Just heard that Sandro and team have released the Giano simuator - find it off of http://research.microsoft.com/research/downloads/ - Microsoft Giano.
Giano is a dual-headed hardware simulator, it includes both CPU and HDL simulators. The CPU simulations provided are ARM, MIPS and PowerPC, the HDL simulator is Verilog. Giano faithfully simulates a complete Atmel EB63 evaluation board with an attached FPGA. Additionally, Giano simulates a display and a sound device that do not actually exist on the EB63 board. Giano is portable and extensible, it is easy to add CPUs and I/O modules to it. The HDL simulators currently supported are ModelSim and Icarus Verilog.
Here's a couple of interesting items from the SQL Server Data Mining newsletter
SQL Server 2005 Data Mining has an extensible framework that allows independent software developers to easily integrate new data mining algorithms and viewers into the product. The product team has provided in-depth technical articles, tutorials as well as sample source code for building "plug-in" algorithms and viewers. What was missing was a high-level overview of the technology that explains the benefits and overall architecture. We bring you a sneak preview of an upcoming MSDN article by Raman Iyer called "Plugging Into SQL Server Data Mining" that fills this gap.
Jamie MacLennan and Brian Welcker from the SQL Server team presented a talk on building smart applications like an intelligent call center using SQL Server 2005 Data Mining and Reporting Services at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference held in LA in September. You can view the PowerPoint presentation here.
The webcasts from the MSR eScience Workshop are now available off the workshop website. All the talks were very good - here's a couple:
Blair Jennings, lead developer for the Collaboration Notebook Project was interviewed for .NET Rocks while they were in San Diego.