Issue 1, 10th September 1995: UNIX, Intel and 64-bits
News and links; personal, parallel and high-performance
UNIX has won the desktop computing battle. Yes, really. Windows
NT is an emasculated (Mach) UNIX. All the other UNIX vendors are
working together to provide a standard programming model and
environment for the top-end of off-the-shelf computing solutions.
So why have we not reached portability nirvana yet? With UNIX
just starting to embrace 64-bit computing, the UNIX camp has a
chance to get its act together. Since Intel must be desperate to keep its
future out of the hands of Bill Gates, and the main users of its P7
64-bit CPU chips are likely to be the UNIX and supercomputing
communities (which overlap substantially), Intel is proposing to
act as a ``neutral facilitator'' along with HP to push this new spec, including a
common 64-bit C programming model, for eventual submission to X/Open for endorsement as a
standard. Fifty UNIX vendors are involved, including Sun (more)
DEC IBM, and Silicon Graphics, and database
vendors who potentially have lots to gain, Oracle, Sybase, and Informix. This should be good
news for all users and developers. Analysis from UNIX
Damon Hart-Davis, Computing Editor
Be Secure or Be Sued,
America Online exceeds 3.5 million members,
Font of Ideas,
Intel's PC Magazines.
WebCrawler (search by word),
calls for papers,
- Be Secure or Be Sued
``Companies that don't adequately secure their networks will
face the wrath of shareholders and others who stand to lose
from information leaks, said a former CIA spy at the Def Con III show [in Las
Vegas, USA] in early August.''
- America Online exceeds 3.5 million members
``America Online, Inc. announced [7th Sep] hat it now has more
than 3.5 million members, making it the largest and most
popular online service in the world.'' AOL was founded in
- Font of Ideas
Letraset has ``developed a novel means of enabling people to
interactively try out fonts from Letraset's extensive Fontek
range.'' A Web site allows any of the Fontek fonts to be
selected and a text sample typed in to get a feel for the
- Intel's PC Magazines
Intel has a PC
magazine on the Web. OK. It's in English and German.
OK. It's heavy on graphics and light on content (I had to
follow about six links and download a floppy-full of graphics
before I found any substantial text). Intel also has ``Directions'' in its
first edition, which seems to be more business oriented.
Again, too many clicks to get to useful text at the moment, but
I expect it to improve.
If any of these links are broken (ie the pages cannot be found),
please mail me.
- Computing-related links into the Web:
ExWeb (Web publisher).
- Other computing news pages/magazines:
(Intel's business PC magazine),
(general/Internet, daily update),
Multimedia Association News
(multimedia resources and news),
(Intel's home PC magazine),
(excellent Sun UNIX magazine),
- Computing companies:
(hardware mfr, eg SCSI),
(UNIX (esp telecomms), printers, test and measurement;
(UK company, UNIX, vertical markets),
(semiconductors, x86 CPUs;
(PCs, networking, UNIXWare),
(UNIX with visualisation slant, MIPS CPUs).
(largest UNIX vendor),
(financial, distributed systems),
(semiconductors such as SPARC CPU),
(UNIX standards body).
- Other links:
WebCrawler (search the Web by keyword),
Yahoo (keyword search, all topics),
(search for free software by name),
Users' own pages,
(ExNet's hot-links page).
- Back issues:
- September 1995:
19--24, Earl's Court, London. Live '95. The consumer
electronics show. Tel: +44 171 396 4545.
20--21, New York, NY, USA. Internet and International Trade
Conference on using the Internet for import/export, joint
ventures, market research and other international trade
activity. Contact Assist
International for a brochure.
26, by 'phone and Internet. Session 1.
Subsequent sessions 31st Oct, 28th Nov, 19th Dec, and Jan
1996. TeleSANS ``SS101: Enhancing Security on SunOS
Systems.'' ``A fast-paced, five-part course designed to
help you and others at your site learn new ways to improve the
security of your SunOS 4 systems and the networks on which
those systems sit. And, you don't have to leave your office to
participate.'' Mail the
organisers for more details.
27, London, UK. ``Start it up with Microsoft Windows '95.''
Tel: Kathy Gibson +44 181 940 8385 or +44 181 490 4000.
- October 1995:
2--3, Chicago, IL, USA; 10--11, Washington DC, USA; 23--24
Boston, MA, USA. Internet and International Trade Conference
as above, Contact Assist
International for a brochure.
4--6, Paderborn, Germany. Third Conference on Mechatronics and
Robotics: ``From Design Methods to Industrial Applications.''
For more details see the Web
5, New York, NY, USA. ``Parallel
Computing: Ready for Prime-Time.'' Why scalably-parallel
computing has emerged as key strategic technology for the '90s.
12, Cyberia, London. Wired Buildings. From telecottages to
wired buildings; architects and planners think of how to use
the Internet for leisure and work. Mail Sally Matrick.
23--26, Cornell, Ithaca, NY, USA. Workshop on
Parallel Programming on the IBM SP.
31--2 Nov, Electronic Commerce '95. Barbican Centre, London.
New exhibition and conference ranging from EDI to the Web.
Contact Lorraine Hall, tel: +44 181 332 0044.
- November 1995:
21--22, London, UK. Data Warehousing '95. Tel: +44 181 543
6565. Fax: +44 181 544 9020.
- December 1995:
4--8, San Diego, CA, USA. Supercomputing '95.
- April 1996:
13--14, Cambridge, UK. International Workshop on Object
Representation for Computer Vision. Contact co-chairs Jean Ponce, Martial Hebert or
- May 1996:
6--9, San Jose, CA, USA. ATM '96.
20--23, Atlantic City, NJ, USA. 8th Software Engineering
Process Group Conference. The theme of the conference is
``Broadening the Perspective for the Next Century''. The
conference will include plenary sessions, invited and
contributed presentations, tutorials, panel discussions, and
informal birds-of-a-feather (BOF) meetings. Vendor exhibits
will also be offered. For more information mail SEI Customer
Relations, and see the Web
20--26, Crete, Greece. CAiSE 1996. CAiSEs96 is the 8th in the
series of CAiSE Conferences which provide a forum for
presentation and exchange of research results and practical
experiences within the field of Information Systems
Engineering. The main theme of the CAiSEs96 Conference is
``Software Engineering Challenges in Modern Information Systems
(IS).'' See the Web
page (inaccessible at time of writing) or mail Ms Margaret Balothiari
for more details.
- Calls for papers:
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTER-INTEGRATED MANUFACTURING, a
special issue on ``Design and Implementation of
Computer-integrated Manufacturing Systems: Integration and
Adaptability Issues.'' Deadline 30th October 1995.
Guest editors Dr A
Gunasekaran, Monash University, Australia and Professor SY Nof, Purdue
13--14 April 1996. Intl Workshop on Object Representation for
Computer Vision. Contact Jean Ponce or as above.
6--9 May 1996. ATM '96. Send proposals to the Technology Transfer
- Proceedings available:
EANN 95 (International Conference on Engineering Applications
of Neural Networks) available here.
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