Supporting artful endeavors
When is a pinhole a large opening? Douglas Housman, a junior
studying neuroscience, has spent the past month giving out the
answer to this riddle.
On Monday and Tuesday nights, Housman teaches
photography to groups of HIV-infected adults in downtown
Baltimore. His illustrative and functional tool has been the
pinhole camera, a homemade device that uses a needle-sized hole
to form a picture.
Housman's goal is for his students to
understand the basics of photography before they start taking
pictures with more traditional equipment.
Meet BORG--APL's new
Something is different about Room 2-105 in the Research and
Technology Development Center at the Applied Physics Laboratory.
There are an awful lot of computers in there, but then that's
true for many APL spaces.
Come inside. It's immediately cooler. And now
you see 16 desktop computers labeled BORG 1 through 16, all
connected by a mass of yellow cables to a small black box. You're
looking at a supercomputer in the making.
It's the brain child of George Mou of the
Research and Technology Development Center. Starting a year ago
with support from the RTDC and an APL Independent Research and
Development grant, Mou began putting together the hardware,
software and programming model that co-workers call BORG for
Brokered Objects for Ragged-network Gigaflops--in plain language,
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