Join us on April 13, 2016
at the Holyoke Innovation District
Join us on April 13, 2016
at the Holyoke Innovation District
Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing battery technology at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center that could make the hydropowered city even more carbon neutral. University scientists and Holyoke officials cut the ribbon Friday on the Mass Net Zero Data Center, also called MassNZ. It's an experimental station located at the Green High Performance Computing Center, 100 Bigelow St., which aims to make data centers like this one more efficient and more environmentally friendly.
An experimental, solar-powered 'microdata center' called MassNZ will be unveiled beside the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center at 100 Bigelow St. Friday at 10:15 a.m. 'MassNZ reinforces Holyoke's growing reputation as a leader in green energy, a hotbed of innovation and a magnet for academic and industrial investment,' Mayor Alex B. Morse said in a press release. 'It will also serve as an educational asset for local high schools and community colleges.'
A Broadband Workshop: Maximizing Utilization of the Pioneer Valley's Broadband InfrastructureWHEN:
As a chemistry teacher in the late ’70s, Rich Rediker was simply seeking a way to generate tardy notices more efficiently, using a computer which, by today’s standards, seems impossibly inadequate for … well, anything. But that humble machine became the foundation of what has evolved into an international leader in school administrative software, doing business in every state and 115 countries. Through four decades of innovation and growth, one goal has remained constant: to make life easier for teachers and administrators, so they, in turn, can spend more time with the kids.
The mayor will contact regional planners about expanding the benefits of high-speed internet with fiber optics. The city utility chief at least is listening, though the $20 million cost remains a wall. Such steps are progress, a resident said Wednesday. 'Right now we are very happy people are talking about this issue. There were no serious conversations about Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) before we started the group last November,' Peter Palombella, organizer of the Holyoke Fiber Optic Group, said in an email.
In a bid to boost its downtown innovation district centered on Bridge Street, the city of Springfield is creating a free municipal Wi-Fi wireless Internet network and bringing high-capacity fiber data lines into the Springfield Innovation Center. Springfield bringing free WiFi, high-capacity 'dark fiber' to innovation district downtown. The center, at 270 Bridge St., will be home to Valley Venture Mentors which helps young business get started, a high-tech innovation cafe and business incubator space geared toward tech start-ups.
The University of Massachusetts has received a $4.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to bring a CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program to the campus, the first public university in New England to receive such an award, according to a press release. NSF's CyberCorps program, in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security, supports the educational and professional development of domestic students who will help the nation address threats to national security including critical infrastructure such as utilities, water treatment, military defense systems and refineries, according to the release.
Software Logic, one of the East Coast’s leading Microsoft platform provider companies, has been acquired by Massachusetts-based VertitechIT as it continues expansion of its healthcare IT consultancy. Already a nationally recognized leader in the design and implementation of hyper-converged architecture and VDI, the new company adds additional hybrid cloud and monitoring management systems expertise to its strategic and tactical offerings.
The next meeting of the Holyoke Fiber Optic Group Jan. 4 will include discussion about scheduling a session with Manager James M. Lavelle of the Holyoke Gas and Electric Department, an organizer said. 'The Holyoke Fiber Optic group feels the city is ready to start exploring this issue and we hope to meet with Jim Lavelle sometime in January to discuss forming an exploratory committee,' organizer Peter Palombella said in an email Wednesday.
Representatives from WiredWest are in talks this week with the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, three weeks after the state agency withdrew its support from the group and raised concerns about the cooperative's plan to profitably operate a multi-town, fiber-optic broadband network that would be built with up to $120 million in public funds.
The Holyoke Fiber Optic group will meet for the first time Monday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at the Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut St. The group is being formed to build support for deployment of fiber optic connections to every home and business here to allow for high-speed internet access, organizer Peter Palombella said last week. Fiber optics, which is in place here to an extent as part of the Holyoke Gas and Electric Department's (HGE) system, is a technology that uses a bundle of glass or plastic threads to transmit data. The bandwidth, which is a ...
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The Massachusetts Broadband Institute has halted state funding to WiredWest, saying the rural broadband aggregator's draft operating agreement with member towns is "not compatible with the best interests of the Commonwealth, the towns, or their residents." The institute is further recommending that towns not sign a proposed WiredWest operating agreement, which is now before local officials with a Jan. 9 deadline for approval. "Because of overall concerns with project operations and sustainability, the MBI will not authorize expenditure of state funds" for the broadband model as described, institute director Eric Nakajima wrote in a Dec. 1 letter to local ...
The Holyoke Fiber Optic group will meet in the Community Room at the Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut St., organizer Peter Palombella said in a phone interview Wednesday. Fiber optics, which is in place here to an extent as part of the Holyoke Gas and Electric Department's (HGE) system, is a technology that uses a bundle of glass or plastic threads to transmit data. The bandwidth, which is a term describing information capacity, of fiber optics is much greater than that of metal cables and that increases internet connection speeds. The main drawback is the mutli-million-dollar infrastructure costs.
Tech Foundry, the information technology and computer science training program that aims to fill needs felt by local employers, is looking for a new class. This class, Tech Foundry's third, will be drawn from the student bodies at Springfield Technical Community College and from Holyoke Community College, said Jonathan Edwards, director of strategic partnerships for Tech Foundry. The plan is to recruit about 30 students.
Most companies and organizations do an admirable job when it comes to communicating with employees. That rumored merger, those pending layoffs, a change in leadership, or implementation of a new health plan are the classic reasons for reaching out and touching someone in the cubicle down the hall. So, how come the message from the IT department often gets lost in translation? Technology can be a scary thing, and oftentimes, it’s treated that way. The IT department is happy to be left alone to its bits and bytes, while the communications department says, “just let us know when we ...
The website launched earlier this summer, and purchases can be made on an e-commerce shopping cart, thanks to Wild Apple Design Group in Wilbraham, which was hired earlier this year to introduce the toy to the North American market by the Haywire Group, a Springfield-based game designer and manufacturer. The result is not only endearing, it earned the company marketing awards from the Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts. Wild Apple was recently feted as a Silver winner for consumer-product website design in the Summit Creative Award competition for its work on the Worry Eaters microsite, and received a Summit Creative ...
Computer giant Dell Inc. announced Monday morning that it will acquire Hopkinton-based EMC Corporation for about $67 billion in cash and stock. Dell is partnering with investment advisor MSD Partners and technology investing company Silver Lake in the deal. 'We're creating an unbelievable powerhouse of an enterprise company,' Dell Chairman and CEO Michael Dell told CNBC's 'Squawk Box.' 'This is really all about bringing together complementary technologies and helping our customers address the challenges and opportunities that this digital future is creating.'
The event was a Tech Trek event sponsored by The Innovation Institute at the MassTech Collaborative, a statewide economic development agency. MassMutual celebrated the new location Monday night by inviting computer science and engineering students from all five of the Five Colleges – Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and UMass Amherst – to hear about how the Big Data revolution is transforming businesses from machine shops to power utilities and insurers, and how at the same time a cluster of new companies providing those technologies are growing here in the Pioneer Valley. 'We want you here,' said Richard ...
China Central Television 13 (CCTV), which the New York Times said has an estimated 700 million Chinese viewers, came here in July for a story that aired shortly after about how this struggling former paper mill center is establishing itself as "a world-class city" largely thanks to the high performance computing center. The two candidates for mayor disagreed Friday (Sept. 25) about rewards Holyoke has positioned itself to reap from the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC), a $165 million world-class academic research facility that opened in 2012 on Bigelow Street between Appleton and Cabot streets.
HealthSpot is a photo booth-sized kiosk that takes your pulse and temperature as well as your picture. And Baystate Health is bringing HealthSpot to a mall or supermarket near you sometime before the end of 2016. The podlike HealthSpot stations – which will be connected to Baystate doctors by sound, video and data transmissions – are just one of the innovations Baystate showed off Thursday at its TechSpring innovation center in Downtown Springfield as it announced a series of partnerships with computer giant Dell Inc. and others
Mapping Lou Gehrig's Disease occupies one researcher. Others study banana blight in Costa Rica and ways to predict earthquakes. Some keep busy charting the human brain and the science of how fluids move. These are among the topics being analyzed with the tens of thousands of computers humming in the $165 million Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center on Bigelow Street between Appleton and Cabot streets.
Paragus IT has continued its pattern of active growth with its first acquisition: West Springfield-based Applied Software Technologies. Prior to the acquisition, AST provided IT services to businesses in the region and beyond for more than 20 years. “We are very happy to welcome the staff and clients of Applied Software Technologies into the Paragus family,” says Paragus CEO Delcie Bean. “They are a great company, and we’re excited that we will be able to give their clients the opportunity to maintain their relationships with the people they know while also having access to the resources we are able ...