in Optoelectronics and started several companies that are commercially successful in color projection devices and intellectual property licensing.
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What's New @ IEEE in Computing
May 14, 2008
New Supercomputer Capable of Measuring Hurricanes, Tornadoes. The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) recently replaced three of its supercomputers with the IBM-engineered Bluefire Supercomputer. Capable of performing more than 76 trillion operations per second, the computer will enable quicker and more detailed weather and climate-change research. The increased computing power will make all types of research easier and more efficient, according to NCAR project scientist Jordan Powers. "It will allow us to tackle bigger problems in a shorter amount of time," Powers said. The new computing power will also allow scientists to examine weather events such as hurricanes and tornadoes on a more detailed scale, or at a higher resolution, akin to using a digital camera with three megapixels instead of one, Powers explained. Read more and Learn more about supercomputers in IEEE Xplore®.
JUNE 2008 memristors handle current and voltage is startlingly similar to the way synapses between brain cells do, both build up voltage to a threshold before firing and letting a current pass, says Chua. Memristors will make future chips smaller while helping to minimize power-up time. Read more and Learn more about memristors in IEEE Xplore®.
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Clearing Up Confusion in Fellows Categories. Even though it’s been nearly three years since nominations were first accepted for the newest Fellows category, Application Engineer/Practitioner, few have been nominated. Out of the 295 Fellows named in 2008, only 20 were from the practitioner group compared to the 15 in the 268 member class in 2007.
Electronics 'Missing Link' Predicted in 1971, Found in 2008. Nanoscale circuits that can remember the amount and duration of the last voltage applied to them have been created by the Hewlett-Packard Laboratory in Palo Alto, California, USA. The device, dubbed a "memristor," was predicted in 1971 by Leon Chua, a circuit designer from the University of California- Berkeley, USA. The device could help develop denser memory chips and possibly electronic circuits that mimic the synapses of the human brain. The circuits are based on titanium dioxide, the active ingredient in sunscreen. In 1971, Chua, using non-linear mathematics, realized something was missing from standard circuit calculations, a link between flux and charge, which led him to theorize what he dubbed the memristor. The way
One reason might be because people are still unsure about the type of work that qualifies someone for this category, says Michael Adler, 2003 IEEE President and Chair of the IEEE Board-appointed 2008 Fellow Ad Hoc Committee, which reviews the Fellows process. “Many nominators are checking off the Research Engineer/Scientist box on the nomination form when perhaps they should be marking the Application Engineer/Practitioner category,” he says. “The position of some nominees is identified to be that of a research scientist or engineer, but the work for which they are being cited could be considered that of a practitioner,” Adler explains.
There were 225 Fellows from the research engineer/ scientist group in the 2008 class. To help clear up any confusion and help boost the number of Fellows from industry, here is a primer of the type of work that qualifies for the application engineer/practitioner category. The
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