Just back from the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC), where I had a most interesting conversation with some of the people behind the Maxwell experimental high performance computer. That's based on FPGAs - Field Programmable Gate Arrays, chips designed to have their hardware configured through software - and is a fascinating approach to the general problem of how to use all that new clever hardware we're making to run software we know how to write.
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At the kick-off of its second annual Small Business Summit even in Seattle on March 19, Microsoft took the wraps off Response Point, software designed to power small-business phone systems that are under development by a handful of Microsoft partners.
Monday 28/8/2006 Perhaps it's because it's the August Bank Holiday, that last desperate breath of summer holiday, and perhaps it's because I'm up in Edinburgh, city of Burke and Hare, but matters of mortality today weigh me down.In particular, I wonder, what on earth are companies like East Midland Computing and Intelligent Software Limited doing alongside the Batesville Casket Company and the British Institute for Embalmers at the National Funeral Exhibition?