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News for Friday, Oct. 10, 2003
* Virginia Tech Lashing Together 1,100 Apple G5's for
World's Largest Home-Built Supercomputer
* Colorado Issues RFP in Research, Education, Workforce
Projects
* Transportation Student's Design 'Urban Youth Vehicles'
* Utah Extranet to Integrate Research Processes
* IBM Uses Airbag Tech to Protect New Notebook Offerings
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Virginia Tech Lashing Together 1,100 Apple G5's for
World's Largest Home-Built Supercomputer

Virginia Tech is building a supercomputer that
"will arguably be one of the world's cheapest world
class supercomputers (and) the most powerful homebuilt
supercomputer in the world," said VT president Charles
Steger, speaking at a Virginia IT Symposium. Srinidhi
Varadarajan, a Tech engineering professor, is leading
a team building a low-cost, high-speed terascale
supercomputer from a cluster of off-the-shelf industry
components, including 1,100 new Apple G5 desktop computers.
The strategy will cost about one-tenth of what most
supercomputers cost, school officials said.

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Colorado Issues RFP in Research, Education, Workforce Projects

The Colorado Institute of Technology (CIT) and the
Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) issued
a request for proposals in research and education to
support technology workforce development and diversity,
research and technology transfer.

Accepted proposals will be funded by CCHE's Technology
Advancement Group money; CIT proposals for up to $300,000
will also be accepted. Proposals are due either
October 31, 2003, or April 23, 2004. A primary goal of
CIT is to ensure a qualified workforce for state
industries focused on technology. CCHE's goals are
similar: to bring together resources from business,
higher ed, and the state to produce a local technology
workforce.

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Transportation Student's Design 'Urban Youth Vehicles'

Three students participated in a contest to predict
the future of automotive design in the College for
Creative Studies (CCS)/American Iron and Steel Institute
(AISI) "Urban Youth" design challenge. The students
are member's of CCS's transportation design department
working to design functional, futuristic vehicles
marketed to urban youth that integrate environmental
responsibility, cost-efficiency and innovative steel
materials. The students combined classroom and real-world
experience to design their vehicles with the Alias computer
program, then had them formed into models by a milling
specialist.


Utah Extranet to Integrate Research Processes

The University of Utah is in the process of automating
its Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Conflict of
Interest (COI) research oversight processes. The new
applications will provide electronic submission and
review of all new research studies involving human
subjects. Expected results include streamlined data entry,
faster IRB review cycles, and improved communication
between compliance organizations. The school chose
Webridge's Compliance Extranet software as one of the
technologies for the job. One of the primary drivers
for the project is to streamline the interactions
of researchers.

IBM Uses Airbag Tech to Protect New Notebook Offerings

IBM unveiled an updated line of ThinkPad notebook
computers, including new ThinkPad R50 and T41 models
that include automatic hard drive protection technology
designed to reduce data loss. The IBM Active Protection
System, similar to the technology used in automobiles
to deploy airbags upon impact, uses a microchip on
the system board to detect system acceleration
(such as in a fall) and respond by temporarily parking
the drive's read/write head until the system is stabilized.

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