01/08/2008

Ebbsfleet Fibre to the Home Pilot - Consent for non-uniform pricing of retail telephony services under Universal Service Condition 1 | Ofcom

Ebbsfleet Fibre to the Home Pilot - Consent for non-uniform pricing of retail telephony services under Universal Service Condition 1 | Ofcom

BT Retail have asked Ofcom to allow it to vary its pricing for certain retail services in the fibre-to-the-home trial at Ebbsfleet in Surrey to the initial 300 homes (to encourage the take-up of voice and other services delivered over fibre).

Ofcom received 7 responses to the consultation and has decided to allow BT to continue with the trial.

BT should be encouraged to provide fibre to the home and roll fibre out to urban areas as quickly as possible.

31/07/2008

NVIDIA speeds folding proteins

Stanford University has been running the Folding@Home project for a while. This uses a highly complex mathematical system to see how proteins fold, proteins that fold in a different manner are thought to be part of the process that leads to certain diseases.

NVIDIA GPUs are really highly optimised engines that can work on mathematical data in a very parallel manner (that's really what a lot graphics programming is). They have a programming interface into the GPUs and the NVIDIA folding@home client uses that interface. It can speed up mathematical operations by up to about 140x compared to a standard CPU.

A team running the NVIDIA client has moved to the top 0.1% of the folding@home teams in under a month.

Other mathematical solutions may also speed up drastically using this technology, unfortunately NVIDIA have charged for access to their CUDA libraries.

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Wireless Telegraphy (Mobile Communication Services on Aircraft) (Exemption) Regulations 2008 | Ofcom

Wireless Telegraphy (Mobile Communication Services on Aircraft) (Exemption) Regulations 2008 | Ofcom

Ofcom are holding a consultation on the use of mobile phones on aircraft.

They are intending to make the use of mobile terminals license exempt when operating on a licensed system on aircraft.

The consultation closes at 5pm on 29th August 2008