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Microsoft adds data centre efficiency to research project awards

Software and cloud giant Microsoft has given grants worth $160,000 to four academic university projects focusing on making data centres more efficient. The money comes the Microsoft Research Award for the Software Engineering Innovation Foundation (SEIF) which traditionally supported academic research in software engineering technologies, tools, practices and teaching methods. However, this year it expanded… Read More


News: Cloud marketplace for world’s researchers backed by European service providers

Researchers around the globe will soon have a focused cloud marketplace where they can select and buy a range of services that are designed to work seamlessly together and be compliant with EU regulations and legislation. Called the Helix Nebula Marketplace (HNX) it has grown out of projects funded by the European Commission and led… Read More


Umbrella sensor sends rain data to the Cloud

You could be forgiven for ignoring this story as an excuse for a jokey headline – and that’s probably the main reason why Mashable published it although the BBC went for the much more sensible: Smart umbrellas ‘could collect rain data’).  But it is an interesting story perhaps as a portent of what may be to… Read More


Green clouds on the horizon for computing

Some scientific backing for the received wisdom that cloud computing is more energy efficient than traditional models published by Science Daily. It reports on research in Austria that tackles the argument that cloud is not greener but rather it just moves or displaces the energy demands and emissions. They believe that small businesses could save… Read More


Brain-inspired circuit board 9000 times faster than an average PC

Another ‘the future is here’ article, this time about bioengineers at Stanford University who have developed Neurocore processors designed to act like a human brain – well, 1 million neurons at least – which makes them ‘9000 times’ faster than a PC and consume a fraction of the power. It has packed 16 of them… Read More



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