Thought for the month

“You know," said Arthur, "it's at times like this, when I'm trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I'd listened to what my mother told me when I was young." "Why, what did she tell you?" "I don't know, I didn't listen.” From The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams, Author (1952-2001)

Thursday, 27 January 2011

High speed Scots

Scientists at the University of Glasgow have created an ultra-fast 1,000-core computer processor. Using Field Programmable Gate Array chips the team have been able configure specific circuits to individual mini-circuits thus creating a 1000 core processor. The researchers then used the chip to process an algorithm which is central to the MPEG movie format (used in YouTube videos) at a speed of five gigabytes per second: around 20 times faster than current top-end desktop computers.

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