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View Resource MIT Amorphous Computing

This site covers the interesting new frontier of molecular computing, which links molecular biology with computer science. It is Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT's) Amorphous Computing homepage. Amorphous computing is defined by the MIT amorphous computer engineers as "methods for instructing myriads of programmable entities to cooperate to achieve particular goals," and sometimes...

http://groups.csail.mit.edu/mac/projects/amorphous/index.htm...
View Resource IBM Research News: Millipede Project

On June 11, 2002, researchers at IBM "demonstrated a data storage density of a trillion bits per square inch -- 20 times higher than the densest magnetic storage available today." The project, called Millipede, uses a technique analogous to punch cards to store data, as opposed to traditional methods of magnetic storage. Although it will not likely be used in commercial applications in the near...

https://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/659.wss
View Resource Top500 Supercomputer Sites

Twice a year, the Top500 Project releases a list of the 500 sites with the most powerful supercomputers. The purpose of the list is "to provide a reliable basis for tracking and detecting trends in high-performance computing." The latest version was unveiled in June, and this site examines some of the most important developments and newcomers to the list. Most important is the recently constructed...

https://www.top500.org/
View Resource Dr. Dobb's Embedded Systems

Embedded Systems is one of the specialized sites stemming from Dr. Dobb's Journal. In addition to serving as an excellent source of news and product development articles, the site is a portal to many other Internet resources on embedded system applications. Information tailored to specific programming languages, like C++, Java, and many others, is grouped into separate categories. There are also...

http://www.drdobbs.com/embedded-systems/
View Resource Ars Technica: CPU and Chipset Guide

An informative collection of articles on computer hardware and operation is presented by Ars Technica. Many of the more recent articles (July 2002 to February 2003) have shifted from focusing on specific technologies and platforms to explaining basic principles of computer architecture. This includes "pipelining and superscalar execution," bandwidth and latency, multithreading, and CPU caching....

http://archive.arstechnica.com/cpu/
View Resource Making Cooltown Real

Cooltown is Hewlett-Packard's ambitious vision of a pervasive computing environment, where mobile services, Internet, and intelligent devices are intertwined to make an omnipresent networked experience. This vision of the future makes up a high profile research effort to develop technologies that will enable such a connected world. The program's homepage has a great deal of information about...

http://www.hpl.hp.com/?jumpid=ex_r17_ww/en/any/corp/cooltown...
View Resource Compile-Time Dynamic Voltage Scaling Settings: Opportunities and Limits

The Parapet research group at Princeton University focuses on power-related issues in computer hardware and software design. Citing the importance of power efficiency both in mobile applications as well as in the general goal of shrinking technology sizes on chips, the authors of this paper discuss the role of dynamic voltage scaling (DVS) in managing power during runtime. This interesting...

http://mrmgroup.cs.princeton.edu/papers/pldi081-xie.pdf
View Resource RapidIO Trade Association

Computers and processors of the near future could incorporate RapidIO technology, an interconnect architecture that provides high speed data transfer between on- and off-chip components. The RapidIO Trade Association is an industry-wide collaboration that is developing the technology. Among the resources provided on the association's Web site, the most useful are the white paper, which gives a...

http://www.rapidio.org
View Resource The Pittsburg Pebbles PDA Project

The Pebbles Project at Carnegie Mellon University is working to create new technologies and applications for personal digital assistants (PDAs). Many avenues of investigation are being explored, including networking and synchronizing multiple PDAs, using handheld devices in classrooms and in conjunction with a fixed computer, and integrating assistant technologies into handheld devices for people...

http://www.pebbles.hcii.cmu.edu/
View Resource ACM Queue: Tomorrow's Computing Today

ACM Queue is a magazine of the Association for Computing Machinery, and its online version is available at this site. The publication strives to intelligently assess "the challenges expected to arise in the near term as emerging capabilities or technologies gain widespread acceptance." While it is targeted at computing professionals, many of its features are of interest to a general audience since...

https://queue.acm.org/
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