New Products

Peter Seibel's Coders at Work (Apress)

Learn how some of the world's most interesting computer programmers “tick” with Peter Seibel's new book Coders at Work from Apress. Editor Seibel whittled an original list of 284 names down to 15 that made it into the book. The interviews focus on how these programmers tackle the day-to-day work of programming while revealing how they became great programmers, how they recognize programming talent in others and what kinds of problems they find most interesting. Some of the interviewees include Frances Allen, the first female winner of the Turing Award and IBM fellow; L. Peter Deutsch, author of Ghostscript; Brendan Eich, inventor of JavaScript; Simon Peyton Jones, co-inventor of Haskell; Donald Knuth, creator of TeX; and Ken Thompson, inventor of UNIX. The book is for programmers interested in new approaches and points of view that can be gleaned from leaders in the field.

Fixstars' Y-HPC

The new, updated v2.1 of Fixstars' Y-HPC for Sony PlayStation 3, dubbed by the company as the world's only commercial, cross-architecture cluster construction suite, is now available. This release's key improvement is the addition of the next generation of ps3vram for fast, temporary file storage or swap using PS3 video RAM. This version of ps3vram, says Fixstars, is up to 50% faster than prior versions and is automatically enabled as swap. Also included are the new features found in Yellow Dog Enterprise Linux v6.1, such as updated kernel v2.6.28, IBM Cell SDK v3.1.0.1, improved ps3vram support and Libfreevec. Fixstars says that the monumental improvements in compute performance from Y-HPC v2.1 will allow existing and new PlayStation 3 clusters to tackle problems never before believed to be practical.


James Gray is Products Editor for Linux Journal.