Archive for January, 2005

Globus Consortium in NY Times

Monday, January 24th, 2005

Steve Lohr of the New York Times writes about how the Globus Consortium is working to accelerate the adoption of Grid computing by the business world. This is the first I’ve heard of the consortium, but the main point of the story is one that seems to pop up in the mainstream press periodically: grid computing or the tools of grid and high-performance computing are now making their way into the “mainstream” of business.

What’s BREWing at Toshiba?

Monday, January 24th, 2005

Qualcomm’s standard, but Toshiba’s phone. According to MIT Technology Review:

TOKYO (AP) — Toshiba Corp. has developed new software that allows mobile phones to work all the functions of Windows-running personal computers from afar, including editing documents, rebooting and sending e-mail.

The Japanese electronics maker said Tuesday that the Brew software and data compression technology it has developed can make mobile phones a handy device to access computer files and do office work wherever you may be — commuter trains or bus stops.

When do we get to run computational steering apps from the American gates at O’Hare, while buying something from the soda machine using our phone/PDA?

Toshiba Phone Works All Windows Functions From Afar
BREW propaganda from Qualcomm
A BREW developers’ forum

NSF Acting Director Dr. Arden L. Bement, Jr. on NSF’s commitment to cyberinfrastructure

Monday, January 10th, 2005

June 17, 2004 - NSF Acting Director Arden L. Bement, Jr. presented remarks on the NSF’s plans for investment in computational science and cyberinfrastructure.

Computational science is driving discovery and innovation across all fields of science and engineering today. The extraordinary advances in information technology of the past several decades have ushered in a new era of scientific exploration�an era that promises not simply incremental advances, but a revolution in the way we conduct scientific investigation and in the complexity and depth of the new knowledge we can generate. NSF is committed to a continuing leadership role in realizing this enormous potential.

Full transcript and slides available at:

Life Sciences and Cyberinfrastructure: Dual and Interacting Revolutions that will Drive Future Science

Monday, January 10th, 2005

Arzberger, P., Farazdel, A., Konagaya, A., Ang, L., Shimojo, S., Stevens, R. “Life Sciences and Cyberinfrastructure: Dual and Interacting Revolutions that will Drive Future Science”, New Generation Computing (2004), Vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 97.

ABSTRACT: Over the past quarter century, two revolutions, one in bio-medicine, the other in computing and information technology leading to cyberinfrastructure, have made the largest advances and the most significant impacts on science, technology, and society. The interface between these areas is rich with opportunity for major advances. The Life Sciences Grid Research Group (LSG-RG) of the Global Grid Forum recognized the opportunities and needs to bring the communities together to ensure the cyberinfrastructure will be constructed for the benefit of science. This article gives an overview of the area, the activities of the LSG-RG, and the minisymposium organized by LSG-RG, and introduces the papers in this Special Issue of New Generation Computing.

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