Boeing's Delta IV Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle is a serious
rocket. Scheduled to launch first in 2002, it will have the power to pull
payloads of 29,000 lbs, allowing scientists to place larger satellites into
But when Boeing tried to run CFD simulations on the Delta IV (www.boeing.com/defense-space/space/delta/delta4/delta4.htm),
it quickly realized that it couldn't run the complex applications on dinky
little desktops. A problem of such complexity demanded unprecedented computation
power. So they broke out the big guns.
Boeing implemented a Linux supercomputer powered by 96 AMD
Athlon(TM) processors (www.amd.com). Located at
the company's Space and Communications Div. in Huntington Beach, CA, the
supercomputer was developed by Linux NetworX (Sandy, UT, www.linuxnetworx.com), a company which
uses cluster technology to link multiple computers through high-speed networks
and form a single, scalable system. It uses software called ClusterWorX(R) to
manage all those processors, in a similar manner to how the company has created
"Beowulf" clusters for other applications in the past.
Machine vision and video streaming systems are used for a variety of purposes, and each has applications for which it is best suited. This denotes that there are differences between them, and these differences can be categorized as the type of lenses used, the resolution of imaging elements, and the underlying software used to interpret the data.
Comic books long have appealed to kids as a fun way to introduce reading and art without being overly didactic. Now a software engineer and project manager from Oklahoma thinks the medium can be used to get them interested in STEM careers.
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