Week in Review: 10/22/17 – 10/28/17


Old phones get new life in high-powered computer servers

In a recent paper, graduate student Mohammad Shahrad and David Wentzlaff, an assistant professor of electrical engineering, demonstrated that it is possible to build servers out of ranks of old smartphones. Servers are specialized computers that provide data, storage or computing power to other computers. They are at the heart of the internet, from social media or video streaming to high-security banking. https://www.princeton.edu/news/2017/10/24/old-phones-get-new-life-high-powered-computer-servers


Thruster for Mars mission breaks records

An advanced space engine in the running to propel humans to Mars has broken the records for operating current, power and thrust for a device of its kind, known as a Hall thruster. The development of the thruster was led by Alec Gallimore, University of Michigan professor of aerospace engineering and the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering. http://ns.umich.edu/new/releases/25192-thruster-for-mars-mission-breaks-records