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News Archive » October, 2011

Chinese supercomputer breaks ties to western technology

The supercomputer uses microprocessors, which have been developed solely within China and is said to demonstrate China’s growing strength and decreasing reliance, on western technological influences. The supercomputer has a theoretical peak speed of 1.07 petaflops (quadrillion floating-point calculations per second), and a sustained performance of 0.79 petaflops when measured with the Linpack benchmark. This…

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Flooding in Thailand has repercussions for the IT industry

Prices of hard-disks drives (HDD) have jumped up 20%, due to the recent severe flooding experienced in Thailand. The country is responsible for 25% of the world’s hard drive production and it is predicted that an on-going shortage of HDD can be expected into the New Year. This will inevitably have an impact on the…

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16,000 deaths a year could be prevented with improved IT

The University Hospitals Birmingham says it saw a 17% fall in deaths among emergency patients over 12 months, which would equate to 16,000 deaths prevented across England, due to its enhanced IT system. The BBC Health correspondent, Adam Brimelow, reported that Information technology was utilised to prevent human error, promote efficiency and increase accountability. The…

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Super-fast broadband for EU, a weapon against recession?

European Commission is to propose a £8 billion investment in broadband infrastructure and services, across the European Union, according to the BBC correspondent David Meyer. This should allow the EU to become ‘more competitive’ and ‘stimulate private investment’ by providing creditability to infrastructure projects. The funding, called the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), should hopefully encourage…

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Blackberry and our dependence on mobile devices

Customers of Research in Motion (RIM), the makers of Blackberry, have been left frustrated by the recent disruptions caused by a core switch failure within RIM’s infrastructure. As well as disruption to normal services, customers have felt they have been left in the dark, with many turning to social media sites to vent frustrations and…

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IT Management Promoting Green IT and Cutting Energy Costs

Many small businesses are becoming more and more aware of the need to become environmentally sustainable via IT. However, many worry that this may lead to greater costs and complicated IT infrastructures. Vmware can offer a solution to both, with greener IT and a reduction in energy costs, through virtualisation. With virtualisation you are able…

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