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May 18
supercomputing
U-Md. introduces ‘Deepthought2’

The University of Maryland showed off a new supercomputer last week that can process 300 trillion operations per second — the equivalent of about 1,000 laptops working together.

The new high-performance machine, called Deepthought2, replaces Deepthought, which the university installed in 2006. Deepthought2 is about 10 times as fast as Deepthought, and has about 2,000 times the storage of an average laptop, according to the College Park school.

Powered by technology from Dell, the supercomputer will be housed in Maryland’s new Cyberinfrastructure Center, a 9,000-square-foot data center in the university’s M Square Research Park in Riverdale Park, Md.

The school aims to use the machine for tasks such as multi-level simulations, big data analysis, and large-scale computations, which previously had to be run on national supercomputers.

— Mohana Ravindranath

Internet
Netflix’s share of Web traffic grows

Netflix increased its share of fixed-line Web traffic in North America in the first half of 2014, accounting for 34 percent of data flowing to consumers during peak times, up from 32 percent in the latter half of 2013.

That’s according to a new report from Sandvine, a Canadian networking services company.

Sandvine also found that file-sharing — the main tool of content piracy — had fallen to 8.3 percent of all daily network traffic, compared with 31 percent in 2008, as legitimate options flourished.

The report comes amid public feuding between Netflix and Internet service providers about who should pay for network improvements needed to maintain quality video streams.

— Associated Press

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