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Steve Lionel on Why Fortran Still Matters

Most Web-era programmers work with PERL, Python and Java languages, but Intel’s Steve Lionel says Fortran’s pure number-crunching strength keeps it front-and-center for some apps.

Open Source Meets Systems Management

Open-source systems management products are augmenting — and even replacing — legacy enterprise-class offerings from traditional old-school vendors.
Analyst Bernd Harzog explains why.

Maxing out Multicore

Multicore’s concept is simple: Increase the number of cores to increase performance. But as University of Wisconsin Professor Mark Hill explains, Amdahl’s Law is essential to understanding why coding is key to maximizing multicore performance.

Who’s in Charge of Multicore?

Markus Levy, president of The Multicore Association, illuminates initiatives developers should keep an eye on, including an API designed to make parallel programming easier.

Nice Gesture, But What Does It Mean?

As the installed base of smartphones, tablets and digital kiosks grows, so does the need for gesture-based user interfaces. Design expert Don Norman explains why the current paradigm is frustrating for users and developers alike.