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Let’s say you’re at a gathering – maybe a cocktail party or a crowded club – and some buff athlete shows up on crutches. He immediately becomes the center of attention as he recounts the story of his injury. “Dude, it was gnarly," he bellows so that everyone can hear. "A totally sick shred. Now I’m waitin’ on the MRI results. …

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How about spelling branes (brains) correctly for a start?

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Boffin

Sigh.

Recently- 'Speak you're Branes' (ifyoulikeitsomuchwhydontyougolivethere.com/)

As any fule kno.

Kids today...

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Branes

Jim - branes is a word.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Membrane_%28M-theory%29

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Jim. Branes is a word, jst not as we know it.

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In this context it probably should be 'branes

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*just (you're welcome)

I think perhaps "in this context it should probably be 'branes" makes more sense :)

Who's this Jim Branes anyway?

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Actually it's a reference to the Molesewoth Books http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigel_Molesworth by Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle. Have they stopped teaching the Classics or something?

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Good ol' Molesewoth. Any relation to Goatsewoth?

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All I know is that I need a long cold one.

Brane or otherwise!

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No idea and I'm not sure I want to find out.

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Astonishing.

In the 1970s CT scan processing was an early candidate for using massively parallel (well thousands) of bit serial processors. Good idea but never took off.

Now you can get literally 100s of times that power in (by medical hardware terms) tiny sums of money.

With enough resolution and political will every politician could be inside one when they speak. Instantaneous confirmation of lies (or a sociopathic character that literally cannot tell a lie from a truth).

The possibilities are endless.

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And yet there is no YouTube footage of some willing volounteer's scan. Poor show.

Top marks to the bods for releasing the code, though. Excellent work.

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Top marks

Another pint for release as open source code.

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Flop!

"found that a 12.7 Teraflop-per-second, two-socket Xeon system with 96GB RAM and four Nvidia GTX 580 (total of 8 GPUs) will do the trick"

That's a lot of TeraFlops per second from some graphics GPU units soldered to a PCB board with some RAM memory!

Flops == Floating-point Operations Per Second, for any stupid people watching.

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Also very useful if they can get the scan done quicker using this due to seeing immediate results.

Besides giving greater throughput of scans per machine, a friend gets very bad claustrophobia when she's put in those machines so the less time it takes the better.

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Odd there have been no other open source load sharing libraries before.

Hopefully this could go much further.

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Very nice job!

That's one of the best pieces of technical journalism I've read.

I'm a research geophysicist/programmer w/ a BA in English literature. I really appreciate good technical writing. It's hard.

Well Done!

Reg

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Re: Very nice job!

Who is this guy?

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Why are they so damn' noisy?

It's all electronics and radio waves, but neither my computer nor my radio make that sort of a racket. Are the magnetic fields so strong that we're hearing the structure being warped out of shape? If so, I hope they have the framework inspected at least as often as an airliners. If not, what's going on?

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Re: Why are they so damn' noisy?

Its called Magnetostriction, same reason as transformershttp://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/graphics/icons/comment/boffin_32.png hum

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Just need to see it now...

So all we need now is the holographic projector to go with it!!!

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My brane hertz

Really, it Megahertz

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This sounds AMAZING! The only problem being it'll require a doctor to be on hand for each MRI exam.

I hate to say it, but I can't see the NHS wasting a doctor on that kind of stuff.

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