Service virtualization underlies an emerging class of tools for modeling SOA components. Using a new form of simulation, development teams can now work with representations of software services long before they are actually available.

That addresses some of the biggest bottlenecks in creating high-quality composite applications, and it helps would-be Agile development efforts that must keep up with fast-moving Web applications.

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Powerful New Language Tool Leverage AI

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Building Synthetic Brains With Chemical Computing

April 1, 2010

“This is the first step towards real-life construction of an artificial chemical brain with well-defined architecture of connections between artificial neurons,” said professor Andy Adamatzky at the University of the West of England (UWE). “It will be a massive parallel computer made of lipid bubbles.” Read the whole story at IEEE Computing Now

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Multicast Ready for a Comeback

March 27, 2010

The multicast protocol for adding broadcast-like functionality to the Internet has been around for nearly two decades. Various technical limitations, however, have impeded its widespread adoption. Could it be making a comeback? Yes, if for no other reason than the advent of IPv6, which activates IP multicast by default. It may also gain traction by [...]

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The Dawn of Screen-Capture Programming

March 26, 2010

Researchers at the University of Maryland and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a screen-capture–based scripting environment that could signal a new programming paradigm that leverages the graphical interface as a sort of API. The Sikuli system lets users with minimal programming experience use GUI screen shots to create scripts that interact with applications. Ultimately, [...]

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Wireless Data Networking Via Light

March 20, 2010

Siemens scientists are working with the Heinrich Hertz Institute the Visible Light Communication (VLC) project. VLC uses white-light-emitting diode (LED) technology to transmit data at 500 Mbits per second over 5 meters. “This is much faster than other VLC work using this type of LED by a long shot,” said Dominic O’Brien, an engineering science [...]

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MapReduce Gains Popularity

March 5, 2010

Overview of MapReduce programming framework. Read the whole story at IEEE Computing Now.

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Infrastructure Sensors Improve Home Monitoring

January 15, 2010

A University of Washington researcher is developing a system to make it easier for individuals and companies monitor “home” activity by using strategically placed sensors on air, water, gas, and electrical infrastructure. Assistant professor Shwetak Patel calls his approach infrastructure-mediated sensing (IMS). IMS uses a single sensor in a strategic place to measure pressure signals [...]

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