Patrick Thibodeau

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Patrick Thibodeau covers cloud computing and enterprise applications, outsourcing, government IT policies, data centers and IT workforce issues for Computerworld.


The fate of NASA’s supercomputer may depend on  Sen. Ted Cruz

The fate of NASA’s supercomputer may depend on Sen. Ted Cruz

Republican control of the Senate means that one the most fanatical climate change deniers in Congress, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), is now in line to head the Senate subcommittee that oversees science funding. This is not good news for...

Coming by 2023, an exascale supercomputer in the U.S.

Coming by 2023, an exascale supercomputer in the U.S.

The U.S. has set 2023 as the target date for producing the next great leap in supercomputing, if its plans aren't thwarted by two presidential and four Congressional elections between now and then.

U.S. sets sights on 300 petaflop supercomputer

U.S. officials announced plans to spend $325 million on two new supercomputers, one of which may eventually be built to support speeds of up to 300 petaflops, faster than any supercomputer running today.

Hypocrisy and connections help IT outsourcing firms

Hypocrisy and connections help IT outsourcing firms

Infosys and other offshore firms need all the business and political connections they can get as they work to fend off efforts to restrict the use of H-1B visas and force them to hire more U.S. workers.

How automation could take your skills -- and your job
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How automation could take your skills -- and your job

Nicholas Carr's new book, The Glass Cage, examines the idea that businesses are moving too fast to automate white collar jobs, sophisticated tasks and mental work, effectively dumbing down workers.

IT hiring edges up: Why? Take your pick

IT hiring edges up: Why? Take your pick

Whenever IT hiring picks up, as it did last month, the default explanation from analysts is this: The economy is improving.

The IT freelance economy is growing, but not at large firms

The IT freelance economy is growing, but not at large firms

The type of company you work for may have a lot to do with whether you're a full-time employee or a contract worker.

GOP takeover in Congress could bode ill for supercomputing and science

GOP takeover in Congress could bode ill for supercomputing and science

The GOP-controlled Congress of 2015 may turn a skeptical eye to more spending in areas like basic research and supercomputing.

Offshore outsourcing fails as election issue

Offshore outsourcing fails as election issue

Democratic candidates clubbed their Republican opponents in two of this year's election campaigns about their offshore outsourcing records, but to little apparent avail.

Computer scientists say meme research doesn't threaten free speech

Computer scientists say meme research doesn't threaten free speech

Five of the nation's top computing research organizations defended a research grant to study how information goes viral, fending off claims that the government-funded effort could help create a 1984-type surveillance state.

A CIO fights to keep his tech options open

A CIO fights to keep his tech options open

Because of consolidation among tech vendors, users have fewer choices in today's IT marketplace. But some, like NCCI CIO Michael Spears, are fighting to keep their options open.

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