When your data and work grow, and you still want to produce results in a
timely manner, you start to think big. Your one beefy server reaches its
limits. You need a way to spread your work across many computers. You
truly need to scale out.
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This week IBM released a bunch of new hardware, including 8 new Power Systems, 3 PureSystems models, and new storage technology. This is good news for small and medium businesses, because it means the same powerful hardware that powers Watson (http://www-03.ibm.com/innovation/us/watson/) is now available at prices designed to compete with commodity hardware from other vendors. more>>
Many of my previous articles have looked at software packages
that do scientific calculations and generate scientific results. But,
columns of numbers are nearly impossible to make sense of—at least, by
regular human beings. So what can you do? The answer is visualization. more>>
That's always been the case for me. I'm a map freak. I own hundreds of
paper maps in various specialties, plus many atlases, books on geography,
geology and other geo-obsessions. But I'm no longer an edge case, because
maps are proving to be essential on smartphones, which today approaches a
billion or more people. Digital maps on phones are now among the core
portfolio of smartphone apps, alongside voice, text, calendar and contacts.
What could be more mobile about a phone than a map to help the user look
things up and get around?
System administrators at the USENIX LISA 2011
conference (LISA is a great system administration conference, by the way)
in Boston in December got to hear Michael Perrone's
presentation "What Is Watson?"
The votes are in, the tallies are counted, the hanging chads have been
evaluated, and we have our winners. This year holds a few surprises,
a couple dominant players and as much open source as you can handle. We
don't encourage gambling here at Linux Journal, but if you had an office
pool going for pizza money, it's officially too late to make your wager.