Stories by Patrick Thibodeau

Does being first in supercomputing still matter?

NEW ORLEANS -- The European forecast of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 was so far ahead of U.S. models in predicting the storm's path that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was called before Congress to explain how it happened.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 20 November, 2014 22:28

Tags: popular science, emerging technology

The fate of NASA's supercomputer may depend on Sen. Ted Cruz

NEW ORLEANS -- Republican control of the Senate means that one the most fanatical climate change deniers in Congress, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), is now in line to head the Senate subcommittee that oversees science funding. This is not good news for supercomputing.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 20 November, 2014 07:31

Tags: popular science, NASA, high performance computing (HPC), Sena

Coming by 2023, an exascale supercomputer in the U.S.

NEW ORLEANS -- The U.S. has set 2023 as the target date for producing the next great leap in supercomputing, if its plans aren't thwarted by two presidential and four Congressional elections between now and then.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 20 November, 2014 03:55

Tags: HP, U.S. Department of Energy, high performance computing (HPC), IBM, hardware systems

U.S. sets sights on 300 petaflop supercomputer

WASHINGTON -- U.S. officials Friday announced plans to spend $325 million on two new supercomputers, one of which may eventually be built to support 300 petaflops, faster than any supercomputer running today.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 15 November, 2014 08:19

Tags: popular science, U.S. Department of Energy, high performance computing (HPC), hardware systems, GT

How automation could take your skills -- and your job

Nicholas Carr's essay IT Doesn't Matter in the Harvard Business Review in 2003, and the later book, argued that IT is shifting to a service delivery model comparable to electric utilities. It produced debate and defensiveness among IT managers over the possibility that they were sliding to irrelevancy. It's a debate that has yet to be settled. But what is clear is that Carr has a talent for raising timely questions, and he has done so again in his latest work The Glass Cage, Automation and Us (W.W. Norton & Co.)

By Patrick Thibodeau | 11 November, 2014 05:59

Tags: IT careers, careers, Harvard Business Review, IT management, norton

IT hiring edges up: Why? Take your pick

Whenever IT hiring picks up, as it did last month, the default explanation from analysts is this: The economy is improving.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 08 November, 2014 08:25

Tags: Janco Associates, U.S. Department of Labor, IT careers, beca, careers, Computer Economics, IT management

The IT freelance economy is growing, but not at large firms

The type of company you work for may have a lot to do with whether you're hired as a full-time employee or a contract or contingent worker.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 07 November, 2014 07:16

Tags: IT careers, careers, Computer Economics, IT management

GOP takeover in Congress could bode ill for supercomputing and science

You can count on Republicans in the next Congress to champion less regulation on issues that matter to tech -- particularly, overreaching privacy and cybersecurity rules.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 06 November, 2014 08:47

Tags: Government IT, Atkins, security, regulation, Sena, GT, government, legislation, HP

Offshore outsourcing fails as election issue

WASHINGTON - Democratic candidates clubbed their Republican opponents in two of this year's election campaigns about their offshore outsourcing records, but to no apparent help.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 06 November, 2014 06:33

Tags: services, Dell, outsourcing, Sena, GT, IT outsourcing

Computer scientists say meme research doesn't threaten free speech

In a letter to lawmakers Tuesday, five of the nation's top computing research organizations defended a research grant to study how information goes viral. The groups were responding to claims that the government-funded effort could help create a 1984-type surveillance state.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 06 November, 2014 01:06

Tags: Technology Law & Regulation, WD, legal, twitter, Indiana University

A CIO fights to keep his tech options open

In today's IT market, vendors tell users that engineered, converged and highly integrated systems deliver the greatest efficiency. But some users believe a heterogeneous environment is the best path to savings.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 04 November, 2014 09:36

Tags: IT management, Oracle

If Ebola's a problem here, just imagine it in India

As the U.S. has discovered, it only takes a few cases of Ebola to turn things upside down.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 30 October, 2014 07:03

Tags: disaster recovery, applications, software

Startup aims to bring order to performance monitoring

The IT market is seeing a rush of startups that monitor apps, data, websites, servers and networks. This is a great trend for best-of-breed IT shoppers, but deployment of multiple tools creates its own problems.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 29 October, 2014 06:51

Tags: applications, big data, software, data mining

Feds set to destroy H-1B records

The U.S. has changed its H-1B record retention policy to the concern of people who study the visa's impact on the workforce and economy.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 28 October, 2014 07:42

Tags: Government IT, U.S. Department of Labor, IT management

Automation arrives at restaurants (but don't blame rising minimum wages)

McDonald's this week told financial analysts of its plans to install self-ordering kiosks and mobile ordering at its restaurants. It isn't the only food chain doing this.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 24 October, 2014 21:28

Tags: Apple, Gartner, McDonald's, robotics

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