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Joyent polishes Node.js with commercial support package

Joyent promises to help solve tricky Node.js issues, no matter where they occur.

IntelliJ IDEA 13

JetBrains builds on Google Android collaboration for new IntelliJ IDEA

JetBrain's latest version of IntelliJ IDEA 13 borrows from Google's Android Studio.

Google Cloud Compute goes live

The company has cut the prices, improved reliability and expanded options for its Google Compute Engine infrastructure-as-a-service.

Google, Amazon reveal their secrets of scalability

Internet giants such as Google and Amazon run IT operations that are far larger than most enterprises even dream of, but lessons they learn from managing those humongous systems can benefit others in the industry.

D-Wave pitches quantum co-acceleration to supercomputing set

D-Wave's 512-qubit quantum system could help solve optimization problems much more quickly than supercomputers, the company boasts.

AMD transient error study

SC13: Elevation plays a role in memory error rates

A study by AMD and the Department of Energy showed a higher supercomputer had more memory problems.

SC13: GPUs would make terrific network monitors

An off-the-shelf Nvidia GPU is able to easily capture all the traffic of a 10Gbps network, Fermilab research finds.

Facebook goes open source with its workhorse embedded data store

Facebook's RocksDB is an embeddable, persistent key-value store designed for fast reads and writes.

Nvidia Emerald supercomputer

Growing inequality in supercomputing power

The first 17 entrants in the latest supercomputer ranking produce half of all the supercomputing power on the list.

New OpenSUSE embraces new 64-bit ARM architecture

OpenSUSE joins Red Hat’sLinux distribution, Fedora, and Canonical’s Ubuntu in offering an experimental Linux distribution that can run on 64-bit ARM processors.

Cray brings Hadoop to supercomputing

Cray has released a package designed to allow XC30 users to easily deploy Hadoop.

Nvidia Emerald supercomputer

China continues reign with top supercomputer

China has maintained its lead in the twice-yearly ranking of the world's most powerful supercomputers, with the Chinese National University of Defense Technology's Tianhe-2 system bringing 33.86 petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per second) to the contest, almost twice the calculations offered by the runner up, the Titan Cray system run by the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

New AWS service AppStream offloads graphics work to the cloud

AppStream could bring advanced graphics rendering to even the smallest of portable tablets.

Amazon's new I2 instance aims for consistent high performance

SSDs offer more consistent I/O speeds than disk drives, making them the core of Amazon's new high-performance I2 instances.

Amazon offers PostgreSQL from the cloud

At its re:Invent user conference, Amazon Web Services also unveils new instances types and multizone backups for its data warehouse.