Here’s what Wikipedia looks like over time and place

When you mix a researcher, a massive online encyclopedia and a supercomputer, the result is a collection of insights and visualizations into what Wikipedia looks like mapped across time and space. It looks a lot like how our history books might look merged and graphed.

A milestone from Synthetic Genomics: Yellow algae

Through his startup Synthetic Genomics, Craig Venter and his team have reached a milestone: they’ve engineered their first algae strain that includes a portion of synthetic DNA. And it’s bright yellow.

‘My Hadoop is bigger than yours’

Money has turned the Hadoop community, once united under the Apache banner and the cuddly stuffed-toy-elephant logo, into something resembling a frat house: Everyone’s under the same roof, but there’s plenty of machismo to go around. If it’s not good business; it is good theater.

The curious case of Hadoop in HPC

SGI and Cloudera have entered into a reseller agreement, but the most interesting part of the deal is that it’s yet another example of a vendor pushing Hadoop products at mainstream customers while keeping the custom stuff targeted at HPC.

Dissecting the New SGI’s Plan for Profitability

After hemorrhaging cash for the better part of a decade and filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy twice in three years, it looks like storied server and supercomputer maker SGI might actually turn a profit again. It’s plan involves everything from diversification to, unfortunately, cutting personnel costs.

Is Verari Shutting Down?

Blade server and containerized data center startup Verari Systems is shutting down today, according to reports. This has me wondering what the fates have in store for other specialty hardware players such as BLADE Networks or Liquid Computing.

HP Finally Boards the Mega Data Center Bandwagon

proliantHewlett Packard (s hpq)  today announced a new line of servers, a data center mapping program and some consulting and financing services aimed at companies that build out mega data centers. Potential purchasers of the new HP machines include those building cloud computing offerings and enterprise customers trying to build their own clouds or high-performance computing clusters.

Problem is, HP is late to the mega data center party. Read More about HP Finally Boards the Mega Data Center Bandwagon

On the Block: SiCortex’s DeLorean-Style Green Supercomputer

high_capability_system_sc5832SiCortex, a company that makes a green supercomputer using proprietary chips and some “Back to the Future” styling, is seeking to sell its assets by the end of June. (Check out what’s for sale here.) According to a story at HPCwire, SiCortex was seeking a third round of financing (it finalized a $37 million round last September), but one of its five venture backers pulled out. I called SiCortex CEO Chris Stone to get more information, but have not heard back.

Reportedly, the 5-year-old company was doing well, but in these hard economic times, it’s possible that a cash-strapped investor just couldn’t front SiCortex the money to continue.¬†EETimes reported a similar capital crunch leading to the closure of video processing chip firm Ambric last November. However, there may be an industry trend working against SiCortex as well. Read More about On the Block: SiCortex’s DeLorean-Style Green Supercomputer

Why Computing’s Future Is Graphic

Two almost contradictory pieces of news came out today that prove that the next wave of computing is visual. Good graphics were once a mainstay of heavy industry for 3-D or seismic modeling, but in today’s world of digital everything and the coming 3-D web, rich graphics are becoming a need-to-have capability on every machine.
That emphasis on graphics is what’s leading to a rise in the number of GPUs shipped — they achieved a 17.8 percent growth rate for the third quarter of 2008, the highest quarter-over-quarter growth rate seen in the last six years, according to Jon Peddie Research. In the third quarter, more than 111 million GPUs were shipped, compared with 91 million shipped during the same period last year. Nvidia (s NVDA), Intel (s INTC) and AMD (s AMD) are the top makers of GPUs. Read More about Why Computing’s Future Is Graphic