The tech industry has taken a lot of steps to make their products greener, from reducing the of toxic substances used to manufacture electronic devices, an increased focus on recycling, and improvements in energy efficiency. The folks at Facebook would like to take this a step further, however, and make biodegradable computers. Continue reading
Google has become a byword for knowledge. Can’t remember who sang that song you like? Who was the 23rd U.S. president? Need help with a math problem? Just Google it, is usually the answer to the question.
The backbone of Google is its 12 main data centers, located around the world. Security is tight at the centers, with everything from guards to retina scanners to ensure the information entrusted to Google remains secure. For years, Google refused to allow outsiders into the centers, or even really talk about them, but a new sort of technical glasnost has opened the doors, at least a crack. Continue reading
The IEEE Computer Society and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) will honor a number of innovative supercomputer users at the upcoming SC12 event in Salt Lake City on Nov. 13. Among the honorees this year: the inventor of the first multicore processor, a biomolecular modeling researcher, and an expert in managing software security flaws. Continue reading
Finding reliable, long-term storage media has been a challenge since the dawn of the computer age. Magnetic tape and discs can deteriorate over time, and even digital media like CDs and DVDs can degrade as well, depending on how they are stored. Other platforms are more stable, but may become outdated. What good is it to save important information on a portable drive, for instance, if there’s no way to retrieve it 100 years from now?