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Intel Mac Mini cluster 

The IA lab where I’m doing the PhD is evaluating the possibility of buying some Mac Mini intel-based to create a cluster. We would like to run GNU/Debian on those machines, a queueing system like Sun Grid Engine and a parallel file system… Does anybody of you have suggestions or…

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The Dynamics of Scrolling 

There has been quite a bit of discussion the last few days about the momentum-based scrolling that Apple uses on the iPhone. The discussion has largely been fanned by John Gruber’s Daring Fireball blog. He has been arguing for some time that one of the reasons web apps feel inferior on the…


OpenMacGrid For Mac used for analyzing MRI signals from iron rich brain tissues 

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems are capable of safely generating detailed images of the human brain with a rich assortment of intrinsic tissue contrast mechanisms, making MRI machines powerful diagnostic and research tools. Iron accumulation in midbrain structures such as the substantia nigra (SN) and red nucleus is associated with the normal aging process,…


Dual Quad-Core Mac Pro’s Just Around the Corner? 

Hardware hacker extraordinaire Anand Lal Shimpi from AnandTech is so influential that Intel sends him engineering samples of their upcoming processors. Anand recently acquired an engineering sample of a quad-core Intel core 2 Xeon CPU, code-name “Cloverton”. The quad-core Cloverton is pin-compatible with the LGA-771 CPU sockets shipping in the current Mac…


New RubyCocoa Release & BridgeSupport 

More interesting for MacResearch members may be the new BridgeSupport project, which appears designed to provide better support for scripting bridges to Objective-C, like RubyCocoa and PyObjC, although the project is independent of any scripting language. BridgeSupport files are XML files that describe the API symbols of frameworks or libraries that cannot be…


Matlab benches for Mac 

As I posted a few days ago, I would like to generate a small enquiry about MATLAB performance under Mac OS X. Here I post the data from the bench command on my iBook G4 12′ 1.2 Ghz, 1.25 GB RAM. Some of the currently available benchmarks are below. So perhaps those…