In Brief: CERN data grid on tap, ComponentSource buys Flashline mart, and more
* IBM and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) today
announced that IBM is joining the CERN openlab for DataGrid applications to
collaborate on the creation of a massive data management system built on Grid
computing. Conceived in IBM Research as Storage Tank, the new technology is
designed to provide scalable, high-performance and highly available management
of huge amounts of data using a single file namespace regardless of where or on
what operating system the data resides. IBM and CERN will work together to
extend Storage Tank's capabilities so that it can manage and provide access from
any location worldwide to the torrent of data -- billions of gigabytes a year --
that CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is expected to produce when it goes
online in 2007. It seeks to recreate -- on a tiny scale -- conditions that
existed shortly after the Big Bang of universal creation.
* ComponentSource has acquired Flashline's online marketplace for commercial,
off-the-shelf components. The companies have also formed an alliance to
jumpstart and sustain reuse efforts across organizations through access to
* Altova Inc. has announced the availability of its XMLSPY 5 Release 4 XML
development environment. It includes Stylesheet Designer Enhancements, Web-based
Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV), and Enhanced Code Generation. The
XMLSPY code generator now supports output code that uses the Xerces XML
* Compuware Corp. has reported availability of Uniface 8.3, which offers Web
services support. Functionality built into Uniface can now be made available as
a Web service, enabling integration between Uniface, J2EE, .NET and legacy
applications. This includes applications developed using Compuware OptimalJ, a
model-driven, pattern-based (MDPB) Java development environment. In addition,
CORBA support has been enhanced in Version 8.3 to include the bundling of The
Ace Orb (TAO), an open-source object request broker (ORB).
* Researchers at Binary Simplex Inc. report work on a 3-D rendering algorithm
that is said to drastically increase image manipulation speeds. At the heart of
the method is a ''constant-time neighbor-finding'' algorithm. Early tests have
shown that the method is able to process more than 100,000 cluster updates/sec
on a 650-MHz laptop.
* At IBM developerWorks Live! in New Orleans, Curl Corp. announced Linux OS
support for its Curl Client/Web Platform development environment. Curl creates
rich client-side Internet applications.
* Interactive data visualization software maker Corda Technologies has used
its OptiMap and PopChart tools to create a Web-based interactive map that tracks
the occurrence and spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). To find
out more, please go to http://www.corda.com/examples/go/map/sars.cfm
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Scott Adams is a senior software engineer for TeamQuest.