It can be challenging to wrap your head around new computing concepts that are supposed to turn the world on its head, but take a gander at this VentureBeat piece on Stephen Wolfram’s new computing paradigm. It combines the Wolfram Alpha search engine, the Mathematica computation platform, and natural language programming in a way that allows programmers to build apps that already “know” vast quantities of information.
Some parents volunteer at their childrens’ school. Some spend hours on the floor building Lego towers. Others turn their garages into veritable robot factories for their precocious daughters.
OK, I only know of one family that’s done the latter: the Beatty clan in Asheville, NC. Father Robert and his two daughters (Camille, 13, and Genevieve, 11) are self-taught robotics engineers who began tinkering in the garage a few years ago. Now, they’ve built some replicas of NASA’s rovers that are landing in science museums. Continue reading
Users of the Linux GCC compiler will soon have access to GPU accelerator programming thanks to the work of the OpenACC Standards Group and Mentor Graphics.
Mentor and the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility are collaborating to integrate the OpenACC standard into the open-source GCC compiler suite. OpenACC is an application program interface that allows programmers to provide directives to the compiler to identify what code to offload to the GPU accelerator. The GCC compiler was produced by the GNU Project. Continue reading