Thought for the month

“There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.” Probably W.L. Sheldon, US lecturer on ethics (1858 – 1907) rather than Ernest Hemingway.

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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