software and hardware, emphasizing good design and best practices over expensive security solutions. You'll also learn about some situations when the most intense security measures simply aren't called for - another area in which you can conserve precious resources.
  • Intel and United Devices team up to speed cancer research

    Posted August 15, 2003 - 9:48 am

    When the Centre for Computational Drug Design at Oxford University set out to substantially increase the scope and scale of virtual screening, it turned to United Devices. With over 1 million machines donating spare computing cycles, it was the largest computational chemistry project undertaken to date.
  • The American Diabetes Association: Improving research accuracy with a United Devices grid

    Posted August 15, 2003 - 9:20 am

    The goal: to accelerate discovery of the effectiveness of various therapies in treating diabetes. The solution: A predictive software application called Archimedes powered by a 250 PC grid. The result: dramatically reduced compute time and flexibility to add nodes and increase capacity as needed.
  • Distributed desktop grid helps Novartis enhance innovation

    Posted August 14, 2003 - 5:16 pm

    Speeding drug discovery and development is the name of the game for Swiss pharmaceutical leader Novartis. With 2,700 PCs working together to deliver more than 5 teraflops of computing power, Novartis is generating not only new drugs but significant savings as well. Read the full case study to learn more about Novartis' grid implementation.
  • Wireless LANs: Support and maintenance

    Posted August 14, 2003 - 5:15 pm

    A variety of things will affect WLAN throughput and the radio channel. The traditional technique for dealing with throughput problems within a building is the site survey which usually comes with most WLAN products. Your next option is a tool that monitors the airwaves directly.
  • Entelos: A grid computing case study

    Posted August 14, 2003 - 2:30 pm

    A computing grid from Platform Computing enables Menlo Park biotech firm Entelos to harness the under-utilized processing power of 145 machines. The result: simulations that would take 2 years to run on a single server can be run in under a week. Sound good? Read on.
  • Wireless Security and Privacy: A book review

    Posted August 14, 2003 - 2:24 pm

    This review points you in the direction of a wireless security book that can help you build safer wireless networks. The review is quite detailed and contains a number of useful tips itself.
  • Best practices in wireless security

    Posted August 14, 2003 - 2:17 pm

    When you build a wireless application or network, security basics ought to be built into the design itself. Read on for tips on structuring your network so that it's secure from day one.
  • History and best practices of wireless network security

    Posted August 14, 2003 - 2:14 pm

    Wireless security has always been a tricky business, and many of the more popular security measures have failed to live up their billing. Nevertheless, you can secure your current network with good design principles. This paper outlines the steps you'll need to take. (Paper is in PDF format.)
  • Defining best practices for designing and implementing 802.11 security

    Posted August 14, 2003 - 2:09 pm

    This article covers a wide range of best practices for building WLANs. Of interest is the fact that it offers a spectrum of security levels, which you can use to decide how much energy and resources you need and want to put into the security aspects of your wireless operation. (Article is in PDF format.)
  • Ford Motor Company shifts productivity into high gear

    Posted August 13, 2003 - 5:08 pm

    It's a familiar tale: an IT department is asked to cut costs but maintain or increase productivity. This case study illustrates the Ford Powertrain division's implementation of a grid computing architecture to take advantage of underutilized computing resources.
  • Sun helps animation company find available compute resources

    Posted August 13, 2003 - 4:48 pm

    When Axyz, a small digital effects company, was looking for a cost-effective solution for handling compute-intensive rendering, it turned to Sun ONE Grid Engine software. This case study details the setup of Axyz's cluster grid and illustrates its success in a demanding project for a television pilot.
  • Grid technology brings quantum improvements to medical imaging

    Posted August 13, 2003 - 2:41 pm

    When the National Scalable Cluster Lab (NSCL) was looking to build a National Digital Mammogram Archive (NDMA), it selected a grid-based solution from IBM. This case study by IDC describes in detail the business need, walks through the planning and implementation process, and looks at the benefits of the solution from both a business and a technology perspective.
  • Experts warn more, better Windows worms likely

    Posted August 12, 2003 - 6:27 pm

    Despite infecting tens of thousands of computers worldwide, the recent W32.Blaster worm is poorly written and inefficient, blunting its impact, according to security experts.
  • Blaster worm spreading, experts warn of attack

    Posted August 12, 2003 - 11:30 am

    A new worm that exploits a widespread vulnerability in Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system continued its spread on Tuesday, making Monday's outbreak the most serious since the appearance of the SQL Slammer worm in January, according to security experts.
  • Street makes forays into utility computing

    Posted August 12, 2003 - 9:15 am

    Wall Street is paying attention to utility computing, not as a potential investment (although it may be) but as a way for individual firms to rein in costs and increase flexibility, largely in response to regulatory mandates like Sarbanes-Oxley. But there's more... Charles Schwab, Morgan Stanley, CitiGroup, Prudential, Deutsche Bank and First Union Corp, among others, have made their first foray into utility computing with the adoption of grid technologies for compute-intensive applications and many have their eyes on service-oriented architectures as the next step in the utility evolution.
  • Managed services hit a Hardwall. Virtualization arrives to data center, shrink-wrapped

    Posted August 11, 2003 - 5:12 pm

    Inkra Networks is revolutionizing the data center with its concept of "virtual racks." This article explains Inkra's competitive advantage, it's product offerings, and how Inkra will enable managed services to expand - profitably.
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