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 Researchers from the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego have gotten a two-year $450,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to explore new ways for academic researchers to provision and manage extremely large data sets on clouds using the Google-IBM CluE Cluster Exploratory Cluster and the open source Apache Hadoop programming environment. Seems the ever-increasing volume of scientific data is beginning to overwhelm current approaches to data management. IBM and Google are picking up the tab for running CluE. ... (more)

Unix Co-Creator Writes New Open Source Programming Language for Google

Open Source Journal on Ulitzer Ken Thompson (pictured) and Rob Pike, a couple of the revered old soldiers who wrote Unix, Plan 9 and Inferno at Bell Labs – and programming languages like B, without which C probably wouldn’t exist, and Limbo – have come up with an experimental new programming language called Go that Google, their current refuge, open sourced Tuesday under a BSD-style license. If it catches on, it would be the first major systems language to emerge in a decade. One of the small Go team compares it to Java, calling it “performant but garbage collected” and “vastly ... (more)

Oracle-Sun: MySQL Creator Kicks Off Worldwide Petition

Mergers & Acquisitions on Ulitzer Bucking an apparent deal between Oracle and the European Commission to approve Oracle’s acquisition of Sun and its MySQL database, MySQL creator Monty Widenius kicked off a worldwide petition late Monday aimed at “saving MySQL from Oracle.” He vowed to keep going until the “the very end of the process.” Widenius is appealing to MySQL users to sign a petition that asks regulators to force Oracle to divest MySQL, or at least make Oracle commit to a linking exception for applications that use MySQL with the client libraries (for all programming lang... (more)

Symbian Foundation Builds Cloud Platform on Red Hat

Enterprise Cloud Computing Track at Cloud Expo Not to mix metaphors or anything but the Symbian Foundation, which is trying to foster a new open source community around the old Nokia-proprietary mobile phone operating system, is basing the private cloud platform that hosts its developer web site developer.symbian.org on Red Hat's Linux. Red Hat also runs most of Symbian's servers, which have been licensed through IBM Services. ... (more)

Is MySQL Doomed to Extinction?

MySQL on Ulitzer What if all that tap dancing, posturing, bargaining and political in-fighting Oracle had to do to get clearance to pick up MySQL along with Sun Microsystems was an utter waste of time and money. What if MySQL was suddenly shown to be one of Mr. Darwin's fabled evolutionary dead ends. Clustrix, a 30-man San Francisco start-up that just broke cover, thinks it was born and bred to replace MySQL with a more viable, genetically superior built-from-the-ground-up product that can do what MySQL's not very good at and that's scale into the billions of the entries. There's... (more)