One of the three editions of the forthcoming Windows 8 (along with Windows 8 standard and Windows 8 Pro), Windows RT is a tablet-focused operating system designed to run on mobile devices powered by ARM-based chips. While Windows RT has been developed for use on tablets and similar mobile devices, it isn’t designed for smartphones, which will instead utilize the forthcoming Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system.
The “RT” in Windows RT stands for runtime, and unlike the other two versions of Windows 8, Windows RT (also called WinRT and Windows on ARM) is an OEM-only edition that won’t be available for purchase in stores. In addition to running on ARM-powered tablets, low-cost notebooks and other mobile devices from a variety of OEMs, Windows RT will also power Microsoft’s own tablet device, the Microsoft Surface Tablet.
- Nvidia Kepler
A graphical processing unit that holds the distinction of being the first GPU designed for the cloud. Graphics cards powered by Nvidia Kepler processors are tuned to efficiently serve virtualized desktops, providing auto-scaling to the necessary performance level. Nvidia Kepler processors are the latest in an enterprise move towards virtualization, joining servers, network components and […]
- Firefox OS
A complete, standalone operating system developed for the open Web with a primary focus as an open source mobile OS for mobile and tablet devices. Mozilla’s Firefox OS project started out under the name of Boot to Gecko and, like Google’s Chrome OS platform, is based on the Linux operating system at its core. The […]
- Apache CouchDB
- database shard (sharding)
A database shard (“sharding”) is the phrase used to describe a horizontal partition in a database or search engine. The idea behind sharding is to split data among multiple machines while ensuring that the data is always accessed from the correct place. Since sharding spreads the database across multiple machines, the database programmer specifies explicit […]
The process of applying a software patch or update to an older version of software than the update was initially intended for. Backporting most frequently refers to a fix for a security flaw applied to an older version of the software that’s still supported by the developer, but one that isn’t the most recent release […]