Schools Pool to Stay Cool

Massachusetts research universities set up joint computing center to save on power costs

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21 March 2012—When one of the world’s most ambitious university computer centers opens later this year, it will be a “green” facility—green in its environmental cred and green in its bottom line, too.

The US $95 million, 8400-square-meter Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC), located in Holyoke, Mass., will be on a par with the data centers that house the world’s fastest supercomputers, say its proponents. The center has pooled the computing resources of five of the top research universities in the northeastern United States: Boston University, Harvard University, MIT, Northeastern University, and the University of Massachusetts.

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Why Functional Programming Should Be the Future of Software Development

It’s hard to learn, but your code will produce fewer nasty surprises

11 min read
A plate of spaghetti made from code
Shira Inbar

You’d expectthe longest and most costly phase in the lifecycle of a software product to be the initial development of the system, when all those great features are first imagined and then created. In fact, the hardest part comes later, during the maintenance phase. That’s when programmers pay the price for the shortcuts they took during development.

So why did they take shortcuts? Maybe they didn’t realize that they were cutting any corners. Only when their code was deployed and exercised by a lot of users did its hidden flaws come to light. And maybe the developers were rushed. Time-to-market pressures would almost guarantee that their software will contain more bugs than it would otherwise.

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